Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Card
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 PIO Card scheme has been withdrawn vide Gazette Notification No.25024/9/2014F.I dated 09.01.2015.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.
Updated information on requirement of registration for OCI in lieu of PIO cards
PIO cardholder is encouraged to apply for OCI card in lieu of PIO card at https://passport.gov.in/oci. The last date for conversion is extended till 30 June 2017.
PIO cardholder can travel to India on the basis of their valid PIO card and valid foreign passport.
As announced earlier, PIO card have life-long validity. Endorsement stating that existing PIO card is valid for life would be made at the first immigration point with which the PIO cardholder comes into contact, be it the Indian Mission, FRRO or an immigration check-point. These endorsements/stamps would, however, not be mandatory.