The authorities Tuesday suspended all present visas granted to international nationals, barring just a few classes, until worldwide air journey to and from India stays shut because of the coronavirus pandemic, an order stated.
In a separate order, the Union Home Ministry additionally stated it has prolonged on ”free of charge” foundation the visas of foreigners stranded in India due the lockdown. The extension will probably be for a interval of 30 days past opening of worldwide journey within the nation.
The ministry additionally stated it has saved in abeyance multiple-entry life-long visas given to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card holders until worldwide journey stays suspended.
However, the OCI card holders who’re already in India can keep within the nation for “any length of time”, it stated.
All present visas granted to foreigners — besides these belonging to diplomatic, official, UN worldwide organisations, employment and mission classes — shall stay suspended until prohibition on worldwide air journey of passengers from and to India is lifted by the federal government, the order stated.
In the opposite order, the Home Ministry stated common visa, e-visa or keep stipulation of international nationals whose visas have expired post-midnight February 1 or would expire in the course of the ban on worldwide air journey from India can be prolonged on ”GRATIS” foundation simply on submission of a web-based utility.
Such extensions can be for a interval as much as 30 days from the date of lifting of prohibition on worldwide air journey with none overstay penalty, it stated.
Exit to such international nationals, in that case requested by them, may even be granted on the identical traces, it stated.