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The PIO Card for Persons of Indian Origin
The Government of India understands and respects your need to be close to your place of origin and has accordingly launched the ‘PIO Card’ scheme, aimed at making the journey back to your roots, simpler, easier, flexible and trouble free.

Who is eligible?
Any person:
* who at any time held an Indian passport; or
* The person or either of his/her parents or grand parents or great rand parents was born in and permanently resident in India as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935 and other territories that became part of India thereafter provided further that neither was at any time a citizen of any country as may be specified by the Central Government from time to time; or
* the person is a spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian Origin as mentioned above.
The scheme is broad-based, covers up to four generations and also the foreign spouse of a citizen of India or a PIO.

Benefits of PIO Card
* No separate visa is required for visiting India.
* Exemption from the requirement of registration if stay in India does not exceed 6 months. Should the continuous stay exceed 6 months, registration will be required within 30 days of the expiry of 6 months with the concerned Foreigners Registration Officer.
* Parity with non-resident Indians in respect of facilities available to the latter in economic, financial and educational fields except for acquisition of agricultural land or plantations.

Note: PIO Card does not entitle the card holder to undertake any missionary work, mountaineering and research work without prior permission of the Government of India. 

Where to apply for the PIO Card? 
* Applications may be made to the Consulate General of India in Bali (Indonesia).

PIO Form


Type of Service

Fee (IDR)


PIO Card - Adult           



PIO Card - Minor (up to 18 years) 



Duplicate PIO card in lieu of lost card


In addition to the above fee, an amount of IDR 20,000 will be charged towards ICWF. 

* Applicants already in India on Long Term Visa (more than one year) should make the application for issue of a PIO Card to the following authorities

DELHI: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
Hans Bhawan, I.P. Estate,
New Delhi 110 002.
Tel: 91-11-331 9489 Fax: 91-11-375 5183

MUMBAI: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
Annexe II, Commissioner of Police, Crawford Market,
Mumbai 400001.
Tel: 91-22-262 1169 Fax: 91-22-262 0721

CALCUTTA: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
237, Acharya J.C. Bose Road, Calcutta 700020
Tel: 91-33-247 3301 Fax: 91-33-247 0549

CHENNAI: Chief Immigration Officer,
Bureau of Immigration, Shastri Bhavan Annexe,
No. 26, Haddows Road, Chennai 600006
Tel: 91-44-827 7036 Fax: 91-44-827 7036
Those residing in the rest of India:

Joint Secretary (Foreigners), Ministry of Home Affairs,
1st Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi 110 003
Tel: 91-11-469 3334 Fax: 91-11-462 1563

Validity of the PIO Card
15  years
Note: The PIO Card will be valid only when accompanied with a valid passport.