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Visa rules revamp as Ministry of Affairs bring new changes!

 

The talks claim that the visa rules of India are eased out to simplify the entry of foreign nationals by welcoming them to lay their flexibility for the law qualifying activities.

The common group categories belonging to SAARC and others for the long-term visits, overseas citizens of India are reduced from 26 to 21 by clubbing common groupings.

Talking of sub-categories, that includes the tourism ministry’s letter to the travellers and their associates about the merging segments from 104 to 65. As quoted “The ministry of home affairs has recently made amendments in various chapters of the visa manual… “.

Keeping the laws ideally intact, the changes prevail for the stay and entry of the visitors from overseas. Amends are made in various sectors apart from facilitating the pass entry for the visitors.

Furthermore, the letter stated “These include permitting a foreign national on tourist visa to attend an international conference, and expanding other activities permitted under tourist and e-tourist visas, permitting a person of Indian origin, or spouse/children of an Indian citizen to undertake employment or business or studies or research without converting the visa to the appropriate category and bringing the requirements for a film visa at par with the business visa,” it said.

 

Thus, criteria for Visa requirements are simplified and allows the growth of MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) which also includes Medical tourism.

As quoted, “These include permitting a foreign national on tourist visa to attend an international conference, and expanding other activities permitted under tourist and e-tourist visas, permitting a person of Indian origin, or spouse/children of an Indian citizen to undertake employment or business or studies or research without converting the visa to the appropriate category and bringing the requirements for a film visa at par with the business visa,” it said.

The ministry of home affairs, Bureau of Immigration.

 

Clarity of thought, the government has never authorized up intermediate agent or agency that demands a fee to facilitate the emergency/ express Visa/ eVisa. The normality of getting the visa in case of a short stay can be viable through online India visa. But, counter-gauging the rule now, the government should facilitate areas such as lowering the Visa fees and as quoted by the letter from the tourism ministry, “There is a difference between visitors coming and visitors coming for tourism.

 

Special fact: Foreign tourist arrivals increased by 1.9% to 3.93 million in the first four months of 2019 after registering subdued growth in 2018, according to the tourism ministry.

Certain provisions have been added for nationals of the Maldives. This follows the signing of an agreement on facilitation of visa arrangements between India and the Maldives.

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