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Introduction of Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Bill, 2019

Introduction of Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Bill, 2019

The Union Cabinet has approved the introduction of Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Bill, 2019. 
The Bill provides for amendment of the legal framework to act as a deterrent to the erring NRI spouses and creating more accountability and offer protection against exploitation of Indian Citizens married to NRIs.

Once the Bill is passed, marriages performed by NRIs would be registered in India or Indian Missions & Posts abroad.

Features of the NRI Bill 2019:

  • The bill mandates the Non-Resident Indians who marry an Indian citizen or a fellow NRI abroad to compulsorily register their marriages within 30 days.
  • Failure to register their marriage would face the prospects of their passports being impounded or even revoked.
  • The bill allows courts to send summonses and warrants to the accused through a specially designated website to be hosted by the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • The bill clearly states that if an NRI marries an Indian citizen here, the marriage has to be registered as per local laws and if the marriage takes place, it has to be registered with designated officers to be appointed in foreign countries.

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