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OCI in lieu of PIO
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OCI in lieu of PIO

           The Government of India has published in the Gazette of India (Part-I, Section-I) on 30 September 2014, that a PIO card issued to an applicant shall be valid for his/her lifetime, provided such applicant has a valid Passport.

2.        Subsequently, the Government of India has notified on 09 January 2015 that all the existing Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card holders registered as such under new PIO Card scheme 2002, shall be deemed to be Overseas Citizens of India Cardholders (Merger of PIO & OCI Schemes).

3.     In view of the above, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has communicated that all existing valid PIO cardholders (valid as on 30 September 2014, the date of notification of lifelong validity for a PIO card) are expected to apply for an OCI card in lieu of PIO card before 30 September 2015.

4.      Accordingly, the procedure to be followed for conversion of existing valid PIO cards into OCI cards for all applicants falling under the consular jurisdiction of CGI Houston is as follows:

           Applications submitted to M/s CKGS in person:

  • Applicants must provide the original foreign passport and original valid PIO card along with their clear colour photocopies to the CKGS personnel along with the application and other supporting documents. The original foreign passport and PIO card upon verification by CKGS personnel would be returned to the applicant by CKGS.
  • Thereafter the application would be submitted to the Consulate by CKGS.
  • The applicant is expected to monitor the status of the OCI application at the links http://www.in.ckgs.us/VPOOnline/WebPages/TrackYourApplication.aspx and http://passport.gov.in/oci/statusEnqury. If the tracking status on either/or both the websites indicate that the OCI document has been received at Houston, the applicant must send the original foreign valid passport and PIO card to CKGS who would then forward the same to the Consulate.
  • Upon verification of the documents, the original documents (Passport and cancelled PIO card) would be returned along with the OCI card to CKGS for onward dispatch to the applicant.

Applications submitted through Post:

  • Applicants must provide notarized copies of clear colour photocopies of original foreign passport and original valid PIO card along with their OCI application and other supporting documents.
  • Thereafter the application would be submitted to the Consulate by CKGS.
  • The applicant is expected to monitor the status of the OCI application at the links http://www.in.ckgs.us/VPOOnline/WebPages/TrackYourApplication.aspx and http://passport.gov.in/oci/statusEnqury. If the tracking status on either/or both the websites indicate that the OCI document has been received at Houston, the applicant must send the original foreign valid passport and PIO card to CKGS who would then forward the same to the Consulate.
  • Upon verification of the documents, the original documents (Passport and cancelled PIO card) would be returned along with the OCI card to CKGS for onward dispatch to the applicant.

5.        Interim travel to India until the issue of OCI card to existing valid PIO cardholders:

            Until applicants are in receipt of an OCI card issued in lieu of PIO card, they could travel to India with their valid foreign passport, valid PIO card and CKGS receipt as proof of having applied for an OCI Registration document in lieu of PIO card.

A PIO card holder whose re-issued passport has not been endorsed in the PIO card but has applied for an OCI in lieu of PIO can travel to India along with the receipt of application submitted in CKGS, original PIO card and the re-issued valid passport.

6.       How to apply if an OCI in lieu of PIO:

  • Please visit the link: http://passport.gov.in/oci/capchaActionPIO.
  • Such applications would be registered without payment of any registration fee. However, the applicant will have to pay the service charges for the outsourcing company, postage charges as well as the ICWF fee.

  • Please refer to the link http://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/oci-categories/oci-in-lieu-of-pio-us-adult.shtml for details on supporting documents, payment and postal address.

  • The Consulate General of India, Houston, does not directly accept OCI applications from applicants, either in person at the consular counter or through mail.

7.       In case of queries, applicants/existing cardholders may send an email to the following for clarification:-

            Mrs. Deepti Ganji, Consul (HOC & OCI) - [email protected]

 

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