Important Information

Processing Fees
The India Visa Application Centre provides a mandatory SMS notification service to all visa applications. This is charged at £1.20 + VAT per application and is in addition to the consular and VFS fees quoted.
Ebola Virus Disease Prevention
Passengers arriving from Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone must enter India only through Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata or Mumbai. Those who have visited the above mentioned countries within the last 30 days are subject to screening and medical checks upon arrival.
Appointment System

Effective Monday 16th March, the India Visa Application Centre will be introducing an online appointment system for the processing of all visas.


From this date, when applicants opt to complete the online visa application form by themselves, they will be asked to choose an appointment time for their application to be submitted. Although this is a mandatory step, VisaExpress customers can select any date they like and we will be able to adjust the appointment date and submit the documents to the Visa Application Centre. Travellers or travel bookers using the VisaExpress form-fill service do not need to book an appointment themselves as we are able to do this on their behalf as part of our service offering.


VisaExpress will continue to provide applicants with a fully comprehensive India Visa Executive Service offering in all steps of the process including:

  • Provision of application forms, requirements and instructions on how to obtain your necessary visa
  • Quality checking of your application and supporting materials to ensure it is complete, and minimising the risk of refusal at the Embassy
  • Provision of the compulsory appointment for your documents to be submitted to the Visa Application Centre
  • Assistance with payment at the Visa Application Centre for their fees and the Consulate charges for issuing the visa
  • Collection of the completed passport and visa and secure delivery back to the applicant

 

 

Sample of the Business Travel Requirements for an India Visa for UK Citizens

  1. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must:

    • Have at least two blank visa pages
    • Be valid for at least 180 days beyond exit date

  2. Photograph(s)

    Two Indian passport sized colour photograph(s). The photographs must:

    • Measure 5cm x 5cm without including the borders
    • Have a white background
    • Include the applicant's shoulders
    • Be taken within the last six months
    • Be identical

  3. Business Introduction Letter

    An original letter of introduction from the applicant's UK employer. This letter must:

    • Be addressed to:"The Indian High Commission, India House, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4NA"
    • Be on company letterhead paper with the name and address matching exactly to that which is stated on the visa form
    • Include the applicant's full name as stated in their passport
    • Include the passport number of the applicant
    • Include the date of issue of the passport
    • Include the date of expiry of the passport
    • Specify the purpose of journey
    • Specify the exact nature of the business being conducted
    • Include the name of the organisation(s) to be visited
    • Specify the requested number of entries and the length of visa required
    • Include an acceptance of financial responsibility for the applicant
    • Be signed by the applicant's supervisor or the company's HR department

    A sample Business Introduction Letter can be found in the VisaExpress Application Pack

  4. Letter of Invitation

    A letter of invitation from the company to be visited in India. A copy is acceptable. This letter must:

    • Be addressed to:"The Indian High Commission, India House, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4NA"
    • Be on company letterhead paper with the name and address matching exactly to that which is stated on the visa form
    • Include the applicant's full name as stated in their passport
    • Include the passport number of the applicant
    • Include the date of issue of the passport
    • Include the date of expiry of the passport
    • Specify the purpose of journey
    • Specify the exact nature of the business being conducted
    • Specify requested number of entries and the length of visa required
    • Bear the signature of the inviting party

  5. Declaration Form

    One fully completed Declaration Form signed in the original

  6. Visa Application Form

    One fully completed and signed application form. This form must:

    • Be completed online at: http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/   
    • Be filled with an appointment date in the future
    • Have section G completed in full
    • Have no handwritten corrections/modifications
    • Bear a signature that matches the applicant's passport
    • Be submitted to the Embassy within 45 calendar days of completion


    Once printed, the visa application form must be signed twice by the applicant.  Once on the first page and once on the second page.  Both sections are marked "signature"

  7. Visa Validity

    Visas are ordinarily issued for "up to six months". Applicants who would like a visa valid for longer than six months must supply a copy of their last Indian visa and ensure the visa application form, the business introduction letter and the invitation letter all request the longer validity. Applicants are advised that the issuance of a visa valid for longer than six months is not guaranteed and is issued solely at the visa officers discretion.


