This post was originally published on 9 May 2016 and the content may be outdated.
Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) waiting to change their status to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) are urged to complete the formalities before June 30 free of cost, according to officials at various Indian missions.
Following a government notification, all PIOs which have handwritten documents have to change their status to OCI before June 30.
Who is a Person of Indian Origin?
A Person of Indian Origin (PIO) is a person of Indian origin or ancestry but who is not a citizen of India and is the citizen of another country.
Government of India considers anyone of Indian origin up to four generations removed to be a PIO, with the exception of those who were ever nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka. The prohibited list periodically includes China and Iran as well.
A PIO might have been a citizen of India and subsequently taken the citizenship of another country, or have ancestors born in India or other states.
How to apply for OCI Card
- Log on to this website, fill the form and upload a photograph and signature.
- Once the upload is complete and the form is accepted, take a print out of the form.
- Go to your nearest Indian mission with the current passport and PIO document.
PIOs in the Middle East
Gulf countries has a large number of PIOs due to cultural linkages. The spouses of women or men of Indian origin who were married to foreigners were entitled to the PIO status and so were the children of such parents.
This status gave them a permanent visa in India where they enjoyed all other rights to life and property excluding the right to franchise or occupy a political office.
Now with 45 days remaining, Indian Missions are requesting the remaining PIOs to complete the application and get their OCI documents.