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The Government of India announced, vide Gazette Notification No.26011/01/2014-F.I dated 09.01.2015, the all PIO cards issued till 09.01.2015 are deemed to be OCI cards. As such, the PIO Cards issued till 09.01.2015 are deemed to be OCI Cards as the PIO Scheme has been withdrawn. Henceforth, applicants may apply for OCI card only as PIO card scheme is no longer in existence.

The applicants may submit the applications for OCI card in lieu of PIO card to the Indian Mission/FRRO concerned within the jurisdiction of his/her place of residence. This is in modification of the earlier instructions that they should apply only at the location where the PIO card was issued.

In the event of change of passport of PIO card holder, he/she can travel to India on the basis of new passport with the valid PIO card and the old passport on which PIO card number is endorsed.