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India: Penalties for overstaying and visa violations are increased

India has increased its penalties for foreign nationals found to violate any visa regulations, overstay a visa or for non-registration. For example, if a foreign national has a visa endorsement with the stipulation that registration is “required within 14 days of arrival to India” and fails to register with the authorities, they will be issued a penalty of $300USD. The penalties that have been increased apply to the below circumstances:

  • If a foreign national overstays for up to 90 days or fails to register a penalty of $300USD is issued
  • If a foreign national overstays for between 91 days – two years or is found to have committed minor offences a penalty of $400USD is issued
  • If a foreign national overstays for over two years a penalty of $500USD is issued

India has lowered the penalties for nationals belonging to neighbouring countries Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The penalties are below:

  • If an individual (one of the nationals listed above) overstays for up to 90 days they will be issued a penalty of 100 INR (US $1.43)
  • If an individual (one of the nationals listed above) overstays between 91days to two years they will be issued a penalty of 200 INR
  • If an individual (one of the nationals listed above) overstays for up to two years they will be issued a penalty of 500 INR

These higher penalties have been implemented by the Indian Authorities to ensure that companies hiring foreign national workers follow the compliance procedures.

More information

This update is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Sterling Immigration team at immigration@sterling.com or call +44(0)20 8836 3359.

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