India starts single entry e-visa facility to Afghans; here’s what it means

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India has in the past granted long duration visas to Afghan nationals — of all religions — facing persecution in that country and many Afghans who fled the country during the first Taliban takeover and in the two decades of war after are living in India.

India has introduced a new category of e-visa for Afghan nationals to fast-track their applications for entry into India. These visas will be valid for six months only and will be granted only after security clearance, sources said.

“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,” a statement from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Tuesday.

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