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US says heads of states and governments eligible for A1 visas

LiveMint logoLiveMint 14-05-2014 Lalit K Jha

Washington: Continuing to maintain silence on granting a visa to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi, US has said the heads of state and government are eligible for A1 visas and no individual automatically qualifies for an American visa.

“Heads of state and heads of government are eligible for A1 visa classification under the INA (Immigration and Nationality Act). No individual automatically qualifies for a US visa,” the state department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, told reporters on Tuesday.

“US law exempts foreign government officials, including heads of state and heads of government from certain potential inadmissibility grounds,” Psaki said when asked about the possibility of issuing visa to Modi, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.

Refusing to go into any greater level of detail, Psaki refrained from responding to direct questions on Modi visa issue, except for saying that the US looks forward to working with new Indian government. “We don’t talk about visa applications. We are looking forward to working with the new Indian government when they are elected. But I am not going to speculate on that given, obviously, the results haven’t been announced yet,” she said.

The results of the 16th general elections of India are scheduled to be announced on 16 May. The exit polls have predicted the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to form the next government in India. PTI

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