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Immigration Requirements during arrival of Foreigners in India

Immigration check is compulsory for any foreigner entering the Indian soil by air, road or water route. Essentially, the foreigner must provide the proofs as per the Disembarkation Card (Arrival Card) in context to his name and nationality, his age, sex, place of birth and address or intended address in India.

The immigration officers will check the Passport, Visa and Disembarkation Card before entering the foreigner’s details into the computer. Once verified the details of the foreigners, their Passports will be stamped as per the Visa or allowed duration of the stay while the Arrival Card will be withheld by the immigration department.

Pakistani nationals who don’t have Diplomatic Visa, Non-Diplomatic Visa, SAARC Visa Exemption Sticker, and SAU Visa or those who are not exempted from carrying Visa must carry Visa application form (with duplicate copies) to apply in addition to regular Visa on their Passport as per the Indian Mission concerned.

Once at the Immigration check post, they are issued a Regular Residential Permit. In addition, they are also required to report to the FRRO/FRO or concerned Police Station in their places of stay within 24 hours unless and until they are officially Exempted from Police Reporting.

Foreigners with PIO or OCI Cards

Foreigners who are granted PIO or OCI cards by Indian Government are allowed multiple entries to India. They will be allowed an entry to India when a valid PIO or OCI card is presented along with the valid foreign passport issued in place of the passport endorsed on the PIO or OCI card.

Still, the foreigners of Indian origin are advised to get the required endorsement of the new passport from the concerned authority on their PIO or OCI cards in order to avoid any mishaps later on.

Guillem Baches is Blogger, International Chess Master and well known expert at Social Media, Internet, Jobs and Citizen Services.

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