New Immigration Registration Requirements for foreign nationals visiting India
BOI (Bureau of Immigration) of India announced recently that now, foreign nationals are need to electronically submit particular supporting documents while scheduling online appointments with one of the FRO (Foreigners Registration Offices) or FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Offices) throughout India. This new requirement impacts certain foreign nationals who need to register with the FRO/FRRO upon arrival to India significantly.
Earlier, any foreign citizen who needs to register with the FRO/FRRO had to complete an online registration form to schedule an appointment to complete the registration process by meeting the FRO/FRRO. Now, foreign citizens should submit electronic copies of numerous documents additionally, including a copy of his passport biographic pages, a digital passport-style photo, documentation of his stay in India (e.g., lease agreement or hotel confirmation) and entry visa stamp. After the electronic submission of all these materials only will the foreign citizen be able to schedule an appointment with the FRO/FRRO to complete his registration.
Who Is Required to Register When Visiting India?
Any foreign citizen visiting India on a long-term i.e., more than 180 days whether on Medical Visa, Student Visa, Employment Visa or Research Visa should register within 14 days of arrival with the FRO/FRRO with jurisdiction over their intended place of stay in India. Foreign nationals of Indian Origin also need to fulfill this requirement and Pakistani citizens should register within 24 hours of their arrival.
Any Indian visa holder whose visa carries an endorsement saying ‘registration required’ needs to complete the registration process even if his/her stay in India is less than 180 days. Indian Business Visa holders who intend to stay in India for more than 180 days also need to complete the registration process.