Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 13 April 2018 launched the web-based application e-FRRO scheme aimed at providing fast and efficient visa-related services online to visitors to India. It has been a constant endeavour of the Home Ministry to provide fast and efficient services to foreigners visiting India so that they have a pleasant experience of their stay here.
The scheme has already been implemented and is running successfully as a pilot project in four FRROs in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai since February 12. Now it has been rolled out in the remaining eight FRROs — Kolkata, Amritsar, Hyderabad, Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram, Calicut, Lucknow and Ahmedabad. The new scheme include online FRRO service delivery mechanism without requirement of visiting FRRO/FRO office barring exceptional cases. Using this application, foreigners are required to create their own User ID by registering themselves.
Using e-FRRO application, foreigners can apply online on the portal and obtain the service through email/post without appearing in person at the FRO/FRRO office. In 2017, more than one crore foreigners visited India and out of them approximately 3.6 lakh had to visit FRRO offices spread across the country for various visa-related services, said the statement, adding with the launch of e-FRRO scheme, their physical visit to the FRRO offices thus been obviated.