On August 2, the Lok Sabha was informed that between 2019 and 2021, up to 81 Chinese nationals received “Leave India” notices and 117 individuals from that nation were expelled for failing to adhere to visa requirements and for other unlawful activities.
Nityanand Rai, the Union Minister of State for Home, added that 726 Chinese people had been added to an “adverse list” for visa violations and other criminal activity. According to the Minister, when foreign nationals enter India with legitimate travel documents, the government keeps track of them. This includes Chinese nationals.
According to him, some of these immigrants overstay their visas due to ignorance or due to extenuating circumstances like medical difficulties or other personal matters.
In genuine cases where overstay is unintentional or because of ignorance or under compelling circumstances, the period of overstay is regularised after charging the penalty fees and the visa is extended if required, added Mr Rai.
When an overstay is determined to be purposeful or unjustified, he said, “necessary action is taken as per the Foreigners Act 1946, including the issuance of a ‘Leave India’ notice to the foreigner and the collection of penalty and visa cost.”