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NRI Aadhar Card – All Secrets You Want To Know

By Hemant Beniwal

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If you are searching for Aadhaar card for NRIs, the Application process for Aadhaar for NRIs, Documents Required for NRI Aadhar Card, what are the purposes and benefits of holding an Aadhaar; then you are on the right page. 

Aadhaar For NRIs

What is Aadhaar?

Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identification number issued by the UIDAI on the government’s behalf. It is a biometric document that stores an individual’s personal information on a government database.

What Aadhaar is not?

Aadhaar does NOT mean

  • Proof of Indian citizenship.
  • Rights to stay in India if other relevant conditions are not met.

Can an NRI hold an Aadhaar?

Non-Resident Indians who have a valid Indian passport can apply for an Aadhaar. Earlier, the rule was that if a Non-Resident Indian has lived in the country for 182 days or more in the last year, the NRI can apply to Aadhaar. This is NOT applicable anymore, and NRIs can apply for Aadhaar on arrival to India. 

Read – Impact of Change Indian Residential status

Is it compulsory for NRIs to have an Aadhaar?

It is not mandatory for NRIs to have Aadhaar. It does serve many purposes. It is slowly becoming the primary source of identification and integrated into different economic transactions.

Application Process for Aadhar For NRIs

Any individual dwelling in India can apply for an Aadhaar card. The qualification standards for the Aadhaar card is as per the following: 

  1. The individual must be over the age of 3 years. 
  2. The individual must be an Indian occupant. 
  3. Outsiders are likewise qualified for enrolment. 
  4. Outsiders living in the nation alongside NRIs are eligible for the Aadhaar card.

Requirements for Aadhar card for NRI

Before enrolling for Aadhar yojana, NRIs must have some necessary documents. Below are the documents required for Aadhaar for NRIs.

  • School Certificate.
  • Birth Certificate
  • Photo ID Proof.

All the above documents are checked by government authorities and skillful specialists to decide whether they are substantial and qualified for an Aadhaar card. 

Check – New Tax Laws for NRIs in India

What is the process for an NRI to acquire an Aadhaar?

The status can be a check on the UIDAI website. If the application is accepted, Aadhaar is delivered to India’s postal address in about 90 days. It is also available on the website and can be download. A downloaded Aadhaar is equally valid as an Aadhaar that arrives by post.

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How to obtain an Aadhaar card for NRIs

Below we have mentioned steps for obtaining an Aadhar for NRIs.

  • Visit any nearby Aadhaar Kendra. 
  • Carry your Indian Passport with you.
  • Fill all the details in the Aadhar enrolment form.
  • Ask the administrator to enroll you as NRI.
  • Giving an Email ID is compulsory for NRI.

How does an NRI procure Aadhaar for their children who are NRIs?

The enrolment form has to be authenticated by a parent/guardian on behalf of the child (person less than 18 years of age). A valid Passport as proof of identity and address has to be submitted.

Check- Pan Card for NRI- All you want to Know

Is it mandatory for an NRI to link the PAN and Aadhaar?

NRIs don’t need to link PAN with Aadhaar as Aadhaar is not mandatory for NRIs. But having an Aadhaar might make some financial transactions simpler. So, you may want to link Aadhaar to your PAN.

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How can I link it with PAN?

Linking the Aadhaar and PAN is quite simple. You can go to the Income Tax website and click on ‘Link Aadhaar’ on the left-hand side menu. The page to link the two will display. Complete the webform to finalize the transaction. You can check the status here

What are the purposes and benefits of holding an Aadhaar?

It is a single source offline/online identity verification across the country. It is used for authentication and verification in many transactions. It is a document that combines age proof, address proof, and identity proof. Since it is an online document, authentication and verification can happen anywhere and anytime. It also serves as proof of welfare programs and subsidies. It is easy to open bank accounts and apply for a passport if you have an Aadhaar. Aadhaar is mandatory in many cases for a resident Indian.

What else should I know about Aadhaar?

  • There is no online process as of now to apply for Aadhaar.
  • Obtaining Aadhaar does not involve any fees.
  • While filling the enrolment form, the declaration is a little different for NRIs from the one for residents. It is essential to read and understand it before signing the enrolment form.
  • Currently, the Aadhaar process does not support international numbers nor international addresses for correspondence.
  • If the NRI does not have an Indian address in the Passport, any other document that is the list of approved address documents can be submitted.

From the above article, we hope you understand all the important information regarding Aadhar card for NRIs. If you have any inquiries about NRI Aadhar Card, then you can contact us. We are happy to help you. 

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Hemant Beniwal


Hemant Beniwal is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and his Company Ark Primary Advisors Pvt Ltd is registered as an Investment Adviser with SEBI. Hemant is also a member of the Financial Planning Association, U.S.A and registered as a life planner with Kinder Institute of Life Planning, U.S.A. He started his Financial Planning Practice in 2009 & is among the first generation of financial planners in India. He also authored Bestseller book "Financial Life Planning". 

  • Thanks very much Hemant for clarifying the rules around Aadhar for NRIs. There has been so much confusion on this. I and my family members got Aadhar cards issued on one of our visits to India, and afterwards we were told it was a “crime” to hold Aadhar cards as NRIs! Yet, all government processes now accept it as ID (rightly so)… This article will help many NRI friends. Really very useful.

  • I am a NRI since last 3 years. The registered add in my aadhar and pan are not valid anymore, since we have changed the residence in India. Since I am not in India and not planning to go anytime soon, how do I change the registered address on my aadhar and pan?

    • Hi Mudit

      Yes, You can update the Address in Aadhar using the UIDAI portal online and after updating it in Aadhar, it can be done in Pan also through online.

  • The Indian Citizen holding Aadhar Card subsequently becomes NRI. Is there any requirement to change status and procedure?

  • Excellent article and very useful information.Request you to clarify that in case the NRI has already obtained an Aadhar Card ,before he became an NRI,can he continue holding the same after he becomes a NRI, especially now,since now a NRI has been allowed to apply for an Aadhar Card

    • Hi Sree,
      Yes, OCI cardholders can get an Aadhaar card if they have resided in India for a period of 182 days or more in one year immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment.

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