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Processing time for PIO to OCI conversion?
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 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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OCI in lieu of PIO extended to June 30 2017
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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Traveling with PIO card

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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Question on travel to India on PIO card
Hi everyone.

I have a question about traveling to India with valid PIO card. My kids have valid US passports. They have valid PIO cards as well. I have not yet converted their PIO cards to OCI cards.

Can you please let me know if my kids can travel to India (and come back) with valid US passports and valid PIO cards (they plan to return to the US in Jan 2017)?

Also, can you please let me know if the conversion to OCI card is mandatory?

Thanks for your time.
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PIO to OCI conversion is pending, We need to travel to India on Nov 4th - Travel requirements?
Just wanted to check if anyone has experienced similar kind of situation.

My daughter is a US citizen and has a USA passport. She has a PIO card and has date of expiry of Jun 06th 2027.
Her earlier passport expired and she got a new US passport. In the PIO card, the earlier US passport number is mentioned.

We are planning to visit India next month on November 4th. Our Port of Entry will be Kolkata.

I applied for PIO to OCI conversion back in June 2016. It’s been almost 4 months and I have not received the OCI card yet.

My question and concern is that if in case OCI Card doesn't arrive before our travel which is on Nov 4th, 2016, what are her options to travel to India?

1. Can she travel with Existing PIO with her new passport unendorsed along with Old Passport. I will also carry the Payment Receipt of OCI Card Application.
2. Or She has to apply for Indian Visa?
3. Or Is there any option for “Entry Visa upon Arrival” for US citizen? Her stay is in India will be only for 3 weeks.

I have seen many posts on the internet saying that it is OK to travel, if new passport number is not endorsed on PIO Card, if that person carries New and Old passports both, along with current PIO card and proof of OCI card application (Payment Receipt).
Is there a link to a Indian Government website stating the same? Is this rule still true in her case?
I want to back this fact with some written or recorded manner in case needed.

Please let me know, if anyone has any experience.
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I am so confused with the "Match up process" for OCI in lieu of PIO for minor in the CKGS website and the Indian consulate at New York. In the CKGS website, they clearly state the steps in the match up process in which a separate email will be sent to the applicant after which you have to send your original US passport and PIO card. But the applications steps for New York asks you to send the original passport and PIO card. I have sent the originals as they have asked and my daughter's application is in process right now as of 10/06/16. In the CKGS website, they never mention anywhere about the match up process being different for New York. Does anyone know if the original US passport and PIO card for my daughter is going to be retained for 2 months with them or will they send it back soon?

Thank you
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US Passport expiring but valid PIO card
My daughter is born in US and is 5 years old. She is currently in India but her US passport is expiring in next 4 weeks. She will have a valid PIO card.

My question is that can she continue to be in India if her US passport is expired but PIO card is still valid?

I am planning to renew her passport but since I am in US it cannot be done immediately. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

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can travel to India with valid PIO

We received PIO for my son in 2008, which is valid till about 2022.

We have travelled to india with PIO several times, We haven't applied for OCI yet.

Planning to travel in July 20, Can my son travel to India with his valid US passport and PIO card?
Has anyone recently travelled to India on just PIO card ?

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OCI in lieu PIO card - Deadline may change to DEC 2016
I submitted application for OCI in lieu PIO to all of us in the family (Naturalized US citizens and PIO card holders) today 20 JUNE 2016. Upon submission I asked the following questions to the CKGS officer.

1. What is the next step?
     ANS: You will get notified (in 6-8 weeks) to submit the US passports. We will keep the passport for 7-8 days for verification.

2. What about the PIO card?
    ANS: You can keep it as the JUNE 30 deadline is most likely to change to DEC 2016 timeframe, and you can use it if you plan to visit India.

3. What if I am in India, when you notify me to submit the Passports?
    ANS: No problem!!. Come back after your vacation and finish the verification process. We will hold the OCI card for you.

Hope this helps someone out there !!!

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Urgent PIO card related
1. Can the kids travel to India on on June 21st?
2. Can they return to US using the PIO card (I hope this is not an issue since US will only view the passport)
3. Can I apply for OCI conversion when they are travelling on PIO card?
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