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Passport in original is required for visa

NOTE 1: Visa are issued valid from the date of Issue, for period applied for by the applicant. It is the responsibility of the applicant to apply in time and for validity as per their requirement.

NOTE 2: Minor children of foreign nationals including those of Indian origin also require appropriate visa to enter India.

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 and Sri Lankan passports will take ten working days to process. Chinese, 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. Applications of Chinese nationals permanently resident in the U.S.A. may take one to three months time to process depending on the purpose of the visit.

Following Visa are available:

Valid for six month stay. Ten year Tourist Visa for six month stay each visit are available to U.S. citizens who are frequent visitors to India.

ENTRY VISA: Valid for six months to one year stay with multiple entries for legitimate purposes only. Five year long term stay/entry (X) Visa are available to persons of Indian origin only.

i) Valid for 6 months/one year with multiple entries. A letter (on company letterhead) 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. should accompany the application. ii) Long term Business Visa for ten years (multiple entries) in case of US Citizens and five years (multiple entries) for other nationals are available only to those who have set up industrial/business joint ventures in India. This fact, along with the details of joint venture in India must be mentioned in the sponsorship letter.

STUDENT VISA: Depending upon the duration of the course multiple entry student visa for bona fide 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.

Visa can either be transferred from the expired passport to the new passport by submitting the visa application form, both the passports and the required fee (see below) or the passport holder could travel with both the expired passport containing the valid visa and the new passport keeping them together.

NOTE: Processing of applications for research may take about three months.
Valid for single/double entry for short stop over for traveling to a third country with confirmed onward tickets. Copies of the tickets are required to be submitted with the application. Transit Visa are issued for 15 days effective from the date of submission of application/issue. The applicants are responsible for these Visa at proper times.

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 up to three months.

Journalist Visa are given to professional journalists and photographers for three months stay in India.

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.

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

For visit to Restricted or Protected Areas, a separate application on plain paper, giving details of the places to be visited, should accompany the visa application.

Besides 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.

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


Type of Visa For U S Nationals* For Other Nationals
Transit Visa (15 days single/double entry) $30 $10
Six months Tourist(T) / Entry(X) /Business (B) Visa - Multiple Entry $60 $40
One Year Tourist(T) / Entry(X) /Business(B) Visa - Multiple Entry $85 $65
Student Visa (valid for the duration of the course or for a period of five years, whichever is less- Multiple Entry) $95 $75
Five Years Entry(X) Visa (Only Issued to People of Indian Origin) - Multiple Entry $150 $130
Ten Years Tourist(T) /Business(B) Visa -Multiple Entry $150 N/A
Five Years Tourist (T) Visa -- Multiple Entry N/A $130
Transfer of Five Years / Ten Years visa to new passport (Application should be made on regular visa application form and it should be accompanied with both the passports.) $30 $30


Munici-Pal Area, Port Blair, Havelock Island, Long, Neil Island, Jolly Buoy, North & South Cinque, Red Srin, Mayabunder, Diglipur, Rangati, Mt. Harriet and Madhuban.

Itanagar, Zin Along, Pasighat, Miao, Namdapha and Tipi, Sejusa (Puki) Bhalukpong.

Poo-Khab-Sum Do-Dhankar-Tabo-Gompa-Kaja, Morang-Dabling.

4. JAMMU & KASHMIR (J & K) i)
Khaltse Sub-Division (Drokahpa Area), Khaltse Dumkhar Skorduchan, Hanudo, Biama Dha. ii) Nubra Sub-Division (a) Lah-Khardung, La-Khlsar-Frit upto Panamik (b) Leh-Khardung La-Khalsar-upto Hunder. (c) Leh-Sabo-Digar. La-Digar-Labab-Khungru.Gampa-Tangar (Only for trekking conducted by approved tour operators and accompanied by State Police Personnel. iii) Nyoma Sub-Division (a) Leh-Upshi-Chumathang-Mahi-Puga-Tso-Moari Lake/Kozok (b) Leh-Upshi-Debring-Puga-Tso-Morarj Lake/Korzok (c) Leh-Karu-Chang. La-Durbuk-Tangtse-Lukung-Spankmik, (Pangong Lake upto Spankmik).

Loktak Lake, Imphal, Mourang INA Memorial, Keibul Deer Sanctuary & Waithe Lake Kongjam War Memorial.

Vairangte, Thingdawl and Aizawal.

Ganktok, Rumtek, Phodang, Pemayangtse, Tashiging, Zongri in West of Sikkim, Tsangu (Chhangu) Lake in East Sikkim, Mangan, Siagoik, Tong, Chungthang, Lachung and Yunthang.

Nanda Devi Sanctuary, Niti Shati and Kalindi Khal in Chamoli and Uttar Kashi Districts, Adjoining areas of Milan Glaciar.

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