Q.1188 Travel to India with PIO Card to end soon . . .

Question: Hi, My son is a US citizen by birth, and we applied for his PIO card back that time, which is going to expire in Nov 2018. In 2015, when we went to India he got a "lifetime validity stamp on his PIO" at Hyderabad airport. I have noticed now in CKGS website that all the PIO's need to be converted to OCI before Sep 30,2018. Do we need to still apply for OCI, even though my son's PIO has a lifetime stamp on it? Any feedback would be highly appreciated. Thanks Answer: Yes! What you read on the CKGS site is correct. The International Civil Aviation Organization has informed the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India that from October 2018, it will accept only machine-readable travel documents. Most passports/travel documents currently are already machine readable. However, PIO Cards were apparently hand written and not machine readable, hence PIO cards will no longer pass as a valid travel document after September 30, 2018. OCI cards on the other hand are machine readable, so OCI card holders will not have a problem. The Government of India discontinued the PIO card scheme from January 9, 2015 when they announced that all valid PIO cards would be deemed to be OCI. However, the process of converting PIO cards to OCI was not automatic and PIO card holders were required to apply for the change. Earlier there was no fee to get OCI in lieu of PIO Card. However, the time frame to convert PIO to OCI free has long expired. Now there is a fee for this service. [see below] Even after PIO Card scheme was discontinued, PIO card holders could use their PIO cards to travel to India. This is now supposed to change from October 1, 2018. As per rules announced, after September 30, 2018, PIO card will be considered as an invalid travel document. The option for PIO holders is to either convert their PIO Card to OCI by using the OCI in Lieu of PIO application process or they will have to get a visa to travel to India after September 30, 2018 as their PIO cards will not be accepted as travel documents. OCI in Lieu of PIO FEE OCI in Lieu of PIO card US$ 100 + $17 Fee/Service Charge = $120 OCI in Lieu of PIO card if (Lost / Damaged PIO card) US$ 200 + $17 Fee/Service Charge = $220
NriInformation Questions &Answers
Read Disclaimer at bottom of page
NRI Information for OCIs - PIOs on PAN Cards, OCI, Visas, Property, Immigration, Customs Duties & more
Information by Virendar Chand
Disclaimer: Information provided is for general knowledge only and should not be deemed to be professional advice. For professional advice kindly consult a professional accountant, immigration advisor or the Indian consulate. Rules and regulations do change from time to time. Please note that in case of any variation between what has been stated on this website and the relevant Act, Rules, Regulations, Policy Statements etc. the latter shall prevail. © Copyright 2006 Nriinformation.com
Previous Next Page
Previous
THE NRI GUIDE        V. K. CHAND THE NRI GUIDE  Policies - Procedures - Guide For NRI - OCI - PIO   Book for NRI, PIO & OCI      Information & tips for NRIs  Free delivery with Amazon Prime Available worldwide   NEW! EDITION nri guide
N
RI Information
Informing educating and connecting Indians across the globe
NriInformation Questions &Answers
Read Disclaimer at bottom of page
Previous Next Page
Disclaimer: Information provided is for general knowledge only and should not be deemed to be professional advice. For professional advice kindly consult a professional accountant, immigration advisor or the Indian consulate. Rules and regulations do change from time to time. Please note that in case of any variation between what has been stated on this website and the relevant Act, Rules, Regulations, Policy Statements etc. the latter shall prevail. © Copyright 2006 Nriinformation.com
next next previous previous

Q.1188 Travel to India with PIO

Card to end soon . . .

Question: Hi, My son is a US citizen by birth, and we applied for his PIO card back that time, which is going to expire in Nov 2018. In 2015, when we went to India he got a "lifetime validity stamp on his PIO" at Hyderabad airport. I have noticed now in CKGS website that all the PIO's need to be converted to OCI before Sep 30,2018. Do we need to still apply for OCI, even though my son's PIO has a lifetime stamp on it? Any feedback would be highly appreciated. Thanks Answer: Yes! What you read on the CKGS site is correct. The International Civil Aviation Organization has informed the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India that from October 2018, it will accept only machine-readable travel documents. Most passports/travel documents currently are already machine readable. However, PIO Cards were apparently hand written and not machine readable, hence PIO cards will no longer pass as a valid travel document after September 30, 2018. OCI cards on the other hand are machine readable, so OCI card holders will not have a problem. The Government of India discontinued the PIO card scheme from January 9, 2015 when they announced that all valid PIO cards would be deemed to be OCI. However, the process of converting PIO cards to OCI was not automatic and PIO card holders were required to apply for the change. Earlier there was no fee to get OCI in lieu of PIO Card. However, the time frame to convert PIO to OCI free has long expired. Now there is a fee for this service. [see below] Even after PIO Card scheme was discontinued, PIO card holders could use their PIO cards to travel to India. This is now supposed to change from October 1, 2018. As per rules announced, after September 30, 2018, PIO card will be considered as an invalid travel document. The option for PIO holders is to either convert their PIO Card to OCI by using the OCI in Lieu of PIO application process or they will have to get a visa to travel to India after September 30, 2018 as their PIO cards will not be accepted as travel documents. OCI in Lieu of PIO FEE OCI in Lieu of PIO card US$ 100 + $17 Fee/Service Charge = $120 OCI in Lieu of PIO card if (Lost / Damaged PIO card) US$ 200 + $17 Fee/Service Charge = $220
Previous
THE NRI GUIDE        V. K. CHAND THE NRI GUIDE  Policies - Procedures - Guide For NRI - OCI - PIO   Book for NRI, PIO & OCI      Information & tips for NRIs  Free delivery with Amazon Prime Available worldwide   NEW! EDITION nri guide