Nov 28,2019 | 20 min read

Bureau of Immigration in India

Author - Associate Zarmeen

Introduction

The Bureau of Immigration (BoI) is an Indian government organization answerable for regulating movement-related capacities, for example, migration assistance administration at air terminals and outsider enrollment. The office was built up in 1971 and is going by the Commissioner of Immigration. The BoI capacities as a self-sufficient association under the Ministry of Home Affairs, however, don't go under any of the Ministry's Departments. The BoI oversees 37 of the 86 movement check posts working in India. The rest of the territory constrained by the individual State Governments.

There are 82 Immigration Check Posts all over India, obliging worldwide traffic. Out of these, 27 ICPs are working under the BoI, while the remaining is being overseen by the concerned State Governments. At present, there are 13 FRROs in significant urban communities, for example, Delhi, Mumbai Kolkata, Chennai, Amritsar, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calicut, Cochin, Goa and Trivandrum and Chief Immigration official in Ahmedabad. At outstanding spots, District Superintendent of Police (SP) works as FRO to encourage outsiders.

External Validations

Every single outside national entering India are required to have a substantial global travel archive as a national identification with a legitimate visa got from an Indian Mission or Post abroad. The appropriately marked physical duplicate of the application structure finished in all regard and submitted effectively, is to be submitted at the concerned Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or straightforwardly to Indian Mission/Post, on the booked date of meeting alongside the essential supporting reports.

General Instructions for Registration by the Foreigners

All outsiders (counting outsiders of Indian birthplace) visiting India on long haul (over 180 days) Student Visa, Medical Visa, Research Visa and Employment Visa are required to get themselves enlisted with the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO)/Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) concerned having purview over where the outsider expects to remain, inside 14 days of appearance.

In any case, Pakistan nationals are required to enrol inside 24 hours of their appearance. Every single Afghan national are required to enlist with the FRRO/FRO worried inside 14 days of appearance aside from those Afghan nationals who enter India on a visa legitimate for 30 days or less gave the Afghan national concerned gives his/her residential area India to the Indian Mission/FRRO/FRO.

Enlistment is additionally required on account of visa under 180 days and if there is extraordinary support for enrollment required. Anyway, outsiders entering on Entry (X) and Business visas legitimate for over 180 days are required to enrol with the FRRO, FRO if they persistently plan to remain for over a half year for example over 180 days on each visit.

Exclusion from Registration

Outsiders other than those referenced above won't be required to get themselves enrolled, regardless of whether they have entered India on a long haul visa gave their nonstop remain in India doesn't surpass 180 days.

On the off chance that the outsider expects to remain in India for over 180 days, he/she ought to get himself/herself enrolled a long time before the expiry of 180 days from the date of appearance with the FRRO/FRO concerned. In any case, excluding visa bearing support as Stay not to surpass 180 days subsequently, no enrollment required. No enrollment is required regarding kids underneath the age of 16 years.

Representatives, Officials and so on

Remote strategic, as well as consular officials or authorities, doled out to India and their companions and kids are excluded from enrollment on a corresponding premise. In any case, this exclusion isn't accessible to the individuals from the staff of the missions of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Syrian Arab Republic.

Authorities of the UN

The Specialized Agencies coming to India on obligation, their mates and ward family members, just as specialists under the UN and its Specialized Agencies holding UN Laissez-Passer or some other archive demonstrating their status with the UN, are absolved from enlistment.

Exemption From Departure Clearance

It is not necessary for a foreigner (except a citizen of Pakistan or Afghanistan) to seek exit/ departure clearance from the Registration Officer of his/ her place of registration. Those Afghan nationals who enter India on a visa valid for 30 days or less are exempt from the requirement of exit permission provided the Afghan national concerned gives his/her local address in India to the Indian Mission/FRRO/FRO.

Extension of Visas

Extensions are granted on different categories of visas as per requirements on a case-to-case basis. The foreigner seeking extension must ensure that he/she submits an application and the required supporting documents for an extension well before the dating of expiry of the visa. The conditions and supporting documents /required for extension of visa under each category are as mentioned below:

Supporting documents required with different category of visas:

  1. Employment Visa
  2. Business Visa
  3. Student visa
  4. Entry (X)
  5. Applicants born in India
  6. Research visa
  7. Journalist visa
  8. Medical visa

Return Visa Eligibility

The facility is only granted to students for returning to their home countries during vacations three times in an academic year and to those foreigners who are on employment and business visas and their cases have been referred to Ministry of Home Affairs New Delhi for further extension and are under consideration.

Overstay

In the event of overstay, a foreigner is liable for prosecution imprisonment up to 5 years with fine & expulsion from India.

Surrender of certificates of registration on departure

Every foreigner who is about to depart finally from India shall surrender his certificate of registration either to the Registration Officer of the place where he is registered or of the place from where he intends to depart or to the Immigration Officer at the Port/Check post of exit at the time of final departure from India. If the certificate is surrendered other than to the Immigration Officer of the port or checks post of exit, a receipt indicating such surrender of the document may be obtained and shown to the Immigration Officer at the time of final departure.

General Information/Instruction

Immigration check is conducted for all passengers, Indians or foreigners, both at the time of arrival and departure.


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