Important Notice for Passport applicants
As per ICAO regulations, with effect form 24th November, 2015, all Travel documents should be in machine readable format. Therefore, all Indian Citizens holding manually written passports or holding passports with manual endorsements are advised to immediately apply for machine readable passports.
Important Notice for PIO/OCI applicants
All PIO card holders are hereby informed that the PIO Scheme has been withdrawn and they are requested to apply at the earliest for conversion of the PIO card to OCI. This conversion is free of charge.
With the changed format of the OCI card from 30th September, 2015, there would be no need for OCI stickers to be affixed on the foreign passport of the OCI holder.
All OCI applicants who are applying for OCI status on the basis of their marriage to an Indian citizen may please note that the marriage should have subsisted for at least two years to be eligible to apply for OCI status on this basis.