    The High Commission may issue a visa that is of a shorter validity than requested but at the cost of the requested validity. The High Commission's decision will be final and cannot be contested by VisaExpress

  8. VisaExpress Order Confirmation

    For orders placed on the VisaExpress website, a copy of the Online Order Confirmation which is sent to you via email, must be submitted.


    For all other orders, and where applicable, a completed VisaExpress Visa Order Form which can be found in the VisaExpress Application Pack should be submitted.


    Please note that all card payments will only be made upon completion of the visa application process. 

  9. Same Day Service

    The same day service is available for urgent business travel. Processing time only starts once a complete application has been received and submitted to the Embassy. Applications submitted on the same day service are currently being released late in the evening of the same day. Direct delivery or airport meet & greet services are available for applicants requiring their passports urgently. All other applications submitted on this service will be despatched from our offices on the next working day.


    Applications must be received at VisaExpress before 08.00 hours in order to be processed on the same day service.


    Please note that applicants of the following professions are unable to apply for the same day service: Air crew, diplomats, police, journalist, production or filming crew.

  10. Charity and Media Professionals

    Visa approvals for applicants working in charity or media related professions will be referred to officials in India. As a result, processing time may extend for up to 8 working days and additional consular fees may be charged. Applicants with charity or media related professions are usually only issued a three month single entry "J" visa by the High Commission.

  11. Applicants of Pakistani Origin

    There are different visa requirements for Applicants of Pakistani origin. For a complete set of requirements return to our Visa Search box and next to the statement "I will be travelling for" select the appropriate visa type with the annotation "(Applicants of Pakistani Origin)"

  12. Former Indian Nationals

    Under the Indian law, people of Indian origin, who have acquired foreign nationality, are required to surrender their Indian passport to the High Commission of India before submitting their visa applications. Once this process is complete, a Surrender Certificate will be issued. A copy of the certificate will need to be submitted with the application or, if travelled to India before, a previous passport with India visa(s). In case the applicant does not have the Indian passports in their possession for any reason, they are required to furnish duly notarised affidavit in this regard. A police report is also required if the passport has been declared lost or stolen.

  13. Processing Time

    Visa approval for applicants of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Somalia or Sri Lanka origin will be sought from officials in India. Passports will be retained by the Indian High Commission until approval is received. Processing time will be considerably longer and additional consular fees may be charged. The current processing time is the minimum of eight weeks and an additional declaration visa form will be required. 

    Applicants of Bangladesh, China and Sri Lanka origin are advised to access visa information according to their country of origin as an additional supplementary visa form will be required.

    During this process VisaExpress will not be provided any updates on the status of the application.

Important Information

Processing Fees
The India Visa Application Centre provides a mandatory SMS notification service to all visa applications. This is charged at £1.20 + VAT per application and is in addition to the consular and VFS fees quoted.
Ebola Virus Disease Prevention
Passengers arriving from Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone must enter India only through Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata or Mumbai. Those who have visited the above mentioned countries within the last 30 days are subject to screening and medical checks upon arrival.
Appointment System

Effective Monday 16th March, the India Visa Application Centre will be introducing an online appointment system for the processing of all visas.


From this date, when applicants opt to complete the online visa application form by themselves, they will be asked to choose an appointment time for their application to be submitted. Although this is a mandatory step, VisaExpress customers can select any date they like and we will be able to adjust the appointment date and submit the documents to the Visa Application Centre. Travellers or travel bookers using the VisaExpress form-fill service do not need to book an appointment themselves as we are able to do this on their behalf as part of our service offering.


VisaExpress will continue to provide applicants with a fully comprehensive India Visa Executive Service offering in all steps of the process including:

  • Provision of application forms, requirements and instructions on how to obtain your necessary visa
  • Quality checking of your application and supporting materials to ensure it is complete, and minimising the risk of refusal at the Embassy
  • Provision of the compulsory appointment for your documents to be submitted to the Visa Application Centre
  • Assistance with payment at the Visa Application Centre for their fees and the Consulate charges for issuing the visa
  • Collection of the completed passport and visa and secure delivery back to the applicant

Sample of the Tourist Travel Requirements for an India Visa for UK Citizens

  1. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must:

    • Have at least two blank visa pages
    • Be valid for at least 180 days beyond exit date

  2. Photograph(s)

    Two Indian passport sized colour photograph(s). The photographs must:

