News & Notes 776:To All Auroville Residents of Foreign Origin
To All Auroville Residents of Foreign Origin
The Foreigners Regional Registration Officer, Chennai, has sent some clarifications on various visa related issues. They are:
A) Auroville Residents attending seminars / workshops/ conferences elsewhere in India
- Auroville Residents are permitted to attend a seminar, workshop and conference in connection with their work for an Auroville unit/trust, after providing prior intimation to the RRO.
- This implies that the unit/trust has to inform the Working Committee by letter. The Working Committee will obtain the ok from the Secretary and inform the RRO.
- Auroville Residents are not permitted to attend any seminar/workshop/conference which is not in connection with the work of the Auroville trust/unit for which the Auroville resident is working but which is for his/her private benefit. The Working Committee has requested the Secretary, Auroville Foundation, to seek a clarification on this issue from the FRRO.
- Auroville Residents may attend an international conference/seminar/workshop without any specific permission from the FRRO concerned provided political clearance and event clearance for holding the international conference/seminar workshop wherever necessary has been granted by the Ministry of External Affairs/Ministry of Home Affairs respectively.
B) Auroville Residents doing Tourism
Auroville Residents are permitted to undertake tourism in India. However, if the period of absence is more than 8 weeks from Auroville, the same has to be intimated to RRO, Pondicherry and the foreigners have to report to the concerned FRRO/FRO.
C) Medical treatment
Auroville Residents are permitted to undergo treatment without applying for conversion of his/her visa into Medical visa if s/he is suffering from a minor medical condition which does not need hospitalization.
In case of sudden illness which requires continuous treatment of less than 180 days, the foreigner or medical representative should approach the office of FRRO and submit a medical certificate from a Government/ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) /NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospital & Health Providers)/MCI (Medical Council of India/ CGHS (Central Government Health Scheme) recognized hospital mentioning the medical condition and recommendation for treatment along with the duration of treatment. The FRRO, after due satisfaction that the foreigner has fallen ill while in India, will grant permission for taking the treatment by issuing a 'Medical Permit' of limited duration i.e. less than 180 days. The primary visa will not be cancelled and the foreigner may take treatment till 180 days. After the period of treatment, the primary visa shall continue to be valid for its normal duration.
In case the treatment exceeds 180 days, the primary visa will be converted to 'Medical' visa by the FRRO and extended as per the normal Medical visa provisions after collecting necessary fees. In such cases, the primary visa will be suspended.
The Working Committee has requested the Secretary, Auroville Foundation, to seek a clarification on this issue from the FRRO, in particular if prior permission is required for short-term emergency medical treatment at a hospital.
C) Foreigners holding tourist visa
The foreigner holding a tourist visa is permitted to share their knowledge or skills for free by giving a talk or a performance, after giving prior intimation to the RRO.
The foreigner holding a tourist visa is permitted to participate in a workshop or seminar after getting permission from RRO.