Saturday, March 21, 2020

MEA grants visa to woman, kid stranded at Dubai airport

Faridkot: Two days after they were stranded at Dubai Airport, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has allowed a six-month visa to a five-month-old child so that she could accompany her mother to Faridkot. A 23-year-old woman of Jeonwala village of Faridkot along with her five-month-old child Dilseerat was stuck at Dubai Airport after India and Canada shut their doors on them.

Living in Canada on a student visa, Navneet Kaur had left India three days ago with her Canada-born daughter. As Canadian borders have been closed for non-citizens, the authorities at Dubai Airport did not allow Navneet to travel to Canada. Navneet was left in a quandary as her daughter was being allowed to travel to Canada, but Dilseerat’s entry to India was not permitted, said Kultar Singh Sandhwan, AAP MLA from Kotkapura.

“I raised the issue with the MEA with the help of MP Bhagwant Singh Mann,” the MLA said. “Now, the MEA has given a six-month visa to Dilseerat and the mother and daughter can come to India,” said Sandhwan. Sukhchain Singh said Navneet had come to meet him and was returning Canada after over one-month stay.
21/03/20 Tribune
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