55 foreigners blacklisted for visa violations

NT NETWORK
Panaji
Fifty-five nationals from 19 countries, including a Pakistani, were blacklisted in 2019 for visa violations. Most of the cases of visa violations pertained to overstaying.
However, in the case of the Pakistani national, Muhammad Faisal failed to register with the FRRO, Goa, on his arrival within 24 hours.
Giving details of the Pakistani national case, FRRO officials said that Faisal is married to a Goan Muslim woman, and the couple is based in Dubai.
They had come to Goa on a holiday.
Sources said that it is mandatory for a Pakistani citizen visiting India to register upon arrival within 24 hours with the concerned FRRO.
It is pertinent to note here that the hotels, guesthouses and other houses that provide accommodation to foreigners must submit (online) the C form to the FRRO within 24 hours after the foreigners check into their premises.
Once blacklisted, a foreigner cannot visit the country for a minimum period of three years, FRRO SP Bosco George said.
The foreigners who have been blacklisted are: one each from Angola, Bulgaria, Brazil, Congo, Finland, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Netherland, Pakistan, Philippine, Swedish; two each from Kazakhstan and Nigeria; three Ukrainians, five British citizens, eight Russians, nine Tanzanians and 14 Ugandans.
Since May last year the FRRO housed 52 foreigners in the Mapusa-based detention centre. Of the detained foreigners, 15 were men while 37 women.
Most of the foreigners, who were detained for illegal stay/overstaying had allegedly come on business visa, which the police suspect was fictitious.
Till date 38 such foreigners have been deported, which leads to blacklisting of foreigners by the FRRO.
The foreigners detained were: 14 nationals of Tanzania, 14 Ugandans, eight Nigerians, six Russians, two Ukrainians, two British citizens, one Brazilian, one Kenyan, three Nepalis and one Ivorian.
The sources said that in the past the foreigners arrested by the police for staying illegally often provided fake names, making it difficult for the police to coordinate with the concerned embassies.
However, after the detention centre came into being the problem of foreigners giving false names appears to have ended.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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