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INDIA – E-Services Extended Across India; E-Visas Can Be Used Three Times in a Year [UPDATED]

E-FRRO Extended Nationally

Effective immediately, the e-FRRO system for online registration and visa-related services has been extended across India.

In-country registrations and visa extensions in these locations can now be completed online rather than in person.

In April 2018, the e-FRRO system was extended to all Foreigners Regional Registration Offices (FRROs) in India, and now the government has expanded the service to include all areas served by Foreigners Registration Offices (FROs).

E-Visas Can Be Used Three Times in a Year

An Indian electronic visa (e-Visa), whether for tourism, business or medical purposes, can now be used up to three times in a single calendar year. Previously, the e-Visa could only be used twice in a single calendar year.

An application for an e-Visa can be made a minimum of four days before arrival to India and a maximum of 120 days before arrival. The validity of an e-Visa is 60 days from the date of arrival in India. Double entry is permitted on an e-tourist visa or an e-business visa within the 60-day period. Triple entry is permitted on an e-medical visa.

Action Items

  • Foreign nationals requiring visa services from an FRRO or FRO should register for an e-FRRO account.
  • Those wishing to complete e-FRRO/e-FRO services should exercise caution as they may face technical glitches and/or delays at this initial phase at many FRO/FRROs.
  • Business travellers planning trips to India, and their employers, are advised to check carefully the e-Visa requirements.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by LawQuest and Lexagent.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.