Parents of Maldivian students living in the south Indian city of Trivandrum have sought the Maldivian foreign ministry’s assistance saying that India has stopped issuing dependent visa to them.
The parents sent a letter to foreign minister Dr. Mohamed Asim saying that the Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRRO) is refusing to extend their visas. According to the letter, FRRO has been asking Maldivians living in Trivandrum on dependent visa to exit India before the expiration of their visas.
Despite the dependent visa restriction, student visas will be granted; but FRRO has been asking parents to place their children in boarding schools, the letter said.
The parents said that having to move back to Maldives due to the sudden visa restriction, imposed without prior notice, is a huge mental and financial burden on them, and it would negatively affect their children’s future.
They requested the foreign minister to hold discussions with the Indian government and resolve the issue as soon as possible.
Trivandrum is the foreign city with the largest Maldivian population.