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India: Entry Clearances

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison Conservative, Battersea

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on the time taken to issue visas to UK nationals for visits to India.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

We have raised our concerns about the impact of Indian immigration rules on British nationals, including those of Pakistani origin and those owning property in India, with the Indian authorities on a number of occasions. Our high commissioner in New Delhi raised a number of visa issues with the Indian Home Secretary in December 2010. In addition, the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend Alistair Burt raised these issues with the Indian high commissioner in February 2011.

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