BENGALURU: The visa of the Sudanese student, Mohammed Ahmed Ismail, whose car allegedly mowed down a local resident Shabana Taj in Ganapathipura, near Hesaraghatta Main Road on January 31, had expired, said sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Ahmed was staying illegally in Bengaluru after he had overshot his visa, which had expired on December 31, 2015. “Ahmed was issued a notice by the local police along with 750 other foreign students in Bengaluru in mid-January to leave the country immediately as their visas had expired,” said an official source.
“He should have applied for visa extension latest by November last year as per the visa rules, but he didn't approach the Foreigner Regional Registr-ation Office even after his visa had expired," the source added. Ahmed, 21, is a B.Pharma student at Acharya College.
Another officer on condition of anonymity said that very often foreigners, who overshoot their visa either disappear from their location and change cities to avoid being deported or indulge in a crime leading to arrest to ensure their stay in the host country. There are around 15,000 foreign students in Bengaluru. Last year, 300 students were deported from the city .