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IT professionals, businessmen facing visa problems: Govt

Press Trust of India
May 16, 2012 at 10:40pm IST

New Delhi: Some IT professionals and businessmen were facing problems in getting visas mainly due to outsourcing issues in those countries but Indian consulates are active in providing all help in resolving the grievances, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Asked during Question Hour about denial of visa by some countries to some IT professionals and even students, Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur said her ministry as well as the Commerce Ministry are dealing with the issues.

"We do facilitate business people.. A lot of problems are faced by IT professionals in getting visa due to outsourcing issues," Kaur said.

IT professionals, businessmen facing visa problems: Govt

Preneet Kaur said no instance of denial of visa to Indians in the name of religion has come to the notice of the government.

She insisted that the Indian consulates in such countries were taking up the issue with the government there.

Efforts are also being made to get them multiple entry visas to do away with frequent visa hassles. Kaur said many countries have now revised their visa rules.

The Ministry of External Affairs is also helping students get clearance for visas. Advisories on this matter are also being issued, she said. Kaur said in the normal course, Ministry of External Affairs assists holders of diplomatic or official passports in obtaining visas of foreign countries for official and private purposes by issuing a verbal note to the concerned foreign mission requesting for visa.

In reply to another question, Kaur said no instance of denial of visa to Indians in the name of religion has come to the notice of the government.

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