Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Card

Important Message

With effect from March 1, 2013, applications for 

PIO, OCI, Passport, Visa, Surrender of Indian passport and Renunciation of Indian nationality will be accepted at the following centres : -

Indian Visa and Consular Service Centers in

Vancouver, Surrey, Calgary and Edmonton

www.blsindia-canada.com

with immediate effect applications for 

PIO, OCI, Passport and Visa will NOT be accepted 

at the consulate office, 201-325, Howe Street, Vancouver either by Mail or in Person

 

Only Emergency Passport and Visa will be accepted at the consulate

09:30-11:30 Hrs (On all business days, with ticket

(Travel within 48 hours) and proof of Emergency-Only Canadian Passport holders.

We may not be able to grant the service in certain cases.

Form for endorsement of new passport number of the PIO Card

 

 

General Information
Please note that the acceptance of applications for this service has been outsourced to BLS International Services Canada Inc.  Applicants are required to contact them directly for depositing the duly completed application forms. All queries pertaining to procedures, etc., may also be directed to them. Their office addresses, timings, and phone numbers can be found by clicking here.  In addition to the fee mentioned on this page, an applicant will be required to pay processing fee – C$ 7.40 (including taxes) to BLS International separately. Please consult them about the total cost and the exact procedure for remitting the fee.
For details, please visit the website of BLS International Services Canada Inc. – http://www.blsindia-canada.com.
Please note :
o    Wherever required, please append signatures on the application form using ball point pen with black ink. 
o    Fee, once paid, is not refundable.
o    Fee structure is subject to change without notice.
o    Furnishing of false information will result in summary rejection of the application.
o    Please enclose all relevant documents substantiating your claim as a person of Indian Origin.
o    Acceptance of application form does not confer any right on the applicant to the PIO Card.

Eligibility
Every person of Indian origin who is a citizen of another country, NOT being a citizen of any country that may be specified by the Government of India from time to time, will be eligible to apply for PIO Card if : 
(i)   The person at any time held an Indian passport; or
(ii)   The person or either of his/her parents or grand parents or great grand parents was born in, and was permanently resident in India, provided neither was at any time a citizen of any of the excluded countries; or
(iii)   The person is the spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin covered under (i) and (ii) above.

Presently, the specified countries whose nationals are ineligible for grant of PIO Card are Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Iran, China and Nepal.  Further, if the applicant himself or either of his parents, grand parents or great grand parents held the nationality of these specified countries at any time, he/she will not be granted PIO Card.

Requirements:
An application for issue of a PIO Card shall be made in the prescribed form and shall be accompanied by : -
1.    A copy of Certificate in respect of the Surrender of Indian Passport on acquisition of foreign nationality. 
2.    Original Landing Paper of the Applicant, Spouse/parents with photocopy(ies). 
3.    Canadian passport with its photocopy.
4.    Four recent passport size (size 3.5 cm x 3.5 cm) identical photographs in colour, showing frontal view of full face against a light background.  
5.    If the applicant is applying for PIO Card on the basis of his/her parents or spouse’s Indian origin, please attach original passport and original landing paper, marriage certificate (in case of spousal base) along with a photocopy of each such document (To be eligible, the marriage must have taken place more than a year before the date of application).
6.    Foreign Citizenship Certificate and Citizenship Card along with photocopy(ies).
7.    Applications for children born to Indian parents in Canada must be accompanied by –

(i)    The child’s Canadian passport and its photocopy
(ii)    Original birth certificate mentioning names of the parents
(iii)    Original Indian passports of both parents and their photocopies.
(iv)    Original Landing Papers of both parents and their photocopies.  If original is not submitted, notarized copy of the same should be furnished.
(v)    Original (along with photocopy) or notarized copies of Canadian Visa/PR Cards.
8.    For children who are too young to sign, a thumb impression (left in respect of male child, and right in respect of the female child) should be made in the boxes.
9.    Both Parents should sign the application (as consent for issuance of a passport for the minor child) and copies of their identification proof, e.g. passport, visa, etc., should be attached.
10.    Fee * – as applicable.


Validity of PIO Card

PIO Card shall be valid for 15 years from the date of issue, provided the holder carries a valid passport with him. 

Endorsement of New Passporton PIO Card

In case a new foreign passport is obtained, the applicant shall have to make an application for endorsement of new Passport on the PIO Card in the prescribed form and it shall be accompanied by original and photocopies of new and old Passport along with the PIO Card.  The duly completed application should be submitted to the Consulate.  Bank draft/Money Order for the fee should be made payable to the ‘Consulate General of India, Vancouver’.


Issue of a Duplicate PIO Card

In the event of the loss of a PIO Card, a duplicate card may be issued subject to the completion of the other formalities, viz., lodging of an FIR with the police authorities, scrutiny of claim, etc., as required. 

Requirements : - Same as indicated for issue of a PIO Card.

Processing time
2-4 weeks in normal case.  It may take longer in certain cases requiring reference to authorities in India or elsewhere.
PIO Card Fee *
(i)    Fee for new PIO Card for persons above 18 years of age – Canadian dollars $ 330/- + C$ 2/- (Consular Surcharge)
(ii)    Fee for new PIO Card for children below 18 years of age – Canadian $ 165/- + C$ 2/- (Consular Surcharge).
(iii)    Canadian passport with a photocopy.
(iv)    Endorsement of new passport number on PIO Card- C$ 26/- + C$ 2/- (Consular Surcharge). 
(v)    Issue of duplicate PIO Card - C$ 110 + C$2/- (Consular Surcharge)

* In addition to the above fee, an applicant shall be required to pay processing fee – C$ 7.40 (inclusive of taxes) to the BLS International Services Canada Inc.
Facilities to be extended to a PIO Card holder

o    A PIO Card holder shall not require a separate visa to visit India.
o    A PIO Card holder will be exempted from the requirement of registration if his/her stay on any single visit in India does not exceed 180 days.
o    In the event of continuous stay in India of the PIO Card holder exceeding 180 days, he/she shall have to get himself/herself registered within 30 days of the expiry of 180 days with the concerned Foreigners Regional Registration Officer/Foreigners Registration Officer.
o    All PIOs, including PIO Card holders, shall enjoy parity with NRIs in respect of all facilities available to the latter in the economic, financial and educational fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties.
o    Can take up private employment in India without seeking any  separate permission from the Government, unless otherwise specifically provided by the other Ministries/Departments.
o    No parity in the sphere of political rights.
o    Prior permission of the Government of India is required by the PIO Card holder for undertaking mountaineering expeditions, Missionary activities, research work, and visits to the restricted/protected areas.
o    A chart explaining differences between OCI Card and PIO Card is available at http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/oci-chart.pdf
o    For more details about the PIO Card, visit http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/ForeigD-FAQs-PIO-Crd.pdf