- Registration of Foreigners
- Foreigners Registration Officers (FROs) in Rajasthan
- Registration of Foreigners
- Visa Extension
- Fee for Visa
- Extention of VISA of a Foreigner marrying to an Indian Spouse
- Residential Permit
- Production of Proof of Identity and Certificate of Registration
- Report of Absence from Address
- Report of change of Registered Address
- Report to be made to and by Hotel Keeper
- Pakistani Nationals
- For Tourists Safety
1. Introduction: Like any other country, Government
of India also regulates the entry, presence and departure of every foreigner to
and from India. The Foreigners Act and the Foreigners Rules provide the regulatory
code of conduct for foreigners.
2. Registration of Foreigners : Government of India
has entrusted all the State (Provincial) Governments with the functions of regulating
entry, presence and departure of foreigners.
3. Foreigners Registration Officers (FROs) in Rajasthan :
Government of Rajasthan has designated all District Superintendents of
Police as Foreigners Registration Officers (FROs) for their respective districts.
However, in the cities of Ajmer, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota and Udaipur
the Zone Officers of State Special Branch located in these cities exercise the powers
of FRO. Similarly in Barmer and Jaisalmer towns, the powers of FRO are exercised
by Additional Superintendents of Police , Border Intelligence located in these towns.
The Superintendents of Police of these eight districts exercise the powers of FRO
in the whole of their districts except the district headquarters cities/towns.
Name of Officer
Zone Officer, Jaipur City
Near City Palace, Jalebi Chowk
Zone Officer, Jodhpur
High Court Campus
Zone Officer, Ajmer
Naya Bazar(Akbar Ka Qila)
Zone Officer, Udaipur
Zone Officer, Kota
Plot No.9,Professor Colony,Nayapura
Zone Officer, BikANER
Adrash Police Colony Near Over Bridge
Zone Officer, Bharatpur
New Hospital infront of STC College
4. Registration of Foreigners:
Foreigners should submit their applications alongwith the registration forms with
full details to the FRO concerned. For the foreigners holding visas valid upto 180
days registration and leave India permission are not required. Foreigners having
visas for more than 180 days should get themselves registered within 14 days of
arrival in India. However, Pakistani nationals should report their arrival within
24 hrs. and all Afghan nationals are required to register themselves within 7 days
of arrival in India irrespective of their visa validity. Delay in registration will
make them liable for a penalty of US 30 $ each.
Extension of visa beyond 180 days will require registration. Children below 16 years
of age are exempted from registration. However, they are required to obtain residential
permit and extension of stay. Foreigners having special endorsements in their visas
do not require registration and departure clearance for visits upto six months/
180 days, but registration and leave India permission are required if their stay
exceeds six months/ 180 days./p>
Application forms are available free of cost at FRO's office. Adults and minors
should submit 4 and 2 photographs respectively. Proof of address (ration card, telephone
bill, electricity bill etc.) and undertaking letter of landlord or the person with
whom the foreigner is staying should be submitted. Two sets of passport and visa
copies should be enclosed with the forms.
Foreign students visiting on student visa should submit bona fide study certificate
of a recognized institution alongwith bank account statement and rental deed.
Foreigners visiting on business visa should submit the Reserve Bank of India permission.
Foreigners on employment visa should submit the employment agreement papers/ undertaking
of the employer or company.
Foreigners have to pay a penalty in the form of Indian Postal Order of equivalent
amount in Indian rupees of US $ 30 (commission is excluded) for overstaying, not
registering with the FRO within the stipulated period and for grant of restricted/protected
On registration, the FRO issues the foreigners with a registration certificate and
residential permit. Residential permit is not compulsory for minors. However, when
the minor requires extension of visa, he/ she has to obtain a residential permit.
