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I. PIO Card validity extended up to 30 September, 2020.

Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India has informed that Bureau of Immigration will accept all Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards (including handwritten PIO cards) as valid travel documents till 30 September 2020, along with a valid foreign passport.  All Indian Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to consider PIO cards valid for exit from/entry into India till 30 September, 2020 instead of earlier circulated deadline i.e. 31 March, 2020. This extension of timeline is subject to the condition that if in the meantime any deadline is notified by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) thereby making handwritten PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from Indian Missions/posts.

All PIO cardholders are meanwhile advised to convert their PIO cards to OCI cards well in time.

(a) OCI card is a smart card;

(b) Possession of an OCI card will facilitate quicker immigration clearance at Immigration Check Posts;

(c) It will help in obtaining various Consular Services from Indian Missions/Posts;

(d) For those, who are resident in India, it will facilitate in availing various services in India.

  • The fee for conversion of PIO card to OCI card is US$100.00. The fee for issuance of fresh OCI cards will remain as US$275.00
  • Details regarding obtaining OCI card in lieu of PIO card can be seen at https://www.in.ckgs.us/pio/index.shtml.


 II. New OCI card:



  • You may check the status of your OCI at www.in.ckgs.us


  • For general OCI inquiries, please call 917-444-7911, 917-444-7752.



NOTE: All applications along with relevant documents and the requisite fee should necessarily be sent to COX and Kings Global Services, USA. The applications sent to the Consulate will not be entertained.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on OCI Card:

1. What are the Benefits for an OCI card holder:


An OCI card holder gets the following benefits:


i. A multiple entry, multi-purpose life-long visa for visiting India.


ii. Exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India.

iii. Parity with Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields, except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.

iv. OCI can be used as identity proof for application of PAN Card and driving   license as well as for opening a bank account if the OCI card holder is residing in India.



2. What benefits an OCI Card holder is not entitled to:

The OCI Card holder is not entitled:


i. to vote,


ii. to be a member of a Legislative Assembly or of a Legislative Council or of the Parliament of India,

iii. to hold Indian constitutional posts such as that of the President, Vice President, Judge of the Supreme Court or High Court etc.

iv. He/she cannot normally hold employment in the Government


3. Under what conditions should one apply for New OCI Card:

(i) In case of issuance of new passport.

(a) For an applicant who is 20 years of age or younger, OCI documents must be re-issued each time a new passport is issued.

(b) For an applicant who is 50 years of age or older, OCI documents must be re-issued once after the issuance of a new passport. If the OCI card is issued for the first time after the age of 50 years, then there is no need for re-issuance of OCI.


(c) For an applicant who is 21 to 49 years of age, there is no need to re-issue OCI documents each time a new passport is issued. However, if the applicant desires, he/she can request that the OCI documents be re-issued so that the OCI documents reflect the correct passport number.


(ii) In case there is a change in personal particulars.

(iii) In case of loss/damage of passport and/or OCI booklet.

(iv) For correcting personal particulars entered wrongly while submitting online applications e.g. name, father’s name, date of birth etc.,


(v) In case of change of address/occupation.


In terms of circular No. 26011/06/2015-OCI dated 29th January, 2015 of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, no immigration authorities in India would insist on production of the foreign passport containing the 'U' Visa Sticker in the case of OCI Cardholders while they enter/exit India and the immigration clearance will be granted based on production of the 'OCI CARD ONLY'.



4. Can foreign nationals, who are not otherwise eligible for OCI, get OCI if they are married to persons who are eligible for OCI?


The spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India cardholder registered under section 7A and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application.


5. Are Minor children eligible for OCI Card?

Minor children whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India are eligible for OCI Card. Except whose one parent is of a Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin.


6. Is an applicant who had held nationality of Pakistan or Bangladesh, eligible for OCI?

No, If the applicant has ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he / she will not be eligible for OCI.


7. Can a person renounce OCI?

Yes. He/she has to declare their intention of renunciation in Form XXII to the Indian Mission/Post where OCI registration was granted. After receipt of the declaration, the Indian Mission/Post shall issue an acknowledgement in Form XXII A. A separate application form is available for this purpose.


Important Advisory:      The Government of India is pleased to inform vide Notification No.585(E) dated 23.03.2012, permitting use of OCI registration booklets of OCIs to be treated as their identification for any services rendered to them in India. It also allows OCIs to give an affidavit attested by a notary public stating that a particular specific address may be treated as their place of residence in India.



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