Here is the deadline for free conversion of ‘Person of Indian Origin’ cards

Here is the deadline for free conversion of ‘Person of Indian Origin’ cards

The Indian government has set December 31 as the final deadline for free-of-charge conversion of PIO (Person of Indian Origin) cards into OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) cards.

The newspaper quoted the Indian Embassy in Qatar as saying that no further extensions would be considered.

It may also be noted that PIO Community/PIO cardholders travelling to India on the strength of their PIO cards (handwritten) may be refused entry at the Indian Immigration counters and sent back after ICAO rules/guidelines (with respect to travel with machine readable travel documents) come into effect.

The PIO cardholders are requested to obtain their OCI cards before the deadline as any request for conversion post-deadline will attract a fee of $275, which is the same as the fee charged for issuance of a fresh OCI card.

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