5. Visa Extension :
Extension forms are available at FRO’s office. Foreigners should submit application
along with extension forms with full details including reason for extension. Adults
and minors should submit 4 and 2 recent photographs respectively in case the photographs
submitted earlier are very old. For proof of residential address ration card or
telephone bill of the landlord or the person with whom the foreigner is staying
should be submitted. In case of Indian spouse, marriage certificate, issued by the
recognized government registrar should be submitted in duplicate. Foreign students
on student visa should submit bona fide certificate of recognized institution along
with bank account statement and rental deed. Foreigners on business visa should
submit the Reserve Bank of India permission. Foreigners on employment visa should
submit the employment agreement papers for the extension period
The foreigners from the following countries are exempted from visa and visa extension
- Slovak Republic
- South Africa
6. Fee for Visa :
- Transit Visa (valid for 15 days-single/double entry)--US $ 10
- Student Visa (valid for the duration of the course or for the period of five years,
whichever is less--multiple entry) US $ 75
- All kinds of visas other than transit and students visas valild upto 6 months (multiple
entry )--US $ 40
- All kinds of visas other than transit and student visas valild for over 6 months
and upto 1 year (multiple entry)--US $ 65
- All kinds of visas other than transit and student visas valid for over 1 year and
upto 5 years (multiple entry)--US $ 130
7. Extention of VISA of a Foreigner marrying to an Indian
Spouse: A foreigner, who while on tour in India, gets married to
an Indian spouse can apply for extension of visa. The FRO concerned shall take two
sets of attested copies of the marriage certificate alongwith the application and
photocopies of travel documents and relevant fees.
8. Residential Permit : Every foreigner
who enters India on the authority of a visa issued in pursuance of the Indian Passport
Act 1920, shall obtain residential permit from the Foreigner Registration Officer
having jurisdiction at that place, a registration report indicating the period during
which he is authorized to say in India and place or places for stay specified in
9. Production of Proof of Identity and Certificate of Registration
: Every foreigner will produce his passport or any other proof
as may be required for his identity, or certificate of registration at the places
specified by the FRO , Magistrate or Police Officer not below the rank of head constable
for any purpose concerned with the enforcement of these rules. The officer concerned
can relax the time limit.
A foreigner who surrenders his passport or other proof identity or certificate of
registration shall be entitled to receive a receipt of it from the FRO , Police
Officer or Magistrate to whom the document is surrendered.
10. Report of Absence from Address : If
a foreigner has to leave the registered address for a continuous period of two weeks
or more before leaving, he has to submit a report to the FRO with details of registered
address, full particulars of his itinerary, places of visit/ stay and the expected
date of return. The FRO will make an endorsement on his permit to this effect.
11. Report of change of Registered Address :
If any foreigner is about to change his registered Address, he will inform the FRO
concerned. The FRO will make an endorsement on his Permit.
12. Report to be made to and by Hotel Keeper :
If any foreigner is staying in a hotel/ guest house, the keeper has to
submit a copy of the C form, duly filled, with the information furnished by the
foreigner in respect of his passport visa, nationality etc as soon as may be, but
not later than 24 hrs. of the arrival of the foreigner , to the FRO. If any foreigner
is staying with his relatives, it is the duty of that person to give a report to
the nearest police station or the FRO with full particulars of the foreigner. Non
compliance of these instructions/ rules are punishable under section 5 of Registration
of Foreigner Act, 1939. Under this provision, Indian citizens are liable for a fine
up to Rupees 500 and foreigners are liable for imprisonment up to one year and fine
up to Rupees 1000 or both.
13. Pakistani Nationals : Pak nationals
on their arrival at their destination in Rajasthan have to report to FRO concerned
within 24 hours of their arrival. After reporting they will be provided residential
permit (RP) for the visa period by the FRO.
i.) SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS ON PAK NATIONALS :
Pak nationals are required to have a visa for each place they want to visit . They
can’t visit a place for which they don’t have valid visa. While visiting India,
Pak nationals must report to the FRO of the place for which visa is issued. The
visa of Pak nationals also mention the name of the place, relatives and addresses
where he is required to stay. Those relatives have to furnish affidavits on non
judicial stamp paper, taking guarantee of timely production and ensuring proper
departure of the Pak national. For any violation of visa conditions, both the Pak
national and his guarantor are made accountable. If these provisions are violated
a police case can be registered under Foreigners Report to the Police Order, 1971.
