required for |
visiting India on long term (more than
180 days) Student visa(S) (including those coming for study of Yoga, Vedic
Culture, Indian system of dance and Music), Research Visa(R), Employment Visa(E),Missionary Visa (M) ,Medical Visa(M) or Medical Attendant (MX) Visa are required to get themselves registered with
concerned FRRO/FRO within 14 days of his/her first arrival,
irrespective of the duration of their stay.
If the Indian Visa has a stipulation/
observation/ Special endorsement made by Indian mission/ Embassy on the
Indian Visa for Registration, the Foreigners are required to be registered..
India on other categories of long term visa including Business/Entry(X) visa would
not require registration with the concerned FRROs/FROs if , repeat if duration of his/her
stay does not exceed 180 days on a single visit. In case a foreigner intends
to stay for more than 180 days on a single visit he should get himself
registered well before the expiry of 180 days.
are required to register within 24 hours and Afghanistan Nationals are
required to register within 14 days of their arrival in India. Pak nationals may report to Special Branch, Police Bhawan, Asaf Ali Road, Delhi for registration.
facilities are not provided at the airport and are carried out in the office
of FRROs or District Superintendents of Police (FROs).
Personal presence of the foreigner at the FRRO/FRO office is mandatory for visa related services.
Children below 16
years of age are exempt from Registration if they have entered on PIO card or on any type of VISA.
Itis mandatoryfor the foreigner (even children) to personally appear at the FRRO office, Delhi for obtaining any visa related services.
|Penalty for late
No fee is charged for registration, but a
penalty in Indian currency equivalent to US$ 30/-(Rs.1395/-) in case of late
registration is charged.
|Requirements at the
time of Registration |
Every foreigner at the time of Registration, shall furnish, such information
in registration report, as may be in his possession for the purpose of
satisfying the Registration Officer and shall, on being required, shall sign
the registration report in the presence of the said officer and shall
thereupon be entitled to receive from the said officer a certificate of
registration in Part III of Form A
:A foreigner is also required to submit: -
- Four recent passport size photographs;
- Photocopy of photo page and valid Indian Visa page of the passport;
- Proof of residential address in India;Documents of identification and;
- In case of Student Visa, bonafide certificate from School/College;
- In case of Employment Visa, request letter, undertaking, contract agreement
- In case of Business Visa, business related papers on the authenticity of the
business, copy of permission from Reserve Bank of India and approval of
Government of India in case of joint venture/collaboration;
- In case of Journalist Visa, accreditation certificate from Press Information
Bureau and approval of Ministry of External Affairs.
- In case of Research Visa, bonafide certificate & letter from the nodal
agency/Ministry sponsoring the Research
- ( For further details on Documents required please see the concerned Visa page)
Every registered foreigner shall, within twenty-four hours, which can be
extended if sufficient cause is shown, on demand by any Registration Officer, any magistrate or any police officer not below the rank of a head constable,
produce his certificate of registration for inspection by such registration
officer, magistrate or police officer:If the Registration
Officer, magistrate or police officer, not being below the rank of an
Inspector is of the opinion that the passport or other documents of
identification produced by the foreigner do not furnish adequate proof of
identity and if the registration certificate does not bear the photograph or
finger impressions/signatures, he may be asked to produce, four copies of
passport size photograph, four complete sets of his finger
impressions/signatures, one of which shall be made on the Registration
Certificate. The finger impression/signatures shall be made in the presence
of the Registration Officer and each set attested by him.
absence from Registered Address |
If at any time a
foreigner proposes to be absent from one's registered address for a continuous
period of eight weeks or more or one is changing his registered address then
the foreigner is required to inform in person or through an authorized
representative or by registered post to his Registration Officer of his
intention to leave either temporarily or permanently the jurisdiction of the
Registration Officer. In case of return, the foreigner should inform the
Registration Officer of the date of return and in the case the foreigner is
moving away, the change of address. Any changes made subsequently should also
be intimated to the Registration Officer.
Every foreigner, who
stays for a period of more than eight weeks at any place in any district other
than the district in which registered address is situated, shall inform the
Registration Officer of that district of his presence. This can be made in
writing and the requirements deemed to have been fulfilled if, prior to
arrival the foreigner furnishes to the Registration Officer of the said
district intimating the dates of his proposed arrival and departure from the
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.
|Reports of other
changes except address |
Every foreigner is
required to furnish to the Registration Officer of the district in which his
registered address is situated, particulars of any circumstances affecting in
any manner the accuracy of the particulars recorded in his certificate of
registration within fourteen days after the circumstance has occurred, and
generally shall provide to the Registration Officer all information as may be
necessary for maintaining the accuracy of the certificate.
