India has tightened and introduced stricter visa norms for Chinese nationals. This step brings the nationals on a par with Prior Referral Category countries such as Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. According to officials, for the grant of business visas, the home ministry has introduced specific provisions for Chinese nationals. It includes reporting to the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in some cases.
These directions are part of India’s overhaul of visa regulations in the wake of travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. China is among the 33 countries that India has named. Other countries include Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Afghanistan among others. The nationals of these 33 countries cannot be granted multiple-entry tourist visas for a five-year period as a default option.
What Do The Issued Guidelines Say About Stricter Visa Norms For Chinese Nationals?
According to the directions on multiple tourist visas, provisions as available in the bilateral agreements, policy guidelines, as issued from time to time, will be applicable for Bangladesh and China. There will be a gap of at least two months between two visits to India on a tourist visa in respect of nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan origin, and stateless persons.
The home ministry has stated conditions for the grant of employment, medical, research, student visas in its 72-page guidelines. It also stated that all Chinese business visa holders are to register themselves with the FRRO if their stay exceeds 180 days in a calendar year.
The Three Categories To Grant Business Visas To Chinese Nationals
The first category states that Indian missions abroad can recommend a six-month, multiple-entry B-visa to Chinese nationals. They can produce letters of invitation from a recognized Indian organization provided the duration of stay is less than 90 days on each visit.