Re-Entry VISA and FRRO Registration

#1 Apr 6th, 2010, 17:31
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Hi, I've just got back to India from Nepal where I applied for a "re-entry" VISA so I could come back within the stipulated two month time period. I now need to register with the FRRO but don't have a clue how to do this. I was told by a fellow traveller that I could do this in any major city. I'm currently in Varanasi. I've done a little research and it looks as if I may need to go to Delhi in order to register. Does anyone know if this is the case. Can anyone shed some light on the situation for me as I'm running out of time? Also, is registration free? Thanks in advance for any help.
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Here's the list of FRRO offices:

http://www.immigrationindia.nic.in/Address_Links.htm

You can also register at the local FROs (the dropped second 'R' is for Regional) which are often the local police station. The tricky part is that as doing registrations are not a big part of their jobs, they're often out of date w.r.t. current requirements.

As noted in the Tourist visa FAQ, you need to register within 14 days of re-entry. Don't let anyone at the FRO tell you that it isn't necessary (I'd print a copy of the FAQ for reference), as you could run into trouble for non-compliance when exiting the country.

Don't know about fees, but assume that there's some cost involved.
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Originally Posted by razorpig View Post I'm currently in Varanasi. I've done a little research and it looks as if I may need to go to Delhi in order to register.
You surely don't need to go to Delhi, there must be a local FRO you can use.
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Originally Posted by razorpig View Post Can anyone shed some light on the situation for me as I'm running out of time? Also, is registration free?
I went and registered just 2 weeks ago. All I needed was 2 copies of the following documents:

- letter addressed to FRRO requesting them to allow me to register, and why I should be allowed. Should include : dates of entry, passport number, address, etc.
- my current & canceled passport (first page, where the photo is, the address page, and the visa page)
- marriage certificate
- address proof

and some documents pertaining to my husband, but I am not sure if that pertains to you or not.

I went on the 27th submitted all the documents, and filled out the same (or some what same) papers like 4 times, gave them to the FRRO, and was told to come back in 14 days. Went back on yesterday and was issued my residence permit. It didn't cost me a thing.
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Originally Posted by Haylo View Post You surely don't need to go to Delhi, there must be a local FRO you can use.

This what I am led to believe....


FRRO Addresses

In the 4 metropolitan cities of India the FRRO addresses are:

* Hans Bhawan, Bahadurshah Zafar Marg, ITO, New Delhi (phone: 011 2671 1384)
* Tata Press Building, 2ND Floor, 414 S.V Marg, Mumbai (phone: 022 2262 1169)
* 237, A.J.C. Bose Road, Kolkata (phone: 033 2247 0549)
* Shastri Bhawan Annexe, 26, Haddows Road, Chennai (phone: 044 2827 7036)

In all other areas, the superintendents of district police act as FRRO
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Thanks for all your replies. I got it sorted this morning so for the benefit of anyone else in the same situation (and I imagine there'll be a few as Varanasi will be a popular destination for anyone re-entering India via Sunauli)here's how it goes. FRRO office in Varanasi is next to the the Main GPO (Post Office). It's recently moved from near Luxa Road so don't go searching in that direction, it ain't there. You need a photocopy of your passport, VISA, Immigration stamp and Re-Entry Endorsement, plus 6 passport photos. Once you've filled out the forms (not too long) you'll have to go off and get them photocopied. There are several places nearby. Once you've got all that done, voila. You get a note scribbled in your passport and the original paperwork with the official stamp. No charge. Very little waiting time. The biggest hassle was finding the place.
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Well, congratulations! You went into this (facing Indian bureaucracy) fearing the worst and were pleasantly surprised. I'm sure a lot of other people have had similar experiences. They should post them and not just the negative ones.
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FRRO in Thane

We live in north Mumbai so I have to go to Thane to register. Went there 1st time in September last year, it was fairly straight-forward, had to go off to a little shop where they typed up our forms, photocopied everything we needed and got us an official letter on stamp paper signed by an attorney.. everything cost about 300rs I think. Then had to wait around in the FRRO office quite a while for it all to get signed off.

Then just before we left the guy sat us down, handed us a blank envelope, asked us to go outside, put in 5000rs and the come back in a give it to him!! We said no unless he could give us an official receipt.. he then started threatening us that they would make our lives very difficult in the future if we didn't pay, but we just left.

