Updated On: February 9, 2017
Most international travelers need a visa in order to travel abroad. United States citizens who want to travel to India need to apply for international travel documents before their trip. Travelers need a valid U.S. passport as well as a visa, which can be obtained at an Indian mission and post.
It is possible to apply for an India visa online. India is an amazing country and travelers create lifelong memories of this unique culture by visiting it. If you are located in the U.S., apply for an E-tourist visa (eTV) or an Indian visa online before your trip to India. There are different types of visas you can apply for depending on why you want to visit India. You can, for instance, obtain a student visa, business or journalist visa, an employment visa, research visa or a visa for a medical or a diplomatic visit.
The Indian government issues several types of visas in function of the purpose of your visit, and you need to make sure you apply for the correct visa. You can apply for a business visa if you are traveling for work, a student visa if you want to study in India or for another type of visa, such as a diplomatic visa, research or conference visa. Visas are typically issued three days after you submit your application to the Indian mission or port. You might be given a different time limit in some cases. There are a few requirements you need to know about before applying.
You can also go to the nearest Indian consulate and embassy to apply for a visa. You will not be able to submit hand-written information if you do this. You need to download the application form from the Indian government website and complete it. You can then submit the form at the embassy, consulate or Indian Visa Application Center you go to along with any required supporting documents.
You will be required to submit additional documents for your application and should bring these documents with on the date of your interview. You will have to bring your passport, your birth certificate or show an I.D. If you are traveling with family members or with friends, everyone will need to complete an individual application. Take the time to double-check the information you submit online to make sure there are no errors since Mistakes will slow down the application process.
You will be asked if you would like to schedule an appointment after you submit your application. Click yes if you are ready to pay the visa application fee online and you will be able to choose the date of your appointment on the next screen.
You can decide to apply at the closest embassy or consulate. If you opt to do this, you will need to download and print an application form that can be found on the Indian Official government website. You can bring your application to an Indian Visa Application Center or to an Indian Mission and Port depending on what is more convenient for you.
You will need to download the application form, complete it and bring supporting documents. You can then submit your application to the official Indian Visa Application Center if you have all the required information and documents.