The monsoon session of Parliament came to an end. The session has been made short by seven days due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus. The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday was informed that sixteen countries, including Bhutan, Nepal, Haiti, and Mauritius, are currently providing visa-free entry to passport holding citizens of India.
Muraleedharan V, Minister of State for External Affairs said in a written reply to one of the questions in Rajya Sabha that there are currently 36 countries that provide e-visa facility to Indian ordinary passport holders and also, there are 43 countries that provide visa-on-arrival facility. Mr. Muraleedharan said, “There are 16 countries which provide visa-free entry to Indian ordinary passport holders”.
According to the data provided by the minister, Nepal, Barbados, Bhutan, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Hong Kong SAR, Mauritius, Montserrat, the Maldives, Niue Island, Samoa, Senegal, Serbia and Trinidad, Tobago, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines are providing visa-free entry to Indian ordinary passport holders.
Myanmar, Iran, and Indonesia are among the 43 countries which are providing a visa-on-arrival facility to passport holding citizens of India. And Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Malaysia are some of 26 countries that have an e-visa facility, according to the information provided by Murleedharan. On the other hand, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Malaysia are among the 36 countries which are e-visa facility to Indian ordinary passport holders, according to the information provided by the minister.
Mr. Muraleedharan said that the government has been making so many efforts to maximize the number of countries that provide visa-on-arrival, visa-free travel, and e-visa facilities to provide easy international travel for Indian citizens. He further added that while the issuance of a visa and the process of conducting visa-related stuff is the sovereign and exclusive decision of the countries, the matter related to easier visa policy for Indian citizens is taken up at regular intervals in bilateral meetings and forums with foreign countries.
Meanwhile, the US President, Donald Trump, and his administration is all ready to make it difficult for US firms to hire foreign people on H-1B non-immigrant short-term visas by restricting it to a limit, the definition of ‘specialty’ occupation and raising minimum wages for employees. They believe both of these measures would ensure that Americans are not displaced or denied employment because of the migrant workers or employees who are always available at cheaper rates.