KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) today said it has completed the process for issuing special identity cards to Non-Resident Nepalis (NRN).
MoFA spokesperson Durga Bhattarai told this daily that the ministry was all set to issue the special IDs as per the decision made by the government.
"Any NRN can submit an application at the ministry or Nepali diplomatic missions abroad for the IDs from tomorrow," he said.
According to the MoFA, application forms are also available on the website of the ministry -- www.MoFA.org.
The government readiness comes at a time when the NRN community has long been demanding dual citizenship. During the fourth international conference of the NRNs held in Kathmandu last year, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Sujata Koirala announced the plan to distribute separate identity cards to NRNs.
The NRN community is positive about the new provision but is demanding dual citizenship, which, it says, will pave way for their investment in various sectors of development.
The NRN leadership is stating that such an ID should not be an alternative to the long-standing demand of the NRNs for constitutional provision of dual citizenship. However, political parties are yet to be clear on such a privilege, despite their expression of being positive about the same.
After getting the special IDs, the NRNs will be able to purchase land and house in the country within set limits besides being able to do a business. This will also allow them to claim the profits they make. The provision is believed to encourage Non-Resident Nepalis to invest in the country.
The Association of Non-Resident Nepalis has continuously been demanding visa, investment and other facilities for the expatriates. It has been submitting memoranda at various diplomatic missions of Nepal.