Important Notice: As per the present international guidelines all passengers should have a passport valid for 6 months or more from the date of travel. You must contact the airline concerned if your passport does not have sufficient validity.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. FAQs on VISA
  2. FAQs on PASSPORT
  3. FAQs on OCI
  4. FAQs on OCI MISC.Services
  5. FAQs on Miscellaneous Services ( i.e. PCC, POA, Attestation.. )

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR VISA SERVICES:

   
 1.  Do I need a visa togo to India?
   Yes, all foreigners need a visa to enter India.
 2.  Can I get a Visa on Arrival to enter India? Can a foreign national or New Zealand passport holder get a Visa on Arrival i.e. when he/she lands at an airport etc. in India?
 

Please note that the earlier Visa on Arrival facility/scheme has been slightly modified. To avail e-TOURIST VISA (eTV) facility, all applicants must first apply online to obtain e-TOURIST VISA (eTV). This e-TOURIST VISA (eTV) must be applied for at least four (4) days before commencing travel and not more than 30 days before anticipated travel to India.

The countries whose nationals can avail e-TOURIST VISA (eTV) facilities are:
Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Guyana, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand,Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea,
Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands,Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vanuatu, Vietnam.

e-TOURIST VISA (eTV)needs to be applied online at www.indianvisaonline.gov.in in advance, fee to be paid on line and visa to be obtained online in advance before departure for India. It is clarified that the High Commission of India, Wellington has no control on e-TOURIST VISA (eTV). For complete information and application procedure please visit: www.indianvisaonline.gov.in . All queries related to Visa on Arrival may sent to: indiatvoa@gov.in or help desk may contacted at +91-11-24300666.

Applicants of the eligible countries may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 30 days. Example: If you are applying on 1st Sept then applicant can select arrival date from 5th Sept to 4th Oct.

 3. I want to visit India for tourism/to attend a friend's marriage/ to meet my friends. Which visa should I apply for?
 

You apply for a tourist visa. As long as you are not transacting any business or participating in any commercial activity for profit or taking part in any major meeting conference you could apply for a tourist visa. Usually Tourist Visas are approved for 90 days stay and six months validity with single entry facility. Tourist visa with multiple entry facilities also be selectively considered in certain cases.

 4. Can I study in India?
  Yes. With a valid student visa for a recognized university/educational institution.
 5. Can I work in India?
   Yes. With a valid employment visa.
 6. I travel to India frequently for business meetings/to explore opportunities for partnerships with Indian companies. Which visa should I apply for?
  You may apply for a business visa valid for multiple entries for either six months or one year along with the requisite documents as per the checklist. Kindly note that a Business Visa does not permit you to work in India. In case you wish to work in India, you should apply for an Employment Visa.
 7.  I will be changing flights/airports in India to travel to my final destination (say Nepal, Thailand etc.) Do I need a visa to change flights/airport terminals?
 

Please note that if you are required to exit the area designated for transit passengers any time at an Indian International Airport, transit visa will be required to be obtained before departure from the High Commission of India, Wellington.

You need to apply for a transit visa if you are going to change from an international terminal to a domestic terminal of any Indian airport or if you are going to stay in an airport hotel even for a few hours. You don't need a transit visa if you stay in the waiting area reserved for international transit passengers in an Indian airport. Note that you can stay for a maximum period of 72 hours in India on a transit visa. You should have a confirmed air ticket for the onward journey.

 8.  I have to participate in a Conference/Seminar/Workshop in India. Which visa should I apply for?
   You should apply for a Conference Visa to enable you to participate in the Conference/Seminar/ Workshop along with invitation letter, details of the Conference etc. Clearance from the competent authority in India is required.
9.   I will travel at a much later date. Can my visa be issued to coincide with the date of travel?
   No. Post - dated visas are not issued. The validity of the visa begins from the date of issue.
 10.  I have to go for internship/training in a university/institute/company in India for a short period. Which visa should I apply for?
 

 You should apply for an Employment Visa along with a copy of the offer letter stating the terms of internship. You may also be required to submit a copy of the inter-university student exchange agreement if the proposed internship is a component of such an agreement. You would be required to submit proof of financial standing to support your stay in India. If you receive any monetary compensation/salary from the Indian organization, you will have to apply for a business visa.

Students sponsored by AIESEC for project based work in companies/ industries may be considered for grant of Business Visa for the duration of the programme subject to a maximum period of one year.
 11.  I will be going to India for work/employment along with my family. Which visa should I apply for? Would my children be able to study in India?
   You must apply for an employment visa along with the requisite documents. Once your visa application is approved, your spouse and children may apply for entry visas in case they are accompanying you on your stay in India. Your children will be able to secure admission in schools/colleges in India once they have been granted entry visas. Kindly note that you have to undergo mandatory registration formalities at the nearest office of the FRRO/FRO within 14 days of your arrival in India if you are planning to stay in the country for a period longer than 180 days.
 12.  I will be studying in India for one semester/trimester in an IIT/IIM/IISc/Indian university. Which visa should I apply for?
   You should apply for a student visa along with a copy of the letter from the institute/university confirming your acceptance as a student. You would also be required to submit proof of financial standing to support your stay in India.
 13.  I have to travel to India on an emergency. Is there any extra charge for the same?
   Emergency Visa is granted ONLY in compelling medical and humanitarian emergent exigencies. The burden will on the applicant to establish such emergent circumstances. Once the High Commission Consular Staff have verified the emergency, visa could be processed on payment of specified emergency visa fees.
 14.  I had applied for a visa for India but I have changed my mind about visiting the country. Can I claim a refund of the visa fee?
   Visa fees are non-refundable. Once the visa application is accepted, fee cannot be refunded even if the visa is refused/not granted.
 15.  Do I need a visa for my pet who is accompanying me on my visit to India?
  Visa is not required for taking a pet to India but certain customs and vaccination-related regulations have to be complied with. Kindly consult your airline/travel agent for details of these regulations and necessary documentation to facilitate the visit. (Information attached)
 16.  Can I send one/ single cheque of all our visa application?
   Yes. You can club all your applications together with single cheque for total fee with one return courier bag.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR PASSPORT SERVICES:

   
1. What passport related services are offered by the High Commission of India in Wellington ?
 

The following six services are offered:

