Study in India
Information for Foreign Students
Landing on a different soil, miles away from your home and family can be very discomforting. Nothing can help you better than being prepared for this change. Knowing a little about the city you are going to land in, its customs, people and rules and regulations always helps.
Here is a list of things that you should keep in mind, after landing in India.
This is the first thing you’ll need to take care of. Students are generally required to make an oral baggage declaration in respect of baggage and foreign currency in their possession as soon as they land in India. They are also required to obtain the Currency Declaration Form from the Customs. They should fill in the Disembarkation Card handed over to them by the airline during the course of the flight.
There are two channels for clearance:
Green Channel: For passengers not in possession of any dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage.
Red Channel: For passengers in possession of dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage or high value articles. High value articles are to be entered on the tourist Baggage Re-Export Form.
LEE Consultants facilitates reception of students on arrival at airport.
If you are on your own, then always go for a pre-paid cab. They are more reliable than the ones you would get outside the airport.
Exchange your foreign currency for some Indian rupees. It’s better to make all payments in the local currency.
Carry handy change. A phone call from a public booth costs Rs.1 (This requires you to carry the coins.)
ON JOINING/DURING STAY Once you’ve settled in your new surroundings, ensure that you complete the following formalities and paperwork
Contact the Registrar or foreign student adviser of the university/institute, or the respective head of the department to take care of the admission formalities. You can even get advice from us on this. Contact Us.
Medical Examination and AIDS Test
All international students coming to India for studies need to go through a medical test for AIDS. The Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office (FRRO) requires this test as a pre-requisite for obtaining the residence permit form.
All students staying in India, longer than 6 months are required to register with FRRO.
The following documents are required at the time of registration with the Foreigners Registration Officer.
- Photocopy of the passport and initial visa.
- Four photographs of the applicant.
- Details of residence in India.
- HIV test report from one of the WHO recognized institutions for people in the age group of 15 to 60 years, if the foreigner is visiting India on a visa for more than one year.
- Bona-fide certificate from the University / College / Institution in case of student visa.
- Proof of a bank account / sufficient funds, for non-scholarship students BEFORE DEPARTURE FROM INDIA
All persons, except nationals of Bhutan and Nepal, leaving by air, road or rail have to fill in an Embarkation Card at the time of departure.
FRRO (Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office) De-Registration
Every foreigner who is about to depart finally from India must surrender his Certificate of Registration either to the Registration Officer of the place where he is registered or of the place from where he plans to depart or to the Immigration Officer at the Port / Check post of exit from India.
- Currency and other articles not to be taken out.
- Obtain a “No Objection Certificate” from the University. The student has to clear all his dues such as hostel, mess charges, library dues etc. before this certificate is issued.
- Submitting an application on the appropriate form (i.e. mark sheet and proof of taking the examinations); it will be issued usually a week after the results are out.
- Submitting a form in the university administration office for the original degree/diploma to be sent home- that can take up to two years.
- Asking for a letter of recognition/recommendation/testimony from the student’s professor(s), if required.
- Obtaining an Income Tax Clearance Certificate from the concerned Income Tax Office. This is required to be given to the Indian Immigration Authorities at the time of departure. The Income Tax Certificate is given upon presentation of a “No Objection Certificate” from Institute / University.
- The student should complete the customs’ clearance form (obtaining from the Income Tax Office) after closing his bank account.
- Obtain a written permission or ‘no objection’ to leave India from FRRO in the FRRO registration booklet.
- One should report to the airport at least three hours before check in.
- Student planning to leave India after completing their studies may kindly contact us for further information.
It’s a good idea to purchase a city map right away, so that you don’t loose your sense of direction in a new city. Maps are available at every bookshop at the airport.
Contact Us for further details on admission and visa into universities in this country.