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Extension of  deadline for registration as OCI cardholders by erstwhile PIO cardholders

This is to notify that GoI has extended the deadline for registration as OCI cardholders by erstwhile PIO cardholders till 31st December 2017.

Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Card withdrawal

This is to inform that vide Gazette Notification No.26011/01/2014IC.I dated 09.01.2015, all PIO cards issued till 09.01.2015 are deemed to be OCI card. PIO Card scheme has been withdrawn videGazette Notification No.25024/9/2014F.I dated 09.01.2015.  Henceforth, applicants may apply for OCI card ONLY, as PIO card scheme is no longer in existence.

The Embassy of India Lisbon will therefore not be issuing any fresh PIO Cards with effect from 9 January 2015. All PIO Card applications received before 9 January 2015 and pending with the Embassy will be returned to the applicants with the request to apply for OCI card on the fee already paid for the PIO Card.

In case the PIO card holder has new passport then he/she can travel to India on their new passport with the valid PIO card and old passport.