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FAMILIARISATION MEET:N. Kannan, FRRO, Bureau of Immigration, Chennai, addressing a worksshop on computerisation of FRO in Tiruchi on Tuesday. A. Amalraj, DIG, and Regional Passport Officer K. Balamurugan, seated in the front row among the audience.— PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM
FAMILIARISATION MEET:N. Kannan, FRRO, Bureau of Immigration, Chennai, addressing a worksshop on computerisation of FRO in Tiruchi on Tuesday. A. Amalraj, DIG, and Regional Passport Officer K. Balamurugan, seated in the front row among the audience.— PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM

Foreigners who visit India must register online from December 1.

“The registration, which is done manually, has been computerised,” said V. Suresh, Director, National Informatics Centre (NIC), on Tuesday.

He told Th e Hindu on the sidelines of a workshop on Immigration, Visa and Foreigners’ Registration and Tracking (IVFRT) modules, conducted for the police, Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office (FRRO) and Collectorate officials here.

Sixty officials from Tiruchi, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Pudukkottai, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, and Karur districts are participating in the workshop organised by the FRRO and the Bureau of Immigration, in collaboration with the NIC and the State police at Technology Park, Bharathidasan University.

“To sensitise field-level officials and educate them about the computerised system of the project, the Tamil Nadu government is conducting workshops in all districts across the State. Theworkshops were initiated by N. Kannan, FRRO, Chennai,” he added.

Mr. Suresh said that under the Rs. 1,100 crore project, a unique case file is generated for each foreigner using information captured at different points of contact (airport, and during application for and receipt of visa). Once a foreigner lands in India, he or she must register with the FRRO in cities or FRO in districts. They must visithttp://boi.gov.inand complete registration.

Similarly, those who admit them in – educational or yoga institutions, hospitals or hotels – must register online by filling the required forms at the same link. Form C (for hoteliers) and Form S (for educational institutions) can be accessed at the ‘registration and visa extension’ section of the website. Any service provider who is financially benefited by foreigners’ visit must register, he said.

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