Mar 16

INDIA: Government Extends Deadline for Linking Aadhaar Number

The Supreme Court of India has extended the 31st March 2018 deadline for residents to link their Aadhaar numbers to their bank account, mobile SIM card, PAN (Permanent Account Number) card and other services and schemes until it has delivered its verdict on the constitutional validity of the biometric identification number and its enabling law. […]

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Mar 07

INDIA: Various Amendments to the Immigration Regulations

The Ministry of Home Affairs in India has recently made several changes to the immigration regime. The key changes are as follows: Modified visa cancellation policy If a foreign national wishes to use a short duration visa (for example, a conference visa, transit visa or e-visa) to India while holding a long-term, consular-issued Indian visa, […]

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Feb 15

INDIA: New Visa E-Services at Four FRROs

India’s Bureau of Immigration (BOI) has launched a new online “e-Services” system for application and processing of visa related services at its Foreigner Regional Registration Offices in Bangaluru, Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai. Thus far, this new system is only being used in these select cities, but it is expected to be gradually introduced at additional […]

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Dec 22

INDIA: Government Extends Deadline for Linking Aadhaar Number

On 13th December 2017, the government of India extended until 31st March 2018 the deadline for residents to link their Aadhaar numbers to their bank account, mobile SIM card, PAN (Permanent Account Number) card and insurance policies. Previously, there were various deadlines for linking each account to Aadhaar. The new rule was published in the Gazette […]

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Nov 20

INDIA: Reminder – Deadline Approaching for Conversion of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI)

Indian consulates and embassies around the world are urging holders of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards to convert them to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards before the deadline of 31st December 2017. Please note that, from October 2018, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will only accept machine-readable travel documents. The existing PIO […]

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Nov 15

JAPAN: Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Indian and Ukrainian Nationals

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that several measures to relax the visa requirements for nationals of India and Ukraine will take effect on 1st January 2018. Nationals of India Applicants will be able to apply for a multiple-entry visa with only their passport, and documents to prove either their financial means (for tourism) […]

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Sep 22

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Visa on Arrival Extended to More Indian Nationals

The Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates has approved the expansion of the visa on arrival program to Indian nationals who have a valid residence visa from either the United Kingdom or another European Union member state. The new policy has not yet been implemented. Background In May 2017, the UAE opened the visa-on-arrival program […]

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