Contact Us A foreign national, - i who was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after 26th January, ; or ii who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26th January, ; or iii who belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15th August, ; or iv who is a child or a grandchild or a great grandchild of such a citizen; or v who is a minor child of such persons mentioned above; or vi who is a minor child and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India - is eligible for registration as OCI cardholder. Besides, spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application is also eligible for registration as OCI cardholder. However, no person, who or either of whose parents or grandparents or great grandparents is or had been a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh or such other country as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify, shall be eligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder. Application for registration as OCI can be made Online. Before filling the application, Instructions may be perused so that there is no mistake in submission of application. Further, the details regarding Fee and Offices where applications have to be filed may also be perused.
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It is probably too much of India to throw on a newcomer, but many must visit within the first 14 days. What is the FRRO? Do I have to register? It depends on your visa and how long you plan on being in India.
Your printed Indian visa may mention if you need to register and under what terms. If your visa says you must register, then you should. Otherwise, you can follow these guidelines: Category 1 Need to Register : If you are on an Employment , Student , Research , Project , or Medical and attendant visa, you must register regardless of the length of your stay provided the visa is valid for at least days.
Category 2 Maybe Register : If you are on a Business , Entry , or Journalist visa, you must register if you plan on making one continuous stay for more than days OR wish to extend your validity. Tourist visas are not valid for a single visit of more than days, and therefore do not need to register. Failing to register is illegal and can get you in big trouble when you try to leave the country up to 5 years in prison and a fine upwards of Rs. Spouses should come to the FRRO to register.
No one under 16 is required to register, but consult your local office before leaving the kids at home as rules can vary and some offices require children 12 and over to sign in person. When should I register? If you are in Category 1, you should register within 14 days of arriving. If you are in Category 2, you can register anytime within your first days. Pakistan and Bangladesh nationals must register within 24 hours.
Afghan nationals must register within 7 days. Sri Lankans also have special terms that should be researched beforehand. If you miss the deadline, you a liable to pay a fee currently Rs. Where is the FRRO? Most FRROs take applications from — 1pm. After 1, they do not accept new applications, but remain open for those already in line. The FRRO provides three major services for foreigners: 1. Registers your presence, issues a residence permit RP , and registers any change of address 2.
Extends or converts certain kinds of visas 3. Grants exit visas Exit visas are for people who came into India without a visa like a child born or adopted here , people who have overstayed their visa, or people who are in the extension process usually just a simple paper slip in this last case. Why do I need a residence permit RP? The residence permit is a very important document that proves you are legally allowed to reside in India.
It is used for getting your shipment from customs, setting up a bank account, getting a PAN card, getting a driving license, setting up an internet connection, and most importantly, leaving the country. Your registration permit is specific to a certain location that should be in the same vicinity as your work.
For example, even if your company has a registered office in Mumbai, you should not register in Mumbai if all of your work is going to be at their Bangalore office. You are required to inform the FRRO if you will be away from your residence for more than 8 weeks, or if you officially change your residence. The residence permit is extended along with your visa. Once you have found a place to live, go back to the FRRO and complete a change of address.
Agents are not allowed inside the FRRO, so you must do it yourself. If you rely on agents for everything else, consider this a badge of honor for braving the Indian bureaucracy.
There is an exception for medical patients. How many times do I have to register? You only have to register once per visa. If you need to extend a visa, you will need to go back to the FRRO to renew it. What should I expect when I go? Every office is different, but most follow something like this: First, go online to fill out the application form and set an appointment. When you arrive, you will wait in line to see the Scrutiny Officer.
This is like the triage line. The Scrutiny Officer takes a printed checklist of all the documents you need and gives an initial screening of your documents. If the Scrutiny Officer thinks you are missing documents, he will give you the required checklist and send you back home. If it is for a small form you can get quickly, you may try to plead with the Duty Officer to still give you a token, but he is not obligated to do so. Your token will tell you what place in line you are and which window you should go to.
While you wait, make sure your documentation appears in the exact same order as the checklist the Scrutiny Officer gave you. Just because the Scrutiny Officer allows you to get a token does not mean that your request will automatically be approved. That is up to the agent and subsequent superiors you meet with later.
It is ok to leave and come back, but do not be late. Once your token is called, the agent at the window will examine all of your documents in detail. Their job is to find any mistakes or missing documents. If they find something, they will let you know and tell you to fix it and come back. If everything is in order, they will process your request. Processing can be done on the same day for easy requests like change of address.
It can take weeks in the case of extending a visa. How do I make the visit as painless as possible? The FRRO is a place of many horror stories, but can also be a place where you are pleasantly surprised at the efficient service you get if you follow the rules.
Show up early. Most offices usually start seeing people around am based on the numbered token system. The smart choice is to show up at least around am to get a low number. Plan for two trips. Even if you follow the information given here perfectly, there is a great chance that there will be at least one thing wrong. Set your expectations low.
If there is something missing, have the officer write out clearly what is missing and ask if you can skip the Scrutiny Officer the next day.
The most likely scenario is that you will spend 4 hours there on the first visit and 3 hours on the second. If you do it in less time than that, celebrate! Bring extra copies. Signed, Sealed, Attested. All copies of your personal documents should be self-attested signed. All copies of corporate documents should be signed, stamped, and sealed. See How To Please the Babu for more help. Anyone who signs a document for you should also mention their contact details on the document and give you a copy of their identification proof passport, PAN card, voter ID card, etc.
Just the right amount of information. Different locations can sometimes require different documentation. Only give the officer what they specifically request and keep the rest of the documentation with you until they ask for it. Be patient and friendly. Your approval can potentially be very subjective given the mood of the person you are speaking with. If you sit down in a fluster because you have been waiting for three hours and are very rude to them, you are not likely to get the best treatment back.
Remember that Grey is White in India and the rules can be up for interpretation if the situation demands it. The more you present yourself as an amiable, India-loving foreigner, the better your chances are to not have to come back for any small errors.
Indian FRRO Registration Overview
Registration Officers[ edit ] Authorities empowered to register foreigners are known as Registration Officers. For student visas Copies of Bonafide certificate from the concerned academic institute mentioning validity of admission and nationality of the student. Applicants can apply for registration and upload relevant documents online. They may also schedule the date of their in-person appointment with a Registration Officer. Pakistani nationals are not eligible to schedule appointments, and must report to a police station within 24 hours of arriving in India. The foreigners are required to apply online. You will be given one copy of the form You will be asked to photo copy 8 copies before filling in.
Foreigner registration in India