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After e-Visa scheme, govt implements online visa services for foreigners

The facility is now available for nationals of 163 countries for entry into India through 25 international airports and five sea ports in the country

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rajnath Singh
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at a press conference in Srinagar. Photo: PTI

A scheme to provide various services to foreign nationals online is underway after the execution of the highly successful e-scheme, the Ministry of Home Affairs said today.

This was conveyed at a high-level meeting chaired by wherein he reviewed the e-scheme and the various aspects of the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA).

Singh said the e-Visa and FCRA schemes were being implemented by the foreigners division of the home ministry with a view to improve the efficiency and transparency of various services being provided to Indian and foreign nationals.

The integrated system under the immigration, visa, foreigners registration and tracking (IVFRT) project has been operationalised in 163 out of 178 Indian Missions abroad, and the biometric enrollment has been implemented in 115 Indian missions, a home ministry statement said.

"This system facilitates easy sharing and monitoring of visa data on real time basis across various immigration offices. A scheme to provide various visa services online to foreign nationals is also under implementation," it said.

The appreciated the fact that the e-Visa scheme, introduced in the year 2014 for tourism category, had been extended to cover business and medical categories.

The facility is now available for nationals of 163 countries for entry into through 25 international airports and five sea ports in the country.

Singh said the revamped FCRA website was more user-friendly, transparent and ensures hassle-free interaction of users with the

The website ensures that all FCRA services are available through the only. For better coordination of the incoming Foreign Contributions (FC), the banks have been integrated with the FCRA System, he said.

Rajiv Gauba, senior officers of the ministries of home and external affairs as well as security agencies were present in the meeting.

First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 22:01 IST
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