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PIO (Person of Indian Origin) and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India)


Q: What is difference between PIO and OCI status?

A: Both the PIO (Person of Indian Origin) and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) were introduced by the Government of India to facilitate visa-free entry for members of the Indian diaspora to India.

The OCI was initially intended for those Indian nationals who had taken foreign nationality or for foreign national children whose parents (both) were Indian nationals. It is of lifelong validity. In addition, OCI cardholders have always been exempt from having to register at the local Foreigners Regional Registration Offices (FRROs), regardless of the duration of their stay in India.

The PIO, on the other hand, was initially issued to individuals who had one parent who was an Indian, to those of Indian descent or to spouses of Indian nationals. It was of a 15-year validity. PIO cardholders were required to undergo registration formalities through the local FRROs when in India.

The Indian government’s decision to merge the PIO card scheme into that of the OCI scheme, in January 2015, was mainly to overcome cases of confusion and inconsistent issuance.

As per instructions by the Government of India, all applicants for PIO would now be eligible for the OCI, with requisite clearances. In addition, all PIOs issued until then, were deemed to be of lifelong validity, with instructions that the cardholders be advised to convert the same to OCI cards, free-of-charge, by submitting the necessary forms and requisite documents.

There is plenty of information available on our website about PIO and OCI, including, for instance, details on the restrictions and benefits available to OCI cardholders.

In addition, the Government of India’s Ministry of External Affairs’ Consular, Passport & Visa Division has a section devoted to OCI, which contains comprehensive information on the same: https://passport.gov.in/oci.
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