About Us OCI-PIO Card

Merger of PIO and OCI Schemes

Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card scheme has been withdrawn by the Government of India and has been merged with Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card scheme with effect from January 9, 2015.

Hence, as per Government of India Gazette Notification No.11 dated  January 9, 2015, all persons holding PIO Card will be deemed to be OCI Card holders.

Therefore, the Embassy of India will no longer be issuing PIO cards. Fresh online applications will be accepted only for Overseas Citizenship of India cards.

All PIO Card holders, resident in Peru and Bolivia, are kindly requested to have their PIO cards converted into OCI Cards online. The relevant weblink for this purpose is: https://passport.gov.in/oci/capchaActionPIO. The extended last date for applying for such conversion is 31 December 2016. 
Overseas Citizens of India Scheme (OCI)

The Constitution of India does not allow holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously.  However, based on the recommendation of the High Level committee on Indian Diaspora, the Government of India decided to register Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) of certain category as has been specified in the Section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955 as Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Cardholders. Accordingly, OCI Scheme came into operation from December 2, 2005.


 Multi-purpose, multi-entry, lifelong visas for visiting India.
 Exemption from registration with Foreigners Regional Registration officer/Foreigners Registration Officer for any length of stay in India.
 Parity with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of all facilities to the latter in economic, financial and educational fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties.


 OCI Cardholder have not been given any voting rights, election to Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha/Legislative Assembly/Council, or for holding Constitutional posts.


 OCI cardholder cannot undertake any missionary work, mountaineering and research work, without prior permission of the Government of India.

Eligibility Criteria

A foreign national, who:

 was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26 January1950, or

 was a citizen of India on or at any time after 26 January1950, or

 belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15 August1947 and his/her children and grandchildren, are eligible for registration as Overseas Citizens of India (OCI).
 The minor children of such persons are also eligible for OCI.

Details of the OCI scheme are at: http://mha1.nic.in/foreigDiv/ OCI.html  
Please fill up the OCI Registration Form at : https://passport. gov.in/oci/capchaAction

Documents Required

A. OCI Card for Adults:

 Application form -Part A & B - duly filled in and signed wherever necessary
 Surrender Certificate obtained when giving up Indian nationality.

 One  recent passport photograph (in addition to the one affixed on the application form) measuring 51x51 mm without border and showing full frontal view of the person’s head and shoulders having a white or light colored background. No glare if wearing glasses.

 Copy of previous Indian passport OR any document which clearly establishes applicant's previous nationality as Indian.

 Copy of present Peruvian/Bolivian passport.

 Copy of DNI / country’s Identification Card (ID)


B. OCI Card for children below 18 yrs (who held an Indian Passport).

Besides documents required for OCI Card for Adults a copy of  parents Peruvian/Bolivian passport (who are otherwise eligible for an OCI Card)

C. OCI Card for children born to Indian parents and never held an Indian Passport

Besides documents required for OCI Card for Adults the following documents are required:

 Copy of Birth Certificate
  •  Copy of marriage certificate of the parents  (if the marriage was conducted in India) duly attested by Home department of State Government OR CPV Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Patiala House, New Delhi. 


 For OCI Card – US$ 278. In case the application is rejected US$ 28 - will be deducted as processing charges.

• For OCI Miscellaneous Services - US$ 28.

 For issue of OCI Card in case of Loss/Damage of OCI Documents - US$ 103.

Application procedure

The applicant shall submit the application form online - https://passport.gov.in/oci/ - and upload all the requisite documents (self attested), photograph and signature (in the case of minors who cannot sign, left hand thumb impression) along with the application.  After the applicant submits the complete application online including documents, photograph and signature, the originals of the supporting documents and fees have to be submitted to the Indian Embassy for further processing.

OCI Miscellaneous Services

OCI Miscellaneous Services can be availed only by registered OCI card holders for re-issuance/issuance of duplicate OCI documents in the following cases:

  1. Change of passport.
  2.  Change of personal particulars on the OCI card etc.
  3. Loss/damage of OCI  card.

Submission of Applications

Those residing in and around Lima should submit their applications in person at the Embassy. 

All those residing at faraway places in Peru and in Bolivia may courier (with return courier) to: 

Attache (Consular),
Embassy of India, Av. Salaverry 3006,
San Isidro, LIMA - 27.

In order to confirm that the applicant is residing in Peru or in Bolivia, person applying by courier should also send a letter from a Peruvian or a Bolivian Resident certifying that the applicant is a resident of Peru or Bolivia, as the case may be.

Discontinuation of hand written travel document by the International Civil Aviation Organisation from October, 2018.
As per Government of India Notification No. 26011/01/2014-IC.I dated 9.1.2015, all PIO cardholders with valid PIO cards as on 9.1.2015 are deemed to be OCI cardholders.  Hence the PIO card, which is a deemed OCI card, continues to be legally valid as per law.
Machine-readable electronic travel document is mandated by the International Civil Aviation Orgaisation (ICAO) guidelines.  It is not a precondition prescribed by the Government of India for entry into India.
All PIO cardholders with valid PIO cards as on 9.1.2015 are advised to please apply for conversion of their PIO card to OCI card. 
Government of India will accept PIO cards as valid document till March 31, 2019 along with valid foreign passport.  If in the meantime, any deadline is notified by the International Civil Aviation Orgaisation (ICAO), thereby making hand written PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from Embassy of India, if they have not converted their PIO card to OCI card.  However, the Indian immigration check posts will continue to consider all PIO cards valid for exit/entry into India till 31 March 2019.