Aadhaar Card for a Non-resident Indian

Aadhaar Card is a document for which an Indian can apply. According to the Aadhaar Act, 2016, to be an Indian resident, it is a must to reside in India for a period of 182 days or more, in the 12 months immediately from the date of filing Aadhaar card application.

If a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) has stayed in India for 182 days or more, in the 12 months right before the date of application, then that NRI is eligible to apply for an Aadhaar card.

An Aadhaar card is linked with the Centralized Data base and includes demographic, biometric and other relevant data of an individual.

Process for NRIs to avail an Aadhaar Card

The process and requirement to avail an Aadhaar Card for an NRI is same as the process of Indian resident’s Aadhaar card making.

The NRI needs to visit UIDAI website for filing an Aadhaar Card application or can also visit to nearest and authorized enrolment center along with carrying an identity proof.

Steps to follow by an NRI to avail Aadhaar card as follows:

Documents submission

It is the first step towards availing an Aadhaar card. The documents required to be submitted are a photo ID, a school certificate, and a birth certificate. After an NRI applicant submits the required document then it is verified by the UIDAI officials to determine its eligibility for the Aadhaar card.

Finger-Tip scanning

After document submission, another step is that NRI applicant is being asked to go for biometric scanning. Under this procedure all 10 of the fingers NRI Aadhaar card applicant will be scanned to create his or her unique identity. The biometric scanning is significant to ensure that the identity of NRI individual is unique and accurate.

IRIS scanning

Not only the fingertips are scanned to establish a person’s perfect identity. The authorities will also scan his or her iris to ensure that the identity cannot be misused by someone else. Iris scanning is just being performed after the fingertips scanning in the enrolment center.


After the completion of the scanning procedure, the Aadhaar applicants will need take the photograph of the NRI applicant from the web camera at the enrollment Center. The photograph will then be added in the Aadhaar document. After that, NRI is being provided with the physical copy of Aadhaar card.

It took almost 60-90 days for the authorities to dispatch the Aadhaar card. To track the status of his/her Aadhaar card online, log in to the UIDAI website and enter the enrollment number (EID) mentioned in the acknowledgment slip.

The dispatch time taken by the UIDAI for an NRI’s Aadhaar card is the same as of a resident’s Aadhaar card. 

The UIDAI also provides facilities for both residents and non-resident Indians to download the e-Aadhaar card from its website. A digital copy of Aadhar is accepted for all kinds of services.