India – New Visa E-Services at Four FRROs

Posted on February 19, 2018

  India’s Bureau of Immigration (BOI) has launched a new online “e-Services” system for application and processing of visa related services at its Foreigner Regional Registration Offices in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai. Thus far, this new system is only… Read more »

India – PIO Cards soon to be Invalid

Posted on October 13, 2017

  Effective October 2018, the International Civil Aviation Organization will no longer accept the Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards as valid travel documents.  Foreign nationals holding PIO cards should convert their existing cards to the Overseas Citizen of India… Read more »

India – Chennai Authorities Require Foreign Nationals to Be Registered Within 24 Hours of Arrival, and also on Departure

Posted on September 18, 2017

    The Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in Chennai, India now requires landlords and managers of apartments, hotels and other accommodation to complete the online Form C notification procedure within 24 hours of a foreign national’s arrival in Chennai,… Read more »

India – Conversion of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) Extended Until 31 December 2017

Posted on August 28, 2017

The Indian government has once again extended the June 30, 2017 deadline for conversion of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards, this time until December 31, 2017. An ordinance of January 6, 2015,… Read more »

India – Foreign Nationals Exempted from Aadhaar Card Requirement

Posted on August 28, 2017

On May 11, 2017, the Indian Ministry of Finance issued a notification exempting certain taxpayers, including foreign nationals, from the requirement to obtain an Aadhaar card. As reported in our alert in April, Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identification number… Read more »

India – Aadhaar Card Required if Stay is at Least 6 Months

Posted on August 28, 2017

Foreign nationals who have stayed in India for at least 182 days a year before July 1, 2017 will need to apply for an Aadhaar card if they will be filing tax returns, as they will have been deemed residents…. Read more »

India – e-Visa introduces three Sub-Categories

Posted on August 28, 2017

Effective April 1, the Ministry of External Affairs implemented three new subcategories under the e-Visa scheme; e-Tourist Visa, e-Business Visa, and e-Medical Visa. This is in effort to liberalize the e-visa regime. Previously, the e-Visa was only subject to tourism,… Read more »

India – Biometric Machines Introduced in Pune

Posted on August 28, 2017

The Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) in Pune, India has administered biometric recording machines into their facility. The biometric machines will record foreign national’s fingerprints and irises, as well as details of their passport and visa numbers.  The machine can also… Read more »

India – e-Tourist Visa to transform to e-Visa

Posted on December 2, 2016

The government approved a new visa policy on Wednesday November 30.  The e-tourist visa (eTV) will transition to an e-visa, which will now include purposes such as short term medical treatment, business trips, and conferences.  The e-visa will have a… Read more »

India – Tax Certificates Required for Short Term Assignees

Posted on November 4, 2016

Currently, foreign nationals in India on business, profession, or employment permits that derive income from any source in India must submit a No Object Certificate (NOC) in order to leave the country.  This requirement has now extended to foreign nationals… Read more »