Visas

  • Indian American from Chicago indicted in visa fraud Yesterday

    Washington: A 30-year-old 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. Chicago-based Anshoo Sethi, who purported to be building a $912 million hotel and convention...
  • Ebola scare: Sri Lanka suspends on-arrival visa facility for 4 African nations 1 week ago

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has suspended on-arrival 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 visa-on-arrival facility at Varanasi, Bodh Gaya airports, says Naik August 2, 2014

    The government is working to provide visa-on-arrival 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 51-year-old writer had applied for a resident permit and the Home Ministry granted her the same type of visa...
  • Government refuses one-year 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 one-year visa by the government and instead given permission to stay in India for two months. The 51-year-old 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 H-1B visas July 7, 2014

    Miami/Washington: Kelly Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing tech support for Harley-Davidson'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 people-to-people 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 visa-free 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 visa-on-arrival to Bangladeshis June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has rejected the Ministry of External Affairs's proposal to grant visa-on-arrival facility to Bangladeshi nationals and visa-free 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 "ground-breaking" scheme jointly announced by both countries to boost tourism. Under a new British-Irish visa scheme announced by Ireland's minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald, tourists and business visitors...
  • E-visas, special trains to boost Goa tourism: Shripad Yesso Naik June 10, 2014

    New Delhi: E-visa 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 short-sighted, it was foolish....
  • Indonesian election presents US with Modi-style 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...
  • SpiceJet partners Visas of the World to provide visa services May 14, 2014

    Mumbai: No-frills carrier SpiceJet has tied up with gulf-based Visas of the World to offer its customers seamless visa services for the UAE. Under the pact, the two partners together will provide a 30-day visa for AED 290 and 96-hour visa for AED 245 or its equivalent in Indian rupee...
  • Two Indian journalists virtually expelled from Pakistan May 14, 2014

    Islamabad/New Delhi: The two Indian journalists posted to Pakistan have been virtually expelled by the Pakistan government without assigning any reasons. Press Trust of India's (PTI) Snehesh Alex Philip and The Hindu's Meena Menon received letters late on Tuesday night from the Pakistan government informing them that their visas are...
  • Heads of state and government are eligible for A1 visas: US on Modi visa May 14, 2014

    Washington: Continuing to maintain silence on granting a visa to BJP leader Narendra Modi, US has said the heads of state and government are eligible for A1 visas and no individual automatically qualifies for an American visa. "Heads of state and heads of government are eligible for A1 visa classification...
  • Visa, passport services in US: Delhi HC issues notice to Centre May 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has sought the Centre's response on a plea of a visa and passport service provider challenging a contract awarded to another firm to provide visa services in the Indian Embassy and all consulates in the US. A bench of justices BD Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul...
  • Pakistani woman denied permission to board Thar Express train May 11, 2014

    A Pakistani woman, who had come on a visit to India, was denied permission to board the Thar Express train on Saturday for her return journey due to incorrect visa documents, police said on Sunday. Naseema, who had come to India by the same train 20 days ago, wanted to return...
  • Pakistan asks two Indian journalists to leave country in a week May 10, 2014

    Islamabad: Two Indian journalists Meena Menon of 'The Hindu' and Snehesh Alex Philip of the Press Trust of India (PTI) based in Islamabad have been asked to leave Pakistan in a week's time after their visas were not renewed for the last two months. The Pakistan government has not given...
  • India's get its own payment gateway 'RuPay' May 8, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Thursday launched its own payment gateway 'RuPay', equivalent of Visa and Mastercard, which will work on ATMs and mechant outlets and help in reducing cash transactions. President Pranab Mukherjee unveiled the indigenous card at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan. Dedicating it to the nation, Mukherjee said India...
  • US plans job authorisation to spouses of certain H-1B workers May 8, 2014

    Washington: As part of its efforts to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants from countries like India, the US on Tuesday announced two proposals, including a rule to extend employment authorisation to spouses of certain H-1B workers. Together these actions will help attract new businesses and new investment to the US...
  • Indian Embassy in US outsources visa, passport services to new firm May 8, 2014

    Washington: The Indian Embassy in the US has announced to outsource its passport and visa related services to a new company for all its diplomatic missions in America following complaints against the current service provider. Cox & King Global Services Ltd will replace the existing BLS International Limited and would...