The Indian government extended the deadline to change Person of Indian Origin cards to Overseas Citizen of India cards.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals can continue to use their PIO cards that were valid as of Jan. 9, 2015, along with a valid foreign passport as valid travel documents until at least Dec. 31, 2023.
  • Indian authorities retain the right to invalidate the extension of PIO cards and advise PIO cardholders (handwritten and machine-readable) to convert their PIO card to an OCI card before the Dec. 31 deadline.
  •  More information regarding the PIO card validity extension is available here.

BAL Analysis: PIO cardholders should convert their PIO card to an OCI card as soon as possible to avoid possible complications and delays when traveling to India.

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