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Non Aadhaar mobile SIM Verification for NRIs or Foreigners

Government is introducing new SIM verification method for NRIs or foreigners who are not eligible for Aadhaar.

Aadhaar linkage is not restricted to filing income tax return (ITR) and government schemes; it has been expanded to more daily essentials.

Government have issued a notice stating that all mobile SIM cards are required to be linked with Aadhaar cards and telecom companies had been earlier instructing users to start the process of linking Aadhaar card with phone numbers. And this verification needs to be done by February 2018, after that all unlined phones to be deactivated thereafter.

How to link your mobile number to the Aadhaar Card for Indian Residents.

However, the question lies for the NRIs (Non Residence of Indians) and foreign tourist who are not eligible for Aadhaar card.

The Telecom Department and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is planning to come out with a solution for this category.

Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan has said that the decision on non-Aadhaar SIM verification method for NRIs and foreign tourists may likely be taken in two to three weeks

She also said that

one such way for NRIs and foreign tourists could be authentication through passport, but no decision has been taken yet on the matter

Another way which has been simplified this week with the government is through OTP (One Time Password) and other modes to complete the process of linking mobile numbers with the 12 digit biometric identifier.

Government have asked the telecom operators to submit a blueprint of the process to UIDAI by November 2017 to function the new method of SIM re – verification through Aadhaar.

Also, the government have asked the telecom companies to provide door step service for the verification for ill and senior citizens who are also existing customers.

This process of linkage can be done through OTP (One Time Password) or IVRS (Interactive Voice Response) facility as well.

Telecom operators have also been directed to deploy iris devices at appropriate number of service points so subscribers have access to iris authentication within a reasonable geographical distance

This step has been taken by the government in order to prevent the numbers from misuse by the terrorist and fraudsters.

How to get yourself an Aadhaar Card being an NRI? Read about it here.

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