Stranded foreigners in India obtain visa extension

NEW DELHI: On Tuesday announced the extension of the concession of consular services to all foreigners stranded in India due to, for a period of up to 30 days from the date of lifting the ban on international departure passengers.

It also decided that all existing visas granted to persons belonging to diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment categories and projects will remain suspended until the Government of India lifts the ban on international passenger air travel to/from India.

The MHA, in a memo issued by the office Tuesday, said that, in light of the extension of the closure through May 17, the office of Regional Alien Registration Officers/Alien Registration Officers had decided to extend the period for the provision of consular services. foreign citizens who have been stranded in India due to the spread of Covid-19 and also due to travel restrictions imposed by the Indian authorities.

“Regular visa stipulation, electronic or stay visa, of said foreign citizens whose visas have expired or would expire during the period between 01.02.2020 (midnight) until the date on which the prohibition of international air travel by passengers from the India to lift the Government of India, would be expanded as 'FREE' by submitting online application by foreigners. Such extensions would be granted for a period of up to 30 days from the date of lifting the ban on international passenger air travel from India without charges for the penalty for excessive stay. The exit to said foreign citizens, if they so request, will also be granted on the same lines, the ministry said. The Office was recommended to transmit the above instructions to all FRRO/FRO/Immigration Checkpoint.