IMPORTANT : New Canadian Citizens visiting India for the first time...


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freakoutguy   
Member since: Sep 06
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Location: GTA

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 02-01-07 12:06:16

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With PIO/OCI card, you do not have to get a visa for travel to India. There is nothing stamped on your Canadian passport.

If you do not have one of the cards, then you have to get a visa that is stamped on your Canadian passport.May be that is causing the officer for wanting to see Indian passport?

They should know that not every PIO/OCI would have an Indian passport (for example, children born in Canada to parents immigrated from India).

For the fee they charge (around C$421), they can give out a much better looking PIO/OCI card with additional security features. Now, they give out a handwritten laminated card with hardly any security features.




If you are an OCI, they stamp a lifelong visa on your Canadian passport in addition to the OCI booklet (like a mini-passport)

If you are a PIO, they do not stamp any visa on the passport, so you have to carry the PIO booklet.

They are not handing out any laminated cards for the PIO/OCI holders.



seenappa   
Member since: May 03
Posts: 254
Location: Brampton

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 15-08-07 15:23:26



If you are an OCI, they stamp a lifelong visa on your Canadian passport in addition to the OCI booklet (like a mini-passport)

If you are a PIO, they do not stamp any visa on the passport, so you have to carry the PIO booklet.

They are not handing out any laminated cards for the PIO/OCI holders.




A quick clarification...as you said, I got the lifelong visa on my Canadian passport in addition to the OCI booklet ..

But, what if your canadian passport expires within 5 years and your new canadian passport is without the lifelong OCI stamp in it...will this not pose a problem in india?

thanks

seenappa



coolcola   
Member since: Jun 07
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 15-08-07 15:30:00

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Originally posted by seenappa

But, what if your canadian passport expires within 5 years and your new canadian passport is without the lifelong OCI stamp in it...will this not pose a problem in india?

thanks

seenappa



you could get OCI re-stamped in the new passport I believe for 25$ or just carry the expired CDN passport with OCI stamp along with new CDN passport.



yellowknife   
Member since: Sep 04
Posts: 447
Location: Mississauga

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 15-08-07 16:07:50

I thought I had read on the cgitoronto.ca website a while back that they can give you a new OCI sticker for your new Canadian passport for $10 or an amount pretty close to that..



cdn_dude   
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 15-08-07 17:08:14

Quote:
Originally posted by yellowknife

I thought I had read on the cgitoronto.ca website a while back that they can give you a new OCI sticker for your new Canadian passport for $10 or an amount pretty close to that..



Yes, all this information is on the cgi toronto website. People ask very simple questions on this forum without reading the prime source of information (in this case, the consulate web site) when it is readily available.



seenappa   
Member since: May 03
Posts: 254
Location: Brampton

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 15-08-07 17:55:18

Quote:
Originally posted by coolcola

Quote:
Originally posted by seenappa

But, what if your canadian passport expires within 5 years and your new canadian passport is without the lifelong OCI stamp in it...will this not pose a problem in india?

thanks

seenappa



you could get OCI re-stamped in the new passport I believe for 25$ or just carry the expired CDN passport with OCI stamp along with new CDN passport.



thanks guys for all the replies.

It makes me wonder why another stamping is required when you have the original OCI booklet itself.
well, that's red tape for you.:(

seenappa



johnnybravo   
Member since: Aug 07
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 02-09-07 22:25:18

No wonder that the guy asked for Indian Passport. Guess he just wanted some money. Mumbai airport must be the most corrupt and the toughest (on passengers) airport in India.

Even though out of place - Last time I went via Mumbai International airport I heard this funny announcement. "Passengers traveling in Flight to London please stand in a queue in ascending order of your seat number starting with number 1". And guess what, the guy at the gate was expecting all passengers to stand in line based on their seat number assuming every one knows the seat number of person standing in front. It was chaos.

Another experience that my friend has was two gundas stopped him while going from one gate to another. They asked him for 100 dollars. So beware if you have to change flight in Bombay.





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