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PIO Card

"PIO Card holders are advised to get their card replaced by OCI card. Valid PIO Card holders, staying in the jurisdictional area of the Consulate General of India, Geneva are advised to visit our website www.pmindiaun.gov.in and go to OCI link or may visit web site http://www.mha.nic.in directly to fill-up the form for registration of OCI card in place of PIO Card, without any registration fee. Properly filled up form may be deposited with CGI, Geneva with CHF 3.00/- as Consular surcharge. On line payment should be made in Permanent Mission of India UBS Account No. 240-401506.01N (IBAN NO. CH05 0024 0240 4015 0601 N). PIO card holders are advised to get their card replaced by OCI card by 31st December 2017

It is notified that the Indian Immigration Check Post (s) will continue to consider all PIO cards valid for exit/entry into India till 30th September, 2019 as valid document alongwith a valid foreign passport. The extension of timeline is subject to the condition that if in the meantime any deadline is notified by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) thereby making hand written PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from India Missions/Posts abroad.  In the meantime, all PIO Card Holders are again advised to convert their PIO Cards into the OCI Cards before the expiry of the extended Period i.e. 30.09.2019.”


1. Vide Gazette Notification dated 09.01.2015, all PIO Cards issued till 09.01.2015 are deemed to be OCI card as PIO Card Scheme has been withdrawn.


2. Replacement of PIO card by OCI card is mandatory before 31st December 2017. PIO card holders are advised to contact their nearest Indian mission / Consular for any further advice on conversion of PIO card in OCI card.


3. OCI card has several advantages while visiting India and approaching Indian mission / Consulate for only consular services. Therefore, all PIO card holders are advised to get OCI cards by 31st December 2017.