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Indian government extends time limit for PIO cardholders to register as OCI

PIO cardholders to register as OCI

New Delhi, March 8 (UITV)- The Union home ministry has extended the time limit for Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card holders to register as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) till June 30, after the announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year on the union of PIO and OCI.

The home ministry is eager to attain all PIOs on the panel by June 30. It asked all posts, foreign regional registration offices and bureau of immigration to hold the target as it continues to profit of change. The plan will provide all PIOs multiple-entry, multiple-purpose life-long visa and faster immigration clearance as well.

Government estimate confirms PIO records as around two lakhs. The MHA and MEA are waiting for all the PIO to register themselves as OCI so that they can make a new database. PIO can assure all research themselves under the new procedure of Modi government to create a fresh database of all Indian diaspora around the world.

Under the fresh rules and regulations, all the individuals holding PIO card status under OCI will be granted rights, benefits and guarantee of the OCI scheme. PIO card holders will be considered as OCI card holders, said officials adding that they have to register as OCI cardholders to complete the formalities. This will be helpful for people with Indian origin and foreigners married to Indians.