OCI Card

OCI Card

New Additional Insturctions for OCI w.e.f. 23 November 2015

The applicants shall submit the application form online and upload all the requisite documents (self-attested), photograph and signature (in the case of minors who cannot sign, left-hand thumb impression) along with the application.

All applicants would be required to bring their original documents with copies (self- attested) at the time of lodging their applications at the Embassy in person. Applications sent by post should be accompanied with original documents plus self-attested copies of the same.


Overseas Citizenship of India

The Government of India has launched the scheme for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) with effect from 14 November 2005. The eligibility criteria are available at https://passport.gov.in/oci/

The application is an online form. It must be filled in online, printed and signed. The required supporting documents must be uploaded into the system. The printed form, along with photos, payment receipt and supporting documents (originals and copies) must be submitted by post or at the Embassy counter during the forenoon opening hours.

The OCI card is valid indefinitely. However, in certain cases it must be renewed after passport renewal for an additional fee. Please consult the Consular Section for more information.

FIRST APPLICATION
When registering a new OCI application, remember to enter your Finnish passport’s details in the form!

RENEWAL
When applying for OCI renewal ('OCI Miscellaneous Services'), log into the system with your Finnish passport number as it is in your current OCI card. Then, when you fill in the form, enter the details of your new passport.

PIO TO OCI
If you are already holding a PIO card, it must be converted to OCI by 31 March 2016 (conversion is free of charge). Remember to choose the correct registration form!

The application form must be filled in and submitted online. The requisite documents (self-attested), photograph and signature (in the case of minors who cannot sign, left hand thumb impression) must be uploaded along with the application. After this, the printed and signed form, photos, payment receipt and all supporting documents (originals and copies) must be submitted at the Embassy. The originals are verified by the Embassy and returned to the applicant. Copies must be made by the applicant before coming to the Embassy, and they are not returned.

Clarification regarding the issue of OCI to minors

  • Minor children whose parent or parents are Indian nationals (Indian passport holders) are not eligible for OCI. To obtain OCI, the child must first apply for an Indian passport.
  • Minor children whose parent or parents are former Indian nationals but now hold foreign passports are eligible for OCI.


TO APPLY FOR YOUR FIRST OCI, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:

I. Applicants who have formerly held Indian passport or who are of Indian origin:

  • application form (filled in online and printed and signed in duplicate)
  • your original Finnish passport and copies of it
  • if you have previously held an Indian passport: Surrender Certificate and a photocopy of it
  • if you never have held an Indian passport: proof of your Indian origin (eg. photocopies of parents’ or grandparents’ Indian passports) and proof that you have never had an Indian passport (eg. a document that you can obtain from the Finnish ‘maistraatti’)
  • three colour photos (see photo requirements)
  • a receipt of the required fee paid via bank transfer

II. Applicants who are applying on the basis of marriage:

  • application form (filled in online, printed and signed in duplicate)
  • your original Finnish passport and copies of it
  • your original marriage certificate with apostille along with copies thereof (NB! You can only apply after two years of marriage. If you get a divorce, you must have your OCI cancelled.)
  • your spouse’s original Indian passport/OCI card or other proof of his/her Indian origins and copies thereof
  • a letter from your spouse addressed to the Embassy of India, stating that you are married and have no intention of divorcing
  • two original documents as proof of your and your spouse’s joint, current Finnish address and copies thereof (for example, a driving license, telephone bill, utility bill, lease agreement, etc.)
  • three colour photos (see photo requirements)
  • a receipt of the required fee paid via bank transfer

III. Applicants who are converting PIO to OCI:

  • if you have Indian origins: application form, valid PIO-card with copies, valid Finnish passport with copies, three colour photos (see photo requirements above), and Surrender Certificate with copies
  • if your spouse has Indian origins: application form, valid PIO-card with copies, valid Finnish passport with copies, three colour photos (see photo requirements above); along your original marriage certificate with apostille and copies thereof (please note that unlike the PIO, OCI is only granted after two years of marriage) AND proof of joint address/supporting letter from your spouse

TO APPLY FOR OCI RENEWAL, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:

  • application form (OCI Miscellaneous Services, filled in online, printed in duplicate and signed)
  • your new Finnish passport and copies of it
  • three colour photos (see photo requirements)
  • your old OCI card and copies of it
  • receipt of the payment of the consular fee
  • Surrender Certificate and copies of it

Persons of Indian origin applying for OCI Card are required to produce a Surrender Certificate.
Please see
Surrender Certificate for further instructions.

Please note that we cannot accept photos that do not fill the above-mentioned requirements!

Remember to upload the requisite, self-attested documents before submitting the application! Your uploaded documents will be verified against the originals, and you will receive an e-mail notification when your application is under process. The originals will be returned to you.

Address:  Kulosaarentie 32, 00570 Helsinki, FINLAND
Working hours: 0830–1300 and 1330–1700 from Monday to Friday except holidays
Application submission:  0900–1200 | Document collection: 1500‒1630
Telephone Numbers:   +358 (0)9 228 99 10    Fax :  +358 (0)9 622 12 08
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