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Consulate General of India

Vancouver

 Press Release

 

Subject:          Applicability of Aadhaar for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Person of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) 

            Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) has been issuing clarifications from time to time regarding applicability of Aadhaar for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Person of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) on its official website i.e. www.uidai.gov.in

2.         In a recent circular No. 6-1/2016-UIDAI (DBT) dated 15 November 2017, UIDAI has clarified the following:

           Section 3 (1) of the Aadhaar Act 2016 states that “every resident shall be entitled to obtain an Aadhaar number by submitting his demographic information and biometric information by undergoing the process of enrollment”.

           Section 2 (V) of the Aadhaar Act 2016 defines ‘resident’ as an individual who has resided in India for a period or periods amounting in all to one hundred and eighty-two days or more in the twelve months immediately preceding the date of application of enrolment.

           Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules, 2017 and Section 139AA of Income Tax Act 1961 clearly stipulate that the linking of Bank Accounts and PAN respectively is for those persons who are eligible to enrol for Aadhaar as per the Aadhaar Act 2016. 

           In view of above, it has been suggested by the UIDAI to all Central Minsitries/Departments/State Governments and other implementing agencies that (a) Aadhaar as an identity document may be sought only from those who are eligible for it as per the Aadhaar Act 2016; and (b) most of the NRIs/PIOs/OCIs may not be eligible for Aadhaar enrolment as per the said Act.

3.        It may also be noted that Aadhaar enrolment is not applied or processed in the Consulate and the same needs to be done only in India.

4.        For any further clarification in connection with Aadhaar, the official website of the UIDAI may be visited which hosts all relevant circulars including the one referred in para-2 above.

 

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November 23, 2017

 
 
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