US unimpressed, won't change visa policy for Modi

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Washington
  • Updated: Sep 14, 2013 23:43 IST

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s anointment as the BJP’s PM candidate will have no bearing on his chances of getting a US visa. “There’s no change in our longstanding visa policy,” said a US state department spokesperson on Friday in reply to a question.

She added: “He is welcome to apply for a visa and await a review like any other applicant. That review will be, of course, grounded in U.S. law. And I just am not going to speculate about what the outcome of that review might be.”

The US denied him a visa for foreign officials in March 2005 and revoked his tourist/business visa issued to him earlier, over the Gujarat riots of 2002.

A US official had then said diplomatic visa was denied to him -- under 214 (b) of Immigration and Nationality Act -- as he was not coming for a “purpose that qualify for a diplomatic visa”.

His existing visa was revoked under Section 212 (a)(2)(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which disqualifies foreign officials “responsible for or directly carried out, at any time, particularly severe violations of religious freedom”.

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