"Persons of Indian Origin" (PIOs) shall mean the Persons who are citizens of other countries
(except Pakistan and Bangladesh) who at any time held an Indian Passport, or who or either of
his/her parent or any of his/her grandparent was a citizen of India by virtue of provisions of
the Constitution of India or Section 2 (B) of Citizenship Act, 1955 (Act No. 57 of 1955).
Persons of India Origin (PIOs) applicants are expected to submit proof of Indian origin,
preferably a valid PIO card or OCI card issued by the Government of India. Those who cannot
submit documentary evidence of Indian origin are required to submit :
1. Declaration about Indian origin. Format is available for download as Appendix B(PIO
Declaration) The Same should be printed, filled in, attested and then submitted to …
ANNEXURE B (PIO Declaration)
2.Affidavit from the applicant attested by the Head of Indian Mission concerned verifying the
Indian Origin status of the applicant.
What is OCI Card?
Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) is a scheme that was introduced in response to demands for
dual citizenship by the Indian diaspora, particularly in developed countries.To apply for and
use an OCI document, a holder must be a citizen of and hold a passport of another country,
except that of Pakistan and Bangladesh.