TRACING THE ROOTS
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has launched a scheme called 'Tracing the Roots' to
facilitate PIOs in tracing their roots in India. PIOs who intend to trace their roots in India, need to apply in a prescribed form through the Indian Mission in the country of their residence, and the prescribed fee deposited at the Mission. Guidelines and application form for this purpose is available on MOIA's website: http://moi.gov.in. The present charges per application is Rs.30, 000/- or equivalent in NOK which is to be paid at the time of application.
RENUNCIATION OF INDIAN CITIZENSHIP
Those Indian citizens who acquire foreign citizenship on or after 01 June 2010 will have to submit declaration of renunciation of their Indian citizenship and a fee of NOK 1000 + 15.
Persons of Indian origin who have already acquired foreign citizenship until 31 May 2010 will not be required to pay any renunciation fee, he/she will be required to pay only miscellaneous fee of NOK 150 + 15 when getting the old Indian passport cancelled/ surrendered.
Renunciation certificate is not required for traveling to India, however, once a person acquires citizenship of another country, it is obligatory to surrender Indian citizenship and Indian passport should not be used for travel three months beyond the date of acquisition of citizenship. If the Indian passport is retained for more than three years after acquisition of citizenship of another country, a penalty of NOK 1550 +15 will be charged except where the Indian passport expired before 1.1.2005. In addition, a penalty of NOK 3000 +15 will be charged in each case of misuse of the Indian passport for travel after three months of acquisition of citizenship of another country subject to a maximum penalty of NOK 7750+15.
AVAILABILITY OF OLD PASSPORTS IN THE EMBASSY
Indian passports which were received in the Embassy from Norwegian Directorate of Immigration are available for return to holders on production of identity proof (current passport) and payment of NOK 155+15 towards renunciation of Indian citizenship prior to 01.06.2010. In case, renunciation of Indian citizenship is after 01.06.2010, a fee of NOK 1000+15 will be charged.
OVERSEAS CITIZENS OF INDIA (OCI)
OCI applicants are requested to surrender their Indian passports to consular section embassy of India, Oslo and submit copy of surrender certificate along with their OCI applications.
Those applicants who have ever held Indian passports and are unable to produce custody for surrender for any reason (loss/misplacement/submitted to government office long time back) are requested to furnish a notarized affidavit in original (if the passports is already expired) and also police report (in cases where Indian passport was still valid)
Eligibility for OCI
A foreign national who:-
• Was eligible to become citizen of India on 26th January 1950 or
• Was a citizen of India on or at any time after 26th January 1950 or
• Belong to a territory that became part of India after 15th August 1947 and his/her children and grandchildren, provided his/her country of citizenship allows dual citizenship in some form or other under the local laws, is eligible for registration as an OCI.
•Minor children of such persons are also eligible for OCI.
•If the applicant had ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he/she will not be eligible for OCI.
OCI being an internet based process; all applicants have to apply by online registration through Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India Website: https://passport.gov.in/oci/OnlineOCIRegistrationG.jsp
Online registration requires filling of Part A and Part B of the application. Part A has to be filled for each applicant of the family and Part B is common for all applicants of the family.
Once Part A is filled online, save and give print command, Part A with on line registration number will be printed along with Part B blank form. Part B can be written by hand in block letters or printed. For each family application Part B is common to all applicants of the family up to a maximum of four. Separate applications are required for any other additional members. In case the space provided is not sufficient, additional sheets may be used for providing requisite details.
No column is to be left unanswered.
Only one set (NOT two) of application form (complete in all respects along with relevant enclosures with each page self-attested) is to be submitted at Embassy of India, Oslo by applicants themselves.
One recent coloured photograph (5.1x5.1cm) showing frontal view of full face against light background in civilian clothes taken in a studio (Polaroid photographs and photographs with dark glasses or uniforms are not accepted) should be submitted along with the application. For specification of photograph, please visithttp://passport.gov.in/oci/Photo-Spec-FINAL.pdf. Please do not sign on any photograph and paste the photograph on application itself.
Enclosures for Each Applicant
• Proof of present citizenship of applicant e.g. photocopy of all pages of Passport/citizenship certificate.
• Evidence of self or parents or grand parents
(i) Being citizen of India on or after 26th January, 1950 or
(ii) Being eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of commencement of the Constitution i.e. on 26th January, 1950, or
(iii) Belonging to a territory that became a part of India after 15th August
•These could be
(i) Copy of the Indian passport (Photocopy of the first page, photo page, last page and other pages having any observations of valid/cancelled Indian passport of parents/grandparents or copy of surrender certificate of Indian passport of self/ parents or grandparents) or
(ii) Copy of the domicile certificate issued by the Competent Authority, or
(iii) Any other proof (birth certificate, school leaving certificate, domicile certificate,
marriage certificate, bank accounts, title deeds of properties)
• Evidence of relationship as parent/grandparent, if their Indian origin is claimed as basis for grant of OCI.
