Established on 11 October 2003, the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) was founded with the noble aim of uniting and binding the Nepali Diaspora worldwide under one unified umbrella. Over the past 18 years, NRNA has evolved into a robust non-governmental global organization, fostering a network of Nepali origin across 86 countries through its National Coordination Councils (NCCs).

At the heart of our mission lies a deep-seated commitment to our roots, our identity, and our beloved homeland. No matter where life takes us or what nationalities we may hold, our connection to Nepal remains unwavering. We celebrate Nepal's triumphs and grieve its trials, holding steadfast to the belief that "Once a Nepali, you always remain a Nepali."

Our guiding principle, "For Nepali by Nepali," underscores our dedication to channeling our collective energy and resources towards the betterment of Nepali society. We firmly believe that it is the duty of every nation to promote, represent, and safeguard the welfare of its citizens, including those who reside beyond its borders or hold foreign nationalities.

Recognizing the invaluable contributions and potential of the Nepali Diaspora, the Government of Nepal has bestowed legal recognition upon NRNs through the Non-Resident Nepali Act 2064. For practical purposes, Nepali citizens residing outside SAARC member countries or People of Nepali Origin (PNO) holding foreign nationalities other than SAARC nations are considered NRNs.

NRNA Australia is committed to upholding the spirit of our motto, "For Nepali by Nepali," by serving as a bridge between Nepalis living in Australia and their homeland. Through collaboration, advocacy, and community engagement, we strive to empower and uplift our members while contributing to the prosperity and development of Nepal.

Join us in our journey to build a stronger, more connected Nepali community in Australia and beyond. Together, we can make a meaningful difference—for Nepal, for ourselves, and for future generations.

Thank you for visiting NRNA Australia—your gateway to Nepali unity, pride, and progress.

Strategic Goals:

The Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) is driven by strategic goals aimed at uniting Nepalis worldwide, safeguarding their interests, and harnessing their potential for the betterment of Nepal. Our strategic goals include:

  • Uniting Nepalis worldwide under one umbrella.
  • Protecting and promoting the rights and interests of Nepalis residing both within and outside Nepal.
  • Establishing a global network and common platform for the Nepali Diaspora.
  • Attracting and facilitating NRNs' investment, including foreign direct investment (FDI), for Nepal's economic and social development.
  • Promoting tourism and preserving Nepali culture and heritage on a global scale.
  • Mobilizing the knowledge, skills, capital, and other resources of NRNs for Nepal's socio-economic development.

Strategic Objectives:

To achieve our strategic goals, NRNA is committed to pursuing the following objectives:

  • Institutionalization and ensuring the financial sustainability of NRNA.
  • Advocating for the continuation of Nepali Citizenship (CNC) for NRNs.
  • Promoting and supporting the fair and equitable rights of Nepali migrant workers.
  • Engaging in sustainable social impact activities for the benefit of communities in Nepal.
  • Developing a robust network of National Coordination Councils (NCCs).
  • Cultivating connectivity and networks among youth diaspora.
  • Identifying and promoting investments in Nepal that align with national interests and provide social benefits.
  • Mobilizing and promoting investments in Nepal while lobbying for investment-friendly policies.
  • Utilizing NRNA networks to promote Nepal internationally.
  • Advocating for good governance and sustainability in Nepal's tourism sector.
  • Promoting NRNs' and foreign investment for sustainable tourism development.
  • Identifying and leveraging NRNA's skills, knowledge, innovation, and capital.
  • Establishing connectivity and networks of entrepreneurs within and outside Nepal.

By diligently pursuing these strategic objectives, NRNA endeavors to strengthen the bonds of the global Nepali community, foster socio-economic progress in Nepal, and contribute to the well-being of Nepalis worldwide. Join us as we work towards a brighter, more prosperous future for Nepal and its people.


