HELP: Filipino Applying for Tourist Visa

#1 Mar 22nd, 2010, 21:04
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Hello there!

I'm a Filipina visiting India this August. I've checked the website of the Indian Embassy in Manila and found out the following requirements for a 6-month Tourist Visa:

TOURIST VISA (SIX MONTHS VALIDITY)

* 2 passport size photos
* Passport valid at least for 6 months w/ photocopy
* Return Ticket or Airline Computer Print out with Ticket Numbers

However I have learned from someone that Dasmarinas Village, the place where the Indian Embassy is located, is very strict and allows "accredited" travel agents only to do the transaction in behalf of the applicants. So I checked one travel agency but to my surprise, the agency is asking for a whole bunch of other documents other than those listed on the Indian Embassy website.

Now, I just want to know from those who have already gotten their visa or for those Filipinos who are already in India, what exactly did you do and what are the requirements that are really needed for the tourist visa application.

Hope to hear from you guys. Thanks in advance!
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Some Indian Embassies/High Commissions have outsourced the application process to third parties -- the US and UK, for instance. There's nothing on the Philippines HC site indicating that they have done so. For a simple tourist visa there's really no reason to use a third party.

I'd suggest putting together the materials requested on the website and submitting the application, in person if possible. If they want more info, they'll ask.
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#3 Mar 23rd, 2010, 01:34
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HI stileliebe

I am an Indian living in India.I was also looking for ways to get Tourist Visa for my girl friend Who lives in Phillipines(Dagupan).

When she contacted a local travel agent ,they asked her to give other documents like ,Bank statements ,Asset proof etc etc.Though it was nowhere mentioned in Indian Embassy website.

I have planned my journey this July to Phillipines.Please let me know if you came across a solution to get you Tourist Visa for India.

I am also in process to get Tourist visa for my girl friend.

Thanks for sharing the Query!!

Regards,

Pisceian
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Originally Posted by curtdfw View Post Some Indian Embassies/High Commissions have outsourced the application process to third parties -- the US and UK, for instance. There's nothing on the Philippines HC site indicating that they have done so. For a simple tourist visa there's really no reason to use a third party.

I'd suggest putting together the materials requested on the website and submitting the application, in person if possible. If they want more info, they'll ask.

thanks! i will try to submit all documents stated on the website. i think those are all needed. i'm just worried about going to the embassy but getting refused entry by the village (dasmarinas).
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Originally Posted by pisceian View Post I am an Indian living in India.I was also looking for ways to get Tourist Visa for my girl friend Who lives in Phillipines(Dagupan).

When she contacted a local travel agent ,they asked her to give other documents like ,Bank statements ,Asset proof etc etc.Though it was nowhere mentioned in Indian Embassy website.

I have planned my journey this July to Phillipines.Please let me know if you came across a solution to get you Tourist Visa for India.

I am also in process to get Tourist visa for my girl friend.

Thanks for sharing the Query!!

Regards,

Pisceian

hello Pisceian,

maybe she could try to just submit all the documents stated on the website. but i was told just now that an invitation letter from someone in india would really help her visa application.

regards,
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Originally Posted by pisceian View Post I am an Indian living in India.I was also looking for ways to get Tourist Visa for my girl friend Who lives in Phillipines(Dagupan).

When she contacted a local travel agent ,they asked her to give other documents like ,Bank statements ,Asset proof etc etc.Though it was nowhere mentioned in Indian Embassy website.

I have planned my journey this July to Phillipines.Please let me know if you came across a solution to get you Tourist Visa for India.

I am also in process to get Tourist visa for my girl friend.

Thanks for sharing the Query!!

Regards,

Pisceian

Hello there Pisceian,

I have talked with a certain travel agency here that requires only the required documents posted on the indian embassy website but the travel agency is located in Quezon City...far from Dagupan.

I would still try to apply for the visa myself but my friends highly encourage me to go through a travel agent since entering dasmarinas village is really a hassle---strict security since most of the local gov't officials live there.

I also called the Indian Embassy this morning and they refer me back to their website. So I guess, getting a 6-month tourist visa is not really a problem. Or I hope so..

I'm keeping my hopes up!
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Thanks Stileliebe

Thanks a lot for help!!
Based on the inquiries u had with embassy, I hope that it would not be a problem to get tourist visa when visa application processed through travel agent.

Recently i came to know about a guy living in India near my place who already married to a Fillipina.
He told me that getting tourist visa for India should not be problem.


Thanks a lot again for sharing your experience with the same.

Regards,
Pisceian
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HI Stileliebe

Hi,

Few Updates!!
I have asked my girl friend to apply for tourist visa with additional docs (invitation letter from my side and Sponsorship letter for her stay in India).As you told before this is much more easier than applying with other ways.

I hope you already got your visa.Please let me know if it's not yet done.

Regards,
pisceian
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Originally Posted by stileliebe View Post thanks! i will try to submit all documents stated on the website. i think those are all needed. i'm just worried about going to the embassy but getting refused entry by the village (dasmarinas).
Hi there! Have you applied for your visa yet?

