Foreigners Can Now Get Their Visa Extended Online With e-FRRO

| April 14 , 2018 , 14:25 IST

Foreigners visiting India no longer need to physically visit the office of the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) for visa extension or other visa-related services. Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the web-based ‘e-FRRO’ on Friday, which allows foreign travellers to avail paperless and cashless visa-related services online.

“The e-FRRO scheme is aimed at building a centralized, transparent online platform for foreigners to avail visa related services and to provide faceless, cashless and paperless services to the foreigners with a user-friendly experience,” said Rajnath Singh.

In the new system, foreigners will be able to get as many as 27 visa and immigration-related services in India from the comfort of their place of stay. Using the e-FRRO application, foreigners can apply online on the portal and obtain the service through email/post without appearing in person at the FRRO.

Foreigners will be required to create their own User ID by registering, following which they can apply for various visa and immigration-related services in India viz. registration, visa extension, visa conversion, exit permit etc. 

For payment of fees, a person can use either an Axis Bank payment gateway or the SBI Payment gateway. 

In 2017, more than one crore foreigners visited India and out of them, approximately 3.6 lakhs had to visit FRRO offices spread across the country for various visa-related services. 

The e-FRRO scheme has been implemented on the IVFRT platform with negligible extra expenditure, taking a cue from the already successfully running e-Visa scheme. It may be noted that the e-Visa scheme has earned revenue of more than Rs 1400 crores since its launch in Nov 2014.

The online services offered by E-FRRO scheme are not available even in some of the most advanced countries in North America and Europe.