Our Team

Sanjeev Dhakal

National Vice President

Anil Pokharel


Bikram Subedi

National Vice President

Sambhu Gaishe

National Vice President

Jagdish Khadka

National Vice President

Mani Sapkota

National Vice President

Shekhar Ghimire

National Vice President

Santosh Kunwar

National General Secretary

Thir Gurung

National Secretary

Arjun Gautam

National Treasurer

Rozy Pant

National Joint Treasurer

Babin Mishra


Atul Khadka

National Public Relation Officer

Sekhar Ghimire

National Vice President

Mani Ratna Sapkota

National Vice President

Bimal Kandel

NCC Member - NSW

Bjaya Paudel

NCC Member - NSW

Prakash Pandey

NCC Member - NSW

Roshan Bhattarai

NCC Member - NSW

Santosh Shrestha

NCC Member - NSW

Keshab Khatri

NCC Member - VIC

Matrika Prasad Khanal

NCC Member - VIC

Sovit Pradhan

NCC Member - VIC

Aviskar Pande

NCC Member - QLD

Ganesh Prasad Tiwari

NCC Member - QLD

Tara Bhadur Dangi

NCC Member - QLD

Karma Lama

NCC Member - ACT

Sushil Pokharel

NCC Member - ACT

Prem Prakash Dhami

NCC Member - TAS

Saroj Tamang

NCC Member - TAS

Bishnu Tiwari

NCC Member - SA

Govinda Rana

NCC Member - SA

Rameshwar Dhital

NCC Member - NT

Basu Sapkota

NCC Member - WA

Sunil Shrestha

NCC Member - WA

Uttam Neupane

NCC Member - WA


Frequently asked questions ?

We have shared some of the most frequently asked questions to help you out.

  • Identity of the status of the person as NRN
  • Free Visa to enter and stay in Nepal (for persons having citizenship of countries other than SAARC Countries)
  • Right to open a bank account in convertible foreign currency
  • Eligibility to make investment in convertible foreign currency
  • Provision to repatriate proceeds of the investment out of Nepal in convertible Foreign currency if investment made in the same currency
  • Purchase and sale of land (area as referred in NRNA bylaws) to limited extent Inheritance of ancestral property and ownership of that property in Nepal
  • Tax Exemption on initial capital of investment
  • Certificate of Investment Tax Exemption on upto NPR15 Lakhs remittance to close relatives of NRN in one fiscal year for personal expenses
  • Tax exemption on the remitted funds via formal banking channel for the Social, Political, Cultural, Religious, Charity, Sports and Disaster Relief Projects
  • Rights to establish Industry and Business and enjoy investment facilities as enjoyed by Foreigners

The NRN card is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kathmandu(+977014200182). Outside of Nepal, the NRN cards are issued by the Nepali Embassies and Missions.

NRN Card is an identity card issued to a Non-Resident Nepali by the Government of Nepal. NRNcard entitles card holder various benefits as listed in the NRN Act and bylaws. It is issued to those who approach the concerned government body.

The date of inauguration of the First NRN Global Conference, i e., 11th October 2003 is considered to be the establishment date of NRNA. 11th October is also declared as NRN day by Nepal Government. The formal registration of NRNA by the Government of Nepal was on 20 October 2013.

The date of inauguration of the First NRN Global Conference, i e., 11th October 2003 is considered to be the establishment date of NRNA. 11th October is also declared as NRN day by Nepal Government. The formal registration of NRNA by the Government of Nepal was on 20 October 2013.

The idea of establishing a global Nepali organization (NRNA) was conceptualized by Nepalese living in Russia in 2002, later to globalize and materialize the idea, a few Nepali community leaders residing in various countries of the world met in London, in 2003 and decided to form a Coordination Committee to unite the Nepali diaspora. They also discussed the possibility of organising an international conference of NRNs in Nepal. The idea quickly got the support of the Government of Nepal and the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI). This led to the joint organisation of First Non-Resident Nepali Conference on 11-14 October 2003. The assembled NRN delegates of that conference decided to join their hands together to organise NRNA as a common forum of NRNs.

Anil Pokhrel is current president of NRNA Australia.

Mana KC 2005 -2007

Goba Katwal 2007 -2009                                             

Dhruba Subedi 2009- 2011

Ganesh KC 2011 – 2013

Mahendra Oli 2013 -2015

Surendra Sigdel 2015 -2017

Tonnou Ghothane 2017 -2019

Keshav Kadel 2019 -2021

Nanda Gurung 2021 -2023

Anil Pokhrel – 2023 -2025

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