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Only employment visas for Chinese workers: India

Only employment visas for Chinese workers: India

Chinese workers can come to India only on employment visa.

Srinagar: India has made it clear to China it will only issue employment visas to its highly skilled workers and that it has decided against giving business visas, Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Wednesday.

"Chinese workers can come to India only on employment visa, no more on business visas," he told a press conference in Jammu.

"We are going to issue employment visas only to highly skilled workers and it does not apply only to Chinese workers but to other countries as well. We are not going to issue any visas to unskilled and semi-skilled workers as we have plenty of them in India," the Home Minister said.

Chidambaram was replying a question on the controversy after Beijing issued visas on loose sheets rather than stamping the passports of people from Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh.

first published:October 14, 2009, 19:00 IST