•       Re-issue of passport on expiry of full  validity passport or exhaustion of pages. 
•        Renewal of short validity passport to full validity passport. 
•        Issue of fresh passport in lieu of lost passport.       
•        Issue of fresh passport in lieu of damaged passport.      
•        Issue of first time passport to a new born.     
•        Issue of Emergency Certificate to travel to India.      
 2.  What is Re-issue of passport on expiry of full validity passport?
   Full validity passports have a life of ten years for adults and five years for minor. The expiry date is always mentioned in all passports. A passport holder can apply for reissue of his passport up to one year before and/or within one year after the expiry date. In other words, a passport about to expire needs to be reissued within the stipulated two years period mentioned above i.e. one year before the date of expiry and/or within one year immediately after the date of expiry.
 3.  How to avail the service of re-issue of passport on expiry of its life or exhaustion of pages?
   Apply online (online registration link) and follow the instructions to print a copy of the passport application form. Fill application form carefully without omitting any column or item. Four photographs of 2 inches X 2 Inches (51mm X 51mm) are required. Please paste one photo on the application. Do not staple/pin the photographs.  Affidavit to be submitted with all the applications (Form no 7 on the website in All Forms under Passport forms).  Please include Self-addressed prepaid courier envelope to return your passport. (Please keep the record of tracking number). The Indian passport, requiring re-issue need to be enclosed with the application. In case applicant has married after issuance of current passport, then it is mandatory to enclose original marriage certificate and copy of spouse's passport.
 4.  Can one apply for a Machine Readable Passport of normal 10 year validity passport as a replacement of 20 year validity passport  or as a replacement of a hand written passport as this is causing difficulty in obtaining visa for many countries whose authorities are objecting to a 20 year validity passport or a hand written passport.
   Yes.  It is in the interest of the applicant to get a new 10 year Passport as the Government of India has dispensed with the issuance of 20-years Passport and hand written passport in accordance with extant rules.Please follow the same procedure as is meant for re issue of a passport on expiry of its validity. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24th November 2015 for globally phasing out all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs).
 5.  What procedure is to be followed and documents enclosed with the application to obtain a fresh passport in lieu of a lost passport?
   

Firstly, the application form is the same as the one mentioned in Item No. 3 above. Four passport size photographs of 2 inches X 2 inches (51mm x 5 mm) are required. One photo be pasted on the application and the remaining four be enclosed in an envelope and securely pinned to the application. The application form can be couriered to our office along with all required documentations. Usually, the applicant is interviewed by an officer of the High Commission & this can be done through skype. A convenient time for skype interviews will be finalized (mostly in the afternoon) after mutual consultations by High Commission staff.

The most important requirement is to provide documentary evidence of the applicant’s current nationality as an Indian. Needless to say a photocopy of the lost Indian passport is of great value. In the absence of a photocopy of the lost passport, important details  such as number, date of issue, place of issue will help.  The applicant is advised to produce as much evidence as possible of being an Indian. Voter’s identity card, Adhar Card, Indian driving licence, PAN card issued by income tax authority or any other photo identity paper issued by a Governmental authority in India are examples.

The other  documents required would be a police report in original from local police indicating registration of the loss of the  passport  indicating  lost passport number.  Letter from  Employer/Institution/Organisation confirming employment/enrolment.  Separately, the applicant has to furnish a self-certified statement detailing the circumstances in which he or she lost the passport. Documents such as utility bills (electricity, water, and telephone, and bank statement,) to prove place of residence in NZ also need to be enclosed. The common requirement of proving availability of valid stay  in NZ  is also applicable to this service. 

The applicants may also have to furnish an affidavit stating that (a) he/she has not acquired foreign nationality/does not hold the travel document of a foreign country, (b) has not applied for asylum in NZ/a foreign country. (c) Affidavit for lost/damaged passport (Form no 4 on the website in All Forms under Passport forms) (d) Personal Particulars Form (Form no.8 on the website in All Forms under Passport forms).

 6.  How to seek a new passport in lieu of a passport which has expired more than one year ago?
   The procedure would be near similar to seeking a new passport in lieu of a lost one. A self -explanation letter explaining “why the passport was not renewed in time" is required.  In case more than one year has lapsed since the expiry of the passport, the applicant will need to submit denial letter from the department of Internal affairs, Government of New Zealand confirming the same,  Personal Particulars Form (Form no.8 on the website in All Forms under Passport forms) and  Personal interview with Passport Officer.
 7.  How much time would it take to get a replacement passport in lieu of a lost passport?
   Issuing replacement passports in lieu of lost passports would take different time periods as situations vary widely. It is difficult to spell out a standard time norm for this service. Normally, cases in which the photocopy of the lost passport or relevant details of the lost passport are available and readily traceable in the database of the Government of India, the time taken to replace the passports could be as little as six weeks. Other cases in which such details are unavailable or are not readily authenticated against a check of records in our database, more time would be required. In the latter cases, often the personal particulars including the photograph of the applicant is sent to the original passport issuing authority in India or abroad for authentication of the lost passport particulars. In cases where such passport details are either not available or the lost passport expired more than three years before, an additional verification by local police in India to prove the Indian nationality of the applicant would be essential. Such cases, needless to say, would take more time. Usually authentication by passport issuing authorities take six to eight weeks and verification by police takes as many as three to six months. Applicants should accordingly calculate their own time norm before enquiring about the status of their pending applications.
 8.  What procedure is to be followed and documents enclosed with the application to obtain a fresh passport in lieu of a damaged passport?
   The procedure followed in this case is the same as the one followed in case of procedure meant for issue of a replacement passport in lieu of a lost passport except police report is not required.
 9. What procedure is to be followed for issue of a first time passport for a newborn in NZ? 
   Application for all types of passport services is one and the same. This service is preceded by the service of registering the child’s birth in the High Commission. Such registration must be completed within one year of the birth of the child. Complete the birth registration form for Indian Citizenship by descent online at: http://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/ic_form_public.aspx (please select last registration method from the list: Registration of birth of a minor child at an Indian consulate under section 4(1) of the citizenship act, 1955 ) Send copy of the form after attestation from Notary not by JP or parents can visit personally to High Commission.  It is advisable that both the services are applied for on the same day as it saves time and avoids repeat visits to the High Commission. The parents of the child have to file a declaration to the effect that they are parent(s) of the child and have consented jointly to apply for Indian citizenship and a passport for their newborn. They also have to submit a declaration that the child does not hold passport of another country.  JP/Notary attested photocopies of passports of the parents with valid visa and full version birth certificate of the newborn and marriage certificate of parents need to be enclosed with the application. Originals would also be required to verify the authenticity of the photocopies enclosed with the application.
 10.  What are the requirements regarding appending thumb impression of a newborn on the application form?
   Yes. It is necessary. There is an earmarked space for the purpose. Left thumb impression for a male child and right thumb impression for a female child needs to be appended at the earmarked space.
 11.  What is the procedure to apply for an emergency travel document (EC) to travel to India?
   Fill application form for emergency certificate. The procedure followed is the same as the one meant for issue of a new passport in lieu of lost/damaged passport. Please see relevant question-answer above. The only difference is that in case of EC, the applicant is not required to be in possession of valid visa in New Zealand.
 12.  Can an applicant request for a change or amendment in  personal particulars in his/her passport at the time of re-issue of his/her passport in lieu of passport about to expire, a damaged passport, upgrading a short validity passport to full validity passport?
   Yes. No extra fee is payable. There is no need to use a separate miscellaneous service form if an amendment seeking request is combined with the main request of reissue of a passport. Applicant, however, has to clearly mention at appropriate place that he/she is seeking an amendment in one or more personal particulars.
It is relevant to mention that normally no amendments are permissible unless trustworthy documentary evidence is provided in support of the claimed change in status. Additionally, High Commission may, in certain cases (such as a change in name) also like to know the purpose for seeking a change. For certain personal particulars special documents are needed to show that mandatory procedure has been followed. 
 13. How to add/change the surname of a married woman in her passport to include her husband’s surname? 
   Apply for new Passport and follow the same procedure.  Documents required are : (a) passport in original (b)  marriage certificate (c) copy of husband’s passport.  Completed Affidavit for name change after marriage (Form no 2 on the website in All Forms under Passport forms) 
 14.  How to add the name of spouse after marriage in one’s passport?
   In this case a new passport has to be issued. Apply for new  passport and follow the same procedure  Documents required are : (a) passport in original (b) attested marriage certificate (c) copy of husband’s passport. 
 15.  How to change name in the passport?
  Apply for new passport and follow the same procedure. The applicants are required to submit the following: A) Name change Advertisement in a leading Indian newspaper (Please send full page of the newspaper. No photocopies or cuttings are acceptable) B) Name change Advertisement in a leading New Zealand newspaper (Please send full page of the newspaper. No photocopies or cuttings are acceptable) C) Sworn affidavit (Form no 3 on the website in All Forms under Passport forms).  High Commission may also like to know the purpose for seeking a change.

