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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