A person who is not a citizen of India is a foreigner and is governed by the provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1946. Under the provisions of this Act, the Central Government has the power to make orders either generally or with respect to all foreigners or any prescribed class or description of foreigners or prohibiting regulating or restricting the entry of foreigner into India or their departure therefrom or their presence or continued presence therein. Other relevant legislation concerning the foreigners and aliens are the Foreigners (Intermit) Order 1962, the Foreigners (Restrictions on Chinese Nationals) Order 1962, Foreigners (Restrictions on Pakistani Nationals) Order 1965 and Order 1971, the Foreigners from Uganda Orders 1972, Registration of Foreigners (Bangladesh) Rules 1973, the Foreigners (Report to Police) Order 1971, the Registration of Foreigners Act 1939, etc. Of importance to the foreigners and aliens are also the Citizenship Act 1953 and its rules, the Passport (Entry into India) Act 1920 and Rules 1950, then the Passport Act 1967 and the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act 1993. There are also special rules framed for tourist baggage and transfer of residence.


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