PIO Card withdrawal
As per the Government of India Gazette Notification No. 26011/01/2014-IC.I dated 9 January 2015, all PIO cards issued till 9 January 2015 are deemed to be OCI cards. PIO scheme has been withdrawn vide Gazette Notification No. 25024/9/2014-F.I dated 9 January 2015.
The Embassy of India, Madrid, will, therefore, not be issuing any fresh PIO cards with effect from 9 January 2015. All PIO applications received before 9 January 2015 and pending with the Embassy will be returned to the applicants with the request to apply for OCI card on the fee already paid for PIO card. All PIO card applications received on and after 9 January 2015 will also be returned to the applicants with the directions to apply for OCI card as PIO card scheme is no longer in existence.