Update September 9, 2015

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Bangladeshi minorities can stay in India without visa

Sumel Sarker

India45

Bangladeshi minorities can stay in India without visa

09 Septembar 2015, Nirapad News: India has decided to grant exemptions to minorities from Bangladesh and Pakistan in regularization of their entry and stay in the country.

As per a press release issued by Indian High Commission, the Central Government has accordingly issued two notifications in the Official Gazette Wednesday under the Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 and the Foreigners Act, 1946.

The Central Government has decided, on humanitarian considerations to exempt minority communities from Bangladeshi and Pakistani who have entered into India on or before December 31 in 2014 from the relevant provisions of rules and order made under the Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 and the Foreigners Act, 1946, in respect of their entry and stay in India without such documents or after the expiry of those documents, as the case may be.

There are reports that a number of Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals belonging to minority communities in those countries, such as Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Parsis and Buddhists, were compelled to seek shelter in India.

They have entered into India either without any valid document including passport or other travel document or with valid documents but the validity of such document has expired.

The issue of regularization of entry and stay of such Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals in India has been under consideration of the India Government.

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