As per UIDAI’s new plan, NRIs will soon be able to get an Aadhaar card on arrival.
The Unique Identification Authority of India is preparing to upgrade its existing infrastructure for issuing Aadhaar cards. Here are five things you need to about UIDAI's plan to issue Aadhaar cards to NRIs:
As per the existing rules, an NRI can apply for Aadhaar card only if he/she has stayed in India for at least 182 days in the last 12 months. Recently, the government has issued a notification making an amendment to revise this rule in the Aadhaar Act, 2016.
UIDAI has stated that its existing infrastructure will be ready within the next three months to offer the facility of issuing Aadhaar cards to NRIs. As per the earlier system, NRIs with an Indian passport would have to wait for 180 days in order to apply for an Aadhaar card. UIDAI aims to do away with this waiting period.
The existing infrastructure for Aadhaar deployment is being upgraded and the necessary legal measures are to be notified soon. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI, stated that it will take about three months to upgrade its system to offer this facility to NRIs.
Reportedly, Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI, said “We are working to make the appropriate technological changes and we will provide an appointment facility where people outside the country also can apply for a time slot and specify the place they would like to go to get their Aadhaar made...as soon as they come to India they can, very conveniently, go and get their Aadhaar made.”
In Addition, the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said in her budget speech, “I propose to consider issuing Aadhar card for Non-Resident Indians with Indian Passports after their arrival in India, without waiting for 180 days."