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Guidelines to change PIO for OCI 

The PIO Card Scheme has been discontinued. International Civil Aviation Organization will accept only machine readable travel documents. The existing PIO cards which are handwritten will, therefore, become invalid travel documents. Hence, it will be necessary upon PIO cardholders valid as on 09/01/2015 and currently residing in Colombia and Ecuador to obtain machine readable OCI cards in lieu of existing handwritten PIO cards before 31/12/2017 on gratis basis. Registration for OCI is an online process. Only after successfully registering and uploading the relevant documentation to the platform, the applicant will be considered for registration as an OCI. The complete application must be presented at the Indian Embassy of Bogotá, along with the valid PIO card. For OCI registration, please visit https://ociservices.gov.in/

How to apply for OCI if you have a PIO card

The following points may be noted carefully for registration. Read Instructions carefully before starting the registration process.

1. Go to https://ociservices.gov.in and click on New OCI-Registration.

2. After this a new window will open at https://ociservices.gov.in, and choose the option Click Here to Proceed button.

3. On the window https://ociservices.gov.in welcome please choose the option OCI Registration (In Lieu of Valid PIO-Card).

4. Fill in all details required without leaving any column blank. Place of submission for OCI-Applications (In Lieu of PIO-Card) should be the same as the Place of Issuance of PIO-Card. Provide Valid PIO-Card details at the place specified. PIO-Card should be valid as on 9th Jan 2015.

5. Complete Part-B of the registration process, uploading required documents in PDF.

6. Documents to be enclosed and uploaded in PDF along with application are given at the end of Part-B.

7. Completed application is to be submitted to the Embassy of India, Bogota.

OCI benefits

OCI card is a smart card and it facilitates quicker immigration clearance and various consular services from Indian Missions abroad. OCI card holders are entitled the following benefits:

1. A multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong visa for visiting India.

2. No separate Student/Employment/Business visa will be required for admission in colleges/institutions or for taking up Employment, Business etc. in India.

3. Special counters for speedy immigration clearance at designated immigration check posts.

4. Exemption from registration with local police authorities for any length of stay in India.

5. Parity with Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in economic, financial and educational fields except for acquisition of agricultural land or plantation.

6. OCI card can be used as proof of identity for applying PAN Card, Driving Licence and for opening regular bank account in India, if the OCI card holder resides in India.