Instructions to Convert PIO Card to OCI Card Consular Services

Instructions to Convert PIO Card to OCI Card

In terms of the notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 9th January 2015, all the existing PIO Cardholders as on 9th January 2015 shall be deemed to be OCI Cardholders. However, all persons having valid PIO cards as on 9th January 2015 are advised to apply for OCI Card in view of the following advantages in processing as OCI card:

  • OCI card is a machine readable smart card;
  • Possession of an OCI card will facilitate quicker immigration clearance at the Immigration Check Posts;
  • It will help in obtaining various Consular Services from the Indian Missions;
  • For those who are resident in India, it will facilitate in availing various services in India.

The date for submission of applications for registration as OCI cardholder in lieu of PIO card online has been extended till 31st March 2019. The applicants can only submit their application forms as walk-in at the CKGS counter. Applicants residing any part of Jurisdiction of CGI New York can file their online OCI card application (OCI card in lieu of PIO Card) on CKGS Website and submit physical copy of application along with all required documents to CKGS Center at the following address (by Walk-in or Mail:

Cox and Kings Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

2nd Floor, 235 West, 23rd Street, New York-10011.


Ph: 646-589-0088 & 516-206-1483