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Everything You Need To Know About Canadian Embassy in India

Canadian Embassy in India

Posted on Apr 5th, 2022 by Heena Ganotra, Last updated on Apr 6th, 2022

The High Commission of Canada in India is an organization dedicated to helping people traveling to Canada and Canadian citizens in India. The organization provides a wide range of services from visa issuance to passport renewal. The embassy is the highest representation of Canada in India and oversees the activities of the consulate generals located in several cities in the country. 

Jurisdiction of the Embassy and Consulates

Every organization under the High Commission has jurisdiction over certain territories. Canadian and Indian citizens must approach the organization responsible for their region with their concerns. Here’s a list of the organizations and their jurisdiction:

1. High Commission of Canada to India – New Delhi 

If you reside in or are from the regions mentioned above, you must approach the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi with your concern.

  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Arunachal Pradesh
  • Assam
  • Bihar
  • Chhattisgarh
  • Dadra and Nagar Haveli
  • Daman and Diu
  • Delhi
  • Haryana
  • Jammu and Kashmir
  • Jharkhand
  • Lakshadweep
  • Manipur
  • Meghalaya
  • Mizoram
  • Nagaland
  • Odisha
  • Rajasthan
  • Sikkim
  • Tripura
  • Uttar Pradesh
  • Uttarakhand

The Embassy is located in 7/8, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, South West Delhi, Delhi, India. 

2. Consulate of Canada in Chandigarh, India

The Consulate General of Canada in Chandigarh provides services to Canadian and Indian citizens from:

  • Chandigarh
  • Himachal Pradesh 
  • Punjab

The office is located in C413-C416, 4th Floor, Elante Office Complex, Plot No. 178-178A, Industrial & Business Park, Phase 1, Chandigarh 160002, India. It can handle most consular services like passport, citizenship, visa, and general enquiries. 

3. Consulate of Canada in Kolkata

The Canadian Consulate in Kolkata, India provides Consular Services to Canadian citizens and Indians in the state of West Bengal. The services available are general consular services, notarial services, and passport support. 

The Consulate is located in Duncan House, 31 Netaji Subhas Road, Kolkata 700 001, India.

4. Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai, India

The Canadian Consulate General in Mumbai handles the consular services for four states. The services provided include notarial assistance, citizen services, passport, and general enquiries. 

  • Maharashtra 
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Gujarat 
  • Goa

The Consulate General is located at One International Center, Tower 2, 21st Floor, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road (West), Mumbai 400 013, India. 

5. Consulate General of Canada in Bengaluru, India

The Canadian Consulate General in Bengaluru offers general consular services, including citizenship assistance, visa and immigration, passport, and other support. The organization has jurisdiction over:

  • Karnataka 
  • Kerala 
  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Telangana
  • Pondicherry
  • Tamil Nadu 

World Trade Center, 22nd Floor, 26/1, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleshwaram West, Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru, 560055 India. 

Services Provided by the Canadian Embassy in India

There are many rules and procedures people need to follow if they travel to or reside in India. These guidelines are in place to protect Canadian citizens and safeguard Indian laws and their people. The services provided include:

1. Passport 

The Canadian Consulate in India provides a wide range of passport services. Whether you want to renew your document or replace a damaged one, you can contact the organization directly. The services include:

  • Renew adult passport.
  • Apply for a new adult passport.
  • Apply for a minor/child’s passport.
  • Apply for a special or diplomatic passport.
  • Get certified true copies of your passport or travel documents.
  • Change details like name, address, or gender on your passport. 
  • Replace a lost or stolen passport.

The Canadian government recommends contacting the consulate or embassy before applying. They are working at a reduced capacity due to the pandemic and recommend you only apply if you are traveling within 2 weeks. 

All passports need to be renewed before they expire. The validity of the Canadian passport is 15 years. It is best to apply for a renewal at least a year before it is set to expire. 

2. Visa and Immigration Services

Indian nationals wishing to visit or immigrate to Canada must go through the Canadian Consulate General near them. You need to fill out the required form, submit documents, and visit the closest Visa Office to register your biometrics. 

The Canadian government provides visas to tourists, students, and professionals who wish to work in Canada. You can also apply for permanent residency at the Visa office. All of the required documents are mentioned on the website. 

Applicants need to book an appointment and carry all of their required documents with them to the appointment. Canadian visa can take anywhere between two to four weeks to process, and sometimes even longer depending on the case. 

For example, if the applicant needs to overcome criminal inadmissibility, they may need to wait longer to get approval. 

The Consulate General of Canada grants visas through dedicated visa centres throughout India and keeps the process as streamlined as possible. You’ll find all of the information and forms you need to fill out on the consulate’s website. 

