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Foreign Registration Office (FRO) of Pune police issues ‘leave India notice’ to U.S.A. couple

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - 7:31am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Pune: A couple from USA, who had come to India on a business visa, has been asked to leave the country for overstaying in the country and violating visa rules. 

The Foreign Registration Office (FRO) of Pune police has claimed that the couple will leave the country by March 20.

The couple had been employed as a consultant to an international food store in the city. However, the store authorities have said that the couple did not have any financial stakes in the business. FRO officials have claimed that there were rare instances where US-nationals have been embroiled in visa violation cases in the city. As per records of the department, USA nationals had been asked to leave the country only under two instances, once 2012 and another in 2013. The couple had come to India on April 30, 2010 and was to leave the country on April 30, 2013.

As per the visa rules, the gross sales or turnover from the business activities, for which the foreigner has been granted visa, should not be less than Rs1 crore per annum, that needs to be earned in two years of setting up the business.

Speaking to dna, senior police inspector Mahesh Joshi of FRO said, “The couple had applied for visa extension a few months ago. Thereafter, we checked their documents and found that they have not made business as per the requirement. Hence, we have issued them a leave India notice”

As per the documents which had given to the FRO, the couple claimed that they were directors of International food store, however, the store authorities refuted the claim.

Following the Devyani Khobragade diplomatic row between the United States and India, the FRO wing of Pune police has checked passports and visas of about 50 US nationals, Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizens Of India (OCOI). 

The FRO officials had conducted a special drive out of routine procedure. They haven’t taken any such drive to check documents of foreign nationals in the past.

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