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Nepal: Non-Resident Status Proposed for Nepalis Abroad

(Apr. 30, 2009) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal has forwarded to the Cabinet the Non-Resident Nepali (NRN) Regulations – 2065 [i.e., 2008] according to a news report dated March 23, 2009. Under the proposed Regulations, Nepali citizens who have spent more than two years abroad, for purposes of study, business, or other reasons, would be given NRN status. Reportedly, counter to the expectations of “many Nepalis living abroad,” the proposed Regulations make no reference to dual citizenship for NRNs. (Nepalis Who Live over 2 Yrs in Foreign Land to Get NRN Status, NEPALMOUNTAINNEWS, Mar. 23, 2009, available at

The draft Regulations provide that NRNs in Europe, the Gulf states, Malaysia, the United States, and Korea, among other jurisdictions would be eligible for an ID card. Nations in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, which includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, are excluded. The card would be valid for 10 years for foreign nationals of Nepali origin and for two years for Nepalis staying abroad – a categorization made under the NRN Act – 2064 [2007] – and renewable after the expiration date. NRN registration would be carried out at dedicated counters established in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kathmandu and in Nepali embassies in other countries. Under the NRN Act 2064, “NRNs are entitled to buy, own, and sell properties in Nepal and also take their property abroad,” but a ceiling is imposed on the amount of land they can buy in various parts of the country. (Id.; NRN Act [in Nepali], Non-Resident Nepali Association website, (last visited Apr. 27, 2009).)