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Application for PIO Cards

Erstwhile PIO card holders are advised to submit the application for issuing of OCI card (in lieu of valid PIO cards) latest by 29.12.2017. Please refer to the link for details.

The PIO card scheme has been withdrawn. It may also please be noted that the International Civil Aviation Organisation has specified that only machine readable travel documents would be acceptable w.e.f. October 2018. The PIO cards being handwritten documents, will become invalid travel documents w.e.f. this date. Those travelling to India on the strength of hand written PIO cards beyond October 2018, would be refused entry at the Indian Immigration counters and sent back. All PIO card holders are, therefore, required to convert it to OCI card at the earliest. The conversion is available free of cost till December 28, 2017 only. Thereafter, request for conversion would be charged SGD 349.00, as applicable for issue of fresh OCI card.

For details on filing OCI application, see the link

In case of any problem, you may contact the Service Centre (Ref: