Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Proof of visa submitted at airport must for travel

Mumbai: Immigration authorities here have begun asking air passengers for a letter or proof indicating that their original visa papers have been submitted to the immigration authorities in the foreign country.
This follows an increasing number of Gulf-bound labourers being deported from airports abroad as their original visas were not deposited with the concerned authorities.
Those who apply for visas abroad now have to send a copy to the passenger with a stamp indicating that the visa has been submitted at the airport.
"The Immigration Department here decided to introduce this strong measure a month ago and since then we have found that deportation has come to the lowest level now," an immigration official, not wanting to be named, told Gulf News.
17/10/06 Pamela Raghunath/Gulf News, United Arab Emirates
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