Applying for an Indian Visa in the UK: Your Questions and Experiences

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#1231 Jan 22nd, 2009, 17:38
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Applications in person at Hayes?

The VFS website states that visa applications can be applied for in person at their LONDON application centres. However, following the link to the addresses, the Hayes application centre is listed separately under HAYES and not listed as a LONDON centre.

Does anyone know whether you can apply in person at the HAYES office?

EDITED TO ADD: I just filled in my online application and found the answer, yes I can submit my application in person at Hayes.

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Mine came this morning also. I was needing my passport for trip to Barcelona next week so relief all round
#1233 Jan 23rd, 2009, 01:42
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Originally Posted by machadinha View Post If you keep it low-key and don't shout if from the rooftops it shouldn't be a problem I don't think. I'm sure many people do this.

You'd technically need an employment visa beyond that (or does there in fact exist a volunteering visa...? Whatever, I forget and am not looking it up, and the answer remains the same), but seriously, for some low-key volunteering it shouldn't come into play. (Or at least and did I say: I don't think so...) Of course if you're gonna be some bigwig NGO representative it becomes a very different story, and you'd better have your papers in order. (And one thought: Engaging in any line of voluntary work that not everyone on the ground might be pleased with -- e.g., helping the poor who some others don't want to be helped, etc. -- , I guess doing it without the proper papers could leave you in a vulnerable position, in a number of ways. Do consider this.)
Actually I would not agree, Machadina - Employment visas are only if you are doing a salaried job. Voluntary work is not the same. For an employment visa you have to supply a full contract of employment, specifying salary, income tax etc...which you obviously will not have.

An Entry visa should do it for you actually.

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a. Passport valid for a minimum of 190 days with at least two blank pages.
b. Correct visa fee.
c. Two recent identical passport-size photographs.
d. Filled application form (all columns in the form are mandatory and must be filled).

e)Invitation letter for voluntary workers from an organisation based in India.



Apart from anything else, employment visas cost 300 quid these days, entry visas can be had for 55 quid for 6 months.
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visa costs

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We have only just decided to go to India in may and waas wondering if anyone could tell us the cost of a visa?
Thanks

Also we are going for three weeks and want to get around as much as we can, any tips on the best places to go?
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Welcome to IndiaMike!

RE: Visa prices, the answer you seek (plus a TON of info on how to apply for your visa) is on the VFS website:
http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/

More specifically, here: http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/visafees.aspx

As for the other question- wow! That's a whole forum's worth of information there! Start with your guidebook, narrow your choices down and then look here for tips is my advice. Alternatively, put your question in the Itinerary forum here. However, it's easier for people to help you when you have some idea where you want to go.
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Originally Posted by raeben View Post We have only just decided to go to India in may and was wondering if anyone could tell us the cost of a visa?
Welcome to the site. The cost of a tourist visa is around 38 pounds, but it costs more if you want it posted back to you.

The visas have to be applied for through VFS Global, you really do need to have a look at their website. The link to the fees is on the left hand side of the page.

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Also we are going for three weeks and want to get around as much as we can, any tips on the best places to go?
Sorry but that is just far too wide a question to answer, it depends on what sort of thing you like doing, and India is a vast country. Besides, this thread is just for visa questions. Try taking a look at the "sticky threads" at the top of the sub forums for places like Goa and Rajasthan, which are both extremely popular areas.
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Originally Posted by Cheap 'n' Best View Post Very true, possibly I was not wearing my thinking cap at the time. I am not one for commonly offering bribes but I felt compelled to try my luck.

I am quite settled here in India but like many people do not have the correct papers to remain here for any length of time. I manage to get by on less than 10,000 a month. On top of that is by far my biggest annual expense which is having to do the visa run every six months. It was when being faced with the prospect of an extra trip and expenses for a visa etc that put my mind into corruption mode.

Anyway you live and learn. And it's not all doom and gloom, I am happy at the prospect of being back in the UK during the summer which I have not seen for five years now.

I feel we have strayed off topic a touch. Is there a ##Corruption and it's Consequences## thread.
That is sooooo funny. Oh do start a Corruption and the Consequences thread. It would be a hoot.
I don't think I would ever want to put my self at risk with my India visa./s. I have been travelling to India on and off for 20 years but have only asked for and got a six month visa. Yes I get mad at times when others have a year's visa. I never know how they manage to get them. Sometimes, I too, would like to have a back to back visa but don't feel like risking myself. What I do entend to do in future is retire with hubby, to Thailand and get myself the appropriate retirement visa to live there. It cost 25,000 dollars but I feel better being on the safe side of things.

I am quite surprised that India does not have such a visa. Does anyone know if it might be a possibility for the future?
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Very, very unlikely for the foreseeable. Look at what is going in in Goa.
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ok, have decided the best way to get our visas is to post the completed form with docs and passport. If we do this today and post recorded in the morning, does anyone have any idea if we are likely to have visas back by the end of the week???
thanks
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duh Nick!!! Yes and it is the honest people amongst ust that have to pay the price. I don't travel well. I have ear problems so the trips back and forth are a big problem for me - it would be because of my ears that I might like a longer visa. Now impossible. tres mal.
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Originally Posted by raeben View Post Also we are going for three weeks and want to get around as much as we can, any tips on the best places to go?
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Originally Posted by karuna View Post As for the other question- wow! That's a whole forum's worth of information there!
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Originally Posted by Haylo View Post Sorry but that is just far too wide a question to answer
Indeed. Try also here: How to get the most out of the Itinerary section.
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Originally Posted by maddison View Post ok, have decided the best way to get our visas is to post the completed form with docs and passport. If we do this today and post recorded in the morning, does anyone have any idea if we are likely to have visas back by the end of the week???
Absolutely no chance whatsoever.