 

 16. How to delete address mentioned in my current passport and add my new address?
   Please use application for new passport. Documents required are: (a) passport in original (b) documents such as original utility bills to prove the new address in India. 
 17.  Whether a NZ address can be included in an Indian passport?
   Usually a NZ address is not permitted on the Indian passport. However, in exceptional circumstances only when the applicant proves that he/she does not have any permanent address in India and additionally, he/she has indefinite leave to remain in NZ, an applicant is permitted to reflect his/her NZ address in his/her Indian passport. If necessary, the High Commission might ask for an affidavit from the applicant about he/she not having a permanent address in India. (link to sample)
 18.  How to change my old photo/incorporate my new photo to match my current appearance which has changed? 
   This service is not available under miscellaneous service. A fresh passport has to be issued to provide this service. The application form is the same as for general passport application form.  Following documents are required: A) Declaration for Change of Appearance (Form no 5 on the website in All Forms under Passport forms) B) Additional Fee of NZ$ 45.00 C) Personal Particulars Form (Form no8 on the website in All Forms under Passport forms) D) Personal interview with Passport Officer
 19.  How to obtain a certificate for carrying ashes/mortal remains of a human body to India?
   Documents required would be : (a) Passport in original to identify the deceased person or whose ashes is to be carried (b) death certificate from the local authority (c) cremation certificate (d) certificate from the applicant that the urn contains ashes of the deceased (e) valid passport of the applicant carrying the ashes. This is a gratis service and no fee is charged.
Note: If the deceased person held an Indian passport, the same may be brought to the High Commission for cancellation and registration of death.
 20.  How to obtain a certificate to carry a body of a deceased person to India?
  Documents required would be : (a) Passport in original to identify the deceased person or whose body is to be carried (b) death certificate from the local authority (c) Coroner’s Certificate indicating cause of death (d) certificate from the applicant that the casket contains body of the deceased and packed according to international regulations (e) Embalming certificate (f) Dead body free from infection certificate issued by competent doctor (g) valid passport of the applicant carrying the dead body.. This is a gratis service and no fee is charged.Note : If the deceased person held an Indian passport, the same may be brought to the High Commission for cancellation and issuance of Death  Certificate.
21. How to obtain a Death Certificate?
  To obtain a Death Certificate of an Indian national who passed away in New Zealand Please supply the following documents:
  • Indian Passport of the deceased for cancellation.
  • A photograph of the deceased.
  • A letter from next of kin.
  • Original Death Certificate.
  • Original Cremation Certificate
  • All documents must be submitted in original along with one set of photocopies.
  • A self-addressed courier envelope for return of documents by the High Commission.
22. How long does it take to get a new passport?
   Please note that all the passports are printed in India and therefore time required cannot be specified exactly.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR OCI SERVICES:

   
 1.  What are the Benefits for an OCI card holder
   

An OCI [Overseas Citizen of India] card holder gets the following benefits: 

  1. A multiple entry, multi-purpose life-long visa for visiting India.
  2. Exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India.
  3. Parity with Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields, except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
  4. OCI can be used as identity proof for application of PAN Card and driving license as well as for opening a bank account if the OCI card holder is residing in India. 
 2.  What are the benefits which an OCI Card holder is not entitled to:
   

The OCI Card holder is not entitled:

