India: Foreign Nationals Exempt from Identification Card Requirement

The Government of India has issued a notification that foreign nationals will be exempt from the requirement to apply for the Identification (Aadhaar) Card, expected to take effect July 1, 2017. Foreign nationals can continue using their Permanent Account Number Cards only to file their income tax returns.

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May 24, 2017
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The Government of India has issued a notification that foreign nationals will be exempt from the requirement to apply for the Identification (Aadhaar) Card, expected to take effect July 1, 2017. Foreign nationals can continue using their Permanent Account Number (PAN) Cards only to file their income tax returns.

Background

Previously, the authorities issued a forthcoming requirement that all foreign nationals residing in India for 182 days or more in the preceding year, as well as those who have left India permanently with pending tax filing obligations, must apply for the Aadhaar Card.

Effective July 1, 2017, the following individuals are exempt from applying for the Aadhaar Card:

  • Foreign nationals;
  • Individuals residing in the states of Assam, Jammu, Kashmir and Meghalaya;
  • Non-residents of India; and
  • Individuals of the age of 80 years or more at any time during the previous year.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals can continue using their PAN Cards only to file their income tax returns. They will not be required to apply for Aadhaar Cards.

We worked closely with Fragomen Immigration Services India (Pvt.) Limited ("Fragomen-India") to prepare this alert. It is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Worldwide or send an email to IndiaQueries_NewPolicy@fragomen.com.

Fragomen in India is Fragomen Immigration Services India (Pvt) Ltd., operating exclusively as an immigration consultancy and not as a law firm in India.

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Pranali Sharma over 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing information, Aadhaar is a unique Identification number issued by UIDAI to individuals for the purpose of establishing the unique identification of every single person.

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