The Person of Indian (‘PIO’) card and Overseas Citizen of India (‘OCI’) card programs have been merged by means of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2015. Under the new regime, PIO card holders are deemed to be OCI card holders and are entitled to benefits such as life-long visas and exemption from police registration. The government has now mandated all PIO cardholders to apply for OCI cards in lieu of their existing PIO cards.
India’s government has merged the Person of Indian (‘PIO’) card and Overseas Citizen of India (‘OCI’) card programs by means of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2015.1
Immigration professionals and global mobility managers with immigration responsibilities vis-à-vis their globally mobile employees should be aware of these changes, as should individuals who are currently registered under the PIO scheme. In due course, PIO cards will no longer be recognized as valid. Further, going forward, eligible applicants can only apply for an OCI card, as the PIO card scheme has been withdrawn.
Under the new regime,2 PIO card holders are deemed to be OCI card holders and are entitled to benefits such as life-long visas and exemption from police registration.
The government has now mandated3 all PIO cardholders to apply for OCI cards in lieu of their existing PIO cards.
1 The text of the Act, as published in the Gazette of India (10 March 2015), can be found at: http://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/UserGuide/E-gazette.pdf.
2 For prior coverage, see GMS Flash Alert 2015-036 (6 March 2015).
This article is excerpted, with permission, from “Government of India Starts Issuing OCI Cards in Lieu of PIO Cards,” in KPMG Flash News (30 April 2015), a publication of the KPMG International member firm in India.
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