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Indian Embassy in New York, USA
If you are a resident outside this area, please apply for your visa services, depending on the location of your residence as per details below:
a.) Embassy of India, Washington DC:. Address: 2107 Massachusetts Ave., Washington DC 20008, Tel. 202-939-7000, Fax: 202-265-7532. Jurisdiction: Delaware, Washington D.C., Kentucky, Maryland, N.Carolina, S.Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, The Bahamas, Florida, Georgia.
b.) Consulate General of India, Chicago: Address: Consulate General of India, Chicago, 455 N, Cityfront Plaza Drive, Suite 850, NBC Tower, Chicago, Illinois - 60611, Tel. 312-595-0405, Fax: 312-595-0416 and 312-595-0418. Jurisdiction: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, N.Dakota, S.Dakota, Wisconsin, Missouri
c.) Consulate General of India, San Francisco: Address: 540 Arguello Boulevard, San Francisco, CA -94118 Tel. 415-668-0662, Fax: 415-668-9764. Jurisdiction: Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, California
d.) Consulate General of India, Houston: Address: Suite 600, 6th floor, 3 Post Oak Central, 1990 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, Texas - 77056, Tel. 713-626-2148, Fax: 713-626-2450. Jurisdiction: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas
II. Requirements for Visa Application
1. Application form for visa duly filled in. Special forms have to be
filled by citizens of Pakistan (4 copies with 5 photos) and Bangladesh
(2 copies with 3 photos).
Specific additional requirements, if any, are mentioned in the section on different types of Visa.
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. Such applicants as well as US passport holders ordinarily receive Visa the same day in the evening if the application has been received earlier in the day (before 1215 hrs) and if the application does not fall in the category where clearances are required from authorities in India or elsewhere
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 working days processing time after receipt in the Consulate. Please refrain from making inquiries about the status of such applications during this time.
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.
Application from Pakistani/Pakistani origin passport holders may take about 3 months to process
Applications of Chinese nationals may take one- three months time to process depending on the purpose of the visit.
Bangladesh and Sri Lankan passports will take 7 working days to process.
A reference fee of $20.00 is also applicable to nationals of all these countries.
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. Visa once issued cannot be changed into another type of visa.
For TRANSFER OF Visa from an expired passport to the new passport, application can be made in the usual application form along with two photos and the required fees. It is possible to travel with expired old passport with valid Indian visa and valid new passport issued subsequent to issue of Indian visa.
III. Types of Visa Available:
TOURIST VISA: Tourist Visa valid for six-month and one year (six months stay each time) are available. Ten-year Tourist Visa permitting a stay of maximum of six-month on each visit are available to U.S. Citizen who are frequent visitors to India. A person desirous of visiting India frequently but not intending to stay for more than six months at a time is advised to apply for this type of visa. Please note that it is not possible to extend your stay in India beyond 6 months if you are visiting India on this visa. For non-US nationals, who are permanent residents of US 5 year tourist visa with six months stay each visit is available.
ENTRY VISA: Valid for six months to one-year stay with multiple entries for legitimate purposes only. Five-year long-term stay Visa are available only for US Citizen of Indian origin. The five-year entry visa allows the holder to stay in India for up to 5 years after they have registered themselves with the authorities in India. This visa is advisable for people who intend to live in India on a long-term basis and for more than six months at a time. There is no Ten-year entry visa.
BUSINESS VISA: Valid for six months and one year with multiple entries. A letter 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. may accompany the application. Ten year Business Visa are available to U.S passport holders. A business letter from India or US may accompany the application
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 are available. Visa is valid for up to five years or the duration of the course whichever is less. A letter confirming admission from such an institution along with evidence of financial arrangements for stay in India should accompany the 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, Government of India, New Delhi, is mandatory
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), Government of India, New Delhi, should be submitted.
For research purposes detailed synopsis of the research project, countersigned by the sponsoring institution in India should be submitted. Processing of applications for research may take about three months.
TRANSIT VISA: Valid for single/double entry for short stop over for travelling to a third country is available. Confirmed onward tickets must accompany the applications.
MISSIONARIES: Valid for single entry and duration as permitted by the 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: Journalist Visa are given to professional journalists and photographers for three months stay in India.
EMPLOYMENT VISA: Employment Visa are initially issued for one-year stay. A copy of the contract with the employer has to be enclosed. Kindly note that Employment Visa is given only for jobs that require very high level of skills and expertise. This can be extended by Foreigners Regional Registration Office in India, if the job contract continues. Spouses and children are granted co-terminus entry Visa on request.
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
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
For visit 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.
ll fees should be paid either in cash or through money orders, bank drafts or certified cheques drawn in favour of Consulate General of India, New York. Personal cheques are not accepted.
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