No Obligation to Return to India (NORI) certificate Mumbai

No Obligation to Return to India (NORI) certificate Mumbai

No Obligation to Return to India (NORI) certificate Mumbai


The 'No Obligation to Return to India' (NORI) certificate Mumbai is required for Indian citizens who have travelled to the United States of America on a J-1 VISA. However, the applicant must first apply correctly through the respective Embassy of India or Consulate General of India in the United States or Canada. When the Foreigners Branch receives an application that has been approved by the concerned Embassy of India or Consulate General of India in the United States, the case is forwarded to the jurisdictional Superintendent of Police, District Intelligence Branch, in Mumbai for an investigation of the applicant's local address. When a satisfactory report is received from the concerned SP, DIB, the 'NORI' certificate gets issued favouring the applicant from the Home Department, Foreigners Branch, Government of Maharashtra, Writers Building, Mumbai.

The J-1 VISA has a two-year home-country physical presence requirement, which requires J-1 VISA holders to return to their home country for at least two years after their exchange visitor programme ends. This is often referred to as the foreign residency requirement under US law, Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 212. (e). If an individual is unable to return to his or her native country to fulfil the two-year obligation. A waiver must be obtained from the Indian Embassy or Consulate General in the United States. To allow the Embassy to give a 'waiver certificate' for immigration, the applicant must get permission directly from the authorities relevant in India, such as:

  • Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education and The External Scholarship Division.

Note: A piece of instruction was issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The 'No obligation to return to India' (NORI) certificate Mumbai will not be given if any of the qualifications possessed by the applicants is included in any of the three schedules of the Medical Council of India Act, 1956. A similar one is available in the public domain of MCI,

  • The Home Department of State in India, which the individual belongs to and

  • The Regional Passport Office in India, the place where the passport was initially issued.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has created a new No Obligation to Return to India (NORI) webpage,, operational since February 27th, 2016. Therefore, the physical form of application is no longer available as of May 27th, 2016. However, it should be noted that the individual must apply to them to receive NORI certifications from the other two departments listed above.

What is the procedure for applying on the No obligation to return to India (NORI) portal of the Ministry of Human Resource Development?

The individual is required to register themselves on the portal. At the time of registration, the applicant must give the same current address as mentioned in the bio-data. The scanned coloured copies of the following documents are needed to be uploaded while making an online application for NORI, such as 

  • Affidavit

  • Bio-data

  • Educational or academic certificate or diploma or degree conferred after 10+2

  • VISA

  • Passport

  • Bio-data and affidavits must be submitted in the required format, which is accessible on the website of the Embassy of India or Consulate General of India (CGI) in the United States. A notary public must notarize them before being validated by the respective Embassy of India or CGI. Detailed information is available on their websites.

  • Individuals must respond to all of the columns and assertions specified in the affidavit and bio-data. Individuals should provide categorical replies such as yes or no rather than dashes, blanks, or not applicable against the columns and statements listed in the affidavit and bio-data form.

  • Individuals resident in India who wish to apply for No Obligation to Return to India (NORI) must first obtain the specified forms for bio-data and affidavit from the URL provided below and then notarize them after filling them out.

  • Individuals residing in countries other than India and the United States must contact the Indian Mission in their home country and have the affidavit and bio-data certified by a notary public. The Indian mission in that nation should next authenticate the documents.

The following facilities have been provided in the No obligation to return to India (NORI) portal for applicants:

  • To apply online

  • The individual gets an email when any update is made in their application status. The details may be seen after re-login to the portal.

  • If any fault is found in the application, the individual is informed on the portal. The applicant can submit their reply on the same portal.

  • After the issuance of NORI, the individual can download a copy of the same from the portal.



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