nion Home Ministry on Tuesday announced a new category of emergency visa for people from Afghanistan.
“MHA reviews visa provisions in view of the current situation in Afghanistan. A new category of electronic visa called “e-Emergency X-Misc Visa” introduced to fast-track visa applications for entry into India,” the Home Ministry said in a tweet.
According to MHA’s visa policy, foreign nationals applying for a visa for a purpose, which is not specifically covered under any visa category, may be granted ‘X-Misc’ Visa for appropriate duration.
“Such a visa may be granted only with single entry and for the specific duration taking into account the purpose of visit. If the visa is granted for a period of stay exceeding 180 days, the foreigner will have to register himself/ herself with the FRRO/ FRO concerned within 14 days of arrival. This visa will be non-extendable and non-convertible to any other type of visa,” the MHA policy document on X-Misc visa says.
X-Misc visas are granted in general either independently or in conjunction with other visa categories such as to a dependent child of a medical visa applicant.
The Taliban entered Kabul on Sunday, after which President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.
Taliban has seized control of around 25 of 34 provincial capitals, including cities such as Kandahar, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif and Jalalabad.