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Important Information for valid PIO card holders

As on October 1, 2018

High Commission of India


Important Information for valid PIO card holders

The Government of India had announced vide Gazette Notification No.26011/01/2014IC.I dated 09 January 2015 that all PIO cards issued till 09 January, 2015 were deemed to be OCI Cards. As such the PIO Card Scheme was withdrawn. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has specified that only machine readable travel documents would be acceptable w.e.f. 1 October, 2018. The PIO cards, being hand written documents, have now become invalid travel documents. Therefore, it is necessary upon PIO Card holders to obtain machine readable OCI Cards in lieu of handwritten valid PIO Cards. PIO Card holders were advised, from time to time, to convert PIO Card to OCI Card. The last date for application for conversion of valid PIO card to OCI card on gratis basis was till 31 December, 2017. PIO Card holders can apply online for conversion at and submit print of application, passport, specified photos, documentation, fees etc at the VFS Centre ( ). The charges for conversion of PIO to OCI are £ 66/- plus VFS service charges.