Australian living in UK, problems applying for tourist visa

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Hello. I've been running around in circles trying to apply for either an e tourist visa or a standard tourist visa to India, and am getting nowhere. I'll summarise the issue below and would be so grateful if anyone has any suggestions.

I am an Australian citizen with an Australian passport. I have no other nationalities or passports.
I am married to a British citizen.
In November 2015 I migrated from Australia to the UK with a UK Family of a Settled Person visa (wife).
I live in England, UK.
I am trying to apply for a tourist visa for a 16 day visit to India.
I am having the following difficulty with the online application form for both the e Tourist Visa and the standard Tourist Visa:

A few pages into the online application form, the applicant is requested to enter their present address (which for me is of course in the UK) I am able to enter my street address and town/city, but to enter the country you have to choose from a drop-down menu. The options given are:

UK BRITISH DEPENDENT TERRITORIES CITIZEN
UK BRITISH NATIONAL OVERSEAS
UK BRITISH OVERSEAS CITIZEN
UK BRITISH PROTECTED PERSON
UK BRITISH SUBJECT

I'm none of these options, I'm an Australia citizen with a UK Family of a Settled Person (wife) visa which gives me permission to be living in the UK. I can't apply for British citizenship for another 3 years, in the meantime I'm under UK immigration control.

My attempts to resolve this include emailing the e tourist visa help desk in India. They sent a return email requesting me to call their help desk (also in India), and included a telephone number. I rang this number several times over a 3 day period. Each time I selected the option to speak to a help desk advisor, and each time I'd receive the 'connecting you to etc etc', I'd wait between 3 - 10 minutes, and the call would disconnect.

I tried all the other menu options, but each of them only provide pre-recorded information, none of it relevant to me.

I emailed the help desk again, detailing the times I'd called and the outcome (or lack of!) of each call. Their response was - please call the help desk.

I'm a bit snookered here. Suggestions very much appreciated, thanks.
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I think the last option (UK BRITISH SUBJECT) should be okay.
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I think the last option (UK BRITISH SUBJECT) should be okay.
I don't because he isn't.

Put up the signal for Super-ViShVa!

But until he swoops in, looking at a recent post of his where he illustrated the online application form, I wonder what scenehere put under nationality in the first section?

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I am able to enter my street address and town/city, but to enter the country you have to choose from a drop-down menu.
I just ran through to that point, stating Australian as nationality on the initial form and the drop down list in the address section gave me all the countries. Also, Nationality, on the actual form, gets filled in from that pre-form
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I don't because he isn't.

Put up the signal for Super-ViShVa!

But until he swoops in, looking at a recent post of his where he illustrated the online application form, I wonder what scenehere put under nationality in the first section?
Howdy I put Australian and I was able to move to the next page.
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So did I... and got a list of countries under address (duh... I didn't check that UK was one of them )
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I don't because he isn't.

Put up the signal for Super-ViShVa!

But until he swoops in, looking at a recent post of his where he illustrated the online application form, I wonder what scenehere put under nationality in the first section?

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I just ran through to that point, stating Australian as nationality on the initial form and the drop down list in the address section gave me all the countries. Also, Nationality, on the actual form, gets filled in from that pre-form
Australia is one of the country options, thing is it's my present address they're after so I don't think I can put 27 (Brown) Street, Liverpool, UK I can't put Australia because I'd be fibbing
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Sorry Nick that was a bit Irish, I haven't worked out to edit my posts but what I was trying to say in my elderly lady way was that I don't think I can put Australia as the country under my UK street address and town.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post I think the last option (UK BRITISH SUBJECT) should be okay.
Thanks for taking the time to reply aarosh. It's all a bit of a puzzle isn't it?! I just hope I can sort it out because I've done something I've never done before - have fully booked the trip prior to getting the visa. I feel like such a dumbo.
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While there are no certain answers, I would just go for an e-visa. State you are Australian, and fill in your old (last) Australian address.
You get the visa to your computer by email, and print it off at home, it won't go to Australia!

