Six month multiple-entry visas are
now issued to most nationals regardless of whether you intend staying
that long or re-entering the country. Only six-month tourist visas
are extendable. Most Indian embassies and consulates won't issue
a visa to enter India unless you hold an onward ticket. Be careful
to check whether your visa is valid from the date of entry or the
date of issue.
TYPES OF VISAS:
Tourist Visa:Is issued
for 6 months, 1 year and 10 years. The period of stay in India (for
each visit) is 6 months only.
Entry Visa :Entry visas are issued only to people
of Indian origin. Such visas are valid for 6 months, 1 year or 5
Business Visa :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 visas 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
Student Visa :Valid for six months to one year
with multiple entries for bona fide students to pursue regular studies
at recognized institutions in India.
Transit Visa(IN PERSON ONLY):Valid for single/double
entry for maximum stay of 15 days for bona fide transit purposes
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 research and
missionaries may take up to three months.
Journalist visa -Journalist visas are issued to
professional journalists and photographers for a maximum of three
months only. “Journalists, who are not accredited to India,
irrespective of their origin, are given only 3 months single entry
visa, irrespective of their origin. Accordingly, journalists who
wish to visit India for tourism/ sightseeing or any other purpose
are advised to apply for 3 months visa only. Please note that it
will not be possible to refund the excess fees in case a journalist
applies for a long-term visa .”
Conference visa- Conference visas are issued for
a period of 1 month, or for the duration of the conference only.
A letter of invitation from the organizer of the conference is to
be submitted along with the visa application.
Transfer of Valid visa -Valid visa can either be transferred from
the expired passport to the new passport by submitting the visa
application form, both the passports and 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.