How to get Aadhar card for Non Resident Indian

Last modified:2019-11-14

Aadhar Card for Non Resident Indian NRI can be obtained only by offline mode. To avail Aadhaar, a Non Resident of India or NRI must be present in India during the registration of the Aadhar Card. The procedure for obtaining the Aadhar Card of NRI, it's linking with the banks and income tax department are explained in detail in the below article.

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Introduction to Aadhar Card for Non-Resident Indian

Aadhar Card for NRI can be obtained only if the NRI visits the enrolment centre personally during the Aadhar enrolment process. NRI can apply for the unique identity of India, the Aadhar card, only if he/she satisfies certain eligibility. The demographic and biometric information of the NRI are collected and updated in the UIDAI central database for further reference. The registration of Aadhar card for a NRI is a offline process, where the applicant must fly all the way along to India. Other procedures for NRI is similar to that of the Indian citizen. NRI should personally come and provide all the biometric information to complete the Aadhar registration process. NRI is eligible to apply for an Aadhar Card only if he/she resides in India for 182 days or more in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment.

How can a NRI Obtain Aadhar Card?

NRI must visit the nearest enrolment centre in person for registering for Aadhar Card. UIDAI provides the online  feature for the applicants to fix an appointment for aadhar registration. NRI  can book an appointment for visiting the enrolment centre. The time for enrolment will be intimated to the NRI in their contact number which is provided at the time of booking the appointment. Booking an appointment helps the applicant to save more time.It is advisable to reach the enrolment centre few minutes before the appointed time to avoid hassle. The executives at the enrolment centre would guide the applicant with the enrolment procedure. Step by step procedure for Aadhar enrolment for NRI are as follow:

  • Visit the nearest enrolment centre.

  • Fill in the Aadhar Card application form.

  • Provide the demographic and biometric information.

  • Submit the supporting document copies.

  • Show originals for verification.

  • NRI may be asked for the passport for verification.

What are the Information Required to Obtain Aadhar Card for NRI?

NRI must provided the demographic information as well as the biometric information for enrolling for an Aadhar card. Keep all the necessary documents and its copies with you while visiting the enrolment centre. The following information must be given at the enrolment by the NRI and it must be accurate.

  • Birth certificate or any document supporting date of birth.

  • Copy of Proof of Identity 

  • Residential address in India

  • Address in the other country where the NRI resides.

  • Details of the green card of the NRI.

  • Gender

  • Age

What are the Biometric Information Taken from NRI while Registering for Aadhar?

Biometric information is the essential information which are to be given by the NRI in order to obtain an Aadhar Card. Biometric information is the one which makes the Aadhar card as an unique identity. The ten fingerprints, iris, and photograph of the NRI are captured at the time of enrollment of Aadhar card. Certain equipments and sensors are used at the enrolment centres for this purpose. All the details obtained at the time of enrolment are saved in the UIDAI central database for references. Biometric information provided at the enrolment centre can never be changed except children who will be asked to do updation at the age of 15 years. Differently abled people who cannot provide their fingerprints will be permitted to skip it and provide other biometric information like photographs and iris scanning.

What is the Aadhar Processing Time Taken for NRI?

Like others, it takes upto 3 months for the NRI to obtain his/her Aadhar Card. NRI would receive Aadhar Card to the local residential address which is given in the application form. Aadhar card will be sent through postal service. Once all the information are submitted at the time of enrolment, NRI receives an acknowledgement slip.  The acknowledgement slip contains the enrolment number and the time of enrolment which combines to form the enrolment ID. This slip must be safe for further reference.  NRI can use the 28 digit enrolment ID for checking the aadhar status at any time before receiving the physical Aadhar Card. 

How Should NRI Link Aadhar and PAN Card?

As per the government rules and regulations, it is a must that everyone who has a PAN should link it with their Aadhar Card. In case of NRI, he/she is eligible for Aadhar card only if they stay in India for a prescribed number of days. Follow the below given instructions to avoid cessation of your PAN.

NRI who are not eligible for Aadhar Card

NRI who do not have Aadhar Card need not panic. NRI who are not eligible to obtain  Aadhar Card need not link the Aadhar card with the PAN card. NRI must visit the income tax department to mention the non-resident status  details in order to keep their pan card active. Mention that you are not eligible to obtain Aadhar Card by providing a letter in person.

NRI who are eligible for Aadhar Card

NRI who is eligible to obtain an Aadhar Card must link their Aadhar with the PAN Card.   NRI must apply for the Aadhar Card. On obtaining the Aadhar Card, the NRI must link it with the PAN Card by following the below steps.

  • Visit the e-filing website.

  • Under the quick links, choose “Link Aadhar”.

  • If the user wishes to check the status of his/her of Aadhar and PAN whether it is linked, press “Check Status” and provide the details of the Aadhar and PAN.

  • If the status is not linked, the user must in the spaces for PAN, Aadhar, name as in Aadhar respectively.

  • Tick the check box only the year of birth is mentioned in the Aadhar card.

  • Enter the captcha image. If the user is physically challenged, they can choose the OTP option.

  • Press “Link Aadhar” button.

How Should NRI Link Aadhar to Bank Account?

NRI need not worry about the implementation of the Aadhar linking with bank account process. NRI must disclose their non-resident status with proof to their bank. This helps them to keep their bank account secure and active.NRI who are not eligible for an Aadhar need not link it with your bank account. But you need to mention it with the bank in writing. For the NRI who are eligible to obtain Aadhar should mandatorily link it with their bank accounts by following the below steps.

  • NRI should have a bank login ID and a password. If NRI has not registered for the netbanking account, he/she can do it by registering it in their respective bank’s official website.

  • NRI must login the details to open the bank account.

  • In the profile, search for any option like “Aadhar Seeding” or  “Aadhar Linking” or “Update Aadhar details”.

  • Click the Aadhar Seeding option to open the particular page.

  • Enter the details like the name, Aadhar number, address, etc in the page.

  • Click “Submit” option.

Bank authorities will verify all the details and if they match with the records, then the Aadhar number is linked with the bank account of the NRI.


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