Adoption of Children
Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), is a statutory body under the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India. It functions as the nodal body for adoption of Indian children and is mandated to monitor and regulate in-country and inter-country adoptions. CARA is designated as the Central Authority to deal with inter-country adoptions in accordance with the provisions of The Hague Convention on Inter-Country Adoption, 1993, ratified by Government of India in 2003.
CARA primarily deals with adoption of orphan, abandoned and surrendered children through its associated /recognized adoption agencies. In this regard, the Indian Diplomatic Missions perform the following role in inter-country adoption of Indian Children, namely: -
(1) Liaise with Central or public authorities concerned to ensure safeguards of children of Indian origin adopted by Non-Resident Indian, Overseas Citizen of India or foreign parents against neglect, maltreatment, exploitation or abuse;
(2) Interact with the authorized foreign adoption agencies and Central Authorities within their jurisdiction and organize or participate in the get-togethers of the adopted children and their parents;
(3) Recommend proposals for authorization of foreign adoption agencies for the purpose of sponsoring applications for adoption of Indian children;
(4) Issue visa to foreign prospective adoptive parents who wish to see a child in person at a Specialized Adoption Agency in India, before accepting him for adoption, after their adoption application is approved by the Authority, and also for attending the court proceedings as well as for receiving the child thereafter;
(5) Empanel and authorize social workers to complete adoption application formalities including Home Study Report in a foreign country, where there is no Authorized Foreign Adoption Agency or a Government department to deal with adoption;
(6) Register the adoption applications of Non-Residence Indian Prospective Adoptive Parents or Overseas Citizen of India in Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System along with requisite documents as specified in Schedule VI of Adoption Regulations, 2017 and upload post-adoption follow-up reports as in Regulation 19 of Adoption Regulations, 2017;
(7) The Indian diplomatic mission processing the adoption application, either directly or through the authorized organization, shall send progress report of the child on quarterly basis in the first year and on six monthly basis in the second year, from the date of arrival of the child in the receiving country and in case of disruption of adoption, shall take actions as provided in Regulation 19 of Adoption Regulations, 2017;
(8) Contact the Central Authority or other authorities in the receiving countries to ensure safeguards of children of Indian origin adopted by Non-Resident Indian or Overseas Citizen of India or foreign parents and in case of disruption of adoption, a report in this regard shall also be sent to the Authority at the earliest;
Registration and Solemnization of Marriage
Under the Foreign Marriage Act, 1969, the Embassy is authorized to solemnize marriages of citizens of India residing abroad.
Requirements - When One Partner is Indian, and the Other Partner is a Foreigner: -
1) An advertisement in a local newspaper in Qatar and one advertisement in an English newspaper at the native place in India in r/o Indian partner and advertisement in an English newspaper of the foreign country (in case one of the parties is a foreigner), announcing their intention to marry and that if anyone has any objection to the marriage, he/she may contact the Embassy of India, Doha. Original clippings of these newspapers are to be submitted in the Embassy.
2) A letter from the Embassy of the country to which the foreign partner belongs, stating that the Embassy does not have any objection to the marriage of its national.
3) Photocopies of the passports, names, addresses & copies of identity documents of parents of groom & bride. Passport copies and QID copies of three witnesses.
4) Passport copies, QID copies and five passport size recent colour photographs in r/o each partner.
5) Singleness/bachelorhood certificate in r/o the Indian partner from the competent court in India and the appropriate authority of the foreign country in r/o the foreign partner. The Singleness/Bachelorhood certificate from India should be duly attested by the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India.
6) Marriage Declaration form (Form8B.pdf | Form8B.docx ) to be submitted to the Consular Officer, duly signed by the partners. The Form is to be signed before the Consular Officer who would attest the same.
7) Marriage fees is to be deposited at the time of submission of the Notice of Intended Marriage (Form8C.pdf |Form8C.doc ), and the other documents listed at Sl. 1 to 5 above, at least thirty days prior to the proposed date of marriage.
Requirements - When Both the partners are Indian Citizens:-
1) An advertisement in the newspapers (both in English and in the native language) in India widely read in the hometown of the partners, giving the name/address and other particulars of the boy/girl, announcing their intention to marry and that if anyone has any objection to the marriage, he/she may contact the Embassy of India, Doha. A similar advertisement is also to be got published in one Qatari newspaper, which is widely read, on the same lines. Original clippings of these newspapers are to be submitted at the Embassy.
2) Photocopies of passports & QIDs of both partners & three witnesses. Copies of identity documents (reflecting their addresses) of parents of the groom & bride.
3) Five recent passport size colour photographs in r/o each of the partners.
4) Singleness/bachelorhood certificate in respect of both the partners from a competent court in India. These certificates should be duly attested by the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India.
5) Marriage Declaration form (Form8B.pdf | Form8B.docx ) to be submitted to the Consular Officer, duly signed by the partners. The Form is to be signed before the Consular Officer who would attest the same.
6) Marriage fees is to be deposited at the time of submission of the Notice of Intended Marriage (Form8C.pdf |Form8C.doc ) and the other documents listed at Sl. 1 to 5 above, at least thirty days prior to the proposed date of marriage.
