PIO CARD SCHEME
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.
PERSONS OF INDIAN ORIGIN (PIO) CARD
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 :
Scheme shall be called the PIO Card Scheme 2002.
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,
he/she at any time held an Indian passport
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
he/she is a spouse of a citizen of
or a person of Indian origin covered under (i) and (ii)
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,
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.
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.
BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO A PIO CARD
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:-
A PIO card holder shall not require a separate visa to visit
The PIO Card holders will not require “Student” visa for
undertaking studies in
and similarly no
“Employment Visa” will be required for taking up employment in
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.
A PIO Card holder will be exempt from the requirement of registration
if his stay on any single visit to
does not exceed 180
In the event of continuous stay in
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
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
These facilities will
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;
parity shall be allowed in the sphere of political rights.
to which application is to be made
application for issue of a PIO Card shall be made to an
Indian Mission in the country where the applicant is
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.
Those residing in:-
Regional Registration Officer,
Hans Bhavan, I.P. Estate, New Delhi -
Tel. 0091-11-331 9489 Fax.
Regional Registration Officer,
Annexe II, Commissioner of Police, Crawford
Mumbai - 400 001.
Tel. 0091-22-262 1169 Fax. 262
Regional Registration Officer,
237, Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Road,
Calcutta - 700 020.
Tel. 0091-33-247 3301 Fax.
Bureau of Immigration,
Shastri Bhavan Annexe, No. 26, Haddows Road,
Chennai - 600 006.
0091-44-827 7036 Fax. 827 7036
Those residing in areas other than (A) above:-
Ministry of Home Affairs, 1st Floor, Lok Nayak
Khan Market, New Delhi - 110 003.
Tel. 0091-11-469 3334 Fax.
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.