Visa norms for Pakistan

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Visa norms for Pakistan

Multiple entry Business Visa upto 3 years can be issued to Pakistan nationals of assured financial standing and credentials with visits restricted upto 15 places (excluding Restricted/Prohibited/Protected Areas). The India Business Card is issued to those businessmen from SAARC countries who are eligible for issuance of multiple entry business visa for a period of three years or more.


There is no objection to the criteria/ guidelines for issuing above referred business visa and Business Card to the businessmen from Pakistan.

India Business Card has a special logo and is given to those businessmen from SAARC countries who are eligible for multiple entry Business Visa for three years or more.

As per exiting FDI policy, a citizen of Pakistan or an entity incorporated in Pakistan can invest, only under the Government route, in sectors/activities other than defence, space and atomic energy and sectors/activities prohibited for foreign investment.

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Overstay of Foreigners
The number of visas issued under various categories to Pakistan and Bangladesh nationals during the years 2014 and 2015 are as follows:

Year Pakistan Bangladesh
2014 94,993 6,52,919
2015 77,543 7,51,044

            Law enforcing agencies maintain a vigil to intercept the foreigners overstaying in India. FRROs under Bureau of Immigration are instructed to conduct special drives for identification of overstaying foreigners in their jurisdiction and initiate necessary action for deportation.

            The number of foreign nationals staying illegally are not available.  However, number of foreigners convicted under Foreigners Act during the last three years are as follows:

Year Foreigners convicted*
2014 1,845
2015 1,442
2016 2,476

* The data in this regard is available upto 2016.

            Law and order is a State subject. No information is available centrally on the expenditure incurred on keeping   such   people in custody.

            Central Government is vested with powers to deport a foreign national illegally staying in the country under Section 3(2)(c) of the Foreigners Act, 1946. These powers to identify, detect and deport illegally staying foreign nationals have also been delegated to the State Govts/UT Administrations. Detection and deportation of such over-staying foreign nationals is a continuous process.  In genuine cases, where the overstay is unintentional or because of ignorance or under compelling circumstances, the period of overstay is regularized and visa extension fee is charged for the overstay period.  Where the overstay is found to be intentional, the foreigner is served with Leave India Notice and penalty/ visa fee for the period of overstay is charged as per instructions.

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Change in names

Proposals for changing the names of Hazaribagh Road Railway Station as Saria, Mumbai Central Railway Station as Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and Grand Trunk Railway Station as Nanashankar Sheth have not been received from the respective State Governments by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

However, the proposal of the State Government of Uttar Pradesh for changing the name of Mughalsarai Railway Station as Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Nagar has been received and approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

All the proposals received through the respective State Governments for changing the name of villages, towns and railway stations are considered in consultation with the agencies concerned after receiving the comments from them.

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