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Visas & Advice

Indian Community Centre Association

Visa and Passport Service

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Our Visa and Passport Service provides extensive assistance with the following:

  • Completion of online Visa applications
  • Completion of OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) applications
  • Checking of visa and OCI applications
  • Completion of OCI Transfer forms
  • Booking appointments for visa, OCI and OCI Transfer
  • Completion of Indian passport forms
  • Completion of Indian surrender forms
  • Completion of application Forms for British citizenship
  • Completion of sponsorship Forms
  • Completion of PAN Card.

VFS Global is the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. The company manages administrative tasks related to visa, passport and other citizen services for the Government of India.

To begin your application please click here to visit the VFS Global website.
All applications will need a declaration form.
Children under the age of 18 will need a consent letter.

Opening times

The new 2020 opening times of the ICCA Visa and Passport Office are:

Monday: 9:30 a.m. 1.30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. 1.30 p.m.     Evenings: 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 9.30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Please call 0115 969 3402 and make an appointment. (Please note that if you do not have an appointment you may not be seen to.)

The cover of an OCI certificate of registration


Assistance with OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) applications are available as part of the ICCA’s Visa and Passport Service. Some of the key benefits include:

  • Lifelong exemption from the requirement to apply for a visa ever again;
  • exemption from being required to report to Police authorities for any length of stay in India;
  • ability to purchase property* in India;
  • no restriction on visiting times;
  • no tax clearance certificate after 90 days; and
  • parity with Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in financial, economic and educational fields.*

*with the exception of the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties

Please click here if you would like to view more information about OCI from the website of the Consular, Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India.

Since 23 November 2015, all OCI applicants have been required to upload the documents, photographs, and signature online, as per the guidelines received from the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India. If you would like to read a press release regarding this, please click here.

Changes in OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) applications

It has been a requirement of the High Commission of India for all OCI applications made after 1 December 2015 to have individual digital photographs and signatures uploaded to the secure online server from computers. Many people of all abilities have experienced difficulties and frustration due to the peculiarities of this web-based service, and the ICCA is therefore pleased to be of assistance to those wishing to complete their OCI applications. The ICCA OCI application service includes the use of a digital camera and suchlike. For further information, please call our Visa and Passport Service on 0115 969 3402.

For further details, please click here.


The cover of an Indian passport

Indian passport renewal

Application forms for Indian passport are available here.


Application forms for Sponsorship are available from the ICCA. You can also download a Sponsorship form here and download the declaration

PAN Card

A PAN Card (Permanent Account Number) is a ten-digit alphanumeric number, issued in the form of a laminated card, by the Income Tax Department, to any “person” who applies for it or to whom the department allots the number without an application. It also serves as an identity proof.

PAN Card is required by an NRI, if he/she has got a taxable income in India. According to the new, rule of SEBI, any NRI not having PAN Card cannat do the share trading by depository or broker.

If you wish to apply for a PAN Card, please call us to book an appointment on 0115 969 3402.

Welfare Rights

Nottingham City Council Welfare Rights Service can be reached via telephone on: 0115 915 1355.

If you have any further queries please complete the enquiry form on the Contact Us page.