Non-resident Nepalese (NRN) refers to both the foreigners with Nepalese origin whose parents or grandparents were once the citizen of Nepal and has subsequently acquired citizenship of a foreign country other than any SAARC member countries. This term also refers to the Nepalese people residing in a foreign country for more than two years in the process of pursuing profession, occupation, business or employment in any foreign country other than SAARC member countries. The Government of Nepal has enacted Non-resident Nepalese Act, 2008 and Non-resident Nepalese Rules, 2010 with a view to motivate non-resident Nepalese to take part in the all round development of the country through enhancement of attachment towards Nepal. These legal provisions have opened the vistas of opportunities to the NRNs to contribute in the socio-economic development of the country while guaranteeing certain rights and charting responsibilities to them. NRN of both categories are encouraged to obtain the NRN identity card to enjoy benefits as prescribed in NRN Acts and Rules.

Services to NRNs

Distribution of NRN Identity Card

NRN identity card is a card issued either by the Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or an Officer authorized by him/her to issue such a document and the Nepalese Ambassadors and Consul Generals or the Officer authorized by him/her at the Nepalese missions abroad. NRN identity card is valid for ten (10) years in the case of foreign citizen of Nepalese origin whereas it will have a validity period of two (2) years in the case of Nepalese people residing abroad. More importantly, the foreigners of Nepalese origin have to obtain visa to enter into Nepal. But the Nepalese citizens residing abroad do not need to obtain visa as they are the people in possession of Nepalese passport. As such the benefits and facilities also differ between the two categories of NRNs. The structure of fees for obtaining the NRN identity card is as mentioned below:

Registration Fee                           DKK 150

Issuance/Renewal of NRN ID Card                 DKK 3750
(For foreigners of Nepalese Origin)

Issuance/Renewal of NRN ID Card                 DKK 375
(For Nepalese Nationals)

(Download Form: Annextures-Page 10 and 11 of NRN Regulations)

Note: Please go through Annexes I and II of NRN Regulations 2066 for the documents to be submitted.

Non-Resident Nepalese Visa

With the second amendment of the Immigration Rule, 2059, a new provision has been added for including a specific type of visa called as non-resident Nepalese visa. This type of visa facilitates the NRN or the people of Nepalese origin and their family members either to stay in Nepal for longer duration for personal business, business purpose or for study and research purpose. The visa is valid up to ten years and is renewable.

The Department of Immigration is the authorized agency to issue the NRN visa with the approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs for the first time. The application for the visa may also be submitted either through the Nepalese missions abroad or directly at the Department of Immigration.

In case of the NRNs who have not obtained the NRN ID card yet, a visa fee of US $ 110 is applicable. But for the students, it will be US$ 55 only.

For more information, please visit the following links:

NRN Act, 2064 (Download)
NRN Regulations, 2066 (Download)