OCI Card

OCI Card

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 and the application form are  available at: http://mha.nic.in/uniquepage.asp?Id_Pk=553.

You can go to the online application form here: OCI Online Form


Please enter your Finnish passport’s details in the form!


Log into the system with the details of your old Finnish passport, ie. the passport that has the OCI sticker in it. Then, when you fill out the form, enter the details of your new passport.


Forms duly completed, along with a receipt of the payment of the required fee for each application, can be submitted to this embassy to be forwarded to the concerned authorities in India for granting of the OCI Registration Card. Those who are already holding PIO cards can apply for an OCI card (please consult the Consular Section about the fee).


Please note that the form must first be filled out online, then printed in duplicate. The form does not exist as a paper version and cannot be filled out at the Embassy.

Clarification regarding the issue of OCI to minors

  1. 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.
  2. Minor children whose parent or parents are former Indian nationals but now hold foreign passports are eligible for OCI.

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

To apply for an OCI card, please submit the following:

  1. Original Finnish passport and copies of it
  2. 3 colour photos (see photo requirements)
  3. Required fee as a bank transfer and a receipt of the payment
  4. Application form (filled in online, printed in duplicate)
  5. In case of applicants who have formerly held an Indian passport: Surrender Certificate and a photocopy of it
  6. In case of applicants who have never held an Indian passport: proof of your Indian origins (e.g. copies of your parents’ Indian passports) and proof that you have never had an Indian passport (eg. a document that you can obtain from the Finnish ‘maistraatti’)

Please note: 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!

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
e-mail address: amb.helsinki@mea.gov.in
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