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NRN Card and Benefits: A Guide for Non-Resident Nepalis

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The Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) is a global organization of Nepali origin individuals residing outside Nepal. It was founded in 2003 after the successful organization of the First Non-Resident Nepali Conference in Nepal. The main objective of NRNA is to bring together Nepali diaspora communities from around the world and work towards their common interests, promote Nepali culture and heritage, and contribute to the development of Nepal. The NRNA has played a significant role in enhancing the relationship between Nepali diaspora and the government of Nepal. It has also facilitated investment opportunities in Nepal and helped Nepali diaspora communities connect and contribute towards the betterment of Nepal.

Who are NRN and what is NRNA? 

The identity of the NRN, an acronym defined by Nepal’s Parliamentary Act, encompasses two distinct groups: Nepali nationals who hold citizenship in nations outside the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), and Nepali people residing outside SAARC member states.

In order to unite the dispersed Nepali Diaspora and mobilize their intellectual, technical, and financial resources for the betterment of Nepal and its populace, the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) was established to promote the socioeconomic growth of Nepal and the Nepali people.

How did the NRNA organization form?

In the year 2002, a proposition was put forth by Nepali inhabitants of Russia to establish a global organization of Nepali people, known as the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA). To actualize and internationalize this idea, several leaders of the Nepali community from various countries congregated in London in 2003 and formed the Nepali Diaspora Coordination Committee. During the meeting, the possibility of holding an international conference of NRNs in Nepal was also discussed.

Promptly, the Nepalese government and the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) showed support for this proposal. As a result, the First Non-Resident Nepali Conference took place on October 11-14, 2003, in which the NRN delegates in attendance resolved to collaborate and establish the NRNA.

When was NRNA officially formed?

The official date of the Non-Resident Nepali Association’s (NRNA) founding is marked as October 11, 2003, which was the day of the First NRN Global Conference. In fact, October 11th has since been designated as NRN day by the government of Nepal. NRNA was formally registered by the Government of Nepal on October 20, 2013.

What is a NRN card, and how can I get one?

The NRN Card is an identification card that is issued by the Government of Nepal to Non-Resident Nepalis. The cardholder is entitled to various benefits under the NRN Act and bylaws. Those who wish to obtain the NRN Card may do so by approaching the relevant government agency. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kathmandu can be contacted at +977014200182 for NRN Card issuance, while Nepali Embassies and Missions issue NRN Cards outside of Nepal.

Benefits of having a NRN card

The NRN Card provides several benefits to Non-Resident Nepalis, including identification of their status as NRN, exemption from the requirement of a visa to enter or stay in Nepal (for persons holding citizenship of countries other than SAARC countries), the right to open a foreign currency bank account that can be converted, and the ability to invest in foreign currency.

Additionally, NRN Cardholders are entitled to repatriation of investment proceeds in foreign currency if the investment is made in the same currency, limited purchase and sale of land (as defined in NRNA bylaws), the ability to inherit ancestral property and own property in Nepal, tax exemption on initial investment capital, and a certificate of investment tax exemption on up to NPR 15 lakhs remitted to NRN’s close relatives in one fiscal year for personal expenses.

Moreover, NRN Cardholders are exempted from paying tax on funds remitted via formal banking channels for social, political, cultural, religious, charity, sports, and disaster relief projects. Finally, NRN Cardholders have the right to establish industry and business and enjoy investment facilities as enjoyed by foreigners.

Documents required to get a NRN card

To get an NRN Card as a foreign national of Nepali origin, you need to provide the following documents:

  • A duly completed application form (as prescribed in NRN Bylaws 2009(2066)
  • Naturalization Certificate and its copy provided by respective country
  • Copy of Passport issued by respective country
  • Citizenship Certificate and a copy of it as proof of Nepali Origin for a person who previously held Nepali citizenship
  • Copy of Father/Mother/Grandfather/Citizenship Grandmother’s Certificate or any other document proving their Nepali Nationality and proof of relationship
  • Document/proof of any profession or business in the country of current nationality
  • Documentation/proof of employment in the country of current nationality
  • A recent passport-size photograph (for the application form)
  • Two recent auto size photos (for the identity card)
  • Application and Card Fee

Summary

Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) was founded on October 11, 2003, during the First NRN Global Conference. The NRN Card is an identity card issued by the Government of Nepal to Non-Resident Nepalis, which entitles the holder to various benefits such as identification of their status as an NRN, exemption from certain taxes, and the ability to open a foreign currency bank account and invest in Nepal. To obtain an NRN Card, foreign nationals of Nepali origin need to provide various documents, such as a naturalization certificate, proof of Nepali origin, proof of relationship, and proof of employment or business in their current country of residence. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kathmandu and Nepali Embassies and Missions outside of Nepal issue NRN Cards.

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