According to a recent announcement by the Bureau of Immigration and Embassy of India of Washington, DC, a person of Indian origin (PIO) card (including handwritten PIO cards) along with a valid foreign passport will be accepted as a valid travel document until March 31st. So far, the deadline for converting the PIO into an OCI card (Overseas Citizen of India) was September 30, 2019.
All travelers to India who have a PIO card and plan to travel during December holidays can count on the Indian immigration checkpoints to continue to receive all PIO cards for entry / entry into India by 31 March 2020 consider.
Although this deadline has been announced to accommodate travelers during the holiday season, it is recommended that all PIO owners convert their PIO cards to OCI cards in a timely manner. If this is not done on time, travelers must apply for an Indian visa from an Indian mission or post office before they can travel in the future.
How do I convert a PIO card to an OCI card?
• The fee for converting the PIO card to the OCI card is $ 100.
• The fees for issuing new OCI cards continue to be $ 275.
• This is in addition to a nominal fee for the CKGS consular service charge and an ICWF fee.
• The renewed issue of OCI is compulsory every time the passport is renewed until the age of 20 and after the age of 50.
• All OCI-related procedures can be performed at the local Cox & King Global Services office.
Are you applying for an OCI card?
Here is a list of required documents
Advantages of an OCI card
These efforts are coming to a good end. There are advantages to an OCI card –
• The validity of the OCI card is valid for life, unlike the PIO card, which expires after 15 years.
• It allows multiple entries to India;
• The holder of an OCI card can stay indefinitely in India.
• The OCI card is a smart card.
• Owning an OCI card makes it easier to enter the immigration check posts faster.
• It will help to obtain various consular services from Indian missions / representations.
• For those who are based in India, it will be easier to use various services in India, eg. For example, you can buy an Aadhaar card, obtain a driver's license, open bank accounts, invest and earn your income like ordinary citizens.
• You do not have to report to the FRO if you stay more than 183 days in India.
Indians not resident in India previously received a person of Indian origin as an alternative to a visa. This served as a badge for Indian nationals who had taken the citizenship of another country and were from India or were simply abroad more than 183 days a year for work or otherwise.
To request an OCI card instead of a PIO card before the March 31, 2020, deadline, see OCI card instead of PIO card.
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