How to Apply For a PAN Card as a Foreign Citizen?

PAN Card is necessary for everyone to participate in the financial system in India. Whether it’s a loan or opening a bank account PAN Card is a necessary document that has to be used while doing such transactions. Those people who are living outside of India are also eligible for PAN card. Foreign nationals who are doing business or living in India can all eligible for applying for PAN Card. In this article, we will discuss how to apply for the form 49AA which is used by the foreign nationals who wants to apply for the PAN Card.

Documents Required for PAN Card

How to Apply For a PAN Card as a Foreign Citizen?

Identity Proof

  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card issued by Government of India
  • Copy of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card issued by Government of India
  • Copy of other national or citizenship Identification Number or Taxpayer Identification Number
  • Copy of Certificate of Registration of business issued in the country where the applicant is located
  • Copy of registration certificate issued in India for Business

Address Proof

  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card issued by Government of India
  • Copy of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card issued by Government of India
  • Copy of other national or citizenship Identification Number or Taxpayer Identification Number
  • Copy of Bank account statement in the country of residence
  • Copy of Non-resident External (NRE) bank account statement in India
  • Copy of Certificate of Residence in India or Residential permit issued by the State Police Authorities
  • Copy of Registration certificate issued by the Foreigner’s Registration Office showing Indian address
  • Copy of Visa granted & Copy of appointment letter or contract from Indian Company & Certificate (in original) of Indian address issued by the employer.
  • Copy of Certificate of Registration of business issued in the country where the applicant is located
  • Copy of registration certificate issued in India for Business

Apply PAN Card for Foreign Nationals

People of Foreign National can apply for the PAN Card using the form 49AA that is a specific form for the people of a foreign citizen who want to apply for the PAN card in India. You can apply for PAN both online as well as offline. The following are the steps that you are required to follow for applying for the PAN Card-

Online PAN Application of Foreign Citizens

  • Visit the website of NSDL or UTIITSL for applying through online portal
  • Fill the Registration form with the information and solve the Captcha followed by clicking on the submit button
  • A token number will be generated that has to be saved in order to use it for tracking the PAN Card Status
  • Now a form will appear where you have to further fill the application with the right details
  • After filling the form, you have to submit the Proof from the above-mentioned documents
  • Fill other details that will be asked in the application details
  • Now select the AO using the AO selector provided below
  • Now you have to pay for the PAN Card application using the debit/ Credit Card, Net Banking or Demand Draft
  • After the payment process is done the PAN Application is in the process. You can track the PAN Application status using the Token Number generated earlier.

Offline PAN Application for Foreign Citizens

For Offline application, you have to download the form 49AA using the provided link. Print the form and fill it with details. Attaché the copy of any document mentioned above and prepare the form for sending via post. Now use any courier services to send the form to the below mentioned address. You can send the document to NSDL or UTIITSL address which is mentioned below-

NSDL Office Address

Income Tax PAN Services Unit,

NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited,

5th Floor, Mantri Sterling,

Plot No. 341, Survey No. 997/8,

Model Colony, Near Deep Bungalow Chowk,

Pune – 411 016

UTIITSL Office Address

PAN PDC Incharge – Mumbai region

UTI Infrastructure Technology And Services Limited, Plot No. 3, Sector 11, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai  – 400614

PAN PDC Incharge – Kolkata region

UTI Infrastructure Technology And Services Limited, 29, N. S. Road, Ground Floor, Opp. Gilander House and Standard Chartered Bank, Kolkata – 700001

PAN PDC Incharge – Chennai region

UTI Infrastructure Technology And Services Limited, D- 1, First Floor, Thiru-Vi-Ka Industrial Estate, Guindy, Chennai  – 600032

PAN PDC Incharge – New Delhi region

UTI Infrastructure Technology And Services Limited, 1/28 Sunlight Building, Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi – 110002