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rakagr     05/19/2019 19:54 PM

Hi, my daughter born in 2012 in USA. We moved to India in 2013. PIO card expired and US passport expired in 2017. We renewed her US passport from US embassy in Mumbai. I assume she will have no problem travelling to US but how about coming back to India. We are travelling to US in June 2019 for a month. Please suggest.

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bsinha     05/14/2019 17:02 PM

Hello, my husband, kids and I have PIO cards. Is PIO card valid for travel? CKGS website mentions that PIO validility has been extended till Sept 2019. I called CKGS and embassy mutilple times to confirm but no luck (noone picks up).

Can anyone please confirm here? Thank you!

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rlss     04/03/2019 00:11 AM

As per announcement on Mar 28, 2019, https://www.in.ckgs.us/resources/pdf/pio/press-release-pio-2019.pdf, PIO card validity seems to have been extended until Sep 30, 2019.

Various websites seems to be rolling out the changes slowly.

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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?



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tpravin     11/22/2017 21:31 PM

Giving PIO valid for lifetime now, I do not see a single reason why to apply for OCI in lieu of PIO for my daughter. And unfortunately OCI is bringing new process of renewing OCI along with passport renewal.

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niravmd     10/09/2017 00:59 AM

My PIO card was attached to my UK passport. I finally became a naturalized US citizen in 2015. Is my PIO card still valid for travel? (My UK passport expired in 2015).

My in the process of converting it to OCI, but the CKGS website says it takes 10-12 weeks. I need to urgently travel to India to visit my Mom.


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manjushan     01/10/2017 15:16 PM

Can some one help me with this ..

My daughter had PIO associated with her old US passport. Now she got new US passport and PIO card (associated with her old US passport) has expired. Now I have to apply for her OCI.

Do I apply for a "fresh OCI" or do I click "OCI in lieu of PIO " . Any email address/contact number to ask this.

Does any one have similar experience?


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mayur.n.p     01/09/2017 10:57 AM

I have applied online for my wife for conversion of PIO to OCI in the 1st week of December. I have been trying to check status via "Status Enquiry" section of http://passport.gov.in/ website. But it says "No Record Found". I have submitted online all the documents needed and also I have received a File number, but the record doesn't show up.

Does anyone know how much does it usually take to get the conversion from PIO to OCI.
Also, is there a contact number to call their office and check? I have browsed through the website but there are no customer service number available.


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saagariscool     12/27/2016 09:38 AM

Great news for all of us who haven't gotten a chance to extend yet. OCI in lieu of PIO has been extended to June 30 2017. There was a tweet response from today that confirmed the same.

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sri3699     12/09/2016 23:01 PM


My son is a use citizen and we are traveling to india in January 2017 and returning in Feb 2017. He have Valid US passport and PIO card valid upto 2025. Is it ok to travel with PIO card as we didn't apply for OCI conversion yet. There are mixed statements around about PIO validity. Please advise or share if someone have similar experience.

Thanks in advance

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