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A visa (short for the Latin carta visa, meaning "the document has been seen") is a document issued by a country giving a certain individual permission to enter the country for a given period of time and for certain purposes. Visa is usually stamped or glued inside of a passport, or sometimes issued as separate pieces of paper.

Guidelines for Visa Applicants

All Indian Nationals who have acquired either US or Foreign citizenship are advised to surrender their Indian Passports to the nearest Indian Mission for cancellation and return.The cancelled Indian passports will be needed at the time of applying for Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card or Indian visa for the first time on a US passport.

Documents required to be submitted for visa

1. Visa application Form

a) Visa application form should filled in legibly and clearly, in bold (capital) letters in black/blue ink only. Incomplete and illegible applications may not be processed.

b) Name and other relevant particulars should be filled in as per details in the passport in expanded form.

2. Passport , which should have a minimum validity of six months on the date of application with at least two blank pages.

3. Photographs ; 2 latest identical passport size photographs, depicting front pose against light background

4. Supporting documents, if the visa being applied for is other than a Tourist Visa, the visa application should be accompanied with supporting documents on type of visa applied for. (For details, please see categories of visa given below).

5. Visa Fee, (Please see Fee Schedule for the amount of fee). In case the applications are deposited in person at the counter, visa fee can be paid in cash or by Cashier's Check/Certified Check or Money Order made payable to the Embassy of India, Washington (PERSONAL CHECKS / CREDIT CARDS are not accepted)

5. Persons of Indian Origin applying for a visa for the FIRST time on US passport must submit their Indian passport along with the application form for cancellation and return. If the visa is required on a new US passport booklet, either previous US passport or photocopy of Indian visa are to be submitted with the application.

US Citizens: Additional requirements

1. Applicants who are not Citizens of USA, but hold long term US visa or a Green Card should submit a copy of the visa or the Green Card.

2. Applicants who are not citizens/ residents of the USA and hold a tourist or other short-term visa for USA should normally apply for Indian visas in the countries of their permanent residence. In case of emergency or special circumstance, an application could be made at the Indian Embassy in Washington DC or Consulates General of India in the US. In addition to the relevant visa fee they should remit an additional US $ 20 for reference to be made to the country of their original residence. The processing time in such cases is usually 5-7 working days.


(a) Please read the relevant instructions carefully before applying to avoid any inconvenience;

(b) Kindly note that the validity of the visa starts from the date of issue and not the date of entry into India)

Special Visa application forms should be filled in by citizens of Pakistan (4 copies with 4 photos) and Bangladesh (2 copies with 2 photos). (It usually takes 3-4 months to process visa applications of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Chinese passport holders).

Categories of Visa

Contact Information of Foreigners Registration officers in India

New Delhi
Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO)
Ist floor, Hans Bhavan,
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg,
Near ITO, New Delhi
Phone: 011-3319489/3755183/5652389
FRRO & Deputy. Commissioner of Police
Special Branch - II (CID)

Phone: 022-2621169/2620721/8350098
Chief Immigration Officer
Shastry Bhavan Annexe
26, Haddows Road,

Phone: 044-8277036/8277036/2340589
S. P. (Immigration and CID)
Interrogation Centre
PCP Attari Rail Mal Mandi

Phone: 0183-225456/227605/382630
DIG (Border)
Intelligence Branch
13-Lord Singh Road

Phone: 033-2470549/5528830

At other places

The Superintendents of Police (SP) of the Districts are registration officers for Foreigners.The registration officers would issue a Certificate of Registration. The foreigners should surrender these certificates at the office where they are registered or of the place where they intend to depart or to the immigration officer at the port/check post of exit from India. If the certificate is surrendered to other than the immigration officer at the port/check post of exit, the foreigners should produce the receipt indicating such surrender of the document to the immigration officer at the port/check post of exit.

Some important instructions for the visitors:

  • Registration is required to be done only once within the stipulated period, even though he/she may go out of India on multiple entry facility during the validity of the visa. Only if he/she enters India on a new visa will he/she be required to register again.

  • Foreigners can visit restricted /protected areas only after getting a valid permit as visa alone is not enough to visit such places.

  • Health Requirement: Foreigners coming from or through yellow fever countries/zones must possess a valid vaccination certificate.

  • Arrival/Departure: All visitors to India are required to fill Disembarkation/ Embarkation cards, which are available with the airlines and the airports in India.


Wildlife: The Indian Wildlife Protection Act bans all forms of wildlife trade. Violations of the provisions of the act are punishable with heavy fines and imprisonment. Travelers are, therefore, advised not to buy any wildlife or wildlife products or derivatives-specially ivory articles, fur and skin articles derived from wild animals such as Shahtoosh.

Drugs: The travelers should not buy, sell or use psychotropic drugs or any other narcotic substances while in India, as their purchase, sell or possession is a cognizable offence punishable by imprisonment.

Visa Fees

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Useful Web links

Bureau of Immigration,India

Consular Passport and Visa Division

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