NRIs Can Now Apply For Aadhaar On Arrival Without 182-Day Wait
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NRIs Can Now Apply For Aadhaar On Arrival Without 182-Day Wait

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Non-Resident Indians with valid Indian passport can now apply for Aadhaar on arrival, without the 182-day waiting period, a government notification showed Monday.

The government notification brings into effect a budget proposal on the same issue.

"I propose to consider issuing Aadhaar card for Non-Resident Indians with Indian passports after their arrival in India," without the stipulated waiting period, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said in her budget speech on July 5.

Following the notification, the Unique Identification Authority of India has also come out with a circular stating that "NRIs after arrival in India, shall be entitled to obtain Aadhaar number".

The modalities for application remain more or less unchanged, a UIDAI source said, adding that NRIs with Indian passport can now apply for Aadhaar on arrival or by scheduling a prior appointment, thus doing away with the requirement for a mandatory 182-day waiting period.

The UIDAI circular also said that a valid Indian passport will be accepted as proof of identity, proof of address and date of birth document.

In case the NRI’s Indian passport does not have an Indian address, he shall be allowed to submit any of the other UIDAI-approved PoA documents as proof of address.

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