What is the merger of PIO and OCI cards?

The merger of PIO and OCI cards is to ensure uniform rules and extension of benefits to all. Thus, you no longer require a PIO. You can only apply for OCI card or get your PIO card converted. Benefits of merger:

  • Simplification of rules under a single umbrella;

  • PIO card holders get additional benefits similar to OCI card holders;

  • Simplified visa- free entry for people of Indian origin;

  • 5 year rule applicable to all for obtaining Indian citizenship.


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