    • Measure 5cm x 5cm without including the borders
    • Have a white background
    • Include the applicant's shoulders
    • Be taken within the last six months
    • Be identical

  3. Declaration Form

    One fully completed Declaration Form signed in the original

  4. Visa Application Form

    One fully completed and signed application form. This form must:

    • Be completed online at: http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/   
    • Be filled with an appointment date in the future
    • Have section G completed in full
    • Have no handwritten corrections/modifications
    • Bear a signature that matches the applicant's passport
    • Be submitted to the Embassy within 45 calendar days of completion


    Once printed, the visa application form must be signed twice by the applicant.  Once on the first page and once on the second page.  Both sections are marked "signature"

  5. VisaExpress Order Confirmation

  6. Applicants of Pakistani Origin

    There are different visa requirements for Applicants of Pakistani origin. For a complete set of requirements return to our Visa Search box and next to the statement "I will be travelling for" select the appropriate visa type with the annotation "(Applicants of Pakistani Origin)"

  7. Charity and Media Professionals

    Visa approvals for applicants working in charity or media related professions will be referred to officials in India. As a result, processing time may extend for up to 8 working days and additional consular fees may be charged. Applicants with charity or media related professions are usually only issued a three month single entry "J" visa by the High Commission.

  8. Former Indian Nationals

    Under the Indian law, people of Indian origin, who have acquired foreign nationality, are required to surrender their Indian passport to the High Commission of India before submitting their visa applications. Once this process is complete, a Surrender Certificate will be issued. A copy of the certificate will need to be submitted with the application or, if travelled to India before, a previous passport with India visa(s). In case the applicant does not have the Indian passports in their possession for any reason, they are required to furnish duly notarised affidavit in this regard. A police report is also required if the passport has been declared lost or stolen.

  9. Processing Time

    Visa approval for applicants of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Somalia or Sri Lanka origin will be sought from officials in India. Passports will be retained by the Indian High Commission until approval is received. Processing time will be considerably longer and additional consular fees may be charged. The current processing time is the minimum of eight weeks and an additional declaration visa form will be required. 

    Applicants of Bangladesh, China and Sri Lanka origin are advised to access visa information according to their country of origin as an additional supplementary visa form will be required.

    During this process VisaExpress will not be provided any updates on the status of the application.

  10. Children Under the Age of 16

    Applicants under 16 years of age must provide the following additional supporting documents:

    • Copy of birth certificate (long version)
    • A clear copy of the information page(s) from both parents passports
    • A clear copy of any current Indian visa held by either parent
    • An original and dated letter of consent signed by both parents which must be addressed to:"The Indian High Commission, India House, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4NA"
    • In case of divorce, Child Custody Letter from court
    • In case of single parent, Solicitor's Letter and Child Benefit Letter
    • Application form must be signed by applicant's parent(s)

  11. Requirements for Selected Professionals

    Applicants who are self employed or with an occupation which includes Media Related Professionals, Police, Researcher, Lawyer, Armed Forces, Commercial Pilots, Medical Personnel, Charity/Social Workers and Priests must:

    • Include a copy of a letter of employment from the applicant's UK employer stating purpose of travel
    • Include an undertaking letter stating no professional related activities will be undertaken during their stay for applicants who are self employed media related professionals


    Applicants with these occupations are usually only issued a one month single entry visa and may be charged additional consular fees.

  12. Cruise Passengers

    Applicants must supply proof of travel arrangements. These must be provided as:

    • A copy of the itinerary showing the applicant's name
    • A copy of the booking confirmation showing the applicant's name

Immigration Service

Want to visit, work or live in the UK but not sure how? Our team of friendly UK immigration specialists are here to help. We provide full assistance with all UK immigration applications, including work visas, family and spouse immigration or studying in the UK together with settlement, nationality and visit visa cases.

Feel free to get in touch using the enquiry form found here.

 

Digital Photo Service

The VisaExpress Digital Photo Service is an excellent way to deliver a digital photo for your visa application. Simply upload your photo and our Photo Service experts will ensure that it meets the guidelines for your application before printing it and submitting it to the embassy.

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Visa Pre-Check

Have an urgent visa application with tight deadline?  Use VisaExpress Visa Pre-Check to save valuable time.  Experienced VisaExpress specialists will review and check your documents to confirm that your application is ready to be submitted or if there is information that needs to be corrected.

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