India – Process Changes at the Foreigner’s Registration Office (FRO) in Gurgaon

What has changed

Effective immediately, the Residential Permits/Registration Certificate issued by the FRO (Foreigner’s Registration Office) in Gurgaon for short-term Employment Visa holders with a validity of up to six (6) months, will now contain a new endorsement stating “Submit NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the Indian Income Tax Department before leaving India.” Previously, tax related documents were not required for short- term employment visa holders and they could exit India by simply handing over the original Residential Permit at the port of exit on final departure from India.

Additionally, the regulation pertaining to reporting a foreigner through the Form C, has been extended to include landlords of private residences in Gurgaon. Previously, foreigners residing in hotels/ guest houses were required to submit an online generated ‘Form C’ at the time of post-arrival registration with the FRO in Gurgaon. Those residing in a leased accommodation only needed to submit a copy of the lease agreement to support the process.

Who is affected?

  • All clients with an expat population residing in Gurgaon or anticipating new moves into this location

What to expect

As per the new endorsement on the Residential Permit, the foreigner must submit the NOC (Form 30B) with the FRO in Gurgaon prior to final departure and obtain a clearance for the endorsement. If the foreigner fails to comply with this requirement, they will not be permitted to leave India.

The regulation requiring hotels to report a foreigners occupancy¬†has been extended to apply to private landlords as well. The Bureau of Immigration has launched an online portal for the hotels and landlords to register and complete the ‘Form C’ within twenty-four (24) hours of the foreigner’s arrival into India/completion of the lease agreement. Once generated online, the Form C is to be submitted to the FRO office in Gurgaon at the time of registration and/or visa extensions.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Once the Form 30B is secured via the tax consultant, Emigra Worldwide can then assist the foreigner with the submission of this document to the FRO for removal of endorsement from the Residential Permit.
  • With regard to the Form C, once the details of the landlord and the lease agreement copy is provided, Emigra Worldwide can assist with the online registration and generation of Form C as needed for the registration process.
  • The above changes are likely to be extended to all FRRO/FRO’s in the coming days. FRRO in Chennai & Mumbai has followed the Form C requirement from the landlords for the past one year.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.