The US nationals will now be given visa for ten years. A government notification issued to all embassies and consulates says: Unless there are exceptional circumstances, visas to US nationals should normally be given for 10 years. The Government of India has also announced that systems are in place to introduce visa on arrival for US tourists in October itself.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his recent visit to the US made a number of announcements on consular and visa issues during his address at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Union Government has moved swiftly to implement these announcements.
Earlier, notification was issued for providing lifetime visa to all PIO cardholders. This effectively fulfils the Prime Minister’s announcement that PIO cardholders would enjoy a lifelong visa to India. Already, Ministry of Home Affairs has issued instructions that the PIO cardholders would not be required to report to a police station even if their visit to India exceeds 180 days.
The Ministry of Home Affairs is working on a new scheme that will merge the PIO and OCI schemes.