On 11th October 2018, e-services for all foreign nationals resident in India was launched as announced by India’s Bureau of Immigration. This is a result of the increased attention given to the digital way of providing services by the Indian government. Indian Bureau of Immigration introduced online immigration portal very early this year and was initially piloted in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Chennai. For the first time in the history of the country, E-FRRO visa services (registration and applications for extension of visa) can be done (from start to finish) through online procedure. This is a much welcomed and surely a long-awaited development that removes the stress of visiting the FRRO (Foreigner Regional Registration Services) by foreign nationals. This online procedure also makes room for payment of visa fees and late registration dues online. It gives room for a higher level of transparency and provides paperless services. After online registration and applications, foreign nationals may yet need to attend an interview process depending on the position of the adjudicating officer (this happens in very few exceptional cases). In this case, they will get the necessary information about the interview by email or SMS. Foreigner Regional Registration Offices communicates with all foreign nationals via online profiles of applicant, SMS or email. Foreign nationals who do not pay their fees and dues or do not provide documents within the stipulated time are liable to prosecution (and/or fines as the case may be).
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