New Delhi. In view of the precarious situation in Afghanistan, the Union Home Ministry has said that no Afghan citizen living in India will be asked to leave the country without the permission of the Home Ministry. Officials provided this information. The Interior Ministry’s decision comes almost a fortnight after the Taliban took over Afghanistan. Many Afghans who come to India are afraid of the new rulers of their country.
The Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRRO) will not ask any Afghan national to leave India without the prior permission of the Home Ministry, a Home Ministry official said. He said the FRRO would send such cases to the home ministry. The order came after Rangina Kargar, a female member of the Afghan parliament, was deported from Delhi’s IGI airport to Istanbul despite having valid documents.
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The government has extended visas to citizens living in India from all countries, including Afghanistan, “free of charge” until September0. Many Afghans have been living in India for more than six months before the occupation of Afghanistan, and many civilians have been living since the first lockdown was announced in March 2020. The MHA has decided to extend the stay of foreign nationals stuck in the country due to regular visa or e-visa or Covid-1 due to September-September without penalty.
Such foreign nationals will not be required to apply for a visa extension at FRRO. They may have to apply for permission to leave before leaving the country, which the FRRO will approve without penalty. Many Afghans fear the Taliban and want to stay in India.
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