Applying for a Registration Certificate/ Residence Permit
India requires all foreign nationals (including holders of Student visas) who plan to stay in the country’s territory for more than 180 days to register their residency. This is done through the Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRROs). Registration must be done within 14 days of arrival in India. Now, foreigners can register online without visiting any FRRO in person using the official e-FRRO site.
Stepwise process of acquiring an e-frro certificate
- Email the Assistant Registrar requesting supporting documents from the office. Your email should include your Indian Visa, a copy of your passport, an address of permanent residence (your home address), parent’s details: names.
- Create a USER-ID by registering yourself on the e-FRRO PORTAL. Upon completing registration, you must follow the next steps:
- Login to the site with the credentials you created
- Fill out the application (seeking registration)
- Upload all the required documents (including those from Asst. Registrar) and a passport-size photo.
- Upon completing the process, you will get a notification by mail or SMS on whether your application has been accepted, rejected, or needs more information.
- If your application is accepted, send a copy of the certificate to the assistant registrar via email.
Please note that you can apply for visa extension, conversion, and exit permit on this platform.
SIM Card: Get a local SIM card for your phone. This will allow you to stay connected and can be important for safety reasons. You will need your VISA and passport for this.
Bank Account: Consider opening a local bank account. This can ensure feasible and convenient management of your finances. For this process, you will need the FRRO certificate, passport, and VISA.
The type of account opened with these documents is an NRO Account. This account will be required for VISA renewals during your stay in India.
Student Orientation: Attend the orientation program organized by the university. This is a great opportunity to get familiar with the campus and programme structure, learn about university resources, and meet other students.
Course Registration: The Students Government body (SG) will guide you through this process through Cohort Leaders (and Workgroups):
Register for your classes in the allocated time. You may need to meet with your AUISA buddies and/or Cohort Leaders for guidance on this.
Adjustment Period: Allow yourself some time to adjust to the new environment, culture, and time zone. It’s normal to experience some level of jetlag and culture shock when moving to a new country. You will have many points of contact such as the AUISA buddies, Resident Assistants, and other members of the international community.
Local Documentation: Consider applying for a PAN Card and/or Aadhaar card during your stay in India.
A PAN is a ten-character alphanumeric identifier issued as a laminated card by the Indian Income Tax Department. This document is helpful for the following non-exhaustive list:
– Filing Income Tax Returns (if required)
– Financial Transactions (beyond a specific amount; if you’d like to do international transactions too)
– Opening Bank Accounts (for credit score, etc., in conjunction with the Aadhaar)
– Registration of Business (e.g. if you register as a freelancer in India)
– Phone Connection: (in conjunction with the Aadhaar)
– Preventing Tax Evasion
- Application form for International students: Form 49AA.
- Sample of Form: 49AA
- INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILLING FORM 49AA
Duration of application: Within two weeks of documents being sent to Pune, Maharashtra by post.
International Student Tips: The address to which the documents are sent is in the email you receive after completing the online application. If you can, submit all the following :
– PAN Payment Receipt
– 2 Passport size photos (signed)
– PAN Application (signed)
– Most recent Ashoka Docs (the ones needed for the eFRRO)
– FRRO Certificate (most recent)
– Ashoka ID (copy)
– Bank Statement
– National ID (if you submit the passport, this isn’t required)
The PAN Application has a fee (<= INR 110) depending on the required service. Aim for the PVC Card.
An Aadhaar card is a 12-digit individual identification number that serves as proof of identity and proof of address for residents of India. Please note that Aadhaar is considered a proof of residence and not a proof of citizenship, and it does not itself grant any rights to domicile in India.
- Sample Enrollment Form
- Duration of application: 90 days (can be less, or more if there are issues with the application)
- International Student Tips
- Submit all the documents as you did for the PAN, including a copy of the PAN Card. Choose an ASK Center at a location you are aware of (they are all at metro stations in Delhi). Aadhaar enrollment is free.
Uses/benefits of both PAN and Aadhaar
With both documents, the following are granted:
– Proof of Identity and Address
– Credit score via the credit bureau (for opening bank accounts)
– SIM purchases (home delivery)
– All PAN benefits above will be fully endorsed.
Please note that this does not replace the FRRO, VISA, or Passport.