- New Registration and Extension Procedures in Mumbai
- November 21, 2011
- Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
The Mumbai Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office (FRRO) has introduced new registration procedures, including an online registration application. The FRRO has also begun requiring extensive tax documentation for employment visa extensions.
New FRRO Registration Procedures
Under a revised registration system, foreign nationals must complete and print an online application at least one day before visiting the Mumbai FRRO to register. The FRRO accepts registration applications on a first-come-first-served basis from Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (IST). Foreign nationals will not be able to register unless they bring the completed online form with them. They can no longer complete the registration application at their FRRO visit. Fragomen-India can help coordinate the completion of these new formalities for clients.
In a related development, the Mumbai FRRO now issues a single residence permit document to foreign nationals who have completed the registration process. The FRRO has eliminated the registration booklet that was previously issued.
Additional Tax Documentation Required for Employment Visa Extensions
Foreign nationals applying to extend their employment visas at the Mumbai FRRO must now submit their employer’s most recently updated Form 26 AS, a consolidated tax statement issued by the Indian Income Tax authorities detailing employer tax deductions or collections from an employee’s salary and any advance tax deposits made on behalf of the employee. Foreign nationals must also attach their individual tax payment receipts to the Form 26 AS.
In the past, the FRRO accepted consolidated tax payment receipts accompanied by a statement on company letterhead detailing monthly tax deductions, in lieu of the formal tax documents. The government has instituted the new requirement because it wants better confirmation that taxes are properly being withheld and remitted to the Indian Treasury.
It will take time for employers and foreign workers to collect the additional tax documentation, so employers may have to start preparing extension applications further in advance than they have in the past.