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India Visa Application and Immigration Requirements – 2019

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This Article contains information on the India Visa Application and Immigration Requirements: 2019. India is a vast country and among the top developing nations in the world. It has a lot of diversity in languages, customs, traditions and many other things.

India Visa Application and Immigration Requirements - 2019

Yearly, many people travel to India for numerous reasons either for tourism, business, study, visit or immigration. Depending on the purpose of the trip to India, there are different types of visas that apply to the occasion.

So before applying for a India visa, it is necessary to know the India visa requirements and which of the visa category that you are eligible for.

LIST OF DOCUMENTS FOR A INDIA VISA APPLICATION

The following documents are required for the India visa application:

  • A properly filled and signed India visa application form.
  • A valid International passport with two blank passport pages – valid for 6 months.
  • A colored copy of the data page of the international passport.
  • Photocopies of the International Passport visibly showing the applicant’s passport number, picture and bio-data pages.
  • One(1) recent passport-photograph of the applicant.
  • Visa Processing fees.
  • An Introduction letter.
  • Invitation letter from Indian host.
  • Proof of Oral Polio and Yellow Fever vaccination

Applicants need to note that other supporting documents would need to be presented. These documents vary according to the visa type.

Apart from the general documentation required, accompanying should be other additional documents depending on the purpose of your India Visa application.

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR THE MOST FREQUENT PURPOSES OF THE INDIAN VISA APPLICATION

India Tourist Visa Requirements

  1. Visa application form duly filled on line and signed Your form should be signed in the box under the photograph on page 1 and at the end of page 2 Your signatures should match with the signature printed on your passport.
  2. Original passport valid for a minimum of 6 months
  3. A photocopy of the data page of the passport
  4. Old passport, if any
  5. Two recent photographs of the size of 50mm X 50mm i.e. 2 inch x 2 inch with light background. Photos should be glued on your forms in the box provided on pages 1 and 2 of the online form.
  6. Introduction Letter
  7. Invite from the Indian host with contact details and scanned copy of PAN/Aadhar card mailed to High Commission Of India with copy to the applicant. Applicant is to attach a printout of the invitation and the email with the visa application form.
  8. Travel and Hotel Bookings (Detailed itinerary of places to be visited in India)
  9. Bank Statement for last six months
  10. Local profile of the applicant as applicable (Letter from employer, professional documents, businessman to attach basic business documents)
  11. Any one address proof (Nigerian national ID or Driver’s License or Voter Card)

India Business Visa Requirements

  1. Original passport valid for a minimum of 6 months (or for the validity requested, if greater)
  2. A photocopy of the data page of the passport
  3. Two photographs of the size of 50mm X 50mm i.e. 2 inch x 2 inch with light background Photos should be glued on your forms in the box provided on pages 1 and 2 of the online form.
  4. Visa application form duly filled in online. Your form should be signed in the box under the photograph on page 1 and at the end of page 2 – Your signatures should match with the signature printed on your passport.
  5. APPLICANT MUST PROVIDE HIS/HER OWN CONTACT DETAILS INCLUDING E-MAIL ID. IF FOUND SOMEBODY ELSE’S/FALSE, VISA MAY BE REFUSED.
  6. Letter of invitation by name (of the applicant) from Indian company. Invite from the host/company with contact details with copy to the applicant. Invitation is to be forwarded from the official email id of the company on company letterhead with mobile number of contact person. Applicant is to attach a printout of the invitation and the email page with the visa application form.
  7. 7. Scanned copy of PAN/Aadhaar card of the host/company to be mailed to High Commission Of India with copy to the applicant. Applicant is to attach a printout of the invitation and the email with the visa application form.
  8. Work ID (Copy is to be attached with application form. Original ID card to be brought when coming for visa interview)
  9. Applicant’s Identification Document
  10. Introduction letter from local company, explaining nature of business and period of existence.
  11. Local company’s documents:
    (a) Certificate of Incorporation
    (b) Memorandum and Article of Association
    (c) Latest Tax Clearance Certificate
    (d) TIN number allotted to the company by TAX Office.
    (e) Statement on Local company’s financial status/ Bank statement
  12. Copy of provisional return air ticket and reservation of accommodation

NOTE: Documents at S. No. 9 to 11 to be produced in original at the time of interview by the Consular Officer.

