Diasporic Indians in The Netherlands


NRI/PIO - In The Netherlands

Information for the NRI-PIO
Some of you have requested me to give information about the present status of the following:
  • The Legalisation and Verfication of documents from India
  • Overseas Indian Citizenship in relation to the Dutch nationality
  • Payment of Dutch Social Security (AOW) in India
  1. The Legalisation of documents from India
    From the 8th of October 2008 Indian documents do not have to be legalized by the Netherlands Embassy in New Delhi nor by the Consulate General in Mumbai due to the fact that India has joined the Apostille Treaty.

    However the documents still need an apostille by the Indian authorities. The authorities responsible in India is the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India.

    For the address of the MEA, pls check site of the Dutch Embassy in New Delhi. www.hollandinindia.org

    Any foreign documents you present to the Dutch authorities have to be legalised.

    For information please visit the information page of Dutch Embassy, New Delhi: Legalisation of Dutch and foreign documents. It takes more than just a rubber stamp..... .

  2. Apostille Convention
    For further information on the Apostille Convention see also "The Apostille Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.

    Legalisation of Documents information in Dutch
    Verdrag tot afschaffing van het vereiste van legalisatie voor buitenlandse openbare akten

  3. Overseas Indian Citizenship in relation to the Dutch nationality
    Regarding the Overseas Indian Citizenship I was in contacted the IND in July 2005. Since then I tried to get clarifications from the Dutch ministry.

    The clarification which I received from the Dutch government can be summarized as follows:

    Under the present circumstances, acquiring the Overseas Citizenship of India is not considered as a “nationality” issue. As such application or voluntary acquisition of OCI does not fall under the legislative provision which implies a voluntary acquisition of another nationality leading to loss of the Dutch nationality. If and when some additional rights and/or obligations are granted by the Indian government then the present policy will be reviewed.

  4. Payment of Dutch Social Security (AOW) in India
    Since October 2002 I have tried to draw the attention of the Indian Government for the problem of payment of Dutch Social Security (AOW) in India. On 30th May 2005 a few of us have signed a petition to the Prime Minister of India.

    During the Pravashi Bharatiya Divas, Europe; a European meeting of the Indian diaspora held in September 2009 in The Hague I finally got the confirmation I was so eagerly waiting for. Mr Jan Piet Hein Donner, Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, the Netherlands and Mr Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Indian MOIA announced that the agreement on social security between India and the Netherlands would be signed in New Delhi in October 2009. The long-awaited social security agreement between Republic of India and the Kingdom of the Netherlands was signed on 22nd October 2009 in New Delhi.
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