Non-Indian Residents and Aadhaar
Although Aadhaar is primarily intended as an identification scheme for Indians,
foreigners can apply for an Aadhaar card too. This could make it much easier for
them to open bank accounts, take out a new mobile phone contract or rent a property.
In order to qualify for an Aadhaar card, the foreigner has to be resident in India
and be able to prove their address. Aadhaar applications are therefore open to people
working in India or studying there, but not just visiting relatives or on holiday
on a temporary basis. It also takes around three months for a Aadhaar card to be
issued from the start of the application process, so short term visitors or residents
will probably not find it worthwhile applying.