Last Day to Convert PIO to OCI?

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#241 Mar 18th, 2017, 11:01
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On a related note, I traveled from India to Dubai and back in February 2017 with my PIO. No questions asked on the way out. On the way in, the passport control officer just told me that it would be good to convert my PIO to OCI, I told him it was in process and that was it. This was in Bangalore airport.
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Thank you, flucie! Very informative. I recently completed my PIO to OCI conversion, but it was simpler. I did it in the US, which is both the country of my citizenship and where I got the PIO from, so it was pretty simple. I didn't have to submit as many documents as you did, but did have to provide an affidavit signed by spouse and self.
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I am also 100% sure that getting the OCI would have been way easier had I still lived in Dubai. Obtaining the PIO at the India consulate in Dubai was a piece of cake. The process was very clear, nobody asked for unnecessary documents and it was completed in a few days. Paperwork in India is just another dimension!
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The June 30 2017 deadline to convert PIOs to OCIs is approaching fast. I wonder whether they'll extend it as usual this time. I have a feeling that they won't.

The process of converting from a PIO to OCI seems more convoluted than applying for a first OCI, supported by all the evidence, here in the UK. I guess I'll find out the reality when I apply for my first OCI end-2017. Glad you're sorted, flucie, and you too, NonIndianResident!
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post The June 30 2017 deadline to convert PIOs to OCIs is approaching fast. I wonder whether they'll extend it as usual this time. I have a feeling that they won't.

The process of converting from a PIO to OCI seems more convoluted than applying for a first OCI, supported by all the evidence, here in the UK. I guess I'll find out the reality when I apply for my first OCI end-2017. Glad you're sorted, flucie, and you too, NonIndianResident!
Why wait? Apply soon as it could take upto a year for it to come through.
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Naah. I need to make a trip before. My Bombay apartment misses me.

I will be a reluctant OCI applicant. But it seems to me that, presently, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. I have fared well with my 5-Year multi-entry Long Term 'X' Visas, so far. Mine expires end-2017.

A fresh OCI application (with supporting evidence) should take less than 3-months from the UK. But this is OT (off-topic).
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post A fresh application (with supporting evidence) should take less than 3-months from the UK. But this is OT (off-topic).


London resident (elderly) - From start to finish 44 days in 2017.
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post Naah. I need to make a trip before. My Bombay apartment misses me.

I will be a reluctant OCI applicant. But it seems to me that, presently, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. I have fared well with my 5-Year multi-entry Long Term 'X' Visas, so far. Mine expires end-2017.

A fresh OCI application (with supporting evidence) should take less than 3-months from the UK. But this is OT (off-topic).
You can apply and still make that trip to India. It is not that they need your passport or have any impact on your X visa.
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Originally Posted by Govindpuri View Post You can apply and still make that trip to India. It is not that they need your passport or have any impact on your X visa.
Check with the consulate, because some require you to send in your passport. For my PIO to OCI conversion in New York, I had to upload all the documents, and then finally send in my passport and PIO card, and wait till they came back. The New York consulate's website said it's only 10 days if you originally got the PIO card from the New York consulate. Well, it took 3 weeks but I was satisfied.

If you're happy with your X visa for the time being and need to use your passport in the next month or two, it sounds good to wait on the OCI application. The June 30 deadline is for free conversion, as I understand it. I don't think they'll make it impossible, they'll just impose a fee. (I think!)
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Originally Posted by Govindpuri View Post You can apply and still make that trip to India. It is not that they need your passport or have any impact on your X visa.
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Originally Posted by NonIndianResident View Post Check with the consulate, because some require you to send in your passport. For my PIO to OCI conversion in New York, I had to upload all the documents, and then finally send in my passport and PIO card, and wait till they came back. The New York consulate's website said it's only 10 days if you originally got the PIO card from the New York consulate. Well, it took 3 weeks but I was satisfied.
Contextually, in this case, V happens to live in London, and given that OCI has done away with U visa sticker; he need not mail in his passport. He can walk into the outsourcer's office, show his passport, and collect the OCI booklet (this procedure was good as of late Feb '17)

As to the deadline - Dropdead would be when ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) says MRTD (Machine Readable Travel Document) have to become compliant. In simple procedural terms, no travel document (Passport, Visa, or PIO, Carto, Celuda....) would be hand written, which many a PIOs were.
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Originally Posted by flucie View Post I am also 100% sure that getting the OCI would have been way easier had I still lived in Dubai. Obtaining the PIO at the India consulate in Dubai was a piece of cake. The process was very clear, nobody asked for unnecessary documents and it was completed in a few days. Paperwork in India is just another dimension!
I applied for an OCI card (not the conversion from PIO) on the 30th of April 2016 in Dubai and I am still waiting ... I had to apply again with all the papers and photos three weeks back (after they called) and go there a second time. Not really a piece of cake. Still waiting. No status online either.
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