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INDIA – Conversion of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) Extended [UPDATED]

[UPDATE} The deadline for converting PIO (Person of Indian Origin) cardholders to OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) status has again been extended, this time to 30 June 2017.


  • An ordinance of 6 January 2015, amending the Indian Citizenship Act, unified the two schemes and, on 9 January 2015, the immediate withdrawal of the PIO scheme was announced.
  • The OCI is valid for the holder’s lifetime and is accompanied by a lifelong multiple entry visa to India, with no requirement to report to the FRRO, regardless of length of stay.
  • The deadline for the conversion of PIO to OCI has been extended several times since January 2015.

Action Items

  • Applicants should submit their ‘PIO in lieu of OCI’ applications at their local FRRO (Foreigner Regional Registration Office) or the overseas mission or consulate of jurisdiction.
  • PIO card holders can continue to use their valid PIO cards until converted.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by LawQuest.

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