NRI and Aadhaar – Lots of confusions

Aadhaar for NRI

I am an NRI for past 16 years, but had to apply for Aadhaar card three months back as I was getting messages from my banks, mobile operator that my services would be blocked if I am not linking my Aadhaar number. Aadhaar for NRI is not applicable and earlier the news was about linking PAN and Aadhaar, which I did not do as I did not have Aadhaar.

I had written many times to UIDAI for clarification, but no response, even used twitter to communicate, but no response. When spoke to my other NRI friends, I could understand that most of them had it and I was on the minority side. Finally found some time during my visit to India and applied for Aadhaar. That was a horrible experience which I feel that the UIDAI should work on. You should not be harassed so much to apply for a Identification card.

Now check out this details from the UIDAI website

Is it mandatory to enroll for Aadhaar to file tax returns or apply for PAN in India? If yes, then what is the process for NRIs?

Section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961 as introduced by the Finance Act, 2017 provides for mandatory quoting of Aadhaar / Enrolment ID of Aadhaar application form, for filing of return of income and for making an application for allotment of Permanent Account Number with effect from 1st July, 2017.

It is clarified that such mandatory quoting of Aadhaar or Enrolment ID shall apply only to a person who is eligible to obtain Aadhaar number.

As per the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, only a resident individual is entitled to obtain Aadhaar. Resident as per the said Act means an individual who has resided in India for a period or periods amounting in all to one hundred and eighty-two days or more in the twelve months immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment. Accordingly, the requirement to quote Aadhaar as per section 139AA of the Income-tax Act shall not apply to an individual who is not a resident as per the Aadhaar Act, 2016.

Another Information

Can NRIs also get Aadhaar?

As per the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, only a resident who has resided in India for a period or periods amounting in all to 182 or more in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment

It’s very clear that an NRI is not eligible for applying for a Aadhaar card.

When my bank sent an email stating that I have to link my bank account to Aadhaar, I had to educate my bank about this, which means that the process of implementation is very much unplanned. Even now I get message from my mobile operator that I need to have my Aadhaar linked. My mobile operator does not know that I am an NRI and I am not eligible for Aadhaar.

I agree that this is a very big effort and something of this scale would have such issues. Every migration or upgradation comes with lots of negativity and complaints. Accepting new ways or adapting to changes is a common problem. Some would find themselves tied with million knots when they see their Aadhaar transaction logs.

There can be a very simple mobile or smartphone application for the public who can login using some secure authentication method and keep tract of all the activities happening on their Aadhaar number. Now we do get a SMS and email for every authentication done, but still it could be better to have a web control panel / smartphone application.

After PAN, Bank Accounts, Mobile Phones now its the turn of insurance policies, what next ? Could be properties? It should be and I would want every donation to political party to be made only through Aadhaar number, why not?

Let’s take this as a very positive step and work together to implement the worlds largest identification system.

NRIs_Aadhar Circular

It is very clear that there is no need of Aadhaar for NRI (Non Resident Indian)

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