PERSONS OF INDIAN ORIGIN (PIO) CARD SCHEME
We reproduce, below, the latest information from the Indian Consulate in New York – www.indiacgny.org.
Note that the Indian government or its consulates are still not issuing the overseas citizenship passport. People can only apply for a Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card at the present time.
VALIDITY OF A PIO CARD
A PIO Card shall be valid for a period of fifteen years from the date of issue subject to the validity of the passport of the applicant. In other words, the PIO card shall be valid only if the passport held by the individual is valid on a particular date. After issuance of the PIO card, if the holder is issued a new passport, he should get the new passport number endorsed on the PIO card. There is no fee for this service. The fee for a PIO card is $310 ($155 for minors below the age of 18). This can be paid in cash, certified checks or money orders payable to Consulate General of India, New York.
GENERAL INQUIRIES OR SUPPLY OF FORMS
Please write to the Information Desk, Passport and Visa Wing, Consulate General of India, 3 East 64th Street, New York, N.Y. 10021. You can call us at: 212-774-0600, 212-774-0610, 212-774-0662 or send fax at 212-570-9581 or e-mail at
INCOMPLETE / FALSE INFORMATION
Application forms should be filled in fully, legibly (in BLOCK CAPITAL LETTERS) and accurately. Applications received with incomplete details would remain unprocessed causing unnecessary delays. It is an offense to give false information in the Application. PIO card facilities can be denied/withdrawn on grounds of misuse, suppression of factual information, misrepresentation of the facts, submission of false particulars, and for making unauthorized changes in the PIO cards.
Fees, once received, cannot be refunded, even if the application is withdrawn or service cannot be rendered.
The Consulate earnestly appeals to the members of the Indian community not to pay more than the prescribed amount of fee to anyone or encourage any middlemen or agents as it spoils the reputation of the community. In any event, public should not make any payment for which receipt is not given by the Consulate. The community should take every precaution against accepting forged/counterfeit travel document from unscrupulous elements.