Validity of PIO card get extended by 31 December 2024

The government authorities have extended the validity of all Persons of Indian Origin [PIO] cards, which include handwritten notes along with valid foreign passports as acceptable documents.

Validity of PIO card get extended by 31 December 2024

New Delhi: Indian Immigration checkposts will continue to consider all PIO cards valid for exit or entry into India till 31 December 2024. The PIO cardholders are advised, whether possessing handwritten or machine-readable cards, to convert their PIO cards to OCI [Overseas Citizen of India] cards before the extended deadline of December 31, 2024. This will ensure a smooth transition and compliance with the updated regulations.

Here is the eligibility criteria for PIO to OCI card conversion:

Individuals who are citizens of another country but were citizens of India at the time of, or at any time after, the commencement of the constitution.

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Individuals who are citizens of another country but were eligible to become citizens of India at the time of the commencement of the constitution.

Citizens of another country who belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15 August 1947 are also eligible.

 

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However, individuals who are or have been citizens of Pakistan, Bangladesh, or any other country specified by the central government through the official gazette are not eligible for OCI registration.

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