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Indian Embassy in San Francisco, USA
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VISA APPLICANTS
Passport in original is required for visa
NOTE 1: 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.
NOTE 2: Minor children of foreign nationals including those of
Indian origin also require appropriate visa to enter India.
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. 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 days processing time after receipt in the Consulate.
Please refrain from making inquiries about the status of application during
this time. Pakistani and Sri Lankan passports will take ten working days
to process. 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. Applications of Chinese nationals permanently resident
in the U.S.A. may take one to three months time to process depending on
the purpose of the visit.
Following Visa are available:
Valid for six month stay. Ten year Tourist Visa for six month stay each
visit are available to U.S. citizens who are frequent visitors to India.
ENTRY VISA: Valid for six months to one year stay with multiple
entries for legitimate purposes only. Five year long term stay/entry (X)
Visa are available to persons of Indian origin only.
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 Visa 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 letter.
STUDENT VISA: Depending upon the duration of the course multiple
entry student visa for bona fide 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
TRANSFER OF VALID VISA
Visa can either be transferred from the expired passport to the new passport
by submitting the visa application form, both the passports and the 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.
NOTE: Processing of applications for research may take about three
Valid for single/double entry for short stop over for traveling to a third
country with confirmed onward tickets. Copies of the tickets are required
to be submitted with the application. Transit Visa are issued for 15
days effective from the date of submission of application/issue. The applicants
are responsible for these Visa at proper times.
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 missionaries may take up to three
Journalist Visa are given to professional journalists and photographers
for three months stay in India.
Employment Visa 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 Visa.
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.
For visit to Restricted or Protected Areas, a separate application
on plain paper, giving details of the places to be visited, should accompany
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.
Special forms have to be filled by citizens of Pakistan (4 copies
with 5 photos) and Bangladesh (2 copies with 3 photos).
VISA FEES :
|Type of Visa
||For U S Nationals*
||For Other Nationals
|Transit Visa (15 days – single/double entry)
|Six months Tourist(T) / Entry(X) /Business (B) Visa - Multiple Entry
|One Year Tourist(T) / Entry(X) /Business(B) Visa - Multiple Entry
| Student Visa (valid for the duration of the course or for a period
of five years, whichever is less- Multiple Entry)
| Five Years Entry(X) Visa (Only Issued to People of Indian Origin)
- Multiple Entry
| Ten Years Tourist(T) /Business(B) Visa -Multiple Entry
| Five Years Tourist (T) Visa -- Multiple Entry
|Transfer of Five Years / Ten Years visa to new passport (Application
should be made on regular visa application form and it should be accompanied
with both the passports.)
RESTRICTED / PROTECTED AREAS
1. ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS
Munici-Pal Area, Port Blair, Havelock Island, Long, Neil Island, Jolly
Buoy, North & South Cinque, Red Srin, Mayabunder, Diglipur, Rangati, Mt.
Harriet and Madhuban.
2. ARUNACHAL PRASESH (A.P.)
Itanagar, Zin Along, Pasighat, Miao, Namdapha and Tipi, Sejusa (Puki)
3. HIMACHAL PRADESH (H.P.)
Poo-Khab-Sum Do-Dhankar-Tabo-Gompa-Kaja, Morang-Dabling.
4. JAMMU & KASHMIR (J & K) i)
Khaltse Sub-Division (Drokahpa Area), Khaltse Dumkhar Skorduchan, Hanudo,
Biama Dha. ii) Nubra Sub-Division (a) Lah-Khardung, La-Khlsar-Frit upto
Panamik (b) Leh-Khardung La-Khalsar-upto Hunder. (c) Leh-Sabo-Digar. La-Digar-Labab-Khungru.Gampa-Tangar
(Only for trekking conducted by approved tour operators and accompanied
by State Police Personnel. iii) Nyoma Sub-Division (a) Leh-Upshi-Chumathang-Mahi-Puga-Tso-Moari
Lake/Kozok (b) Leh-Upshi-Debring-Puga-Tso-Morarj Lake/Korzok (c) Leh-Karu-Chang.
La-Durbuk-Tangtse-Lukung-Spankmik, (Pangong Lake upto Spankmik).
Loktak Lake, Imphal, Mourang INA Memorial, Keibul Deer Sanctuary & Waithe
Lake Kongjam War Memorial.
Vairangte, Thingdawl and Aizawal.
Ganktok, Rumtek, Phodang, Pemayangtse, Tashiging, Zongri in West of Sikkim,
Tsangu (Chhangu) Lake in East Sikkim, Mangan, Siagoik, Tong, Chungthang,
Lachung and Yunthang.
8. UTTAR PRASESH (U.P.)
Nanda Devi Sanctuary, Niti Shati and Kalindi Khal in Chamoli and Uttar
Kashi Districts, Adjoining areas of Milan Glaciar.