Any foreigner seeking to enter India must furnish
a valid visa affixed on his or her passport. This is to be obtained
from the Indian Consulate in the country of residence. Foreign nationals
of Indian origin, their spouses and children can obtain Entry Visas
valid up to 10 years.
Tourist Visas can be obtained for six months, one
year and 10 years. Visas of the appropriate type should be obtained
by students, businessmen, journalists and others who want to visit
India for professional purpose. Post-dated visas are not issued.
Application form and picture requirements
All applicants for Entry
and Tourist visas are required to fill out an application form and
provide one recent passport size photograph. Applicants for Business,
Research, Journalist and some other types of visas are required
to submit two forms duly filled in and two pictures.
Restricted area permits: Persons desiring to go to a restricted
area should fill in special forms and apply well in advance as clearances
are required before a permit can be issued to travel to these places.
It takes at least 6 to 8 weeks to receive the Government of India's
clearances in such cases.
Requirements for student visas: Confirmation letters of admission
from Universities, recognized Colleges or Educational Institutions
in India are required for issuance of Regular Student Visas.
Applicants for Student Visas, who want to pursue
graduate or post-graduate studies in Engineering / Technology, are
required to produce a similar 'No Objection Certificate' from the
Ministry of Human Resource Development (Department of Education).
Provisional Student Visas for a period of 6 months can, however,
be issued on production of a Provisional Admission Certificate issued
by a University / recognized Educational Institution in India. It
can be changed to a regular student visa in India itself subject
to completion of the formalities listed above. However, no change
of institution / purpose is allowed.
Applicants are also required to produce satisfactory evidence of
financial support. In case of admission in a medical or a Para-medical
course, the applicant has also to produce a 'No Objection Certificate'
from the Ministry of Health, Government of India, to obtain a Student