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How it works in four simple steps?

STEP 1

Fill out your ONLINE forms and gather your required documents outlines below.

STEP 2

Come to our office so that we can review, sort, prepare your documents and take your photo.

STEP 3

Your Visa application will be submitted to the foreign consulate the next business day.

STEP 4

We will collect your Passport and Visa from the consulate on the day scheduled by the consulate.

Follow These Instructions to a New Visa

India Visa Application

  • One completed India visa application.
  • This application must be completed on-line, printed and then signed.
  • Please apply at the USA office of your jurisdiction for a “6 month” multiple visa validity.
  • You must write “None” not “NA” on your application. Writing NA=rejection.
  • All visa applicants are now required to fill out and sign this additional particulars form.

Passport Photo

  • Two passport type photos

Physical Passport

  • Physical passport with 6 months validity beyond trip completion and one blank visa page (Passport must be signed)

Flight Itinerary

  • One copy of flight itinerary from airline (required)

Naturalization certificate

  • If you are naturalized citizen, please include a copy of your naturalization certificate

Proof of Residence

  • Copy of driver’s license
  • License address must match the address on application exactly.

Birth Certificate

  • One copy of your birth certificate if less than 18 years of age

Order Form

  • Provide Order form
  • Articles of Incorporation from the company in India.

Hotel confirmation

  • One copy of your hotel arrangements or other proof of lodgings

Non US Citizen

  • Non-USA passport holders must provide a copy of green card or US Visa and I-94

India Embassy Fees

India visa fees for US Citizens

Type of visa Maximum validity Processing time Embassy fee
Multiple entry tourist up to 120 months 10+ business days $200.00
Multiple entry business up to 12 months 10+ business days $200.00
Multiple entry business up to 60 or 120 months 10+ business days $305.00
Outside Houston Jurisdiction add $150

Return Shipping

We do not accept customer prepaid labels or return envelopes.

We offer Federal Express combined shipping rates!
Federal Express Overnight $ 35.00
Federal Express 1st Overnight $ 75.00
Federal Express Saturday Delivery $ 75.00
When available
One Way Local Delivery within Houston city per applicant $ 50.00
One Way Local Delivery to either Houston Airport $ 180.00

India Visa Application

  • One completed India visa application.
  • This application must be completed online, printed and then signed.
  • Please apply at the USA office within your jurisdiction for a “12 month” multiple visa validity.

Job Description Form

  • Provide one Job Description form

Indian Disclaimer Form

  • One completed Indian Disclaimer Form

Passport Photo

  • Two passport type photos

Physical Passport

  • Physical passport with 6 months validity beyond trip completion and one blank visa page (Passport must be signed)

Flight Itinerary

  • One copy of flight itinerary from airline (required)

Naturalization Certificate

  • If you are naturalized citizen, please include a copy of your naturalization certificate

Invitation

  • One invitation from host in India. Invitation must state the request of visa length (12 months). This may be a faxed or email attachment.

Proof of Residence

  • One copy of proof of residence (Driver’s license).
  • License address must match the address on application exactly.
  • One copy of your birth certificate if less than 18 years of age

Original Notarized Business Letter

  • Detailed company business letter on company letterhead – Business letter must state the request of visa length(12 months).
  • Letter must include the information provided by the Indian Embassy

Order Form

  • Provide Order form
  • Articles of Incorporation from the company in India.

Non US Citizen

  • Non-USA passport holders must provide a copy of green card or US Visa and I-94

NOTE

  • Citizens of Pakistan or an applicant who is of Pakistan origin is not eligible for an E-visa for India.

Special Information

  • An Indian E-Visa is only valid for travelers arriving at 24 designated international airports and 3 designated seaports.
  • The 24 designated international airports are as follows: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, and Varanasi.
  • The 3 designated seaports are as follows: Cochin, Goa, and Mangalore.
  • If arriving to any other port of entry, you must apply for an actual stamped Indian visa. Indian E-Visa is valid for arrival by commercial airlines only, and it is not valid for private planes.

India Embassy Fees

India visa fees for US Citizens

Type of visa Maximum validity Processing time Embassy fee
Multiple entry tourist up to 120 months 10+ business days $200.00
Multiple entry business up to 12 months 10+ business days $200.00
Multiple entry business up to 60 or 120 months 10+ business days $305.00
Outside Houston Jurisdiction add $150

Return Shipping

We do not accept customer prepaid labels or return envelopes.

