OCI Card in lieu of PIO card
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Application for Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Card
This is to inform that Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Scheme has been withdrawn and merged with Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) with effect from 9th January, 2015.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 June, 2016. 

The application form can be filled in online only and downloaded from the Website: https://passport.gov.in/oci/

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.

OCI Cardholder enjoys the following benefits:

(a) OCI card is a smart card;

(b) Possession of an OCI card will facilitate quicker immigration clearance at the Immigration Check Posts;

(c) It will help in obtaining various Consular Services from the Indian Missions;

(d) For those who are resident in India, it will facilitate in availing various services in India.

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 and valid PIO Card.


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