Any queries, (there won't be) say you are on holiday in the U.K. Keep it simple...

Fibbing is wrong, but the authorities just want to ensure you are not a "wrong 'un"... Who is to know you live in the UK now, and why does it matter?

Trying to fill in a form that does not have your situation as an option is always going to need a little creativity...

You can only apply for the e-visa a couple of months before the date you are due to arrive in India.

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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post While there are no certain answers, I would just go for an e-visa. State you are Australian, and fill in your old (last) Australian address.
You get the visa to your computer by email.

Fibbing is wrong, but the authorities just want to ensure you are not a "wrong 'un"... Who is to know you live in the UK now, and why does it matter?

Trying to fill in a form that does not have your situation as an option is always going to need a little creativity...

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Hello Old and Rambling from Nottingham I want to do as you suggest, I REALLY want to do as you suggest, but I'm too scared to! After going through the convoluted process to get my UK spouse visa, in which every single aspect of my 28 page application had to be spot on or risk an automatic refusal, I just can't bring myself to fib on a visa application form. I know, I'm a pathetic old bat but there you go
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Originally Posted by scenehere View Post Hello Old and Rambling from Nottingham I want to do as you suggest, I REALLY want to do as you suggest, but I'm too scared to! After going through the convoluted process to get my UK spouse visa, in which every single aspect of my 28 page application had to be spot on or risk an automatic refusal, I just can't bring myself to fib on a visa application form. I know, I'm a pathetic old bat but there you go
...and another thing (I really must learn how to edit posts here) - I'll need to apply for my Brit husband's visa using the same email address (mine), as he doesn't 'do' computers. It might look very strange if the visa processing people get visa requests from two different applicants in two different countries, both from the same email address? I'd probably get a visit from M16!

If push comes to absolute shove - I'll be in Australia for 2 weeks before I'm due to fly to Delhi on 12 September. I could apply for an e tourist visa from there, using the address I'm staying at (my sister's), and just hope like hell that 2 weeks is enough lead time. I'll be a nervous wreck from now till them though.

Entirely my own fault - I'm a concierge on British Expats, which is where I heard of IndiaMike. The first thing we tell prospective migrants is not to make any arrangements until they sort their visa out. Should have listened to myself
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Originally Posted by scenehere View Post Hello Old and Rambling from Nottingham I want to do as you suggest, I REALLY want to do as you suggest, but I'm too scared to! After going through the convoluted process to get my UK spouse visa, in which every single aspect of my 28 page application had to be spot on or risk an automatic refusal, I just can't bring myself to fib on a visa application form. I know, I'm a pathetic old bat but there you go
Well, it's your trip, or maybe not... I think you are making hard work for yourself, but I will eat my hat if you get any proper and correct info from the Indian visa help line!
Better to contact the Indian Consulate in London, the Australian Consulate, or the VFS folk in the U.K.

Good Luck!

Ed.

P.S. The edit button is a good place to start with edits...

You can easily obtain a new one off "yahoo" email for your husband, once again, I think you are over thinking it all. Folk can share email addresses!
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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post Well, it's your trip, or maybe not... I think you are making hard work for yourself, but I will eat my hat if you get any proper and correct info from the Indian visa help line!
Better to contact the Indian Consulate in London, the Australian Consulate, or the VFS folk in the U.K.

Good Luck!

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Thanks Ed. I emailed the Public Response Unit of the India High Commission in London, on Friday. Might get lucky and hear back. I'll also try the Birmingham VFS mob on Monday, as Birmingham's the jurisdiction for Liverpool.

I really appreciate your efforts to help me out. Cheers, Beth.
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If you do decide to apply from Australia, the e-visa seems to be pretty quick to come through, just a day or two I believe.

Cheers,

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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post If you do decide to apply from Australia, the e-visa seems to be pretty quick to come through, just a day or two I believe.

Cheers,

Ed.
That's encouraging, thanks mate.
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