Updated On: February 1, 2017
A visa is a piece of personal identification which many international travelers are already familiar with. Visa requirements do vary from country to country. Citizens of the United States visiting India need valid documentation to enter the country. In most cases, a national passport and a valid visa are sufficient to get in. Indian visas can be obtained at Indian posts and missions. Today, the simplest route to securing a visa is to apply for it online. United States citizens who are planning a trip to India can use the internet to obtain an Indian visa or an e-tourist visa, also known as an eTV.
The Indian government, like any democratic nation, issues visas for a wide number of purposes. Examples include medical visas, conference visas, diplomatic visas, employment visas, business visas, entry visas, transit visas, student visas, journalist visas, research visas, and more. After you apply for a visa with an Indian post or mission, it will take at least three days to process your request. This process can be sped up, but only in very specific circumstances. Here’s what you need to know before applying.
You’ll need to submit both required visa documents and supporting documentation. This needs to be done on the date of your interview or before it. A valid form of identification (national ID card, passport, birth certificate) is an absolute necessity. Indian visa applications are tied to the individual; you must fill out one of your own in addition to any applications submitted by your company. If you require more time to gather all of the necessary documents, you can save documents online for later completion after they’ve been verified.
The eTV you obtain online can be combined with a standard visa obtained from an Indian consulate or embassy. None of your application paperwork can be hand-written. Download the current application directly from the Indian government website to get started. You need to fill it out completely without omitting any of the information requested. Completed applications can be submitted to any Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or turned in directly at an Indian post or mission.
You cannot modify or correct any of your information after submitting your documents. Double check all of the information you’ve provided to avoid errors; these could lead to you being denied a visa or having an existing visa canceled. When you submit your application online, you’ll receive an application ID. Hold onto this for use in any subsequent communications with the Indian government. You’ll be able to schedule your interview with the relevant Indian mission or post at any time you like. Bear in mind that like the applications themselves, interviews must be completed separately for each applicant. You can follow the online registration link provided above and pick out the most convenient mission for you by using the “select mission” tab.
Indian Visa applications may be rejected if you submit unclear or erroneous information or an unsuitable photograph. This makes it vitally important to obey any and all instructions you receive fully. The fees charged for an e-tourist visa vary depending on the origin country of the applicant; applicants in the United States will need to a specific amount in $US. There may also be a bank transaction fee depending on your payment method. Make sure your payment details are arranged at least four days before your scheduled appointment; your application cannot be processed until your charges are cleared. The ETV fee is not tied to the outcome of your visa application process; you cannot receive a refund even if your visa application is rejected.
Applying for an Indian visa online is the easiest way to get the process started. Use a scanned PDF copy of your passport and make sure that your photo shows your face facing front with eyes open on a white background.