The guarantor has to ensure that the Pak national pays due respect to the institutions
established under Indian Constitution. Against any untoward mischief by the Pak
national visiting India his guarantor has to give sureties upto Rs. 50,000/- . If
a Pak national absconds, a criminal case can be registered against him and the guarantor
under Foreigners Act. Report to the Police Order, 1971 and they are liable for a
punishment of imprisonment upto 5 years and fine.
ii.) ADDITION OF VISA FOR A NEW PLACE OF VISIT:
For any unforeseen reason if a Pak national visiting India is in an utmost urgency
to visit a new place, other than those mentioned in his travel documents, then the
FRO concerned, after proper enquiry and satisfaction, can recommend his case to
the State Government for addition of the new place of visit to his visa.
iii.) REQUIREMENT FOR EXTENSION OF VISA ON STV (short term visa) BASIS FOR THE
Extension of visa is being granted to Pak nationals on the following grounds for
a maximum period of one month by Central Govt. on the recommendation of the FRO
concerned through the State Govt. Further extension can be granted for one month.
However, the total period of stay of Pak nationals (visa period plus total period
of all extensions) in India can not exceed 90 days.
- Serious illness of the Pakisthani national or his first degree relations.
- Death or "chellam ceremony" of first or second degree relations.
- Marriage of first degree relations or date changed after the arrival of the Pak
- Disruption of means of travel
- For inclusion of the name of a newly born baby born during the visit of India.
For the above extension the Pak national should submit an application along with
a challan of Rs. 15/- towards Visa fee.
iv.) PROCEDURE FOR GRANT OF EXTENSION ON LONG TERM VISA TO PAK-NATIONALS:
Grant of visa to PAK-NATIONALS visiting INDIA is governed by the INDO-PAK Visa Agreement,
1994, as amended from time to time.This agreement applies to issue of only short-term
visa. However, instructions have been issued from time to time in the past regarding
grant of Long Term Visas (LTVs) to the following categories of Pak nationals:
(I) Member of minority communities in Pakistan (Hindus and Sikhs) ;
(II) Pak women married to Indian nationals and staying in India.
(III) Indian women married to Pak nationals and returning due to widowhood/ divorce
and having no male
member to support her in Pakistan; and
(IV) Cases involving extreme compassion.
In these cases first two extensions are granted for a period of 3 months each and
for 2 years at a time.
FOR CATEGORY (I):
Application along with from-B, guarantee affidavit, challan of Rs. 15/-, indemnity
bond, 8 latest passport size photographs, xerox copy of the valid Pak passport.
For further extension, if any, only application along with form-B and xerox copies
of valid Pak passport and challan of Rs. 30/- have to be submitted.
FOR CATEGORY (II):
For extension of visa on LTV basis, the Pak national has to submit an application
along with form-B, guarantee affidavit, indemnity bond, xerox copies of marriage
certificate, 8 latest passport size photographs and xerox copies of the Pak passport,
xerox copies of Indian passport of the Pak national’s husband and challan for Rs.
15/- for the first extension. For further extension, if any, only application along
with form-B and xerox copies of valid Pak passport and challan of Rs. 30/- have
to be submitted. After due enquiry of the genuineness, the proposal of extension
of stay on LTVs is referred to the Government of India for further action through
Govt. of Rajasthan.
FOR CATEGORY (III) AND (IV):
The Pak national has to submit an application along with form-B, guarantee affidavit,
indemnity bond, xerox copies of marriage certificate, 8 latest passport size photographs
of the applicant, xerox copies of valid Pak passport, xerox copies of Indian passport
of the Pak national’s husband and challan for Rs. 15/- for the first extension .
For further extension, if any , only application along with form-B, xerox copies
of valid Pak passport and challan of Rs. 30/- have to be submitted
v.) PROCEDURE FOR CHANGE OF ROUTE
Pak nationals who entered India through any check post, and going back to Pakistan
through the same check post do not require any permission. If the Pak national intends
to change the route at the time of return journey, he has to obtain permission from
the State Government.