Important Message

Indian Visa and Consular Service Centers  in

Vancouver, Surrey, Calgary and Edmonton

www.in.vfsglobal.ca

with immediate effect applications for 

PIO, OCI, Passport and Visa will NOT be accepted 

at the consulate office, 201-325, Howe Street, Vancouver either by Mail or in Person

 

Only Emergency Passport and Visa will be accepted at the consulate

09:30-11:30 Hrs (On all business days, with ticket (travel within 48 hours) and proof of Emergency-Only Canadian Passport holders.

We may not be able to grant the service in certain cases.

 

                                               Original Document Required for OCI Application


l. OCI Fees USD 275 PIO card Holder USD 145 (Age below 18 years at the time of issue of PIO Card) PIO card Holder USD 25 (Age above 18 years),Bank draft Certified cheque Money order In U.S. Dollars In the name of 'CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA, VANCOUVER'

2 Two prints of Application Forms (Submitted online with registration number and signed in ink)

3 a) Two photographs of size 35mm * 35mm. Photos should be of square shape with 80% of coverage of face. The photo should be of good quality taken against a light coloured uniform (without design) background showing a shot up to shoulders (not a close up of face) with full frontal view of face. As the photo is to be scanned for documents the resolution of photo should be high. b) Signature of Applicant
to be within the box. In case of minor children who cannot sign, please use right thumb impression for boys and left thumb impression for girls in the Signature box of Part A.(Only in Blue/ Black ink) 

4 Current and 1st Canadian Passport 

5 Previous Indian Passport(s) [One with the Landing Stamp at the time of entry into Canada and the last one prior to acquiring Canadian citizenship] (Photo copies of all pages with relevant information of the passport holder required

6 Landing Papers of the Applicant, Spouse and children/parents, if born outside Canada. [In case original Record of Landing is not available/lost, produce a duplicate/certified true copy issued by the Canadian 
Immigration authorities.] In case of married applicant, spouse's Record of Landing is required even if he/she is not applying for OCI. In case of unmarried/single persons, parents Record of Landing should be sent.

7 Citizenship paper issued by the Canadian authorities [at the time of Oath ceremony] mentioning the exact date of acquiring the Canadian Citizenship of the applicant. In case Citizenship letter is not available, any other document issued by the concerned Canadian authorities mentioning the exact date [i.e. day, month and year] of acquiring the Canadian citizenship should be sent.. of acquiring Canadian citizenship should be obtained from CIC and write the complete date at Col. No. 19 of Part B of the OCI application.)

8 Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Card, if any

9 Statement of Live Birth (Detailed Birth Certificate mentioned parents name etc.) in case of birth outside India. [The applicant should also submit both parents Indian and Canadian passports along with their original Landing Paper(s) etc. If original Landing Paper is/are lost! misplaced, duplicate/certified copy should be obtained from concerned Canadian authorities.] Change of name documents: In case the name of applicant mentioned in the Indian passport, the Record of Landing and the Canadian (or Foreign)
Passports differ (i.e . whole or a part of the name / surname has been added/ dropped / changed,) Change of name certificate issued by competent authorities would be required. In case of change of surname of women after marriage, a marriage certificate issued by the Registrar of Marriages' office would be acceptable.

10 

Ensure that Date and Place of Birth is same in all documents,

i.e. Indian Passport, Landing Certificate and Canadian Passport.

* Bank draft / Certified cheque / Money order payable to "Consulate General of India, Vancouver". OCI FEE IS ACCEPTED ONLY IN U.S. DOLLARS

* The Service charge payment can be made by the mentioned payment options:

Credit Cards -Visa, & MasterCard (cards locally issued in Canada) / Debit Card (Interac card) / Cash / Bank draft or Money Order payable to "VF Services (Canada) Inc". SERVICE FEE IS ACCEPTED ONLY IN CANADIAN DOLLARS

* Two sets of photo copies of all original documents (For example: One set with each application form and document to be arranged and submitted as per the order of this checklist

* The documents listed above are only the basic documents to be submitted in all cases. Additional documents may be requested by the Consulate.

* Submitting false documents may lead to legal action.

* ENSURE THAT ALL COLUMNS IN PART A (Online) & B (Hand written) are filled in and signed and no column should be left blank.

