I. Conversion of PIO card in to OCI card & Reissue of OCI card:
The conversion of PIO cards in to OCI cards will be done free of charge (Gratis) for applications submitted until December 31, 2016.
The OCI card is a smart card which will facilitate quicker immigration clearance at the ICPs and also for obtaining various consular services from the Indian Missions. For those residing in India, it will facilitate in availing various services in India.
The applicants may submit the applications for OCI card in lieu of PIO card to the Indian Mission/FRRO concerned within the jurisdiction of his/her place of residence.
While the grant of OCI card in lieu of PIO card will be on gratis basis, the applicants will have to bear only the postages and service fee wherever applicable.
In cases of erstwhile PIO cardholders, the new foreign passport number (when they get a new passport) will continue to be endorsed on the existing PIO card till the person concerned is issued an OCI card in lieu of the PIO card.
NOTE: All applications along with relevant documents and the requisite fee should necessarily be sent to COX and Kings Global Services, USA. The applications sent to the Consulate will not be entertained.