No cut in number of visas to Afghans, says Indian Embassy
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Indian Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday denied having cut the number of visas to Afghan nationals, saying the revised procedures were designed to facilitate better and more efficient processing of visa applications.
In a letter to Pajhwok Afghan News, the Indian Embassy said the revised procedures were also aimed at preventing misuse of the liberal Indian visa regime.
“There is no change in the policy itself and we continue to issue a large number of visas to Afghans daily. India remains open and welcomes all genuine Afghan visitors coming for business, tourism, medical treatment and any other purpose.”
Recently, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani told the upper house of parliament that India had added some formalities and Saudi Arabia had cut the number of visas to Afghans.
Rabbani said Afghans visiting India were required to produce bank account in Afghanistan and medical certificates that prove Afghan patients could not be treated inside Afghanistan.
Revised procedures and requirements for Indian visa
(i) All the fields in the Online Visa Application Form should be filled up completely and accurately including the full reference addresses in India and Afghanistan and all correct telephone numbers;
(ii) Visa applicants (except for medical visa) are required to submit his/her own recent bank statement demonstrating financial ability to pay all costs of the trip. Minor applicants (aged 15 or below) and dependents who do not have individual bank account can submit bank statement of their parents/ spouse/ children;
(iii) Applications of visa applicants employed with any private company or with government establishment should be accompanied with a letter from the employer certifying his/her employment. This letter should also mention telephone number of a contact person who can be contacted by the Embassy, if required;
(iv) Tourist visa applicant should mention clearly the places he/she intends to visit in India;
(v) Medical visa applications should be accompanied with a letter / medical certificate not older than 4 weeks issued by a Doctor stating that the applicant needs to travel abroad for specialized treatment. It should mention the name of the Doctor and his/her contact telephone number. This letter/certificate is required in addition to copies of medical records reflecting ailment / medical history of the applicant.
(vi) All visa applicants should show originals of all supporting documents submitted by them, including Tashkira, medical documents, bank statement, company/ business registration certificate, etc. at the time of submission of application/ during interview by the Embassy.
(vii) Printout of the online visa application form should be signed by the applicant himself/herself.
For more details please visit Embassy of India website http://eoi.gov.in/kabul/
Visa application is liable for rejection if:
(i) Application is filled up incorrectly or if applicant withholds any information.
(ii) Application is incomplete in any respect including details of previous visit(s) to India.
(iii) Application is not signed by the applicant.
(iv) Application is not accompanied by relevant supporting documents.
(v) Failure in verification of full address or telephone contact number in India/ Afghanistan, details of Employer, medical documents, etc.
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