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PERSON OF INDIAN ORIGIN (PIO)

Documents required  for PIO Card -

A- For minor children -

  1. Application Form for the Grant / Renewal of PIO Card
  2. Three passport size photographs (one pasted in the application form and two attached)
  3. Photocopy of applicant's passport (personal page only)
  4. Photocopy of both parents passport (first and last page)
  5. Photocpy of birth certifiacte of applicant
  6. Photocopy of marriage certificate of parents
  7. Fees (€152/- payable through Postal Order or Bank Draft favouring 'Embassy of India, Dublin'.

B- For foreign spouse of Indian national -

  1. Application Form for the Grant / Renewal of PIO Card
  2. Three passport size photographs (one pasted in the application form and two attached)
  3. Photocopy of applicant's passport (personal page only)
  4. Photocopy of marriage certificate 
  5. Original marriage certificate (for verification and return)
  6. Photocopy of Indian passport of spouse (should have the name of applicant included in the passport)
  7. Fees (€302/- payable through Postal Order or Bank Draft favouring 'Embassy of India, Dublin'.

C- For applicant who was formerly Indian national

  1. Application Form for the Grant / Renewal of PIO Card
  2. Three passport size photographs (one pasted in the application form and two attached)
  3. Photocopy of applicant's foreign passport (personal page only)
  4. Photocopy of Naturalization Certificate
  5. Photocopy of applicant's Indian passport 
  6. Original Indian passport for cancellation
  7. Renunciation form duly filled in
  8. Fees €427/- (€302/- for PIO card + €125/- for Renunciation Certificate) payable through Postal Order or Bank Draft favouring 'Embassy of India, Dublin'.

D- For inclusion of details of new passport in PIO Card -

  1. Application Form for the Grant / Renewal of PIO Card
  2. One passport size photograph of applicant
  3. Photocopy of new passport
  4. Photocopy of PIO Card
  5. Original PIO Card
  6. Fees 14/- (additional €50/- if required on same day)  payable through Postal Order or Bank Draft favouring 'Embassy of India, Dublin'.

ABOUT PIO CARD

Important Notice: Persons of Indian origin who have already acquired foreign citizenship before 31 May 2010, will be required to pay miscellaneous fees of € 16.00 when getting the old Indian passport cancelled/surrendered.

Indian citizens who acquire foreign citizenship on or after June 1 2010 will have to submit declaration of renunciation of their Indian citizenship and fees of € 125.00.

A. If the applicant has already renounced Indian citizenship, he/she should have one of the following as proof:

1. A Certificate of Renunciation issued by an Embassy of India
2. An Indian Passport that contains a cancelled stamp.

Those applicants who do not have Indian passport can submit any other documentary evidence like a notarized copy of Indian birth certificate, educational certificates issued by an institution in India; and land ownership certificate issued by any Indian Civic office by which Indian identity can be ascertained. The decision of the Consular Officer ( in deciding Indian identity of the applicant) will be final.

OR

If parents'/grand parents' origin is being claimed as basis for grant of OCI, enclose the following documents:

Evidence of relationship with the applicant as parent/grandparent: If you are claiming OCI card on the basis of parent Indian origin then your birth certificate (where parents name is mentioned) is required, if you are claiming the same with your grand-parents' origin then you have to submit your birth certificate as well as your parents' birth certificate showing the parents names clearly so that it establishes the relation with your parents and grandparents.

Validity Period

A PIO Card shall be valid for a period of fifteen years from the date of issue subject to the validity of the passport of the applicant. In other words, the PIO card shall be valid only if the passport held by the individual is valid on a particular date.

Eligibility & benefits
A PIO Card shall be valid for a period of fifteen years from the date of issue subject to the validity of the passport of the applicant. In other words, the PIO card shall be valid only if the passport held by the individual is valid on a particular date.

Eligibility

All persons of Indian origin who hold passport of any other country (with certain exceptions) will be eligible to apply for PIO Card, if the applicant:

At any time held an Indian passport;
OR
He/She or either of his/her parents or grandparents or great grandparents was born in and permanently resident in India as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935, and other territories that became part of India thereafter, provided neither was at any time a citizen of any of the specified countries;
OR
Is a spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin covered under the above.

Note:

  • Please note that persons who were citizen of certain specified countries or whose spouse or either of whose parents, grandparents, great-grandparents were citizens at any time of these specified countries may cause an applicant to be ineligible for a PIO cards even though they fulfilled the above criteria.
  • These grounds of ineligibility would be established only after receipt of application and it may not be possible to respond to queries regarding grounds of ineligibility before receiving the application.

Benefits

  • Besides making their journey back to their roots simpler, easier and smoother, this Scheme entitles the PIO cardholders to a wide range of economic, financial, educational and cultural benefits.  The benefits envisaged under the Scheme include:
  • No requirement of visa to visit India when PIO card is carried along with the national passport;
  • No requirement of a Student Visa for undertaking studies in India and Employment visa for taking up employment in India. However, PIO cardholders would be required to fulfil other pre-requisite conditions and formalities in connection with their studies/employment as prescribed by concerned authorities from time to time.
  • No requirement to register with the Foreigners Registration Officer if continuous stay on a single visit does not exceed 180 days. If continuous stay exceeds 180 days, then registration is required to be done within a period of 30 days of the expiry of 180 days with the concerned Foreigners Regional Registration Officer / Foreigners Registration Officer.
  • Prior permission of the Government of India is required by the PIO Card holders for undertaking mountaineering expeditions, missionary activities, research work and visit to the restricted/protected area.
  • Parity with Non-Resident Indians (NRI) in respect of facilities available to the latter in economic, financial, educational fields etc. except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties. PIOs would be eligible for benefits as available to NRIs from time to time.
  • PIO card does not allow parity with NRIs in the sphere of political rights.
  • Separate counters for immigration would be provided to PIO Card holders at all International Airports in India.
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