Please be informed that our offices in The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam will remain closed on March 6th.
IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PIO APPLICANTS
- As per Ministry of Home Affairs Notification dated 30.09.2014 published in The Gazette of India, Government of India has made amendment in the Scheme for issuance of Person of Indian Origin Card (PIO Card) Scheme, 2002.
- Accordingly this scheme may be called the Scheme for issuance of Person of Indian Origin Card (PIO Card) Amendment Scheme, 2014. It has come into effect from 30.09.2014. As a result of the amendment to the scheme.(i) A PIO Card issued to an applicant shall be valid for his life time from the date of its issue provided such applicant has a valid passport. (It is hereby clarified that a PIO Card which has been issued prior to the date of publication of notification shall be deemed to be valid for life time of its holder subject to the condition that such person has a valid passport).
(ii) A PIO Card holder will be exempt from the requirement of registration.
Please be informed that the services for Visa, OCI, PIO and Indian passport will be accepted on appointment only at our centers in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague.
In The Hague there is a facility for applicants without appointment on first come first served basis. This facility is only for visa and Indian passport. OCI and PIO are on appointment only.
Please note that one appointment can be scheduled for one application only.
Rotterdam New Address
New address is Rotterdam WTC Room 437
Appointment Booking From 01 Aug 2014
From 01 Aug 2014 all Indian passport, OCI and PIO application will be accepted only on appointment in all centers So please Make a appointment to submit your application to our office . please schedule your appointment here http://blsindia-nl.com/bookappointment.php
Biometrics w.e.f. April 28th, 2014
As a mandate, applicants must have their biometrics (facial capture and fingerprints) recorded when they hand in a visa application at the BLS India Visa & Consular Services Center.Click here…
The India Visa & Consular Service Centers
The India Visa & Consular Service Centers (The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam) will remain closed on 14th April 2014 on occasion of Birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
The India Visa & Consular Service
The India Visa & Consular Service Centers (The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam) will remain closed on Monday, March 17th
APPOINTMENT SYSTEM IN ROTTERDAM AND AMSTERDAM
Dear applicants, Please be informed that w.e.f. March 1st our offices in Rotterdam and Amsterdam will be operating on appointment only. In our office in The Hague there will be a dedicated counter for appointments only. You may visit our website to schedule an appointment: www.blsindia-nl.com
ADVISORY – INDIAN VISA RELATED
1.It has been brought to Embassy’s notice that a fake website www.indiavisa.co.in, which has surfaced in foreign country, was duping Indian visa seekers.
- It now appears that the same website has started functioning with a new URL, and the URL address is frequently changed. It is most likely that the misleading website will appear again and again with registration in different international jurisdictions.
- All visa applicants in the jurisdiction of Embassy of India, The Hague, The Netherlands are, therefore, advised to be aware of such fictitious websites which claims to represent Indian online visa system. They can access the online visa application form at the authorised weblink: http://www.indianvisaonline.gov.in.
Visa collection can only be done by passport holder or through an original authorization letter incl. official ID. Het visum kan alleen door de paspoorthouder worden opgehaald of middels een originele machtiging met geldige ID. At all times the original receipt should be submitted along at time of collection.
Public Notice for Machine Readable Passports
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24th November 2015 for globally phasing out all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). From 25th November 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny visa or entry to any person travelling with a non-MRP passport.
All handwritten passports with pasted photos earlier issued by Government of India are considered non-MRP passports. All 20-year validity passports will also fall in this category. The Government started issuing MRP passports since 2001. All new Indian passports are ICAO-complaint MRP passports.
Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding handwritten passports as well as 20-year passports with validity beyond the 24th November 2015, should, therefore, apply for re-issue of passports and obtain MRP passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining foreign visa or immigration problem.
For more details related to passport services, Passport website (www.passportindia.gov.in) or the National Call Centre (toll free number 1800-258-1800) may be accessed.
Information for U.K. Nationals
It has been decided that with effect from Thursday, November 01, 2012, no consular services will be provided in the Netherlands to British nationals resident in or transiting through the Netherlands. The applicants may please contact the Consular Section in the Indian High Commission in London for such services.
The India Visa & Consular Service Centers (The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam) will remain closed on the following date:
Tuesday, January 14th
Gap of at least 2 months between two visits, Tourist Visa.
There should be a gap of at least 2 months between two visits to India on a Tourist Visa on re-entry of nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan origin and Stateless persons.
Any person seeking a visa to India for purpose of entering into a surrogacy arrangement must ascertain beforehand whether the law of Republic of India permits surrogacy and will provide appropriate travel documents to the child for accompanying the surrogate parents. Entering into surrogacy arrangement under any other visa not sought for surrogacy is punishable under the Indian law.