The Aadhaar card is one of the most important identity documents in India. Besides government programs, Aadhaar is important for financial services. It is required to receive benefits under various state-sponsored schemes. Many public and private authorities, including those that provide KYC services, also require an aadhaar card to provide those services.
Whether or not an NRI (Non-Resident Indian) can apply for an Aadhaar card is an issue that comes up quite often. UIDAI has confirmed that an NRI with a valid Indian passport can be applied for from any Aadhaar Kendra.
UIDAI has mentioned these steps that an NRI has to follow to get an Aadhaar card:
Visit your nearest Aadhaar Kendra Don’t forget to carry your valid Indian passport. Fill in your details on the registration form. It is mandatory for NRAs to list their email ID. The statement is slightly different for NRA enrollment. Please read and sign the following on your enrollment form Ask your operator to register as an NRA For proof of identity, give the operator your passport After proof of identity, complete the biometric process Make sure to verify all the data on the screen before giving it to the operator Keep a receipt or proof of enrollment with your 14-digit Enrollment ID and a date and time stamp.
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You can check the status after completing the process at myaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/CheckAadhaarStatus. According to UIDAI, you have the option to provide another legitimate document or documents in addition to your passport to verify your address and date of birth. However, if the address on your passport has changed, you will need to provide the updated Indian address along with a current Proof of Address (PoA) compliant with the list of UIDAI acceptable papers.