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PIO Card

As on April, 2019

Important Information for valid PIO card holders

The Government of India had announced vide Gazette Notification No.26011/01/2014IC.I dated 09 January 2015 that all PIO card holders with valid PIO Cards as on 09 January, 2015 were deemed to be OCI Cardholders. As such, the PIO Card Scheme was withdrawn. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has mandated for machine readable electronic travel documents for travel w.e.f. 1 October, 2018. Therefore, it is necessary upon PIO Card holders to obtain electronic machine readable OCI Cards in lieu of handwritten valid PIO Cards. However, the Indian Immigration Authorities will continue to consider valid PIO Cards for entry/exit into/from India till September 30, 2019, along with foreign passport.

PIO Card holders were advised, from time to time, to convert PIO Card to OCI Card. PIO Card holders can apply online for conversion at http://passport.gov.in/oci/ and submit print of application, passport, specified photos, documentation, fees etc at the VFS Centre (www.vfsglobal.com/India/UK ).The charges for conversion of PIO to OCI are £ 66/- plus VFS service charges.

 

OCI Card

 

All applications are required to be completed online. Procedures are as follows:

Please apply online at https://ociservices.gov.in/ and submit print of application, specified photos, documentation, fees at the VFS Centre. Please see website of M/s. VFS Global www.vfsglobal.com/India/UK for detailed information. OCI Card is approved by the authorities in India and takes minimum 4-6 weeks. OCI Miscellaneous services take 7-10 days. Delay beyond the specific time frame cannot be ruled out owing to certain technical reasons. All applicants are advised to book their travel only after obtaining the OCI Card.

Applicants can check the status of their application on the link https://ociservices.gov.in/  When the OCI application has been processed and is ready for collection, please follow collection procedure given in VFS Website: http://www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk/OCI.html  OCI Cards will be delivered by Post/Courier only by VFS once approved and ready. The Consulate General of India, Birmingham will not be responsible for loss or delay of the documents.

OCI applications on spouse basis take longer than normal OCI application to process as these application are subject to clearances from concerned authority. Applicants are required to upload minimum supporting documents viz., applicant’s passport, proper marriage certificate and spouse’s OCI card/valid Indian Passport.

Re-issuance of OCI is mandatory every time passport is renewed up to the age of 20 years, and once after completing 50 years of age in view of frequent biological changes in facial features in this age group. Please view the full requirements for re-issue of OCI at the following link http://www.vfsglobal.com/India/UK/pdf/GuidelinesOCI.pdf

The Nativity certificate is to be applied directly in India with the District authorities of place of birth. Application for the same can be obtained at the following link http://www.vfsglobal.com/India/UK/search.html?search_text=Nativity+Certificate.

 

OCI Cards will be delivered by post only. Before sending the documents, applicant should check the status of his/her application. When status shows OCI received in Birmingham on a particular date, the following documents must be sent to the nearest VFS centre where the application form was originally submitted.

 

  1. Printout of on-line status report.                                                                                                          
  2. British/Foreign Passport in original.
  3. PIO Card holders should send the Original PIO Card for Cancellation.
  4. For transfer of OCI from old to the new passport: Please send old passport and OCI Visa Card for cancellation 
  5. Self addressed Special Delivery envelope to return the Passport with OCI.

 

Note: It will take about 3-4 working days to return the passport and OCI Card. The Consulate General of India, Birmingham will not be responsible for loss or delay of the documents.

The Consulate General of India, Birmingham has not appointed or authorized any other agency or individual agent to render any service on behalf of the High Commission other than M/s. VFS Global (www.vfsglobal.com/India/UK/ )and it shall not be responsible for any transaction made with unauthorized agencies / agents.