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25 October 2017

INDIA: Handwritten documents will not be accepted beyond October 2018 by International Civil Aviation Organisation

The International Civil Aviation Organisation has informed the Ministry of External Affairs in India that from October 2018 it will no longer accept handwritten documents. This will affect those currently holding handwritten Person of Indian Origin (PIO) documents. 

The Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card was introduced back in 2005 and is not a handwritten document, it is a printed document like a passport that should also be carried when travelling. 

The PIO and OCI schemes were merged in 2015 following an announcement from the Prime Minister of India in 2014. At the time PIO card holders could replace their existing card on a voluntary basis with the new OCI card. However following the news from the International Civil Aviation Organisation it would be prudent for those holding a handwritten PIO card to start the process of having it replaced with an OCI card.

How does this affect the client?

Employers should advise their employees that currently hold the handwritten PIO card to initiate the process to get it replaced with an OCI card. It is advisable to start this process as soon as possible to avoid problems after the October 2018 deadline.

 

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