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Notice to PIO card holders

This is to inform that Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Scheme has been withdrawn and merged with Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) with effect from 9th January, 2015. 

All existing PIO card holders living in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands are requested to submit their applications for OCI at the High Commission of India, Port Moresby before 30th September, 2015. Grant of OCI card in lieu of PIO card will be on gratis basis and the applicants may have to bear only services charges of Kina 40 payable through Bank Cheque/Company cheque in favour of ‘High Commission of India.

An OCI card holder gets the following benefits:
i) OCI card is a smart card which will facilitate quicker immigration clearance at the Immigration Points and also for obtaining various Consular services from the Indian Missions abroad.

ii) A multiple entry, multi-purpose life-long visa for visiting India. Exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India.

iii) Parity with Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields, except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.

iv) OCI can be used as identity proof for application of PAN Card and driving licence as well as for opening a bank account if the OCI card holder is residing in India.