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proudly offers online passport photo service for PIO card photos. You
can get 6 PIO Card photos for one low price of $7.95. Indian Consulates
at San Francisco, Chicago and Houston (through Travisa) require 2x2
inch (51x51mm) sized PIO card photos. If your consulate requires 35mmx35mm
sized photos, please click on this link
and let us know, or email us and let us know at
of India in the USA have outsourced PIO Card applications to Travisa
outsourcing This has resulted in two important changes:
requires 2x2 inch photos for PIO card applications.
2) Travisa officially does not allow glasses in photos. On their website,
and in their communications, they clearly mention: "No glasses
are allowed to be worn in the photo" so if you are wearing glasses,
please provide us a photo without glasses.
(However when we called their office on Friday, May 13, 2011, Alicia
of Travisa told us that glasses are OK provided eyes are clearly visible).
OVERSEAS CITIZEN CARD (OCI) AND PIO CARD ARE LIKELY TO BE MERGED
At the inaugural session of GOPIO/PBD, Minister
for overseas Indian affairs (MOIA) Vayalar Ravi announced the
merger of the Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and People of Indian
Origin (PIO) to a single card. The minister made this announcement
at the inaugural session of the 11th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya
Divas (PBD), the NRI conclave that began in Kochi on January 7,
2013. In general, PIO cards are issued to Indians who have been
staying abroad for couple of generations while OCI cards are given
to those who are more recent migrants and have taken citizenships
in other countries. The OCI cards are practically visas that enable
its holders to enter India for an indefinite period, while PIO
card holders have to apply for separate visas.
The merging of these
two cards could make PIO card holders also eligible for the benefits
that are enjoyed by OCI card holders. Minister Ravi said the proposed
amendment to the Emigration Act 1983 had been circulated to other
ministries for comments. Once the comments are received, the bill
would be sent to the Prime Minister for approval. Subsequently
the cabinet has to approve it before it is placed before the Parliament.
PIO card photo size within
If you are in Canada, you
can still order with us and get photos within a day at no extra charge.
We will make 35x35mm photos for you and email them on a 4x6 inch print
format which you can get printed at home or at any local photo store,
like any digital camera print, and you will get exact sized 8 35 mm
sized photos for PIO card applications:
General of India Toronto
photographs - Black & White or Colour against a light background showing
full frontal view of the face (size 35mm x 35mm)".
* This consulate serves Indian passport applications from residents
of Ontario , Quebec (except places falling under the jurisdiction of
HCI, Ottawa), Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island
General of India at Vancouver
requires "Four photographs – Colour – against a light background
showing full frontal view of the face.Notarized copies of both sides
of the PR card may be sent'. ( approximate size 3.5 cm X 3.5 cm ), not
more than 6 months old."
* Vancouver consulate of India serves residents of Saskatchewan, Alberta,
British Columbia, Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories
According to specifications
" Flexibility in Childrens' photographs
Babies under one year do not have to have their eyes open. As regards
the photograph of the children under ten years of age, requirements
can be somewhat relaxed in respect of height of the face, and the position
of the eyes in the photographs; and in case of babies and infants also,
the position of the face, the facial expression, the eyes and the line
of sight can have some relaxation. However, a frontal photograph with
clarity is r equired for children. It should show the child alone (no
chair backs, toys or other people visible), looking at the camera with
a neutral expression and the mouth closed."
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How PIO (PERSONS OF INDIAN ORIGIN)
CARD Passport Photos work?
First, make sure
the photo you send us meets following requirements:
Full UPPER HALF BODY view
with all facial features clearly visible.
Face should neither be too
bright nor too dark
If wearing spectacles –
reflection of light from the glasses should not be visible.
No visible shadow on the
face or background.
Do not wear white/ light
colored shirt as it blends with light background.
Light reflection from hair
should not be visible.
Additional Detail about
"PIO Card" (PERSONS OF INDIAN ORIGIN) Passport Photos Requirements:
We have found conflicting information about PIO Card photos so please
check your Consulate's website or call them for exactly what size of
passport photos they are looking for- 2"x2" or 35mmx35mm.
After you place an order, please let us know by clicking
here what size of PIO card photo you need.
Important: Most consulates
have out-sourced PIO applications to Travisa and Travisa requires 2x2
of India, Washington, DC:
* E: Documents required:
7. Photographs – Four ( 2" X 2" Front pose with light background only)
* K: Endorsement of new passport number in the PIO Card
Paste 2"X2" - Recent photo with light color background, in the box provided
Card information at Indian Consulate, Washington DC
India, Houston, Texas:
Effective 1st February, 2011,
The consulate has out-sourced PIO processing to Travisa. Travisa requires
4 photos: Four recent passport
size (2x2 inch- 51x51mm) photos of the application should be provided.
General of India, San Francisco:
Some customers have reported that Indian consulate in San Francisco
asks that the photo should be 2" x 2" for PIO Card applications..
Reproduced from their website:
As your photograph
is scanned and printed on the passport, it should be of a high quality
for reproduction and conform to International Civil Aviation Organization
- Photographs of
2 inches x 2 inches or 35mm x 35mm photos - one to be pasted in the
box on page 1 (one) and the 2nd photo to be stapled on the blank portion
(below ‘for official use only’) on page 4 (four). Some
Consulates ask for 3 additional photos so please verify with your
- Sufficiently bright
color photo with frontal view of full face against a light background
- Close-up of head
and top of shoulders with the face filling up 70% to 80% of the photo
- Sharp focus, clear,
and of high quality
- Following kinds
of photographs are not accepted
Black and white photographs
Photographs with colored or dark glasses
With dark background or in uniform
Polaroid, home-shot or home-scanned, or unduly large/small photographs
are not accepted
- Photograph should
be recent and in no case more than six months old If there is distinct
difference between your photograph in the earlier passport and the
current photograph, sign on the front of the second photograph on
the 'blank part of page 4' and have it notarized (follow process of
‘Change of Appearance.’)
General of India, Chicago
g)Attach 4 recent passport
size (2" X 2" without border) good quality colour photographs with full
frontal view with white background only. One to be pasted (not stapled)
on each application (first on original and second on the copy) and remaining
2 to be stapled on the first original application form.
General of India, New York
The website for NYC Consulate
does not mention much details about the photo size or anything. They
just mention that "Four recent passport size photographs of the
applicant showing frontal view of full face;"
Based on our experience,
we have seen emails from the consulate itself asking for 2x2 inch photos
and also some customers confirmed with us that the Consulate/paper work
asked them to submit 35mm x 35mm sized photos. This is really confusing.
Looks like any of these two sizes will work with New York Consulate
of India for PIO applications. So please email us after placing your
order what size of photos do you want us to create for you. If we do
not hear anything, we would create 2x2 inch photos for applicants to
New York Consulate.