Visa & Migration
It is mandatory for all foreigners arriving on long term student visa to register themselves before the foreigner's registration officer within 14 days of their first arrival in India, irrespective of duration of stay. International students are required to adhere to any observations made on the Indian visa. Registration of the visa can be done at the office of the District Police Chief located at Civil Station, Kannur . No fee is required to be paid for registration , but a penalty of US $30 will be charged for late registration.
For registration first visit www.indianfrro.gov.in/frro
and follow the instructions. You need to first submit your application online, please select the state as Kerala and the district as Kannur, and give the details asked for. Once the application is submitted you will be given a date and time to appear in person at the Kannur Foreigner Regional Registration Office(FRRO). Please note that no private agency of any kind should be involved and you must appear in person. The Directorate of International Academics , will provide any required assistance. Registration is not only a procedural matter but it also concerns your personal safety. Please note that your place of stay should be communicated to the FRRO as well as the local police station. The following documents are required to be submitted at the time of the registration:
(i) Registration form (3 copies)
(ii) 4 recent passport size photographs
(iii) Bona fide certificate from University in original
(iv) Copy of passport/visa/arrival immigration stamp
(v) Copy of valid Lease/Rent agreement or copy of C-form from the hotel or copy of recent electricity /telephone bill along with letter from the landlord , towards proof of residence
(vi) Passport in original
On registration, a registration document/number will be issued to the students.
International students need to approach the FRRO for extension of stay for a period of one year at a time up to the duration of the University program or 5 years whichever is less. The following documents are required to be submitted at the time of visa extension:
(i) Visa extension form
(ii) 1 recent passport size photograph
(iii) Bona fide certificate from the University in original.
(iv) Copy of Valid lease/rent agreement or Copy of C-form from the Hotel or copy of recent electricity /telephone bill along with the letter from the landlord, towards proof of residence.
Student Visa Conversion
International students who are already in India and who wish to pursue research programs after completing their studies, the FRRO may convert a student visa into research visa. Proof of adequate financial resources should be produced for this.
Grant of Return Visa
International students may approach FRRO for grant of one return visa per year on genuine grounds such as for visiting parents, relatives during vacation, family emergencies, appearing in exams etc. In cases of extreme compassion i.e., death/serious illness of close relative /friend, even second return visa may be granted, but will be subject to usual checks and only on production of certificate from the University /educational institutions.