Here is a news for NRIs that the 12-digit Aadhar Card or the unique Identification card is not only accessible to Indian residents but now it can be availed by non-residents of India (NRIs) also.
According to Aadhar guidelines (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and services) Act, 2016 only a Resident is eligible for enrolment. A Resident is a person who has resided in India for a period or periods amounting in all to 182 days or more in 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment. As per Aadhar guidelines, NRIs are fully exempted from producing Aadhar for any verification.
The Aadhar or Unique Identification Number is mandatory for carrying out a number of tasks from insurance policies to buying a SIM for your Phone.
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has made it compulsory to link the 12-digit Aadhar Number with small saving schemes such as Kisan Vikas Patra and PPF (Public Provident Fund) as well as bank accounts. You require the Aadhar Card even if you want to apply for a PAN (Permanent Account Number) card.
If you are an NRI and want to apply for an Aadhar Card, the process of application is almost same as it is for a resident Indian. Follow the given instructions to apply for an Aadhar card if you are an NRI:
Step 1: Find an enrolment center near you by visiting the official website of UIDAI – https://uidai.gov.in
Step 2: You can visit the nearest enrolment center directly or you can also fix an appointment online for the same.
Step 3: Fill the Aadhar Card application form. You need to carry photocopies of some important documents like residents proof, birth certificate, PAN Card etc. to be submitted along with the application form.
Step 4: After submitting all these documents an official will take your biometric details.
Step 5: After taking your biometric details the official at the enrolment center will provide you with the acknowledgment slip. You are advised to keep the acknowledgment slip safely as it will help you to track your Aadhar Status.