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Is your passport validity extended by hand? It’s time to renew

If your passport was initially issued for short-term and later extended by handwritten endorsement (as shown in the image), it is time to renew them. Recently, India’s diplomatic missions worldwide had asked people with hand-written passports to apply for machine-readable passports. This was to meet International Civil Aviation Organisation’s deadline of November 24, 2015 to globally phase out all non-machine readable passports. …

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Duty-free Allowances For Indian citizens Travelling to India

Duty-free Allowances For Indian citizens Travelling to India 2021

Indian citizens who are staying/working abroad on a visa or foreign citizens of Indian origin are entitled to certain duty-free allowances while travelling to India. However, duty-free baggage allowance rules may vary based on the country of residence, duration of stay abroad and duration of stay in India and a few other factors. Below are the items …

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Guide : How to upgrade to Machine Readable Passport

Indians who hold handwritten passports and 20-year passports with validity beyond November 24, 2015, should get their passports re-issued and obtain machine readable passports (MRP), the Indian embassy had said in a statement issued in December 2014. This is in keeping with rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which has decided to do …

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How to use Madad – The new helpline portal for NRIs

Indian citizens living in GCC nations – Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE – and Malaysia will now be able to file consular grievances online as the Indian government launched an e-portal to address such complaints promptly with a high degree of “accountability”. The portal ‘Madad’ (Help) was launched by Indian External …

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Read this before you buy a property in India

Contrary to popular belief, NRIs are not allowed to buy all types of properties as resident Indians can. There are Reserve Bank of India guidelines and Foreign Exchange regulations that restrict NRIs from buying certain types of properties. If you are an NRI, you cannot purchase any agricultural land, farm house or plantation property. You can have ownership of such …

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Understanding NRI Bank Accounts

Most individuals make a mistake of continuing a resident savings account even after becoming a NRI but the law does not allow it. Or in simple words it’s illegal to hold savings bank account for NRIs.As per FEMA regulation, when a status changes to NRI the resident savings account have to be converted to a Non-Resident …

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India Govt Scholarships for NRI Students

There are many schemes and programmes for NRIs initiated by the Central Government and various State Governments. Lack of public awareness and ignorance by media result in these being not available to the majority of NRIs. This article explains about the Scholarships for NRI Students provided by the Indian Government. Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children …

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