We offer Federal Express combined shipping rates!
Federal Express Overnight $ 35.00
Federal Express 1st Overnight $ 75.00
Federal Express Saturday Delivery $ 75.00
When available
One Way Local Delivery within Houston city per applicant $ 50.00
One Way Local Delivery to either Houston Airport $ 180.00

OCI Card Overview

  • The Constitution of India does not allow Dual Citizenship.You cannot be a citizen of India and a citizen of another foreign country at the same time.
  • Government of India decided to register a Person of Indian origin (PIO)and issue Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card based on the registration.

Rules

  • Overseas Citizenship of India is granted to applicants who have acquired citizenship of a foreign country and who were of Indian Origin, or were or are eligible to become a citizen of India, or are a spouse of an OCI / PIO Holderor a spouse of Citizen of India.
  • Under the Indian Citizenship Act, persons of Indian Origin are notallowed to claim dual citizenship
  • Minor children whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India are also eligible for OCI Card
  • While applying for an OCI, it is mandatory to provide proof of your Cancelled Indian passport. If you cannot provide any evidence, then you are required to obtain a Renunciation Certificate

The Benefits of being an OCI Card holder

  • Multi-purpose, multiple entries, lifelong visa for visiting India.
  • Exemption from registration with local police authority for any length of stay in India.
  • Parity with NRIs in respect of economic, financial and education fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural / plantation properties.
  • Parity with Non-Resident Indians in the matter of inter-country adoption of Indian children.
  • Parity with resident Indian nationals in matters of tariffs in domestic air fares.
  • Parity with domestic Indian visitors in respect of entry fees for visiting national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, visiting national monuments, historical sites and museums in India.

Documents Required for Adult

  • Affidavit in Lieu of Originals
  • OCI Application Form
  • Photograph
  • Signature
  • Additional Particulars Form
  • Current US/ Foreign Passport

Please Note: In addition to the documents listed here you may be required to submit additional documents as per your checklist.


Documents Required for Minor

The following list of documents will be required while applying for a new OCI card:

  • Affidavit in Lieu of Originals
  • OCI Application Form
  • Photograph
  • Signature
  • Additional Particulars Form
  • Current US/ Foreign Passport
  • Parental Authorization Form

Please Note: In addition to the documents listed here you may be required to submit additional documents as per your checklist.


Eligibility

A foreign national can apply for an OCI Card:

  • Who is a citizen of another country, but was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after, the commencement of the Constitution; OR
  • Who is a citizen of another country, but was eligible to become a citizen of India at the time of the commencement of the Constitution; OR
  • Who is a citizen of another country, but belonged to a territory that became part of India after the 15th day of August, 1947; OR
  • Who is a child or a grand-child or a great grandchild of such a citizen; OR
  • A person, who is a minor child of a person mentioned in the above 4 criterion; OR
  • A person, who is a minor child, and whose both parents are citizens of India; OR
  • A person, who is a minor child, and whose one of the parents is a citizen of India; OR
  • Spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India cardholder registered under section 7A and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application under this section.
  • OCI can be used as identity proof for application of PAN Card and driving license as well as for opening a bank account if the OCI card holder is residing in India.

Exception

OCI is Not Granted to any citizen who is / was and / or if their parents, grandparents or great grandparents are / were citizens of Pakistan, Bangladesh

The following table enlists the exceptions for OCI Eligibility:

