PIO cards to OCI cards shall be processed without Consular Fees until June 30, 2017

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Published: January 18, 2017

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Important Notice for PIO card holders: Applications for conversion of PIO cards to OCI cards shall be processed without Consular Fees until June 30, 2017.  ICWF Fees & CKGS Service Fees will continue.

Until then, PIO cardholders can travel with their PIO card and US Passport.

If you wish to apply for OCI card in Lieu of PIO card, you may visit the following links:

  How To Apply   https://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/how-to-apply
  OCI Application – Get Started   https://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/
  Frequently Asked Questions   https://www.in.ckgs.us/faq


Note on Biometric enrolmentBiometric enrolment for VISA application is mandatory for Walk-In Applicants of San Francisco Jurisdiction.
Exemption cases:

The following categories applicants are exempted from biometric enrolment:

  • Applicants of the age below 12 Years or above 70 Years.
  • Applicants holding official passport, Diplomatic passport or UN passport.
  • Applicants with no fingers

Exception cases:

  • Applicants with poor finger prints need to sign the exception form.
  • Applicants with less number of fingers will be required to give biometrics only of the existing fingers and need to sign the exception form.

Modification of OCI cards- Dispensation with ‘U’ Visa sticker

1. The Consulate has been informed by the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India on 29 January, 2015 that the Central Government has vide Notice No. 26011/06/2015 – OCI dated 29th January, 2015 had issued instructions dispensing with the requirement of ‘U’ visa sticker on the foreign passport of an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholder with immediate effect and modifying the OCI registration certificate with an endorsement “Visa validity – Lifelong”.

2. As per procedure till date, the OCI documents consisted of an OCI Registration Booklet and a multiple lifelong ‘U’ (Universal) Visa sticker which was pasted on the foreign passport of applicants eligible for issue of an OCI card. It was mandatory for registered OCIs to carry their passports containing ‘U’ visa and the OCI registration certificate for entry into/ exit from India.

3. From now on, registered OCI cardholders would carry their valid foreign passport and the OCI Registration Certificate for entry/exit from India. Immigration authorities in the Immigration Checkposts (ICPs) have been requested not to insist on production of the foreign passport containing the ‘U’ visa sticker in the case of OCI cardholders while they enter/exit India and the immigration clearance may be granted based on production of the OCI card and a valid passport.

4. All existing OCI cardholders and new applicants for an OCI card are requested to take note of the aforementioned changes.

5. OCI cardholders who have lost their passports containing the ‘U’ Visa are not required to apply for a re-issue of OCI card under ‘lost/stolen’ category.

6. Till further notice, it is mandatory for the following categories of applicants to seek re-issue of OCI registration certificate under OCI miscellaneous services:

  • who are 20 years of age or younger, OCI registration certificate must be re-issued each time a new passport is issued;
  • who are 50 years of age or older, OCI registration certificate must be re-issued once after the issuance of a new passport.

7. The following categories of applicants are not mandated to seeking re-issue of OCI Registration Certificate each time a new passport is issued:

  • If the OCI registration certificate is issued for the first time after the age of 50 years, then there is no need for re-issuance of OCI;
  • For an applicant who is 21 to 49 years of age, there is no need to re-issue OCI registration certificate.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Indian Embassy / Consulates, CKGS VISA Application Centers and Contact Center shall remain CLOSED on Thursday, January 26, 2017 on account of Republic Day.


Indian nationals traveling and / or residing in the United States are advised to be mindful of the laws of the United States, including those relating to treatment of young children. There have been cases brought to the attention of the Embassy from time to time, when children of Indian nationals have been taken into the custody of United States authorities (Children / Family Services) on reported grounds of negligence / maltreatment of those children by parent(s).