Foreigner Registration in India is governed by the Registration of Foreigners Act 1939 read with Registration of Foreigners Rules 1992. Sction 6 of the said Rules laid down as follows:
“Every foreigner entering India or resident in India shall present in person or through an authorised representative to the appropriate Registration Officer specified in Rules, a report (herein after-referred to as a registration report) within the time specified in that rule:
Provided that no such report shall be necessary in the case of a foreigner who enters India on a visa for a period of not more than one hundred and eighty days and who does not remain in India beyond the said period.”
That implies that all the foreigners visiting India for more than 180 days, need to present himself before the concerned foreigner’s registration officer and will be required to get themselves registered within 14 days of his first arrival, irrespective of the duration of their stay. The said registration is VISA based and would be valid for a period of his stay in India, though no fees is payable, except that penalty is levied in over-staying cases beyond that period or on delayed registrations.
The Foreigner Registration Offices are located at various major cities in India like Delhi, Kolkatta, Mumbai, Amritsar, Chennai, etc.