A printout of the duly filled in form, along with the following, needs to be submitted to the Embassy’s sole service provider, VFS Global ( .
Applications for conversion of PIO cards to OCI cards can be submitted at the Indian Mission/FRRO concerned within the jurisdiction of applicant’s place of residence.
OCI Applicants who are having valid PIO-cards may apply from here. However, SMS/Fax/Agent charges, as applicable, will be levied on the applicant.
Only after complete successful registration, an applicant will be considered as an OCI-Card Applicant (In Lieu of PIO-Card) 1.
It takes 3-4 working days for a Renunciation Certificate to be issued. 26011/06/2015-OCI dated 29th January, 2015 of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, all immigration authorities in India will not insist on production of the foreign passport containing the 'U' Visa Sticker in the case of OCI Cardholders while they enter/exit India and the immigration clearance will be granted based on production of just the OCI card, accompanied by a valid passport (which may not have the U visa sticker).
Yes, the spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India cardholder registered under section 7A and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application, can apply for an OCI card.
(The Prime Minister has announced that PIO Cards will be deemed to be equal to OCI Cards.) Will my PIO Card be valid beyond the conversion deadline?
PIO Card holders have been advised to apply for conversion of their PIO Cards to OCI Cards by June 30, 2017.
There is also the option to apply for a visa-on-arrival through the Government of India or an emergency visa during business hours through an Indian Consulate.I am a person of Indian origin as my parents were born in undivided India before partition. It is not compulsory to convert your valid PIO Card to an OCI Card, as all PIO Cards are deemed to be equivalent to OCI Cards and have been declared valid for lifetime.After partition, they briefly held Pakistani citizenship before moving to the United States. However, you are advised to convert your PIO Card to an OCI Card in order to avoid any potential inconvenience at immigration check points, as all instructions and updates in the future will only relate to OCI Cards.PIO card holders are advised to get the new passport number endorsed on their PIO cards at the Embassy of India, The Hague, till they have been issued OCI card in lieu of the PIO card.Henceforth, applicants may apply for OCI card ONLY, as PIO card scheme is no longer in existence.