Aadhaar Card Not Mandate For Indian Expats

If you are an Indian living in UAE or anywhere in the whole world and don’t have an Aadhaar card then this is for you. UIDAI has issued an update on this.

Since Aadhaar card came into picture, most of the Government & non-government institute is asking for it. Be it opening your new bank account or getting a GAS connection back home for your family. But you don’t need to do it anymore.

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So, on your next visit back home you don’t need an Aadhaar card. This is only for the residents of the country not for person like you who lives out of India for long time.

“Non-Resident Indians (NRI) are exempt from obtaining Aadhaar cards. These are only for Indians residing in the country and not for those living abroad,” clarified Abhay Bhushan Pandey, the CEO of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

The confusion over biometric identity cards for NRIs is unwarranted because resident Indians are considered as those living at a stretch in the country for 182 days, or six months of the year, said the official. Circulars have been sent to all government departments, banks and education institutions, that NRIs are exempt. Moreover, the Aadhaar charter refers to ‘resident Indians’, not expats.

But the citizens’ charter of the Aaadhaar Act of 2016 is clear. It refers only to citizens who have “resided in India for a period or periods amounting in all to 182 days or more in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment”. This means that if an NRI has been living in the India for six months, he or she must apply for an Aaadhaar for banking and other work. Those Indians on a short vacation in their home country do not need a card.

Residents must state in disclosure clause 3(2) of the form that they have been living in the country without a break for six months, which again rules out NRIs. It’s important that Indian expats read the fine print and understand that NRIs cannot fill out these forms. If they do, they will be making a false entry, which is illegal.

Let us know if you ever faced any problem back home for Aadhaar card.

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