(If the supporting documents are not satisfactory applicant will be asked to provide more documentary evidence)
• Naturalization/ registration certificate
• PIO card holder should submit a copy of his /her PIO card.
• The documents enclosed with the application should be self-attested (signed by applicant)1947.
Application fee is to be deposited in cash or by bank cheque with Embassy of India, Oslo at the time of submitting application.
• NOK 1705 + 15 for each OCI applicant including minors.
• NOK 155 +15 for PIO Card holder and NOK 900+15 for PIO card holder (minor).
Procedure for Granting Registration
After receipt of application in Embassy of India, Oslo a File Number would be issued to the applicant by way of acknowledgement. This would be communicated by email/post in case of applications received by post.
Applicant (s) can verify the status of their application(s) on line by quoting the on line registration number or File Number.
Registration of an applicant as an OCI may be issued within 45-120 days. After grant of registration, a registration certificate in the form of a booklet will be issued and a multiple entry, multi purposes lifelong OCI “U” visa sticker will be pasted on the foreign passport of the applicant.
On preparation of OCI document, applicant is required to present in person or he/she can send a duly authorized person, along with his/her foreign passport and PIO card (if any) for collection of the OCI documents. No passport and OCI documents will be received / sent by post.
There is no emergency service on OCI cards.
OCI for PIO Card Holders
PIO card holders who are otherwise eligible for registration as an OCI may apply in a similar manner and on the same form and they will be considered for grant of registration in the similar manner as other applicants. However, PIO card holders have to pay a fee of NOK 155 + 15 instead of NOK 1705 + 15 as for a normal applicant but in cases of minor PIO card holder, fees will be charged NOK 900 + 15 for each applicant.
Cancellation of OCI Registration
If it is found that registration as an OCI was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or concealment of any material fact or the registered OCI has shown disaffection towards the Constitution of India or comes under any of the provisions of section 7D of the Citizenship Act, the registration of such person will not only be cancelled forthwith but he/ she will also be blacklisted from visiting India.
Important Notice to OCI Card Holder
OCI Card holders travelling to India are advised to carry the Passport containing U Visa Sticker and OCI Card to avoid problems at Immigration check points in India. In case registered OCI has obtained a new passport kindly ensure to carry the passport containing U Visa Sticker, new passport and OCI document during all visits to India. ALTERNATIVELY Miscellaneous Services can be availed for transfer of U Visa Sticker to new passport. Fee of NOK 155+15 will be charged for Miscellaneous Service to OCI.
OCI Miscellaneous Service
OCI Miscellaneous should be availed throughhttps://passport.gov.in/oci/OnlineOCIMiscMain.jsp for
Fresh issue of OCI documents in the following category of cases:
i. In case of issuance of new passport.
ii. In case of change of personal particulars viz. nationality etc.,
iii. In case of loss/damage of OCI registration certificate/visa.
iv. In case of filling of wrong personal particulars while submitting online application viz.
Name, father’s name, date of birth etc.
v. In case of manually filled in applications (discontinued now) mistakes have been Committed by the Indian Mission/Post/Office while entering the personal particulars.
vi. In case of change of address/occupation.
Please note the old passport along with OCI sticker is to be produced at the time of submitting documents for OCI miscellaneous service. In case, the old passport is not available then a suitable letter issued by Police must accompany the application.
Benefits to an OCI
Following benefits will accrue to an OCI:
• A multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong visa for visiting India.
• Exemption from registration with local police authorities for any length of stay in India
• Parity with Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational
fields except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
Benefits to Which OCI is not Entitled to
The OCI is not entitled to vote, be a member of Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council or Parliament, cannot hold constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court or High Court etc. and he /she cannot normally hold employment in the Government.
PERSONS OF INDIAN ORIGIN (PIO)
The Government of India for the convenience of persons of Indian origin has launched
the 'PIO Card' scheme, aimed at making the journey back to the roots, simpler, easier and smoother. The validity of PIO card is 15 years subject to the validity of the passport. The PIO Card will be valid only when accompanied with a valid passport. There is no emergency service for PIO card. Do not plan travel before you receive PIO card in your hand.
