India

Status of Tibetans in India

More than 80,000 Tibetans sought refuge in India along with the Dalai Lama in 1959 after the Chinese occupation of Tibet. The population of Tibetans in India according to CTA’s survey in 2009 is 94,203.

Stay permit for Tibetans

The Government of India grants a stay permit for Tibetans to live in India. The permit is stamped on a booklet or a paper called the Registration Certificate (RC) and renewed every year/five years. An Identity Certificate (Yellow Book), exit visa, and return visa are needed for traveling outside of India.

More information is on the Papers and Permits page on this website.

Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014

In October 2014, the government of India adopted the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014 to provide for the rehabilitation and welfare of Tibetan refugees living in India.

The Central Tibetan Relief Committee (CTRC), under the Department of Home of the Central Tibetan Administration, coordinates relief and rehabilitation works for thousands of Tibetan refugees in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. CTRC works in association with individuals, aid agencies, and the Government of India.

More information on the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy page. There you may also download PDF and image files of all pages of the 2014 Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy.

Indian Citizenship, Passport, and Voting Rights for Tibetans in India

Citizenship

Indian law provides automatic citizenship for Tibetans born in India between 26 January 1950 and 1 July 1987, and their descendants. This was confirmed in a judgement by the Delhi High Court on 22 September 2016.

View summary of Citizenship Act 1955 at IndianCitizenshipOnline.nic.in.

Passport

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a letter dated 17 March 2017, ordered all Indian passport issuing authorities in India and Indian missions abroad to issue passports to eligible Tibetans

View MEA letter (PDF) on this website.

Apply for Indian passport at PassportIndia.gov

Summary of passport process as of April 2017, at TibetSun.com

More information on the citizenship and passport page on this website. There you may see background info, history of passport law, and download PDFs of information.

Voting rights for Tibetans

The Election Commission of India on 7 February 2014 directed all Indian states to include Tibetans born in India and their offspring in the electoral rolls. This followed a 2013 court order that granted Indian citizenship to Tibetan refugees born in India after 26 January 1950 and before 1 July 1987. [Download the EC order]

More information on voting rights is on the citizenship and passport page on this website.

Non-Citizen and Refugee Papers and Permits

The Government of India grants a stay permit for Tibetans to live in India. The permit is stamped on a booklet or a paper called the Registration Certificate (RC) and renewed every year/five years. An Identity Certificate (Yellow Book), exit visa, and return visa are needed for traveling outside of India.

More information is on the Papers and Permits page on this website.

Tibetan Settlements and offices

The Office of Tibet

10-B, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar IV
New Delhi 110024
India
p: +91-11-26474798, 26439745
e: info(at)tibetbureau.in
w: TibetBureau.in

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This page was posted on 14 April 2013; last updated 5 July 2019.


There are 3 comments so far. Have your say at the bottom of the page

  1. 3.
    Tashi, from South India, sayson 30 August 2017 at 10:25 am

    Would highly appreciate if below two permits procedural are shared. As far i know.. we do not need exit permit if leaving india for not more than 15 days. But do not have clear picture on return entry. kindly share if you have the info.

    Exit permit
    Info about exit permit will be posted when it becomes available.
    Return visa
    Info about the return visa will be posted when it becomes available.

    • 2.
      Web admin sayson 8 April 2018 at 8:27 am

      Tashi so sorry, i somehow missed this comment.
      Good question — I will check if we have this info yet and add it if i can!

      — Web Admin

  2. 1.
    Kargue dechen, from Mussoorie, sayson 30 March 2017 at 10:23 am

    This is long overdue for the Tibetan refugees settled in India.

    Politics apart, it boils down to an individual to take this facility or not. No one can absolve of his or her status.

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