NRI Aadhaar card linking – Is it compulsory?

NRI Aadhaar card linking

NRI Aadhaar card linking – Is it compulsory?

Know about NRI Aadhaar card linking – Is it compulsory to update Aadhaar card with Government Services?

Government of India has announced about linking the Aadhaar card with lots of government services. Those who are residents of India where needed to update and link their aadhaar card with PAN card ,BANK,SIM card, GAS, LIC etc., in order to receive the Government service and benefits.Here we are going to see about NRI Aadhaar card linking.

Now the question is “What about NRIs? Is it Compulsory for them?

NRI Aadhaar card linking- Government understand the difficulties of NRI they also said that “In the recent past several representations have been received from individuals such as Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Person of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs) informing about difficulties being faced by them on demand of Aadhaar by respective Authorities in respect of various services/ benefits etc. An illustrative list of such  cases  wherein NRIs/ PIOs/ OCIs are reported to have been asked to submit or link Aadhaar in order to avail the services/ benefits/ schemes has been compiled and is placed as Annexure .”

The  laws  regarding  submitting/ linking  of Aadhaar for  availing   the services/ benefits  applies  to  the  resident  as  per  the Aadhaar Act,  2016. In view of the foregoing, most of the NRIs/ PIOs/ OCIs may not be eligible for Aadhaar enrolment as per the   Aadhaar   Act,   2016.    However,   the implementing agency may devise a mechanism to ascertain the genuineness of status of such NRIs/ PIOs/ OCIs.

According to the Circular (Please click and see the full details in the circular)

G.O about NRI Aadhaar card linking

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In view of the above, it is suggested that all Central Ministries / Departments/ State Governments and other implementing agencies may keep in consideration the following while seeking Aadhaar as a proof of identity:

  1. a) Aadhaar as an identity document may be sought only from those who are eligible for it as per the Aadhaar Act, 2016; and
  2. b) Most of NRIs/ PIOs/ OCIs may not be eligible for Aadhaar enrolment as per the Aadhaar Act, 2016.

Our Recommendation:

It is recommended from our (kadhambam) side that if you have Aadhaar card even though you are NRI it is better to link your Aadhar with the said services. Most of the AAdhaar Linking services are online only. You can do it by yourself in a simple process from anywhere in the world.

We have explained most of the Process in simple way in our website.

We have given most of the linking process here:-

Here you can see most of the linking services which can be done online.

Did you link Aadhaar Card with these 5 Services online?

The following Linking is must for getting government services. These can be done online:-

PAN Card Online

Ration card-Tnpds Online


Mobile Number

Bank Accounts

Visit the below link to learn how to link the above said services online :-



Did you know how to link the following online ?

How to Link Aadhaar Card-Mobile Number? 

How to add your Aadhaar card to Ration card?-Tnpds

How to Link AADHAAR and PAN card with LIC?

How to add your Aadhaar card to Ration card?-Tnpds

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