|The date for submission of applications for registration as OCI cardholder in lieu of the PIO card online has been extended till 30th June, 2017.
(An Amendment to PIO Card Scheme 2002)
In pursuance of Prime Minister’s announcement in the United States on the PIO Card Scheme, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has issued a notification on 30th September, 2014. The salient features of this notification are as follows:
- A PIO card issued to an applicant shall be valid for his life time from the date of its issue provided that such applicant has a valid passport.
- A PIO Card which has been issued prior to the date of the notification shall be deemed to be valid for life time of its holder subject to the condition that such a person has a valid passport.
- A PIO card holder will be exempted from the requirement of registration in India.
Timings: The Consular Section is open on all working days from 10:00 hrs to 12:30 hrs for receiving the documents for service. Serviced documents may be collected between 15:30 hrs to 16:30 hrs on the day advised.
PERSON OF INDIAN ORIGIN CARD (PIO CARD) SCHEME 2002
The Government of India had launched the PIO Card Scheme in 1999 and has revised it making the journey back to roots in India much simpler, easier, flexible and hassle free.
All persons of Indian origin who hold passport of any other country(not being a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh and other countries as may be specified by the Govt. of India from time to time) will be eligible to apply for PIO Card, if:-
- who at any time held an Indian Passport; or
- 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 Govt. 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 specified countries; or
- he / she is a spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin covered under (i) and (ii) above.
Benefits available to PIO Card holder
- A PIO Card holder will not require a separate visa to visit India. The PIO Card holders will not required ‘Student’ Visa for undertaking studies in India and similarly no ‘Employment’ visa will be required for taking up employment in India.
- A PIO Card holder will be exempt from the requirement of registration in India.
- All PIOs including PIO Card holders will enjoy parity with NRIs in respect of all facilities in the matter of acquisition, holding, transfer and disposal of immovable properties in India except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties. No parity shall be allowed in the sphere of political rights.
- Special counters at the immigration check posts/international airports for speedy clearance for PIO Card holders.
How to apply
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 Embassy of India, or its designated Passport Application Centers. The form can also be downloaded.
The completed application is to be submitted to the Embassy along with the following additional 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 a photocopy. If proof of Indian nationality of either of his/her parents or grandparents or great grandparents is not available then a Nativity /Domicile/Citizenship Certificate may be furnished;
- If the applicant is applying on the basis of a 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 confirmation before acceptance of the application form. If the applicant held an Indian Passport in the past then proof of renunciation of citizenship/surrender of passport should also be submitted;
- 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.
- The requirements listed above are indicative and attempts have been made to cover the majority of cases. However, the Consular Officer may ask for additional documents after examining the application.
- The applicant has to come in person to the Embassy for submission of the PIO application alongwith:
- Four recent passport size photographs of the applicant showing frontal view of the full face;
- Documents listed in sub paras (a) to (e) above.
- The applicant would also be required to submit an explanation of the circumstances under which the card was lost and a Police Report to that effect.
- Processing time for issue of a PIO Card in which the documentation is complete in all respects and verification reports from Indian authorities, if required, are in place, is 5-7 working days.
Validity of the PIO Card
A PIO card issued to an applicant shall be valid for his/her life time from the date of its issue provided that such applicant has a valid passport. Upon expiry of existing passport, relevant entries could be made by the Embassy in the PIO Card, of new passport of PIO Card holder.
PIO Card Fee
The fee for a PIO Card is Leva 540.00 payable along with the application. PIO Card to children upto the age of 18 years will be issued at a fee of Leva 270.00.
IMPORTANT NOTICE : In addition to the fees specified above, a compulsory service charge of Leva 5 per document will be levied for Passport, Visa, OCI, PIO cards, attestation of documents and other miscellaneous consular services rendered by the Mission with effect from 01/02/2013.