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press Release OCI 29.12.2022

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Consulate General of India


Press Release

Extension of validity of PIO Cards till December 31, 2023

The Government of India has decided that the Bureau of Immigration (BoI) will accept all Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards (including handwritten PIO cards), along with valid foreign passport, as valid travel document till December 31, 2023, instead of earlier deadline of December 31, 2022. Indian Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to consider all PIO cards valid for exit from/entry into India till December 31, 2023. This extension of timeline is subject to the condition that if in the meantime, any deadline is notified by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) thereby making handwritten PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from Indian Missions/Posts.

3. All PIO Cardholders with valid PIO Cards as on 9th January, 2015 are strongly advised to apply for conversion of their PIO Cards into OCI Cards. The relevant link is given below:



Chicago, 29th December, 2022