VISA, OCI CARD SUSPENSION PREVENTS SEVERAL INDIANS IN U.S FROM FLYING BACK HOME
Several Indians in the US, either on the H-1B work visa or Green Card having children who are American citizens by birth, are being prevented from traveling to India aboard the special repatriation flights being run by Air India amidst the coronavirus-link global travel restrictions.
According to the regulations issued by the Indian government last month and updated last week, visas of foreign nationals and OCI cards, that provide visa-free travel privileges to the people of Indian-origin, have been suspended as part of the new international travel restrictions.
For some of the Indian citizens like the Pandey couple in New Jersey (name and place changed at request), it's a double whammy. Having lost their H-1B job, they have to go back to India within the stipulated 60 days as required by law. The couple has kids aged one and six years who are American citizens.
In the wee hours of Monday, they had to return from Newark airport as Air India refused to give their kids a ticket to fly to India along with them, despite them having a valid Indian visa. The young mother and father are Indian citizens.
They said that the officials from Air India and (Indian) Consulate (in New York) were very cooperative.
But they could not do anything as their hands were tied by the latest regulation issued by the Indian government, a shocked Ratna Pandey told PTI. (Read More...)
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"I would like to urge the Indian government to reconsider their decision on the humanitarian basis," said the Indian national who has lost her job but could not leave the US within the stipulated 60 days to avoid any future visa complications.
She now plans to make an appeal to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to extend their stay.
Last month, H-1B visa holders, mostly Indians, launched a White House petition urging US President Donald Trump to extend their permissible stay from 60 to 180 days after job loss. However, there has been no decision from the White House so far. (Read More...)