  1. to vote,
  2. to be a member of a Legislative Assembly or of a Legislative Council or of the Parliament of India,
  3. to hold Indian constitutional posts such as that of the President, Vice President, Judge of the Supreme Court or High Court etc.
  4. He/she cannot normally hold employment in the Government
 3.  Are Minor children eligible for OCI Card?
   Yes. If either of the parents is eligible for OCI Card or holds Indian passport.
 4.  Do I have to fill all columns when filling up the application online?
   Yes. It is mandatory that no column is left unanswered.
 5.  Can I submit my OCI application through an agent?
   No. OCI applications can be submitted either at the Counter of the High Commission of India, Wellington by the applicants in person or by the spouse or by the parents in case of minors. Alternatively, they can also be submitted by post along with a self-addressed envelope.
 6.  What is the processing time of application?
   6-8 weeks (if there is not technical problem viz. non-acceptance of photographs etc.). Please note that the OCI applications are processed in consultation with concerned authorities in Delhi. Upon completion and approval, OCI cards are couriered to the High Commission by concerned Government of India authorities in Delhi. Processing of OCI application could hence take 6-8 weeks. For ascertaining the status of the application online, queries could be made at www.passport.gov.in/welcome
 7.  Facing problems relating to access to online registration for fresh application or transfer through miscellaneous registration. What should I do?
   Please read all instructions contained in the Ministry of Home Affairs Website: (https://passport.gov.in/oci/) with special attention to items: BROCHURE, F.A.Q. & F.A.Q.OCI MISCELLANEOUS, etc, therein. If problems persist, please contact Dr. B. N. Shetty by email shettybn@nic.in to sort out problems faced.
 8.  Can I print an application form and fill it handwritten?
   No, application form has to be filled online only and printed. Part B can be handwritten and a separate copy has to be attached with all the applicants.
9.   I/my child cannot sign; can we leave the signature box empty?
   No. Signature box cannot be left empty in any case. Please provide a thumb print for the person who cannot sign.
 10.  What documents have to be submitted with the application?
   Download OCI Check-list : http://www.hicomind.org.nz/hcinz/assets/ApplicationForms/OCI-CHECK-LIST.pdf 
 11.  What documents would qualify for “Any other proof” for evidence of self or parents or grandparents being eligible for grant of an OCI?
   Any documentary evidence like a school certificate, Agricultural land ownership certificate, birth certificate etc. through which eligibility for issue of OCI could be reasonably ascertained.
 12.  How many copies of application have to be submitted?
   Only one Set of Application has to be submitted for each applicant.
 13.  Where to submit the application?
   To the Indian Mission/ Post of the country of citizenship of the applicant. If the applicant is not in the country of citizenship, to the Indian Mission/Post of the country where he is ordinarily residing. If the applicant is in India, to the FRRO Amritsar, Bangalore, Kozhikode, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Mumbai, Kolkota, and Thiruvanathapuram as per specified Jurisdiction of the FRRO concerned.
 14.  Can a person apply in the country where he is ordinarily residing?
   Yes. The applicant must be permanent a resident and/or must be residing in New Zealand for more than 2 years
15.   Can foreign nationals, who are not otherwise eligible for OCI, get OCI if they are married to persons who are eligible for OCI?
   The spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India cardholder registered under section 7A and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application can apply for OCI.
16.  Is an applicant who had held nationality of Pakistan or Bangladesh, eligible for OCI?
   No, If the applicant has ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he / she will not be eligible for OCI.
 17.  Are 'Empire of India' Passports issued by the British authorities in India prior to Indian Independence accepted as a proof of Indian Origin?
   No, if they state the National Status of the holder as British subject by birth. If they state the National Status of the holder as person of British Protectorate, originally a citizen of a place in India, then these will be accepted.
 18.  Is there an emergency service for OCI?
   No. In case of emergency, please apply for visa.
 19.  I am an OCI holder. What documents should I carry while travelling to India?
   OCI holders should carry both (a) the Passport bearing 'LIFE LONG' Visa Sticker and (b) the OCI booklet. However, the requirement of Life-long visa sticker is likely to be dispensed with In the future. In such an eventuality, applicants Must carry their foreign passports for verification of their nationality/identity along with the OCI card issued by the Government of India.

Vide circular No. 26011/06/2015-OCI dated 29th January, 2015 of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, all immigration authorities in India will not insist on production of the foreign passport containing the 'U' Visa Sticker in the case of OCI Cardholders while they enter/exit India and the immigration clearance will be granted based on production of the 'OCI CARD ONLY'.

 20.  Can OCI applications be made in India?
   Yes. Any applicant wishing to apply in India may see details at Item no.6 at the Ministry of Home Affairs websitehttps://passport.gov.in/oci/
 21.  Can I travel to India during the process of OCI?
   Yes, you can apply visa and travel to India but it is recommended to check status of application before you apply for visa.
 22.  I travelled on my mother’s/father’s passport to New Zealand Can I apply?
   Yes, in all such cases where the child’s name is included on their parent passport that passport has to be surrendered first. If you have not already done so; you will be required to comply with the renunciation of Indian citizenship procedures as prescribed by the Government of India. However if any of the additional nationalities held by the applicant are not eligible for OCI, the OCI will not be granted.
 23.  If the registration as an OCI is not granted, what amount will be refunded?
   An amount of NZ $360 shall be refunded, if registration is refused. NZ $45 is the processing fees, which is non-refundable. 
 24.  If a person is already holding more than one nationality, can he/she apply for OCI?
   Yes.
 25.  Whether an OCI be entitled to apply for and obtain a normal Indian passport which is given to a citizen of India?
   No. Indian Passports are given only to Indian citizen.
 26.  Do the applicants who have applied on the earlier prescribed application form have to apply again in the new form?
   No. All such applications will be considered for registration as an OCI without seeking fresh applications and fees.
 27.  Can an OCI holder undertake Research work in India?
   Yes, after getting prior approval/special permission from MHA.
 28.  Can a person renounce OCI?
   Yes. He/she has to declare their intention of renunciation in Form XXII to the Indian Mission/Post where OCI registration was granted. After receipt of the declaration, the Indian Mission/Post shall issue an acknowledgement in Form XXII A. A separate application form is available for this purpose.
 29.  I have a PIO card, do I need to apply for OCI?
 
PIO Card scheme has been withdrawn hence all PIO card holders would need to apply for conversion to OCI card.
The last date for submission of applications for registration as OCI cardholder in lieu of the PIO card online has been extended till 30th June, 2016. This cut-off date will be only for submission of the applications online by the applicants. A separate online application form for submission of application for registration as OCI cardholder in lieu of PIO card is available in the website : http://www.hicomind.org.nz/hcinz/consular-services/person-of-indian-origin-pio-card/
 30.  I have a new passport, do I need to renew my PIO Card?
  PIO Card scheme has been withdrawn hence all PIO card holders would need to apply for conversion to OCI card.
The last date for submission of applications for registration as OCI cardholder in lieu of the PIO card online has been extended till 30th June, 2016. This cut-off date will be only for submission of the applications online by the applicants. A separate online application form for submission of application for registration as OCI cardholder in lieu of PIO card is available in the website : http://www.hicomind.org.nz/hcinz/consular-services/person-of-indian-origin-pio-card/
31.   Whether a civil Govt. servant working in the Ministry of Defence as IT engineers/civil contractors is entitled for OCI?
   No.
 32.  Whether foreign military personnel are eligible for grant of OCI?
   NO, foreign military personnel either in service or retired are not entitled for grant of OCI.
 33.  Would the Indian civil/criminal laws be applicable to persons registered as OCI?
   Yes, for the period OCI card holder is living in India.
 34.  What are the consequences of furnishing wrong information or suppressing material information?
  All the applications will be subject to pre or post enquiry depending on whether any adverse information is voluntarily reported in the application or not. If the Government comes to the know that any false information was furnished or material information was suppressed, the registration as OCI already granted shall be cancelled by an order under section 7D of the Citizenship Act, 1955. The persons will also be blacklisted thereby banning his/her entry into India.
35. Will the applicant lose his Citizenship after registering as an OCI?
  No.
36. Can a person registered as an OCI travel to protected area/restricted area without permission?
  No. He/She will be required to seek Protected Area Permit (PAP)/ Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for such visits
37. Can a person registered as an OCI be granted Indian citizenship?
  Yes. As per the provisions of section 5(1) (g) of the Citizenship Act,1955, a person who is registered as an OCI for 5 years and is residing in India for 1 year out of the above 5 years, is eligible to apply for Indian Citizenship.
38. Will an OCI be granted gratis to certain categories of people?
  No.
39.  Is the OCI entitled to voting rights?
  No.
40. Is the OCI entitled to hold constitutional post in India?
  No.
41. Is the OCI entitled to hold Government posts in India?
  No, except for the posts specified by an order by the Central Government.
42. Whether nationals of Commonwealth countries are eligible for the OCI?
   Yes, if they fulfill the eligibility criteria.

