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Exemptions

Following are the categories of foreigners who are exempted from registration:

  • Foreigners visiting India on categories other than student visa, research visa, employment visa or missionary visa, including business/entry (X) visa, are not required to register if the duration of their stay does not exceed 180 days on a single visit. If, due to any valid reason, the continuous stay exceeds 180 days, the foreigner should approach the concerned FRO/FRRO for registration well before the expiry of 180 days. They will, in turn, register them and grant permission for their exit from India. Such types of visas will be stamped "Registration Not Required, If Continuous Stay on a Single Visit Does Not Exceed 180 Days."
  • PIO Card holders, as long as their continuous stay during each visit doesn't exceed 180 days: If the continuous stay exceeds 180 days, the foreigner should approach the concerned FRO/FRRO for registration within 30 days of the expiry of 180 days, who will, in turn, register them.
  • OCI Card holders: Irrespective of duration of their stay in India.
  • As per paragraph 2 of Registration of Foreigners (Exemption) Order, 1957: Children below the age of 16 years are exempt from the requirement of registration. Documents required for Foreigner Registration in India.
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