Foreign Nationals desirous of coming into
India are required to possess a valid passport
of their country and a valid Indian Visa.
There is no provision of 'Visa on
Arrival' in India and no fee is
charged for immigration facilities at the
airports. Foreign passengers should ensure
that they are in possession of valid Indian
Visa before they start their journey to
India except nationals of Nepal and Bhutan
who do not require visa to enter India and
nationals of Maldives who do not require
visa for entry in India for a period up
to 90 days (a separate Visa regime exists
for diplomatic/official passport holders).
The Consular Passport and Visa (CPV) Division
of the Ministry of External Affairs is responsible
for issuance of Indian visas to the foreign
nationals for their visit for various purposes.
This facility is granted through various
Indian missions abroad.
Visa fees are non-refundable and subject
to change without notice. The High Commission
reserves the right on granting and deciding
type/duration of visa irrespective of the
fees tendered at the time of making application.
Granting of Visa does not confer the right
of entry to India and is subject to the
discretion of the Immigration Authorities.
Specific Visas are granted for a
variety of purposes. The principal types
of Visa issued are mentioned below.
Tourist visas valid for six-month and one
year (six months stay each time) are available.
Ten-year Tourist visas permitting a stay
of maximum of six-month on each visit are
available to U.S. citizens who are frequent
visitors to India. A person desirous of
visiting India frequently but not intending
to stay for more than six months at a time
is advised to apply for this type of visa.
Please note that it is not possible to extend
your stay in India beyond 6 months if you
are visiting India on this visa. For non-US
nationals, who are permanent residents of
US 5 year tourist visa with six months stay
each visit is available.
Valid for six months to
one-year stay with multiple entries for
legitimate purposes only. Five-year long-term
stay visas are available only for US citizens
of Indian origin. The five-year entry visa
allows the holder to stay in India for up
to 5 years after they have registered themselves
with the authorities in India. This visa
is advisable for people who intend to live
in India on a long-term basis and for more
than six months at a time. There is no Ten-year
Valid for six months and one year with multiple
entries. A letter from Sponsoring Organization
indicating the nature of applicant's business,
probable duration of stay, places and organizations
to be visited incorporating therein a guarantee
to meet maintenance expenses, etc. may accompany
the application. Ten-year Business visas
are available to U.S passport holders. A
business letter from India or US may accompany
Depending upon the duration of the course,
multiple entry student visas for bonafide
students to pursue regular studies at recognized
institution in India are available. Visa
is valid for up to five years or the duration
of the course whichever is less. A letter
confirming admission from such an institution
along with evidence of financial arrangements
for stay in India should accompany the application.
In case of admission in medical or para-medical
courses in India, a letter of approval or
No Objection Certificate from Ministry of
Health, Government of India, New Delhi,
is mandatory. Likewise for admission in
graduate or post-graduate courses in Engineering
or Technical Institutions in India, a letter
of approval or a No Objection from Ministry
of Human Resources Development (Dept. of
Education), Government of India, New Delhi,
should be submitted. For research purposes
detailed synopsis of the research project,
countersigned by the sponsoring institution
in India should be submitted. Processing
of applications for research may take about
Valid for single/double entry for short
stop over for travelling to a third country
is available. Confirmed onward tickets must
accompany the applications.
Valid for single entry and duration as permitted
by the Government of India. A letter in
triplicate, from sponsoring organization
indicating intended destination in India,
probable length of stay, and nature of duties
to be discharged should be submitted along
with guarantee for applicant's maintenance
while in India. Processing of applications
for missionaries may take up to three months.
Journalist visas are given to professional
journalists and photographers for three
months stay in India.
Employment visas are initially issued for
one-year stay. A copy of the contract with
the employer has to be enclosed. Kindly
note that Employment Visa is given only
for jobs that require very high level of
skills and expertise. This can be extended
by Foreigners Regional Registration Office
in India, if the job contract continues.
Spouses and children are granted co-terminus
entry visas on request.
Letter of invitation from the organizer
of the conference and approvals of Indian
authorities are to be submitted along with
the visa application.
Transfer Of Visas:
To transfer visas from an expired passport
to the new passport, application form duly
filled in along with one photo and the required
fees. It is possible to travel with expired
old passport with valid Indian visa and
valid new passport issued subsequent to
issue of Indian visa.
- The duration of stay in India,
for each visit on a tourist visa or business
visa is only for a period of 6 months
even though a valid visa may be
for more than 6 months.
- Visa is given for a period for
which passport is valid. For example,
if a passport is valid until April 30,2003
and an applicant is applying for
5 years visa on December 31,1999, the
applicant will not be issued a 5 years
visa as the passport expires before
the 5 year visa.
- Validity of all visas is counted
from the date of their issue.
- Tourist visa up to 5 years may
be granted if the foreigner is connected
with the tourism trade.
- If visa is for more than 180 days,
registration is compulsory within 14 days
of first arrival in India.
- For Extension of visa contact
MHA- Director (F), Lok Nayak Bhawan, Ist
floor, Khan market, New Delhi-110003.
The Bureau of Immigration handles the immigration
procedures at the major international airports
and the foreigner's registration work at
five major cities in India. The field officers
in charge of immigration and registration
activities at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and
Amritsar are called Foreigners Regional
Registration Officers (FRROs). The designation
for the equivalent in Chennai (Madras) is
Chief Immigration Officer (CHIO).
Foreigners Regional Registration Officer
Ist floor, Hans Bhavan,
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg,
Near ITO, New Delhi
FRRO & Deputy. Commissioner of Police
Special Branch – II (CID)
Chief Immigration Officer
Shastry Bhavan Annexe
26, Haddows Road, Mumbai
S. P. (Immigration and CID)
PCP Attari Rail Mal Mandi, Chennai
13-Lord Singh Road, Amritsar
For further clarification on Visa
rules or related problems, contact the Officer
of the Consular Division, of the Mission
in which Visa is to be applied.