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Overseas Nepalis
Total population
c. 6,732,980
Regions with significant populations
 Indiaestimated 2,247,168 (2011 Census of India)[1]
 Saudi Arabia534,451[2]
 United States282,385
 United Kingdom204,000 (2018)[3]
 Australia331,830 (2020) [4]
 United Arab Emirates354,905[2]
 South Korea300,000 (2017)[5]
 Canada14,385 (2016)
 Sri Lanka5,000
 New Zealand3,630 (2018)[1]
 Philippines2,745 (2000 Philippines census)[1]
 Bangladesh1,100[1][unreliable source?]
Nepali, Languages of Nepal
Hinduism · Buddhism · Christianity[6] · Islam..KIRATI
Related ethnic groups
Nepali people

Overseas Nepalis or Non-Resident Nepalis are Nepali people who live outside the South Asian nation of Nepal.

Under the Non-Resident Nepali Act of 2007, Non-Resident Nepali (NRN) (Nepali: गैर आवासीय नेपाली, Gair Aawasiya Nepali) means the following:

(a) A person who currently holds citizenship of Nepal, who may or may not have acquired a citizenship of another country or countries, who currently does not reside in Nepal for any reason.

(b) A former Nepali citizen (भूतपूर्व नेपाली नागरिक/"Bhutpurba Nepali Nāgarik") means a person who once held Nepali citizenship (By birth, ancestry blood rights or by other means) and has denounced (legally) his/her Nepali citizenship.

(c) Foreign citizen of Nepali origin (नेपाली मूलको विदेशी नागरिक/"Nepali Mulko Bideshi Nāgarik") means a person who him/herself or whose father, mother, grandfather or grandmother was/were a citizen of Nepal at any time and has subsequently acquired the citizenship of any other foreign country other than a member country of the South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation (SAARC).

(d) Nepali citizen residing abroad (आप्रवासी नेपाली/"Aaprabashi Nepali") means a Nepali citizen who has been residing in any foreign country for at least two years by doing any profession, occupation, business and employment except a Nepali citizen residing in a member country of SAARC or serving in a diplomatic mission or consulate situated in a foreign country under the assignment of the Government of Nepal.

(e) Person of Nepali origin is a person of Nepali origin or ancestry who was or whose ancestors were born in Nepal or other nations with Nepali ancestry but is not a citizen of Nepal and is a citizen of another country. A person of Nepali origin might have been a citizen of Nepal and subsequently taken the citizenship of another country.

The majority of non-resident Nepalis reside in India.

The Non-Resident Nepali Association was established by the conference held by 11–14 October 2003 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The seventh NRNA global conference was held on 14–17 October 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The mother tongue languages of Non Resident Nepalis are नेपाली, Nepal Bhasa,(Newari), Tharu, various Kirat languages, Limbu, Gurung, Magar, Maithili and Bhojpuri.


NRN are opening business opportunities in Nepal by investing in various sectors such as banking, tourism, hotel, hydropower and many more. Non-resident Nepali can acquire Nepali Citizenship as per the Nepal Citizenship (Third Amendment) Regulations 2080. According to the Act, Non-Resident Nepalis can acquire Non-Resident Nepali Citizenship as per Rule 8(a) of the Regulation.[7] NRNs can also obtain ID Card which provides the rights to Free Visa, Investment, Property Purchase, and Repatriation in Nepal.[8]

Nepalese People
Map of the Nepalese diaspora in the world

Notable persons


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Migration in Nepal: A Country Profile 2019". 2019-12-18.
  3. ^ "Table 1.3: Overseas-born population in the United Kingdom, excluding some residents in communal establishments, by sex, by country of birth, January 2018 to December 2018". Office for National Statistics. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2020. Figure given is the central estimate. See the source for 95% confidence intervals.
  4. ^ "Migration, Australia Statistics onAustralia's international migration". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  5. ^ "All empty everywhere: Nepali workers describe life in South Korea under Covid-19". Retrieved 27 April 2021.
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  7. ^ "NRN Citizenship in Nepal: A 2-Day Service - NRN Services & Consulting". 2024-06-05. Retrieved 2024-06-28.
  8. ^ "NRN ID Card in Nepal: Reliable NRN Service in Nepal". 2024-06-05. Retrieved 2024-06-28.