What Next? After NRC Implementations

•The Central Government can deport a foreign national who is staying illegally in India as per the Foreigners Act (Section 3(2)(c). Even the State Government and Union Territory Administrations have the same power to deport illegal immigrants under the same act. •India does not have any provision of awarding refugee status to migrants. Currently, there is no specific law governing the Government’s stance for dealing with the refugees. Moreover, India is not signatory to the 1951 UN convention of the status of refugees and the 1967 Protocol. •However, under the provisions in the Citizenship Act, the Government under a certain set of instructions can grant Long term Visa (LTV) to migrants.

  In the last two years the Central govt. has proposed to extend certain facilities to persons belonging to minority communities of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, namely Hindu, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians staying on Long Term Visa. This is done mainly to provide them fair opportunities towards a more comfortable livelihood and ease of movement within the country.

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