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Aadhaar card for NRIs coming soon. 5 things to know about UIDAI's new plan

Livemint logo Livemint 02-09-2019 Staff Writer
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Following announcement by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech two months ago, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is gearing up to ready its infrastructure to issue Aadhaar cards to non-resident Indians (NRIs) holding Indian passports on their arrival in the country.

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5 things to know about UIDAI's plan to issue Aadhaar cards to NRIs:

1) The Aadhaar-issuing body has said its systems will be ready within the next three months to offer the facility of issuing Aadhaar cards to NRIs with Indian passports without the mandatory 180 days waiting period.

2) UIDAI systems are being readied for the facility and necessary legal measures are to be notified soon, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey told PTI. UIDAI will take about three months to tune its systems to offer the facility to NRIs.

3) "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," Pandey told PTI.

4) In her Budget speech on July 5, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said: "I propose to consider issuing Aadhaar card for Non-Resident Indians with Indian Passports after their arrival in India, without waiting for 180 days."

5) Under current regulations, one can apply for Aadhaar card only if he or she has stayed in India for at least 182 days in the last 12 months. The government is likely to issue a notification making an amendment in the Aadhaar Act, 2016.

(PTI inputs)

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