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India – Full implementation of “e-FRRO” scheme

The Govt. of India has now officially launched the web based application named as “e-FRRO” services for visa-related services including registration and visa extension of Foreign nationals residing in India, which will now be offered online through this e-FRRO platform.

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“e-FRRO” services are running successfully as a pilot project in four FRROs across India (Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai) since February 12, 2018, as per an earlier India Immigration – Policy Alert, sent by Reloc8 Asia Pacific Group – India (IKAN Relocations) dated 9th Feb 2018. Now it has been rolled out in the remaining eight FRROs, namely Kolkata, Amritsar, Hyderabad, Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram, Calicut, Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

Under this new platform, foreigners will be able to get as many as 27 visa and immigration-related services in India (mainly viz. registration, visa extension, visa conversion, exit permit etc.) from the comfort of their place of permanent stay in India. Using the e-FRRO application, foreigners can apply online on the portal and obtain the service(s) through email/post without appearing in person at the FRO/FRRO office.

Some of the salient features of the e-FRRO include online FRRO Services delivery mechanism without requirement of visiting FRRO/FRO office barring exceptional cases. Using this application, foreigners are required to create their own User ID by registering themselves. Afterwards, they can apply online through registered user ID for various visa and immigration related services in India.

“e-FRRO” will allow foreign tourists/travellers to avail of paperless and cashless visa-related services online while elimina8ng the need for any human interface, which result in providing fast and efficient services to foreigners visi8ng India so that they have a pleasant experience of their stay here.

A Govt. Home Ministry release on Friday also said that online services offered by Indian govt. via e-FRRO scheme are not available even in some of the most advanced countries of North America and Europe.

Reloc8 Asia Pacific Croup (IKAN) shall now con8nue to monitor the implementation of the above “e-FRRO” services to the FROs cities (viz. Gurgaon, Pune, Goa, etc.) across India and keep regularly informed on developments.