PIO Card Application
PIO Card can be applied at:

  • USA:

    Indian Consulates/Embassy in the U.S. have outsourced the PIO card operations to Cox & Kings.

    Application Tips

    • Track application

    • For applicants from Hawaii, if the applicant has PO Box number instead of physicall address, PO Box number has to be validated by letter from government authority. Otherwise, your application will not be accepted.

    • Biometric service is applicable only to the walk-in applicants from Atlanta at present.

  • India:

    Applicants already residing in India on a Long Term Visa (more than one year) shall make the application for issue of a PIO Card to the following authorities:-
    1. Those residing in:-
      1. Delhi
        Foreigners Regional Registration Officer, Level -II, East Block VIII, R.K. Puram, Sector - I, New Delhi.
      2. Mumbai
        Foreigners Regional Registration Officer, Annex II, Commissioner of Police, Craw Ford Market, Mumbai - 400001.
      3. Kolkata
        Foreigners Regional Registration Officer, 237, Acharya Jagdish Kolkata - 700020
      4. Amritsar
        Additional Deputy Director, Bureau of Immigration, B/123, Ranjeet Avenue, Amritsar.
      5. Chennai
        Chief Immigration Officer, Bureau of Immigration, Shastri Bhavan Annex, No.26, Haddows Road, Chennai- 600006.
    2. Those residing in areas other than (A) above:-
      Joint Secretary (Foreigners). Ministry of Home Affairs, 1st floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market New Delhi-110003.

    The authority to grant a PIO Card shall be an officer in an Indian Mission notified for the purpose or the Joint Secretary Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India or the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Amritsar or the Chief Immigration Officer, Chennai.

  • Other Countries:

    At the Indian Mission (the Embassy of Indian/High Commission of India/Indian Consulate in a foreign country) in the country where the applicant is ordinarily a resident.

    Indian Consulates Worldwide

Processing Times
The approximate processing time for PIO Card application from the date of receipt at the Embassy/Consulate varies.

Cox & Kings Global Services - for everywhere in the U.S.:
Regular processing time: 4 weeks, but 6 weeks in San Francisco
In case of adverse information against the applicant: 45 days.
Further delays, even after PIO is granted, if an improper photograph was provided.

  • The timings listed above are approximate times and they may vary occasionally based on many factors.

  • For those mailing the applications, add a reasonable amount of mailing time in addition to the processing timings listed above.

  • It may take much longer such as 3-4 months if further processing is necessary for any reason or clearances have to be obtained from India or other PIO card issuing agencies.

  • If the issuance of PIO card is delayed, a visa may be obtained to travel to India.

  • No emergency service.

  • Incorrect/incomplete applications will increase delays.

  • You should not make any firm travel plans or make any airline bookings in advance. Government of India or visa application center will not be liable for any inconveniences or penalties due to any delays for any reason.

When sending by mail, only notarized copies of the documents that are required to be submitted with the application may be enclosed. Please don't send the original documents unless it is specifically mentioned.

There is no need to visit the embassy/consulate in person. You can simply mail the documents.