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PIO cards not valid for travel to India after March 31, 2016




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P.S: My kids who are under 20 have traveled to India on expired PP with OCI stickers without any issues.

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Come on Ashwani ji.. You and your kids traveled with VALID Passports to India. ALSO carried the expired Passports with OCI Stickers for entry. That makes more sense, because you got entry and now returned back to tell us that. CORRECT ?! (Some time back they were fussy!)

Confucious says.. To know what you did and to know what you know is WISDOM. You are a smart man McGee.!!

FH.

Long time ago I used to see world travelers from India with a bunch of all kind of coloured Passports and I used to wonder what they were. Now I know.. Some of them had VISA entries in them and so they carried all of the old ones too. (May be a few were OLD British Issues)


 
Post ID: 230340 25-02-16 19:54:53
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My kids have PIO card (15 years validation).

It is really a pain to apply for OCI. If I have to go through the process only once, I would convert PIO to OCI now.

The problem is when kids getting new passport (every 5 years) before age of 20 years, we have to go through the same process again and again for OCI.

I prefer to keep PIO for now and use it for travelling. I would apply for OCI only once when kids will be 20.

Does it make sense? OR Am I missing anything? OR Am I misunderstanding new rules?

Thanks in advance...



I agree - 100%. I am doing the same thing - plan to keep my kid's PIO card till it expires. The rules are changed many times and it is pain to deal with it.



 
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Thanks cdn_dude for confirming.

Do you think we have to take any action at this point?

Sudesingh mention two options (see below) in his one of the response. Do you think we need to take any action?

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Based on what I'm reading, PIO holders have 2 choices:

1. Get a life-long stamp on the PIO, or
2. Convert PIO to OCI.

Although option 2 has it's advantages, but it also comes at a cost.

But all PIO holders would still need to choose either option 1 or 2 before March 31st, 2016.


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Post ID: 230344 26-02-16 09:50:35
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I can see the urgency in getting a stamp on the PIO card/passport and get it VALIDATED for the LIFE TIME. That will close the case for the time being.

So, knowing what to do, PLEASE do not waste any more time discussing this point.

FH.


 
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What is "life long visa stamp" for PIO?

is this something new? OR
each PIO card older already have it though PIO card validity is for 15 years.

I will check PIO card today when I go home...

see text below from Toronto and Ottawa website. One is talking about life long visa stamp another not...

http://www.cgitoronto.ca/content/pio-0

PIO cardholder can travel to India on the basis of their valid PIO card with endorsement of ?lifelong visa stamp? and valid foreign passport.


http://www.hciottawa.ca/view_detail.php?id=11189

?PIO cardholder can travel to India on the basis of their valid PIO card and valid foreign passport.




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Originally posted by meitsme

Thanks cdn_dude for confirming.

Do you think we have to take any action at this point?

Sudesingh mention two options (see below) in his one of the response. Do you think we need to take any action?

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Based on what I'm reading, PIO holders have 2 choices:

1. Get a life-long stamp on the PIO, or
2. Convert PIO to OCI.

Although option 2 has it's advantages, but it also comes at a cost.

But all PIO holders would still need to choose either option 1 or 2 before March 31st, 2016.




-- I will be going with option #1. We are going to India this year, so I am hoping to get the "life long" stamp on my kid's PIO card during our entry...

My goal is to keep minimum interaction with the Indian immigration/consulate at this point. They like to introduce new rules every few years and that is a big hassle for all of us..



 
Post ID: 230355 26-02-16 16:43:21
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What is life long visa stamp and what is the process for it?
Please review my last post.

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Post ID: 230356 26-02-16 16:50:22
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What is life long visa stamp and what is the process for it?
Please review my last post.




This is stamped while you are entering / exiting India (Indian POE) by the Indian Immigration authority. There is no special process for it.


 
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Thanks for clarification.
It means we don't need to take any action with embassy at this point.

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Quote:
Originally posted by meitsme

What is life long visa stamp and what is the process for it?
Please review my last post.




This is stamped while you are entering / exiting India (Indian POE) by the Indian Immigration authority. There is no special process for it.



WRONG
I just returned form India and no such stamp was entered on any of the 4 PIO cards my family members had.
No rewards for guessing that Immigration officer didn't have the slightest clue.
Does anyone have any link to an Indian Govt. circular stating that all PIO cards will be stamped by immigration officers during their next visit/exit?


 
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