Black-listed Sikh foreign nationals to get visas to India now

The Hush Post/12:25 pm/ 1-min-read

314 foreign nationals belonging to Sikh community are now no longer a part of the ‘Adverse list’ which prevented them from visiting India.

The Government of India has reviewed the Adverse List containing 314 foreign nationals of the Sikh community and brought it down to just two.

Such a review will provide an opportunity to such Sikh foreign nationals to visit India and meet family members, Home Ministry sources said on Friday. Such kind of reviews are a regular exercise.

What is Adverse List?

During 1980s, many Indian nationals and foreign nationals belonging to Sikh community fell to anti-India propaganda. Some Sikh Indian nationals fled India to escape Indian authorities, became foreign nationals and took asylum outside India. They were placed in the Adverse list till 2016. This made them ineligible to avail visa services to visit India.

The practice of maintenance of local Adverse lists by Indian Missions has also been discontinued. Consequently, all Indian Missions/Posts abroad have been advised to grant appropriate visa to all categories of asylees and derivative asylees (i.e. family members) whose names do not figure in the Central Adverse List.

Also, all categories of asylees who become eligible for issuance of long-term Indian visa will also be eligible to apply for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholder after they have applied for and held normal visas for a period of two years.

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