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Extension of deadline for Conversion of PIO Cards to OCI Cards upto 31st December 2017

Updated FAQs on withdrawal of old Bank Notes of ₹ 500 and ₹ 1000

32nd INDIA CARPET EXPO, 3-6 October, 2016, Varanasi, India.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME FOR DIASPORA CHILDREN (SDPC) for Higher & Technical Education in India - Guidelines

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Welcome to Scotland: A Guide to Scots Law

Guide for Travellers issued by Indian Customs Department
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Public Advisory dated October 29, 2015 by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India on Phasing out of Handwritten Passports
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Advisory on Hoax Calls and Communications

Indian nationals are advised to be mindful of hoax calls or communications appearing to be originating from UK Immigration & Visa Desk or from UK companies, with offers of job. There have been instances where Indian nationals were duped by unscrupulous elements using threats or allurement.

Important Notice on Collection and Delivery of Processed documents of Consular Services
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Outsourcing of Visa, OCI, Passport and select consular services to VFS effective 1st March 2015
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Introduction of Biometrics, Appointment for physical submission of application for Visa, Passport, OCI and Consular Services.
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Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Card Scheme withdrawn

This is to inform that vide Gazette Notification No.26011/01/2014IC.I dated 09.01.2015, all PIO cards issued till 09.01.2015 are deemed to be OCI card. PIO Card scheme has been withdrawn vide Gazette Notification No.25024/9/2014F.I dated 09.01.2015.Henceforth, applicants may apply for OCI card ONLY, as PIO card scheme is no longer in existence.

In case the PIO card holder has new passport then he/she can travel to India on their new passport with the valid PIO card and old passport.

The applicants who desire to apply for Miscellaneous Services on their PIO Cards viz. change of name, change of address, change of passport etc.have to apply for new OCI card with the fee of £18/- [This amount includes £2 towards Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF), which has to be paid separately].

Open House Public Meeting:

Members of the public, who have any consular queries/grievances, are invited for Open House Meeting with Consulate officials from 11.00 to 12.00 hrs on every second Monday of the month at the Consulate (17, Rutland Square, Edinburgh-EH1 2BB).

In case of the second Monday in a month falling on a Consulate holiday, the Open House will be held on the next working day.

No prior appointment is required to attend the meeting.

Public Advisory on passport services dated December 23, 2014


As per the latest guidelines received from the Election Commission of India, this is to inform that as far as the attestation of form 6A is concerned, and / or attestation of other documents related to the registration process are concerned, it has been decided that such attestation will only be self attestation by the overseas electors and not by the Indian Missions/Posts.Hence, all applicants are informed that they need not seek Consulate General of India's  assistance for attestation of their Indian passport copies. For any other clarification, please visit our website

Appointment of Public Information Officer

"Mr. V. K. Sharma, Consul and Head of Chancery in the Consulate General of India, Edinburgh has been appointed as the Public Information Officer under the Right to Information Act 2005.Consul General of India in Edinburgh will be the Appellate authority for this purpose".

Import of Cargo

(i) In case of import of cargo, a declaration is to be given by the person importing the goods about details of goods.

(ii) In case of satellite phones being brought in baggage/hand baggage,instructions will be issued to the custom authorities at different entry points,by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), so that satellite phones without license by the DoT would be detained/confiscated, as per the existing procedures till the time the holder of the satellite phone is able to produce a license issued by the DoT.

Attention Indians seeking jobs in UK

A number of enquires have been received from India to confirm the antecedents of companies in UK who advertise in India  for jobs in UK. There have been some cases where the UK companies which advertised in India were found to be spurious in nature. The Consulate General of India in Edinburgh is not in a position to confirm or verify the antecedents of such companies advertising for jobs. 

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