VISA/Passport/NRI/PIO/Consular Alerts

PIO Card Valid For Life Time

October 02, 2014

With effect from 30 September 2014, Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards shall be valid for life. Further, PIO cardholders no longer need to report themselves to the police, or register at the foreigners registration offices on arrival in India.

Please note that all PIO cards issued before 30 September 2014 shall be deemed to have been automatically extended to have life time validity.

All concerned are hereby informed that the date of submission of the application for registration as OCI cardholders by the erstwhile PIO cardholders has been extended till December 31, 2016.

The conversion of PIO cards into OCI cards will be done free-of-charge (gratis) for applications submitted until December 31, 2016.

To apply for OCI go to the link,

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