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Alert Notice: 

URGENT :  The deadline for conversion of asll Indian PIO Cards to OCI has been extended up to 31.12.2017


The deadline for conversion of all Indian PIO Cards to Overseas Citizen of India Card has been further extended until 31st December 2017. Hence, PIO Card holders can continue to use hem for travels to/ and stay in India. All holders are again advised to avail this extended time slot and apply for conversion to Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card immediately. All readers are requested to give wide publicity to this facility, which does not entail any additional costs.


Application for PIO Cards

1. A "Person of Indian Origin (PIO)" means a foreign citizen, not being a citizen of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, if:

i. He/she at any time held an Indian passport; or

ii. He/she or either of his/her parents or grandparents or great grandparents was born in and permanently resident in India as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935 and other territories that became part of India thereafter provided neither was at any time a citizen of any of the aforesaid countries referred to above; or

iii. He/she is a spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin covered under (i) or (ii) above.

  • Iranian nationals of Indian Origin can seek PIO card with the approval of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

2. A PIO card is granted to eligible persons and confers the following entitlements:-

  • Multiple entries, multiple purpose visa to visit India for a period of 15 years.

  • No requirement to register with the Foreigners Registration Office if continuous stay in India does not exceed 180 days. If continuous stay exceeds 180 days, then registration is required to be done within a period of 30 days of the expiry of 180 days.

  • Parity with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of facilities available to the latter in economic, financial, educational and other fields except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.

  • No separate Student/ Employment /Business visa will be required for admission in colleges/institutions or taking up employment, business etc. in India.

  • PIO Card can be used as identity proof for applying for a PAN card, driving license and opening of Bank account in India, if the PIO card holder resides in India.

3. Applicants for a PIO Card need to apply in the prescribed form. The form is available free of charge at the Consular Wing of the High Commission of India, or its designated Passport Application Centres. The form can also be downloaded from http://www.hcikingston.com.

4. Documents required: The requirements listed below are indicative and attempt has been made to cover majority of the cases. However, the Consular Officer may ask for additional documents after examining the application. The completed application is to be submitted to the High Commission along with the following documents:-

  • Existing (valid) foreign passport in original, along with a photocopy of the cancelled Indian passport/travel document(s) of the applicant or either of his/her parents or grandparents or great grandparents in original, along with photocopy. If proof of Indian nationality of either of his/her parents or grandparents or great grandparents is not available then Nativity /Domicile/Citizenship Certificate may be furnished.

  • If the applicant is applying on the basis of parent's Indian citizenship, then clear proof of his/her relationship is required to be submitted.

  • In case the applicant does not have an old Indian Passport, he/she may provide a copy of other documents issued in India such as a Birth Certificate, Residence/Nativity Certificate, etc. which establish that the applicant is of Indian origin.

  • Such supporting documents will be sent to India for verification before acceptance of the application form and this may take time.If the applicant held an Indian Passport in the past then proof of renunciation of citizenship/surrender of passport should also be submitted.

  • Four recent passport size photographs of the applicant showing frontal view of full face.

  • In case application is for a PIO card in lieu of a lost PIO card, the applicant would also be required to submit an explanation of the circumstances under which the card was lost and a Police Report (FIR) to that effect.

  • All the above-mentioned documents are to be produced in original for verification and photocopies attached in duplicate with the application.

  • Those applying on the basis of the past or present national status of the spouse should submit the original Indian passport or PIO Card (whichever is applicable) of the spouse and the original marriage certificate. To be eligible, the marriage must have been solemnized more than a year before the date of application. The applicant must also submit a declaration by the spouse stating that he/she has no objection for issuance of the PIO card and in the event of a divorce, the PIO card will be surrendered.

5. Subject to eligibility, a registration certificate in the form of a PIO booklet will be issued after an application is made. While travelling, you are expected to carry this booklet along with your passport.

6. A PIO card is issued against the passport presented at the time of making an application. In case of issuance of a New Passport, the same is required to be endorsed on the PIO card. This service is available gratis at the High Commission. Please bring your old and new passport and photocopies thereof. However, the applicant can still travel carrying the old passport along with new passport and the PIO card for visiting India without seeking an endorsement.

7. For change of name and other particulars on the PIO card, please apply using the PIO application form. Application for a change in name should be submitted with a change of name deed, copy of passport reflecting new name (in case of a lady if such change is on account of her marriage, her marriage certificate and photocopy of passport of spouse). Similar documents would be necessary to introduce a change in the name of the applicant's father. Change in address and occupation too should be supported by documentary proof such as a utility bill and/or a certificate from employer.

8. For further information please visit our website at www.hcikingston.com and the link http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/oci-chart.pdf

9. A PIO card does NOT entitle the cardholder to undertake any missionary, mountaineering and research work in India, without the prior permission of the Government of India. Prior permission of the competent authority is also required for visiting restricted/protected area (for details, visit http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/ForeigD-FAQs-onPAPandRAP.pdf).

10. Kindly note that the High Commission will accept an application for grant of PIO status after satisfying itself on the adequacy and authenticity of supporting documents. In certain cases this is likely to take time as the documents may require verification from the issuing authorities in India. In these cases the High Commission cannot prescribe any timeframe within which the PIO card will be issued. However, at the stage of initial application, an acknowledgement will be provided to you. Applicants will be periodically informed about the progress of their application and are also advised to keep in touch with the High Commission to follow up.