OCI Card

OCI Card

Overseas Citizenship of India

Notice regarding delay in OCI Cards

Embassy of India
Helsinki

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

Passport

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

 

RENEWAL
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 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

  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 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 consularservices 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 115 € 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:

  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
  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 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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