Last Day to Convert PIO to OCI?

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#1 Jan 17th, 2016, 07:54
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Just saw this...can we assume that 31st March isn't really the last day? Anyone have any news/updates?

MPORTANT NOTICE FOR PIO CARD HOLDER
PIO Card scheme has been withdrawn vide Gazette Notification No.25024/9/2014F.I dated 09 January 2015. Applicants may apply for an OCI card ONLY.

31st March, 2016 will be the last day to apply for OCI card in lieu of PIO card.

Apply for OCI in Lieu of PIO card - All PIO card holders are strongly encouraged to apply for OCI in Lieu of PIO card.
Name Change / Nationality Change on PIO card - Name Change / Nationality Changes are not permitted on PIO card. PIO card holder will have to apply for OCI in Lieu of PIO card.
Apply for OCI in Lieu of PIO card (Loss PIO card) - PIO card holder will have to apply for OCI in Lieu of PIO card.
All the above applications must be submitted at the CKGS Application Center concerned within the Consular jurisdiction of his/her place of residence.
As soon as additional information is received from the Embassy, it will be updated on our website.
At this time, CKGS does not have any information on rules post 31st March, 2016.
The above rules shall apply until further notification is received from the Embassy.

Please visit the OCI section on our website http://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/index.shtml for more info.
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It's the latest of the last days.
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PIO to OCI last date of conversion and what happens after is all up in the air.

Here is a link from the mission of India in Mauritius which says that those PIO cards that are not converted to OCI cards by March 31, 2016 will become invalid. Maybe they have some new information from MHA regarding this matter?

https://www.facebook.com/IndiaInMaur...type=3&theater

Now, I don't know if the above is true, I am just the messenger
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Well....having my PIO deemed invalid may actually work out better! I'll just apply as if first time for an OCI.
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Last time I checked (recently) the 'last date' was March 16th - and it was clearly stated that it was the last date for ONLINE applications.

The Mauritius site still includes a PIO-OCI page which says:
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The last date for submission of online applications by existing PIO card holders for conversion to OCI Card has been extended till 31 March 2016. PIO card holders in Mauritius are therefore advised to complete their applications for conversion to OCI card online at http://passport.gov.in/oci/welcome, upload all the required comments, phot and signature and submit a signed printout of the form along with originals for verification to the Consular Section, High Commission of India by 31 March 2016.
This can be found from the link in the alleged document shown on the facebook link - I could not find the alleged document.

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P.S. I am not on facebook - someone who is may wish to query this.
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oh, this all makes me feel sick
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If I have a PIO card, do I have to apply for OCI card if I am permanently leaving the country on 31st March? I ask this because I realized my FRRO registration expired on 30 Dec 2015 - but I was told the PIO acts as a OCI so re-registration till then is not required. Hope someone can clarify?
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Originally Posted by chashickstar View Post oh, this all makes me feel sick
Quite.

First I have heard about it, otherwise what would have happened..?? Anyway, on the bright side, looks like it's hopefully all an online job. Unless you have to collect the thing - in Delhi. Aaaggh.
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It took such a long time for them to give me my pio card, I don't know whether I will have problems in its being reissued. But, my passport expires next year - so even though I don't have to change, its probably safer to do so. But, even getting the digital photo was expensive and its not quite right...?



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Originally Posted by jubbing View Post If I have a PIO card, do I have to apply for OCI card if I am permanently leaving the country on 31st March? I ask this because I realized my FRRO registration expired on 30 Dec 2015 - but I was told the PIO acts as a OCI so re-registration till then is not required. Hope someone can clarify?
You don't have to register any more because you are now an oci. You do not have to change paperwork. However, if you lose your pio card you will have to make a fresh application for oci. I think.

It's terribly unclear

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Originally Posted by chashickstar View Post You don't have to register any more because you are now an oci. You do not have to change paperwork. However, if you lose your pio card you will have to make a fresh application for oci. I think.

It's terribly unclear

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Well I'm leaving the country so life will be easier if no issues at airport - but if not, clear and free till they force us to change, and from overseas it won't really matter time wise
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No last date now (see link in previous post #5) - but what goes around comes around - it's back to saying:
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3. Place of submission for OCI-Applications (In Lieu of PIO-Card) should be the same as the Place of Issuance of PIO-Card.
In the USA the Cox & Kings site is really out of date - it still talks about carrying passport with U visa, and you can still apply for PIO card!!!

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Originally Posted by a_f_d View Post No last date now (see link in previous post #5) - but what goes around comes around - it's back to saying:


In the USA the Cox & Kings site is really out of date - it still talks about carrying passport with U visa, and you can still apply for PIO card!!!

AndyD 8-)
In the UK the high commission is still saying 31st March is the deadline.

I can't find any notification in the Gazette - I wouldnt trust what any bureaucrat thinks.

Maybe I will be able to work out how to scan my signature in a 1:3 ratio, with the required pixel count, by that point.

It makes sense that you apply where you received your pio card because that office holds your paperwork. That's what worries me. If I am subject to reanalysis it worries me that I will be arbitrarily rejected.



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Originally Posted by chashickstar View Post It makes sense that you apply where you received your pio card because that office holds your paperwork. That's what worries me. If I am subject to reanalysis it worries me that I will be arbitrarily rejected.
Why would that happen? Unless the circumstances have altered since one's original application.. i.e., being married to an Indian national is now not the case, or something... Anyway, suppose I'll have to give it a go while having a drink, before, during and after.
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It's totally arbitrary. My application is based on ancestry and the rules are tighter now. I don't have a nativity certificate

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