200 e-Emergency X-Visas Issued; 4,557 Afghan Nationals Recently In India: MHA

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Highlights:

  • The Union Home Ministry informed that 200 e-Emergency X-miscellaneous visas have been issued to Afghan nationals till November 24
  • The e-Emergency X-Misc visa was a special category electronic visa introduced by the govt to fast-track urgent applications for entry into India
  • The e-Emergency X-Misc visa was started by the Government of India for a period of six months for Afghan nationals

Today, at the Winter Session of the Parliament, the Union Home Ministry informed that 200 e-Emergency X-miscellaneous visas have been issued to Afghan nationals till November 24. This new visa issued for Afghan nationals reportedly was introduced after the Taliban took over Afghanistan.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai mentioned that nearly, 4,557 Afghan nationals are presently staying in India after the extension of their visas. This visa was a special category electronic visa introduced by the government to fast-track urgent applications for entry into India. It is mainly issued to those not covered in the available categories of visas but need to visit India due to an emergency.

Replying to the question asked by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Vandana Chavan, Rai informed about the e-Emergency X-Misc visa started by the Government of India for a period of six months for Afghan nationals.

Noting the safety standards undertaken by the Centre for the refugees in India, the Minister mentioned all foreign nationals (including Asylum seekers) are governed by the provisions contained in the Foreigners Act, 1946, The Registration of Foreigners Act, 1939, The Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 and The Citizenship Act, 1955.

Back in August, the Taliban took control over Afghanistan following which, the US forces withdrew. The lightning speed at which the Taliban seized provincial capital cities like Gardez, Sharana, Asadabad, Maymana, Mihtarlam, Nili, Mazar-i-Sharif, and finally Kabul, left the world in shock. Thousands of Afghans fled in the wake of the Taliban’s advance and sought asylum in nearby countries, including India.

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