Deadline extended for PIO-OCI conversions

16 Apr 19

INDIA

IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? The Indian government has extended the deadline for Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cardholders to convert to Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards. The new deadline is Sept. 30.

What does the change mean? PIO cardholders now have until Sept. 30 to convert their PIO cards to OCI cards.

  • Implementation time frame: Between now and Sept. 30.
  • Visas/permits affected: PIO and OCI cards.
  • Who is affected: PIO cardholders.

Background: The Indian government merged the PIO and OCI schemes in 2015. The government now considers all PIO cardholders to be OCI cardholders, but PIO cardholders have been advised to convert their PIO cards to machine-readable OCI cards. The government has extended the deadline for converting PIO cards a number of times and has now given PIO cardholders a deadline of Sept. 30.

Analysis & Comments: PIO cardholders are advised to apply for machine-readable OCI cards as soon as possible and no later than Sept. 30. Immigration checkpoints continue to accept PIO cards for now, but after Sept. 30 handwritten PIO cards will become invalid and cardholders who have not obtained a PIO card may need to obtain a visa or exit permit to travel into or out of India.

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