TORONTO: The Consulate General of India has reiterated that all PIO card holders are required to convert their PIO cards into OCI cards at the earliest. The Government of India has a scheme of conversion of PIO cards to OCI Cards for which the deadline was extended up to 31 December 2017.
The consulate has also informed that as per the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s guidelines, handwritten PIO cards are not valid after November 2018 and the holders will be denied entry at Indian Immigration and sent back.
The service for conversion of PIO to OCI is gratis till 31 December 2017. The conversion of PIO to OCI after 31 December 2017 will be done against payment of a fee, as prescribed by GOI.
All members of Indo-Canadian community, still holding PIO cards, have been requested to convert their PIOs to OCI at the earliest so as to avoid any complications during their travel to India.
The community has been further advised that conversion of PIO to OCI cards need not require any extra scrutiny or additional documents. For further details, please refer to Consulate website www.cgitoronto.ca .