The Indian Government on Thursday announced the extension of visas for all foreign nationals stuck in the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic till 31st of September. The non-natives will not be required to submit application for visa extensions.
This decision comes following the fact that innumerable non natives who had come to India for work related purposes and other reasons, could not return to their nations due to absence of flights. International flights had been canceled and ar still not available.
“Due to the situation arising out of COVID-19 pandemic, a number of foreigners who had come to India on various types of visas prior to March, 2020 got stranded in the country in the absence of flights to their destinations. The Central Government had facilitated the stay of such foreign nationals within India by giving deemed extension of their regular visa or e-visa or stay stipulation period on gratis basis without levy of any overstay penalty. This facility which is presently available till August 31, 2021 has now been extended by the Central Government till September 30, 2021,” the Union Ministry of Home Affairs stated.
The government further added that if someone wanted to extend their residence in India beyond 30 September, they have to apply on the online e-FRRO platform , which would be reviewed by the government . Extension of the stay will be handed out by the Centre based on eligibility.
“Before exiting, they may apply online for exit permission on e-FRRO portal, which would be granted by FRRO/FRO concerned on gratis basis without levy of overstay penalty,” the Ministry of Home Affairs reassured.
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