I've been living in India since 2010 and complying with the requirement to leave the country once every 180 days for years. I go to Nepal, spend the night and return to Dharamsala where I live. I just made this trip and was denied reentry, without any explanation on 9/27/2018. The immigration agent would only say that he is acting on orders from the Foreigner Registration Office in Delhi. I'm in Kathmandu, I've been to both the US and Indian embassies to make inquiries. The Consul at the US embassy said that he did not know of any official changes but said that he has recently heard of others like me (people who live in India on 10 year tourist visas) being denied reentry. Otherwise both embassies were entirely unhelpful.

My life is there, everything of value that I own is there, and two dogs as well.

Please don't respond with comments or answers that berate me for 'gaming' the tourist visa - India has been allowing this for decades, I know many people who've been here on tourist visas for way longer than me. Otherwise, I'm in compliance with my visa requirements. If they want me to leave because they've decided not to tolerate this use of tourist visas then they ought to at least allow me to get back to India to reclaim my possessions and put my affairs in order.

What I'm looking for are useful suggestions about how to resolve this situation.

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    In my opinion you will need to do two things now. Firstly, is to put the "I did nothing wrong, it is all someone else's fault" mindset aside - whether this is true or not is a matter afterwards, but assuming this will make your life increasingly harder as the incident progress. Secondly, you need to get the right help - ideally an immigration lawyer specialising in such case - and I can only wish you the best of luck here.
    – B.Liu
    Oct 2 '18 at 14:00
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    Were you registered at the foreigner registration office?
    – phoog
    Oct 2 '18 at 14:20
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    @phoog I read the post there (and refrained from commenting). While I don't want to further comment if what the OP did was correct, or whether what they encountered is reasonable or not, I see the last thing one should do when another party is taking the piss is to do the same themselves, which the OP risk getting there. Hence I was quite adamant that OP should change his mindset/attitude as the first step of solving anything - of course the delivery went all wrong and I apologise for that.
    – B.Liu
    Oct 2 '18 at 14:48
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    You should try another entry point. An acquaintance was denied once and tried to enter from another point and was able to do so no questions asked. Unless they "deported" you, cancelled your visa, or blacklisted you, they won't have information about your previous incident.
    – greatone
    Oct 2 '18 at 15:24
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    @UbuEnglish, it sounds like their attitude was already changing in regards to the use of this visa. Considering the relatively recent changes in administration of the government, this isn't too surprising and any others you know who are using this visa in this manner should probably take heed. Since your life is there, see if you can't use some of your connections to get you in touch with a good local immigration attorney and get your realistic options sorted out. There's not much better advice than that I think.
    – ouflak
    Oct 8 '18 at 10:38

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