* In all applications, photograph should be pasted/affixed (NOT STAPLED) in the box of Part A.

* All original documents are required to be submitted with the application for verification by Consulate General of India -Vancouver officer and will be returned back to the Indian Visa and Consular Services Center with 7 -10 business days

Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted by the officer from Indian Visa and Consular Services Center Canada

 

 

 

When the applicant is not resident in Canada, the application form should be submitted to the Indian Mission/Post in the country in which he/she is ordinarily resident.

If the applicant is in India, he/she can apply to the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata or Amritsar or Chief Immigration Officer (CHIO) Chennai or to the Under Secretary, Citizenship Section, Foreigners Division, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Jaisalmer House, 26 Mansingh Road, New Delhi-110011. 

After checking all the relevant details, the Consulate General of India, Vancouver will issue an acknowledgement, and the number mentioned thereon (the file number) or the reference number can be used for online status enquiry at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) website www.mha.nic.in.  

5. Procedure for granting registration:  

After preliminary scrutiny, if there is no adverse information available against the applicant, the Consulate shall register a person as OCI within 30 days of application and the case shall be referred to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), New Delhi for post verification of the antecedents of the applicant. If during the post verification, any adverse information comes to the knowledge of the MHA, the registration as OCI already granted by the Indian Mission/Post shall be cancelled by an order under section 7 D of the Citizenship Act, 1955. 

After preliminary scrutiny, if there is any adverse information against the applicant, prior approval of MHA, New Delhi shall be required before grant of registration. MHA may approve or reject the grant of registration within 120 days from the date of the receipt of the application. If the grant of registration as OCI is approved by MHA, the Indian Mission/Post shall register the person as OCI. 

If the application is filed in India, registration shall be granted by MHA by following the above procedure. 

After grant of registration, a registration certificate in the prescribed format will be issued and a multiple entry, multi-purpose life long OCI ‘U’ visa sticker will be pasted on the foreign passport of the application. 

6. OCI registration for PIO card holders:

PIO card holders who are otherwise eligible for registration as OCI may apply in the same Form i.e. Form XIX and they will be considered for grant of registration in the same manner as other applicants. PIO card holders will have to pay a fee of US$ 25  instead of US$ 275 for a normal applicant. A PIO cardholder will have to surrender his/her PIO card after issuance of acceptance of the application and before the grant of the OCI registration certificate/visa.

If the application is rejected, US$ 250- will be returned to the applicant, after deducting US$ 25 as processing fees.

7      OCI registration for persons who have applied on the earlier prescribed application form:

All such applications will be considered for grant of OCI on the same lines as in para 3 above without seeking fresh application and fees.

8      Cancellation of OCI registration:

If it is found that the registration as an OCI was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or the concealment of any material fact, or that the registered OCI has shown disaffection towards the Constitution of India or comes under any of the provisions of section 7D of the Citizenship Act, the registration of such person will not only be cancelled forthwith but he/she will also be blacklisted for entry into India.


9      Benefits to OCI:

The following benefits will accrue to an OCI:

(i) A multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong visa for visiting India.

(ii) Exemption from registration with the local police authorities for any length of stay in India.
(iii) Parity with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields, except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.

Any other benefits to OCIs will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under Section 7B(1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.

10. Benefits an OCI is not entitled to:

The OCI is not entitled

-         to vote,

-         to be a member of a Legislative Assembly or of a Legislative Council or of the Parliament of India,

-         to hold Indian constitutional posts such as that of the President, Vice President, Judge of the Supreme Court or High Court etc.

-         He/she cannot normally hold employment in the Government.


11.    Help Desk

For any clarification/query on the scheme, please visit the website www.mha.nic.in or contact Citizenship Section, Foreigners Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, Jaisalmer House, 26 Mansingh Road, New Delhi-110011. 

12.    Jurisdiction

Our consular offices in Canada and their respective jurisdictions are as follows:

1.The High Commission of India,

10, Springfield Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 1C9

Tel: (613) 744 3751  Fax: (613) 744 0913

E-Mail:    

Website:  www.hciottawa.ca 

Jurisdiction: Ottawa-Hull National Capital Region, Kingston, Cornwall, Hawksbury, Arnprior, Renfrew, Perth Prescott, Brockville, Smith Falls, Carleton Place, Morrisburg (all in Ontario),Montreal (in Quebec), and the Territory of Nunavut. ONLY THOSE RESIDENT IN THE ABOVE AREAS SHOULD NORMALLY APPLY TO THE HIGH COMMISSION OF INDIA IN OTTAWA.

