Updated On: February 8, 2017
Visiting India is an experience you will never forget, and this country is also an excellent choice for work or for studying. Travelers need to obtain a visa before visiting India. Here are a few things you should know before you apply for an Indian visa.
In most cases, U.S. citizen needs to apply for an Indian visa before their trip to India. Most visas give you permission to stay in India for six months, but it is possible to obtain a visa for a longer period. You will find out for how long you can remain in India once you receive your visa. Make sure you leave the country before your visa expires since overstaying your visa could have some serious consequences.
Make sure you take a look at the checklist of all the things you need to do to obtain a visa. You need to start by filling out an application for an Indian visa. You will have to submit your original documents and not copies. The documents need to be submitted at the right location, and your application needs to be free of errors to speed up the process.
An interview will be scheduled once you submit your application. You will need to bring all the supporting documents for your Indian Visa application, including your passport and your I.D. If you do not have an I.D., you can bring a birth certificate instead. You might need to bring other supporting documents depending on the purpose of your trip and the type of visa you are applying for. You will need to submit a different application for each person who is traveling to India with you.
You need to pay an application fee to obtain your visa. You should know that you will only have three attempts to make this payment if you are applying for an eTV visa, also known as an e-tourist visa. Your account will no longer be accessible if the payment is not at all accepted after three attempts. Your Indian Visa application will be canceled, and you will have to start the entire process over again. Applying for an eTV online is an easy process, and your biometric details will be checked at the Indian Port to make sure that they match the information you submitted online.
You can also apply for a visa at a nearby Indian consulate or embassy. If you choose to go to a consulate or embassy, you will not be able to submit hand-written information. Complete and print the application form that can be downloaded from the Indian government website and bring it with you along with your US passport and supporting documents to the consulate or embassy. Make sure there are no mistakes on the form and that you have the original versions of the documents that will support your application.
You will be able to travel from the U.S. to India once your visa is issued. Keep in mind that your visa will be checked at the border and that you can be refused entry if the information on your visa is not correct.