According to a recent directive to the Central Tibetan Administration from the Ministry of Home Affairs/Foreigners Division, Tibetans have been advised to complete online registration of their Registration/Residential Certificates by the end of March this year. The president of CTA, Dr. Lobsang Sangay also urged Tibetans possessing RCs to comply to the directives on Wednesday.
The MHA’s Foreigner’s Division has informed the Tibetan authorities that despite an estimated population of around one hundred and twenty thousand Tibetans believed to be residing across India, only around thirty thousand of them have been registered till now. The ministry has therefore told the Tibetans to register their RCs to the online portal as the ministry is also planning to develop a centralized database for the Tibetans.
Except on special circumstances, every Tibetan holding RC requires to register that into the online portal before 31st of March, 2018 so that their documents remain valid. It has also been directed that further issuance of Residential Certicate (RC)/Registration Certificate will preferably done online.
An important thing to note from the directive is that only those Tibetans whose RCs are registered online will be considered for granting five years validity on renewal. While the existing eligibility of issuing five years RC extension for those Tibetans who have stayed for more than twenty years will continue to remain valid, renewal of RCs without online registration will be valid for one year with provision of extension by one year on each occasion.
With online registration provision, transfers of RCs for those Tibetans shifting from one place to another will also be allowed to done online which frees the Tibetans from the need for personal visits in the existing process. Normal cases of delays in RC renewal will be liable for fine/penalty as per provisions of Law, Tibetan migrants whose RC renewals were delayed due to serious offenses, stringent action like prosecution/imprisonment will be taken.