provide following documents along
with your visa application:
visa application can be submitted at the counter of the Embassy of India,
Washington D.C. between 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
you are mailing Visa application:
For emergency cases, remit $ 30/- extra per application.
Return mail charges: The following mail charges should be sent for return of serviced passports in addition to the prescribed visa fee. The Embassy/ Consulate is not responsible for documents lost in mail.
All visas start from the date of its issue.
Valid for 6 months to 10 years. However, the period of stay in India (for each visit) is limited to only six months.
Valid for single/double entry for a maximum stay of 15 days for bonafide
transit purposes only.
Valid for six months to five years stay with multiple entry is given only
to persons of Indian origin. However,
members of the family of a person who is employed in India are also
eligible for Entry visa.
Valid for one or more years with multiple entries. However, the period of
stay in India (for each visit) under this category is limited to six
months only. A Letter from sponsoring organization indicating nature of
applicant’s business, probable duration of stay, places and
organizations to be visited and also a guarantee to meet maintenance
expenses etc. should accompany the application.
Business visa valid for ten years with multiple entries is
available to foreign businessmen who have set up or intend to set up joint
ventures in India.
An appointment letter, contract letter, applicant’s resume and proof of
organization registration in India are required.
Valid up to the period of study with multiple entries for bonafide
students to pursue regular studies at recognized institutions in India.
(A letter confirming admission from such an institution along with
evidence of financial arrangements for stay in India should accompany
application). In case of
admission in medical or paramedical courses in India, a letter of Approval
or No objection certificate from Ministry of Health, Govt. of India, is
also required. Likewise, for
admission in graduate or post-graduate courses in engineering or technical
institutions in India, a letter of approval or a No objection certificate
from Ministry of Human Resources Development (Department of Education) is required.
Approval of Ministry of Human Resources Development (Department of
Education), New Delhi, should accompany the visa application.
Valid for single entry and duration as permitted by Government of
India. A letter, in
triplicate, from sponsoring organization indicating intended destination
in India, probable length of stay, and nature of work to be discharged
should be attached along with guarantee for applicant’s maintenance
while in India. Note:
processing of applications for missionaries may take up to three
Journalist visa is given to professional journalists and photographers for
three months stay in India.
A letter of invitation from the organizer of the conference is to be
attached along with the visa application.
FEE is non-refundable.
The following is the visa fee schedule applicable to foreign national holding passports of all countries except those mentioned at Paragraphs A, B, C & D
A) The nationals of following countries are granted Gratis Visa:
Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Hungary, Jamaica, Mauritius, Mongolia, Maldives, Poland, Slovak Republic, South Africa and Uruguay.
B) No visa is required for the nationals of Nepal & Bhutan
C) Separate visa fee schedule for the nationals of Pakistan
Visa fee $2/-
Sri Lankan, Russian and Romanian nationals: Please contact/call
Embassy/Consulate for visa fee/service charges before applying for the
The Applications received at the counter between 9.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. are normally processed the same day and serviced passports can be collected from the counter between 4.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.
sent by mail will take about 15 working days to process.
This time schedule does not apply to services where prior approval
is required from authorities in India, or embassies for non US Resident
applicants. Applicants are
advised to refrain from making telephonic/written/email inquires in such
cases about status of application. Applicants would be informed once
approval is received.
Visa application forms have to be filled in by citizens of Pakistan ( 4
copies with 4 photos) and Bangladesh (2 copies with 2 photos).
It usually takes 3-4 months to process visa applications of
Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Chinese passport holders.
Rule for Registration of Foreign nationals in India:
Foreigners who enter India with a visa valid for more than 180 days are required register with the nearest foreigners registration officer within two weeks of their arrival, even if, they do not plan to stay for more than 180 days.
following categories of
foreigners are exempted from registration
(ii) US nationals holding 10 years tourist/business visa, provided their continuous stay during each visit does not does not exceed 180 days.
(iii) Foreigners of Indian origin holding 5 year multiple entry “ Entry” ( X ) visa with an endorsement that “ stay should not exceed 180 days during each visit”. (Attention: In case a foreigner of Indian origin desirous of staying continuously for more than 180 days or longer, then registration is required within 14 days of first arrival in India.)
(iv) Foreigners holding five-year tourist visa, who are actively engaged in tourist/travel trade, desirous of visiting India frequently over extending periods for promotion of tourism, etc, provided their visa contains an endorsement that “ continuous stay should not exceed 180 days”
(v) PIO card holders, if their continuous stay during each visit does not exceed 180 days.
Foreigners below the age of 16 years.
Penalty fee of US $ 30/- is charged for overstaying in India or non-registering with the FRRO with in the stipulated time period.
REQUIRED FOR REGISTRATION OF FOREIGN NATIONALS:-
List of documents required at the time of registration with the Foreigners Registration Officer.
take full responsibility for
the activities and conduct of Mr./Mrs.
___________________ national of ____________ during his/her stay
in India. If anything adverse comes to notice during this period, we
undertake to repatriate him/her on
Signature of competent authority
Registration officers in India:-
Registration Officer (FRRO)
FRRO & Dy.
Commissioner of Police
Chief Immigration Officer
S. P. (Immigration and
At other places, the Superintendents of police of the Districts are foreigners registration officers.
Certificates of registration will be issued by the registration officers. The foreigners should surrender their certificates of registration officer of the place where they are registered or of the place where they intend to depart or to the immigration officer at the port/check post of exit from India. If the certificate is surrendered to other than the immigration officer at the port/check post of exit, the foreigners should produce the receipt indicating such surrender of the document to the immigration officer at the port/check post of exit.
required to be done only once
within the stipulated period, even though he/she may go out of India on
multiple entry facility during the validity of the visa.
Only if he/she enters India on a new visa will he/she be required
to register again.
Foreigners can visit restricted /protected areas only after getting a valid permit as visa alone is not enough to visit such places.
Foreigners coming from or through yellow fever countries must come with valid vaccination certificate.
On arrival/departure, foreigners should fill up Disembarkation/ embarkation cards.
The Indian Wildlife Protection Act bans all forms of wildlife trade. Violations of the provisions of the act are punishable with heavy fines and imprisonment. Travelers are, therefore, advised not to buy any wildlife or wildlife products or derivatives -specially ivory articles, fur and skin articles derived from wild animals such as Shahtoosh.
The travelers should not buy, sell or use psycho-tropic drugs or any other narcotic substances while in India, as their purchase, sell or possession is a cognizable offence punishable by imprisonment.
For Tourist information to India:
of India Tourist office