Person of Indian Origin (PIO)

pioPerson of Indian Origin (PIO) is a person who is of Indian origin but not a citizen of India. A person who is a foreign citizen not being a Pakistan or Bangladesh citizen or other countries specified by the Indian government gets a PIO Card issued if
1) The person at any time had an Indian passport or
2) The person or his parents were born in India or was a permanent resident of India or
3) The person is a spouse of an Indian citizen.

A person who holds a PIO card enables the person to travel without the need of a visa and other benefits. A scheme introduced by the Indian Government is the PIO card scheme under which those persons of Indian origin up to the fourth generation are eligible for this scheme. Those eligible for this scheme may be settled throughout the world except Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka. PIO card should be accompanied with a passport. The validity of this card is for 15 years from the date of issue. The passport also has to be valid for the PIO card to be also valid.

Benefits of PIO Card holders

  • Visa is not required to visit India.
  • PIO Card holders are exempted from the need for registration if they stay in India for less than 6 months. If they stay for more than six months then they have to register within 30 days of the expiry of six months.
  • All facilities in case of acquisition, holding, transfer and disposal of properties in India other than agriculture or plantation properties.
  • Admissions for various educational institutions are available for the children of Non Resident Indians under the general category. They do not require a separate Student Visa for admissions.
  • Housing scheme facilities are also available.
  • However PIO’s are not allowed to vote and is not eligible for an inner line permit.

How to Apply

To apply for issuing or renewal of a PIO Card, the person has to fill the prescribed form along with proof for required documents to show that he is a person of Indian origin. The application form can be obtained from the various Indian Missions abroad, Foreign Regional Registration Office and also from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Where to Apply

The application should be made at Indian Mission in the country where the applicant is residing. Those applicants who is already in India a on Long Term Visa should apply for PIO Card to the authorities mentioned below

Applications can be applied by the applicant residing in :
Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
Level –II, East Block VIII,
R.K. Puram Sector – I, New Delhi.

Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
Annexe – II, Commissioner of Police,
Craw Ford Market, Mumbai – 400001.

Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
237, Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Road,
Kolkatta – 700020.

Additional Deputy Director,
Bureau ofImmigration ,
B/123 Ranjeet Avenue, Amritsar.

Chief Immigration Officer,
Bureau of Immigration, Shastri Bhavan Annexe,
No. 26, Haddows Road, Chennai – 600006.

For applicant residing in areas other than mentioned above apply at
Joint Secretary (Foreigners),
Ministry of Home Affairs,
Jaisalmer House, 26, Man Singh Road,
New Delhi – 110011.