Every person of Indian origin who is a citizen of another country, NOT being a citizen of any country that may be specified by the Government of India from time to time, will be eligible to apply for PIO Card if:
The person at any time held an Indian passport; or
The person or either of his/her parents or grand parents or great grand parents was born in, and was permanently resident in India, provided further that neither was at any time a citizen of any of the aforesaid excluded countries; or
The person is the spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin covered under (1) or (2) above.
Presently, the specified countries in this regard are Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, China and Nepal. Citizens of these countries are not eligible to get PIO cards. Detailed information on the PIO Scheme is available on the website: www.mha.nic.in
OCI and PIO card holders can visit India for business, employment, tourism and education without visa. However, those OCI and PIO card holders desirous visiting India for purpose of conducting Research, must obtain separately a No Objection/Research Project Clearance Certificate. This includes Scholars awarded Scholarship under Fulbright or any other scheme. click here for details
IMPORTANT: If any person, seeking to apply for PIO registration or PIO Miscellaneous service, has ever held an Indian Passport, he/she must also simultaneously apply for/or submit a copy either of the following:
Surrender of Indian citizenship certificate, or
Deemed Surrender of Indian citizenship certificate, or
The Embassy of India, Washington DC has outsourced the handling of PIO card applications to M/s. Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS) from 21st May 2014. CKGS in Houston is located at Binz Building, 1001 Texas Avenue, Suite 550, Houston TX 77002
CKGS accepts PIO applications, complete in all respects, from eligible applicants. All applications received by CKGS are acknowledged by the next working day. Normal processing time for a PIO Registration is 5-10 business days and for PIO Miscellaneous Services is 3-5 business days.
For detailed guidelines on submitting the application, required documentation, fee etc., please go to the following link: http://www.in.ckgs.us
The Consulate General of India, Houston, does not, directly accept applications, either in person or through mail for PIO card services.
Those seeking information on this service/wanting to ascertain status of their applications, must contact CKGS