According to a Gazette notification, US nationals would be provided a 10-year visa for India, while the PIO card would remain valid for the lifetime of the cardholder
The Indian government on Tuesday decided to give a 10-year visa to US nationals while extending the validity of person of Indian origin (PIO) cards to lifetime from 15 years. This follows announcements made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his US visit.
"Fulfilling yet another announcement made by the Prime Minister, instructions have been issued to Embassies and Consulates that unless there are exceptional circumstances, visas to US nationals should normally be given for 10 years. Systems are in place to introduce visa on arrival for US tourists in October itself," government said in a release.
According to a Gazette notification issued on 30 September 2014, all PIO cards are now valid for the lifetime of the cardholder, instead of 15 years. In addition, the PIOs would be exempt from police reporting. In the same notification, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHS) issued instructions stating that PIO cardholders would not be required to report to a police station even if their visit to India exceeds 180 days.
PM Modi made a number of announcements on consular and visa issues during his address at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on 28 September 2014.