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Comparison Between OCI and PIO Cards.

PIO Card:
A person of Indian Origin and is currently holding a foreign passport. PIOs of all countries are eligible for a PIO card excluding Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. All activities
excluding research and such activities where a permit is needed can be done in India with a PIO card. PIOs can visit India without a visa for only 15 years. A PIO applicant has to stay in India for at least 7 years before applying for Indian Citizenship. If a PIO Card holder stays in India longer the 180 days, they will have to go register themselves with the authorities.

OCI Card:
An Overseas Citizen of India holding a foreign passport. Citizens of all countries are eligible for an OCI card excluding Pakistan and Bangladesh as long as the country of citizenship is allowing a dual citizenship with India. All activities excluding research and such activities where a permit is needed can be done in India with an OCI card. OCIs can visit India without visa forever. OCI applicants can have Indian citizenship after 5 years from date of registration only if the applicants resides in India for at least one year prior to applying. OCI Card holders are exempt from having to register with the authorities even if their stay is longer than 180 days.

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