INDIA – Changes to Police Verification in Bangalore
There have been recent changes in police verification procedures for foreign nationals in Bangalore.
What is New?
The main changes are as follows:
1. The local police is now empowered to visit (or summon to the police station) any foreign national at random for status verification, to check compliance with immigration laws and to prevent overstay.
This has been triggered by a Karnataka High Court order in a recent bail matter for a foreign national, in which the High Court asked the FRRO (Foreign Regional Registration Office) and State Police to better coordinate the tracking of foreign nationals to monitor overstays.
2. A new tenant verification form, called an Annexe to Order Form, has been introduced:
- The order issued by the Bangalore city police states that all tenants (irrespective of the visa type or length of stay) have to file this form at the local police station. The responsibility is primarily with the landlord, hotel owner, or service apartment owner to complete this formality;
- The Form is available at the Police Commissioner’s office in Bangalore, and it must be completed and submitted to the local police station under whose jurisdiction the residence of the foreigner falls;
- Documents to be submitted with the Annexure to Order Form are: Passport copy, valid visa copy, residential permit, passport-sized photo;
- The deadline for submission of the new form is 15 days from the commencement of stay.
The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs issued a statement on 18 March 2016, emphasizing the mandatory requirement for hotels, guest houses, hostels, and private homes among others to report the arrival and stay of any foreign national within 24 hours of arrival at their premises.
This is to be done via the online “Form C” application. The statement specifies that the definition of hotel includes rented accommodation. Many jurisdictions (including Chennai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata) already implement Form C reporting.
- Employers should ensure that foreign nationals comply with the correct Form-C and local police verification procedures, including the Annexure to Order Form in Bangalore.
- Foreign national employees who change residence must update their residence permit at the FRRO, report at the local police station and update their records.