- WHO ARE NRN(S)?
“Non-resident Nepali” means a foreign citizen of Nepali origin and this term also includes a Nepali citizen residing abroad. “Foreign citizen of Nepali origin” means a person who him/herself or whose father, mother grandfather or grandmother was a citizen of Nepal at any time and has subsequently acquired the citizenship of any other foreign country other than a member country of the South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation (SAARC). “Nepali citizen residing abroad” means a Nepali citizen who has been residing in any foreign country for at least two years engaged in any profession, occupation, business and employment except a Nepali citizen residing in a member country of SAARC or serving in a diplomatic mission or consulate situated in a foreign country under the assignment of the Government of Nepal and pursuing studies in an academic institution in a foreign country. Family members of NRN can also register as NRN and obtain their ID cards.
- WHY HAS THE GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZED THEM AND SOUGHT THEIR PARTICIPATION?
The affairs of NRN(s) are governed by Non-Resident Nepali Act, 2008 and Non-Resident Nepali Rules, 2009. The government has recognized NRN(s) and sought their participation for the following reasons:
- To motivate Non-Resident Nepali to take part in all round advancement of Nepal and enhance their attachment towards Nepal; and
- To encourage their investment in Nepal.
- FACILITIES EXTENDED TO NRN(S) BY THE GOVERNMENT OF NEPAL:
The government of Nepal has extended, among others, the following facilities to NRN(s):
- Issuance of Identity Card upon their application with necessary documents and fees
- Right to open an account in convertible foreign currency
- Investment can be made in convertible foreign currency
- Repatriation of investment and profit earned out of investment
- Right to run an industry or business
- Purchase of land for residential purpose
- APPLICATIONS FOR ID CARDS
NRN(s) can apply either from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kathmandu or from the Nepali Embassies abroad for NRN ID Cards. The applicants need to fill up the forms as stated in Schedule 1 of NRN Rules, 2009 and should pay the following fees:
- Application Fee for all NRN(s): US Dollars 20.
- The ID card fee for NRN(s), who are foreign citizens of Nepali origin, is US Dollars 500. For Nepali citizen residing abroad except SAARC countries, the fee is US Dollars 50.
- The validity of the NRN ID card issued to foreign citizens of Nepali origin shall be ten years from the date of issuance.
- The validity of NRN ID card issued to Nepali citizen residing abroad shall be two years.
- In Nepal, these fees can be paid in Nepali rupees at the prevalent exchange rate of the day of application.