Overseas Citizenship of India
Notice regarding delay in OCI Cards
Embassy of India
There have been a significant number of queries from applicants who have applied for OCI services at Embassy of India, Helsinki since April 2014 and are waiting to receive their cards. While the normal processing time for OCI applications in the past had been 50 days but due to reasons beyond our control at the New Delhi end, we regret the delay in printing of OCI Registration Cards and are currently unable to specify the timeline for the receipt of the OCI cards from India.
In the prevailing situation, the applicants may plan applying for OCI Cards or an appropriate visa in advance.
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
Forms duly completed, along with a fee of 216 € per 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 on payment of a fee of 25 €.
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
The OCI Registration fee is normally required to be deposited in cash at the Embassy counter. In the case of applications being sent by post the fee can also be deposited in the Nordea bank account of the Embassy (account number: FI96 2066 1800 0174 23, BIC: NDEAFIHH) by quoting thereference number 1070. In such cases, applicants are requested to attach the original bank advice along with a copy thereof to the application. Name(s) of applicant(s) and service required must be indicated in the bank advice.
Please note: Persons of Indian origin applying for Indian visa, OCI/PIO Card or miscellaneous consular services are required to produce a Surrender Certificate. This Certificate may be issued to them on payment of one-time Renunciation of Indian Citizenship Fee, which is 135 € for applicants who have obtained Finnish citizenship after 1.6.2010 and 25 € for applicants who have obtained citizenship before that date.
The OCI card is valid indefinitely. However, in certain cases it must be renewed with passport renewal for the fee of 25 €. Please consult the Consular Section for more information.
To apply for an OCI card, please submit the following:
Please note: Persons of Indian origin applying for OCI/PIO 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!