Authorities have announced that the deadline for Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card holders to submit applications for Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card registration, which was previously set for Sept. 30, has been extended to March 31, 2016.
This new notice gives PIO card holders more time to convert to an OCI card.
PIO card holders should submit an application to convert to an OCI card at their earliest opportunity and preferably no later than March 31, 2016.
Who will be Affected?
Policies regarding conversion of PIO cards to OCI cards may continue to change with or without notice. Thus, to avoid disruption of planned business travels, it is recommended that PIO card holders complete conversion to an OCI card.
How Does it Work?
PIO cards were phased out and merged with OCI cards in January. In a previous notice, the Ministry of Home Affairs advised members of the Indian diaspora to convert their PIO cards to OCI cards by Sept. 30 by submitting an “OCI in lieu of PIO” application online.
Recently, however, the authorities have decided to extend the application deadline to March 31, 2016 to give PIO card holders more time to convert to OCI cards. The notice reiterated that applicants will be able to obtain their OCI cards from the Indian mission or Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) that has jurisdiction over their current residence.