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How to Avail an AADHAAR Card if You Are a Non-Resident Indian


Aadhaar Card is a document for which any Indian can apply. As per the Aadhaar Act, 2016, resident means an individual who has resided in India for a period or periods of 182 days or more, in the 12 months immediately before the date of application for the Aadhaar number. Therefore, if a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) has stayed in India for 182 days or more, in the 12 months right before the date of application, then that NRI is eligible to apply for a Aadhaar card.

An Aadhaar Card is linked with the centralized database and includes demographic, biometric and other relevant data of an individual which is instrumental in identifying an individual.


Procedure for NRIs to Avail an Aadhaar Card

The requirements and procedure to avail an Aadhaar card for an NRI is similar to the process that an Indian resident has to go through.

The non-resident Indian applying for Aadhar card can visit the UIDAI website and find an UIDAI authorised enrolment centre near to him/her. Once the enrolment centre is selected, the person can go to the authorised Aadhaar enrolment centre with the proof of identity and other supporting documents. Following are the steps which an NRI can observe to avail an Aadhaar card at the Aadhar enrolment centre:

Enrolling for Aadhaar

Once you visit the centre with the necessary documents, here are the steps that you need to complete:

  • Fill the enrolment form available at the centre with your personal details.
  • Capturing demographic data – your name, DOB, address, gender, and mobile number have to be mandatorily provided. You may also provide your email address, but this is optional.
  • Biometrics information – Your photograph (only face) will be taken at the centre along with your fingerprints (all 10 fingers) and a scan of your irises.
  • Children below the age of 5 – Parent’s/guardian’s name, Aadhaar, and biometrics to be provided.
  • Review all the details provided, make any corrections if needed during the review process and complete enrolment.
  • You will receive an acknowledgment slip containing your enrolment number and other details that were collected.

It takes around 60-90 days for the authorities to dispatch the Aadhaar card, but one can track the status of his/her Aadhaar card online by visiting the UIDAI website with the enrolment number (EID) mentioned in the acknowledgement slip.

The UIDAI also provides facilities for both residents and non-resident Indians to download e-Aadhaar card from its website. The digital copy of Aadhar is equally accepted for all kinds of service

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