New Delhi. The Centre issued ‘Leave India’ notices to Chinese nationals who were living in the country carrying no visas or expired visas. Union minister of state for home affairs Nityanand Rai was responding to a question in the Lok Sabha regarding Chinese citizens staying in India illegally or under expired visas.
India deported 117 Chinese nationals and sent notices to 81 to leave the country for carrying no visa or expired visas between 2019 and 2021, the Union home ministry told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. It added that 726 residents of China were placed on the adverse list for violating visa conditions and other illegal acts during the period.
“The government maintains the records of such foreigners (including Chinese nationals) who enter with valid travel documents. Some of such foreigners overstay beyond visa period owing to ignorance or in compelling circumstances like medical emergency or other personal reasons,” Union Minister of state Nityanand Rai said.
He was responding to questions raised by Congress MP Suresh Kodikunnil regarding Chinese citizens staying in India illegally or under expired visas.
The questions were raised amid reports of Chinese nationals being arrested from different states for residing in the country illegally. Over 30 Chinese citizens were arrested from Noida and Greater Noida in the last two months for staying illegally or violating Indian laws.