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International Student Support Cell

About us

Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV), Deemed to be University(Accredited with A Grade by NAAC), Pondicherry caters to the needs of NRI/ Foreign students through SBV International Student Support Cell (ISSC). This cell extends meet and greet service to international students, health and welfare provisions, conflict of resolution, counseling services, etc. for facilitating their stay that would be synonymous with memorable experiences.

SBV International Student Support Cell (ISSC) also would handle the inbound international students including exchangeprograms. Besides, the SBV-ISSCwould guide the overseas students in various facets including visa assistance, travel, hostel accommodation, personal wellbeing etc. The cell would particularly assist the International students to comfortably go through the various processes including online registration (C Form & S Form, etc. as notified by the Government of India) as well as facilitate their visit to the local FRRO office and guide them through the FRRO formalities and requirements.

This cell would also promote camaraderie and cultural understanding through interactive events and sessions.

Why study abroad?

Employers believe that Study Abroadrenders graduates more employable and multinational companies are looking for graduates who have had some form of international experience. There are also the academic and personal benefits to Study Abroad:
• Improved/ Advanced study techniques
• More self-reliance and Compliance
• Improved communication skills &multi linguistic capabilities


International Inbound Students are those students who are citizens of other countries than India, OCI candidates, NRI candidates and NRI sponsored candidates.


At Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, we believe in helping students of the constituent colleges and centres of SBV to become global citizens with a wide-range of opportunities to help them succeed in the international and inter-cultural employment market following graduation, by facilitating the students for postgraduation aboard.

Services of the Cell

  1. Meet and greet service for international students.
  2. Providing a Mentor
  3. Facilitating immigration issues.
  4. Facilitating Information from Registrar’s office in university to obtain the required permit for the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office (FRRO) and required documents.
  5. Information/ advice on the admission process.
  6. Information for Visa Application and processing.
  7. Information on travel and hostel accommodation
  8. Grievance redressal/Crisis assistance.
  9. Provision for health and welfare.
  10. General counseling and advice.
  11. Promote Cultural understanding through interactive events and diverse activities


Foreign Nationals: Citizens of all countries except Nepal and Bhutan require a Student Visa for the duration of their study. They are requested to contact the nearest Indian Mission / Embassy/ High Commission for obtaining their student / research / internship visa.

Foreign Nationals with Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) status: The students with OCI status do not require a visa or any other formality.

NRI / NRI Sponsored Indian Nationals: NRI / NRI sponsored students do not require any other formalities including visa.

NRI Sponsored Category: A ‘Non – NRI’ candidate may also apply under ‘NRI Sponsored category’, if the candidate fulfills the clause and conditions notified by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India vide its order passed in W.P. (C ) No.689 of 2017 dated 22/08/2017.

Eligibility of the sponsors:

• If the Father or Mother of the candidate is an NRI and resides abroad ordinarily; or
• If the first-degree relation of the candidate is an NRI and resides abroad ordinarily and it will include real brother or sister; or
• If any of the “nearest relation” is an NRI and resides ordinarily. Nearest relation will include
    a. Real brother or sister of the candidate’s father, i.e – real uncle or real aunt;
    b. Real brother or sister of the candidate’s mother, i.e- a real maternal uncle or maternal aunt.
     c. Father or Mother of Father; i.e. Grandfather or Grandmother;
  d. Father or Mother of Mother; i.e. Maternal Grandfather or Maternal Grandmother; and
     e. First degree – Paternal and Maternal cousins


Documents to be enclosed

All candidates applying for admissions to UG – Allied Health Science / BPT programs under NRI/ NRI – Sponsored / International category should enclose a self-attested photocopy of the following (Originals to be produced at the time of final admission),

a. 10 th and 12 th Grade mark statement/transcripts.
b. 12 th Grade Diploma Certificate (For Diploma / GCE Level).
c. Transfer Certificate.
d. Conduct Certificate.
e. Migration Certificate.
f. Birth Certificate.
g. Certificate from the appropriate authority to show that the High school (in which the candidate has studied) has been accredited by the state/country concerned.
h. Numerical Conversion of Grade attested by the authority concerned.
i. First page of the Passport containing the photograph of the candidate and also the VISA / OCI Card, if any.

