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apappu1977     03/16/2019 23:12 PM
 


As you all already know that handwritten/Machine readable PIO card is getting discontinued after 31st March 2019. My daughter(minor) is currently in India and have Handwritten PIO card issued in 2013 and valid upto 2018. Due to family emergency we could not convert PIO to OCI earlier and now the deadline is 31st March 2019 (15 days from now). She would need probably exit permit when leaving to the USA from India sometime in May 2019.

Would someone suggest what are the options considering the situation? What will happen when PIO gets discontinued after 31st March 19, would they allow to board the flight to the USA? Are there any issues getting an exit permit?

https://boi.gov.in/content/person-indian-origin-pio

Thanks.

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adm050711     03/23/2019 02:49 AM
 


Good Day Apappu1977,

I have similar situation and face the same issue today with my child (minor), can you please share in case you have found any solution? I also searched around this issue today and noticed that exit permits are specific to passport lost but again not sure. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

I also found that we can apply OCI in india, but timeline is around 2-3 month. Just sharing, OCI can be applied at http://passport.gov.in/oci/.

Please share in case you have any additional details around exit entry.

Thank you!


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apappu1977     03/23/2019 12:20 PM
 


Hello,

Applying to OCI in India is a hassle as it takes long and multiple trips to the concerned office. I am thinking of continuing with PIO post 31st March 2019 and then apply for Exit permit online 3-4 weeks before flying back to the USA. I will apply to OCI once back in the USA as it is easier here.

The reason for applying for Exit permit in India is to avoid any issues while boarding flight from India to the USA.

There is an online portal to apply for Exit permit and other services - https://indianfrro.gov.in/eservices/eRegistration.jsp

Thanks.

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adm050711     03/23/2019 19:39 PM
 


Hello,

Thank you for your prompt response, I was thinking the same and I had same concerns for applying OCI. I was thinking applying e-visa, did you have any thought around this. Thanks again for the the your valuable information.

Thank you!

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rlss     04/03/2019 00:05 AM
 


Sharing some good news. As per announcement on Mar 28, 2019 https://www.in.ckgs.us/resources/pdf/pio/press-release-pio-2019.pdf PIO validity has been extended until Sep 30, 2019.

Looks like various websites are being updated slowly.

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apappu1977     04/03/2019 00:53 AM
 


Great. Thanks for sharing the good news, you made my day :) I kept checking the updates since last few weeks but there was no update. This site is also showing updates now - https://www.indianembassy.org/pages.php?id=21. Thank you.


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haihai     04/08/2019 14:23 PM
 


But is it handwritten PIO that has been extended or machine readable PIO? If your daughter travels before May 15th, can you tell me if they accepter her handwritten PIO? Thanks.

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