Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
10-June-2010 16:42 IST
Norms Relaxed for Indian Citizenship to Certain Categories of Pak Nationals Staying in India


           MHA has asked the State Governments/UT Administration to consider cases for extension of the Long-term Visa (LTV)  of certain categories of Pakistani  nationals without insisting of validity of passports as per the provisions of the Gazette notification issued on May, 15, 2010 as such Pakistani nationals have come to India permanently with the intention to attain Indian citizenship. However, only such Pakistani nationals are eligible to  be considered for grant/extension of LTV who have come to India on  or before December, 31, 2009.


The matter was examined in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Law and it has been decided to grant exemption to such Pak nationals from the provisions of Rule 3 of the Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920. Accordingly, an order to this effect has been notified on May 15, 2010.


           The following categories of Pak nationals are covered to enable them to qualify for extension of Visa:


(a)    Member of minority communities in Pakistan (Hindus & Sikhs)

(b)   Pak women married to Indian nationals and staying in India.

(c)    Indian women married to Pak nationals and returning due to widowhood/divorce and having no male member to support  them in Pakistan and

(d)   Cases involving extreme compassion.


In addition to abovementioned four categories of Pak nationals, grant of LTV is also being considered in the case of male Muslim community members being originally Indian citizen who went  to Pakistan after partition leaving behind family in India and returned back to India on a valid passport issued by the Government of Pakistan and settled in the State of Kerala so that they can acquire Indian Citizenship.


            Such Pak nationals were unable to extend the validity period of their passports on account of reasons such as


(i)                 Pakistan High Commission’s refusal to extend the validity of passport in the absence of Computerized National Identity Card.  Pakistan is issuing Computerized National identity Cards to their nationals and extends validity of Passports in respect of only those Pak nationals who possess the National Identity Card.

(ii)               Poor economic conditions of the Pak nationals.


The Ministry of Home Affairs have been  receiving a large number of references  from such Pak nationals  staying in various States where their passports had expired and they ware not able to renew the same.  In the absence of valid passport/Visa, they are not considered for Indian citizenship.