INDIA: Changes to Police Verification in Bangalore

Compliance measures have been brought into the police verification process in Bangalore. These changes will affect employees who are on long term assignments of 180 days or more. Although these changes will not have any specific impact on the current registration process, they have been implemented to provide uniformity within all regions in India. 

The main changes are as follows:

1. Local police authorities are now empowered to visit (or summon to the police station) any foreign national at random for status verification in order to check compliance with immigration laws and to prevent overstay.

This has been triggered by a Karnataka High Court order in a recent bail matter for a foreign national, in which the High Court asked the FRRO (Foreign Regional Registration Office) and State Police to better coordinate the tracking of foreign nationals to monitor overstays.

2. A new tenant verification form, the Annexe to Order Form, has been introduced:

The order issued by the Bangalore city police states that all tenants (irrespective of the visa type or length of stay) have to file an Annexe to Order form at the local police station. The responsibility is primarily with the landlord, hotel owner, or service apartment owner to complete this formality.

The Form is available at the Police Commissioner”s office in Bangalore and must be completed and submitted to the local police station under whose jurisdiction the residence of the foreigner falls.

Documents to be submitted with the Annexure to Order Form are a copy of the applicant”s passport, a valid visa copy, a residential permit and a passport-sized photograph.

The deadline for submission of the new form is 15 days from the commencement of stay.

Changes to Form C

All employees residing in Bangalore for longer than 180 days must have a Form C completed by either their landlord or hotel concierge. This report must now be filled in within 24 hours to be consistent with the process already implemented in both Delhi and Mumbai which is set to be extended to other regions.  

All employers should ensure that foreign nationals comply with the correct Form-C and local police verification procedures, including the Annexure to Order Form in Bangalore.

Foreign national employees who change residence must update their residence permit at the FRRO, report at the local police station and update their records. 

If you require any further information on the changes to Police Verification in Bangalore, please contact one of our specialists at enquiries@newlandchase.com.

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