Updated On: February 1, 2017
While traveling across the globe can be exciting, it does require a certain amount of documentation including both a passport and a visa. When a US citizen goes or travels to the country of India, it is necessary for that individual to have the correct international travel paperwork including a national passport with the appropriate visa. Nowadays, the most convenient method of obtaining the visa is via an online application; however, the most traditional route to acquiring a traveling visa is in person at an Indian post or mission when abroad. If, however, you are located in the USA and do not have a visa, it would be beneficial to apply online for an e-tourist visa or Indian visa.
The Indian government regularly distributes permits or Visas to visit India for various reasons and to different types of people ranging from diplomatic visas for political purposes to student visas for academic reasons. When applying via an Indian post or mission, it is important to note that the documentation takes at least three days to process and issue. The only case whereby the issuing time would be reduced is exceptional or exceptional circumstances, such as diplomatic visas. In these cases, the time limit would be removed; however, there are certain requirements to be met to determine whether you meet special case visa circumstances.
When applying for an Indian visa, it is highly advised that you ensure the documentation for visa application is submitted on the scheduled date of the application interview along with any additional supporting paperwork. This may include one’s national passport, official identity card, or official birth certificate. Typically, the visa application form is designed for a single person visa; therefore, company visas will require alternate application forms that must be obtained separately. It is also recommended that you verify all personal details before submitting the application as no changes may be made after submission. You should also save the document to have a copy for later verification and to assist in completing the visa issuing procedure.
In addition to the e-tourist visa, also known as the eTV, it is possible to apply for a regular visa from an Indian consulate or embassy located in the USA. Of course, no hand-written information will be accepted as an application; therefore, you must download the application form beforehand from the official government website. This application must be completed in entirety and submitted with all necessary supplementary documentation to the Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or an Indian port.
As is mentioned above, once the visa application has been submitted with all supplementary information it is not possible to make any adjustments to the application. It is imperative that all information on the application is checked, double-checked, and checked a third time before submission to avoid cancellation of the application or even worse, visa denial. Online applications will provide an application identity number once the documentation has been submitted for further communication regarding the visa. The link above for online visa registration provides a ‘select mission’ tab that will assist in choosing the most convenient Indian mission for your visa application needs.
Unfortunately, not all visa applications are successful, and visas can be denied for various reasons ranging from unclear details to a “fuzzy photograph.” To avoid visa rejection, it is essential that you follow the application instructions to a tee. The eTV Indian visa fees will vary according to the country the applicant is currently located; individuals from the USA are charged in $US. Of course, this is not the full fee as there are bank transaction rates to take into account. The rates differ according to the bank used by the applicant. It is important that the charges are cleared at least four days before arriving at the port or you will find the application has not been processed. Unfortunately, the eTV charges are not refundable irrespective of whether the visa is denied or granted.