The Information below provides an overview on the types of Visas issued by the Embassy.
A Transit visa is issued to an individual who is transiting through India to another destination and is able to provide enough proof of such travel plans by way of valid tickets for onward journey (via India). Single/Double entry visas, valid for a maximum of 15 days, are issued to applicants who would be transiting through India. The validity of the visa starts from the period of issue of the visa and therefore if an individual is unable to travel to India within 15 days of issue of the visa, he should obtain another Transit visa. During Transit, the individual can remain in Transit in India for a maximum of 3 days at a stretch. The applicant should have visa[s] for the final destination, before applying for the transit visa. Transit visa is not available at airports in India.
Only those on bona fide tourist visits should apply for tourist visas. A Tourist visa cannot be used for any other purpose such as business, education, research, writing articles, social work etc. A Tourist visa should not be applied for, if the purpose of visit falls under any of these categories. Tourist visa is nonconvertible. Tourist visas are issued upto six months only with single entry. For double or triple entry tourist visa, a copy of flight reservations for all the planned trips to India is required. A Tourist visa is non-extendable. Long term tourist visa is normally issued to travel agents who have to visit India frequently.Information for those visiting India on Tourist visaThose in possession of a one year multi-entry Tourist visa will require to ensure a gap of 2 months between any two visits to India. Those with such visas will also need to register with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in case they stay continuously in India for more than 180 days.
It may be noted that there should be a gap of two months (60 days) between any two visits to India. Those who have availed for a TOURIST visa to visit India once, can apply for another tourist visa only after a gap of two months from the time of return from the first visit. There is a mandatory requirement of two months gap between any two visits to India.
People of Indian Origin holding foreign Passport are advised to apply for X Visa
People of Indian origin holding a foreign passport are eligible for X visa only. As per rules, such people can not be issued a Tourist visa. As an advice it is recommended that people of Indian Origin may apply for OCI/PIO cards to tide over the visa proble in the long run”.
Business visa is granted to a foreign national who wants to visit India to establish an industrial/business venture or to explore possibilities to set up industrial/business venture or wants to purchase/sell industrial products in India.
Eligible for Business Visas are:
Documents required to be submitted along with application for Business Visa
An applicant for business visas might be interviewed by the consular office if the need so arises.
Employment visas are issued to skilled and qualified professionals or persons, who are engaged or appointed by companies, organizations and economic undertakings as technicians, technical experts, senior executives etc.
Following category of applicants will be eligible for Employment visa:
Please Note: Family members / dependents of an applicant who is granted ‘E’ visa will be granted ‘X’ visa provided the family members are otherwise eligible for grant of such a visa. The validity of such ‘X’ visa shall be co-terminus with the validity of the visa of the principal visa holder or for such shorter period as may be considered necessary by the Indian Mission.
Documents required to be submitted along with application for Employment Visa:
A student visa is issued to an individual, whose sole objective is to pursue regular and full time academic studies in India and for no other purpose/activity. Such visas are issued for the duration of the course or for a period of five years, whichever is less, to bona fide students to pursue regular studies at recognized institutions in India. Proof of financial support for applicant’s stay in India has to be furnished. It can be in the form of a finanical guarantee provided by the parents with a copy of Bankstatement.
A Research visa is issued for pursuing a course of research in a recognized educational institution in India. A detailed set of documents will have to be produced by the applicant regarding the area of research and other particulars.
Conference visas are issued to individuals whose sole objective is to visit India to attend a conference/ seminar or workshop being held in India. Such visas are issued for the duration of the conference to be attended, based on letter of invitation and documents pertaining to the conference from the Conference organizers.
Journalists can obtain visa for three months (single entry) to visit India for any purpose other than film shooting. The initial three month period can be extended by applying to:
Journalists who are going to India to work in any branch office of Foreign Media/TV can obtain six months multiple entry ‘J’ visa directly (This is applicable also to Journalists replacing a correspondent in India as well).
Foreign journalists visiting India on long term assignment (i.e. to be based in India), may please fill up the online Form found on http://pibaccreditation.nic.in/ (under the category ‘new users’, select option ‘I am applying through Indian Mission abroad’) for issue of PIB cards simultaneously with submission of Journalist visa application.
‘J’ Visa for shooting Films in India
This applies to both feature as well as documentary films.
The list of documents needed to be attached with documentary shooting application are:
Application Forms, undertaking and information sheets may please be signed by the Producer and submitted in nine sets. Also, it may please be noted that it takes a minimum of 4-6 weeks after the receipt of the completed application in the Embassy to process the case and for the Government of India’ permission to come through. Note: Only after obtaining the permission the applicants may apply for the visa.
An entry visa is issued to a person visiting for professional work, meetings, study tours, or longer stay (other than for education, employment, journalism, commercial or business)