PIO/OCI Card

OCI - Overseas Citizenship of India

The Government of India has decided to grant Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI), which most people refer to as 'dual citizenship.' Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) of certain categories who migrated from India and acquired citizenship of a foreign country, other than Pakistan and Bangladesh, are eligible to be granted an OCI as long as their home countries allow dual citizenship.

Benefits for an OCI card holder:
An OCI card holder gets the following benefits:
i. A multiple entry, multi-purpose life-long visa for visiting India.
ii. Exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India.
iii. Parity with Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields, except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
iv. OCI can be used as identity proof for application of PAN Card and driving licence as well as for opening a bank account if the OCI card holder is residing in India.

Under what conditions should one apply for New OCI Card and Sticker:
(i) In case of issuance of new passport.
(a) For an applicant who is 20 years of age or younger, OCI documents must be re-issued each time a new passport is issued.
(b) For an applicant who is 50 years of age or older, OCI documents must be re-issued once after the issuance of a new passport.
(c) For an applicant who is 21 to 49 years of age, there is no need to re-issue OCI documents each time a new passport is issued. However, if the applicant desires, he/she can request that the OCI documents be re-issued so that the OCI documents reflect the correct passport number.
(ii) In case there is a change in personal particulars.
(iii) In case of loss/damage of passport and/or OCI booklet.
(iv) For correcting personal particulars entered wrongly while submitting online applications e.g name, father’s name, date of birth etc.,
(v) In case of change of address/occupation.
In case of emergency, the applicant can continue to carry the old passport wherein OCI 'U' visa sticker is pasted along with the new passport and the OCI booklet for visiting India.

It is important for the OCI card holder to carry the OCI booklet along with the passport having U visa sticker. Both these documents should always be in the possession of the OCI card holder while travelling to India.


PIO Card - Person of Indian Origin Card

A PIO (Person of Indian Origin) Card allows visa free travel and gives several benefits to the card holder. The Government of India has a comprehensive Scheme for Persons of Indian Origin - called the "PIO Card Scheme". Under this scheme, Persons of Indian Origin up to the fourth generation (great grandparents) settled throughout the world, except for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka would be eligible.  The PIO Card will be valid only when accompanied with a valid passport. A PIO card shall be valid for a period of fifteen years from the date of issue subject to the validity of the foreign passport. In other words, the passport must be valid in order for the PIO card to be considered valid.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA HAS STOPPED ISSUING PIO CARD AND IT IS RECOMMENDED TO ALL PIO CARD HOLDERS TO CONVERT PIO TO OCI.

RIGHT NOW WE ARE PROCESSING OCI APPLICATION FROM INDIA AND USA ONLY. CONTACT US FOR ANY FURTHER INFORMATION