India announces new visa measures for Nigerians

“We have decided that Nigerians wishing to visit India for any purpose should personally visit our website to make their applications.”

The new Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ghanashyam Rangaiah, on Tuesday, announced new measures that would enable Nigerians obtain visas to India with ease.

Mr. Rangaiah told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the commission was working hard at making Nigerians to personally visit its website to make their applications for visa.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to desist from patronising agents and visa racketeers.

“We have decided that Nigerians wishing to visit India for any purpose should personally visit our website to make their applications.

“We now want such applicants to personally, after applying through our website, come directly to the High Commission, without having to use agents or touts. We no longer want Nigerians to wait for any facilitator or pay heavily to agents before getting visas to India,’’ he said.

Mr. Rangaiah also said that the commission would henceforth require Nigerian students offered admissions in Indian Colleges and Universities to present original copies of their admission letters, before being issued visas.

The High Commissioner said that the aim was to detect some young Nigerians who use such falsified admission letters to get into India for “different things.’’

“Their admission letters have to now come to the High Commission directly from the Indian colleges and universities. That way, we will be able to detect any forged document from anybody seeking visa to India,” he added.

(NAN)

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