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PROCEDURE FOR ISSUANCE OF LIFE CERTIFICATE

Consulate General of India, Toronto will be issuing the Life Certificates to the pensioners from the Consulate. As per Office Memorandum of Department of Pension dated 11 September, those pensioners who are above 80 years of age may apply and get their life certificates 1st October onwards. Other Pensioners will be issued life certificates w.e.f. 1st November 2020.

LIFE CERTIFICATE IN PERSON AT CONSULATE – Life Certificates may also be taken in person from the Consulate for which prior appointment is required to be taken from Consulate at – [email protected]

LIFE CERTIFICATE IN PERSON AT BLS – The Consulate will also be issuing life
certificate from BLS Brampton office ( 20 Gillingham Drive, Unit 701, Brampton, ON L6X 5A5) with effect from 19th October 2020 with prior appointments. Applicants are required to register on the link (click here) for this purpose, which is also available on Consulate’s website. Applicants will be informed by email of a particular time to visit BLS office or the Consulate to get the Life Certificate issued. The documents required are – duly filled in updated application form (click here) in duplicate; copy of passport; and proof of address. Applicants will be required to bring these documents to the BLS office in Brampton. The service will be given on the spot. Given the Covid situation, the need to maintain social distancing and face mask is to be
ensured. Consulate seeks the good cooperation of the public to serve you better. Hence, it is our appeal to the public to ensure that the documents are complete while they are visiting the respective offices and the time slot prescribed may also be adhered to.

LIFE CERTIFICATE BY POSTAL MEANS – The Life Certificate requests may be sent by Post/Courier to the Consulate (365 Bloor St E #700, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4) along with required documents given below and self-addressed prepaid envelope for return of documents. For postal applications, applicants are requested to provide local whatsapp number for video chat for verification purpose.

DROP-OFF FACILITY – Consulate will also be providing a drop-off facility for Life
Certificates at – BLS Brampton ( 20 Gillingham Drive, Unit 701, Brampton, ON L6X 5A5) and CGI, Toronto (365 Bloor St E #700, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4 ) which may also be utilized by the Pensioners to get the Life Certificate issued. The applicants will be required to drop-off, in a sealed envelope, their duly filled in application forms (click here) in duplicate (providing local whatsapp number for video chat) along with copy of the passport, proof of address and self addressed pre-paid envelope of Canada Post or any courier company to facilitate return of the service documents. Life Certificate will be issued only after verification of the applicant through video chat.

CONSULAR CAMPS: As in the past, Consulate will also be organizing Consular Camps in November – December 2020 for issuance of Life Certificates at various places under its Consular jurisdiction. However, this will be completely depending on the evolving Covid-19 situation and the norms prescribed by the Ontario Health Associations. The announcement of such Consular Camps will be made in due course.

Please note that no fee is charged by the Consulate for issuance of Life Certificate. If anybody comes across any instance of fee being charged, such incident should be brought to our notice at [email protected].

Documents required to be submitted:

  • Duly filled in application form (Click here)- To be submitted in duplicate.
  •  Valid Indian/Canadian passport
  •  Copy of the first and last page of Indian passport or copy of first page of Canadian
  • passport, as applicable
  •  Address proof: Copy of driving license or utility bill or any other document issued by
  • Canadian Government which shows the residential address of the applicant
  •  Self addressed prepaid envelope for return of serviced document by the Consulate
  •  Fee: Gratis

Where to Submit:

Consulate General of India
365 Bloor St E #700, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4

Note:

  1. Since the Life Certificate is a document which proves that the person is alive, physical
    verification is important. Hence, applicant should come in person to the Consulate/ Consular camp, unless it has been agreed to do the verification remotely through video chat, etc. for which the applicant should provide his/her mobile number (with whatsapp) to the Consulate.
  2. Consulate will not issue any other certificate, namely, re-employment or re-marriage, as these are paid services and should be applied for separately at the Consulate, if needed by the applicant.

Processing Time:

At Consular camps/in person at BLS and Consulate: On the spot / Same day
Drop-off / Postal applications – : 2-3 working days (excluding time taken in post)

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