New Delhi: In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement, the Minister of Home Affairs has issued a notification that the ‘Person of Indian Origin' (PIO) card shall be valid for a lifetime.
The notification was issued on September 30, a Home Ministry release said on Wednesday.
"In pursuance of the announcement made by the Prime Minister at Madison Square Garden in New York on September 28, 2014, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a Notification on September 30, 2014 to the effect that Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card shall be valid for lifetime, and the PIO Card holder shall be exempt from police reporting/registration," the release said.
The release further clarified that that all PIO cards issued till September 30, 2014 ‘are automatically deemed to have life time validity'.
Modi announced at the Madison Square Garden, to cheers from the assembled gathering, that PIO card holders will get lifelong visas.