This was for the third time the date for conversion of PIO cards to OCI cards has been extended since March 31, 2016. The last date for submission of applications for registration as OCI cardholder in lieu of the PIO card online was previously on 31st December, 2016. A separate online application form for submission of application for registration as OCI cardholder in lieu of PIO card is available in the website http://passport.gov.
The PIO card was first implemented in 2002 as a benefit to foreign nationals who could establish at least a third generation tie to Indian origin. The PIO card was valid for travel, work, and residence in India for a period of 15 years.
The Ministry has issued notifications granting registered OCIs further benefits as under:
Parity with Non-Resident Indians in the matter of inter-country adoption of Indian children.
Parity with resident Indian nationals in matters of tariffs in domestic air fares.
Parity with domestic Indian visitors in respect of entry fee for visiting national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India.
Parity with non-resident Indians in respect of
- Entry fees for visiting the national monuments, historical sites and museums in India.
- Practicing the following professions in India, in pursuance of the provisions contained in the relevant Acts, namely:
- Doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists
- Architects and
- Chartered Accountants
- Entitlement to appear for the All India Pre-Medical Test or such other tests to make them eligible for admission in pursuance of the provisions contained in the relevant Acts. –Overseas Indian citizenship act 1955 (CLICK ON the link)
An on-line OCI miscellaneous service is now available for re-issuance /issuance of duplicate OCI documents, in case of issuance of new passport, change of personal particulars, viz, nationality, name, change of address/occupation, etc. and loss/damage of OCI registration certificate/visa.