PERSONS OF INDIAN ORIGIN (PIO)
This is to inform that vide Gazette Notification No.26011/01/2014IC.I dated 09.01.2015, all PIO cards issued till 09.01.2015 are deemed to be OCI card. PIO Card scheme has been withdrawn vide Gazette Notification No.25024/9/2014F.I dated 09.01.2015. Henceforth, applicants may apply for OCI card ONLY, as PIO card scheme is no longer in existence.
OCI in lieu of PIO card:
A separate online application for issue of OCI card in lieu of the PIO card without payment of any registration fee has been devised and available at http://passport.gov.in/oci/capchaActionPIO
In case the PIO card holder has new passport then he/she can travel to India on their new passport with the valid PIO card and old passport.
The applicants desire to apply for Miscellaneous Services for PIO Cards viz. change of name, change of address, change of passport etc. have to apply for new OCI card with the fee of MAD 285/-.