PIO Application Documentation of Parents' Indian Citizenship
bazique
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#1
| Member

PIO Application Documentation of Parents' Indian Citizenship

Hi All,

I am a US citizen seeking the PIO card. My parents are both former Indian citizens, now naturalized US citizens. My question concerns the requirement of the PIO application to send copies of parents' Indian passports; my mom's Indian passport was misplaced some time ago and never found, so I only have my dad's to provide documentation. So, does the PIO application for a US citizen whose parents formerly held Indian citizenship absolutely demand passports of both parents?

If just one parent's passport isn't sufficient, I do know that my grandparents in India have their Indian passports (both sets). For obvious reasons, I wouldn't want to put them through all that hassle unless absolutely necessary.

Thanks in advance for your help with this. I very much appreciate it.

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#2
| Clueless

Originally posted by: bazique View Post

Hi All,

I am a US citizen seeking the PIO card. My parents are both former Indian citizens, now naturalized US citizens. My question concerns the requirement of the PIO application to send copies of parents' Indian passports; my mom's Indian passport was misplaced some time ago and never found, so I only have my dad's to provide documentation. So, does the PIO application for a US citizen whose parents formerly held Indian citizenship absolutely demand passports of both parents?

If just one parent's passport isn't sufficient, I do know that my grandparents in India have their Indian passports (both sets). For obvious reasons, I wouldn't want to put them through all that hassle unless absolutely necessary.

Thanks in advance for your help with this. I very much appreciate it.


Just Apply for an OCI, contrary to what others might pontificate, OCI is less hassle and cheaper.
#3
| Member
I need to be able to hold employment in India, which the OCI status doesn't permit.

Thanks.
#4
| Clueless

Originally posted by: bazique View Post

I need to be able to hold employment in India, which the OCI status doesn't permit.

Thanks.


Says who ?

http://www.immigrationindia.nic.in/O.../oci-chart.pdf
#5
| Loud Noisy Bird

Originally posted by: bazique View Post

I need to be able to hold employment in India, which the OCI status doesn't permit.


Shout from the entire audience...

Oh yes it does!


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#6
| Layperson

Originally posted by: bazique View Post


If just one parent's passport isn't sufficient, I do know that my grandparents in India have their Indian passports (both sets). For obvious reasons, I wouldn't want to put them through all that hassle unless absolutely necessary.


It's not that much hassle. They do not have to send their passports to you. They only have to get a gazetted officer to sign and stamp the passport photocopies in India, and send those copies to you. I got my PIO card in the US using my spouse's Indian passport photocopy this way.

I didn't know what a gazetted officer was, but it turned out that a friend of ours was one. They are pretty common, I'm sure your grandparents can find one nearby. While you're at it, get several copies of their docs signed and stamped for you, because sometimes you need to submit the docs again.
#7
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I stand corrected.

But since I'm a US citizen by birth, I'm not eligible for the OCI status, isn't it? For example, see here:

http://www.immihelp.com/nri/pio-vs-oci.html

^is that chart then incorrect about the foreign-born children of Indian citizen parents?
#8
| Loud Noisy Bird
Go to the source: Ministry of Home Affairs Foreigners' Section.

Beware of third-party, unofficial sites, especially when there is false information at a glance. (you would not loose your foreign citizenship by taking Indian citizenship, unless the other country cares about it. India itself requires you to renounce that citizenship, which is not the same thing at all)
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#9
| Clueless

Originally posted by: bazique View Post

I stand corrected.

But since I'm a US citizen by birth, I'm not eligible for the OCI status, isn't it? For example, see here:

http://www.immihelp.com/nri/pio-vs-oci.html

^is that chart then incorrect about the foreign-born children of Indian citizen parents?


When in doubt, come here or go to the Source :) We are the Open-Source :D I know of a guy, who is 1/8th Indian and holds an OCI because of his grandfather.

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