India will accept PIO cards until September 30 only

By Rajive Singh

DUBAI 14 April 2019: The deadline for Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cardholders has been extended by the Government of India.

It was due to expire on March 31, 2019.

“It is informed that Bureau of Immigration (BoI), Government of India will continue to accept PIO Cards as valid travel documents till September 30, 2019 along with valid foreign passport. This is an extension of the earlier deadline of March 31, 2019 conveyed by BoI,” said a statement from the Indian consulate in Dubai.

“The extension of the time-line is subject to the condition that International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) does not make handwritten PIO cards invalid,” it said.

India has urged all PIO cardholders with valid PIO cards as on January 9, 2015 to apply for conversion of PIO card to OCI card at the earliest.

Dubai Gazette