Visa

  • PIO cardholders to get lifetime Indian visa, says PM Modi at Madison Square event 2 days ago

    New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday told a rapturous crowd of NRIs that Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cardholders will get lifetime Indian visa and that American tourists will be given visa on arrival. Modi, who arrived at the packed Madison Square Garden to a rousing welcome, announced the...
  • PM Modi working on visa on arrival facility on the anvil for US tourists September 21, 2014

    New Delhi: India is working on a proposal for Visa on Arrival (VoA) facility for US tourists, one of the bigticket announcements expected to be made during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's highprofile visit to the US beginning September 26. The Ministry of Home Affairs is working overtime to finish the...
  • Modi smart, tough and driven, I underestimated him, says the man who interviewed the Indian PM September 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Fareed Zakaria, the man who interviewed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a CNN world exclusive, has described the 64yearold as being "among the sharpest" he has met. "Narendra Modi is among the sharpest I have met. I underestimated him. He is very smart, intelligent and focused. He is...
  • US lawmaker seeks suspension of visafree travel for Europeans September 13, 2014

    Washington: Citing the presence of a large number of Islamist extremists in European countries, a Democratic lawmaker sought an immediate suspension of visafree travel to the US from countries like Britain, Germany and France. "I urge the Administration to immediately suspend the Visa Waiver Programme for countries such as Great...
  • Minister: 'Lot of tension' in UK coalition over visa issue September 7, 2014

    London: A senior British minister has admitted that "a lot of tension" exists among the coalition partners of the David Cameron government over the sharp decline in visa applications from Indian students wanting to study in the UK. Britain's Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills, Vince Cable, is scheduled...
  • South Africa has not denied visa to the Dalai Lama: Envoy September 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has not been denied a South African visa yet and the matter was still under consideration, the country's envoy said on Friday. Speaking to journalists at the Indian Women's Press Corps, South African High Commissioner to India FK Morule said he has "heard"...
  • India grants oneyear visa to Taslima Nasreen September 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Controversial writer Taslima Nasreen, living in exile since 1994, has been given oneyear visa by the Centre and allowed to stay in India till August 2015. The 51yearold writer was last month given two months temporary visa after the Home Ministry decided to initiate a verification process of her...
  • Apple iPhone 6 to have a 'mobile wallet' feature September 1, 2014

    Apple plans to enable its next iPhone to become a mobile wallet by allowing owners to securely make mobile payments in a store with the touch of a finger, Bloomberg said on Sunday, citing a person familiar with the situation. The agreement includes participation by Visa, MasterCard and American Express and...
  • Hyderabad sends most Indian students to US for higher studies: report August 31, 2014

    While foreign destinations continue to be favoured by Indian students for higher studies, a recent study by the Brookings Institute in Washington DC has revealed that Hyderabad tops the list of the cities from which Indians go to the United States. The study reveals that 94 foreign cities together accounted for...
  • Indian American from Chicago indicted in visa fraud August 28, 2014

    Washington: A 30yearold Indian American businessmen has been indicted on charges for exploiting a US visa program to fraudulently raise approximately $160 million from nearly 290 Chinese nationals who invested in the project while seeking US residency. Chicagobased Anshoo Sethi, who purported to be building a $912 million hotel and convention...
  • Ebola scare: Sri Lanka suspends onarrival visa facility for 4 African nations August 22, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has suspended onarrival visa facility for visitors from four African countries in the wake of Ebola epidemic in Africa, officials said. External Affairs Ministry officials said privilege to obtain visa on arrival has been suspended for visitors from Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea with immediate effect....
  • Government working to provide visaonarrival facility at Varanasi, Bodh Gaya airports, says Naik August 2, 2014

    The government is working to provide visaonarrival facility for tourists arriving from European and western countries at Varanasi and Bodh Gaya airports, Union Minister Shripad Naik said on Saturday. The Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture said this at the inauguration of the 17th convention of Tourist Guides Federation...
  • Writer Taslima Nasreen seeks extension of visa duration, meets Rajnath Singh August 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen met Home Minister Rajnath Singh earlier on Saturday to request the Home Minister to extend her stay in India for longer than 2 months. The 51yearold writer had applied for a resident permit and the Home Ministry granted her the same type of visa...
  • Government refuses oneyear resident visa to writer Taslima Nasreen July 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Controversial writer Taslima Nasreen, who is living in exile since 1994, has been refused a oneyear visa by the government and instead given permission to stay in India for two months. The 51yearold writer had applied for a resident permit and the Home...
  • Russia says will impose visa bans on US citizens in retaliation July 19, 2014

    Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday Moscow would retaliate against the United States' most recent sanctions over Ukraine by denying entry to several US citizens. "Retaliatory measures definitely will be taken. First of all, a similar number of Americans will be prohibited from entering (Russia)," the ministry's spokesman Alexander Lukashevich was...
  • Devyani Khobragade incident has developed closer ties with India: US July 18, 2014

