In a significant step towards granting dual citizenship to overseas Indians, the Government approved the PIO (Person of Indian origin) card scheme to permit all such individuals with visa-free entry into the country. The Scheme is supposed to be an answer for the aspirations of the Indians residing abroad, who want to be closer to their original country and to strengthen their bonds with their roots and who desire to participate in the development of their mother country. The scheme entitles PIO Card holders some special economic, educational, financial and cultural benefits. With this scheme 15 million people of Indian origin living abroad will benefit from the Card.

    Persons of Indian Origin upto the fourth generation (great grand parents) settled throughout the world, except for a few specified countries, would be eligible. The Card would be issued to eligible applicants through the concerned Indian Embassies/High Commissions/Consulates and for those staying in India on a long term visa, the concerned Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai) would do the same. 


 October 2002

The Government of India has decided to introduce certain changes in the existing Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Card Scheme.  The salient features of the revised scheme are as below :

 The Scheme shall be called the PIO Card Scheme 2002.



 All persons of Indian origin who hold passport of any other country (not being a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh or 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

(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 a part of Indian thereafter provided neither was at any time a citizen of the specified countries; or

(iii)     he/she is a spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin covered under (i) and (ii) above.



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 specified. The application form for the PIO Card is available at the Embassy or can be downloaded here.  The form can also be downloaded from the website of the CPV Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi : https://passport.nic.in/vspassport/pioap.pdf



 A PIO Card shall be valid for a period of 15 (fifteen) years from the date of issue subject to the validity of the passport of the applicant.



The fee for the PIO Card would be D Kr. 2610/- (Danish Kroner Two thousand Six Hundred and Ten only) payable along with the application.  PIO Card for children up to the age of 18 years will be issued at a fee of D Kr. 1305/- (Danish Kroner One thousand Three hundred and Five only).

Note :
The 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 years more without any extra charge.



Besides making their journey back to their roots simpler, easier and smoother, this Scheme entitles the PIOs to a wide range of economic ,financial ,educational and cultural benefits. The benefits envisaged under the Scheme include:-

(i)      A PIO card holder shall not require a separate visa to visit India .  The PIO Card holders will not require “Student” visa for undertaking studies in India and similarly no “Employment Visa” will be required for taking up employment in India .  However, they will be required to fulfil other pre-requisite conditions and other formalities in connection with their studies/employment as prescribed by concerned authorities from time to time.

(ii)      A PIO Card holder will be exempt from the requirement of registration if his stay on any single visit to India does not exceed 180 days.

(iii)     In the event of continuous stay in India of the PIO Card holder exceeding 180 days, he/she will 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

(iv)     All PIOs including PIO Card holders, shall enjoy parity with NRIs in respect of all facilities available to the latter in the economic, financial and educational fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties. 

These facilities will include:

(a) Acquisition, holding, transfer and disposal of immovable properties in India except of agricultural/plantation properties

(b) Admission of children in educational institutions in India under the general category quota for NRIs- including medical/engineering colleges, IITs, IIMs etc.

(c) Various housing schemes of Life Insurance Corporation of India, State Governments and other Government agencies;

(iv) All future benefits that would be extended to NRIs would also be available to the PIO Card holders;

No parity shall be allowed in the sphere of political rights.  


Authority to which application is to be made

(i) An application for issue of a PIO Card shall be made to an Indian Mission in the country where the applicant is ordinarily resident.
(ii) Applicants already in India on Long Term Visa [more than one year] shall make the application for issue of a PIO Card to the following authorities.
(A) Those residing in:-
(1) DELHI Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
Hans Bhavan, I.P. Estate,  New Delhi - 110 002
Tel. 0091-11-331 9489  Fax. 375 5183 
(2) MUMBAI Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
Annexe II, Commissioner of Police, Crawford Market,
Mumbai - 400 001.
Tel. 0091-22-262 1169 Fax. 262 0721

Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
237, Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Road,                  
Calcutta - 700 020.
Tel. 0091-33-247 3301  Fax. 247 0549

(4) CHENNAI Chief Immigration Officer,
Bureau of Immigration,
Shastri Bhavan Annexe, No. 26, Haddows Road,
Chennai - 600 006.
Tel. 0091-44-827 7036  Fax. 827 7036


(B) Those residing in areas other than (A) above:-
(1) OTHER AREAS Joint Secretary (Foreigners),
Ministry of Home Affairs, 1st Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi - 110 003.
Tel. 0091-11-469 3334  Fax. 462 1543


Authority to grant a PIO Card:-

The authority to grant a PIO Card shall be an officer in an Indian Mission notified for the purpose OR  the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India  OR the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer, New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta OR the Chief Immigration Officer, Chennai.





















































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