Passport & Visa :
Peoples of all countries need to have a legal passport and an entry,
transit or tourist visa obtained from the Indian Mission in their
country. Tourist visa is normally valid for 120 days. Applying to the
Ministry of Home Affairs, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi can
get visa extensions.
The letter should then be handed over at the Foreigners Regional
Registration Office at Hans Bhavan, Tilak Bridge, near ITO. Delhi. Those
wishing to visit neighboring country like Sri Lanka or Nepal, and then
coming back to India, should obtain a double/multiple entry visa.
All foreigners are mandatory to get themselves registered
with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office which is situated in
Hans Bhavan, Tilak Road, Near ITO Delhi.
If the stay go above 120 days, an income-tax clearance certificate,
issued by the Foreign Section of the Income-Tax Office is required.
Yellow fever inoculation certificate is necessary for those who have
traveled across Africa, or Papua New Guinea in the last six days. The
certificate becomes valid 10 days after the inoculation.
No immunization against small pox or cholera is required. Those without
the yellow certificate are liable to be quarantined for up to six days.
Type of Visa
Tourist visas valid for six-month and one year (six months
stay each time) are available. Ten-year Tourist visas permitting a stay
of maximum of six-month on each visit are available to U.S. citizens 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
Valid for six months to one-year stay with multiple entries
for legitimate purposes only. Five-year long-term stay visas are
available only for US citizens 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.
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 visas are available to U.S passport holders. A business letter
from India or US may accompany the application.
Depending upon the duration of the course, multiple entry
student visas 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.
Valid for single/double entry for short stop over for travelling to a third country is available. Confirmed onward tickets
must accompany the applications.
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. Processing of
applications for missionaries may take up to three months.
Journalist visas are given to professional journalists
and photographers for three months stay in India.
Employment visas 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 visas on
Letter of invitation from the organizer of the
conference and approvals of Indian authorities are to be submitted along
with the visa application.
Transfer Of Visas
To transfer visas from an expired passport to the new
passport, application form duly filled in along with one photo 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
For Extension of visa contact MHA- Director (F), Lok Nayak Bhawan, Ist
floor, Khan market, New Delhi-110003.
The Bureau of Immigration handles the immigration procedures at the
major international airports and the foreigner's registration work at
five major cities in India. The field officers in charge of immigration
and registration activities at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Amritsar are
called Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRROs). The
designation for the equivalent in Chennai (Madras) is Chief Immigration
Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO)
Ist floor, Hans Bhavan,
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg,
Near ITO, New Delhi
FRRO & Deputy. Commissioner of Police
Special Branch – II (CID)
Chief Immigration Officer
Shastry Bhavan Annexe
26, Haddows Road,
S. P. (Immigration and CID)
PCP Attari Rail Mal Mandi
13-Lord Singh Road
Calcutta Phone: 033-2470549/5528830