INDIA – Reminder: Deadline Approaching for Conversion of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI)

Indian consulates and embassies around the world are urging holders of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards to convert them to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards before the 31 December 2017 deadline.

Please note that, from October 2018, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will only accept machine-readable travel documents. The existing PIO cards are hand written and will, therefore, become invalid travel documents.

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JAPAN – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Indian and Ukrainian Nationals

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that several measures to relax the visa requirements for nationals of India and Ukraine will take effect on 1 January 2018.

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JAPAN – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Indian and Ukrainian Nationals

The information in this alert was provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

UNITED KINGDOM – Original Documents Required for Tier 2 and Tier 4 Applications in India

Effective 7 August 2017, all applicants submitting Tier 2 and Tier 4 applications at any Visa Application Centre in India, including dependents, will be required to submit all original documentation, together with their passport, in support of their application.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Original Documents Required for Tier 2 and Tier 4 Applications in India

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INDIA – Chennai Authorities Require Foreign Nationals to Be Registered Within 24 Hours of Arrival, and also on Departure

The Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in Chennai, India now requires landlords and managers of apartments, hotels and other accommodation to complete the online Form C notification procedure within 24 hours of a foreign national’s arrival in Chennai, rather than within 14 days as at other FRROs around India.

Chennai FRRO is also the first and (so far) only FRRO to require notification of a foreign national’s departure or checkout, via the same online portal.

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INDIA – Mandatory Biometric Enrolment for All India Visa Applicants in South Africa

The High Commission of India in Pretoria, South Africa, has announced that applicants for all India visa categories (including employment, tourist and business visas) are required to register their biometric data, comprising fingerprints and facial image scan, effective 17 July 2017.

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INDIA – Conversion of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) Extended Until 31 December 2017

The Indian government has once again extended the 30 June 2017 deadline for conversion of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards, this time until 31 December 2017.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Lawquest.

Peregrine builds software and provides consultancy and training for global immigration management.

Our sister company Newland Chase, a CIBT company, provides specialist immigration services worldwide.

CIBT is a world leader in short-term outbound visa requirements for expats and businesses.