Now, US consular officials in Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and Hyderabad are being issued new ID cards specifying the limited immunity, which will not protect them from serious offences. This is in line with the restricted immunity given to India’s consular officials in the US. They are not given immunity in cases of felony.
“All Identity Cards provided to US Consular officials now stand withdrawn,” an official said on condition of anonymity. “New cards, which are exact replicas of cards provided to Indian officials in the US, are being given in lieu of the withdrawn cards. These cards will only be given to the consular officials and will not be given to their family members.”
Not issuing IDs to the families of US officials will also ensure strict reciprocity.
Besides, the US consular staff will now be permitted to import their requirements only for the first six months of office, as is provided in the Vienna Convention for Consular Relations, said an official. Previously, they were allowed to import their requirements over the full period of their tenure.