advice needed- tourist visa extension on medical grounds

#1 Jul 4th, 2011, 15:10
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Hello all,

I am a Canadian of Indian origin. I came to India on a 6 month tourist visa with my mother who is also a Canadian of Indian descent. We were due to fly out this morning, but she has sustained a serious back injury which will leave her bid ridden for at least three weeks, as per the physician's assessment. She is also recovering from a coronary bypass surgery and is 70 years old. Our visas expire tomorrow- July 5th.

We need to apply for an extension on medical grounds, and we have collected medical documentation. To cut a long story short, our close family is in the Punjab, and we are in Delhi, with me as her only care taker. I am an only child, and she is a single mother. So, we don't have extended family in the city who can look after her if I were to leave. I need to stay with her here, because she is incapable of looking after herself on her own. What do you think our chances are of getting a visa extension for up to three weeks? Is it even possible?

Your insights are appreciated. Please reply at earliest convenience.
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Usually its for 15 days. But, I have heard of up to 30. Your case should be clear. Go immediately with the documentation and let us know..
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Thanks for the reply. I am fairly positive of my mother's visa extension, but I am worried that they might not allow me to stay. I don't know. I know it's hard enough getting a tourist visa extension on medical grounds for a person who is ill, so I am more concerned about my own visa being extended. I can't bear the thought of leaving her here for three weeks all on her own.

I won't be able to leave for the MHA's office this afternoon because I am busy with my mother. I have made arrangements for a friend to come over tonight and stay until tomorrow evening. Would it be ok if I went early tomorrow morning? Should I give the MHA's office a call this afternoon?

Thanks again.
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Originally Posted by starri View Post Would it be ok if I went early tomorrow morning? Should I give the MHA's office a call this afternoon?

Thanks again.
Go ASAP, forget calling them on the telephone. Line up early. Fill in the form used for extension. The link has been posted in these sub-forum previously.
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Thanks
I'll let you guys know.
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Well, I was at the MHA office this morning. The officer was quite pleasant and helpful. He took the required documents from me, read over the medical certificate and highlighted the three week duration. I asked him if anything else was needed, and he said that nothing else was needed, and I was free to go. I was asked to come back at 5 to pick up my documents. None of the legendary bureaucratic hassles have been encountered yet. I will update you in the evening. I am hoping everything will go well.
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I was given a sealed envelope that I have to take to the FRRO's office. I am not sure what exactly this means, but I hope it's positive. If anyone has been in this position or knows what the procedure is like from here on, I'd like to hear from you.
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Its the normal procedure. I think you did very well indeed. Glad to hear the news.
Cheers..
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Starri, I'm glad the process has gone well for you so far and I hope it continues to go well.

Thankyou for coming back with your updates; this will be really useful information for anyone else in this unfortunate situation in the future.

I wish you and your mother well.


I have removed the word 'Urgent' from the thread title because the visa-extension process is now underway.
#10 Jul 6th, 2011, 01:39
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Thank you so much for your kind wishes and assistance, guys. I will let you know how things progress tomorrow.
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I received a 3 week extension. The procedure is uncomplicated as long as your case is genuine. Basically, once the MHA approves the extension, a letter is forwarded to the FRRO. There you have to fill a form, attach a passport size photograph, photocopies of the visa and first page of your passport as well as supporting documentation. Once the information is verified, a note stating the length of approved stay is stamped on your passport and signed by the designated officer. All in all, it shouldn't take more than two days. There is a fee only if you are requesting a 2 week+ stay. I payed Rs. 1860/person.

Luckily, everything went smoothly. Just know that you need a day and a half or so to get everything done. I am adding details so that anyone else in this situation can avoid panic/worry.
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Great! Now you can get to the more important stuff -your mother.
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Starri, thankyou for coming back with that update for us. I echo what Capt said.


I have made this thread a 'sticky' so it will be kept at the top of the visa forum and all this useful information will be easily available for anyone else caught in this situation.
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Dear Julia,
if i am not mistaken while browsing through the quite new infos of MHA: they want a letter from a governmental hospital in case you apply for a medical visa.
Gangadas
#15 Jul 23rd, 2011, 16:55
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This is not about medical visas, and starri's problem, for now, is all over and successfully resolved. For the next three weeks she has to think only of looking after her mum.

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