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JURISDICTION of the Consulate General of India, Chicago, Address: 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, Suite 850, Chicago, IL - 60611, Tel. 312-595-0405, Fax: 312-595-0416 and 312-595-0417, covers the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, N.Dakota, S.Dakota, Wisconsin, Missouri.

For visa, passport and other consular services, you may contact the concerned officers on their direct telephone lines in case of any inconvenience. These direct lines are 312-595-0413; 312-595-0411 and 312-595-0415.

If you are a resident in a state outside this area, please apply for your visa services, depending on the location of your residence as per details below:
(a)Embassy of India, Washington, Address: 2107 Massachusetts Ave., Washington DC 20008.Tel. 202-939-7000 Fax: 202-265-7532 which covers Delaware, Washington D.C., Kentucky, Maryland,N.Carolina, S.Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, The Bahamas.
(b) Consulate General of India, New York, Address: 3 EAST 64TH ST.(BET. MADISON AND FIFTH AVENUE), NEW YORK, N.Y. 10021, TEL.(212)879-7800 EXT.206,(212)879-7805 / 7806. FAX (212)570-9581which covers Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont and the Virgin Islands.
(c) Consulate General of India, San Francisco, Address: 540 Arguello Boulevard, San Francisco, CA - 94118 Tel. 415-668-0662, Fax: 415-668-9764, which covers Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, California.
(d) Consulate General of India, Houston, Address: Suite 600, 6th floor, 3 Post Oak Central, 1990 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, Texas - 77056, Tel. 713-626-2148, Fax: 713-626-2450, which covers Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas.

1. Passports valid for a minimum of six months beyond date of intended departure from India should accompany visa applications.

2. Paste one photo and staple the other one on the form at specified place.

3. Applicants holding other than United States passports should submit proof of long term-stay(at least three years) / permanent residence (copy of green card) in the United States to expedite issuance of visa. For Applicants, who do not normally stay in U.S., references have to be made to their country of residence for which an additional $20 fee is applicable and will involve five to seven days processing time after receipt in the Consulate. Please refrain from making inquiries about the status of application during this time. Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan nationals who are not permanent residents of U.S.A. have to apply for visa in the country of their residence. Application of Chinese nationals permanently resident in the U.S. may take 1-3 months time to process depending on the purpose of the visit.

4. Following Visa are available:

(a) TOURIST VISA: Valid for 6 months to 10 years for US nationals only. The stay on each visit should not exceed six months. For nationals of other countries , tourist visa s valid from 6 months to 5 years.

(b) ENTRY VISA: Valid for 6 months to 5 years with multiple entries. This visa allows stay for more than six months and is available to people of Indian origin or applicants having abiding reasons to visit India.

(c) BUSINESS VISA: Valid for one year to 10 years with multiple entries available to US nationals only. The stay on each visit should not exceed six months. For nationals of other countries , business visa is available from 6 months to 5 years. Letter from sponsoring organization indicating nature of applicant's business, probable duration of stay, places and organizations to be visited incorporating therein a guarantee to meet maintenance expenses, etc. should accompany the application.

(d) STUDENT VISA: Depending upon the duration of the course multiple entry student visa for bonafide students to pursue regular studies at recognized institution in India. A letter conforming 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 para-medical courses in India, a letter of approval or No Objection Certificate from Ministry of Health, New Delhi, 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 from Ministry of Human Resources Development (Dept. of Education), New Delhi, should be submitted. For research purposes detailed synopsis of the research project, countersigned by the sponsoring institution in India should be submitted.

NOTE: Processing of applications for research may take about three months.

(e) TRANSIT VISA: Valid for single/double entry for short stop over for travelling to a third country with confirmed onward tickets.

(f) MISSIONARIES: 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 duties to be discharged should be submitted along with guarantee for applicant’s maintenance while in India. NOTE: Processing of applications for missionaries may take upto three months.

(g) JOURNALIST VISA: Journalist Visa are given to professional journalists and photographers for three months stay in India.

(h) EMPLOYMENT VISA: Employment Visa are initially issued for one year stay subject to fulfillment of certain conditions. This can be extended by Foreigners Regional Registration Office in India,if the job contract continues. Spouses and children will get coterminus Visa.

(I) CONFERENCE VISA: Letter of invitation from the organizer of the conference and approvals of Indian authorities to be submitted along with the visa application.

For visit to Restricted or Protected Areas, a separate form (in triplicate) is to be filled in along with three photos. Processing of this application will take at least two months.
Resides the above-mentioned categories, visa are also available for learning Yoga, Music and Dance in India from the institutions approved by the Government of India.

