INDIA VISA FAQ

Q1: When is the best time to apply for my India visa?
Q2: How long is a India visa valid for?
Q3: How long can I stay in India with a India visa?
Q4: Do I have to send you my passport? Is it safe to send a passport?
Q5: I need India visas for two people. Can I send them in one package? How should I calculate the fees?
Q6: Can I use my own FedEx account number for return shipping?
Q7: I have a valid India visa on an old passport that has been renewed or replaced. Can I travel to India with both passports, or should I apply for a new visa?
Q8: I'm not a US citizen. Can you still process my visa application?
Q9: What date is my visa valid from?
Q10: Is there a limit on how many times I can I travel to India with my multiple entry visa?
Q11: Can I extend a currently active visa?
Q12: Is there a different version of the application that can be faxed or emailed to me?
Q13: How do I renounce my Indian Citizenship?
Q14: Do I need to renounce my Indian Citizenship?
Q15: What if I don't have my Indian Passport?
Q16: When it says to affix a passport photo, does that mean I must glue or tape the photo to the application?

Q1: When is the best time to apply for my India visa?

The best time to apply for your India visa is 1-2 months before your travel date. However,

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Q2: How long is a India visa valid for?

The validity of a India visa can be anywhere from 1-10 yearsdepending on the type of visa you request. The validity of a visa starts from date of issue, and applicant needs to enter India before the expiration date listed on the visa.

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Q3: How long can I stay in India with a India visa?

The maximum stay allowed in India on any Indian Visa is 180 days, with the exception of an Entry Visa. An Entry Visa allows the holder to stay for the duration of the visa.

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Q4: Do I have to send you my passport? Is it safe to send a passport?

Yes. You will need to send your actual passport, not a copy of it. The India visa is stamped on your passport and will become one of your passport pages. Visa request cannot be processed without your original passport. Because of the importance of your passport, we strongly suggest that you send your application in a secure way, using a traceable courier such as FedEx, UPS, Express Mail or Certified Mail. Please note that certified mail could take 7-10 business days to deliver.

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Q5: I need India visas for two people. Can I send them in one package? How should I calculate the fees?

When you send in application for more than one person, you can send all applications in one package. If all passports are to be returned to the same address, you need to pay only one FedEx return shipping fee. India Consulate fees and our service fees, however, are charged one per person.

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Q6: Can I use my own FedEx account number for return shipping?

Sorry, we don't take customer's Fedex or UPS account number for return shipping..

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Q7: I have a valid India visa on an old passport that has been renewed or replaced. Can I travel to India with both passports, or should I apply for a new visa?

In this case, we strongly recommend transferring the visa from the old passport to the new passport. The name on both passports must match.

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Q8: I'm not a US citizen. Can you still process my visa application?

We help citizens of all countries to get a India visa as long as they are legally residing in the United States. Non-US citizens must submit a copy of their green card or valid US visa in addition to their original passport. The green card or visa cannot be expiring in less than 6 months.

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Q9: What date is my visa valid from?

The visa is valid beginning on the day it is issued. So a 6 Month visa issued on January 1 would be valid until June 30.

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Q10: Is there a limit on how many times I can I travel to India with my multiple entry visa?

There is no limit to the total number of times you can travel to India on a multiple entry visa, however, if you are on a tourist visa, you cannot travel to India for a period of two months following the date on which you last left India (unless you obtain a Permit to Re-Enter Within Two Months).

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Q11: Can I extend a currently active visa?

No, the Indian Government does not offer extensions for visas. You must apply for a new visa.

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Q12: Is there a different version of the application that can be faxed or emailed to me?

No. You must use the online application form.

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Q13: How do I renounce my Indian Citizenship?

Instructions on the renunciation process can be found on the India Entry Visa page

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Q14: Do I need to renounce my Indian Citizenship?

All former Indian Nationals who have become naturalized U.S. Citizens will have to renounce their Indian Citizenship. Instructions on the renunciation process can be found on the India Entry Visa page

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Q15: What if I don't have my Indian Passport?

If you do not have proof of the surrender certificate or your Indian passport does not specifically state"Passport cancelled as acquired U.S. nationality" then you will need to formally renounce your Indian Citizenship.

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Q16: When it says to affix a passport photo, does that mean I must glue or tape the photo to the application?

You can tape or staple the photo. Or you can leave it loose in your package and we will do it for you.

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