Details on Processing India Visa Applications

It is required of all foreign nationals seeking entrance into India to procure a valid international travel document, i.e. a national passport of their native country. This passport must also bear a valid Visa obtained from a valid Indian Mission/Post abroad.

Obtaining this Visa could not be easier. Those seeking a visa into India can take advantage of the India Visa through Online Application option as the fastest way to gain entry into India.

Upon receiving the application form, applicants must complete the form as directed and sign the physical copy before submitting it to the nearest Indian Visa Application Center, also called IVAC, or submit the form directly to the Indian mission.

This can be done on the date of a scheduled interview, be sure all additional documents required are in order before this date.In order to provide further guidance for the various types of Indian Visas available as well as expound on the best approaches to the process of Visa Application, following is a short Q&A section that addresses some of the major questions people face when seeking an India Visa.

Q. What Types of Visas are available?

A.The Indian government issues Visas for a large variety of purposes including: Missionaries Visa, Research Visas, Business Visas, Student Visas, Diplomatic Visas, medical Visas, Tourist Visas, Emergency Visas and many more.

Q. Where do I begin the India Visa Process?

It is required of all foreign nationals seeking entrance into India to procure a valid international travel document, i.e. a national passport of their native country. This passport must also bear a valid Visa obtained from an authentic Indian Mission/Post abroad.

Obtaining this Visa could not be easier. Those seeking a visa into India can take advantage of the India Visa through Online Application option as the fastest way to gain entry into India.

Upon receiving the application form, applicants must complete the form as directed and sign the physical copy before submitting it to the nearest Indian Visa Application Center, also called IVAC, or submit the form directly to the Indian mission.

This can be done on the date of a scheduled interview, be sure all additional documents required are in order before this date.To provide further guidance for the various types of Indian Visas available as well as expound on the best approaches to the process of Visa Application, following is a short Q&A section that addresses some of the major questions people face when seeking an India Visa.

Q. What Types of Visas are available?

A.The Indian government issues Visas for a large variety of purposes including: Missionaries Visa, Research Visas, Business Visas, Student Visas, Diplomatic Visas, Medical Visas, Tourist Visas, Emergency Visas and many more.

Q. Where do I begin the India Visa Process?

A. It is important to do some research on the specific benefits of the different Visas before deciding which would best suit the needs of your visit. Visa seekers can facilitate this process, and are requested to, by applying for their Indian Visa online by typing this URL into the address bar of their favorite browser.

URL: http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/

As mentioned earlier, the documents will be submitted once fully completed and signed to the IVAC or (Indian VISA Application Center) or Indian Mission/Post in the absence of any available IVAC locations nearby. Note: No handwritten applications will be accepted in regions where the Online Visa Facility has been made available.

After submitting the Visa Application, the process may take as long as three working days to deliver a response. This may take longer depending on the nationality and other specifics of the applicant.

Q. What is the Electronic Tourist Visa?
A. The Electronic Tourist Visa, or eTV, is another way of obtaining a Tourist Visa into India, without any of the intermediary parties or interviews, etc. This makes the Visa much easier to obtain. Visa Seekers a cautioned to research the provider of their "eTV" as many unscrupulous elements are seeking to lay a money trap. If you have concerns contact the experts at indiatvoa@gov.in

Q. Who is Eligible for an eTV?

A. The Indian Government has made eTV accessibility available to most countries and nationalities, full listings are available, elsewhere but rest assured your nationality has probably made the list.Further Requisites for the eTV.

-International travelers seeking entrance India for reasons of recreation, casual visits, sightseeing, visiting friends or relatives, making a medical visit or even short business trips can take advantage of the eTV.

-International Travelers must have a minimum of 6 months validity left in their travel documents i.e. passports, to be eligible for the eTV.

-International Travellers must also possess a forwarding ticket or return ticket and sufficient cash and resources to survive their stay in India to be eligible for the eTV.

Not available for special travel document types i.e. diplomatic, official papers.

Not available for individuals who are endorsed by the passport or travel documents of a spouse, parent or another relative. Everyone is required to bear their own documents and apply for a personal eTV.