Every person of Indian origin who is not a citizen of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other countries whenever it is specified by the Central Government will be eligible to apply for PIO Card, if:
- The person at any time held an Indian Passport; or
- Either of his/her parents or grandparents or great grandparents was born in, and was permanently resident in India, provided neither was at any time a citizen of any of the aforesaid excluded countries; or
Spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin covered under (i) or (ii) above.
The following check list of items is required for a PIO application, see here.
All the documents mentioned in the checklist need to be submitted in original.
The application form to be printed and submitted to the Consular Services Office in Ottawa can be found here.
The following fees apply for the PIO card:
PIO Card for person 18 years or above $ 330 CAD
PIO card for children below 18 years $ 165 CAD
An additional fee of $19.25 ( excluding taxes ) payable to VF services (Canada) Inc. is applicable per passport. Please note that the fees / processing charge is non-refundable and non-transferable.
If you plan on submitting the application at the Consular Services Centre, payment can be made by cheque, cash, Visa, MasterCard as well as bank drafts. If electing to go with a draft, it must be made out to VF Services (Canada) and have two cheques, one for the PIO and one for the VF fee.
Postal applicants are required to use a bank draft with the same conditions as above. Cash should not be sent via mail.
Note: applications will not be processed until the correct visa fees and service charges are paid.
Location and Mailing Address:
Indian Visa and Consular Services Center, Ottawa
Suite 220-384 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2P 1Y4 (view map)
Submission of Application: 8:00 AM - 2:30PM
Passport pickup: 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM Monday-Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Monday – Saturday)