An inevitable result of Bangalore’s rapid expansion and the large number of foreign companies and foreign nationals being sent there on assignment has meant that the City needed to have an increased immigration enforcement approach.
The result; a change from a Foreigners Registration Offices to an Foreigners Regional Registration Office with effect from the 11th of January 2010.
WHAT IS THE FRO VERSUS THE FRRO
An FRO office is usually a Commissioner of Police or District Superintendent of Police office that also oversees in-country immigration functions and reports to the State Government.
An FRRO is dedicated entirely to in-country immigration procedures and reports to the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs and the Intelligence Bureau.
WHAT DOES THIS CHANGE MEAN FOR OUR CLIENTS
The change to an FRRO in Bangalore has resulted in several procedural changes, as well as additional security requirements, which have increased wait times for foreign nationals registering their presence in India.
WHAT CHANGED FOR ASSIGNEES IN INDIA?
• In person appearances are now mandated at both submission and collection of the registration.
• Everyone has to attend – including children
• The times of submission of the applications drastically reduced to 9.30am to 1pm; it used to be from 11am to 5.30pm.
• The times for collection has been reduced to ONE hour – between 4.30pm and 5.30 pm.
As is to be expected when any change management process is rolled out, it has caused longer lines and much longer wait times in line.
On the upside, we have been advised that registration applications will now be processed in one working day. Prior to the change, it was as long as five working days for an approved registration.