“Foreigners” – sounds like “Angrez” in traditional India though such connotations have become history now with time and knowledge. In our “Independent India”, a significant no. of foreign nationals of varied nationalities visit, reside, work or do business in India thereby contributing to India’s growth and prosperity. FRRO’s Office helps us map and track all such foreign nationals who visit India on a long term Visa of more than 180 days (e.g. Work Visa or Dependent Visa).

So what is FRRO?

Foreigner Regional Registration Officer (FRRO), working under the aegis of Bureau of Immigration, performs the crucial task of registration of foreign nationals under various Acts & Rules namely, The Passport Act (1920), The Foreigners Act (1946), The Registration of Foreigners Act (1939) and the Registration of Foreigners Rules (1992).

At present, there are 12 FRROs in major cities i.e. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Calicut, Kochi, Trivandrum, Lucknow and Ahmedabad. Apart from this, there are 11 Chief Immigration Officers in the cities i.e. Goa, Jaipur, Gaya, Varanasi, Nagpur, Pune, Mangalore, Trichy, Coimbatore, Bagdogra and Guwahati. At remaining places District Superintendent of Police (SP) or the prescribed authority functions as FRO to facilitate foreigners.

Target Audience

All foreigners (including foreigners of Indian origin) visiting India on long term (more than 180 days) Student Visa, Medical Visa, Research Visa and Employment Visa are required to get themselves registered with the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO)/ Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) concerned having jurisdiction over the place where the foreigner intends to stay, within 14 days of arrival.


FRRO Service Request

Following T&C Apply:

  • Pakistan nationals are required to register within 24 hours of their arrival.
  • All Afghan nationals are required to register with the FRRO/FRO concerned within 14 days of arrival except those Afghan nationals who enter India on a visa valid for 30 days or less provided the Afghan national concerned gives his/her local address in India to the Indian Mission/FRRO/FRO. The Afghan nationals who are issued visas with ' Exemption from police reporting' are exempt from Police reporting as well as Exit permission provided they leave within the Visa validity period.
  • Foreigners other than those mentioned above will not be required to get themselves registered, even if they have entered India on a long term visa provided their continuous stay in India does not exceed 180 days.
  • Foreigners (including minors above 16 years of age) have to report in person or through an authorized representative to the appropriate Registration Officer for registration (Medical patients may be exempted from appearing in person for registration).
  • Registration is also required in the case of visa less than 180 days and if there is special endorsement "for registration required".
  • Foreigners entering on Entry(X) and Business visas valid for more than 180 days are required to register with the FRRO, FRO if they continuously intend to stay for more than 6 months i.e. more than 180 days on each visit.
  • All Indian Missions shall stamp the visas of the foreigners mentioned above to the effect "REGISTRATION REQUIRED WITHIN 14 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF ARRIVAL" in India. Else, the Indian Missions may stamp the visas to the effect "REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED IF EACH STAY DOES NOT EXCEED 180 DAYS".
  • Foreigners entering on Tourist, Journalist and any other category of visa which is valid for more than 180 days and do not have a special endorsement of "Each stay 180 days hence no registration required" are required to register with the concerned F.R.R.O.'s, F.R.O.s within 180 days of their arrival. Foreigners (including minors) have to report in person for Registration.
  • Other than Pakistan Nationals, all the applicants are eligible for scheduling the online appointment for FRRO Registration. Pakistan nationals shall have to register with the Police station within 24 hours of arrival in India.


This is a booklet issued at the time of registration, its validity being the period of stay specified in the visa. Application for extension of the RP should be made at least 2 months before its expiry to the nearest Registration Officer in the prescribed form.

Report of Absence from address:

If at any time a foreigner who is required to register, proposes to be absent from his/ her registered address for a continuous period of 8 weeks or more; or is changing the registered address; or is finally departing from India, he shall, before leaving, inform in person, or through an authorized representative, or by registered post to the jurisdictional Registration Officer of his/ her intention to leave, either temporarily or permanently. In case he/ she is moving to another address in India, the new address should also be intimated to the Registration Officer.

What services Travelkart has to offer:

We support with the online form filling and Meet & Assist Services at FRRO Offices pan India (Corporates & Other Foreign visitors in India) for the following set of services:

  • FRRO Registration
  • Extension of Visa & Residential Permit
  • Exit Permit
  • Conversion of Entry (X) Visa to Employment Visa
  • Change in Registered Address
  • Penalty for Late Registration
  • Liability of production of Registration Certificate
  • Duplicate Certificate of Registration

Pls feel free to contact us for latest document checklists and procedures to be followed (may vary from location to location).