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CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA

TORONTO

Press Release

The Government of India had issued PIO cards to the persons of Indian origin (PIOs) living abroad, including in Canada. However, the scheme was phased out in 2015 and the PIO cardholders have been requested to get their PIO cards converted to OCI cards. This has been widely circulated earlier to the PIOs by Press Releases on Consulate’s website as well as through community associations in GTA.

2. However, there are a number of PIOs still who have not converted their PIO cards to OCI and therefore, the Government of India has extended the deadline till 30 September 2020 vide OM No 26011/MISC/71/2018-OCI dated 13.02.2020. Please note that the conversion of PIO to OCI will be done against payment of a fee, as prescribed by GOI, mentioned on Consulate’s website – www.cgitoronto.gov.in

3. It is also informed that as per the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), handwritten PIO cards will not be valid after 30 September 2020 and the holders will be denied entry at the Indian Immigration and sent back.This extension of timeline is subject to the condition that if in the meantime any deadline is notified by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) thereby making hand written PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from India Missions/Posts.

4. All PIO cardholders who have not converted their PIO cards to OCI are kindly requested to do so at the earliest.

20 February 2020