What is NORI?
The expanded form of NORI is "No Objection to Return to India". It is not a type of visa. NORI is an endorsement made on the Certificate of Identity issued to a stateless person to facilitate his return to India.
Stateless persons residing in India, foreigners whose country is not represented in India or whose national status is in doubt are granted Certificate of Identity to facilitate their travel to places out of India. However, if they intend to return to India on the strength of the Certificate of Identity issued to them, they may get the NORI endorsed on their Certificate of Identity to ensure their return.
NORI does not, by itself, empower the holder of Certificate of Identity to enter India, as it is not a visa. It is, however, a means to obtain visa without prior reference to MEA/MHA and the State Govt. concerned.