The Government of India has digitized the process of FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office) registration, visa extension, etc., for foreign nationals visiting India. The government has now introduced an e-FRRO portal with an aim to provide faceless, cashless and paperless service to foreign nationals. There will be no requirement to visit the FRRO office. Earlier, foreign nationals could book appointments and upload documents online but they had to be physically present on the appointed date at the FRRO office for processing the application. With effect from February 12, 2018, a mandatory visit to the local FRRO office located in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai has been done away with.
Online submission of documents with respect to all visa and immigration related services (such as the Indian FRRO registration, visa extension, change of address/passport, visa conversion, exit permission, etc.) has been enabled. Clients will be informed through e-mail/SMS alerts for service granted or rejected. Registration certificates will be sent by post and on the registered email ID. Alternatively, it can be downloaded from the portal.