    Washington: The US has said the aftermath of last year's Khobragade incident has led to the development of closer ties and closer communication with India. "I think that despite the fact that we had this very uncomfortable and unfortunate situation that we had to work through, at the end of the...
  • Visa launches new Visa Checkout service to make online payments simpler July 17, 2014

    New York: Payment processor Visa is launching a new service called Visa Checkout that eliminates a few steps in online payment. The company and its retailing partners, including Neiman Marcus, Pizza Hut, Staples and others, hope a quicker payout will lead to fewer abandoned shopping carts online. As more customers shop...
  • Backlash stirs in US against H1B visas July 7, 2014

    Miami/Washington: Kelly Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing tech support for HarleyDavidson's Tomahawk, Wisconsin, plants. The divorced mother of three hoped it was the beginning of a new career with the motorcycle company. The dream didn't last long. Parker claims she was laid off one...
  • Afghanistan hails India for easing visa policy July 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Afghanistan has welcomed easing of visa regime by India for Afghan travellers and thanked the Narendra Modi government for acting upon its repeated requests to further facilitate peopletopeople contacts between the two countries under the key provisions of the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed in 2011. "We are delighted...
  • BJP trying to divert attention on visa free entry: Tarun Gogoi June 24, 2014

    Guwahati: Amidst the controversy about a proposal on visafree entry to Bangladesh nationals, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today accused the BJP of diverting people's attention on the sensitive issue. In a statement, the Chief Minister said that he brought the matter before the people as "illegal migration from Bangladesh...
  • MHA rejects proposal to grant visaonarrival to Bangladeshis June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has rejected the Ministry of External Affairs's proposal to grant visaonarrival facility to Bangladeshi nationals and visafree entry to citizens of that country under the age of 18 and over the age of 65. This came after the MEA had asked MHA to give its...
  • US lawmakers seek to honour Modi with address to Congress June 21, 2014

    Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, once denied a visa to enter the United States over massacres of Muslims, is expected to receive the honour of addressing a joint session of the US Congress during a visit to Washington in September. California Republican Ed Royce, chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign...
  • UK, Ireland offer joint visa to Indian, Chinese tourists June 17, 2014

    London: Indian and Chinese tourists will soon be able to travel to the UK and Ireland on a single visa under a "groundbreaking" scheme jointly announced by both countries to boost tourism. Under a new BritishIrish visa scheme announced by Ireland's minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald, tourists and business visitors...
  • Evisas, special trains to boost Goa tourism: Shripad Yesso Naik June 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Evisa facilities to lure foreign tourists and a luxury train for domestic travellers are some steps proposed to boost tourism in Goa, officials said on Tuesday. The announcement came after union Tourism and Culture Minister Shripad Yesso Naik met the state's Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Tourism Minister Dilip...
  • Ready for discussion on stapled visa with 'old friend' Modi: China June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: One of the sticking points in India's relationship with China has been their policy of issuing stapled visas to people from Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh. While refusing to discontinue its policy, China agreed to work towards finding an approach that provides facilities for the travel of local people...
  • Stapled visas to people of Arunachal Pradesh 'goodwill' gesture: China June 9, 2014

    New Delhi: China on Monday justified as "goodwill" gesture its policy of issuance of stapled visas to residents of Arunachal Pradesh, saying such policy does not "undermine" the positions of both India and China which have disputes over big parts of that area. "China has resorted to a special arrangement of...
  • My comments on Modi have been misrepresented: Shashi Tharoor June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Defending himself over the recent controversy over his remarks praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress spokesperson Shashi Tharoor said that his statements have been taken out of context. "Either the media misrepresents, it reads very hastily, doesn't read at all or it is reading paraphrases of my article....
  • Denying visa to Modi was a big mistake by the US: Analyst Fareed Zakaria May 22, 2014

    New Delhi: As Narendra Modi gets ready to take oath as India's 15th Prime Minister, analyst Fareed Zakaria says it was a big mistake by the United States of America to have denied him a visa for all these years. "It was a mistake, it was shortsighted, it was foolish....
  • Indonesian election presents US with Modistyle visa headache May 23, 2014

    The emergence of Prabowo Subianto as a serious contender in Indonesia's election this week means the United States faces the awkward possibility of having to welcome another Asian leader it had denied entry to because of alleged links to mass killings. The situation has arisen days after Washington found itself having...
  • New Indian visa service centres open in six US cities May 20, 2014

    Washington: The new company to which the Indian Embassy in the US outsourced its visa related work for its diplomatic missions there, will be opening service centres across six cities in America. The service centres in Washington DC, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, to be operational from...