Frequently asked questions for OCI Miscellaneous Services

 

   
1. Who can avail the OCI Miscellaneous services?
  Only a registered Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) can avail the OCI Miscellaneous Services.
2. Under what circumstances can the services be availed?
 

OCI Miscellaneous services can be availed for re-issuance/issuance of duplicate OCI card/ booklet [OCI registration certificate]   and Visa in the following category of cases: 

  1. In case of issuance of new passport.
  2. In case of change of personal particulars viz. nationality etc.,
  3. In case of loss/damage of OCI card/ booklet [OCI registration certificate] /visa.
  4. In case of filling of wrong personal particulars while submitting online applications viz. name, father’s name, date of birth etc.,
  5. In case of change of address/occupation.
  6. In case of official mistake (if any) specially while uploading photo & signature of the applicant.
 3.  Whether OCI documents have to be re-issued each time a new passport is taken?
 
  1.  For an applicant who is 20 years of age or younger, OCI documents must be re-issued each time a new passport is issued.
  2. For an applicant who is 50 years of age or older, OCI documents must be re-issued once after the issuance of a new passport. If the OCI card/ booklet is issued for the first time after the age of 50 years, then there is no need for re-issuance of OCI.

  3. For an applicant who is 21 to 49 years of age, there is no need to re-issue OCI documents each time a new passport is issued. However, if the applicant desires, he/she can request that the OCI documents be re-issued so that the OCI documents reflect the correct passport number.

Vide circular No. 26011/06/2015-OCI dated 29th January, 2015 of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, all immigration authorities in India will not insist on production of the foreign passport containing the 'U' Visa Sticker in the case of OCI Cardholders while they enter/exit India and the immigration clearance will be granted based on production of the 'OCI CARD ONLY'.

 4.  How to avail the services?
   The services can be availed by applying Online and submitting one hard copy of the application along with the requisite fee and enclosures to the concerned Indian Mission/Post/FRRO. However, in case of change of address/occupation, hard copy of the application need not be submitted.
 5. Whether hard copy of the application is required to be submitted for the change of address/occupation?
   No. Upon submission of online application, the data shall be captured and new address/occupation shall be printed which may be kept in the OCI card/ booklet [OCI registration certificate]  booklet for record purpose. However, if the applicant wishes to avail this service, he/she can apply for the same.
 6.  Whether a family can apply in the same form?
   No. Each person has to individually apply online for availing the services.
 7.  How many copies of the application have to be submitted?
   Only one copy should be submitted.
 8.  Whether the applicant has to go in person to submit the application?
   No. Application can be sent by post.
 9.  What is the fee for availing the services?
   The fee is NZ$ 45 for re-issuance of OCI documents. In case of issuance of duplicate OCI documents (for loss/damage of old documents), the fee is NZ $ 150.
10.  Whether the fee would be refunded in case the requisite OCI Miscellaneous service(s) are not granted?
   No.
 11.  Where to submit the application?
  To the Indian Mission/Post/Office in whose jurisdiction the applicant is ordinarily residing irrespective of the fact whether the same Indian Mission/Post/Office has issued the original certificate/visa or not. Applicants in India should submit OCI application to the concerned Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) as per the jurisdictional control.
 12.  What documents have to be enclosed along with the application?
   Download OCI Misc. Services Check-list : CLICKHERE
 13.  How to verify the status of the application?
   The status of the application can be verified from the Online Status Enquiry by quoting the online Registration number or file acknowledgement number.
 14.  What will be issued after availing the services?
   A new OCI card/ booklet [OCI registration certificate]  and Visa would be issued after surrender of the old OCI documents.
 15.  Whether both OCI card/ booklet [OCI registration certificate]  and Visa would be issued afresh?
   Yes. Both OCI card/ booklet [OCI registration certificate]  and Visa shall be issued in respect of any/ all service(s).
 16.  Whether the applicant has to go in person to the IndianMission/ Post/ Office for obtaining the new OCI documents?
   Applicants may send the Passport and the OCI card/ booklet [OCI registration certificate] by post to the concerned Indian Mission/Post. However, if the application has been filed in India, the applicant should approach the concerned FRRO either in person or through an authorized person.
 17.  What should be done for issuance of duplicate OCI documents in case of loss of OCI card/ booklet [OCI registration certificate]  and/or U-visa?
   In case of loss of OCI documents, file a complaint with the Police authorities and enclose a copy of the complaint with the hard copy of the application along with the requisite fee.
 18.  In case of loss/damage of OCI documents, what is the procedure for grant of duplicate OCI documents?
  The duplicate OCI documents shall be granted only after personal interview. The date and time of personal interview shall be intimated by the concerned Indian Mission/Post/Office.
19. What is the time period for grant of the requisite service(s)?
  The grant or otherwise of the service(s) sought shall be ordinarily decided in one month from the receipt of hard copy of the application.

Frequently asked questions for Miscellaneous Services ( i.e. PCC, POA, Attestation.. )

   
1. What are the requirements for Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)?
 

Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) is issued by the High Commission, for certifying that there is no adverse information against the applicant is on the records of Indian authorities. It is generally required when a person applies for a visa/ permanent residency. However one may require this certificate for other purposes also e.g. employment abroad etc. 

** Foreign nationals may also apply for PCC for their stay in India. Such applicants are required to provide details of their stay in India along with documentary proof which can be copy of visas, Study/Work certificates etc.

