As per the Aadhar Act,2016 any individual/NRI who has stayed in India for at least 182 days within 12 months immediately before applying for aadhar is a resident and eligible to apply for aadhar card. An aadhar card is not a citizenship card rather it’s an identification proof which is linked with the centralised database as it includes demographic, biometric and other data used for the identification of an individual.
Process of availing aadhar card for NRIs:
The process of applying an aadhar card for NRI is same as that for the Indian resident. Either the NRI can book the appointment and download forms by visiting the official website of UIDAI or the person can directly visit the nearby enrolment centres with the required documents.
Steps for availing aadhar card by visiting enrolment centre:
Though it will take around 60-90 days by the authorities for sending the aadhar card, but the individual can surely track the aadhar card status online on the website of UIDAI by using Enrolment number (EID) which remain present at the top right corner of acknowledgement slip, received after the completion of enrolment process or else UIDAI also facilitates ‘e-aadhar download’ from the official website as the soft copy of aadhar also has the same importance..
Income Tax Filing for NRIs Through Aadhar Card:
As introduced by the finance act 2017, section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961 says that for filing income tax returns or for application of PAN card by any resident of India, it is mandatory for him/her to have an aadhar card or aadhar number. But this act is not applicable for NRIs since July,2017.