This is provided as informational only and does not substitute for actual legal advice based on the specific circumstances of a matter.Readers are reminded that Immigration laws are fluid and can change a moment's notice without any warning.Thus, effective as of mid-January 2015, the PIO category is now closed to all new applicants and transitional measures are in place for those individuals currently holding PIO status.In order to understand the implications of such a merger, it is important to understand the differences between the two long-term statuses.While both schemes were aimed to promote easier entry and stay within India for the Indian diaspora around the world, there were several key (and frequently misconstrued) differences between the two categories before the merger came into force.Often considered the more “desirable” permit, the OCI Card conferred lifelong work, residence, and certain political benefits to former Indian citizens or foreign nationals whose parent or a grandparent held Indian citizenship.
February 4, 2015 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently announced that the Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Card has been merged into the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card scheme.
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Read the digital issue or download the While both schemes were aimed to promote easier entry and stay within India for the Indian diaspora around the world, there were several key (and frequently misconstrued) differences between the two categories before the merger came into force.