Eligibility for PIO Card
Every person of Indian origin who is a citizen of another country (with certain exceptions) will be eligible to apply for PIO Card if:
• The person at any time held an Indian passport, or
• The person or either of his/her parents or grandparents or great grandparents was born in, and was permanently resident in India, provided further that neither was at any time a citizen of any of the aforesaid excluded countries, or
• The person is the spouse of a citizen of India, or a person of Indian origin covered under (i) and (ii) above.
Please note that persons who were citizen of certain specified countries or whose spouse or either of whose parents, grandparents, great-grandparents were citizens at any time of these specified countries may cause an applicant to be ineligible for a PIO cards even though they fulfilled the above criteria.
These grounds of ineligibility would be established only after receipt of application and it may not be possible to respond to queries regarding grounds of ineligibility before receiving the application.
Benefits available to a PIO Card Holder
The PIO cardholders are entitled to the following benefits:-
• A multiple entry, multi-purpose visa for visiting India. PIO Card itself is treated as visa.
• No separate student/employment/business visa will be required for admission to colleges/ institutions or taking up employment, business etc, in India.
• Special counters for speedy immigration clearance at designated immigration check posts.
• Exemption from registration with local police authorities for continuous stay up to 180
days in India.
• Parity with Non Resident Indians (NRIs) in economic, financial and educational fields except for acquisition of agricultural land or plantations.
• PIO Card can be used as identity proof for applying for a PAN card, driving license and for opening of bank account in India, if the PIO card holder resides in India.
• In the event of continuous stay in India exceeding 180 days, the PIO card holder must get himself/herself registered, within 30 days of the expiry of 180 days with concerned jurisdictional FRRO/FRO.
• The grant of a PIO Card does NOT entitle the cardholder to visit a restricted/protected area. Prior permission of the competent authority is required to be obtained for visiting a
• A PIO Card does NOT entitle the cardholder to undertake any missionary work, mountaineering and research work, without the prior permission of the Government of India, and in accordance with the instructions issued from time to time
Application form may be down loaded from the ‘Forms Download’ in the ‘Consular Services’ in the web site. Please also mention your contact telephone number in the application.
PIO Apply in Person
Please bring the documents and fees to Embassy of India, NielsJuels Gate 30, 0244 Oslo. You need to provide the following documents with the duly filled application.
(i)PIO application with one photo pasted on application form and two extra with frontal view of full face.
(ii)All naturalized Norwegian citizens of Indian descent should provide surrender certificate for your last held Indian passport before applying for PIO. If you do not have surrender certificate issued by the Indian Government authorities after seeking foreign nationality, then follow the procedure for applying the surrender certificate given in the end below, without which your PIO application will not be processed.
(ii)Completed signed application form - (for very young children, thumb impression [right for girls / left for boys (in place of signatures)] For children who cannot sign, a thumb impression may be put in place of signatures in the application form.
(iv) Proof of present citizenship: copy of current passport (pages with particulars only). Please send the original Norwegian passport only when you have a valid Indian visa in it. We will cancel the valid Indian visas and return the foreign passports to you.
(v)Proof of Indian citizenship: The photocopies of first three and last two pages of Indian Passport should be enclosed. If Indian Passport is still valid, the same may be sent for cancellation.
(vi) Birth Certificate: If applicant is born abroad notarized copy of his/her birth certificate, wherein both parents’ names have been mentioned, should be provided.
(vii) Relationship proof: If parents/grand-parents origin is being claimed as grant of PIO Card, following documents need to be furnished:
Copies of first three and last two pages of both parents’ Indian passports or copies of their domicile certificates issued by the competent authorities (class one Gazetted officer in India).
(b) Evidence of relationship with the applicant i.e.
(a)(1) In case of parent’s origin: birth certificate of applicant wherein names of parents have been mentioned should be submitted.
(2) In case of grand / great grand parents’ origin: birth certificate of applicant wherein names of parents have been mentioned; birth certificate of parents wherein their parents’ names have been mentioned should be submitted.
(viii) Those applying as spouses of persons of Indian origin should submit original Indian passport or PIO card (whichever is applicable) of the spouse and original marriage certificate duly apostilled (if married in India, by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi);(to be eligible, the marriage must have taken place more than a year before the date of application).
(ix)Proof of Residence: Any one of the following i.e. copy of utility bill (phone bill / electricity bill) or Driving License or Lease Deed (of residence) etc. where your present address in Norway is clearly mentioned should be provided. The copies should be duly notarized, if you are sending your application by mail.
(x)Address in India: If this is different from the one in the Indian passport, please provide proof in r/o new address.
