31st December 2017- Last date for gratis conversion of PIO cards to OCI...

31st December 2017- Last date for gratis conversion of PIO cards to OCI cards

The PIO scheme was abolished by the Government of India in January 2015 and all PIO cards issued till 09 January 2015 need to be converted into OCI cards. 

In view of the above, all those PIO cardholders who have not yet applied for PIO-to-OCI conversion are requested to apply for the same in this Mission at the earliest. This service will be free of charge until 31st December 2017. Any request for conversion of PIO card in to OCI after the expiry of the current deadline of 31st December 2017, will attract a fee of USD 275 which is same as charged for issuance of a fresh OCI card.

This is also to inform that after the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) rules/guidelines (with respect to travel to machine readable travel documents) come into effect from October/November 2018, all PIO cardholders travelling to India on the strength of their PIO cards will be refused entry at the Indian immigration counters and sent back.

Link for Online Application for OCI: https://passport.gov.in/oci/

Documents required: Print out of the online application + Passport (copy + original) + PIO (copy + original) need to be submitted to this Mission. The original Passport and PIO shall be returned after due verification.

Please also note that prior appointment is needed before visiting this Mission for any Consular Service. The appointment can be scheduled from our websitehttps://www.hcinairobi.co.ke/appointment.php .

All the Indian diaspora organizations in Kenya are requested to kindly disseminate the above information to their members and others concerned through their website/Twitter handle/Facebook page/Whatsapp groups.

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