If you post your application, it takes up to ten days to be processed, that is without the time in the post. It appears that London are currently processing postal visas in slightly less than ten days, but I would not assume you'll get it back any quicker than the time specified on the VFS website.

If you take your application in, it will be processed and arrive back at the VFS office within three days or so, either for you to collect or for VFS to post it back to you. The other advantage to taking applications in by hand is that they are checked in your presence, so if there are errors or other problems with your application they can be resolved before it is passed to the Indian High Commission.

This information about the ten days is on a red scrolling bar on the VFS website, there is a chance that if you missed that, you missed other important information too. I recommend you take another look at the site.
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Enquiry desk service- HC in Victoria, London

Hi to Everyone!
I'm about to apply for an entry visa here in London. I referred to the HC office in Victoria. I had to go there three times in order to understand which kind of visa I should had apply for.
I always had the feeling that the staff at the enquiry desk was in hurry...
After more than one month, I'm still going through my visa application.

I would recommend to make sure that you have all your questions and papers (if you need to show them)ready and do not move from there until they have replayed to you!!!!

IMPORTANT: visas are not more issued in the same day.

Below you can find the information that the office sent me two days ago about how to proceed with the visa application.

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your email.

Visas are no longer issued on the same day.

Please read below the complete process of making an application.

Applying for an Indian visa is a simple four-step process.

STEP 1: Complete the Application Online

* Click on the Apply online link on the Menu bar of the home page.
* Follow the instructions to fill the online form.
* After completing the form, you will be directed to pay the fee online (if you don't want to pay the fee online, you may proceed by choosing the appropriate option at this stage, although we would advise you to pay online; it is secure).
* Subsequently, you will be shown a calendar and asked to choose a date to submit your application at the Visa Application Centre (if you don't want to take an appointment, you may proceed by choosing the appropriate option at this stage, but we strongly advise you to take an appointment to avoid unnecessary queues and delays).
* Once you choose the date, you will get an appointment to submit the application and you will be asked to print the appointment letter generated by the system.
* You also have to take a printout of the visa application form that you have filled online and the acknowledgement of the fee paid online. The system will prompt you at the required stage to take these printouts. Please remember to sign the printed application form.

STEP 2: Prepare your Application Kit

* Arrange the documents as per the required documents for the type of visa you have applied for.
* Two passport-size photographs http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/photo.aspx
* Printed visa application form with signature, fee acknowledgement and appointment letter.
* Valid passport. (minimum validity of 190 days)

STEP 3: Submit your Application

* Visit the India Visa Application Centre 15 minutes before the appointed time and submit your application over the counter. (You may have to wait for your turn if there are a large number of applicants)
* YOU CAN ALSO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BY POST. You can apply according to your county jurisdiction at Hayes, Birmingham or Edinburgh Visa Application Centres.

STEP 4: Collect your Passport

* You can collect your passport from the Visa Application Centre where you have submitted your application.
* You can also choose to get your passport returned by post at the Application Centre and avoid a second trip.
* If you have opted for postal return, the passport will be mailed to your address.
* Different visa categories have different processing times click here to ascertain the time of return of your passport.

After submitting your application, you can track your application online from this website. You are advised to verify all the particulars on the visa on receipt of your passport.



To apply for a Indian visa and for further information please visit our website http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk



Please see link which outlines in detail on how to apply for an Indian visa: http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/howtoapp.aspx



We do encourage applicants to submit their visa applications with prior appointments in order to reduce the waiting time at the application centre.



Appointments are computer generated (an appointment is generated by the system after filling up an online form) and there are no means to change or issue appointments manually due to the high number of applicants received by the application centres. However you can submit your application at the application centre which falls under your jurisdiction on a date and time which is convenient for you. (See link http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/jurisdiction.aspx



Please note submissions of applications are between the hours of 0830 - 1430.



http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/postalapplication.aspx



To know the up to date status of your application, please track it on the following link:

https://www.visaservices.co.in/IHC-U..._Passport.aspx

For collection: 13.00 to 16.30 Hours Mon-fri

Best Regards

Information Service Desk

VF Services (UK) Limited

For further information please visit our website

http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk or contact our call centre on

0905 757 0060

(Calls to the premium rate number cost 95 pence per minute)

GOOD LUCK!!!
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Even under the old system you would not have got your visas in a week by post --- and I think I read that visas by post is the one thing (assuming that there are no problems with your application) that VFS is doing faster than HCI London used to do.
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Originally Posted by Haylo View Post Absolutely no chance whatsoever.

If you post your application, it takes up to ten days to be processed, that is without the time in the post. It appears that London are currently processing postal visas in slightly less than ten days, but I would not assume you'll get it back any quicker than the time specified on the VFS website.

If you take your application in, it will be processed and arrive back at the VFS office within three days or so, either for you to collect or for VFS to post it back to you. The other advantage to taking applications in by hand is that they are checked in your presence, so if there are errors or other problems with your application they can be resolved before it is passed to the Indian High Commission.

This information about the ten days is on a red scrolling bar on the VFS website, there is a chance that if you missed that, you missed other important information too. I recommend you take another look at the site.
thanks, yes i did read it but i also read here somewhere that they had them back quicker than the 10 days.
So am i right in thinking that i dont have to make an appointment, i can just go between 8.30 and 2.30 and join a queue to submit the application and then have it posted back?? How much time difference is that likely to make in relation to posting it??
If i were to travel down on tuesday to submit it, how long is it likely to be before its returned??
thanks
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