- An additional surcharge of QR 8 (Qatari Riyal Eight) is levied on each Consular Service as contribution towards the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF). All fees are to be paid in Qatari Riyals in Cash at the Counter along with application. Fees once paid are not refunded, even if the application is withdrawn or the service refused, for whatsoever reason.
Marriage registration by the Embassy of India, Doha is subject to approval of the documents by the competent authority.
Issues Related to Marriage of Indian Nationals to Overseas Indians
Before you are engaged to or marry an overseas Indian, Verify the following details about the overseas Indian through your network of family, friends, relatives, local Indian Associations /Community/Organization/ NGOs etc, in India and in the country where the overseas Indian is residing;
Counseling and legal services are provided through credible Indian Women's Organizations/Indian Community Associations like Indian Community Benevolent Forum(ICBF), Doha. The ICBF helpline is available at +974- 4425 5727.
You may see the guidelines; complete the form available on the website of MEA (http://mea.gov.in/legal-and-financial-assistance.htm). The applications for providing legal aid received by the Indian Missions/Posts are examined by the Mission/Post on case-to-case basis and approved by the Mission/Post, before they are sent to Ministry. The applicant has to submit completed form and relevant documents such as,
You can contact your family, friends, neighbours etc. or Indian Associations/NGOs etc. in the country where overseas Indian resides. The list of such associations is available on the weblink http://www.mea.gov.in/legal-and-financial-assistance.htm . The Indian Embassy/Consulate may be able to help you by approaching the local authorities concerned.
Contact your family, relatives and friends both in India and the foreign country and seek their help, advice or assistance. The Indian Mission, through their empanelled NGOs, local community welfare associations can assist in filing a case approaching NGOs where possible, contacting your family or seeking legal advice, provide shelter for some days, where possible. List of NGOs, lawyers, Indian Associations, in foreign countries registered/empanelled is at the weblink: A Details abraod You may contact them to seek assistance.
Registration of Overseas Electors
Parliament has approved voting rights for non-resident Indians in elections with the Lok Sabha adopting the Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2010. The new law will allow an Indian citizen residing abroad to enroll in voter’s list and exercise his franchise even if he or she remained away from place of residence in India for more than six months owing to employment, education or otherwise. However, the person will be able to exercise the franchise only if he or she is present in the constituency on the polling day.
Notifications to this effect have been issued by various States / Union Territory and Application form 6A (Application Form 6A and guidelines) for registration is available on the website of Election Commission as well as the State Election Commission.
If the application is sent by post, it should be accompanied by a photo-copy of the relevant pages of the passport containing the photograph and all other particulars of the applicant and the page containing the valid visa endorsement. These photo-copies should be got duly attested by the competent official in the Embassy. Applications without the attested photo-copies of these documents will be liable to be summarily rejected.
If the application is submitted in person before the ERO, the application should be accompanied by a photo-copy of the relevant pages of the passport as mentioned above. The original passport should also be produced along with the application for verification by the registration officer. The passport will be returned immediately after verification.
Particulars and postal address of the EROs are available on the website of Election Commission of India (www.eci.nic.in ) and respective State Election Office websites.
ID CARDS FOR EMIGRANTS
Is there any ID card for emigrant?
INDIAN STUDENTS ABROAD
We are students of a university abroad. Our university is derecognized by local authorities. What should we do now?
It is advisable that you take admission in a university abroad only after ascertaining whether it is an established university and a recognized one. Information about the authenticity of the foreign educational institution can be ascertained from your contacts/ friends/ relatives abroad, if any. You can also contact the Indian Embassy/Consulate who could help you in ascertaining the genuineness of the university.
NPS FOR NRIs
Kindly refer the following link for any queries:-http://www.mea.gov.in/images/pdf/nps-for-nri.pdf
GENERAL ADVISORY OF TRAFFIC RULES IN QATAR FOR NRIs
The Ministry of Interior, Government of State of Qatar, is tasked with monitoring road safety and ensuring that everyone obeys the law. Here are some the regulations to be followed:
All the proper documents should be in the vehicle at all times. These are important in case of accidents or other similar cases.
Over speeding is also constantly being monitored. MOI has installed speed radars all over the place for this function. Policemen also check the speed of the vehicles on the road. Thus, it is always advisable to observe the allowed speed.
The offenses of the drivers are being tracked. These carry a corresponding point, depending on the kind of offense committed. For instance, 14 points within 12 months will result in suspension of one’s license. More major offenses might lead to stiffer penalties including imprisonment or deportation. The list of driving offences and their respective penalties are listed below:-
AADHAR CARD FOR NRIs
As per the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, only a resident who has resided in India continuously for a period amounting in all to 182 days or more in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment.
Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD)
Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9th January every year to mark the contribution of the Overseas Indian community to the development of India. January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion since it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi, returned to India from South Africa, led India’s freedom struggle and changed the lives of Indians forever.
PBD conventions are being held every year since 2003. These conventions provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and people of the land of their ancestors for mutually beneficial activities. These conventions are also very useful in networking among the overseas Indian community residing in various parts of the world and enable them to share their experiences in various fields. It was decided in 2016 that PBD conventions would henceforth be held only in alternate years. In the intervening years, a series of PBD Panel Discussions would be held on issues of relevance to India and the Overseas Indian Community. The last PBD Convention was held in Bengaluru in January 2017. The next one is due in January 2019.