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COMMENTARY ON FRRO REGISTRATION

Foreigner Regional Registration office is the primary agency to regulate the registration, movement, stay, departure, and also for recommending the extension of stay of Foreign nationals in India.
 
Most of the Multi-National Companies, Wholly Owned Subsidiaries of Foreign Companies, and Foreign Companies having branch office in India has foreign nationals as director on its Board of Directors.
 
The most important pre-requisite as per Government of India for a foreign national visiting to 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 themselves within 24 hours of arrival regardless of the duration of their stay. Foreign registration is regulated by the Registration of Foreign Act, 1939 and the Registration of Foreigners Rules, 1992.
 
The Foreign national should be present in India while applying for FRRO Registration and Foreign nationals must report in person to the nearest Registration Officer in their Jurisdiction. However, in April 2018, the Government of India launched the e-FRRO scheme which allows foreigners to register and avail Visa / immigration or any other related services online. Under the new scheme, a foreign citizen is no longer required to appear in-person at an FRRO, unless specifically required to do so.
 
E-FRRO is the online portal which involves completely online application submission and document upload, for which no facilitation is required by any intermediary / agents etc. It is advisable not to believe in any middlemen / agent that can claim speedy grant of e-FRRO and charge extra money for it.
 
The purpose of this e-FRRO is to provide Faceless, Cashless and Paperless services to the foreigners without requirement of visiting FRRO office. No requirement of taking appointment and visiting FRRO office unless specifically called upon by the FRRO office.
 
Foreign nationals are issued a Registration Certificate within two weeks of applying online for  Registration except in case of any discrepancies. The Registration Certificate has a validity matching the period of stay as specified in the Visa.
STEP BY STEP PROCESS TO APPLY FOR FRRO REGISTRATION AS MENTIONED BELOW:-

1. Visit e-FRRO portal i.e. www.indianfrro.gov.in

2. Create User-id and Password by registering online on portal.

3. Valid Email ID and Mobile Number in India is mandatorily required for obtaining the One Time Password (OTP). Foreigners should register with their own email ID and provide valid Mobile Number in India for receiving OTP and other status updates and alerts at various stages of processing.

4. Applicant is required to carefully fill the form and any errors should be avoided. Further, all necessary documents and passport size photograph should be uploaded online in the designated format. The application would not be successfully submitted unless the documents and photograph are uploaded online successfully.
 
5. The said application would be scrutinized by Visa Officers only if the application has been successfully submitted. Upon scrutiny, any discrepancies or instructions with regard to application i.e. Fee Payment, Correction of Selected/desired Service, re-uploading of documents etc would be conveyed to the Foreigner on their registered email i.d. or SMS alerts on registered mobile number.
 
6. The foreigner would be intimated to deposit the requisite amount of fee, if any through email / SMS alerts. The fee has to be deposited online through Bank Payment gateway available on the portal.

NOTE: Fee may vary on case to case basis.

7. The foreigner can track the status of the application through portal. For any clarification, FRRO Support Centres can be contacted through customer care contact numbers available on the portal.

8. Once the application is approved or rejected, the status of the same would  be intimated to the applicant / foreigner on his registered email i.d. / mobile number. His Registration Certificate would be sent through email or it can also be downloaded from the portal by signing in.
LIST OF DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR FRRO REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE ARE MENTIONED BELOW:-

1. PASSPORT: Bio – Data page of passport along with page bearing Indian Immigration Arrival Stamp.


2. VISA: Indian Visa


3. RESIDENCE PROOF: Copy of Form C from the hotel where the foreign national is staying from the date of arrival in India. 

or

Registered / Notarised lease deed / Utility Bill of the property and copy of Photo-ID of landlord with Declaration in case Foreign national is residing in leased Accommodation.
 
4. TENANT POLICE VERIFICATION: Get the Tenant Verification form verified and stamped from the Station House Officer of the police station having jurisdiction where the Foreign national is residing in leased Accommodation.
 
5. CONTRACT PAPER: Employment Contract mentioning the Designation, Duration of Employment, Salary Break-up in Indian Rupee from the Employer.
 
6. REQUEST LETTER:  Request letter addressed to FRRO.
 

7. PHOTOGRAPH:
• Passport Size (3.5 X 3.5 cm)
• Photograph in White Background.
• JPG Format.
• Maximum 1 Mega Byte.

8. UNDERTAKING LETTER: Request Letter & Undertaking letter from Company / Organisation duly signed by an Indian host or Indian Authorised Signatory with Name, contact details and Designation along with copy of his Photo-ID proof.

9. RBI / GOI APPROVAL: Permission letter from RBI / GOI – in case of Joint Venture / Strategic Partnership / Collaboration Agreement.
 

10. PAN CARD: PAN Card of the Company / Organisation.

11. INCORPORATION DOCUMENT: Incorporation document of the Company / Organisation.

12. DIN NO: Director Identification Number of the Applicant.

13. PAN CARD (SELF): PAN Card of Applicant, if Obtained.

14. MASTER DATA
Master Data of the Company from Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

15. MOA & AOA
Memorandum and Article of Association of the Company.

DISCLAIMER:-
This write up is based on the understanding and interpretation of author and the same is not intended to be a professional advice.

Credit:

CS Aman Arora
ACS, Bcom, LLB

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