Person of Indian Origin ( PIO ) Card
(Details as per Ministry of Home Affairs Notification No.213 dated 19th July 2002)
The Government of India has revised the PIO Card Scheme, which was launched in 1999, aimed at making the journey back to your roots, simpler, easier, flexible and absolutely hassle free. The PIO Card will entitle you to a set of privileges.
who at any time held an Indian Passport;or he/she or either of his/her parents or grand parents or great grand parents was born in an 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 country as may be specified by Central Government from time to time; or
who is a spouse of a citizen of India or a Person of Indian Origin as mentioned above.
The scheme is broad-based, covers up to four generations and also the foreign spouse of a citizen of India or a PIO.
(i) No visa required for visiting India.
(ii) No separate “Student Visa” or “Employment Visa” required for admissions in Colleges/Institutions or for taking up employment respectively.
(iii) A PIO Card holder will be exempt from the requirement of registration if his stay on any single visit in India does not exceed 180 days.
(iv) In the event of continuous stay in India of the PIO Card holder exceeding 180 days, he/she shall have to get himself/herself registered within 30 days of the expiry of 180 days with the concerned Foreigners Regional Registration Officer / Foreigners Registration Officer.
(v) Parity with non-resident Indians in respect of facilities available to the latter in economic, financial and educational field.
(vi) All PIOs including PIO Card holders shall enjoy parity with NRIs in respect of all facilities in the matter of acquisition, holding, transfer and disposal of immovable properties in India except in maters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties. No parity shall be allowed in the sphere of political rights.
(vii) Facilities available to children of NRIs for getting admission to educational institutions in India including medical colleges, engineering colleges, Institute of Technology, Institute of Management, etc. under the general categories.
(viii) Facilities available under the various housing scheme of LIC, State Government and other Government Agencies.
(ix) Special counters at the immigration check posts for speedy clearance.
An application for issue/renewal of a PIO Card shall be made in the prescribed form and shall be accompanied by documentary evidence to show that the applicant is a person of Indian origin as defined. Prescribed application from can be obtained from the offices of Indian Embassies abroad, Foreign Regional Registration Officer, Delhi/Mumbai/Kolkata/ Chennai/Amritsar and also from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreigners Division, LokNayakBhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi-110 003.
(A) Those residing in :
Those residing in areas other than (A) above :
Joint Secretary (Foreigners),
Ministry of Home Affairs,
First floor, LokNayakBhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003.
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.
The fee for a PIO Card would be Rs. 15000/– (or its equivalent in local foreign currency of the country concerned), payable along with the application. PIO Card to children up to the age of 18 years will be issued at a fee of Rs. 7,500/– (or its equivalent in local foreign currency of the country concerned) for a fifteen year card.
PIO Cards issued earlier for US $ 1000 will continue to remain valid and no refund shall be admissible. However, the validity of such cards shall be extendable by 10 more years without charging any fee.
On a request supported by FIR and other documents, a duplicate PIO card shall be issued on depositing a fee of US $ 100. Duplicate PIO cards will be issued by the same office that issued the original one.The Government of India has launched a Comprehensive Scheme for the Persons of Indian Origin – called the “PIO Card Scheme” with effect from September 15, 2002. Under this scheme, Persons of Indian Origin up to the fourth generation (great grand parents) settled throughout the world, except for a few specified countries, would be eligible.
“Person of Indian Origin” means a foreign citizen not being a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh and other countries as may be specified by the Central Government from time to time if
(i) he/she at any time held an Indian passport; or
(ii) he/she or either of his/her parents or grand parents or great grand parents 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 citizens of any of the aforesaid countries (as referred to in 2(b) above; or
(iii) he/she is a spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin covered under (i) or (ii) above.