September 5, 2013

As part of the effort to streamline and modernize their in-country registration processes, Indian authorities have announced that foreign nationals scheduling their Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO)/Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) appointments will be required to upload a digital passport-style photograph while booking their appointment. Currently, this new requirement has only been implemented in certain locations in India (FRRO/FRO offices that have already have online filing in place); however, it is anticipated that all FRRO/FRO Offices throughout India will follow suit shortly.

Applicants will need to upload a recent, color passport-style photograph that measures 3.5 cm x 3.5 cm or 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm with a file size of not more than 50 KB. Applicants will still be required to bring the same physical photographs (required number of photographs will vary by specific FRRO/FRO office), as well as original physical copies of all required documents, to their in-person FRRO/FRO registration appointment.

This new requirement applies to all foreign nationals registering for the first time at FRRO/FRO Offices, as well as foreign nationals applying to renew their work and residence permits.

In addition, Indian officials have also indicated that their end goal is to require that all support documents for FRRO/FRO applications be uploaded when an individual books their appointment at the offices. However, at the time of this writing, the FRRO/FRO offices are only equipped to receive the digital passport-style photograph upload from applicants.

Should you have any questions about this new requirement or the upcoming changes to Indian FRRO/FRO registration processes, please reach out to your Pro-Link GLOBAL Immigration Specialist or Pro-Link GLOBAL’s Knowledge Management team (KM@Pro-LinkGlobal.com).