2.      Consulate General of India, No.201-325, Howe Street, Vancouver BC V6C 1Z7

Tel: (604) 6628811

Fax: (604) 6822471/ 3556

E-Mail: [email protected] 

Website: www.cgivancouver.com

Jurisdiction:  British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Northwest Territories.

3.Consulate General of India, Suite# 400, 1835 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4S1X8

Tel:   (416) 960 0751- 52        

Fax : (416) 960 9812

E-Mail:  

Website: www.cgitoronto.ca

Jurisdiction:  The Provinces of Ontario and Quebec (except places falling under the jurisdiction of HCI, Ottawa), Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Scheme

1. Who is eligible to apply?

A foreign national, who was eligible to become citizen of India on 26.01.1950 or was a citizen of India on or at anytime after 26.01.1950 or belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15.08.1947 and his/her children and grand children, provided his/her country of citizenship allows dual citizenship in some form or other under the local laws, is eligible for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI). Minor children of such person are also eligible for OCI. However, if the applicant had ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he/she will not be eligible for OCI.

2.      Who was eligible to become Citizen of India on 26.01.1950?

Any person who or either of whose parents or any of whose grand-parents was born in India as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935 (as originally enacted), and who was ordinarily residing in any country outside India was eligible to become citizen of India on 26.01.1950.

3.      Which territories became part of India after 15.08.1947 and from what date?

The territories, which became part of India after 15.08.1947 are:

(i) Sikkim from 26.04.1975
(ii) Pondicherry from 16.08.1962
(iii) Dadra & Nagar Haveli from 11.08.1961
(iv) Goa, Daman and Diu from 20.12.1961

4.      Can the spouse of the eligible person apply for OCI?

Yes, if he/she is eligible in his/her own capacity.

 5. Who is a minor?

 A person who has not attained the age of 18 years is considered minor

 6. Are minor children whose both parents are Indian citizens eligible for OCI?

 No.

7.      Can the children of parents, one of whom is eligible for OCI, apply for OCI?

Yes.

8.      In what form should a person apply for OCI and where are they available?

A family consisting of spouses and upto two minor children can apply in the same form, i.e., FORM XIX. The form can be downloaded from the Ministry of Home Affairs' website www.mha.nic.in. Part A of the form can also be filled in on-line by clicking "Online Registration"

9.      Can the application form be filled and submitted on line?

Only Part A of the application form can be filled in online. Thereafter, the printout of Part A, and the duly filled in Part B,  have to be submitted by hand/mail to the Indian Mission/Post.

10.      What documents have to be attached with the application?

The following documents shall be enclosed with each application:

(1) Three additional stamp size photographs for each applicant.
(2) Proof of citizenship of each applicant, such as a Canadian passport.
(3) Evidence of self or parents or grand parents
      (a) being eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of commencement of the Constitution; or
      (b) belonging to a territory that became part of India after 15th August, 1947; or 

      (c) being a citizen of India on or after 26th January, 1950. 

      These are :–
            (i) Copy of the passport (or)
            (ii) Copy of the domicile certificate issued by the Competent authority (or)
            (iii) Any other proof acceptable to the Consular Officer

(4) Evidence of relationship as parent/grand parent, if their Indian origin is
claimed as basis for grant of OCI.
(5) Proof of fee payment US$ 275- for each applicant (US$ 25 for each PIO card holder).
(6) PIO card holders must also submit a copy of their PIO card.

11 . What documents would qualify for “Any other proof” for evidence of self or parents or grand parents being eligible for grant of OCI?

Any documentary evidence by which the officer equivalent to Under Secretary to the Government of India in the Indian Mission/Post can diligently arrive at the decision.

12.    How many copies of application have to be submitted?
Applications have to be submitted in duplicate.

13.    Do the applicant (s) have to take oath before a Consular Officer of the Indian Mission/Post?

No. The earlier provision in this regard has been done away with.

