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OCI in lieu of PIO

The Government of India has published in the Gazette of India (Part-I, Section-I) on 30 September 2014, that a PIO card issued to an applicant shall be valid for his/her lifetime, provided such applicant has a valid Passport.

2. Subsequently, the Government of India has notified on 09 January 2015 that all the existing Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card holders registered as such under new PIO Card scheme 2002, shall be deemed to be Overseas Citizens of India Cardholders (Merger of PIO & OCI Schemes).

3. In view of the above, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has communicated that all existing valid PIO cardholders(valid as on 30 September 2014, the date of notification of lifelong validity for a PIO card) are expected to apply for an OCI card in lieu of PIO card before 31st December, 2017

4. Accordingly, the procedure to be followed for conversion of existing valid PIO cards into OCI cards for all applicants falling under the consular jurisdiction of CGI Atlanta is as follows:

Applications submitted to M/s CKGS in person:

Applicants must provide the  copy  of  foreign passport and original valid PIO card (and a copy)  along with their application and other supporting documents.

Thereafter the application would be submitted to the Consulate by CKGS.

The applicant is expected to monitor the status of the OCI application at the links http://www.in.ckgs.us/trackandtrace/ and http://passport.gov.in/oci/statusEnqury. If the tracking status on either/or both the websites indicate that the OCI document has been received at Atlanta, the applicant must send the original foreign valid passport to CKGS who would then forward the same to the Consulate.

Upon verification of the documents, the original documents (Passport and cancelled PIO card) would be returned along with the OCI card to CKGS for onward dispatch to the applicant.

The following notarized documents required when application submitted through post:

(a)  A copy of valid PIO card ( Both Pages)

(b)  A copy of current valid Passport  

Thereafter the application would be submitted to the Consulate by CKGS.

The applicant is expected to monitor the status of the OCI application at the links http://www.in.ckgs.us/trackandtrace/ and http://passport.gov.in/oci/statusEnqury. If the tracking status on either/or both the websites indicate that the OCI document has been received at Atlanta, the applicant must send the original foreign valid passport and PIO card to CKGS who would then forward the same to the Consulate.

Upon verification of the documents, the original documents (Passport and cancelled PIO card) would be returned along with the OCI card to CKGS for onward dispatch to the applicant.

5. Interim travel to India until the issue of OCI card to existing valid PIO cardholders:

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 .

6. How to apply if an OCI in lieu of PIO:

  • Please visit the link: http://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/index.shtml
  • Such applications would be registered without payment of any registration fee. However, the applicant will have to pay the service charges for the outsourcing company, postage charges as well as the ICWF fee.
  • The applicants may submit the applications for OCI card in lieu of PIO card to the Embassy/Consulates/FRRO concerned within the Consular jurisdiction of his/her place of residence
  • Applications for an OCI card in lieu of PIO card are to be submitted along with supporting documents at the M/s CKGS Atlanta service centre.
  • The Consulate General of India, Atlanta, does not directly accept OCI applications from applicants, either in person at the consular counter or through mail.

7. In case of queries, applicants/existing cardholders may send an email to the following for clarification:-

Updated information on requirement of registration for OCI in lieu of PIO cards

Updated information on requirement of registration for OCI in lieu of PIO cards

It is hereby informed that the date of submission of online applications by the  PIO cardholders with valid PIO card for registration as OCI Card holder  has been extended till 31st December, 2017.

The applicants may submit the applications for OCI card in lieu of PIO card to the Embassy/Consulates/FRRO concerned within the Consular jurisdiction of his/her place of residence. This is in modification of the earlier instruction that they should apply only at the location where the PIO card was issued.

OCI card is a smart card which will facilitate quicker immigration clearance at the Immigration counters in India. Therefore, PIO cardholders are advised to apply for OCI card in lieu of PIO card before 30th June, 2017 at https://passport.gov.in/oci. Process for applying OCI in lieu of PIO card is available at  http://in.ckgs.us/oci/oci-categories/oci-in-lieu-of-pio-us-adult.shtml.

While the grant of OCI card in lieu of PIO card will be on gratis basis, the applicants may have to bear only the postage charges and service fee wherever applicable.

PIO cardholder can travel to India on the basis of their valid PIO card and valid foreign passport.

In cases of erstwhile PIO cardholders, the new foreign passport number (when they get a new passport) will be endorsed on the existing PIO card till the person concerned is issued an OCI card in lieu of PIO card.

Tarlok Badhan, Vice Consul, email: passport@indianconsulateatlanta.org

Consulate Contact for OCI  (404) 963-7742 /OCI@indianconsulateatlanta.org

CKGS Contact/  Telephone 516-206-1483/ 646-589-0088

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