Information on PIO Card Scheme
has announced the launching of a People of Indian Origin Card, which will allow
visa free entry to Indian origin people living abroad and give them all the
rights enjoyed by Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
including purchase of non-agricultural land. 15 million people of Indian origin
living abroad will benefit from the Card. Fee for
PIO Card is US $ 310.00 for adult and for children below the age of 18 years is
US $ 155.00 (effective from September 15, 2002). Validity of new PIO card will
be 15 years from the date of issue. However, it would not be issued
to people of Indian origin living in
THE PRESS RELEASE AND GAZETTE NOTIFICATION ON PIO CARD FOLLOWS: -
Understanding the sentiments of persons of Indian origin to be closer to their original country and to reinforce their emotional bonds, as well as respecting their desire to participate in the development of the resolve to frame a special scheme. This resolve was translated in the first Budget Speech of FM: -
"Government have decided to draw up a scheme for issuance of a Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Card for those living abroad and having foreign passports. The PIO Card, which would be extended to Persons of Indian Origin settled in countries to be specified by Government would besides introducing a visa free regime, also confer some special economic, educational, financial and cultural benefits. The details are being worked out".
has today launched a comprehensive Scheme for the Persons of Indian Origin -
called the "PIO Card Scheme". Under this scheme, Persons of Indian
Origin up to the fourth generation (great grand parents) settled throughout the
world, except for a few specified countries, would be
eligible. The Card would be issued to eligible applicants through the concerned
Indian Embassies/ High Commissions/ Consulates and for those staying in
The fee for the card, which will have a validity of 15 years, would be US $ 310.00 for adult and US $ 155.00 for children below the age of 18 years.
Besides making their journey back to their roots simpler, easier and smoother, this Scheme entitles the PIOs to a wide range of economic, financial, educational and cultural benefits. The benefits envisaged under the Scheme include: -
(i) No requirement of visa to visit
(ii) No requirement to register with the Foreigners Registration Officer if continuous stay does not exceed 180 days. If continuos stay exceeds 180 days, then registration is required to be done within a period of 30 days of the expiry of 180 days:
(iii) Parity with Non-Resident Indians in respect of facilities available to the latter in economic, financial, educational fields, etc. These facilities will include:-
holding, transfer and disposal of immovable properties in
(b) admission of children in educational institutions in India under the general category quota for NRIs - including medical / engineering college, IITs, IIMs etc.
(c) various housing schemes of Life Insurance Corporation of
(iv) All future benefits that would be extended to NRIs would also be available to the PIO Card holders;
(v) However, they
shall not enjoy political rights in
The above steps would go a long way in renewing and strengthening the emotional bond amongst PIOs with the land of their origin. The attractive features of the Scheme will further exhort them to play an increasingly constructive role in the socio-economic and cultural development of the country of their origin.
This scheme may be called PIO Card Scheme, 2002;
It shall come into force with effect from 15th September, 2002.
2. Definition - In this scheme, unless the context otherwise requires.
Mission" means the Embassy of Indian/ High
(b) "Person of Indian origin" means a foreign citizen not being a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh and other countries as may be specified by the Central Government from time to time if.
(i) he/she at any time held a Indian passport; or
(ii) he/she or either of his/her parents or grand parents or great grand parents was born in and permanently resident in India as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935 and other territories that became part of India thereafter provided neither was at any time a citizens of any of the aforesaid countries (as referred to in 2(b)above; or
(iii) he/she is a
spouse of a citizen of
(c) "PIO Card" means a card issued under this scheme.
3. Form of application for issue/ renewal of a PIO Card:-
An application for issue/renewal of a PIO Card shall be made in the prescribed form and shall be accompanied by documentary evidence to show that the application is a person of Indian origin as defined.
4. Authority to which application is to be made:-
(i) An application for issue of a PIO Card shall be made to an Indian Mission in the country where the applicant is ordinarily resident.
(ii) Applicants already in India on Long Term Visa (more than one year) shall make the application for issue of a PIO Card to the following authorities:-
(A) Those residing in:-
Foreigners Regional Registration Officer, Level –II, East Block VIII, R.K. Puram, Sector – I,
Foreigners Regional Registration Officer, Annex II, Commissioner of Police, Craw Ford Market, Mumbai - 400001.
Foreigners Regional Registration Officer, 237, Acharya Jagdish
Chief Immigration Officer, Bureau of Immigration, Shastri Bhavan Annex, No.26, Haddows Road, Chennai- 600006.
(B) Those residing in areas other than (A) above:-
Joint Secretary (Foreigners). Ministry of Home Affairs, 1st floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market New Delhi-110003.
5. Authority to grant a PIO Card:-
The authority to
grant a PIO Card shall be an officer in an Indian Mission notified for the
purpose or the Joint Secretary Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India or
the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
6. Validity of PIO Card:-
A PIO Card shall be valid for a period of Fifteen years.
for new PIO Card for adult - US $ 310.00
Fee for new PIO Card for
Status of PIO
Cards issued earlier as per PIO Card Scheme (1999)
PIO Card issued earlier for US $ 1000/- will continue to remain valid and no refund shall be admissible. However, the validity of the such cards shall be extended by 10 more years without charging any fee.
8. Facilities to be extended to a PIO Card holder:-
(i) A PIO Card holder shall not require a visa to visit
(ii) A PIO Card
holder will be exempted from the requirement of registration if his stay in
(iii) In the
event of continuous stay in
(iv) A PIO Card holder shall enjoy parity with NRIs in respect of all facilities available to the latter in the economic, financial and educational fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties. No parity shall be allowed in the sphere of political rights.
9. Cancellation of PIO Card:-
The Central Government may by order, cancel the PIO Card, if it is satisfied that:
(a) the PIO Card was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or the concealment of any material fact; or
(b) the PIO Card holder has shown himself by act or speech to be disaffected towards the Constitution of India and other laws of India; or
(c) the PIO Card holder is a citizen or subject of any country at war with, or committing external aggression against India; or of any other country assisting the country at war with, or committing such aggression against India;or
(d) the PIO Card holder has been sentenced in India for indulging in acts of terrorism, smuggling of narcotics, arms, ammunitions etc, or has been sentenced for committing an offence punishable with imprisonment up to one year or fine up to rupees ten thousand;or
(e) it is not conducive to the public interest that the person should continue to hold a a PIO Card.
No reasons shall be assigned for withdrawal of the Card.