14.    Where should the application be submitted?

To the Indian Mission/ Post of the country of citizenship of the applicant. If the applicant is not in the country of citizenship, to the Indian Mission/Post of the country where he is ordinarily residing. If the applicant is in India, to the FRRO Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkota or Amritsar or to CHIO, Chennai or to the Under Secretary, Citizenship section, Foreigners Division, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Jaisalmer House, 26, Mansingh Road, New Delhi-110011.

15.    Can a person apply in the country where he is ordinarily residing?

Yes.

16.    What are the consequences of furnishing wrong information or suppressing material information?

All the applications will be subject to pre or post enquiry depending on whether any adverse information is available or not. If the Government comes to the knowledge that any false information was furnished or material information was suppressed, the registration as OCI already granted shall be cancelled by an order under section 7D of the Citizenship Act, 1955. The persons will also be blacklisted banning his/her entry into India.

17.    What is the fee for application for registration as OCI?

US$ 275  for each applicant. In case of PIO card holder, US$25  for each applicant.

18.    What is the time taken for registration as OCI?

Within 30 days of the application, if there is no adverse information available against the applicant. If any adverse information is available against the applicant, the decision to grant or otherwise is taken within 120 days.

19. If the registration as OCI is not granted, what amount will be refunded?

An amount of US$ 250 shall be refunded, if registration is refused.  US$ 25 is the processing fees, which is non-refundable.

20.    Can a PIO cardholder apply?

Yes, provided he/she is otherwise eligible for grant of OCI like any other applicant.

21.    Will the PIO Cardholder be granted OCI registration gratis?

No. He/she has to make a payment of US$ 25 along with the application.

22.    Will the PIO card be honoured till the time they are valid even after the acquisition of OCI?

No. The PIO card will have to be surrendered to the Indian Mission/MHA at the time of the grant of the OCI registration certificate and the OCI ‘U’ visa sticker.

23.    What will be issued after registration as OCI?
A Registration Certificate, like the Indian passport in appearance,  will be issued,  and a multiple entry, multi-purpose OCI ‘U’ visa sticker will be pasted on the foreign passport of the applicant. For this purpose, the applicant has to send the original foreign passport to the Indian Mission/Post after receipt of the acceptance letter/OCI Registration Certificate. 

24.    Will a separate OCI passport be issued?

No.

25.    Will a duplicate Certificate of Registration as OCI be issued? 

(refer to OCI Miscellaneous Services)

26.    Will a new OCI visa sticker be issued on the new foreign passport after the expiry of the old passport? 

(refer to OCI Miscellaneous Services


27.    Will the applicant lose his citizenship after registering as OCI?

No. As only citizens of countries which allows dual citizenship under their local laws in some form or the other are eligible for applying for registration as OCIs, the question of  their losing their foreign citizenship does not arise.

28.    Can a person holding OCI travel to protected area/restricted area without permission?

No. He/she will be required to seek Protected Area Permit (PAP)/ Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for such visits.

29.    Would the Indian civil/criminal laws be applicable to persons registered as OCI?

Yes. For the period the OCI is living in India.

30.    Can a person registered as OCI be granted Indian citizenship?

Yes. As per the provisions of section 5(1) (g) of the Citizenship Act, 1955, a person who is registered as OCI for 5 years and is residing in India for 1 year out of the above 5 years, is eligible to apply for Indian Citizenship.


31.    Will OCI be granted gratis to certain categories of people?

No.

32.    Can OCI be granted to foreign nationals who are not eligible for OCI, but married to persons who are eligible for OCI?

No.

33.    Will foreign-born children of PIOs be eligible to become OCI?

Yes, provided one of the parents is eligible to become OCI.

34.    What are the benefits of OCI?

Following benefits will be allowed to OCI:

(a) Multi-purpose, multiple entry, lifelong visa for visiting India.
(b) Exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India. 
(c) Parity with NRIs in respect of economic, financial and education fields, except
     in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties.

35.    Will any other benefit be granted to OCI?

Any other benefits to OCI will be notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under Section 7B(1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.

36.    Whether the OCI is entitled to voting rights?

No.

37.    Whether the OCI is entitled to hold a constitutional post in India?

No.

