Message for Indian Nationals in Ukraine
All Indian nationals in Ukraine may kindly note that, a Consular Officer in the Embassy of India in Kyiv, has been designated for addressing the consular problems of Indian Nationals and will be available for personal interaction in the Embassy from 11.30 AM to 12.30 PM on all working days. His contact numbers are given below:
Tel: 044-468 6661
Mob: 0933559958 (only in case of emergencies)
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention
The PBD Convention provides a unique platform for overseas Indians to interact among themselves and with the Government of India and the Governments of various Indian States. It is a forum where the Government of India showcases investment opportunities in India and its potential in various sectors.
In the forthcoming PBD, we are expecting enthusiastic participation from our heteregenous and diverse overseas Indian community spread across the globe. The effort is to have a meaningful and interactive event that would address the issues and concerns of the overseas Indian community effectively.
Facilitation centre for NRIs
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has launched a facilitation centre, which will act as a "one-stop-shop" for addressing all the queries of the 25 million-strong Indian diaspora regarding opportunities available in the country. The Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC), through its website (www.oifc.in) and offices, will provide reliable data on investment opportunities free of cost besides facilitating clearance of projects on an individual basis as a paid value-added service. The centre would also offer advisory services to Non-resident Indians (NRIs) like consular issues, financial services and their stay in India.
All India Radio Regional Language News Bulletins
All India Radio has placed its major regional language news bulletins on its website www.newsonair.com on experimental basis.
Any suggestions in this regard are welcome and may be sent to the Embassy for onward transmission to authorities in India.
Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Seniors Act 2007
Indian Community Welfare Fund
The Embassy of India, Kyiv, with the approval of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, has established Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) which will be implemented w.e.f. 1st January, 2012.
Objective of the Scheme:
The Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) is aimed at providing the following services on a means tested basis in the most deserving cases:
- Boarding and lodging for distressed Overseas Indian workers in household/domestic sectors and unskilled labourers
- Extending emergency medical care to the Overseas Indians in need
- Providing air passage to stranded Overseas Indians in need
- Providing initial legal assistance to the Overseas Indians in deserving cases
- Expenditure on incidentals and for airlifting the mortal remains to India or local cremation/burial of the deceased Overseas Indians in such cases where the sponsor is unable or unwilling to do so as per the contract and the family is unable to meet the cost.
Source of funding
A. Service charge on consular services:
In addition to the fees specified in the website, a compulsory service charge of UAH 20/- will be levied for Passport, Visa, OCI, PIO cards, attestation of documents, and other miscellaneous consular services rendered by the Mission to Indian nationals w.e.f. 1st January, 2012.
B. Voluntary contributions by Indian community:
Indian community members may like to contribute towards the fund for which a proper receipt giving names and addresses of the contributors will be issued by the Mission.
NRI Registration Form
All Indian nations coming to Ukraine and intending to stay for extended period are encouraged to register themselves with the Embassy by filling up the NRI Registration Form.
Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards
- The PIO card holder does not require visa to visit India 2. There are special counters at the immigration check posts for speedy clearance. PIO card holder can avail the facilities given below in par with NRIs in different fields.
- In the economic, financial and educational fields
- Housing schemes of LIC, state government and other government agencies.
- For admission of their children to educational institutions in India including medical colleges, engineering colleges, institutes of technology, institute of management, etc, under the general categories.
- Facilities in the matter of acquisition, holding, transfer and disposal of immovable properties in India except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties.
- No parity shall be allowed in the sphere of political rights.
- In the event of continuous stay in India exceeding 180 days, the PIO card holder has to register with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO).
Where to apply
An application for the issue or renewal of the card can be made in the prescribed form accompanied with the fee and documentary evidence to show that the applicant is a person of Indian origin as defined.
These forms can be obtained from the office of the Indian embassies or Indian missions in the country where the applicant is an ordinary resident.
A PIO card is valid for 15 years from the date of issue, subject to the validity of the applicant's passport.
The fee is Rs 15,000 for adults and Rs 7,500 (or its equivalent in forex), for children up to 18 years of age. Prior to June 11, 2002, the fee was $1,000 for adults and $500 for children. They were valid for a period of 20 years. Those who have been issued cards prior to this date, will continue to remain valid and no refund will be paid. However, the validity of such cards can be extended by 10 more years without charging any additional fee. Earlier, if the application was rejected, half the fee was refundable.
In case of loss
On a request supported by the FIR and other documents, a duplicate PIO card can be issued on depositing a fee of $100 (equivalent to the exchange of local currency). Duplicate PIO cards will be issued by the same office that issued the original one.
The decision to give NRIs dual citizenship means that they will have most rights that resident Indians enjoy, but not the right to vote. Till now, dual citizenship is only extended to those settled in 16 countries - Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Republic of Cyprus, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America.
For more information on facilities / benefits available to NRI/PIO, visit www.moia.gov.in
To know your entitlements of duty free baggage and related information (baggage rules) visit www.cbec.gov.in
To know more about Income Tax Rules, visit www.incometaxindia.gov.in