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Conversion of PIO Card into OCI Card

Validity of PIO Card Extended up to September 30, 2020

The Government of India published in the Gazette of India (Part-I, Section-I) on 30 September 2014, that a PIO card issued to an applicant shall be valid for his/her lifetime, provided such applicant has a valid Passport.

2. Subsequently, the Government of India notified on 09 January 2015 that all the existing Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card holders registered as such under new PIO Card scheme 2002, shall be deemed to be Overseas Citizens of India Cardholders (Merger of PIO & OCI Schemes).

3. Accordingly, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has communicated that all existing valid PIO cardholders (valid as on 30 September 2014, the date of notification of lifelong validity for a PIO card)were expected to apply for an OCI card in lieu of PIO card before 31st December, 2017.

4. The Bureau of Immigration (BoI) will accept all Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards (including handwritten PIO cards), along with valid foreign passport, as valid travel document till September 30, 2020, instead of earlier deadline i.e.March 31, 2020. Indian Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to consider all PIO cards valid for exit from/entry into India till September 30, 2020 as last and final opportunity. This extension of timeline is subject to the condition that if in the meantime, any deadline is notified by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) thereby making handwritten PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from Indian Missions/Posts.

5. All PIO cardholders are, meanwhile, advised to convert their PIO cards to OCI cards well in time.

(a) OCI card is a smart card;

(b) Possession of an OCI card will facilitate quicker immigration clearance at Immigration Check Posts;

(c) It will help in obtaining various Consular Services from Indian Missions/Posts;

(d) For those who are resident in India, it will facilitate in availing various services in India.

(e) The fee for conversion of PIO card to OCI card is $100. The fees for issuance of fresh OCI cards will remain as $275.

(f) Details regarding obtaining OCI in lieu of PIO card can be seen at bullet.

(g) Re-issuance of OCI is mandatory every time passport is renewed up to the age of 20 years, and once after completing 50 years of age.