- May 20, 2021
- Posted by: Admin
- Category: others
- There are over 30 million overseas Indians living abroad and the remittance of close to 70 billion dollars annually by overseas Indians (one of the largest in the world)
- A Person of Indian Origin (PIO) means a foreign citizen (except a national of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iran, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Nepal)
- Who at any time held an Indian passport or
- Who or either of their parents/ grandparents/ great grandparents were born and permanently resident in India as defined in Government of India Act, 1935 and other territories that became part of India thereafter or
- Who is a spouse of a citizen of India or a PIO.
- PIO category was merged with OCI category in 2015.
|Who has temporarily emigrated to another country for six months.||First implemented in 2002 as a benefit to foreign nationals who could establish at least a third generation tie to Indian origin||Implemented in 2005, carried more benefits than the PIO card, and is valid for the holder’s lifetime. In 2015, the PIO scheme was withdrawn by the Government of India and was merged with the OCI.|
|A Non-Resident Indian (NRI) is a citizen of India whereas PIOs and OCI card holders are not citizens, but are people who want to stay connected and involved with India more closely.|
|WHAT WERE THE BENEFITS OF PIO?|
- A PIO cardholder doesn’t need a visa to visit India.
- The holder also doesn’t require a student or employment visa to acquire employment or academic opportunities in India.
- The holder was exempted from registering at the foreigner regional registration office (FRRO) during the duration of stay in India.
- The holder also enjoys parity with NRIs in concern to economic, financial and educational matters like property transfer or acquisition, holding, disposal, investment, admission of children in educational institutions under general category quota for NRIs.
- Separate immigration counters are provided at all International airports.