India Employment Visa Requirements

  1. Original passport valid for a minimum of 6 months (or for the validity requested, if greater)
  2. A photocopy of the data page of the passport
  3. Two photographs of the size of 50mm X 50mm i.e. 2 inch x 2 inch with light background Photos should be glued on your forms in the box provided on pages 1 and 2 of the online form.
  4. Visa application form duly filled in online. Your form should be signed in the box under the photograph on page 1 and at the end of page 2 – Your signatures should match with the signature printed on your passport.
  5. APPLICANT MUST PROVIDE HIS/HER OWN CONTACT DETAILS INCLUDING E-MAIL ID. IF FOUND SOMEBODY ELSE’S/FALSE, VISA MAY BE REFUSED.
  6. The original proper Employment Contract of the applicant (this document will be retained by the Embassy)(This contract should show a minimum annual salary of $ 25 000/- . However, the minimum benchmark for salary is exempted in cases of ethnic cooks, foreign language teachers other than English, diplomatic missions’ employees.
  7. Letter of recommendation from football / sport’s association with contact details in original.
  8. Letter of Invitation on letterhead with contact details in original from Indian Football Club. A copy directly to be sent by the Indian Football Club to High Commission to facilitate the visa. AIFF’s approval would be required for football players.
  9. Certificate of Incorporation of the Indian company and in case of an NGO, copy of registration
  10. The Employment Visa Proforma (this is a 3-page document)
  11. Income Tax Payment Undertaking on company’s letterhead with contact details as per the standard model in original
  12. Applicant’s CV
  13. Photocopies of the diplomas or professional certificates justifying the applicant’s expertise in the proposed field of work along with the originals duly attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Education.

India Entry Visa Requirements

  1.  Original passport valid for a minimum of 6 months (or for the validity requested, if greater)
  2.  A photocopy of the data page of the passport
  3.  Two photographs of the size of 50mm X 50mm i.e. 2 inch x 2 inch with light background Photos should be glued on your forms in the box provided on pages 1 and 2 of the online form.
  4.  Visa application form duly filled in online. Your form should be signed in the box under the photograph on page 1 and at the end of page 2 – Your signatures should match with the signature printed on your passport.
  5.  APPLICANT MUST PROVIDE HIS/HER OWN CONTACT DETAILS INCLUDING E-MAIL ID. IF FOUND SOMEBODY ELSE’S/FALSE, VISA MAY BE REFUSED.
  •  In case, the applicant is of Indian-origin, official proof of Indian origin of the applicant i.e. copies of the data page of the passport and birth certificate. These documents must clearly mention place of birth in India. In case, the applicant is of Indian origin by descent, Copies of official documents proving both the relationship and the Indian nationality or origin of the parent or grand-parent, copy of the birth certificate and copy of the Indian passport In case, the applicant is spouse of Indian national or person of Indian origin, Official document proving the matrimonial link between the applicant and the person of Indian nationality or origin and copy of the registered marriage certificate If the spouse is an Indian national: photocopy of the first and last pages of the passport of the Indian spouse. The Indian passport must have the name of the foreign spouse printed/endorsed. If the spouse is of Indian origin: please provide documentary proof thereof.
  • In case, the applicant is dependent of an Employment visa holder, official documentary evidence proving the dependence:, copy of the birth certificate, copy of the marriage certificate and photocopy of the valid Employment visa.
  • In case, applicant wishes to join the Auroville Foundation, official invitation letter issued by the Secretary of Auroville Foundation. This document must be provided in its original sealed envelope.
  • In case, the applicant wishes to pursue a course in yoga, Vedic culture/Indian system of dance and music, (i) letter of admission on letterhead duly stamped and signed from the recognised institution specifying the exact purpose of the visit and its duration, (ii) an official document attesting that the Institution is recognised by Ministry of Home Affairs and is authorised to enrol foreigners
  • In case of property purchased in India, copies of approval of Reserve Bank of India and registration of property.
  • In case of sports teams and sports persons, the requisite approval of the Indian Ministry of sports and Youth Affairs is required.
  • In case of Pilots and crew members of the operating scheduled Airlines, copy of valid licence, letter from the Airlines concerned, copy of Identity Card.

