IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - CONSULAR SERVICES
Consular Surcharge towards ICWF
Surcharge on Consular Services: An additional fee of C$ 2.00 per application will be charged with effect from 10th September 2012 on each service on account of Consular Surcharge. This will be in addition to the already prescribed fees and service charges and is applicable on all services.
INDIAN COMMUNITY WELFARE FUND (ICWF)
The 'Indian Community Welfare Fund' (ICWF) was established in 2011.
Overseas Indian workers duped by unscrupulous intermediaries in the host countries, runaway house maids, those who become victim of accidents, deserted spouses of Overseas Indians or undocumented Overseas Indian workers in need of emergency assistance or other Overseas Indian citizens who are in distress would be the main beneficiaries of the Fund. The Fund will also be utilized to meet the expenditure for airlifting the mortal remains of Overseas Indian citizens to India on a means tested basis, on the recommendation of the respective Heads of Missions. It is also meant for release of Overseas Indian nationals from detention centres as well as serve as support to Overseas Indian community centres and student welfare centres.
Surcharge on Consular Services : An additional fee of C$ 2.00 per application will be charged with effect from 10th September 2012 on each service on account of Consular Surcharge. This will be in addition to the already prescribed fees and service charges and is applicable on all services.
OPEN HOUSE TO ADDRESS CONSULAR ISSUES OF INDIAN CITIZENS
Indian citizens are welcome to come to High Commission of India on every second and fourth Wednesday from 11 AM to 12 noon to discuss any consular issues that they may have. Senior officers and staff of the Consular Section of the High Commission will be available to address the grievances about consular matters affecting Indian citizens.
NEW TIMELINE FOR PROCESSING OCI CARDS
The Government of India has introduced additional security checks before granting the Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards. The newly introduced verification steps are undertaken at New Delhi. These take about a month to complete and cannot be fast-tracked. Therefore, the OCI card cases will now take about 8 weeks to complete. Applicants may please keep this in mind while applying for the OCI card and deciding their travel plans. To mitigate the hardship, our outsourcing agents BLS International have been asked to accept OCI applications along with a photocopy of the Canadian passport instead of the original. Applicants will be required to produce the original Canadian passport at a later stage when the 'Life Long Visa Sticker' is received by us from India. In case, any applicant needs to visit India while his OCI application is under process, he can apply for appropriate Indian visa on his Canadian passport on payment of usual fee applicable.
The information on this website about Consular matters has been presented in a simplified and highly readable format. It cannot be the basis for a legal claim about any visa/passport service or imposition of penalty. The Consular Officer will examine each case in the light of latest guidelines/instructions of the Government on the matter and will decide the case.