Home Ministry discontinues ‘Black Lists’ of Indian-Origin People

The Ministry of Home Affairs announced that it has put an end to the local adverse lists commonly known as ‘Black Lists’ of Indian-origin people.

It contains a list of Indian-origin people who have taken asylum (i.e. the right to international protection in this other country) abroad under the plea of alleged persecution in India. These asylum seekers in the list are predominantly Sikhs.

It is maintained by Indian missions (Indian Embassies in different countries) and posts abroad. Those who are in the list are denied visa services by Indian missions and posts in the respective country.

Recent Developments:-

Such Indian-origin asylees (person who is seeking or granted political asylum) and their family members who are now not in the adverse list, will be granted a visa and consular services at par with foreigners of the country in which they are living. They can also get Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cards if they have held normal Indian visas for at least two years.

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