Foreigner Approvals Registration Vising India

All foreigners (including foreigners of Indian origin) visiting India on long term (more than 180 days) or on Employment Visa, etc are required to get themselves registered with the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO)/ Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) concerned having jurisdiction over the place where the foreigner intends to stay, within 14 days of arrival.

However, Pakistan nationals are required to register within 24 hours of their arrival. All Afghan nationals are required to register with the FRRO/FRO concerned within 14 days of arrival except those Afghan nationals who enter India on a visa valid for 30 days or less provided the Afghan national concerned gives his/her local address in India to the Indian Mission/FRRO/FRO. The Afghan nationals who are issued visas with 'Exemption from police reporting' are exempted from Police reporting as well as Exit permission provided they leave within the Visa validity period.

If the intention of the foreigner is to stay in India for more than 180 days, he/she should get himself/herself registered well before the expiry of 180 days from the date of arrival with the FRRO/FRO concerned. Foreigners (including minors above 12 years of age) have to report in person or through an authorized representative to the appropriate Registration Officer for registration. Registration is also required in the case of visa less than 180 days and if there is special endorsement "for registration required".

However, foreigners entering on Entry(X) and Business visas valid for more than 180 days are required to register with the FRRO, FRO if they continuously intend to stay for more than 6 months i.e. more than 180 days on each visit.

Foreigners (including minors above 12 years of age) have to report in person or through an authorized representative to the appropriate Registration Officer for registration. Ordinarily, the registration process is completed on the same day, but it may vary in those cases where field enquiry is required.

Online filing of Registration by Foreigners

A foreigner can apply online from the website for availing of visa services in the office of FRRO, Delhi. The following process shall be followed:

  • Applicant shall select the Online Registration option from the main menu. As the option will be selected, the online application form will be displayed automatically.
  • Applicant is required to fill the online registration form and schedule his/her appointment in the FRRO before his/her visit. Once the application form is filled and submitted, a unique Registration number is generated by the system.
  • The applicant is advised to keep the Registration number as the same number can be further used for any further modifications in the details submitted online and during his/her visit at the FRRO.
  • Once the appointment is scheduled successfully, a Pdf. File (filled application) shall be generated by the system. Applicant is required to take the print out of the application and the requisite supporting documents for interview at the registration office.
Procedure for Online Application for Foreigner Registration
  • Applicants are requested to go through the regulations and instructions mentioned above in order to ascertain their eligibility and procedures involved in the process.
  • Applicants who are required to register at FRRO shall have to fill their application online using the web based online application submission system. Applicants, who have not filed online applications previously before coming to FRRO, shall be allowed to fill the online application form at the FRRO. The officials present at the FRRO shall facilitate and assist either to fill at the convenience of applicant or assist them at the FRRO. Applicants who have not taken prior appointment shall also be allowed to register at the FRRO.
  • Applicants may access the facility of online registration at the FRRO from the above mentioned website. The applicant has to select the option of online registration from the main menu. As soon as the applicant clicks the option of Online Registration, the application form shall be displayed automatically wherein the applicant shall fill the details like:
      Personal Details
    • Nationality (both present and previous)
    • Persons accompanying the applicant
    • Contact address and number in India
    • Passport and visa details etc.
    • Contact person in case of any emergency
  • After filling the online form completely, the applicant shall submit the application form and move to the next page from the option given in the form for scheduling the appointment at the concerned FRRO.
  • As soon as the application form is filled and appointment is scheduled by the applicant, a unique application Id is generated which can be used by the applicant during his visit to the concerned FRRO on the scheduled date. A Pdf. file of application form will be generated by the system after the submission of form to the FRRO. Applicants are requested to take the print of the pdf file.
  • On the scheduled date, the applicant shall visit the FRRO/ FRO to meet registration officials along with the print of the pdf file and the requisite supporting documents. Applicant shall have to produce the supporting documents to the FRRO/ FRO officer to verify with the data already available in the case file
  • Once the registration is approved then the applicant shall be provided a Registration booklet as a registration proof by the registration official.

P.S.: Other than Pakistan Nationals, all the applicants are eligible for scheduling the appointment. Pakistan nationals shall have to register with the Police station within 24 hours of arrival in India.

Supporting documents required for the Registration
  • Original valid passport and Visa along with 4 passport size colour photographs (4 cm x 4cm with white background, ears distinctly visible without spectacles and cap).
  • Registration form
  • 3 photocopies of the relevant pages of passport (photo page, page indicating validity, page bearing arrival stamp of Indian Immigration.
  • Undertaking letter (3 copies signed by Indian Host/ sponsor/ Guarantor along with any one valid identity document like passport, election identity card, official identity card, PAN card, etc.).
  • In case of registration on Employment visa, three copies of the terms and conditions of the contract of assignment, including salary, designation, tenure of employment etc.
  • Registration fee- Rs. 100/-.
  • In case of registration on Employment or Business Visa, three copies of PAN card or of application made for grant of PAN card.
  • In case of registration on Employment or Business Visa, forwarding letter of concerned company/ Firm /Business undertaking, duly signed by the authorized signatory mentioning name, designation & telephone and mobile number:
  • In case of registration on medical visa, letter from concerned hospital (must be reputed and recognized hospital) where treatment is being taken along with supportive medical documentary/diagnostic test reports with medical certificate about tentative period of treatment.
  • xi. In case of registration on medical visa, if the applicant is admitted in the hospital, medical certificate bearing photo of the applicant attested and certified by the doctor.

There is no registration fee. However USD 30 is charged for overstay or late registration.

Change in Registered address

A foreigner shall be deemed to have changed his registered address, if he changes his residence from one place to another place in India and if having no residence, he leaves his registered address knowing that he is not likely to return within six months of leaving it. In such a case, he/she is required to register at the new place of residence.

Surrender of certificates of registration on departure

Every foreigner who is about to depart finally from India shall surrender his certificate of registration either to the Registration Officer of the place where he is registered or of the place from where he intends to depart or to the Immigration Officer at the Port/Check post of exit at the time of final departure from India. If the certificate is surrendered other than to the Immigration Officer of the port or check post of exit, a receipt indicating such surrender of the document may be obtained and shown to the Immigration Officer at the time of final departure.

Duplicate certificate of registration

If any certificate of registration, issued under these rules is lost or destroyed, the foreigner to whom it was issued, shall make or send to the Registration Officer of the district of his registered address a report of circumstances in which it was so lost or destroyed together with an application in writing a copy of police report in order to issue a duplicate copy of the certificate of registration.

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