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IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR PIO-OCI CONVERSION
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1.As has been notified earlier, PIO scheme has been merged into OCI and all PIO cards are being converted into OCI cards on a GRATIS BASIS till 31.12.2017.

2. It is pertinent to mention that erstwhile PIO cards are hand written whereas the new OCI cards are machine readable. We have been informed by the Ministry that w.e.f October 2018, International Civil Aviation Organisation will accept only machine-readable travel documents. The existing PIO cards which are hand written will, therefore, become invalid travel documents. Hence, it will be necessary upon PIO cardholders to obtain machine readable OCI cards in lieu of existing hand-written PIO cards before October 2018 to avoid any inconvenience.

3. In order to take advantage of getting such PIO cards converted into machine readable OCI cards on gratis basis, it will be advisable to get these converted before 31.12.2017.



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