Please supply the following documents for PCC:

  1. Completed and signed application form for Misc. Consular Services. 
  2. Fees of NZ $ 45 (Banker Cheque drawn in favour of “High Commission of India Wellington”. Personal Cheques or Money Orders are NOT accepted. Cash is accepted at the counter, if application is submitted in person).
  3. Valid original Passport.(Not attested photocopies).
  4. One passport size photograph pasted on the application. Do not staple/pin the photograph.
  5. Self-addressed prepaid courier envelope to return your passport. (Please keep the record of tracking number).. 
2.  Do I need to send my original passport or the certified copy of Passport would do?
   The original Passport is required.  Attested photocopies are NOT accepted.
 3.  My passport is with the New Zealand immigration so what Can I do in this case?
   Please request New Zealand immigration. They generally release the passport on special request as the High Commission is unable to render any service without the original passport.
 4.  What are the charges/ fee to apply for POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE (PCC)?
   Fees of NZ $ 45 (Banker Cheque drawn in favour of “High Commission of India Wellington”. We do NOT accept Personal Cheques or Money Orders. Cash is accepted at the counter if application is submitted in person.)
 5.  How long is the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) valid for?
   The Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) is normally valid for 6 months unless the local foreign authorities require a more recent document.
 6.  I hold a foreign passport, so can I still apply for a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)?
   Foreign nationals may also apply for POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE (PCC). Such applicants are required to mention the period of their stay in India. Documentary proof of stay is also required Study/ Work certificates etc. Please send your application for Police Clearance Certificate with a cover letter.
 7.  In the starting of the form it asks “Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) required for which country”, so what do I have to fill in here?
   It means the country for which the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) has to be used e.g. if it is the New Zealand Immigration, please fill out New Zealand in the required column.
 8.  What is the processing time for Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)?
   Most of the applications are processed within 15 working days however; it may take up to six weeks or more in certain cases.
 9.  Will the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) for Traffic convictions/ Taxi License/ Passenger endorsement is directly sent to the NZTA?
   Yes, it will be sent directly to the NZTA. For that reason the applicants are required to send two prepaid courier bags, one for NZTA and the other to return the passport.
 10.  I require two copies of Police Clearance Certificate (PCC). Can I apply for them on the same form?
   Yes, but the fee of $45 is charged for each copy. 
 11.  What are the requirements for getting Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) for Traffic convictions/ Taxi License/ Passenger endorsement?
 

 If you require a Police Clearance Certificate  to obtain  a Taxi License or Passenger endorsement.

Please supply the following documents: 

  1. Completed and signed application form for Misc. Consular Services. 
  2. Affidavit against Traffic convictions (Form) completed and duly attested by Justice of peace or notary.
  3. Fees of NZ $ 45 (Banker Cheque drawn in favour of “High Commission of India Wellington”. Personal Cheques or Money Orders are NOT accepted. Cash is accepted at the counter, if application is submitted in person.)
  4. Valid original passport (Not attested photocopies)
  5. One passport size photograph pasted on the application. Do not staple/pin the photograph.
  6. Self-addressed prepaid courier envelope to return your passport. (Please keep the record of tracking number.)
  7. Prepaid courier envelope addressed to Land transport authority to send the PCC. (Please keep the record of tracking number.) 
 12.  What are the charges/fees required for apply for issue of a Birth Certificate?
   Fees of NZ $ 45 (Banker Cheque drawn in favour of “High Commission of India Wellington”. We do NOT accept Personal Cheques or Money Orders. Cash is accepted at the counter if application is submitted in person.)
 13.  What are the requirements for issue of a Birth Certificate?
 

 Birth Certificate is issued as per the entries recorded in the Indian Passport.

Please supply the following documents:

  1. Completed and signed application form for Misc. Consular Services. 
  2. Fees of NZ $ 45 (Banker Cheque drawn in favour of “High Commission of India Wellington”. Personal Cheques or Money Orders are NOT accepted. Cash is accepted at the counter, if application is submitted in person).
  3. Valid original Passport.(Not attested photocopies).
  4. One passport size photograph pasted on the application. Do not staple/pin the photograph.
  5. Self-addressed prepaid courier envelope to return your passport. (Please keep the record of tracking number).
 14.  On what basis is the Birth Certificate issued?
   Birth certificate is issued as per the entries recorded in the Indian Passport. 
 15.  Can “No record of Birth Registration”, be issued from the Indian High Commission?
   It can be obtained only from the Department of Home of  the concerned state/ authority in India, or from the municipal body of the concerned Indian state.
 16.  Is the Birth Certificate issued from the Indian High Commission accepted by the New Zealand Immigration?
   New Zealand Immigration has accepted the Birth Certificate issued by this High commission.  But the applicants are advised to confirm it from your case officer in the New Zealand Immigration.
 17.  Can Birth Certificate be issued on a foreign passport?
   No, Birth Certificate can be issued for Indian passport holders only.
 18.  My name is different on my driver’s license and my passport. NZTA requires some kind of letter from the Indian High Commission stating that we are the same persons. How can I obtain it?
 

 Confirmation of Driving license particulars

Applicants seeking to obtain a confirmation of the Driving License Particulars issued by Indian Authority may apply for this service. It is generally required while converting the Indian Driving License into New Zealand Driving License.

Please supply the following documents:

  1. Completed and signed application form for Misc. Consular Services.
  2. A copy of Indian Driving License attested by Justice of Peace or notary.
  3. Fees of NZ $ 45 (Banker Cheque drawn in favour of “High Commission of India Wellington”. Personal Cheques or Money Orders are NOT accepted. Cash is accepted at the counter, if application is submitted in person.)
  4. Valid original passport (Not attested photocopies).
  5. One passport size photograph pasted on the application. Do not staple/pin the photograph.
  6. Self-addressed prepaid courier envelope to return your passport. (Please keep the record of tracking number.) 
 19.  What are the charges for Confirmation of Driving license Particulars?
   Fees of NZ $ 45 (Banker Cheque drawn in favour of “High Commission of India Wellington”. We do NOT accept Personal Cheques or Money Orders. Cash is accepted at the counter if application is submitted in person.)
 20.  What are the charges for Attestation of NOC for getting new passport/renewal for child in India in case one parent is in New Zealand or giving an NOC to an authorized person in India, if both the parents are in New Zealand?
 

With the liberalization of passport rules, the requirement of attestation/notarization of the Annexures has been done away with. It is, therefore, clarified that the affidavits/annexures required for applying for child's passport in India in case one parent is in New Zealand need not to be attested by the High Commission of India. The passport applications of minor applicants for issue of passport may be processed by Passport offices in India on producing self attested Annexure - ‘C’ or Annexure - ‘D’ and other required documents, as the case may be. 

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 21.  What are the requirements to obtain an NOC for applying for a passport for a child in India?
 