PIO Apply by Postal Mail
When sending application by postal mails please follow all instructions as applying in person.
PIO cards along with other documents would be returned by registered mail only. Applicants should also enclose a self-addressed envelope with due postage.
Fee should be paid by local bank cheque payable to the Embassy of India, Oslo. Do not send cash if applying by mail.
The Embassy is not responsible for delayed dispatch of documents or for the loss of documents in the mail.
For applications sent by mail, a reasonable amount of time for mailing and its return may be added before making inquiry with us.
Application form should be filled in fully, legibly (in block capital letters) and accurately. Applications received with incomplete details would remain unprocessed causing unnecessary delays. It is an offense to give false information in the application. PIO card facilities can be denied / withdrawn on grounds of misuse, suppression of factual information, misrepresentation of the facts, submission of false particulars, and for making unauthorized changes in the PIO cards.
Above requirements are indicative and attempt has been made to cover majority of cases. However, the Consular Officer may ask for additional documents after examining the application in person and the same would have to be provided.
If your name in your Norwegian passport is different from the one in the Indian passport, you are required to advertise change of name in two national newspapers in India. Cutting of the advertisement is to be enclosed with the application.
Applications for PIO cards are accepted at the Embassy counter between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on working days. PIO card, irrespective of date or time of submission, is delivered only between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on working days.
Ordinarily, it takes 30 working days to issue a PIO card if the application is complete in all respects, but this schedule does not apply to cases where approval is required from authorities in India.
There is no emergency service on PIO cards.
A fee of NOK 1830+15 shall be payable along with the application. The fee for a PIO Card for a child up to the 18 years will be NOK 915+15. Renunciation of Indian citizenship fee will be charged in addition as given above.
Fee is payable by cash/local bank cheque only at the counter. Fee once paid is non- refundable even if the application is delayed or withdrawn or service cannot be rendered.
Issue of a Duplicate PIO Card
In the event of the loss of a PIO Card, a duplicate card may be issued after charging a fee of NOK 620 + 15, subject to the completion of the other formalities i.e. lodging of an FIR, scrutiny of claim, etc, as required to issue a duplicate passport. A duplicate PIO card will be issued from the same office that issued the original card.
PIO cards issued earlier with a fee of US$ 1000 were valid for 20 years. Holders with these PIO cards are also eligible for a free renewal for a further period of 10 years without any additional fee.
To Endorse New Passport Number on PIO Card
• Fill the endorsement application.
• Paste recent photo with light colour background.
• Enclose copy the first and last pages of current passport.
• Enclose original PIO Card.
• Enclose NOK 155 + 15 by cheque drawn in favour of Embassy of India, Oslo.
PIO - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What are the requirements for applying a PIO card by a person who is born in India?
A: Submit the following documents:
(a) Application form duly filled in with three recently taken and identical colour photographs with light background of size 3.5x3.5 cm. Photographs should showthe front view of full face and should be in civil dress. Polaroid photographs, poor quality photographs and photographs taken in uniform or with dark glasses will be rejected.
(b) His/her latest expired or not yet expired Indian passport (in original) along with a copy of each page.
(c) A copy of the applicant's current foreign passport.
(d) The prescribed fee by cash/cheque drawn in favour of Embassy of India, Oslo.
Q: What are the requirements for applying a PIO card by a person who was not born in
India and never had an Indian passport?
A: He / She should submit the following documents:
(a) Application form duly filled in with three passport size photographs.
(b) A notarized copy each of his/her birth certificate indicating parents’ names, his/her parent's latest Indian passports (either expired or not yet expired) and his/her current foreign passport and a copy of the parent's valid passport.
Q: If the applicant is a minor, who should sign his / her PIO card application?
A: The PIO card application of a minor should be signed by both the parents. However,
in the boxes provided for the specimen signature of the applicant, either the minor should sign himself / herself or his/her thumb impression (left for boys and right for girls) should be provided (in case the minor is too young to sign).
Q: Can a PIO card holder study or take up an employment in India?
A: Yes, a PIO card holder does not require a "Student" visa for undertaking studies in
India and similarly no employment visa for taking up employment in India. However, they will be required to fulfil other pre-requisite conditions and other formalities in connection with their studies/employment as prescribed by the concerned authorities from time to time.
Q: What is the procedure for change of passport particulars on the PIO Card when a new passport is obtained?
A: If a new passport has been obtained after issue of PIO card, please apply in PIO application for endorsement of new passport number on the PIO card. Send original PIO card old passport in original copy of the new passport. Fee for this service is NOK 155+15.
Updated on 30 January 2013