S.No
Applicant Demographic Eligibility
1
Foreign military personnel (Armed Forces / Para-military / security / Police / Intelligence) either in service or retired Not Eligible
Children of Foreign military personnel (Armed Forces / Para-military / security / Police / Intelligence) either in service or retired (Former Indian/ Foreign) Not Eligible
Spouse of Foreign military personnel (Armed Forces / Para-military / security / Police / Intelligence) either in service or retired (Former Indian / Foreign) Not Eligible
2
Civil Govt. servant working in Ministry of Defence as Employees / IT engineers / civil contractors Not Eligible
Children of Civil Govt. servant working in Ministry of Defence as Employees / IT engineers / civil contractors (Former Indian / Foreign) Once they turn 18 – Eligible Below 18 years of age – Not Eligible
Spouse of Civil Govt. servant working in Ministry of Defence as Employees / IT engineers / civil contractors (Former Indian / Foreign) Former Indian – Eligible Foreign National – Not Eligible
3
Former Bangladesh / Pakistan Nationals Not Eligible
4
Children of Parents / Grandparents / Great grandparents who are of Bangladesh / Pakistan Origin (one or both, mother or father, of any descent) Not Eligible
5
Step Children or adopted children
Foreign born step or adopted children with one parent Indian and the other one foreign Not Eligible
– Foreign born step or adopted children with both parents Indian Nationals Not Eligible
– Foreign born step or adopted children with both parents as former Indian Nationals Not Eligible
– Children who had an Indian passport Once they turn 18 – Eligible
Below 18 years of age – Not Eligible
6
Child of Single Parent whose other parent’s personal particulars (Nationality) are not available Not Eligible
7
Minor foreigners who are born out of live-in relationships and their parents subsequently either got married or continued with live-in relationship
– Foreign born children born out of live-in relationships with one parent Indian and the other one foreign Not Eligible
– Foreign born children born out of live-in relationships with both parents Indian Nationals Not Eligible
– Foreign born children born out of live-in relationships with both parents as former Indian Nationals Not Eligible
8
Surrogate baby
– Foreign born surrogate children with one parent is Indian, one is foreign Not Eligible
– Foreign born surrogate children with both parents Indian Nationals Not Eligible
– Foreign born surrogate children with both parents as former Indian Nationals Not Eligible
9
Foreign born children
– Foreign born children with one parent Indian and the other one foreign Eligible
– Foreign born children with both or single parent Indian National Eligible
– Foreign born children with both or single parents as former Indian National Eligible
– Foreign born children whose one parent is Indian, one is foreign and the Indian parent has deceased Not Eligible
– Foreign born children whose one parent is Indian, one is foreign and parents are divorced Not Eligible
10
Foreign Spouse
– Foreign Spouse whose, Indian origin spouse has deceased Not Eligible
– Foreign Spouse who have separated from their Indian origin spouse Not Eligible
11
Applying on basis of Spouse
– Naturalized Indian Spouse is not an OCI cardholder
– Indian Spouse does not hold an Indian Passport presently
Not Eligible
12
Applying on basis of Spouse and if marriage has not been registered and / or subsisted for a continuous period of two years immediately preceding the presentation of the OCI application Not Eligible
13
NON US Passport Holders holding temporary visa such as B1 / B2 Not Eligible
14
Official / Diplomatic passport holders Not Eligible
  • The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does NOTallow dual citizenship.
  • Holding an Indian passport oracquiring an Indian passport or travelling on an Indian passport after acquisition of foreign citizenship constitutes an offence under the Indian Passport Act, 1967 and attracts penalties.
  • Person whose previous nationality was Indian before acquiring any foreign nationality, are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship and obtain a surrender certificate.
  • You can complete the full application process online and then submit your application as per the selected mode.
  • Documents as per Checklist.
  • Surrender and Renunciation of Indian Citizenship applies only to applicants of Indian Origin.
  • Under The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, Persons of Indian Originis NOT allowed DUAL Citizenship. If a person has ever held an Indian Passport and has obtained the Passport of another country, they will be required to surrender their Indian Passport immediately after gaining another Country’s nationality.
  • If a person has ever held an Indian passport and has obtained the passport of another country, they will be required to surrender their Indian passport immediately after gaining another country’s nationality.
  • After Renunciation of Indian Citizenship, it is necessary to apply for Surrenderor a Renunciation
  • A stamp saying “cancelled due to acquiring foreign nationality” is required. It should be noted that Indian passports that carry only a “cancelled stamp” are notconsidered renounced of their Indian citizenship.
  • While applying for consular services Visa or OCI, it is mandatory to provide proof of your cancelled Indian passport. If such evidence cannot be provided, applicants will be required to obtain a renunciation certificate.
  • While applying for Renunciation of Indian Citizenship, there are many procedures that must be followed, including the submission of the duly filled application form as well as current photographs and relevant documents. While enquiring about the fees that are levied for the relevant stamps and certificates, it is also essential to indentify your area of jurisdiction and service centers.
  • It is not necessary for travellers to carry a Certificate of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship during their travel to India.
  • It should be noted that it is illegal to continue to use an Indian passport after the renunciation of Indian citizenship and defaulters will be faced with penalties.

