Mumbai FRRO to accept Goa’s OCI applications


In a temporary relief for Goans seeking OCI status, the Home Ministry has directed the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer, Mumbai, to accept and process OCI applications from Goa until arrangements are made here itself within the next 45 days. NRI Commissioner’s office has said that people seeking OCI status will not have to send their applications to Delhi. “This arrangement is temporary as the FRRO office in Goa should be operational by April 1 this year,” U D Kamat, Director for NRI Affairs said. In a communiqué issued Friday, Kamat said, “Any foreign citizen of Indian origin based in Goa who intends to apply for OCI status and cannot wait for the facility to commence in Goa, is advised to submit their applications to FRRO Mumbai for the same.” It was pointed out that even though the Central Government had delegated powers to FRRO Goa for issuing OCI status to eligible foreign citizens of Indian origin residing at Goa with effect from December 1, 2012, it would commence only by April 1, 2013.
The Bureau of Immigration has not started functioning since the infrastructure; office premises and trained manpower are not in place. “Every effort is being made to put in place these facilities by April 2013,” says the NRI Commissioner’s note. It was pointed out that SP, Foreigners Branch; Tony Fernandes has been designated as FRRO, Goa and will be working on deputation for the Bureau of Immigration.[H]