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New Delhi, the 30th March, 1999
F.No. 26011/4/98-IC.I.--1. Short title and commencement :

    (i)    This scheme may be called the Scheme for issuance of Person of Indian Origin Card (PIO Card)

    (ii)    It shall come into force with effect from 31st March, 1999.


  2. Definition - In this scheme, unless the context other requires -
(a) "Indian Mission" means the Embassy of Indian / High Commission of India / Indian Consulate   in a foreign country
(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 an 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 other territories  that became part of India thereafter provided neither was at any time a citizen of  any  of the aforesaid countries (as referred to in 2(b) above) ; or 

(iii) he / she is a spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin covered under (i) or (ii)  above.

(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 applicant 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 :-
Those residing in :-
(a) Delhi
Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
Hans Bhavan, I.P. Estate, New
Delhi - 110002.
(b) Mumbai   
Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
Annexe II, Commissioner of Police, Craw Ford Market,
Mumbai - 400001
(c) Calcutta
Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
237, Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Road,
Calcutta - 700020
(d) Chennai
Chief Immigration Officer,
Bureau of Immigration, Shastri Bhavan Annexe,
No. 26, Haddows Road, Chennai - 600006.
Those residing in areas other than (A) Above :-
Joint Secretary (Foreigners), Ministry if 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, New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta or the Chief Immigration officer, Chennai.
  6. Validity of PIO Card :
A PIO Card shall be valid for a period of twenty years subject to the validity of the passport of the applicant.
  7. Fee :
A fee of US $ 1000, inclusive of US $ 250 (non-refundable) as processing fee, will be payable alongwith the application. In case of rejection of the application, US $ 750 shall alone be refunded to the applicant.
  8. Facilities to be extended to a PIO Card hoder -
(i) A PIO Card holder shall not require a visa to visit India.
(ii) A PIO Card holder will be exempted from the requirement of registration if his stay in India does not exceed 180 days.
(iii) In the event of continuous stay in India of the PIO Card holder exceeding 180 days, he / she    shall have to get himself / herself registered within 30 days of the expiry of 180 days with the        concerned Foreigners Registration Officer at District Headquarter.
(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.
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 upto one year or fine upto rupees ten thousand; or
(e) it is not conducive to the public interest that the person should continue to hold a PIO Card

                         No reasons shall be assigned for withdrawal of the Card.


M. B. KAUSHAL, Spl. Secy.



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