I was in the same debacle 2 months ago. I got myself an agency to assist me, only to do all the processing myself.

You can enter Dasma Village in Makati even without an agent. You just have to pay entrance fee of Php150 (if I remember it right since my agent was the one who paid for my entrance). Just register with the guard, wait for the village service that will take you to the office where you will pay to get an entrance ticket. Then that vehicle service will go around the embassies in Dasma to drop off/pickup other visitors.

You can do the processing yourself, believe me. Agencies are just a waste of money

Also, you might want to bring other pertinent documents like bank certificate (this will do. no need for a statement), employment certificate, vacation leave form approved by your company, letter of invitation (that is if you are visiting someone in India. If not, you will need a receipt/booking confirmation of the hotel where you will stay.

The website does not include all the above requirements but guess what, the Indian embassy needs them to process your application. Which makes me really wonder why they did not include it in the website.

Good luck with the application. Share your experience to us once you're done processing your visa.
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Originally Posted by stileliebe View Post Hello there Pisceian,


I would still try to apply for the visa myself but my friends highly encourage me to go through a travel agent since entering dasmarinas village is really a hassle---strict security since most of the local gov't officials live there.
Not really, stileliebe. I went to the Indian embassy in Dasma with my travel agent late March this year for my interview with the consul and I noticed that there were a lot of applicants (mostly foreigners, though) who go directly to the embassy sans an agent.

I realized some of us may just be intimidated by Dasma officials but actually, they allow entry. You just have to show your documents and pay the village entrance fee.

It's good that you are applying for your visa this early. I delayed applying for one thinking I'd get an agent, so it will be hassle-free. Turns out, I had to pay extra to expedite my application since my ticket's April 3 and I was at the embassy March 30 (holy tuesday) for my appearance. There'd be no offices Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. I got my visa Holy Wednesday

And did I say having an agent is useless?
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Originally Posted by luminance View Post Hi there! Have you applied for your visa yet?

I was in the same debacle 2 months ago. I got myself an agency to assist me, only to do all the processing myself.

You can enter Dasma Village in Makati even without an agent. You just have to pay entrance fee of Php150 (if I remember it right since my agent was the one who paid for my entrance). Just register with the guard, wait for the village service that will take you to the office where you will pay to get an entrance ticket. Then that vehicle service will go around the embassies in Dasma to drop off/pickup other visitors.

You can do the processing yourself, believe me. Agencies are just a waste of money

Also, you might want to bring other pertinent documents like bank certificate (this will do. no need for a statement), employment certificate, vacation leave form approved by your company, letter of invitation (that is if you are visiting someone in India. If not, you will need a receipt/booking confirmation of the hotel where you will stay.

The website does not include all the above requirements but guess what, the Indian embassy needs them to process your application. Which makes me really wonder why they did not include it in the website.

Good luck with the application. Share your experience to us once you're done processing your visa.
thanks luminance for this information. i may apply for tourist visa on my own. i will take your advice. it will also help me cut down my expenses for visa application.

i recently been told by one of forum members here that as per her "travel agent", applying for more than 3 months visa would probably get denied. but as per the Indian website, as far as i understand, a 6-month tourist visa is automatically given when one gets approved, or it's just my illusion? i just want to ask:
* were u given 3 or 6 months visa validity?
* and what are the exact documents you submitted?
* why were u interviewed by the consul?

your personal view on this: do u think that a letter of invitation together with his pay slips, certificate of employment and bank certificate would be enough guarantee to get an approved visa?

hope to hear from you soon. and i hope others can also put information on this.

thanks!
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Originally Posted by stileliebe View Post i recently been told by one of forum members here that as per her "travel agent", applying for more than 3 months visa would probably get denied. but as per the Indian website, as far as i understand, a 6-month tourist visa is automatically given when one gets approved, or it's just my illusion?
I wasn't aware that you will have to request how long the validity of your tourist visa would be. I assume it would depend on the nature of your visit. In my case, I only planned to stay for a week but I was given a six-month validity.


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Originally Posted by stileliebe View Post and what are the exact documents you submitted?
1. Itinerary (confirmed booking)
2. Certificate of employment and compensation
3. Copy of approved leave of absence (we have an online HR system so I just had it printed out)
4. Income Tax Return
5. Bank certificate (this will do. No need for a bank statement)
6. 2x2 ID photos with white background
7. Photocopy of company ID
8. Letter of invitation addressed to the Ambassador of India to the Philippines stating that he is inviting me to have a tour in some cities of India. I also included in the letter his address, his Dad's name and contact number.

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Originally Posted by stileliebe View Post * why were u interviewed by the consul?
I am a journalist working for one of the broadsheets. I was told beforehand by my editor who has been to India several times that they are quite "paranoid" with media people visiting the country. They just wanted to make sure that I won't be engaging in any journ work during my stay there. I just had a very pleasant chat with the First Secretary. He just said that he wanted to meet as many local media as he could since he's also in charge of press and information.

