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Extension of Timeline for PIO Cards beyond 31.12.22 

Revised guidelines on Re-issuance of OCI cards due to issuance of new foreign passports to OCI cardholders. 

For complete information on OCI applications, please see the link below - 

https://passport.gov.in/oci/ External website that opens in a new window

It is must for Indians acquiring Foreign Nationality to Renunciate/Surrender the Indian Nationality/Passport at the Embassy. Please visit Indian Embassy for more details.

Following information in this regard may be noted.

  • A Grace period of 3 months is given for travel on Indian passport after acquiring another nationality, beyond which penalties would be levied.
  • Grace period of 3 years is given for surrender of Indian passport at the Indian Mission, late submission beyond this period would invite penalties.


Vide Government of India's Gazette Notification No.25024/9/2014-F.I dated 09.01.2015, the PIO Scheme has been withdrawn.
It is intimated that vide Gazette Notification No.26011/01/2014-IC.I dated 09.01.2015, all PIO Cards issued till 09.01.2015 are deemed to be OCI Card.  Consequently, no PIO Card will be issued w.e.f. 09.01.2015. All PIO applications received before 09.01.2015 and pending with the Embassy would be returned to the applicants, and such applicants are requested to apply for OCI card on the same fee prescribed for PIO card. All PIO Card applications received after 09.01.2015 will be returned to the applicants, as PIO Card scheme no longer exists.

Bureau of lmmigration(Bol), India will accept PIO cards as valid document till  March 31, 2019 along with  valid foreign  passport. If in the meantime, any deadline is notified by the International Civil Aviation Organisation(ICAO), thereby  making hand  written PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders  may have to  obtain appropriate visa from Mission, if they  have not  converted  their  PIO card  to OCI card.

Request for conversion of PIO card to OCI card after the expiry of current deadline of 31 December 2017 will attract a fee of US$ 275/- and will NOT be a gratis (free) service anymore.   The handwritten PIO cards will be refused entry at the Indian immigration counters after October/November, 2018.