Who is ineligible to apply for a PIO card?
Nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka or any stateless person, or any person who had been a national of any of these counties or either of whose parents, grandparents or great grandparents had been nationals of these counties at any time. Please read “Cancellation of PIO Card” also.
Who can get PIO Card?
If a foreigner held an Indian passport at any time.
He/She or either of his/her parent’s or grand parent’s or great grand parents was born in India or permanently resident in India and provided that neither was at any time a citizen of any other specified country (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and Sri Lanka ).
He/She is a spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin covered in Para 1 & 2 above.
Iranian nationals of Indian Origin can seek PIO card with the approval of MHA.
Please note that persons who were citizen of certain specified countries or whose spouse or either of whose parents, grandparents, great-grandparents were citizens at any time of these specified countries may cause an applicant to be ineligible for a PIO cards even though they fulfilled the above criteria.
These grounds of ineligibility would be established only after receipt of application and it may not be possible to respond to queries regarding grounds of ineligibility before receiving the application.
You may be ineligible to apply for a PIO card if you, your spouse, parents, grandparents or great grandparents have ever held citizenship of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka.
however my grandmother was born in Sri Lanka and my husband was born in India.
Can I be denied the PIO just because one grandparent was of SL origin
How old was your grandmom when she left Ceylon, and when.
@NYC - I'm curious why you ask? As an 'interested observer' my understanding was that the OCI and PIO provisions worked on a 'four generations' basis - and that the dates or ages weren't important. Is there a way around the 'citizenship' point?
nycank asks about Ceylon. My guess is that his mind is working along "Ceylon is not Sri Lanka" lines. Lets see if he reveals more...
The term British India also applied to Burma for a shorter time period: starting in 1824, a small part of Burma, and by 1886, almost two thirds of Burma had come under British India. This arrangement lasted until 1937, when Burma commenced being administered as a separate British colony. British India did not apply to other countries in the region, such as Sri Lanka (then Ceylon), which was a British Crown Colony,