INDIA – Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Scheme Merged with Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) Scheme

The government of India has merged the Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and the Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) schemes.

An ordinance of 6 January 2015, amending the Indian Citizenship Act, unified the two schemes and, on 9 January 2015, the immediate withdrawal of the PIO scheme was announced, and all existing PIO card holders granted OCI status, with lifelong multiple-entry visas and exemption from police registration procedures.

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