India on 30 June 2014 announced a new liberal visa policy for nationals of Afghanistan on humanitarian grounds. The Policy was released by Union Home Ministry and will be effective from 1 July 2014.
The new policy allows nationals of Afghanistan to stay in India on stay visa or resident permit for a period of two years at a time. Besides, Afghanistan nationals below 12 years or above 65 years are also granted exemption from police reporting.
The policy has also the liberal provisions in relation to exemption from the requirement of police reporting to various categories including Afghan students, medical patients, short-term visitors, businessmen, scholars and eminent persons.
A system of biometric enrolment and photography will be introduced to ensure that the provided facilities are not misused by unscrupulous elements. The new policy further streamlines procedures being implemented in the current visa policy for citizens of Afghanistan.