India: Extension of Deadline to Convert PIO Card to OCI Card 

Key Points  

  • India extended the deadline requiring holders of Person of Indian Origin cards to convert to an Overseas Citizen of India card  


The government of India extended the deadline to convert Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards to Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards until 31 December 2024. The government will continue to accept PIO cards, including handwritten ones, presented with a valid passport as valid travel documents until the end of the deadline. Eligible individuals can apply for an OCI card through VFS Global, an Embassy of India, or the online service depending on their location of residence.   

The government of India extended the deadline that requires holders of PIO cards to convert to OCI cards when traveling to the country. OCI cards grant multi-purpose entry into India and exempt holders from the requirement to register with the Foreign Regional Registration Office upon arrival.   

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of India’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information. 

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