With the liberalization of passport rules, the requirement of attestation/notarization of the Annexures has been done away with. It is, therefore, clarified that the affidavits/annexures required for applying for child's passport in India in case one parent is in New Zealand need not to be attested by the High Commission of India. The passport applications of minor applicants for issue of passport may be processed by Passport offices in India on producing self attested Annexure - ‘C’ or Annexure - ‘D’ and other required documents, as the case may be. 

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 22.  If both the parents are in New Zealand and they are giving an authority to a third person to apply/renew the passport for their child who is in India, can they get a joint NOC attested from the Indian High Commission?
 

With the liberalization of passport rules, the requirement of attestation/notarization of the Annexures has been done away with. It is, therefore, clarified that the affidavits/annexures required for applying for child's passport in India in case one parent is in New Zealand need not to be attested by the High Commission of India. The passport applications of minor applicants for issue of passport may be processed by Passport offices in India on producing self attested Annexure - ‘C’ or Annexure - ‘D’ and other required documents, as the case may be. 

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 23.  What are the requirements for inclusion /deletion of spouse name in the passport?
 

 Please apply for new/ re-issue of passport along with following additional documents:

  • Marriage Certificate (Attested copy)
  • Copy of the spouse’s passport (Attested copy first two and last two pages In case of Inclusion of Spouse name only)
  • Divorce Decree/ Death Certificate
    (If issued by Indian Authorities then duly attested by the Home Department of Concerned state or if issued by New Zealand Authorities with Apostile stamp from Department of Internal Affairs, New Zealand, with one photocopy. (In case of deletion of spouse name only)
  • Passport renewal fee would be applicable.
 24.  If I want to change my address in my passport, what is the procedure for that?
 

 Please apply for new/ re-issue of passport along with following additional documents: 

Proof of address [any of the following]: Applicant’s ration card, water /telephone /electricity bill/statement of running bank account/Income Tax Assessment Order /Election Commission ID card, Gas connection Bill, Spouse’s passport copy, parent’s passport copy in case of minors.

 25.  What are the requirements for getting an NRI Certificate from the Indian High Commission?
 

 NRI (Non Resident Indian) Certificate:

The NRI Certificate is issued to Indian Passport holders on the basis of documents supporting the facts submitted by the applicant. These documents may include a valid Permanent Resident, Returning Resident Visa or Work Visa.

Please supply the following documents:

  1. Completed and signed application form for Misc. Consular Services.
  2. Fees of NZ $ 45 (Banker Cheque drawn in favour of “High Commission of India Wellington”. Personal Cheques or Money Orders are NOT accepted. Cash is accepted at the counter, if application is submitted in person.)
  3. Valid original passport (Not attested photocopies)
  4. One passport size photograph pasted on the application. Do not staple/pin the photograph.
  5. Self-addressed prepaid courier envelope to return your passport. (Please keep the record of tracking number.)
  6. Proof of address in New Zealand: Water/telephone/electricity bill/statement of running bank account/Income Tax Assessment Order.
  7. Parent’s passport copy is also required in case of minors.
 26.  If an Indian National who has been getting pension, attains the citizenship of some other country, is he / she still eligible for a pension?
   Yes, they are still eligible.
 27.  Is there any fee for getting the Life Certificate attested by the Indian High Commission?
   No, the Life Certificate is attested free of cost.
 28.  What are the requirements of getting a Life Certificate attested By the Indian High Commission.
 

 To obtain a Life Certificate for pension purposes, the personal appearance of the applicant at the High Commission is usually considered necessary. The applicant needs to bring his/her Passport to establish identity. The life certificate is issued gratis (without any charge). In case the applicant is unable to come to the High Commission for a valid reason, the applicant may send the following documents to the High Commission. After examination of documents, the applicant will be given time for a Skype interview, arranged at a mutually convenient time.
The High Commission, however, reserves the right to call an applicant for personal appearance, wherever deemed necessary.

Please supply the following documents:

  1. Completed and signed application form for Misc. Consular Services.
  2. Life Certificate (You may use this format as well). (In case the applicant is unable to come to the High Commission for a valid reason, the Life Certificate is required to be Apostille/authenticated by Department of Internal Affairs (DIA)
  3. Valid original passport (Not attested photocopies).
  4. One passport size photograph pasted on the application. Do not staple/pin the photograph.
  5. Self-addressed prepaid courier envelope to return your passport. (Please keep the record of tracking number.)
 29.  On the Miscellaneous application form asks if the applicant is registered with the Indian Mission/Post.  If not, is he a member of any Indian Organization? So what is required to be mentioned in this?
   If the applicant is not registered with the Indian High Commission or he/she is not a member of any Indian Organization in New Zealand, Just write Not Applicable (NA) over there. And if the person is registered or a member of any Indian Organization, he/ she will be required to give details.
 30.  On the Miscellaneous Application, question 9 asks if the applicant  ever possessed or possesses any other nationality or travel document of any other country. So what do we require to provide in it?
   Please provide the details of your other passports if you have any.
 31.  What are the requirements for getting the power of attorney attested by the Indian High Commission?
 

Any affidavit, Declaration or Power of Attorney to be used in India may be attested in the High Commission. For this, you need to bring the documents to be attested, in original, along with a photocopy, your valid passport and the fee, which may vary depending on the type of documents to be attested. For exact fee applicable, please check the schedule of fees given on this site. You will be required to sign the documents in the presence of High Commission official.

All applicants should ensure that documents submitted for attestation (other than documents issued by Indian authorities) have the Apostille/authentication stamp from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), Government of New Zealand before submitting them to the High Commission for attestation. In some cases DIA requires that the documents be notarised before they can stamp it, and they may have other requirements; you are advised to check with DIA before presenting the documents to them. In case of postal application, the signature must be authenticated by Department of Internal Affairs DIA.

If you need attestation of documents like educational certificates, salary/employment certificate, birth, marriage or death certificates issued by authorities in New Zealand, these will first have to be authenticated/Apostille by Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), Government of New Zealand (For information please visit the link: DIA).

