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  • PIO Card - Person of Indian Origin

     

    The Government of India for the convenience of persons of Indian origin has launched the 'PIO Card' scheme, aimed at making the journey back to the roots, simpler, easier, and flexible and trouble free.
    In deference to the sentiments of persons of Indian origin to reconnect with their roots, as well as respecting their desire to participate in the development of the country of their origin, the Government of India had announced a scheme for issuance of a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Card with effect from 31 March 1999.
    With effect from 15th September 2002, the Government of India has announced a new PIO Card Scheme-2002. The salient features of the new Scheme are as follows:
     

  • Eligibility For PIO Card

     

    Foreign citizen is eligible for "Person of Indian Origin"-card if  

    i) he/she at any time held an Indian Passport;          or

    ii) he/she or either of his/her parents or grandparents or great grandparents was born in and permanently resident in India as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935 and other territories that became part of India thereafter provided neither was at any time a citizen of any of the aforesaid countries (as referred to in (1) above;              or

    iii) he/she is a spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin covered under (i) or (ii) above.

  • Benefits to a PIO Card Holder :

     

    The various benefits available to PIO cardholders are:

    • No visa required for visiting India during the period of validity of PIO Card.
    • Exemption from the requirement of registration if stay in India does not exceed 6 months. Should the continuous stay exceed six months, registration will be required within 30 days of the expiry of six months with the concerned Foreigners Registration Officer.
    • Parity with non-resident Indians in respect of facilities available to the latter in economic, financial and educational fields.
    • All facilities in the matter of acquisition, holding, transfer and disposal of immovable properties in India except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties.
    • Facilities available to children of NRIs for getting admission to educational institutions in India including medical colleges, engineering colleges, Institutes of Technology, Institutes of Management etc. under the general categories.
    • Facilities available under the various housing schemes of LIC, State Governments and other Government agencies.
    • All future benefits that would be extended to NRIs would also be available to the PIO Card holders
  • Validity for PIO Card

     

    A PIO Card shall be valid for a period of fifteen years from the date of issue subject to the validity of the passport of the applicant. In other words, the PIO card shall be valid only if the passport held by the individual is valid on a particular date.

  • Time to Issue -PIO Card

    Ordinarily, it takes about 45 business/working days to issue a PIO card, but this schedule does not apply to cases where approval is required from authorities in India. 

    Applicants are advised to find out at the time of application the exact date on which PIO card would be ready. 
    At present, there is no emergency service on PIO cards 
     
    For applications sent by mail, a reasonable amount of time for mailing and its return may be added before making inquiry with us
  • Where to apply for PIO card

    Applications for the PIO card should be made to an Indian Mission in the country where the applicant ordinarily resides. 

     
    Applicants already in India on Long-Term Visa (more than one year) should make the application for issue of a PIO Card to the following authorities: 
     
    DELHI: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer, Hans Bhawan, I.P. Estate,
    New Delhi 110 002.
    Tel: 91-11-331 9489 Fax: 91-11-375 5183
     
    MUMBAI: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
    Annexe II, Commissioner of Police, Crawford Market,
    Mumbai 400001.
    Tel: 91-22-262 1169 Fax: 91-22-262 0721
     
    CALCUTTA: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
    237, Acharya J.C. Bose Road, Calcutta 700020
    Tel: 91-33-247 3301 Fax: 91-33-247 0549
     
    CHENNAI: Chief Immigration Officer,
    Bureau of Immigration, Shastri Bhavan Annexe,
    No. 26, Haddows Road, Chennai 600006
    Tel: 91-44-827 7036 Fax: 91-44-827 7036 
     
    Those residing in the other part of India:
     
    Joint Secretary (Foreigners), Ministry of Home Affairs,
    1st Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
    New Delhi 110 003
    Tel: 91-11-469 3334 Fax: 91-11-462 1563
     
    Applications for the PIO card should be made to an Indian Mission in the country where the applicant ordinarily resides. 
     
    Applicants already in India on Long-Term Visa (more than one year) should make the application for issue of a PIO Card to the following authorities: 
     
    DELHI: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer, Hans Bhawan, I.P. Estate,
    New Delhi 110 002.
    Tel: 91-11-331 9489 Fax: 91-11-375 5183
     
    MUMBAI: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
    Annexe II, Commissioner of Police, Crawford Market,
    Mumbai 400001.
    Tel: 91-22-262 1169 Fax: 91-22-262 0721
     
    CALCUTTA: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
    237, Acharya J.C. Bose Road, Calcutta 700020
    Tel: 91-33-247 3301 Fax: 91-33-247 0549
     
    CHENNAI: Chief Immigration Officer,
    Bureau of Immigration, Shastri Bhavan Annexe,
    No. 26, Haddows Road, Chennai 600006
    Tel: 91-44-827 7036 Fax: 91-44-827 7036 
     
    Those residing in the other part of India:
     
    Joint Secretary (Foreigners), Ministry of Home Affairs,
    1st Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
    New Delhi 110 003
    Tel: 91-11-469 3334 Fax: 91-11-462 1563
    Applications for the PIO card should be made to an Indian Mission in the country where the applicant ordinarily resides. 
     
    Applicants already in India on Long-Term Visa (more than one year) should make the application for issue of a PIO Card to the following authorities: 
     
    DELHI: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer, Hans Bhawan, I.P. Estate,
    New Delhi 110 002.
    Tel: 91-11-331 9489 Fax: 91-11-375 5183
     
    MUMBAI: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
    Annexe II, Commissioner of Police, Crawford Market,
    Mumbai 400001.
    Tel: 91-22-262 1169 Fax: 91-22-262 0721
     
    CALCUTTA: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
    237, Acharya J.C. Bose Road, Calcutta 700020
    Tel: 91-33-247 3301 Fax: 91-33-247 0549
     
    CHENNAI: Chief Immigration Officer,
    Bureau of Immigration, Shastri Bhavan Annexe,
    No. 26, Haddows Road, Chennai 600006
    Tel: 91-44-827 7036 Fax: 91-44-827 7036 
     
    Those residing in the other part of India:
     
    Joint Secretary (Foreigners), Ministry of Home Affairs,
    1st Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
    New Delhi 110 003
    Tel: 91-11-469 3334 Fax: 91-11-462 1563
     
    Applications for the PIO card should be made to an Indian Mission in the country where the applicant ordinarily resides. 
     
    Applicants already in India on Long-Term Visa (more than one year) should make the application for issue of a PIO Card to the following authorities: 
     
    DELHI: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer, Hans Bhawan, I.P. Estate,
    New Delhi 110 002.
    Tel: 91-11-331 9489 Fax: 91-11-375 5183
     
    MUMBAI: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
    Annexe II, Commissioner of Police, Crawford Market,
    Mumbai 400001.
    Tel: 91-22-262 1169 Fax: 91-22-262 0721
     
    CALCUTTA: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
    237, Acharya J.C. Bose Road, Calcutta 700020
    Tel: 91-33-247 3301 Fax: 91-33-247 0549
     
    CHENNAI: Chief Immigration Officer,
    Bureau of Immigration, Shastri Bhavan Annexe,
    No. 26, Haddows Road, Chennai 600006
    Tel: 91-44-827 7036 Fax: 91-44-827 7036 
     
    Those residing in the other part of India:
     
    Joint Secretary (Foreigners), Ministry of Home Affairs,
    1st Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
    New Delhi 110 003
    Tel: 91-11-469 3334 Fax: 91-11-462 1563