What is an India Tourist eVisa?

It is an official Document that allows the entrance into and across Indian Territory and it is electronically linked to your Passport.


What is VISA?

A Visa is the permission that is granted by a sovereign nation to a traveler permitting entry into that country for a specific purpose. Most visas are stamped in the travelers’ passport. The most common types of visas are granted for the specific purposes of tourism, conducting business or attending a conference or symposium, establishing temporary or permanent residence, or going to school. A traveler must follow distinct guidelines and procedures established by each sovereign nation in applying for the appropriate visa category.


Are there Specific Vaccinations Required to travel to India?

The Indian Embassy does not require any specific vaccinations for travelers to obtain a visa to India. Please find the site below that is referred to for health advisories for US Citizens traveling to India:


What types of visits are eligible?

To be eligible for an E-Visa for India, the purpose of the visit should be either tourism, visiting friends/family, casual business, or medical. If you are visiting India for other purposes, you may need to apply for an actual stamped Indian visa.


My Visa page has faded now and numbers are not clear Can I Travel to India?

No, It is always advisable to get a new visa if details on the visa are not clear or the visa is in faded / torn / damaged condition.


What is an e-Tourist Visa?

The e-Tourist Visa is applied for and issued electronically, allowing a quick processing time


Which Countries are eligible for an e-Tourist Visa?

161 countries are eligible for this scheme: Albania, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameron Union Republic, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China- SAR Hongkong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger Republic, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal , Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Uganda,Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe


When should I apply for e-Tourist Visa

You must apply a minimum of 4 days before the date of your arrival in India and a maximum of 240 days before your planned arrival.


How long does the process take?

As long as there are no problems with your application, your visa will be with you typically within 3 to 4 working days


What other Documents are required?

A copy of your valid passport and a digital copy of a passport style photograph


Do Children need their own e-Tourist Visa

All visitors, even small children, are required to have a separate, valid visa for travelling to India. A parent can sign the forms on their children’s behalf.


Could my Application Rejected?

Your application can be rejected and the Indian Government is under no obligation to give you a reason. However, you can still apply for a traditional tourist visa through Vsf Global


How long is the Visa valid for?

The visa is valid for 365 days from your arrival in India


How many times can I enter India with this Visa?

The visa is valid for a multiple entry visits to India with a duration of 90-180 days (depending on nationality)


Is the Fee Refundable?

The fee in non-refundable, even if you withdraw your application, or it is rejected


Am I limited to where I can enter India?

Applicant can arrive at 28 e-Visa designated airports i.e. Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Calicut, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Portblair, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi, Vishakhapatnam and 5 designated seaports (i.e. Chennai, Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, Mumbai ). However, he/she can depart from any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts in India.


Can a person holding “Tourist” visa accept employment?

No. If a person is found working, while holding “Tourist” visa, he/she may be booked for visa violation.


Can a person holding ‘Tourist Visa indulge in Business activities?

No. If a person holding ‘Tourist’ visa is found to be involved in Business activities, action may be taken for visa violation?


What activities are permissible on ‘Tourist’ Visa?

Tourist Visa is granted for visiting India for recreations, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends and relatives etc. No other activity is permissible on a Tourist Visa.


How will individuals who come to India to volunteer for various charity organizations be treated?

Many of them travel around the region while volunteering in India for extended periods on tourist visas.

A person coming for voluntary work can apply for ‘Employment (E)’ Visa. Tourist Visa is not the appropriate visa in such cases.


Whether the gap of two months between two visits would apply to all Tourist Visa holders ?

The gap of two months between two visits on a Tourist Visa will apply to nationals of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan origin and Stateless persons.


How will medical tourists who return regularly to India for onward treatment be handled?

For persons coming for medical treatment, there is a separate category of Medical Vis. Foreign nationals coming for medical treatment will have to come only on Medical Visa and not on Tourist Visa.

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