In a bid to help a large number of people leaving Afghanistan, the Indian government has eased visa restrictions for war-torn country's nationals by making the proof of occupation and proof of residence “optional”, said officials.
Several Afghan nationals applying for the e-visa have lost their identity documents. It is estimated that more than 100,000 Afghans have sought emergency visas but only a few have been granted.
The new e-Emergency X-Misc Visa was introduced by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) while adhering to the security protocols, which involve vetting of these proposals by government agencies in Delhi.
The national identity card of Afghanistan, Tazkira, continues to be mandatory while applying for e-visa, said officials. As per an earlier order, visas for Afghan nationals were under the prior referral category (PRC).