No Obligation to Return to India (NORI) [Waiver] Certificate Consular Services

No Obligation to Return to India (NORI) [Waiver] Certificate

There is no need to take an appointment. Applicant can visit the Embassy/Consulate on any working day between 09.15 am – 11.45 am. The service will be on first come first serve basis. Before, approaching the Consular Office to seek required service, applicant must be ready with complete application form and other required documents, as mentioned in the Embassy website. This is important to render better and quick service to the applicants.

Please apply strictly as per your jurisdiction for which you have verifiable proof of address. Following is the Consular jurisdiction of the Consulates Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

The Embassy/Consulate reserves the right to reject attestation of documents, the contents of which are objectionable or contrary to the Rules.

NORI CERTIFICATES ARE NOT PROVIDED FOR MEDICAL DOCTORS W.E.F MARCH 5, 2014 BY EMBASSY/CONSULATES.

Applicants not based in USA may approach the nearest Indian Mission/Consulate to avail NORI service. Applicants applying for NORI from India may approach CPV Division of the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.

NORI application is a three stage process. It is available only 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 NORI form (both parts): (i) bio data (pdf file) and (ii) affidavit) (pdf file) in 8 (eight) originals.  Notarize all 8 originals and submit with photocopies.

3.

Current valid passport in original and photocopies of the first five pages and last two pages of the passport.

4.

Original and photocopy of the J1 Visa.

5.

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

Note: Bank/credit card/mobile phone statements are not accepted as residence proof. 

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 non-refundable fee of US$60 (sixty) and US$2 towards Indian Community Welfare Fee (ICWF). Payment for fee and ICWF may be made through money order/cashier’s cheque.in favor of Consulate General of India, New York

Personal cheques, credit cards or other banking instruments are not accepted. Cash is accepted at the counter only if applying in person.

8.

Please send a track able pre-paid return mailing envelope to the Embassy/Consulate at Consulate General of India, 3 East 64th Street (Between 5th and Madison Avenues), New York, NY 10065.

9.

Processing Time: NORI cases are subject to receipt of clearance from all 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. The online application on the portal has commenced from 27th February 2016.

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

The Regional Passport Office (where your passport was issued initially) in India.

The Home Department of State in India where you belong to.

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.

Please note that it is applicant’s responsibility to obtain clearances from the offices in India. Embassy/Consulate will not pursue this on behalf of the applicant.

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 his/her 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  to the Embassy/ Consulate (For Details, Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/student/residency-waiver.html)  given by US Immigration authorities (www.uscis.gov ) to Embassy/Consulate..

3.

Current valid passport in original and photocopies of the first five pages and last two pages of the passport.

4.

Original and photocopy of the J1 Visa.

5.

Original and photocopy of any of the following documents as proof of residence: US Driving License, Utility Bill, Lease Agreement, State Identity Card, and Mortgage Deed. Note: Bank/credit card/mobile phone statements are not accepted as residence proof. 

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 non-refundable fee of US$25 (twenty five) and US$2 towards Indian Community Welfare Fee (ICWF) for Stage III. . Payment for fee and ICWF may be made through money order/cashier’s cheque.in favor of Consulate General of India, New York

Has to give a money order/cashier’s check drawn in favour of Consulate General of India, New York

8.

If applicant wants to receive attested documents back through mail, either send a trackable pre-paid return mailing envelope (UPS,USPS or FEDEX etc.) or enclose a money order/cashier’s check for US$20 (twenty) payable to /Consulate. Fees should be paid through Money order or Cashiers’ cheque drawn in favor of the Consulate General of India, New York. Personal cheques, credit cards or other banking instruments are not accepted. Payment for fee and ICWF may be made through separate money order/cashier’s cheque.

Personal cheques, credit cards or other banking instruments are not accepted. Cash is accepted at the counter only if applying in person.

9.

 

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 it to the Embassy of India in Washington DC for onward transmission to the Waiver Department, Department of States who will notify the applicant directly regarding its acceptance. A copy of Consulate’s letter to the Embassy will be sent to the applicant.

Apply through Postal Mail:

Applicant who wishes to apply for NORI waiver at Stage I and Stage III, can also avail the service through postal mail after completing the required formalities, as mentioned above.