Conversion of PIO card to OCI card Conversion of PIO card to OCI card

Conversion of PIO card to OCI card

PIO Card Validity Extended up to December 31, 2021
The Indian Immigration will accept all Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards (including handwritten PIO cards), along with valid foreign passport, as valid travel document till December 31, 2021, instead of earlier deadline i.e. September 30, 2020. Indian Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to consider all PIO card valid for exit from/entry into India till December 31, 2021 as last and final opportunity. This extension of timeline is subject to the condition that if in the meantime, any deadline is notified by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) thereby making handwritten PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from Indian Missions/Posts. It may, however, be ensured that the PIO card is valid at the time of travel.
All PIO cardholders (handwritten and machine-readable) are meanwhile advised to convert their PIO card to OCI card.

It is informed that VFS Global is the service provider of OCI Services, including PIO to OCI  conversion, for the Embassy of India, Washington DC or its Consulates in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York and San Francisco. Its operations have started from 04 November 2020. 

Apart from the applicable Government of India fees, the applicants will also be required to pay US$ 15.90 as service charge to VFS Global and US$ 3 as contribution to Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF).

All the applicants under the Consular Jurisdiction of the Embassy of India (those living in Bermuda, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia) may visit the link for details.

In case of any other specific queries related to PIO to OCI conversion, please email to

VFS Helpline Numbers
Consular Services (For OCI and Renunciation) + 1 800 320 9693
Operational Days: Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 20:00 hours EST