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Conversion of PIO cards into OCI cards
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Assistant High Commission of India

Kandy

Conversion of PIO cards into OCI cards

PIO cards are deemed to be converted into OCI cards and hence PIO card holders, if any, residing in area of jurisdiction of this Diplomatic Post are requested to contact the Post for getting an OCI card in lieu of their PIO card.

2. It may be mentioned that erstwhile PIO cards are hand written whereas the new OCI cards are machine readable. According to International Civil Aviation Organization only machine readable travel documents will be valid from October 2018. The existing PIO cards which are hand written will, therefore, become invalid travel documents. Hence, PIO cardholders are advised to obtain machine readable OCI cards in lieu of existing hand written PIO cards before October 2018 to avoid any inconvenience.

3. The last date for the conversion process on gratis basis has been extended till December 31, 2017. PIO card holders are advised to get these converted before 31.12.2017.

 

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