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New visa rules would hit Indian-Americans: IAIF

A New York-based Indian American organisation today asked Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram to reconsider his new visa rules for those foreign nationals born in Pakistan as a large number of Indian Americans would be adversely hit by it.

world Updated: Dec 17, 2009 13:19 IST

A New York-based Indian American organisation today asked Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram to reconsider his new visa rules for those foreign nationals born in Pakistan as a large number of Indian Americans would be adversely hit by it.

A memorandum in this regard was submitted to the Indian Consulate in New York by a delegation of Indian
American Intellectuals Forum. The memorandum was handed over to the Deputy Consul General A M Gondane.

While welcoming the Home Ministry's direction to all missions that all applications for visas from Pakistan-born US
nationals needs to be referred to New Delhi for clearance, the Indian-American Intellectuals Forum in its memorandum said the new regulation has a serious flaw, which needs to be immediately addressed.

"This decision treats Pakistan-born Pakistani-Americans and Pakistan-born Indian-Americans on equal footing.

We feel that this decision will adversely affect thousands of Indian American passport holders born in Pakistan," the
memorandum said.

"If hurriedly implemented, this decision could create a lot of problems for Pakistan-born Indian Americans who
frequently travel to India on business and pleasure trips. In addition to that Pakistan-born Indian Americans could feel
punished for no fault of their own. This anomaly has to be addressed at an early date," urged the Forum.