Important information for valid PIO card holders
The last date for conversion of PIO to OCI on gratis (free of charge) has been closed since 31st December, 2017. Valid PIO card holders who have not converted their PIO cards to OCI cards are therefore, advised to apply for conversion of their PIO card to OCI card with payment of fees whiach has been revised as [£66.00(£63+£3) and value added services charged by VFS].
The PIO card scheme has been discontinued, and it may be noted that the International Civil Aviation Organisation has specified that only machine readable travel documents would be acceptable w.e.f. October, 2018. The PIO cards being handwritten documents, will become invalid travel documents from October 2018. Therefore, those travelling to India on the strength of hand written PIO cards beyond September, 2018, would be refused entry at the Indian Immigration counters and sent back. It would be, therefore, necessary for PIO card holders to obtain machine readable OCI cards in lieu of the existing hand-written PIO cards.
For online OCI registration, please refer to the link below: https://passport.gov.in/oci
Important Note: This is to inform that vide Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India’s current instructions, '' The immigration authorities in India will not insist on production of Foreign passport containing ‘U’ Visa sticker in case of OCI card holders while they enter / exit India and the immigration clearance will be granted based on the production of OCI card ''. The practice of issuing ‘U’ Visa sticker has been discontinued since last two years.
It has been decided to outsource OCI Visa Service to VF Services (UK) Ltd, with effect from 02 March, 2015.
From 02 March 2015, application forms for OCI services will be accepted at the VFS centres for OCI services, depending on the jurisdiction of the applicant.
For detailed information please visit VFS Website : http://www.vfsglobal.com/India/UK/OCI.html
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Consulate has not appointed or authorized any other agency or individual agent to render any OCI service on behalf of the CGI Birmingham and it shall not be responsible for any transaction made with unauthorized agencies / agents.
Please Note :
The OCI visa card of all the acknowledged OCI applications deposited at the Consulate General of India till 27.02.2015 will be delivered through Post only. Applicants are advised to follow the procedure as below for collection of their OCI visa card :
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 visa from old to the new passport: Please send old passport and OCI Visa Card for cancellation and New British/Foreign Passport for affixing new OCI Visa on that.
5. Self addressed Special Delivery envelope to return the Passport with OCI.
Note: It will take about 7-10 working days to return the passport after affixing OCI Visa along with OCI Card. The Consulate General of India, Birmingham will not be responsible for loss or delay of the documents.