NORI (NO OBLIGATION TO RETURN TO INDIA)

NORI (NO OBLIGATION TO RETURN TO INDIA)

NORI applicants not based in USA may approach the nearest Indian Mission to avail NORI service.

NORI applicants in India may approach CPV Division of the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.

NORI application is a three-stage process available to J 1 visa holders. Please click here to see the details (pdf file). 

How to Apply:

STAGE – I:

1

Download the Miscellaneous Application form and fill it up carefully. Each applicant is required to fill up separate Miscellaneous Application form and affix his/her photograph on the same.

2.

 

Complete the following: (I) NORI form (both parts); (ii) bio data; and (iii) affidavit. (pdf) to be downloaded from https://www.indianembassy.org/pdf/Form_Pdf_66.pdf

These documents may be submitted in FOUR original sets.  Notarize all 4 sets and submit along with one set of the photocopy.

3.

Current valid passport in original and photocopies of the first five pages and last two pages of the passport. Original and photocopy of the J1 Visa.

4.

Original and photocopy of any of the following documents as proof of residence: US Driving License, Utility Bill, Lease Agreement, State Identity Card or Mortgage Deed.

6.

Carry all original supporting documents for presentation to the Consular Officer. Photocopies of these documents may be attached with the application.  Ensure that photocopies of these documents are legible.

7.

Fee:   A fee of US$60.00 (Sixty Only) for Stage I and an additional fee of US$2.00 (Two Only). The fees may be paid in cash or as money order/cashiers’ cheque, drawn separately towards fee and ICWF, in favour of Embassy of India, Washington DC.

8.

Processing Time: NORI cases are subject to receipt of clearance from three agencies from India.

STAGE - II:

The Ministry of Human Resources Development has launched a new portal - http://nori.ac.in for inviting online application for NORI since 27th February 2016.

On receipt of attested forms from the Embassy please send the attested copies by online through following link: http://nori.ac.in to following agencies in India:

The Regional Passport Office/ Passport Issuing authority from where applicant has been issued the Passport.

The Home Department of the State in India where the applicant belongs.

The Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resource Department, ES-5 Division, External Scholar Ship Division., 2nd floor, Wing-6, West Block -1, R.K. Puram, Delhi- 110 066.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain clearances from the offices in India. Embassy will not pursue it on their behalf.

STAGE – III:

1

Download the Miscellaneous Application form and fill it up carefully. Each applicant is required to fill up separate Miscellaneous Application form and affix a photograph on the same.

2.

 

On receipt of clearance from all three offices mentioned above, send a copy of all the three clearances along with the CASE NUMBER given by US Immigration authorities (www.uscis.gov ) to the Embassy (For Details, Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/student/residency-waiver.html).

3.

Current valid passport in original and photocopies of the first five pages and last two pages of the passport. Original and photocopy of the J1 Visa.

4.

Original and photocopy of any of the following documents as proof of residence: US Driving License, Utility Bill, Lease Agreement, State Identity Card or Mortgage Deed

5.

Carry all original supporting documents for presentation to the Consular Officer. Photocopies of these documents may be attached with the application.  Ensure that photocopies of these documents are legible.

6.

Fee:  A non-refundable fee of US$20.00 (Twenty Only) for Stage III and an additional fee of US$2.00 (Two Only) towards Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF). The fees may be paid in cash or as money order/cashiers’ cheque, drawn separately towards fee and ICWF, in favour of Embassy of India, Washington DC.

7.

 

Processing Time: NORI cases are subject to receipt of clearance from all three agencies from India. Applicant may remain in touch with them to pursue the application.

The Consulates in USA and Mission/Posts abroad will issue the waiver certificate and forward (ink singed copy only) to the Embassy of India in Washington DC for onward transmission to the Waiver Department, Department of States, who will then notify the applicant directly regarding further status of the application.

Apply by Mail: Applicants who want to apply for NORI waiver at Stage I and Stage III, can also avail the service by mail after completing the required formalities, as mentioned above enclosing a trackable pre-paid self-addressed return mailing envelope. Incomplete applications will be send back indicating the requisites to complete the application. However, when applying by mail the fees must be paid in only as money order/cashiers’ cheque, drawn separately towards fee and ICWF, in favour of Embassy of India, Washington DC.