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India gives emergency visas for 111 Afghan Hindus, Sikhs

GS Paper 2

Syllabus: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India, protection of people.



  • The Union Home Ministry granted emergency visas to 111 Hindus and Sikhs from Afghanistan, hours after Saturday’s terror attack at a gurdwara in Kabul.
  • All had applied for visas in September 2021, but the applications were cleared only after the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP), a terrorist group, attacked the gurdwara.


e-emergency X-Misc Visa
  • To facilitate and fast-track urgent applications for entry to India.
  • e-Emergency X-Misc Visa is granted to foreigners who are not covered in the available categories of visa but need to visit India urgently due to a family emergency.
  • Such a single-entry visa is issued by Indian Missions/Posts for an appropriate period of time.
  • The facility is available to all Afghans irrespective of their religion. The (initial) validity of this visa would be six months.


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Practice Questions:

Q. The e-visa system is an innovation introduced by the government in 2014. Discuss the process and current status of e-visas.


Q. Consider the following statements:

  1. The visas are granted by the Ministry of External Affairs(GOI).
  2. e- Emergency X-Misc Visa is available to Afghan Sikhs and Hindus only.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct:

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2

Ans: (d)