Owing to Covid 19 restrictions on worldwide business flights, the federal government on Friday prolonged visa validity of foreigners caught in India since March final yr to August 31, 2021. Earlier, these foreigners needed to get their visa prolonged each month.
“Within the gentle of non- resumption of regular business flight operations, it has been determined that the Indian visa or keep stipulation interval of such overseas nationals stranded in India will likely be thought of as deemed to be legitimate until 31.08.2021 on free of charge foundation with out levy of any overstay penalty. These overseas nationals won’t be required to submit any utility to the FRRO/FRO involved for extension of their visas,” a press release from the Ministry of Residence Affairs stated.
Officers stated these foreigners could apply for an exit permission to the FRRO involved as and after they get the chance to exit the nation and the identical could be granted with out levy of any overstay penalty.
As a consequence of non-availability of regular business flight operations on account of the pandemic since March 2020, quite a few overseas nationals who got here to India previous to March 2020 on legitimate Indian visas, had obtained stranded within the nation.
Protecting in view the difficulties confronted by such overseas nationals in getting their visas prolonged in India as a result of lockdown, the MHA had earlier issued an order on June 29 final yr extending their visas for 30 extra days, to be counted from the date of resumption of regular worldwide flight operations. Nevertheless, since regular flight operations by no means resumed as a result of pandemic, such overseas nationals have needed to apply for extension of their visas or keep stipulation interval on a month-to-month foundation.
“The matter has now been reconsidered by the MHA and so the brand new order has been issued,” an official stated.