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Benefits of PIO in immmigration
In addition to clearing the Immigration super fast, what other benefits come with a PIO Card? Well, you get a 20-year multiple-entry visa and become an Indian citizen for all intents and purposes - except that you cannot vote or buy farmland. As a PIO, you can take up a job, offer consultancy, start a business, invest, open a bank account, buy property, invest in stocks and shares and get admissions for your children in universities and institutions for higher or technical education and training. You can get a PAN or Personal Account Number Card for Income Tax. This PAN Card with your photograph becomes your universally accepted identity card when you do not want to carry your foreign passport. In short, you become an Indian citizen for most purposes
As per the Gazette of India (Part-I, Section-I) published on 09.01.2015, all the existing Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card holder registered as such under new PIO Card scheme 2002, shall be deemed to be Overseas Citizens of India Cardholder.

Again as per the Gazette of India (Part-I, Section-I) published on 30.09.2014, a PIO card issued to an applicant shall be valid for his lifetime, provided such applicant has a valid Passport.

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