PIO card what documents needed?

#1 Feb 10th, 2011, 19:13
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Hi , I am shortly going to Delhi to apply for my PIO card. I am married to an indian for 1 1/2 years. I have been checking internet to try and find what documents are needed but am struggling to find a clear list.
I read on the application form that proof of residence is needed. Would the residence registration at the police station be sufficient for this?
I assume I need marriage certificate and passport copy - are there any other papers needed?
Also does anyone know how long it takes at them moment in Delhi?
Many thanks
#2 Feb 10th, 2011, 19:35
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You will need to provide proof that your spouse is Indian - birth certificate, school leaving certificate and Indian passport are all accepted.

There used to be a list on the HCI London website but it seems to have disappeared. I remember these three being on the list though.
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The two PIO links here give most of the information. Your residence/registration papers should be OK, though supplying a lease document would be good if you have it. Get copies of the passport and marriage certificate notarized.

No idea about the timing in Delhi (I got my PIO in the US) but I'd assume several months. If it's an option, it's usually faster to apply in your home country.
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.....And of course, MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE, utility bills, bank statements, tenancy agreement or ownership documents etc. to prove where the applicant lives would also be needed !

For OCI/PIO applications, the authorities want to see Indian documents, as opposed to circumstantial evidence of facts through foriegn documents.
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Hello, thanks for all the replies. I checked on the MHA website but I cant find a list of documents needed - only the application form which doesnt give a list.Am I missing something? If anyone has completed the process recently I would love to hear from them.

I'm just wondering why I would need the papers notarized if we are going to show the originals when we apply in person? Would stamp from Guested officer be accepted?
The thing is that all our bills are in my husbands name - would that matter given that he is my husband and anyway Indians would expect everything to be in the mans name?
Our rental aggreement is in Malayalam and in my husbands name too but I suppose we could buy some stamp paper and make a new one....
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I couldn't find a nice orderly list, but there's a list for US applicants here. There may be slight differences, but it's somewhere to start.


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I'm just wondering why I would need the papers notarized if we are going to show the originals when we apply in person? Would stamp from Gazetted officer be accepted?
I suppose if you're presenting originals, notarization isn't necessary, but it's cheap insurance. Stamp from a Gazetted officer should be OK.
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Thanks again for the reply. My husband has requested proof of my address from the local Panchayat office so I imagine that should suffice together with registration and telephone bill in my husbands name.
I checked the US link - they are saying you can get it after one year which seems to be the case with Delhi too - I have no idea why London is making this 2 year rule.
I will post my experiences after I go there...
by the way does anyone know if you can make a fixed deposit in your name in an Indian bank with a PIO card?
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hi I have applied last June in Delhi and am still waiting although I got a letter they have granted me and my two kids the PIO card.
I give you some advice:
if you can do it in your own country it will happen much faster but in case of me I was not living anymore there and needed residence prove.
second that if you go to Delhi make sure that all your documents are prepared and ready so you just have to give and sign.
Have of everything you give a copy for yourself.

http://www.immigrationindia.nic.in/pioform.pdf
this is the form, fill it twice, submit all the papers that they ask for it along, pictures, demand draft of 15000 rupees and pls keep a copy of your demand draft and the form as they gonna stamp it for you when you take it.

list of things I included:two copies each
marriage certificate
passport copy me
passport copy husband
4 pics
demand draft
full copy of residence permit (that is pink in Goa)
visa page passport
husband voting card
copy of Leave and License Agreement

pls go there before 2 pm, sign in their entrance office and don't go up like all the others who are extending their visa but just behind the offcie where you signed in on the right hand side is a small building where you have to be.

I hope you can use this information.
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Originally Posted by melinderry View Post Thanks again for the reply. My husband has requested proof of my address from the local Panchayat office so I imagine that should suffice together with registration and telephone bill in my husbands name.
I checked the US link - they are saying you can get it after one year which seems to be the case with Delhi too - I have no idea why London is making this 2 year rule.
I will post my experiences after I go there...
by the way does anyone know if you can make a fixed deposit in your name in an Indian bank with a PIO card?
yes you can deposit with PIO card, open NRI account and apply for pan-card (of income tax department)
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hello meraindia, thank you for all the help....its a long time to wait if you have been waiting since June!! I wanted to get it in the UK but they told me I had to wait for 2 years of marriage.
Please can you tell me what you mean by leave and license agreement?

Many thanks and best wishes.
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P.S> - did you get the copies of your papers attested or notarised in any way or did you just take normal copies?
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my husband spent a good thousand rupees on attesting the documents and notarizing them. We just left no stone unturned just to be on the safe side.
The agreement I am talking about is the documents you sign when you rent a house/flat, this was for us the residence prove as we live in Goa while my husband is from Jaipur. If you own a property you could use those papers as residence prove and even I think a phonebill of a landline might be enough as residence proof as long as it is on your husbands name.

We have been waiting so long that we had to renew the demand drafts at the bank, they never pick up the phone in Delhi so we have been waiting for months till finally the local police came, than the CID and than we had to go for interview to the local FRO. And they all need again same documents. although they were more interssted in my husband, his source of income etc than who I was.
I wish you all the best if I can help you pls let me know.
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Hi thanks again - ...it sounds like a long process in dehli - did they give you any indication at all how long it might take to finally come through? How do you renew demand drafts at the bank - I thought you just pay that money to the bank when you buy the draft? so they dont cash it until they send you the PIO card and then it expires? how did you know it had expired ?- its all a little bit confusing... In any case I will post here how I get on and I really hope you don't have to wait too much longer for yours!!!
#14 Feb 21st, 2011, 11:09
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hi
we are still waiting although something arrived at the postoffice that we have to collect so that might be it, the postman is only not there most of the time, but fingers crossed.
The demand draft you make in the bank, in the name of the fro in Delhi. when it expired that bank sent us a letter about it.
A good month later we got a first writing from Delhi that the draft had expired and that we had to renew it and sent along more passport pictures and copy of passport and visa page.
About a week later we got a letter from another office in Delhi to say that they granted us with the PIO card and that the first office would send it us directly after receiving the renewed draft.
We are still waiting.
They dont't tell you anything in Delhi about how long it will take. And neither they pick up phone, if lucky they pick up the main phone line and they ask which country you are from and I said 'the Netherlands' and he gave me another nr and that never has been replied by anyone.
But four months later suddenly the local police was at the door for an interview. At least we knew than that they were working on it.
I ll keep looking here too to see how your application goes.
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It took us exactly 9 months till date, but we did receive our PIO cards today and we are so happy!
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