|(B) Those residing in areas
other than (A) above:-
Joint Secretary(Foreigners), Ministry
of Home Affairs, Ist floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi-110003.
(5) Authority to grant a PIO
The authority to grant a PIO Card
shall be an officer in an Indian Mission notified for the purpose or the
Joint Secretary Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India or the Foreigners
Regional Registration Officer, New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta or the Chief
Immigration Officer, Chennai.
(6) Validity of PIO Card:-
A PIO Card Shall be valid for a
period of twenty years subject to the validity of the passport of the applicant.
A fee of US$ 1000, inclusive of
US$ 250 (non-refundable) as processing fee, will be payble alongwith the
application. In case of rejection of the application, US$ 750 shall alone
be refunded to the applicant.
(8) Facilities to be extended
to a PIO Card holder:-
(i) A PIO Card holder shall not
require a visa to visit India.
(ii) A PIO Card holder will be exempted
from the requirement of registration if his stay in India does not exceed
(iii) In the event of continuous
stay in India of the PIO Card holder exceeding 180 days, he/she shall have
to get himself/herself registered within 30 days of the expiry of 180 days
with the concerned Foreigners Registration Officer at District Headquarter.
(iv) A PIO Card holder shall enjoy
parity with NRIs in respect of all facilities available to the latter in
the economic, financial and educational fields except in matters relating
to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties. No parity shall
be allowed in the sphere of political rights.
9. Cancellation of PIO Card:
The Central Government may, by order
, cancel the PIO Card, if it is satisfied that:
(a) the PIO Card was obtained by
means of fraud, false representation or the concealment of any material
(b) the PIO Card holder has shown
himself by act or speech to be disaffected towards the Constitution of
India and other laws of India; or
(c) the PIO Card holder is a citizen
or subject of any country at war with, or committing external agression
against India; or of any other country assisting the country at war with,
or committing such agression against India ; or
(d) the PIO Card holder has been
sentenced in India for indulging in acts of terrorism, smuggling of narcotics,
arms, ammunitions etc. or has been sentenced for committing an offence
punishable with imprisonment upto one year or fine upto rupees ten thousand;
(e) it is not conducive to the public
interest that the person should continue to hold a PIO Card.
No reasons shall be assigned for
withdrawal of the Card.
M.B. KAUSHAL, SPL. SECRETARY