PIO Conversion to OCI extended until December 31, 2017

The Indian government has extended the June 30, 2017 deadline for applying for conversion of Person of Indian origin (PIO) cards to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards until December 31, 2017.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced in 2014 that the PIO and OCI cards will be merged with the objective to grant optimum benefits to the Indian diaspora.  Since January 2015, the deadline for converting PIO to OCI has been extended a few times.  

PIO card holders should submit their ‘OCI in lieu of PIO’ applications at their local Foreigners Regional Registration Office in India or at the overseas Indian mission or consulate of jurisdiction; procedures and requirements at different jurisdictions may vary. Meanwhile, PIO card holders can continue to use their valid PIO cards.

(Resource: www.hindu.com at:


Zeenat Phophalia, Esq., Senior Associate


The Bar Council of India does not permit solicitation in any form or manner. By accessing this website you acknowledge that you are seeking information of your own accord. This site (lawquestinternational.com) and contents available on this site should not be construed as an attempt to establish a lawyer-client relationship in any manner of whatsoever nature. LawQuest does not assume any responsibility for any acts or omissions arising from the use of information or updates provided on this website and visitors to this site are advised to seek legal advice from any independent and competent counsel of their choice before proceeding to act on any information provided herein. This website is for informational purpose only.