As for other applications, I heard there's no interview. Mine would've been one of those ordinary tourist visa applications had it not been for my profession and my employer.

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Originally Posted by stileliebe View Post your personal view on this: do u think that a letter of invitation together with his pay slips, certificate of employment and bank certificate would be enough guarantee to get an approved visa?
Yes to the letter of invite, but I don't see any point in stating your sponsor's source of income. You are the one who needs to establish the financial capacity to visit and survive in their country during your stay there.

Good luck and let me know should you have other concerns.
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Updates:Filipino Applying for Tourist Visa

Hi Luminance and stileliebe,

Thanks for the updates.

Based on my observation and understanding ,i would like to share recent happenings with tourist Visa applications for India.

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Originally Posted by luminance View Post I wasn't aware that you will have to request how long the validity of your tourist visa would be. I assume it would depend on the nature of your visit. In my case, I only planned to stay for a week but I was given a six-month validity.
As per the information from travel agents in Philippines and India,6 months tourist Visa validity holds true even if the length of stay is 1 day or stretched to 6 months.

These agents in Philippines and India told me that these days Indian embassy is not issuing more than 3 months of visa (Length of Stay close to maximum 3 Months and validity 6 months) for first time visa applicants.Still there are few Exceptions - if Applied for tourist visa for the purpose of studying Yoga/getting treatment through Yoga then visa can be issued for more than 3 months (one time stay and 6 months validity)But, this type of visa application must accompany invitation letter from Yoga Institutions in India.

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1. Itinerary (confirmed booking)
2. Certificate of employment and compensation
3. Copy of approved leave of absence (we have an online HR system so I just had it printed out)
4. Income Tax Return
5. Bank certificate (this will do. No need for a bank statement)
6. 2x2 ID photos with white background
7. Photocopy of company ID
8. Letter of invitation addressed to the Ambassador of India to the Philippines stating that he is inviting me to have a tour in some cities of India. I also included in the letter his address, his Dad's name and contact number.
Almost Similar documents were submitted as per agent's guidelines-
1. Itinerary (confirmed booking)
2. Certificate of her employment and compensation (She is working in Philippines) In case of no employment agent would have asked for Certificate of my employment and compensation (As sponsor)
3. Copy of approved leave of absence
4. Income Tax Return ( Her income was not registered for it so agent has asked for Sponsor's Income tax return ,So mine ITR statement was submitted.
5. Bank certificate :She was not holding any bank account presently so in a hurry she had to open bank account showing enough balance 50K+ and she finally got bank certificate in 1 day.
Apart from this agent also asked for Sponsor's bank Certificate and Sponsor's Passport Copy

6. 2x2 ID photos with white background
7. Photocopy of company ID
8. Letter of invitation addressed to the Ambassador of India to the Philippines stating that he is inviting me to have a tour in some cities of India.
For this requirement her agent asked for invitation letter through mail which i did send ,stating the purpose of her visit as well as declaration that i will be sponsoring her visit and stay in India.

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Originally Posted by luminance View Post Yes to the letter of invite, but I don't see any point in stating your sponsor's source of income. You are the one who needs to establish the financial capacity to visit and survive in their country during your stay there.
I think it is a valid requirement to provide your sponsor's source of income in case applicant has no source of Income in his/her own country and finding it difficult to establish the financial capacity to visit and survive in India during his/her stay there.

I will update here as and when she will get/refused tourist visa for India.

I still feel that tourist visa for India for relatively shorter duration (2-3 months) would not be denied.

Regards,
Pisceian
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thank you luminance and pisceian for the information regarding visa requirements. while waiting for your responses here, i had a chance to call the embassy of india. here are the requirements for TOURIST VISA as per the people from the consular services division:

If EMPLOYED:
1. employment certificate with stated compensation
2. photocopy of company id
3. approved leave of absence
4. bank certificate
5. 2x2 id photos with white background
6. duly filled up application form
7. itinerary or confirmed booking
8. passport
9. application fee

If NO EMPLOYMENT:
1. bank certificate (it is understood that you have enough funds to sustain your stay in india)
2. duly filled up application form
3. 2x2 photos with white background
4. confirmed booking
5. passport
6. application fee

If WITH SPONSORSHIP
1. letter of invitation with his complete name, address and phone number stated
2. bank certificate of the one inviting
3. confirmed booking
4. 2x2 id photo in white background
5. duly filled up application form
6. passport
7. application fee


VISA VALIDITY
- as per the people from consular services division, they only give 3 month visa for initial visit. i didnt ask why. i don't like to know since i know people are still getting 6-months visa.

i will let you know about my own experience when i get to apply my visa. i'll go there on my own instead of having an agent go in my stead. i can save another 2k for that.

thanks guys for the help! let's keep in touch!
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Originally Posted by stileliebe View Post thank you luminance and pisceian for the information regarding visa requirements. while waiting for your responses here, i had a chance to call the embassy of india.
Which number did you call and around what time did you do it? I can't seem to contact them lately. I've been meaning to ask the requirements for application of X visa.

Thanks stileliebe! Update us!
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