So I had to go back in March to register as I'd re-entered India within 2 months of leaving the country. Really didn't want to go after our experience last time, but we had to.

This time we did all the same paper-work again, waited around for the signature from the Superintendent of police, everyone was helpful and friendly (although they didn't seem to know about the new 2 month rule) and no one asked us for any money - we were tense the whole time waiting to see what would happen, but nothing did!

So we feel a lot better about having to register now!
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I just got back today from Delhi. I went to Nepal for 10 days and I had the proper reentry visa issued by the Indian Embassy in NYC. I thought that I would breeze into the FRO, get a stamp on my visa, and be done. WRONG! I waited 2 hours in line and was told by the first person at a desk that I needed a C form from my hotel stating the dates of my stay there. They would not accept the voucher I had with the dates and our names on it. Additionally, they gave me two forms to fill out. One was one sided, one two sided. I was to return them with passport photos on them and one copy of the one-sided one and two copies of the two sided. All photos were to be originals, not copied with the form! I hightailed it back to my hotel where they knew about the form and had filled it out (I had called from the FRO-no explanation or apology for not sending it with us in the first place of course), got 6 passport photos done across the street, copied everything 3 times just to be sure, returned, went directly to the desk, skipping the line as instructed, and was assigned a number. By now it was their lunchtime, 1330-1400. All activity stopped. The crew returned at 1400 exactly and humorlessly, in numerical order, processed people. Many were turned away for the second day and there was a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth.The doors closed at 3pm, but we were hoping at 230 they would get to us as our flight was later the same day. I was never more aware of being powerless and without recourse as I felt standing at that window with my forms and passport. I said a lot of mantras and it all happened. I was ecstatic. Our newfound friends from France were sent away for the second day for some problem. They had not gotten the reentry visa before going to china. I hope they are out of there by now. It sure leaves a bad impression as you exit India. Our entire last day at the Foreigner Registration Office at 105 degrees. We spoke to a Swede who is living in India and he says he always goes to an outlaying office and it is a quick and friendly process. We invested from 7 AM until after 3PM to get a stamp and a piece of paper. We were glad to be on that plane! Incredible india!
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Originally Posted by Tassabee View Post I thought that I would breeze into the FRO, get a stamp on my visa, and be done.
Hahaha! Welcome to India.

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We invested from 7 AM until after 3PM to get a stamp and a piece of paper. We were glad to be on that plane! Incredible india!
You got it all done in only one day? Well done... Seriously. Indian bureaucracy is infamous the world over, registering has been known to take days.
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Originally Posted by Haylo View Post Hahaha! Welcome to India.

You got it all done in only one day? Well done... Seriously. Indian bureaucracy is infamous the world over, registering has been known to take days.
... but never before has it been necessary for ordinary tourists who are only here for a few days after returning from a side trip.
In ToI today the Tourist Minister was bragging that visas on arrival had been issued to 1700 odd tourists who were therefore 'Additional' to the normal quota - that's about 1/10th of 1% of international tourist to India. What % have simply not come, or won't return because of this visa cock-up?

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Originally Posted by a_f_d View Post In ToI today the Tourist Minister was bragging that visas on arrival had been issued to 1700 odd tourists who were therefore 'Additional' to the normal quota - that's about 1/10th of 1% of international tourist to India. What % have simply not come, or won't return because of this visa cock-up?

AndyD 8-)#
Only people who want to be in .IN for long time. Heck, never have I had >20 days vacation at a time for two and a half decades... One/three month visa is ample..YMMV
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Only people who want to be in .IN for long time. Heck, never have I had >20 days vacation at a time for two and a half decades... One/three month visa is ample..YMMV
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Originally Posted by a_f_d View Post ... but never before has it been necessary for ordinary tourists who are only here for a few days after returning from a side trip.
In ToI today the Tourist Minister was bragging that visas on arrival had been issued to 1700 odd tourists who were therefore 'Additional' to the normal quota - that's about 1/10th of 1% of international tourist to India. What % have simply not come, or won't return because of this visa cock-up? AndyD 8-)#
I agree, Andy. Intended tourists who plan a trip with side trips to neighbouring countries may well change their plans because of these complicated new visa rules!
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I do not think it would be that many that would cancel their trip. The FRRO registration is only required as far as I can tell if you stay for more than 14 days are re-entry. If you do say India and then Nepal and then return to India and leave before 14 days, you are good to go, right.

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