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PIO Cards

Government of India has phased out PIO cards. However, Bureau of Immigration, Government of India will accept PIO cards as valid documents till 31st March, 2020. Therefore it will be necessary upon PIO cardholders to obtain machine readable OCI cards in lieu of existing hand written PIO cards as soon as possible to avoid any inconvenience.  This extension of timeline is subject to the condition that if in the meantime any deadline is notified by the ICAO thereby making hand written PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from Indian Mission/ Posts abroad.

   For further clarification, you may wish to write to oci.ottawa@mea.gov.in