additional documents to be submitted by NRI sponsored candidates

a. Notarized affidavit of the Sponsorer who is an NRI stating that the candidate is his or her relative (Mention the true/exact) relationship and that the sponsorer has already extended financial support to the candidate to pursue his / her studies and the sponsorer agrees to sponsor the entire fees for the programme/course/training to which the candidate has now applied for.

b. A certificate issued by the Indian Embassy to the Sponsorer certifying the Sponsorer’s status as an NRI and indicating his / her employment/occupation details including annual income.

c. A copy of the Passport and Visa of the Sponsorer.

d. A certificate issued by any Gazetted Officer of the State / Central Government of India stating the relationship of the NRI sponsorer with the candidate.

Visa and Admission

The shortlisted International / NRI / NRI Sponsored candidates will be issued a ‘Provisional Admission Letter’ upon the payment of initial / partial fees notified by SBV. The International students should approach the Indian Mission/ Embassy / High Commission in their country for their student/research/internship visa. NRI students are requested to obtain OCI cards as this has lot of benefits related to the number of visits in and out of India.
The International / NRI / NRI Sponsored / OCI candidates are required to adhere to all the immigration norms as notified by the authorities of the Government of India with regards to admissions/stay in India. They are advised to visit for the norms and the latest updates to be followed starting from the entry into India until their final exit after the completion of the course. The SBV International Student Support Cell will assist the above-mentioned students in this regard.
SBV ISSC also will assist the International students to go through the online registration ( C Form & S Form, etc. as notified by the Government of India) process as well facilitate their visit to the local FRRO office and guide them through the FRRO formalities and requirements.

Validation of their educational Qualification gained abroad

SBV adopts and aligns with the Policies and Procedure for equivalence of qualification/degrees of The Association of Indian Universities. Foreign Qualifications will be accepted based on the latest policies and procedures updated as of 30 th June 2015, to ensure maximum mobility of students with minimum procedural hurdles. Further credits awarded by foreign universities can be transferred and / or considered for exemptions as per SBV CBCS policies and procedure.


e-FRRO involves completely online application submission and document upload, for which no facilitation is required by any intermediary/agents etc. The foreign nationals are required to apply online by themselves. It is advised not to believe or fall in the trap of any middlemen/agent that claim speedy/express grant of e-FRRO and charge money for it. For any clarification or doubt, you may contact the FRRO Support Centre (

Important Instructions

• e-FRRO is now applicable for foreigners in the jurisdiction of all FRROs/FROs.
• e-FRRO is mandatory for availing services at FRROs/FROs.
• Services would be granted at FRRO/FRO office only in case of exigency/emergency.
• The foreigner is required to appear for interview if any, at scheduled time/date, as intimated by FRRO through email/sms alerts.
• Foreigner should check their inbox daily for email alerts.
• Foreigner would be liable for prosecution/fines as per Indian laws, for any delay in fee payment/document upload/interview etc.
• This service is not applicable for diplomats/officials who are under jurisdiction of CPV Division, Ministry of External Affairs.
• Foreigners are encouraged to upload documents and photographs in good quality.
• Foreigners should use their own email id to ensure data privacy and data security as important communication would be sent to your email.
• Services rendered though e-FRRO can be cancelled by the Civil Authority any time, upon field enquiries and verification. Cancellation would be duly intimated to the foreigner and necessary action, as per Indian Laws, would be taken against the foreigner.
• Foreigners are advised to apply at least 2 weeks in advance.


FRRO Puducherry,
Regional Registration Office,
Bureau of Immigration, MHA No. 1, Second Main Road,


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Member Secretary,
Dr. R Kannan,
Professor, Dept of General Surgery,