Requirements for visas
- Original passport valid for at
least 6 months
- Correct visa fee
passport size photographs (5 photographs in case of Pakistani
- Supporting documents, where
- Duly completed application form
(Pakistani and Bangladeshi Nationals need to apply on special
requirements for different types of visas are given below.
(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 is 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
Processing of applications for research visa may take about three
(e) TRANSIT VISA: Valid for
single/double entry for short stop over for travelling to a third
country with confirmed onward tickets.
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
Processing of applications for missionaries may take upto three
(g) JOURNALIST VISA:
Journalist visas are given to professional journalists and
photographers for three months stay in India.
(h) EMPLOYMENT VISA: Employment
visas 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 visas.
(i) CONFERENCE VISA:
Letter of invitation from the organizer of the conference and
approvals of Indian authorities to be submitted along with the visa
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.
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)
For transfer of visa from old to new passport, the applicant is
required to submit application in regular visa form alongwith two
recent photographs. The fee for transfer of visa is $25.
8. VISA FEES:
The following is the visa fee schedule applicable to
foreign nationals holding passports of all countries
except those mentioned in para 8:
Type of Visa
visa (single / double entry) valid
for 15 days only
Transfer of visa to new passport
visa valid up to 6 months
visa valid up to 1 year
visa valid for over 1 year up to 5
types of visas, other than transit
and student visas, valid up to 6
months (multiple entry).
types of visas, other than transit
and student visas, valid for over 6
months and up to 1 year (Multiple
types of visas, other than transit
and student visas, valid for over 1
year and up to 5 years (Multiple
Tourist/Business visa (for US
nationals only) valid for over 5
years and up to 10 years (Multiple
1. US $20/-
will be charged as reference charges from
non -US nationals, who
are not resident in USA. Similarly reference
fee of $20 will be charged for transfer
of visa in cases where original visa was
not issued by this Consulate
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.
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.
RUSSIAN AND ROMANIAN NATIONALS
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.
Indiaese Nationals will be charged visa fee at
the following rates:
Transit Visa US $ 1.00
All other kinds of visas US $ 8.00
AND PAKISTANI NATIONALS
Separate visa fee structure applies to them.
Please contact the Consulate on telephone number
312-595-0413. Srilankan nationals are required to submit
additional information in the prescribed form.
NEPAL AND BHUTAN
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.
Postal/Fax/Telex charges would be recovered from the
applicant wherever applicable.
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.
13. 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.
CHECK LIST FOR REGISTRATION FORMALITIES
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
(i) Photocopy of the passport and initial
(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
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
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
(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
(xii) Undertaking from the concerned Indian
company on the following lines in case of
employment / business visa :-
foreigners should not buy, sell or use psycho-tropic drugs or any
other narcotic substances while in India, as their purchase, sale or
possession is a cognizable offence punishable by imprisonment.