6. Special forms have to be filled by citizens of Pakistan (4 copies with 5 photos) and Bangladesh (2 copies with 3 photos)

7. VISA FEES: The following is the visa fee schedule applicable to foreign nationals holding passports of all countries except those mentioned in para 8:

Types of Visa US Nationals Other Nationalities
Transit visa (single / double entry) valid for 15 days only $30 $10
Transfer of visa to new passport $25 $5
Student visa valid up to 6 months $60 $40
Student visa valid up to 1 year $85 $65
Student visa valid for over 1 year up to 5 years $95 $75
All types of Visa, other than transit and student Visa, valid up to 6 months (multiple entry). $60 $40
All types of Visa, other than transit and student Visa, valid for over 6 months and up to 1 year (Multiple entry) $85 $65
All types of Visa, other than transit and student Visa, valid for over 1 year and up to 5 years (Multiple entry) $150 $130
Tourist/Business visa (for US nationals only) valid for over 5 years and up to 10 years (Multiple Entry) $150 N/A

1. US $20/- will be charged as reference charges from non US nationals, who are not resident in USA.

2. All kinds of fee should be paid either in cash or through money order, bank drafts or certified cheques drawn in favour of Consulate General of India, Chicago. Personal cheques and payments through Credit Card are not accepted.

8: GRATIS (Free) visa is issued to the nationals of Afganistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Hungary, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Poland, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Urguay and DPRK (North Korea). However, an express fee of US $12 would be charged from nationals of Hungary for same day service.

Normal visa fee schedule does not apply to the nationals of Russia and Romania. However, a service charge of US$40/- is to be paid by Russian Nationals and US $6/- by Romanian nationals.

Japanese Nationals will be charged visa fee at the following rates: Transit Visa US $ 1.00 All other kinds of Visa US $ 8.00

Separate visa fee structure applies to them. Please contact the Consulate on telephone number 312-595-0413.

Nationals of these Countries do not require visa to enter India.

Nationals of Maldives do not require visa for upto 90 days' stay in India.

Holders of US official passports on non-official travel would be charged visa application fee of US $ 20.

Note: Postal/Fax/Telex charges would be recovered from the applicant wherever applicable.

An amount of US$35 per visa service will be charged over and above the normal fee for rendering emergency service. The Consulate opens for emergency visa service on every Saturday between 10.00 AM to 12.00 Noon. Please call telephone number 312-595-0405 Ext.28 or Ext.35. For emergency visa services on Sundays and other holidays, the emergency telephone numbers of the Consulate General of India are given below. It is requested that these telephone numbers may be contacted only in case of genuine emergencies during weekend and outside office hours and in no case at unearthly hours. Tel: 773 784 1365, 773 871 3064, 312 644 6305. On working days, emergency fee will be charged for ‘on-the-spot’ services and in the case of applications submitted after 1.00 p.m.. It may please be noted that emergency visa service is available only in cases of genuine emergency such as death or serious illness in the family and if the case does not fall under reference category.

Note : No requests would be entertained for emergency services by mail. "

10. NO REFUNDS: Visa fee once received cannot be refunded, even if the application is withdrawn, visa is refused or the type of visa applied for has not been granted.

11. RECEIPT AND DELIVERY OF PASSPORTS: AT COUNTER: Applications will be received at the counter between 9.00 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. Normally, US Passports will be processed the same day and serviced passports can be collected at the Counter between 3.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m.
BY MAIL: Depending on the seasonal rush, applications received by express mail will take up to three days to process. Passports sent through certified mail may take at least 2 weeks to be received back. Certified mail enquiries may be made only after 2 weeks from the date of mailing. Following additional return mail charges should be sent for return of serviced passports.

i) For certified mail $ 5.00 for one passport and US $ 1.00 for each additional passport. ii) For Express mail - $ 15.00 for one passport and US $ 1.00 for each additional passport.

1. Payment of return mailing charges through Credit Card is not acceptable.
2. Applicants may also send a self-addressed prepaid return envelope with the application instead of mailing charges.

12. Incomplete /false information: Application forms should be filled in fully, legibly and accurately and submitted with passport. Misrepresentation of facts may result in denial of visa. Application received with incomplete details will remain unprocessed.

13. For general inquiries or supply of application forms: Please write or send a fax to Consulate General of India, 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive,#850, Chicago, IL 60611, Tel. (312)595-0405, Fax (312) 595-0417. Visa mailing inquiries tel. (312)595-0405 Extn.25. Application forms are also available at Internet "" ( click Government and then click Consulate General of India New York City).

1. List of documents which are required at the time of registration with the Foreigners Registration Officers in India. This registration is essential for all foreigners having visa for a period exceeding 180 days except the exempted categories and should" be done within 14 days of first arrival at the nearest office of the Foreigners Registration Officer.

(i) Photocopy of the passport and initial visa
(ii) Four photographs of the applicant
(iii) Details of residence in India
(iv) HIV test report from one of the WHO recognized Institutions from people in the age group of 15 to 60 years, if the foreigner is visiting India on a visa for more one year.
(v) Copy of the marriage certificate in case of those seeking extension of Stay on grounds of being spouse of Indian national.
(vi) Bonafide certificate from the University / College / Institution in case of student visa (vii) Accreditation certificate from the Press Information Bureau in case of journalist visa
(viii) Approval of the Department of Company Affairs in the case of Board level appointments in Public Limited companies.
(ix) Copy of the approval from Government of India in case of joint venture or collaboration ( in duplicate )
(x) Copy of permission from the RBI in case of business/ joint venture , etc.
(xi) Terms and conditions of appointment and copy of contract or agreement in case of employment visa
(xii) Undertaking from the concerned Indian company
(xii) Undertaking from the concerned Indian company on the following lines in case of employment / business visa :-


We 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 our cost.


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