How to Avail An Aadhaar Card If You Are An NRI Easily [Updated]

Are you an NRI(Non-Indian Resident) who want to Avail An Aadhaar Card Easily? Then you are in the right place.

According to Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act 2016, any NRI living in India for 182 days or more in the last 12 months is eligible for an Aadhar Card.

If you have lived in India for 182 Days in the last 12 months and have an Indian Address, then you can apply for Aadhar.

Q. What Do You Mean by Address here, Is it mandatory to Have a permanent Address in India?

No, Address simply means where you are living. It can be permanent or Rented.

If you are eligible for an Aadhaar, then you can apply for Aadhaar in the same manner as a normal resident.

But How?

Well, Today I will share How you can apply for an Aadhar Easily.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

How an NRI Apply for Aadhar Card

Application for Aadhaar Card is a simple process which you must follow Step-By-Step.

Download Aadhaar Enrolment Form

1. Download this Enrolment Form, Print it and Fill it.

It is the Same form you will get in the Aadhaar Enrolment Centre, so better option is to Fill the Form with ease at your Home.

2. Find your Nearest Aadhar Enrolment Centre and Fix an Appointment Online or Visit the Enrolment Centre Directly.

3. Make Sure to Carry your Address Proof(POA) and Identity Proof(POI) along with the Filled Enrolment Form. Give the form and Documents to the Officials at the Aadhar Centre.

Q. What Can I give as an Address Proof and Identity Proof?

For Address Proof you can Give a copy of your Electricity Bill(Not Older than 3 months), and for Identity Proof you can give a copy of your Passport.

The Above mentioned Documents are with every NRI, that’s why I mentioned it, you can also take Other Documents for Verification.

Q. Do we Need to Give Original Address Proof and Identity Proof?

No, You have to Give a Copy of your Original Address Proof and Identity Proof to the Officials, but you have to carry the original ones just to show that the Copy is valid and not Edited.

Biometric Scan at Aadhaar Ernolment Centre

4. The Officials will take your Biometrics(Finger Print and Retina Scan) and a Picture(of Face) which will be associated with your Aadhar.

5. After the completion of Above Steps, you will get an Acknowledgement Slip which will contain all your Information.

Your Acknowledgement Slip will have your Enrolment ID and Date-Time which will help you in Checking the Status and Downloading your Aadhaar.

Important Points to Remember

Important Things to Remember to avail Aadhaar for NRI

1. The Enrolment of Aadhaar Is Completely Free, and you must not pay a single penny.

2. If you have not stayed in India for 182 Days in the past 12 Months, then you are not Eligible for an Aadhaar Card.

3. If you were asked to pay Money, then you can Raise a Complaint.

4. Your Aadhaar will reach you within 60-90 Days after you Apply.

5. If you need your Aadhaar Card before that let’s say for Opening a Bank Account, then you can Download your Aadhaar Card which is called E- Aadhaar.

6. E- Aadhaar is 100% Legal and Valid.

7. You can Only Download your E Aadhar After the Status of your Aadhaar Shows Generated.

What proofs does an NRI/OCI need to apply for an Aadhar card?

NRI need a Proof of Address(POA) and a Proof of Identity(POI).

You have to give a copy of your documents to the official at Aadhar Centres as it is Aadhar card required documents, but also take the original documents for verification that the Copy is original and not Edited.

Proof of Identity Proof of Address
Passport Passport
Pan Card Bank Statement/ Passbook
Ration/PDS Photo Card Post Office Account Statement/Passbook
Voter ID Ration ID
Driving License Voter ID
Government Photo ID Cards/ Service Photo Identity Card issued by PSU Driving License
NREGS Job Card Government Photo ID Cards/ Service Photo Identity Card issued by PSU
Photo ID issued by Recognized Educational Instituion Electricity Bill(Not Older than 3 month)
Arms License Water Bill(not older than 3 months)
Photo Bank ATM Card Telephone Landline Bill(Not older than 3 months)
Photo Credit Card Property Tax Receipt(not older than 3 months)
Pensioner Photo Card Credit Card Statement(not older than 3 months)
Freedom Fighter Photo Card Insurance Policy
Kissan Photo Passbook
CGHS / ECHS Photo Card Signed Letter Having Photo from Bank on Letterhead
CGHS / ECHS Photo Card Signed Letter Having Photo Issued by Registered Company on Letterhead
Address Card Having Name and Photo Issued by Department of Posts Signed Letter Having Photo issued by Recognized Education Instruction on letterhead
Certificate of Identity having Photo issued by Gazetted Officer or Tehsildar on letterhead NREGS Job Card
Disability ID Card/handicapped medical certificate issued by the respective State/UT Government/Administrations Arms License
Pensioner Card
Freedom Fighter Card
Kissan Passbook
Certificate of Address having photo issued by MP or MLA or Gazetted Officer or Tehsildar on letterhead
Certificate of Address issued by Village Panchayat head or its equivalent authority (for rural areas)
Income Tax Assessment Order
Vehicle Registration Certificate
Registered Sale / Lease / Rent Agreement
Address Card Having Photo issued by Department of Posts
Caste and Domicile Certificate having Photo issued by State Govt
Disability ID Card/handicapped medical certificate issued by the respective State/UT Governments/Administrations
Gas Connection Bill (not older than 3 months)
Passport of Spouse
Passport of Parents(in case of Minor)
Allotment letter of accommodation issued by Central/State Govt. of not more than 3 years old
Marriage Certificate issued by the Government, containing Address.


Q. Is it illegal for an NRI to have an Aadhaar card?

Ans. No, an NRI is also a citizen of India, so he/she has rights to Have an Aadhaar Card after He/She becomes Eligible by staying in India for at least 182 Days in the past 12 Months.

Q. Is an Aadhaar card necessary for an NRI?

Ans. Yes, Aadhar Card is necessary for an NRI if He/She stays in India for 182 Days or above in the Past 12 Months.

Without an Aadhaar Card, He/She may not be able to Enjoy certain Benefits that requires an Aadhar Card.

If a Person does not stay for 182 Days or above in the past 12 Months in India, then it is not mandatory for him/her to have an Aadhar as He/She is not Eligible for the same.

Q. How to get my AADHAR card deleted?

Ans. If you already have an Aadhaar and is going Abroad for a long time, then you may think of Deleting your Aadhaar Card.

Well, you cannot Delete your Aadhaar Card, but you can Lock the Biometrics of your Aadhaar Card.

Q. Do NRIs Need To Link Aadhaar Card With PAN, Bank Account, Mobile Number (SIM)?

Ans. It Depends. For PAN card it is not compulsory to Link Aadhaar Card, but you can link it, same for Bank Account.

But most of the SIM card are given only on Aadhaar Card, so you most probably have to link Aadhaar with Mobile Number to take a new SIM.

For an Older SIM, it is suggested to link it with Aadhaar Card.

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