PIO’s in India
by the Registration of Foreigners Act, 1939 and Registration
of Foreigners Rules, 1992, persons of Indian origin visiting
India on a visa valid for 180 days must register at the
nearest Foreigners Regional Registration Office.
registration form must be submitted along with 4 photographs,
proof of residential address in India, and a photocopy of the
main pages of the passport and Indian visa. The registration
comes at no cost, though an extension of stay would invite a
fee of USD 30. The FRRO endorses the passport and issues a
registration booklet carrying the PIO’s residence details and
foreign national is duty bound to inform the FRRO of any
change in his permanent and registered address.
documents have to be submitted for student, business,
journalist and employment visa, which authenticate the purpose
of the visit.
PIO (Person Of
Indian Origin) Card
of Indian origin can apply for a PIO Card at the Indian
Mission in the country they reside in, or at the FRRO during
their stay in India for a fee of Rs.15, 000 only. Nationals of
Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal
and China do not qualify for a PIO card.
Privileges of the
for a period of 15 years, the PIO card bestows certain
privileges to the holder. These include:
to enter or leave India without a visa
only if he stays in India for more than six months at a
card holders are extended the privilege of separate counters
for immigration at international airports in India.
at par with NRIs with respect to economic, financial and
educational facilities, and purchase of property, except