As many as 26,786 foreigners have been granted with an India long-term visa, in the last five years, Nityanand Rai Minister of State for Home Affairs announced.

From January 1, 2015, until December 2019, a total of 25,782 foreigners who were granted with long-term visa were from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan,  VisaGuide.World reports.

Minister Rai claims that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, has facilitated getting citizenship for the migrants that belong to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh that have entered India before December 31, 2014.

According to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, children who own an LTV are eligible to participate in schools, colleges, universities and similar professional institutions without requiring any specific permission from the State government administration.

 “They are also permitted to engage in employment in the private sector, purchase of dwelling unit & accommodation for carrying out self-employment, Re-entry (Return Visa) to go to their native country/third country, allowing free movements within the State/UT, reduction of penalty on non-extension of Long Term Visa on time, the opening of bank accounts, issuance of Driving License, PAN card and Aadhaar number, etc.,” Rai pointed out.

Recently, due to the coronavirus outbreak, India suspended all tourist visas, while the Indian High Commission in Wellington released a travel advisory for emergent visas.

Last week, India’s government suspended tourist visas, barring a few selected categories, until April 15, in a bid to halt the COVID-19 pandemic spread. Earlier this month, the country restricted entry for Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Japan, known as the most affected countries from the deadly virus.

China was one of the first countries where India applied the entry ban. The Indian government decided to cancel all existing visas for Chinese citizens as well as for citizens who have been in China during the last two weeks.