38.    Whether the OCI is entitled to hold Government posts in India?

No, except for the posts specified by an order by the Central Government.


39. If a person is already holding more than one nationality, can he / she apply for OCI?

Yes, as long as the local laws of at least one of the countries allow dual citizenship in some form or other.

40.    What are the advantages of OCI when compared to PIO cardholders?

 Apart from the fact that OCI confers on the recipient the status of an Indian overseas citizen,

(i) an  OCI is entitled to life long visa free travel to India whereas for a PIO cardholder, it is only for  15 years.
(ii) a PIO cardholder is required to register with the local Police authority for stays exceeding 180 days in India on any single visit,  whereas an OCI is exempted from registration with the Police authority for any length of stay in India.

41.    Will an OCI be entitled to apply for and obtain a normal Indian passport which is given to a citizen of India?

No. An Indian Passport is given only to an Indian citizen.

42.    Whether nationals of Commonwealth countries are eligible for OCI?

Yes, if they fulfill the eligibility criteria.

43.    Can a person renounce OCI?

Yes. He/she has to declare intention of renunciation in Form XXII to the Indian Mission/Post where OCI registration was granted. After receipt of the declaration, the Indian Mission/Post shall issue an acknowledgement in Form XXII A.

44.    Do the applicants who have applied on the earlier prescribed application form have to apply again in the new form?

No. All such applications will be considered for registration as OCI without seeking fresh application and fee.


PDF

All applications on the websites of the Indian Missions in Canada are in Portable Document Format (PDF). These cross-platform documents ensure that users will be able to obtain publications in their original format regardless of what platform, software, or configurations they use to access the Internet.

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OVERSEAS CITIZENSHIP OF INDIA (OCI)  

Link to OCI Miscellaneoue services

To respond to a longstanding demand of persons of Indian origin who are now nationals of other countries, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India had announced, on the occasion  of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2005, the Government of India’s intention to grant dual citizenship to such nationals of certain countries, the laws  of which permit such a facility for their citizens.  This has now been given legal backing by the Indian Parliament with the approval of Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2005.  The Scheme is called “Overseas Citizenship of India”.

2.  Under the said scheme, a Registration Certificate, like an Indian passport though in a different colour, will be issued to the applicant.

A multiple entry, multi-purpose OCI ‘U’ (Universal) visa sticker will be pasted on the applicant’s foreign passport.

These two documents will have the applicant’s photograph, and all the necessary security features.

3.      Eligibility criteria:

  A foreign national, who

- was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26.01.1950, or

- was a citizen of India on or at any time after 26.01.1950, or

- belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15.08.1947,

  and his/her children and grandchildren, are eligible for registration as Overseas Citizens of India (OCI), provided   his/her country of citizenship allows dual citizenship in some form or other under the local laws.

 The minor children of such persons are also eligible for OCI.

 However, if the applicant had ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he/she will not be eligible for OCI.  

as well Minor Children (below the age of 18)  whose both parents are Indian Citizen are NOT eligible for OCI. (this is as per point # 6 of Ministry of Home Affairs)

 4.      Application form and procedure:

 a)     The form can be downloaded from the Ministry of Home Affairs website at www.mha.nic.in. .Part A of the form can also be filled in on-line by clicking "Online Registration"

 b)  The OCI Application is in two parts, Part A and Part B.  Part A may be filled up and submitted online by the Applicants.  It can be accessed by selecting ‘individual’ box given in the beginning of the OCI application form.  Each applicant has to fill in Part-A and the filling in of the ‘Fields’ marked with * is mandatory.

On submission of Part A, a web file number will be generated online.  This will be a dummy number, which will feature in the printout of Part A. It will be subsequently used by the Consulate as a reference number for the application.  

Part A is tamper proof, i.e., once Part A has been submitted online the applicant cannot make any changes in it. 

c)     Part B of the application is meant for all members of the family, not exceeding four including the applicant.  It is in ZIP format, and can be accessed by selecting ‘group’ in the OCI application form. It is to be downloaded either by using the ‘evaluation version’ or saved on a floppy/ CD ROM in MS Word format.  Part B of the form should be typed.  Additional sheets can be used in case the space provided in the OCI  application form is insufficient.

 Part B cannot be filled in online.  

 

 

    

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