India – Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Card has merged with Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card

What has changed

Effective immediately, the Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card will no longer be issued. All current PIO card holders will now be considered Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders and future applicants will receive only OCI cards.

Previously, PIO cards were reserved for spouses and other dependents of Indian nationals. They had a shorter validity, and required additional post arrival procedures to be completed.


Who is affected?
What to expect

  • All future foreign dependents of Indian nationals and people of Indian origin.

In anticipation of the merger of the two schemes, beginning in October 2014, PIO cards were granted lifetime validity, and an exemption from post-arrival formalities.  These are also benefits offered under the OCI card.

Going forward all applicants who qualify as a spouse or dependent of an Indian national and people of Indian origin must apply for an OCI card.


What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.