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Consulate General of India
Sao Paulo


Subject: Extension of timeline for handwritten travel documents (PIO Cards) beyond 31.12.2021 -regarding.

            The deadline for converting Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards to OCI Cards has been extended. The Indian Immigration will accept all PIO Cards (including handwritten PIO Cards) along with valid foreign passport at all Indian Immigration Check Posts(s) till 31.12.2022 instead of earlier deadline i.e., 31.12.2021.

2.         This extension of timeline is subject to the condition that if in the meantime any deadline is notified by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) thereby making hand written PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from Indian Missions/Posts abroad.

3.         All PIO cardholders with valid PIO cards as on 09.01.2015 are requested to apply for conversion of PIO card to OCI card as per the guidelines issued by MHA from time to time.



Sao Paulo
27 December 2021