Saturday, June 12, 2010

Pak nationals allowed long stay can now extend visa - India - The Times of India

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    • In a move which may pave the way for certain categories of Pakistani nationals to get Indian citizenship in due course, the Centre has relaxed norms for those who have been staying in India for long and asked states and Union territories to consider cases for extension of their long-term visa (LTV) without insisting for validity of their passports.

      Pakistani nationals who come under such categories are: members of minority communities in Pakistan; Pakistani women married to Indian nationals and staying in India; Indian women married to Pakistani nationals and who returned due to widowhood or divorce and having no male member to support them in Pakistan and cases involving extreme compassion.

      "However, only such Pakistani nationals are eligible to be considered for grant/extension of LTV who have come to India on or before December 31, 2009," a home ministry statement said on Thursday.
    • In addition to four categories of Pakistani nationals, grant of LTV is also being considered in the case of male Muslim community members being originally Indian citizens who went to Pakistan after partition leaving behind family in India and who returned to India on a valid passport issued by the government of Pakistan and settled in the state of Kerala so that they could acquire Indian citizenship.
    • Prabha Australia- Y special treatment to only Pakistan? If brought as a rule, it should apply for Hindus who are nationals of the other countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand etc as well.

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