Birth, Death, Marriage and Educational Certificates etc. issued by the Indian authorities in India can also be attested by the Indian High Commission provided the same have been authenticated by the Consular Section of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Patiala House, New Delhi-110001 or Branch Secretariats of Ministry of External Affairs. For more information please visit: http://www.mea.gov.in/legalization-of-documents.htm

 Please supply the following documents:

  1. Completed and signed application form for Misc. Consular Services.
  2. Power of Attorney/Affidavit/documents authenticated by Department of Internal Affairs ( DIA ).(if not submitted in person by the applicant)
  3. Photocopy of the documents after authentication from DIA.
  4. Fees of NZ $ _____________ (Please see the fee schedule) (Banker Cheque drawn in favour of “High Commission of India Wellington”. Personal Cheques or Money Orders are NOT accepted. Cash is accepted at the counter, if application is submitted in person.)
  5. Valid original passport (Not attested photocopies)
  6. One passport size photograph pasted on the application. Do not staple/pin the photograph.
  7. Self-addressed prepaid courier envelope to return your passport. (Please keep the record of tracking number.)
 32.  Is necessary that the Power of Attorney, has to be prepared on a stamp paper or it can be done on a plain sheet of paper as well?
   It can be prepared both on a plain paper as well as the stamp paper.
 33.  What are the charges to get a Power of Attorney attested?
   The Charges are NZ$60 for the attestation of Power of Attorney given by one or two persons. But if more than two persons are giving the Power of Attorney the charges will be NZ$105. For exact fee, please check the schedules of fees given on this site.
 34.  What are the Guidelines to prepare a Power Of Attorney?
   The Power Of Attorney has to be prepared in accordance with the requirements of the department or concerned state where it is to be used. 
 35. Does the Indian High Commission also help in preparing the Power of Attorney?
   No, the Indian High Commission is concerned only with attestation of the signature of the person executing the Power of Attorney. The Power of Attorney can be prepared by a lawyer.
 36.  Can a Power of Attorney be attested by the solicitor as well before sending it to the Indian High Commission for attestation?
   No. If the Power of Attorney is not signed by the executant in presence of a Consular Officer at High Commission, in all such cases the documents must be first attested by a NOTARY and then Apostille by Department of Internal Affairs of New Zealand, before being sent to for attestation from High Commission.
 37.  Can I retain or travel on my Indian passport after attaining New Zealand/ Foreign citizenship?
   No, after obtaining the Foreign/ New Zealand citizenship all Indian passport holders must surrender their Indian passport / Renounce their Indian Citizenship.
 38.  How can we Surrender /Cancel the Indian passport after attaining New Zealand citizenship?
 

 Surrender/Cancellation of Indian Passport (For those who acquired foreign nationality prior to 31 May 2010):

  1. Duly filled Application from (Surrender/Cancellation of Indian Passport)
  2. Photocopy of Citizenship Certificate
  3. Fee of NZ $ _________ ( please see the website for applicable fee ) bank cheque in the name of "High Commission of India, Wellington"
  4. Original Indian passport
  5. one photograph
  6. self addressed courier envelope ( Cancellation application if sent along with Visa or Misc. Consular Services applications, all applicants MUST submit seperate cheques and seperate prepaid courier bags )

 NOTE: Cancellation applications received with OCI applications will be returned without service with request to apply for Cancellation prior to OCI application due to procedural constraints.

Renunciation of Indian Citizenship ( For those who have acquired foreign Citizenship on or after 1st June 2010 are required to pay the fee of NZ$ 225.00 with declaration of renunciation of Indian Citizenship.) 

  1. Duly filled Application from ( Renunciation of Indian Citizenship )
  2. Photocopy of Citizenship Certificate
  3. Renunciation form attested by Notary/Justice of Peace
  4. Photocopy of Citizenship Certificate
  5. Fee of NZ$ _________ ( please see the website for applicable fee ) bank cheque in the name of "High Commission of India, Wellington"
  6. Original Indian passport
  7. one photograph
  8. Self addressed courier envelope ( Renunciation application if sent along with Visa or Misc. Consular Services applications, all applicants MUST submit seperate cheques and seperate prepaid courier bags 
 39.  On the application for Cancellation of Indian passport / Renunciation of Indian Citizenship, in the current passport details, the applicant is required to fill in the New Zealand passport details or the Indian passport details?
   The New Zealand passport details should to be filled in.
 40.  Can Miscellaneous services be obtained on an expired passport?
   No, the miscellaneous services can only be obtained on valid passports.
 41.  I have lost my Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)/ NOC/ Birth Certificate, etc. So can you send me another copy?
   No, each copy is charged. Hence, the applicant is required to reapply again.
 42.  Can I pay through personal cheque, cash or credit card?
   No, the only mode of payment is a bank cheque on the name of “High Commission of India , Wellington”. However, cash may be accepted if application is submitted in person.
 43.  I want to apply for more than one service on the Miscellaneous Application Form. So can I use the same form?
   Yes you can apply for different services on the same form. For e.g. you can apply for Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) and Birth Certificate together at the same time.
 44.  I’m applying for more than one service on the Miscellaneous Application form .So can make a joint bank cheque and send only one self addressed prepaid courier pack?
  Yes, you can make only one joint bank cheque and send only one common prepaid courier pack to return your passport. For e.g. While applying for a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) and Birth Certificate at the same time, you can fill a common form, select both the options on the form, make a joint bank cheque for 90 dollars, and provide one self addressed prepaid courier pack.
 45.  If two applicants are applying for Miscellaneous services, can they make a joint bank cheque and send one self addressed prepaid courier pack?
   Yes, they can make a joint bank cheque and provide only one prepaid courier pack to return their passports. For e.g.  Two people applying for Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) can make a joint bank cheque for $90 dollars, send one common self‐addressed prepaid courier pack and send their application together in one courier envelope to the high commission.
 46.  In the Miscellaneous Application Form, the applicant is required to give details of their driving license .Do the applicants have to provide the details of their Indian driving license or the New Zealand driving license?
   The applicants can provide any one of them, either their Indian or their New Zealand driving license details in the application form.
 47.  How do I know that my application has reached the Indian High Commission?
   Please send a separate acknowledgement envelope, if you (the applicant) want acknowledgement of the receipt of the application. Or you may check with your courier tracking number.
 48.  The address for sending my passport back is different from the address mentioned in the application form / I want my passport to be sent back to a different address from what is mentioned in the passport. What can I do about it?
 

 The passport will be sent back to the address mentioned by the applicant on the self address courier bag provided along with the application.

Note: We do not keep record of the addresses, which are mentioned on the return self – addressed courier pack. Applicants are requested to carefully mention their address on their return self‐addressed courier pack as the Indian High Commission holds no responsibility if the courier envelope is lost because of wrong address mentioned on it.

 49.  What are the requirements for getting company/trade documents attested by The Indian High Commission?
 

 Attestation of Company/ Trade documents

All Company documents which are duly notarised and then legalized (Apostiled) by the Department of Internal Affairs, New Zealand should be submitted either in person or by post along with following documents:

  • A request letter on company letterhead.
  • An attested Passport copy of one of the Directors of the company.
  • The requisite fees NZ$ 130 (Banker Cheque drawn in favour of “High Commission of India Wellington”. * We do NOT accept Personal Cheques or Money Orders. ** Cash is accepted at the counter if application is submitted in person)
  • A self addressed courier envelope for attestation and return of documents by the High Commission.