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
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
|Production of proof of
Every foreigner shall
within twenty-four hours of demand being made of him by any Registration
Officer, magistrate or police officer, not below the rank of a head constable
,which can be extended in case of sufficient cause shown by the foreigner,
shall produce, at such place as may be specified , his passport or such other
proof of his identity.
entering India shall, on demand by the Registration Officer, deliver his
passport or other proof of identity to that officer and shall thereafter
attend at such time and place as the Registration Officer may direct for the
purpose of receiving back his passport and shall be entitled to receive a
receipt for it from the Registration Officer.
|Report to be made
to and by hotel keepers. |
Every keeper of a hotel
shall require every visitor to the hotel to furnish the particulars necessary
for recording, and sign, on his arrival at the hotel, his name and nationality
in a register maintained for the purpose in Hotel Register and, if any such
visitor is a foreigner shall further require him;
(a) On his arrival at
such a hotel to furnish the other particulars specified in Items 4 to 10 of
the said register; and
(b) At the time of his
departure from such a hotel to furnish the particulars necessary for recording
in the said register, the date and time of his departure and the address to
which he is proceeding.
The prescribed Hotel
Register shall at all time be made available for inspection, on the demand of
the Registration Officer, any magistrate or any police officer not below the
rank of head constable.
Every particular, other
than the signature of the keeper of a hotel or a visitor, which is required to
be recorded in the said register, shall be recorded by the keeper of the hotel
in the English language or otherwise, in an Indian language.
It shall be duty of the
keeper of the hotel, if so requested to explain to the visitor the
requirements of doing the same.
The keeper of the hotel
shall, as soon as it may be but not more than twenty four hours, after the
arrival of any foreigner, transmit a copy of duty completed Form C to the
Registration Officer (Copies of Form C can be obtained, from any Registration
Officer on application).
(a)“Hotel” includes any boarding-house, club, dak-banglow, rest house,
paying guest house, sarai or other premises of like nature;
(b)“Keeper of a hotel” means the person having the management of a
hotel and includes any person authorized by the keeper, and competent to
perform the duties of the keeper of the hotel.
(c)“Sign” includes, in respect of a visitor who is unable to write, the
making of a thumb impression or other mark by means of which he is accustomed
to attest a document; and
(d) “Visitor” means a person for whom accommodation is provided at a
masters of vessels, etc. |
The master or the
person having management of any vessel arriving at or leaving any place in
(a) require any person
who intends to disembark from or embark on any such vessel for the purpose of
entering or leaving India, to furnish in writing a true statement of the
particulars set out in Form ‘D’ (Disembarkation/Embarkation Card), as the case
(b) cause Form ‘D’(Disembarkation/Embarkation
Card) to be delivered to the Registration Officer at the place of arrival or
(c) Take steps to
ensure that no foreigner disembarks or embarks until authorized to do so by
the Registration Officer.
(d) If so requested by
the Registration Officer, a foreigner who is about to depart from India
shall surrender his certificate of registration and deliver such certificate
to Registration Officer;
(e) If so required by
the Registration Officer, furnish on arrival at the said place a true
statement in writing showing the name and nationality of every seaman employed
on such vessel, and at the time of departing from such place take such steps
as the Registration Officer may specify to ascertain whether or not any such
seaman as aforesaid who is a foreigner is about to depart on board such
(f) Generally render to
the Registration Officer such assistance as he may reasonably require for
carrying out the purpose of the Act and these rules.
The master or the
person having the management of any vessel arriving at, or leaving any place
in India by Sea shall also furnish, before any passenger disembarks or
embarks, to the Registration Officer of any such place, a passenger manifest
in prescribed format.
Every particular, other
than the signature of a foreign passenger, which is required to be recorded in
Form D, as the case may be, shall be recorded;
(a) if the passenger is
able to write in English language, by the passenger , in the English language;
(b) if the passenger is
unable to write in English language, by the passenger, in an Indian language;
(c) if the passenger is
unable to write in English language or in an Indian language, by the master of
the vessel or by any person having the management of such vessel or by any
seaman authorized in this behalf by such master or person, in the English
language or in an Indian language.
If a foreign passenger
does not understand the English language or Indian language it shall be the
duty of the master of the vessel, if so requested, to explain to the foreign
passenger the requirements.
shall be completed in the English language or in an Indian language.