I am forced to change from PIO to OCI. This should have "optional" and/or for new or renewal applications.
My wife and I paid a fair sum for PIO & now we have to pay for OCI. Further more OCI mean - Overseas Citizens of India. Really? My mother went to India just to give birth to me at her mother's home and left after 3 months.
Frankly all the authorities need to do is stamp of the PIO card- to make it as valid as OCI.
I frankly think Modi introduced this to generate revenue from NRIs.
I do not need any special benefits of a citizen as I only go there for visit/tours.
Can some authority pls bring this up to Modiji & review it. more  

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Thanks Vikas for clarifying the situation, which proves that some people just want to complain even if it is a good step by GOI more  
I paid for my daughter's PIO earlier. Later it was replaced for OCI free of cost except for shipping charges. The free replacement was offered for a limited time only. I don't know why did you pay for it? The only reason I could think of is that you applied for replacement after the expiry of that period.

I think Indian Govt wants to streamline this process and remove any confusion by having only one time of card. This is a good step, in my opinion. more  
PIO should be simply stamped and an OCI given more  
Vora ji, I am not confused but it seems you are. Passports in every country is issued for a limited period and that too with a payment of fee and you should know it better if you are living in Singapore. PIO earlier was issued for a limited period only and now the Govt of India introduced OCI for life, which is nothing but a sort of passport for persons of Indian origin so that they can travel freely to India any time and therefore, the Govt has to charge a higher fee since it is for life and not like earlier PIO which you had to renew every 10-15 years and pay every time. The Indians only know how to complain and get free services from Govt of India. It is amusing. more  
Ji, you are confused now. Passport? I am a Singapore citizen so my Passport is from Singapore, not India, and cannot hold dual citizen.

OCI is a VISA (not passport), and it is NOT FREE & NOT CHEAP (COST: S$347- Rs17,000) , so just like embassies charges Indians for VISA into their country, India charges but changed to make it convenient for us not to apply VISA (not passport) everytime, but VISA for life (but with a charge). So it is not free.

I am only saying that since originally we already paid for PIO (which is still valid), then we should not penalised by removing it and issuing OCI and make us pay again.

I gave my opinion, just like many do in this local circles chat, so I am not going to make this a personal issue of Indians and NRIs, as after all I am an Indian by Race.
It is only a issue of a policy that is not fair.

Have a good day and if you wish to check the info you can log into Singapore embassy, OCI , and get all the info.

Have a good day more  
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