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FRRO Registration/Residential Permit/Certificate (RP/RC)

Foreigners (including foreigners of Indian origin) visiting India on long term (more than 180 days) Student Visa, Medical Visa, Research Visa and Employment Visa or having special endorsement on their Visa asking for registration, are required to get themselves registered with the concerned Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) / Foreigners Registration Officer(FRO) having jurisdiction over the place where the foreigner intends to stay, within 14 days of his/her arrival in India.

Online Submission: The Bureau of Immigration, India has launched ‘e-FRRO’ which is an online FRRO service delivery mechanism for such registrations. This online mechanism has made the process much easier and hassle free and the foreign clients are getting their work concluded in efficient manner

Benefits after Registration: After registering, the foreigner can avail various FRRO services in India viz. Registration, Visa Extension, Visa Conversion, Exit Permit etc. Foreigner can fill the form online and also upload necessary documents depending on his/ her Visa category.

Personal Presence: It is important to note that the foreigner needs to be India for grant of service, otherwise the application would be rejected.

Process after Submission of Application: Once an application is submitted, the Visa officers would scrutinize the application. Upon scrutiny, necessary 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 through email/ SMS alerts. Therefore, it is important for the foreigner to check his inbox daily for further instructions with regard to the application and provide clarifications as and when asked by the Visa officers.

If the department finds everything in order, they will send the Registration Permit/Certificate (RP/RC) by post on the address mentioned and also electronically on his/ her registered email ID. In case the department requires any further information/clarification, the same needs to be answered unambiguously.

There are few exit formalities also which the foreigner needs to take care of at the time of final exit from India.


- As on 1st July 2019