Indian Passport & Visa Information
Facilities to be extended to a PIO Card Holder:
A PIO Card holder shall not require a separate visa to visit
A PIO Card holder will be exempted from the requirement of
registration if his stay on any single visit in India does not
exceed 180 days.
In the even of continuous stay in India of the PIO Card holder exceeding 180 days, he/she shall have to get
himself/herself registered within 30 days of the expiry of 180 days
with the concerned Foreigners Regional Registration
Officer/Foreigners Registration Officer.
All PIOs including PIO
Card holders, shall enjoy parity with NRIs in respect of all
facilities available to the latter in the economic, financial and
educational fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of
agricultural/plantation properties. No parity shall be allowed in
the sphere of political rights.
Overseas Citizenship of India
The Constitution of India does not allow holding Indian
citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously.
Based on the recommendation of the High Level committee on Indian
Diaspora, the Government of India decided to grant Overseas
Citizenship of India (OCI) commonly known as ‘Dual Citizenship’.
Persons registered as OCI have not been given any voting rights,
election to Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha/Legislative Assembly/Council,
holding Constitutional posts such as President, Vice President,
Judge of Supreme Court/High Court etc.
Registered OCIs shall be entitled to following benefits:
Multiple entry, multi-purpose life long visa to visit India;
Exemption from reporting to Police authorities for any length of
stay in India; and
Parity with NRIs in financial, economic and
educational fields, except in the acquisition of agricultural or
Any further benefits to OCIs will be
notified by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) under
section 7B(1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.
A person registered
as OCI is eligible to apply for grant of Indian citizenship under
section 5(1)(g) of the Citizenship Act, 1955 if he/she is registered
as OCI for five years and has been residing in India for one year
out of the five years before making the application.
A foreign national, who was eligible to become citizen of India
on 26.01.1950 or was a citizen of India on or at anytime after
26.01.1950 or belonged to a territory that became part of India
after 15.08.1947 and his/her children and grand children, provided
his/her country of citizenship allows dual citizenship in some form
or other under the local laws, is eligible for registration as
Overseas Citizen of India (OCI). Minor children of such person are
also eligible for OCI. However, if the applicant had ever been a
citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he/she will not be eligible for
Advantages of OCI over PIO cardholders:
OCI is entitled to life long visa free travel to India whereas
for PIO cardholder, it is for 15 years.
PIO cardholder is required to register with local Police
authority for stay exceeding 180 days in India on any single visit
whereas OCI is exempted from registration with Police authority for
any length of stay in India.