To honour the wishes of Indian immigrants in keeping their ties with the country, the Indian government provided them with the Persons of Indian Origin Card (PIO) and Overseas Citizenship of India Card (OCI).

But on the 9th of Jan 2015, the government withdrew the PIO card and merged it with OCI card scheme. Since then, all the PIO cards are treated as OCI cards and get a special stamp, mentioning “lifelong validity” and “registration not required”.

This is a form of identification issued to the individuals who have moved to the different countries from India but want to stay connected and involved with the native country more closely.

Eligibility Requirements for a PIO Card

The Govt. of India issues the PIO card to A Person of Indian Origin (PIO):

– Who held a passport in a country (other than Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), or

– His parents/ grandparents/ great grandparents were Indian born or the permanent resident of India, or

– He/she is a spouse of an Indian citizen

 Benefits of a PIO card

– PIO card allows a visa-free travel to India for a period of 15 years from the date of issue.

– The card holders are exempted from registration at FRRO/FRO if their stay does not exceed 180 days.

– In case if the stay exceeds 180 days, they have to register with FRRO/ FRO within the next 30 days.

– They can enjoy the economic, financial and educational benefits,

such as acquisition, holding, transfer and disposal of immovable properties in India.

–  Availing Various housing schemes of LIC of India, State Government and Central Government agencies

Eligibility Requirements for a OCI Card

The government issues OCI cards to the foreign citizen of Indian origin

– Who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26th Jan 1950, or

– He/she was a citizen of India on or at any time after 26th Jan 1950, or

– The person belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15th Aug 1947.

Benefits of a OCI card

– OCIs card-holders are entitled a lifelong visa that allows them to

visit India at any time, for any length of time and for any purpose.

– They are exempted from police reporting for any length of stay in the country.

– They have been granted all the rights in economic, financial and educational fields and the rights of acquisition in agricultural or plantation properties.

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