27 December, 2022
All concerned are informed that the current time-line of handwritten travel documents (PIO cards) as valid travel document has been extended from 31.12.2022 to 31.12.2023. While the Bureau of Immigration (BOI) will accept the PIO cards till the notified date alongwith valid foreign passport, this extension is subject to the condition that if in the meantime any deadline is notified by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) thereby making PIO cards invalid, then the PIO card holders may have to obtain
appropriate visa from India Mission/Posts. However, all PIO cardholders with valid PIO cards as on 09.01.2015 are advised to apply for conversion of PIO card to OCI card.
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April 22, 2015
Merger of PIO Scheme with (OCI) Scheme – 2015
(i). All the existing Persons of Indian Origin cardholders registered as such shall be deemed to be Overseas Citizens of India cardholders with effect from 09.01.2015.*
(ii). A person, who is a minor child and whose either or both parents are Citizens/Overseas Citizens of India shall be eligible for registration as OCI under the new scheme.*
(iii). Spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India/ OCI card holder, whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application, is now eligible to apply for OCI card. Such spouse shall be subjected to prior security clearance from a competent authority in India.*
(iv). A PIO Card which has been issued prior to the announcement of this new OCI Scheme shall be deemed to be valid for life time of its holder.
(v). A PIO Card holder is exempted from the requirement of registration, irrespective of the duration of stay in India.
(vi). A PIO Card holder can seek endorsement of ‘Life Time’ validity and ‘Exemption of Registration’by presenting the PIO card to Attaché (visa) at Room No. 205 of the Embassy on all working days from Monday to Thursday from 1000 Hrs to 1300 Hrs.
(vii). For further details on the new OCI Scheme, Click here
* Subject to certain conditions.