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India Visa Instructions
Visa Application Requirements for US citizens
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Indian Research Visa Requirements for US Citizens:
A valid passport and visa are required for research scholars and professors, or participants attending research conferences, seminars and workshops.
Original, signed passport valid for 6 months from day of application, and with at least two blank visa pages for Indian visa stamps. Amendment pages are not acceptable for visa stamps.
Indian Visa Application Form
One signed India visa application form plus one copy.
Only on-line Indian visa application forms are accepted. Once the application form has been printed, no corrections can be made. The Indian visa application form must be printed on two pages, and requires a signature on both pages. The applicant must sign under the photo on the first page, and at the bottom of the second page. Improperly completed India visa application forms will delay the processing of your visa. We recommend that you complete your Global Service Order Form before you complete the Indian Visa Application Form; it is important to select the same type of visa and number of months on both forms.
Please read the
New India Visa Application Guide
before you begin the online visa application form.
Nine identical, recent 2 x 2 passport type photographs, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.
Chicago, Houston, and Washington DC jurisdictions:
no glasses may be worn in these photos; photos should not be stapled to the application.
OR - you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.
India Particulars Form
- AND -
Proof of Residential Address:
Clear photocopy of applicant's proof of residence/address that matches the present address on the visa application exactly. Photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID), or most recent major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage) or a copy of a valid/current lease containing both the landlord and tenant signatures.
If applying in San Francisco
: a copy of the state ID or Drivers License must also be included when submitting a utility bill as proof of address.
Proof Of Departure:
Computer generated flight itinerary from the airline or a travel agency or copy of airline ticket.
Residents in San Francisco jurisdiction:
Applicants with occupation of Student, Retired or Unemployed; three most recent bank statements are required.
Evidence of the subject of the research project, details of places to be visited, previous visits, evidence of financial resources, and proof of admission into a recognized or reputed institution. Note, the proof of admission must be an original document. Emails and copies of admission letters cannot be accepted.
7 copies of Proforma Form:
seven copies of
required for all research visa applicants.
in addition to seven copies of the proforma, an invitation from a central education institution or publicly funded State University.
Foreign Participants attending Conferences/Seminiars/Workshops:
in addition to seven copies of the proforma, an invitation from the organizing Ministry/Department of the Government of India, State Governments, Public Sector Undertakings, Central Education Institutions, Public-funded Universities or an organization owned and controlled by the Government of India or State Governments, United Nations or its Specialized Agencies and NGO is required. The decision of granting visas in this category rests with the Indian Mission.
For Pakistani citizens and applicants of Pakistani origin:
Travisa cannot submit an Indian visa application for Pakistani citizens and applicants of Pakistani origin. These applicants are required to submit visa applications in person.
Global Service Order Form
This is Travisa's service order form, where you will provide your contact and shipping information, choose the visa processing needed and make your payment. You must print the completed form and send it to Travisa with all other supporting documents.
Click here for India Consular Fees and Visa Processing Options
India Visa Validity:
The decision of granting this visa is at the discretion of the Indian Consulate/Mission. Research visa applications should be submitted a minimum of six weeks in advance of planned departure to India, and if approved, visas will be valid for entry into India four weeks after issue.
How to read your
Indian Visa Processing Time:
The processing time for Research Visas varies and is at the discretion of the Indian Consulate. The decision of granting this visa is also at the discretion of the Indian Consulate/Mission. The processing time available on our Consular Fee and Processing Options table is an estimate and cannot be guaranteed. Research visa applications should be submitted a minimum of six weeks in advance of travel to India, and if approved, visas will be valid for entry into India four weeks after issue.
Click here to register your trip with the US Embassy in India
The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. (
In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).
Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.
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