India on Monday announced a new liberal visa policy for the citizens of Afghanistan that include allowing stay up to two years in India.

Senior Afghan citizens and children will also be exempted from police reporting under the new visa policy.

India’s home ministry, following a statement, said Monday that the new policy will be in effect for two years.

The statement further added that the policy will be effective from 1st July which will allow the Afghan nationals to stay in India on stay visa/resident permit up to two years at a time.

Exemption from police reporting will be granted for Afghans below 12 years or above 65 years, the statement said.

The statement also added that there would be liberal provisions concerning exemption from police reporting for categories such as Afghan students, medical patients, short-term visitors, businessmen, scholars and eminent people.

The amenities at the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in Delhi has also been upgraded for the Afghan nationals.

A system of biometric enrolment and photography would be introduced to ensure that such facilities were not misused by unscrupulous elements, the home ministry of India said in its statement.