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OCI Advisory

June 15, 2017

Consulate General of India
San Francisco

In terms of the notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 9th January, 2015, all the existing PIO Card holders as on 9.1.2015 shall be deemed to be OCI Cardholders.  However, all persons having valid PIO cards as on 9th January, 2015 are advised to apply for registration as OCI cardholder in view of the following advantages in possessing an OCI card:-

(a)          OCI card is a smart card
(b)          Possession of an OCI card will facilitate quicker immigration clearance at the Immigration Check Posts
(c)          It will help in obtaining various Consular Services from the Indian Missions
(d)          For those who are resident in India, it will facilitate in availing various services in India.

As regards OCI cards, including deemed OCI cards  they are to be got reissued  whenever passport is renewed for persons under twenty years, and OCI card needs to be renewed  after crossing 50 years of age only once that too when the US passport is renewed.  If time is short and you have to travel, make online application carry acknowledgement/ print out thereof, old passport and new passport and the PIO/ OCI card.


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