India Medical Visa Requirements

  1. Original passport valid for a minimum of 6 months (or for the validity requested, if greater)
  2. A photocopy of the data page of the passport
  3. Two photographs of the size of 50mm X 50mm i.e. 2 inch x 2 inch with light background Photos should be glued on your forms in the box provided on pages 1 and 2 of the online form.
  4. Visa application form duly filled in online. Your form should be signed in the box under the photograph on page 1 and at the end of page 2 Your signatures should match with the signature printed on your passport.
  5. APPLICANT MUST PROVIDE HIS/HER OWN CONTACT DETAILS INCLUDING E-MAIL ID. IF FOUND SOMEBODY ELSE’S/FALSE, VISA MAY BE REFUSED.
  6. Typed Referral letter in original on letterhead with contact details, duly stamped and signed from a well reputed hospital/medical institute after examination of the patient’s condition specifying the nature of the patient’s illness and the reason for referring the patient for medical treatment to the established/specialized/recognised medical Institute/hospital concerned in India.
  7. Typed Invitation letter on letterhead, duly stamped and signed with contact details, from the hospital/medical Institute in India specifying the nature of the medical treatment to be undertaken along with the start and end date of this treatment.Indian hospital to email invite to High Commission Of India. Detail of attendant/ attendants is to be indicated with mobile number of contact person at the hospital. Applicant is to attach a printout of the invitation and the email page with the visa application form.
  8. A certified bank statement of last three months/guarantee letter issued by the bank in the name of the applicant, testifying his/her ability to meet expenses to cover medical and living expenses in India for the duration of the medical treatment. In case of sponsorship, an affidavit from the sponsor along with a copy of his/her Identity Card/Passport copy is to be attached.
  9. In case of follow up treatment, previous medical papers and discharge summary from Indian hospital is to be attached to the application (original to be verified by Consular Officer).
  10. Patients need to attach copies their treatments in Nigeria including copies of CT Scan/MRI/X-ray reports (as applicable) (original to be verified by Consular Officer)
  11. Transplant patients to produce compatibility report of donor and patient.
  12. Indian hospital to undertake responsibility of the patient and attendant including immigration till his departure from India. This undertaking is to be included in the invitation letter.

India Project Visa Requirements

  1. Original passport valid for a minimum of 6 months (or for the validity requested, if greater)
  2. A photocopy of the data page of the passport
  3. Two photographs of the size of 50mm X 50mm i.e. 2 inch x 2 inch with light background Photos should be glued on your forms in the box provided on pages 1 and 2 of the online form.
  4. Visa application form duly filled in online. Your form should be signed in the box under the photograph on page 1 and at the end of page 2 Your signatures should match with the signature printed on your passport.
  5. APPLICANT MUST PROVIDE HIS/HER OWN CONTACT DETAILS INCLUDING E-MAIL ID. IF FOUND SOMEBODY ELSE’S/FALSE, VISA MAY BE REFUSED.
  6. Copy of proper contract in original/certified copy of contract
  7. CV of the applicant
  8. Copies along with original of Degrees, Diplomas etc. duly attested by Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Education of Federal Republic of Nigeria or the Embassy concerned as the case may be.
  9. Letter from the employer in Nigeria in original with contact details
  10. Letter from the Indian company in original with contact details
  11. Income tax undertaking on letterhead with contact details from the Employer in India in original
  12. Copy of Certificate of Incorporation of Indian company or registration certificate

India Student Visa Requirements

  1. Original passport valid for a minimum of 6 months (or for the validity requested, if greater)
  2. A photocopy of the data page of the passport
  3. Two photographs of the size of 50mm X 50mm i.e. 2 inch x 2 inch with light background Photos should be glued on your forms in the box provided on pages 1 and 2 of the online form.
  4. Visa application form duly filled in online _ Your form should be signed in the box under the photograph on page 1 and at the end of page 2 Your signatures should match with the signature printed on your passport.
  5. APPLICANT MUST PROVIDE HIS/HER OWN CONTACT DETAILS INCLUDING E-MAIL ID. IF FOUND SOMEBODY ELSE’S/FALSE, VISA MAY BE REFUSED.
  6. Admission letter in original duly signed and stamped with contact details from an Indian university/school or higher education establishment to follow a full-time course.
  7. Copies with originals of applicant’s previous educational qualifications i.e. Jr. & Sr. Secondary certificates, Mark Sheets, Diploma, Birth Certificate duly attested either by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Education.
  8. A letter of support with contact details from the parent/guardian accompanied by a bank guarantee/certificate with a copy of Identity Card. In case of sponsorship of higher education from the State Government, a letter in original duly stamped and signed with contact details of the officer concerned.
  9. Evidence of transfer of adequate funds for at least 4 months sustenance in India or production of traveller’s cheques for a similar amount.
  10. Indian university/ college/ school to email following to High Commission Of India from their official email id with copy to the applicant. Applicant is to attach a printout of the invitation and the email with the visa application form.
  11. (i) Offer /admission letter.
    (ii) Undertaking by Indian university/ college/ school to be responsible for the student during his stay in India and undertake regular FRRO verifications.
    (iii) Undertaking by Indian university/ college/ school to reside student in hostel on campus.
  12. Student visas would be considered only for regular academic courses from renowned Indian Universities.

Foreign students already sought admission in India and have completed first year of their studies should ensure that they get their visas extended well before time while in India before returning to their country of origin on vacation. In emergency situations, they are advised to visit the nearest FRRO/FRO’s office for extension of visa with prior permission obtained from the University/educational institution.

 

*Note: When applying at the Indian embassy/consulate in home country, the guardian or parent should accompany their under-age children.

Please consult the Indian Embassy in your country for the updated Indian Visa requirements!

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