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Rajnath launches e-FRRO online visa service

IANS  |  New Delhi 

on Friday launched the web-based application e-FRRO scheme aimed at providing fast and efficient online to visitors to

The scheme has already been implemented and is running successfully as a pilot project in four FRROs in Bengaluru, Chennai, and since February 12. Now it has been rolled out in the remaining eight FRROs -- Kolkata, Amritsar, Hyderabad, Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram, Calicut, and

"It has been a constant endeavour of the to provide fast and efficient services to foreigners visiting so that they have a pleasant experience of their stay here," said while launching e-FRRO (e-Foreigners Regional Registration Office) at a function.

He said the scheme is aimed at building a centralized, for the foreigners to avail and to provide faceless, with a user-friendly experience.

In the new system, foreigners would be able to get as many as 27 visa and in from the comfort of their place of stay, a statement said.

"Using e-FRRO application, foreigners can apply online on the portal and obtain the service through email/post without appearing in person at the FRO/FRRO office," it said.

In 2017, more than one crore foreigners visited India and out of them approximately 3.6 lakh had to visit FRRO offices spread across the country for various visa-related services, said the statement, adding with the launch of e-FRRO scheme, their physical visit to the FRRO offices thus been obviated.

In the present system, foreigners staying in India on visa duration of more than 180 days have to get themselves registered with their respective FROs/FRROs. Similarly, foreigners requiring different kind of such as visa extension, visa conversion, change of address, change of educational institutions and exit permits are currently required to visit the FROs/FRROs office.

"The new scheme include online FRRO service delivery mechanism without requirement of visiting FRRO/FRO office barring exceptional cases. Using this application, foreigners are required to create their own ID by registering themselves.

"Afterwards, they can apply online through registered User-ID for various visa and in India, registration, visa extension, visa conversion and exit permit," said the statement.

It said that the necessary immigration or visa document, registration permit and visa extension certificate will be sent by post on the address mentioned in the online application, said the statement, adding it would also be electronically sent to the foreigner to his registered email ID.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 19:12 IST
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