PIO cards to continue as valid travel document upto March 2020
The Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards along with valid foreign passport will be considered for exit or entry into India till 31 March 2020. Government of India had earlier advised all PIO card holders to convert their cards to Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cards by 30 September 2019.
The Indian Consulate in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) stated that as per the latest advisory issued by Government of India-
- The Bureau of Immigration (BoI) will now accept Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards as valid travel document till 31 March 2020 along with valid foreign passport
- The Indian Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to consider all PIO cards valid for exit/entry into India till 31 March 2020
The advisory also stated that all the valid PIO cardholders as on 9 January 2015 are requested to apply for conversion of PIO card to OCI card as per guidelines at the earliest.
Condition: However, this extension of time-line is subject to condition that if in the meantime any deadline is notified by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) thereby making hand written PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from Indian Missions or Posts abroad.
What is Persons of Indian Origin Card (PIO Card)?
Overseas Indians also known as Non-resident Indians (NRIs) or Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) are people of Indian birth/descent/origin who live outside Republic of India. PIO card was a form of identification issued to PIOs who held a passport in a foreign country other than following countries- Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Sri Lanka. Thereby the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2003, made provision for acquisition of Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) by Person of Indian Origin (PIOs) of 16 specified countries other than Pakistan and Bangladesh