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Urgent advisory for PIO card holders

Posted on: November 23, 2017 | Back | Print

The PIO card scheme has been withdrawn. Erstwhile PIO card holders are advised to submit the application for issuing of OCI card (in lieu of valid PIO cards) latest by 29.12.2017. It may also please be noted that as per the guidelines of International Civil Aviation Organisation only machine readable travel documents would be acceptable w.e.f. October 2018. The PIO cards being handwritten documents, will become invalid travel documents w.e.f. this date. Those travelling to India on the strength of hand written PIO cards beyond October 2018, would be refused entry at the Indian Immigration counters and sent back. All PIO card holders are, therefore, required to convert it to OCI card at the earliest. The conversion is available free of cost till December 29, 2017 only. Thereafter, request for conversion would be charged Php 15160.00, as applicable for issue of fresh OCI card.