3. Adoption or Surrogacy 

India has banned commercial surrogacy but Canadian nationals can adopt a child from India. They must comply with the adoption requirements of the country and the requirements of their place of residence in Canada. 

The High Commission of Canada in India can help with the process. Citizens should also get in touch with the CARA or Canadian Adoption Resource Agency to get further assistance. Here’s how the Consulate can help:

  • The organization can provide a ‘Letter of no objection or involvement’ to non-resident Canadians who want to adopt a child in India and are residing in a foreign country. This letter proves that the Canadian government approves of the adoption and will permit the adopted child to its boundaries. 
  • Some parents are eligible to get citizenship for their adopted child. They just need to contact the Consulate to determine whether their child will be granted Canadian citizenship. 
  • If the child isn’t granted Canadian citizenship solely based on their parents’ citizenship status, they can be sponsored by another Canadian citizen for permanent residence. 

Prospective parents are advised to reach out to the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi before they take any steps in the adoption process. It is a good idea to understand the adoption laws of both countries clearly before attempting to adopt. 

4. Marriages in India

Canadian citizens can marry in India to Indian citizens if they wish to. However, there are several things to keep in mind:

  • All marriages should be registered in India if it is happening in India, regardless of the citizenship status. Marriage can be registered under the Hindu Marriage Act or Special Marriage Act. 
  • The Indian Registrar of Marriage will require a letter from the High Commission of Canada in India to prove that the people involved are free to marry. 
  • Canadian law doesn’t require such proof and therefore cannot provide such a document. However, citizens can obtain a ‘Statement in lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to marriage’ from the Consulate. This is generally accepted by the Indian authorities. 

You can obtain this certificate from the Consulate by requesting an appointment from your nearest Consulate General. 

5. Notarial Services

The Canadian Consulate General provides notarial services to Canadian citizens and a few non-Canadian citizens as well. These are offered by appointment only. The documents to be attested must be either in English or French or must have an official English or French translation. 

The Notarial Services offered include:

  • Providing a certified copy. 
  • Authentication or attestation of important or official documents. 
  • Witness signature on important documents. 

Make sure all of your documents are complete before you book an appointment with the consulate. You will sign all of the documents wherever your signature is required in front of the Consular Officer. 

6. Studying in Canada 

Many Indian citizens wish to explore education or research opportunities in Canada. The country offers a wide range of options, including some of the best universities in the world. 

You can contact the High Commission to explore the educational opportunities and know more about the Student Visa application process. 

Canada also has a dedicated portal for foreign students so they can know everything they need to know about scholarships, different programs, universities, life and work in Canada, etc. 

Canadian citizens studying in India can also get support from the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi. All Canadian citizens must register with the Commission as a ‘Canadian Aboard,’ which allows citizens access to a wide range of support services. 

7. Voting Aboard

Canadian citizens have the right to vote in Canadian elections as long as they remain citizens. You can exercise this right even if you are vacationing or living in India. The steps to take include:

  • Adding your name to the International Register for Electors
  • Completing the form to request a special ballot in time for the elections. You need to contact Elections Canada for this. 
  • Visiting the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi or a consulate near you. Make sure the consulate offers electoral services by calling ahead. Not all organizations will.
  • Cast your vote when it is time. The application for the special ballot should reach Elections Canada on the Tuesday before Elections Day by 6 PM ET. 
  • The completed ballot should reach Elections Canada before 6 PM ET on the election day. 

You can find more information about the electoral services on the consulate website. Remember to call ahead to book an appointment. Walk-ins are discouraged. 

This is all you need to know about the Canadian Embassy in India. If you need more detailed information, you can visit the embassy website and explore its pages. 

FAQs

Q. What is the High Commission of Canada’s office timings?

Ans. The High Commission of Canada is open from 8.30 AM to 4.45 PM IST. The commission is closed on Indian and Canadian public holidays and this information is available on their website. 

Q. How do I book an Appointment?

Ans. You can visit the High Commission’s website and find the option to ‘Book an Appointment’ near the bottom of the page. You can also call the organization to book an appointment. Before you do, explore the website thoroughly to get the required information. 

Q. What to do if my child is born in India?

Ans. If you’re a Canadian citizen and your child is born in India, you need to register the birth with the local authorities. The hospital will usually register the birth for you but it is a good idea to doublecheck. Once you have done that, you can inform the consulate of the birth. 

Q. What if my passport is lost or missing?

Ans. If your passport is lost or missing, contact the nearest police station and consulate immediately. They will guide you on the matter and process your request for a replacement passport quickly. 

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