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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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Poi card travel
My daughter has poi card and we are visiting India on June 26th to August 26 . Called ckgs to check whether she can travel or not, they said that she can travel but they don't know anything after 30 th June and wanted me to contact bureau of immigration. I have contacted bureau of immigration but not heard from them. Anyone in same situation or has and information on the same ,will be helpful. Thanks
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OCI in Lie of PIO minor
hello,my kid has a PIO; applied in 2008 - she is in India now. I just came to know about the POI and OCI issues recently. Kid is with Grand parents - do we need to apply OCI before June end. We are planning on going there in August. My kid has a new passport but used old and new passports to travel to India.
any suggestion or experience share is greatly appreciated.
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OCI in lieu PIO for foreign spouse not of Indian origin
I applied for OCI in lieu of PIO for my wife US citizen but not from India. I submitted her application in August of 2015 and finally I received the card in May 2016. It took almost 9 months to process this kind of application. I have contacted CKGS and Indian Consulate General in San Francisco and they have the standard reply " it is getting processed from New Delhi and they don't know how long will it take".
What I did is I lodged a complained with and I think that made the ball rolling. I think it will take 9-12 months to process this kind of application. And if you have plans of going to India you can apply for the e-visa.
Dealing with CKGS and the Indian Consulate General's you need a lot of patience and most of the time they will not reply to your emails.
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Pio card issued after jan 9th 2015( not able to apply online for convert to oci also
My son's pio card was issued on jan 14 2015, I didnt think about til recently , while i tried to applu for oci lieu of pio card, i cannot even do that, it says pio card issued before jan 9 2015 only can apply to convert to oci, i dont know what is procedure for cards issued after jan 9th 2015, i tried to contact the cox and kings ( they r the outsource ppl for oci) they are of no help! Anyone here faced similar issue?! anyone travelled with pio card issued after jan 9th 2015?! Is this card even valid?! Can i even travel now?! Pls help! Any suggestion welcome, i couldnt find any help online regarding this issue!!
Thanks in advance
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Travel to India, oci in lieu of pio card under process
My daughter has a valid US passport & PIO card, We applied for OCI card in lieu of PIO on April 1,2016, but it is under process,

OCI-Application Status Details (as on 27/04/2016 08:46 PM IST)
Date Of Acknowledgment 16-APR-2016
Registration Status at Mission CHICAGO
Documents Printing Status UNDER-PROCESS

My questions:
1) How long will it take to get the OCI card after this step?
2) Can I put the OCI match up process on Hold to travel & complete afterwards?
3) Travelling to India in May Last week, is it ok to travel with PIO card?

Thanks in advance
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possible problems with travel to india on PIO
My daughter has US passport and PIO card. We already applied for OCI in lieu of PIO. But we are travelling to India before OCI card arrives. I see from houston site that we can travel on PIO as long as OCI application is submitted. Did anyone face issues in India with PIO? what is the valid form of application confirmation from CKGS?

Interim travel to India until the issue of OCI card to existing valid PIO cardholders:

            Until applicants are in receipt of an OCI card issued in lieu of PIO card, they could travel to India with their valid foreign passport, valid PIO card and CKGS receipt as proof of having applied for an OCI Registration document in lieu of PIO card.

- See more at:
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Place of subm for OCI (In Lieu of PIO-Card) should be same as Place of Issuance of PIO is it true?

I got the PIO of my some from New York. And now we have moved to Arkansas state. PIO application instructions says "Place of submission for OCI- (In Lieu of PIO-Card) should be the same as the Place of Issuance of PIO-Card".
But I just talked to CKGS customer care and they said that this was an old update and I should send the application to Houston ( the current jurisdiction of Arkansas).
But these instructions are still on the front page of instructions, now I don't know whom to trust.
I don't want to take chance because they have update required documents list and they want original US passport as well along with the application.
Has anyone experienced this situation? Any answers?
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