IMPORTANT NOTICE: PIO Card scheme has been withdrawn and is now merged with OCI Card scheme. Applicants may only apply for an OCI Card.
30th June, 2017 is the last day applicants may apply for an OCI card in lieu of PIO card.

How to Apply for PIO Card in USA?

Only visa applications can be submitted by 3rd party persons. The applicants need to submit their PIO applications themselves. There are 2 ways in which you can apply for a PIO application: in person or by post. An appointment is required for the PIO card application and the applicants are required to be at the CKGS Application Centre at the time of appointment if they plan to apply in person. If you are applying in person take an appointment at the CKGS Application Centre depending on your jurisdiction, fill the Order Form, fill the application form (dependent on the jurisdiction), attach photograph, supporting documents, and fee, and attend the appointment. Give a valid email and phone number preferably mobile number during the appointment.
If applying by post certain things need to be taken into consideration:

  • If you are applying for PIO and Renunciation together, send the documents in one single Envelope.
  • Include a copy of Order form inside the Envelope.
  • Send printed shipping label along with copy if applying by post. The shipping label is generated in the email after you fill the Order Form.
  • Include return shipping label in the envelope for proper return of documents.
  • A self-addressed traceable return envelope must be submitted with the application. Choose a return service like Fed Ex or UPS where you can track the package with the important documents inside it
  • The address given on the return envelope must be the same as given in the application as proof of address.
  • Mention a valid email and phone number preferably mobile in the application.
  • Handwritten UPS or Fedex air bill, blank air bills, and air bills with credit card information are not accepted by CKGS. The applicant has to provide a computerized prepaid printed airbill.
  • Postal applicants have to specify the name of the department outside the envelope. For example, Visa, PIO, OCI etc.
  • The fee for postal application cannot be paid in cash.

PIO Card Application: Where to Apply?

You can apply to the CKGS application center in your jurisdiction for a PIO card. Each jurisdiction has separate PIO application form. However, applicants already in India on Long Term Visa (for more than one year) may apply for a PIO Card in India as well. You can find the information about jurisdictions in USA, center timings, and other specifics from the table given below:


CKGS Application Center

Address /

Contact information

Consular Jurisdiction Processing time
Washington DC

Submission Timings
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Monday to Friday)

Collection Timings
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Monday to Friday)

Address:
Suite 100, 1250 23rd St NW Washington, DC 20037
Tel: 4087091764 / 4087091773
Toll Free: 1-866-978-0055
Email: enquiriesusa@ckgs.com

Bermuda, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia
Minimum 1 - 3 weeks. Minimum 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance.
New York
(NY)

Submission Timings 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Monday to Friday)

Collection Timings 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Monday to Friday)

Address:
2nd Floor, 235 West, 23rd Street, New York NY 10011
Tel: 4087091764 / 4087091773
Toll Free: 1-866-978-0055
Email: enquiriesusa@ckgs.com

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Additional 10 days
Chicago
(IL)

Submission Timings 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Monday to Friday)

Collection Timings 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Monday to Friday)

Address:
Suite 1003, 19 S, La Salle Street, Chicago, IL 60603
Tel: 4087091764 / 4087091773
Toll Free: 1-866-978-0055
Email: enquiriesusa@ckgs.com

Missouri, IIllinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, and Wisconsin Minimum 4 weeks. 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance.
Houston (TX)

Submission Timings 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Monday to Friday)

Collection Timings 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Monday to Friday)

Address:
Suite 550, 1001 Texas Avenue, Binz Building, Houston TX 77002
Tel: 4087091764 / 4087091773
Toll Free: 1-866-978-0055
Email: enquiriesusa@ckgs.com

Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Nebraska 1-3 weeks. 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance.
San Francisco (CA)

Submission Timings 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Monday to Friday)

Collection Timings 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Monday to Friday)

Address:
1st floor, 225 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel: 4087091764 / 4087091773
Toll Free: 1-866-978-0055
Email: enquiriesusa@ckgs.com

Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming 2-3 weeks
Atlanta
(GA)
Center Timing: 9:00 AM - 2:00PM
Passport pickup: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

Address:
1st floor, Suite 180, 5883 Glenridge Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30328
Tel: 4087091764 / 4087091773
Toll Free: 1-866-978-0055
Email: enquiriesusa@ckgs.com
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virgin Islands 6-8 weeks.
4 additional weeks if the passport is referred for clearance.

PIO Card Application Form

If you are applying for PIO card in USA the PIO application form differs according to the jurisdiction. Please select your jurisdiction and visit the Cox & Kings Global Services website in your jurisdiction for applicable PIO card process and requirements. The links to the application form according to jurisdiction are given below:

For PIO card at San Francisco (SFO)
please check: http://www.in.ckgs.us/resources/pdf/san-francisco-application-form.pdf

For PIO card at Washington, D.C.
please check http://www.in.ckgs.us/resources/pdf/washington-application-form.pdf

For PIO card at New York
please check http://www.in.ckgs.us/resources/pdf/new-york-application-form.pdf

For PIO card at Chicago
please check http://www.in.ckgs.us/resources/pdf/chicago-application-form.pdf

For PIO card at Houston
please check http://www.in.ckgs.us/resources/pdf/houston-application-form.pdf

For PIO card at Atlanta
please check http://www.in.ckgs.us/resources/pdf/atlanta-application-form.pdf


Tips to fill PIO Card Application Form

Some tips to help you fill the PIO application form are:

  • Avoid any mistakes and use capital letters.
  • Don't overwrite.
  • Do not use pencils or ink pen to fill the forms. Use blue or black ball pen only.
  • Leave one box blank after each completed word.
  • Don't touch the boundaries of boxes while filling the form.

How to apply for Duplicate PIO Card?

In case the PIO card is lost/stolen/damaged you have to apply for a duplicate PIO card. The process and documents required are the same as applying for a new PIO card. Additional documents required in case the PIO card is lost or stolen are:

  • Police report: You have to immediately report to the nearest Police Station about the lost/stolen PIO card and submit a detailed police report about the card.
  • Signed statement about how the card was lost.
  • Copy of lost PIO card.
  • In serial no. 27 of the form write "unknown" if you do not have the details of the lost PIO card.

In case of damaged PIO card the documents required are:

  • Original damaged PIO card.
  • Copy of the PIO card in its original undamaged condition.
  • A signed statement stating how the PIO card was damaged.

For Minors:

  • If the parents are Naturalized copies of their US passports are required. Copies of the information page that contains picture and basic details of the passport and copies of endorsement/amendment pages are required. In passports that end with 24 pages copies of pages 22, 23, and 24 are required. In copies that end with 28 pages copies of pages 25, 26, and 27 are required.
  • If the minor applicants old PIO card was issued before 1st of June, 2010 then copies of the parents' Indian passports are required if they are still citizens. Or their renunciation certificate or cancelled Indian Passport are required if they are Naturalized Citizens.