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Very useful info on PIO / OIC so I reproduced it here from the original message.lemess wrote:The OIC though intended by the government to start on the 14th is not yet implemented by the Indian HC in London. In fact, I told the guys at the HC that they should check out the websites of the HC in Wellington and Washington It was the first they had heard of it - not unusual for the Indian Civil Service I guess ! Remember I actually went to apply for the PIO card on the date the OIC scheme is meant to start !
I applied for the PIO card because I need to travel to India frequently on work and it suits me. Secondly it only costs about £15 to upgrade from the PIO to OCI. I don't intend to stay in India beyond 6 months in the near future so it is good enough for now. When the OCI scheme is launched I just need to pay a nominal amount to upgrade. The OCI scheme is no less costly all things considered.
In terms of documents, the Indian HC needed the forms ( in duplicate) , 4 photographs ( no need to certify) and they took a photocopy of my British passport and returned it to me. They also took a copy of my Indian passport and handed it back after marking it as cancelled. As part of the package, I had given them a letter addressed to the passport officer asking them to cancel my Indian passport and return it to me as I had now acquired british citizenship- this they did without any problems.
The whole process was very quick - I recommend going in person to the HC - this way you get to keep all your documents and passports with you.
Go straight to counter 7 in London and tell them you're applying for a PIO card. People applying for PIO cards are taken aside ( often inside the inner sanctum !) and this way you get to escape the crush of the visa applicants who seem to crowd the place. Also , make sure you go after 9:30am in the morning as although they say that they accept applications from 8:30, the PIO guys don't kick in till 9:30. The best way would be to roll in about 10am - no appointments necessary.
Hope all this is helpful.
lemess wrote:I'll believe it when I see it I'm afraid. They have created this hype before - there were all sorts of press releases about it being launched on the 14th of November which came and went. This has been dragging on for years and I have no confidence that this will actually happen. I spoke to the guys at te Indian High Commission in London and they had absolutely no clue what this scheme was and when it would be available. These press statements have to be taken fairly lightly
There is a sticky on this topic - could we stick to that please ? I am copying and pasting all the messages from here to there. Moderators request to delete this post as otherwise it will duplicate the topic and more importantly we would not have all the information at one place which is very important.
Thanks in advance for the understanding. And olisun and others thanks for the vital information.