Image via WikipediaPIOs - PERSONS OF INDIAN ORIGIN
the government of India revised the persons of indian origin Card Scheme in August 2002, launched in 1999, aimed at making the journey back to the roots, simpler, easier, flwxible & absolutely hassle free.
Eligibility For PIO Card :
* any person whot at any time held an indian passport; or he/she ; or either of his/her parents ; or grand parents or great grand parents was born in & permanently resident in india as defined in the government of india act 1935, & other territories that became part of india thereafter; or
* who is a spouse of a citizen of india or as mentioned above
* the scheme is broad-based, covers up to 4 generation & also foreign spouse of a citizen of india or a PIO.
Benefits of a PIO Cardholder :
- no visa required for visiting india
- no seperate 'student visa' / 'employment visa' required for admissions in colleges / institutions or for taking up employment respectively
- a PIO cardholder will be exempt from the requirement of registration if his stay on any single visit to india does not exceed to 180 days.
- in the event of continuous stay in india of the PIO cardholder exceeding 180 days , he/she shall have to get himself/herself registered within 30 days of the expiry of 180 days with the concerend foreigners regional registration officer.
- parity with non-resident indians in respect of facilities available to the latter in economic, financial & educational field.
- no parity shall be allowed in the sphere of political rights.
Validity & Fee of the PIO card :
- a PIO card shall be valid for a period of 15 years from the date of issue subject to the validity of the passport of the applicant.
- the fee for a PIO cardholder would be Rs.15,000 /- , payable along with the apllication.
- PIO card to children upto the age of 18 years will be issued at a fee of Rs.7500 /- for a 15-year card.