Foreigners Registration in India
Foreign nationals visiting India for more than 180 days on student visa, business visa, medical visa, research visa or employment visa are required to get themselves registered with the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO). FRRO registration must be obtained within 14 days of arrival in India from a Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) having jurisdiction over the place where the foreigner intends to stay.
Foreigner registration is a mandatory requirement by the Government of India under which all foreign nationals (excluding overseas citizens of India) visiting India on a long term visa (more than 180 days) are required to register themselves with a Registration Officer within 14 days of arriving in India. Pakistani nationals visiting India are required to register within 24 hours of arrival regardless of the duration of their stay. Foreign children below the age of 16 are exempt from registration requirements.
Authorities empowered to register foreigners are known as Registration Officers. The Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRROs) at Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Amritsar, Bangalore and Hyderabad, and the District Superintendents of Police in all other districts serve as Registration Officers
Procedure for Registration
- Complete online FRRO registration form and schedule FRRO interview (Online FRRO registration website) http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/frro/
- Unique Registration number is generated by the system.
- Schedule FRRO appointment.
- Attend and complete FRRO interview with all relevant supporting document