Long-term guest status revised
The Entry Group recently revised the conditions under which someone
can become a long-term guest of Auroville. A long-term guest is
someone who wishes to reside in Auroville for more than six months
and up to one year to work in and for Auroville without necessarily
intending to join Auroville. The long-term guest has the possibility
to work in a service, a unit, or a working group in the context
of a study, a research project or an exchange programme.
The long-term guest'
status is granted by Auroville's Entry Group. Those who would
like to avail themselves of this possibility should themselves
arrange for a place to work and for accommodation in Auroville.
Foreigners who would like to become a long-term guest should also
apply to the Entry Group for a recommendation letter to obtain
an Entry Visa from their home country. The Entry Visa issued on
the recommendation of the Entry Group is for the purpose of residing
and working in Auroville only, and cannot be used for extensive
travel in India.
The registration fee
for long-term guests is Rs. 4000 for adults, Rs. 1000 for students,
trainees or civil volunteers . Long-term guests are also required
to pay the general monthly contribution of Rs.1200 to the Central
Fund. In case of foreign nationals, a return ticket or the amount
equivalent to a return ticket is to be deposited. The ticket or
the money will be returned upon departure.
Children of long-term
guests below the age of 18 years can study in Auroville schools,
subject to the availability of place. Before coming to Auroville,
enquiries with the Auroville School Board should be made. A contribution
towards the educational expenses will be asked.
A long-term guest must
take up residence in Auroville, but cannot build a house in Auroville.
In case of negative
feedback or difficulties with integration into Auroville, the
Entry Group may cancel the long-term guest status and ask the
person to leave Auroville.