There have been recent changes in police verification procedures for foreign nationals in Bangalore.
What is New?
The main changes are as follows:
1. The local police is now empowered to visit (or summon to the police station) any foreign national at random for status verification, to check compliance with immigration laws and to prevent overstay.
This has been triggered by a Karnataka High Court order in a recent bail matter for a foreign national, in which the High Court asked the FRRO (Foreign Regional Registration Office) and State Police to better coordinate the tracking of foreign nationals to monitor overstays.
2. A new tenant verification form, called an Annexe to Order Form, has been introduced:
The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs issued a statement on 18 March 2016, emphasizing the mandatory requirement for hotels, guest houses, hostels, and private homes among others to report the arrival and stay of any foreign national within 24 hours of arrival at their premises.
This is to be done via the online “Form C” application. The statement specifies that the definition of hotel includes rented accommodation. Many jurisdictions (including Chennai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata) already implement Form C reporting.