Rajnath launches e-FRRO online visa service

NEW DELHI, APR 13: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday launched the web-based application e-FRRO scheme aimed at providing fast and efficient visa-related services online to visitors to India.
The scheme has already been implemented and is running successfully as a pilot project in four FRROs in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai since February 12. Now it has been rolled out in the remaining eight FRROs — Kolkata, Amritsar, Hyderabad, Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram, Calicut, Lucknow and Ahmedabad.
“It has been a constant endeavour of the Home Ministry to provide fast and efficient services to foreigners visiting India so that they have a pleasant experience of their stay here,” Rajnath Singh said while launching e-FRRO (e-Foreigners Regional Registration Office) at a function.
He said the scheme is aimed at building a centralized, transparent online platform for the foreigners to avail visa related services and to provide faceless, cashless and paperless services with a user-friendly experience.
In the new system, foreigners would be able to get as many as 27 visa and immigration related services in India from the comfort of their place of stay, a Home Ministry statement said.
“Using e-FRRO application, foreigners can apply online on the portal and obtain the service through email/post without appearing in person at the FRO/FRRO office,” it said. In 2017, more than one crore foreigners visited India and out of them approximately 3.6 lakh had to visit FRRO offices spread across the country for various visa-related services, said the statement, adding with the launch of e-FRRO scheme, their physical visit to the FRRO offices thus been obviated. In the present system, foreigners staying in India on visa duration of more than 180 days have to get themselves registered with their respective FROs/FRROs. Similarly, foreigners requiring different kind of visa related services such as visa extension, visa conversion.