Immigration Procedure in India for Foreigners

Immigration is the movement of people into a country to which they are not native in order to settle there, especially as permanent residents or future citizens. Immigration is a highly debated and controversial topic in today’s global community.

Many countries have immigration and visa restrictions that prohibit a person entering the country for the purposes of gaining work without a valid work visa. As a violation of a State’s immigration laws a person who is declared to be an economic migrant can be refused entry into a country.

Travelling to India from UK

Travelling to India from UK

Immigration check is carried out for all passengers at the port of arrival in India.  The Foreigners arriving in India are required to furnish true particulars in the Disembarkation Card (Arrival Card) as to his name and nationality, his age, sex, place of birth and address or intended address in India. On presentation at Immigration check post, they are issued Regular Residential Permit and are required to report to the FRRO/FRO or concerned Police Station in their places of stay within 24 hours unless and until they are officially Exempted from Police Reporting.

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

Immigration check is done for all passengers, Indians or foreigners, both at the time of arrival and departure. All overseas passengers on arrival at any International airport are required to fill in an ‘Arrival Card’ for immigration/customs clearance, similarly when departing from India a ‘Departure Card’ has to be filled only by the Indians.

Discontinuation of filling up of Departure (Embarkation) Card by foreigners and Arrival (Disembarkation) Card by Indians and Implementation of new Departure/Arrival cards w.e.f. March 1, 2014

Passports Stamped at Immigration

Passports Stamped at Immigration

The passports are duly stamped at time of arrival as well as departure. Passengers should be careful to see that their passports are duly stamped before leaving the immigration counter.

Foreigners entering on Tourist, Journalist and any other category of visa which is valid for more than 180 days and do not have a special endorsement of “Each stay 180 days hence no registration required” are required to register with the concerned F.R.R.O.’s, F.R.O.s within 180 days of their arrival. Foreigners (including minors) have to report in person for Registration. Ordinarily, the registration process is completed on the same day, but it may vary in those cases where field enquiry/other checks are required to be done by the registration officer. The above guidelines are valid for all cases except those where visa has special endorsement regarding registration.

Immigration Form to be filled by Foreigners in India

Immigration Form to be filled by Foreigners in India

 

The following information is required to be provided by the passengers in these cards:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport Number
  • Address in India
  • Flight Number, Date of Arrival / Date of Boarding

If inadvertently, an immigration stamp is not affixed by the counter officer at the immigration check-post, the passenger may immediately contact the concerned FRRO/FRO/SSP and get the same affixed on his/her passport to avoid inconvenience at the time of next travel abroad.

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