Govt to check illegal stay of foreigners in hotels, guest houses
The Foreign Registration Office (FRO) in the city has issued notices to almost 12 hotels, guest houses and clubs for accommodating foreign nationals illegally.gurgaon Updated: Jan 13, 2013 00:42 IST
The Foreign Registration Office (FRO) in the city has issued notices to almost 12 hotels, guest houses and clubs for accommodating foreign nationals illegally.
There are nearly 3,000 guest houses and hotels in Gurgaon.
Of these, the FRO has listed 250 hotels and guest houses wherein the owners have rented out their premises to foreigners without submitting the desired documents or procuring a licence.
“We have nearly 250 hotels, guest houses and clubs on our list that have illegally rented out their accommodation to foreigners in Gurgaon. They have either not submitted police verification documents or have not been licenced for the business,” said an FRO official on the condition of anonymity.
The accommodation of foreigners on commercial premises falls under the Foreigners Act 1946.
The act makes it mandatory for hotel owners to submit all information — identification proof, purpose of visit, passport and visa details, etc — of the foreign nationals staying on their premises for police verification with the FRO.
The keeper or owner of the premise should maintain a record of all information and produce the same during inspection by a police officer or any other official on behalf of the district magistrate.
As per the Gurgaon Guest House Association, many guest houses in the city have rented out their premises to foreign nationals to earn extra money.
“Most of the guest houses are being run without licence or documents. It is impossible to keep a check on every premises,” said a member of the association.
However, this amounts to violation and is a punishable offence under Section 14 of the Foreigners Act.
The section states that the defaulter shall be punished with imprisonment up to five years and shall also be liable to fine.
In addition, if the person has entered into a bond, it shall be forfeited, and other people involved shall also pay the penalty.