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How Indian Expatriates Living in the UAE Can Obtain an Aadhaar Card?

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Pavitra Shetty

Published on March 20, 2024, 08:58:07


India, aadhaar card, expats, expatriates

For Indian expatriates residing in the UAE, obtaining an Aadhaar card—a crucial identification document in India—can be accomplished with the correct documentation and process.

Aadhaar, a unique 12-digit identification number linked with biometric data, serves as comprehensive proof of identity, age, and address within India.

While non-resident Indians (NRIs) are not obligated to possess an Aadhaar card, having one can simplify various transactions upon their return to India or during extended stays, including banking, property rentals and government procedures.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) offers NRIs the opportunity for 'Aadhaar on Arrival,' requiring physical presence in India for biometric authentication during the enrollment process.

Different Aadhaar card forms cater to various age groups:

  • Form 1: Individuals aged 18 and above
  • Form 2: NRIs enrolling or updating with an address outside of India
  • Form 3: Children aged five to under 18 years, residents, or NRIs with Indian address proof
  • Form 4: NRI children in the same age group without Indian address proof

The application process involves the following key steps:

Booking an appointment: Schedule online via the UIDAI website or visit an Aadhaar centre in person.
Document submission: Submit necessary documents in person at the UIDAI enrollment centre.
Biometric data collection: Record biometric details, including finger scans, iris scans and a photograph, at the enrollment centre.
Card delivery: Await delivery of the Aadhaar card to the registered Indian address within 90 days.

Mandatory documents required for NRI Aadhaar card application include a valid Indian passport serving as proof of identity and address.

In the absence of Indian address proof, alternative UIDAI-approved Proof of Address (PoA) documents such as PAN or utility bills can be submitted. Additionally, documentation demonstrating residency status in another country, such as a stamped visa photocopy, may be requested.

For NRI children, a valid Indian passport serves as the sole accepted Proof of Identity (PoI) and Proof of Address (PoA).

(The writer is a legal associate at Dubai-based NYK Law Firm)

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