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INDIA – Increased Penalties for Late Registration and Late Visa Extension

Effective immediately, the Bureau of Immigration (BOI) has revised its penalty fees for late registration of foreign nationals, and for submission of visa extensions after visa expiry.

If the visa bears the endorsement “registration is required within 14 days of arrival in India”, the penalty fee for late registration has now been increased to an equivalent of USD 300 for the first 90 days of such violation (previously USD 30). If the violation continues beyond a period of 90 days, then the penalty fee is increased for each 90-day period in multiples of USD 300.

The BOI has also revised its penalty fees for visa extension applications submitted after the expiry of a visa. Depending on the nationality of the foreign national, the penalty is now USD 400 – USD 500.

Action Items

  • Companies employing foreign nationals in India should ensure that FRRO registration and visa extensions are submitted on time, to avoid the increased penalties.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by LawQuest.

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 © 2021 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.