Travelling from TORONTO to DELHI

#1 Nov 6th, 2005, 22:21
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How do I go about getting a VISA ? I am travelling from Toronto and goinf to DELHI for 4 wks.

What do I need to bring with me and how long does it take?

If there is a FAQ anywhere, please advise...CHEERS!!
#2 Nov 6th, 2005, 22:30
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Welcome to IM!

I too will be heading to India for the first-time over Xmas. Here is the info that my host provided for me:

A tourist visa is needed before you travel to India. The visa can take anywhere from 1 day to a month to obtain! Welcome to I.B. (Indian Bureaucracy). The only thing you can do with I.B. is build your patience. It is best to get the visa immediately, since after November it can take more than 6 weeks due to peak season. This is how you get one:
Make sure your passport is valid up to August 2006, at the least. If not, renew your passport.
Get 2 passport sized photos taken.
Go to http://www.india-visa.com, locate your city or closest city, download the visa form, and follow instructions.
Get your visa from a consulate in the country you are currently in, regardless of your citizenship. If you are a national of the country you currently live in, then the fee is US$60. Go to the embassy or consulate on a weekday morning, in person with your form, photos, passport and fee, and in most cases you will get the visa within the day by 5pm.
If you are not a national of the country you currently live in, the fee is around US$40. You have the same procedure as above, except you will also need to show proof of residence - photocopy of both sides of your alien registration/temporary resident/permanent resident/employment authorization/student visa/visa petition. If you don’t have these papers and you are just “visiting”, then an extra $20 and 5-7 days is added to the processing.
If you cannot go in person, then you’ll have to mail the entire application including your passport and a certified check. This can take from 1 week up to a month to get back! Before you mail out, please call the consulate nearest you to confirm.

TORONTO CONSULATE:

CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA
1835 Yonge Street
Suite 400
Toronto, ON
Canada
M4S 1X8
Ph :+1 (416) 960-0751/960-0752/960-4831/9608173
Fax :+1 (416) 960-9812

TIMINGS:
Applications complete in all respects are accepted at the counter from 9.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon, Monday through Friday, except holidays at Consulate General of India, Toronto.

In straightforward cases, applications received until 11.00 a.m. at Consulate General of India, Toronto, are processed and Visa delivered by 4.00 p.m. the same day and the applications received between 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon Visa are delivered the next working day between 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

This does not apply to non-Canadian passports where the processing time is more .

This should help you.

Signed,

From one Torontonian to another....
~ TamarainCayman
#3 Nov 6th, 2005, 22:35
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You get the visa at the Indian Consulate which is at 1835 Yonge St, Suite 400. Yonge/Davisville intersection. You can download the application form, or pick it up there. Bring your passport, cash-exact change, and 2 passport sized photos. It takes one day to process the visa. You go in the morning, arrive early, like 8am, take a number, then go back in the afternoon to pick up the visa. If you arrive after 8:30 or 9am, the line will be way too long and you will not get your visa on that day. You could even arrive earlier than 8 and wait outside, or in the lobby in the "pre"-line.
#4 Nov 7th, 2005, 09:01
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Originally Posted by anandi You get the visa at the Indian Consulate which is at 1835 Yonge St, Suite 400. Yonge/Davisville intersection. You can download the application form, or pick it up there. Bring your passport, cash-exact change, and 2 passport sized photos. It takes one day to process the visa. You go in the morning, arrive early, like 8am, take a number, then go back in the afternoon to pick up the visa. If you arrive after 8:30 or 9am, the line will be way too long and you will not get your visa on that day. You could even arrive earlier than 8 and wait outside, or in the lobby in the "pre"-line.
How much does it cost and is it the same for adults and children?
Also, do all applicants have to go there "in person" as I have 2 small kids.

I tried downloading the form from the website, but had no success in doing so.
Can you e-mail it to me? ndhillon@hotmail.com

I really appreciate your advice...
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Originally Posted by ndhillon How much does it cost and is it the same for adults and children?
Also, do all applicants have to go there "in person" as I have 2 small kids.

I tried downloading the form from the website, but had no success in doing so.
Can you e-mail it to me? ndhillon@hotmail.com

I really appreciate your advice...
Hello there ~ I've already emailed you the form in both Word and PDF format. The following website has more info:

http://www.cgitoronto.ca/

...but it does not answer your questions. Phone during business hrs to find out: 1 (416) 960-0751/0752

Cheers ~
#6 Nov 15th, 2005, 01:00
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Been here since 8:30 this morning and there were about 300 people already ahead in line. WOW.....I couldn't believe the amount of people here, as well as how chaotic it is!!!

2:30 has arrived and finally ( I think ) it's over. I did include an expressmail envelope as I would not want to come here again anytime soon.

Some good advice...get here REALLY early . Like around 6:30 or 7:00, unless you like waiting all day....
#7 Dec 15th, 2005, 02:56
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I went to apply for my visa today in Toronto. I arrived around 10:20 am and was finally served 3 hours later at 1:20 pm. When you arrive, you will get a number. When I got my number, there were 190 numbers in front of me in line. So it takes about 3 hours to process 190 visa applications with four (all) counters open. I'll be picking up my visa tomorrow between 3 and 4 (I hope the line will be faster!).
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Help With Indian Visa

My husband and I are traveling to India over Christmas so I filled out the required documents and sent by registered mail. The Indian Consulate of Toronto no longer accepts Visa applications in person it seems. Today I received both our Canadian passports back in our pre-paid envelope but nothing else, no Visa's, recipet, letter, nothing. I have tried reaching them and can't get through. Do you happen to know what the process is now? Should I expect to hear anything from them? I am worried we won't get our Visa'a in time for our trip.




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Originally Posted by anandi View Post You get the visa at the Indian Consulate which is at 1835 Yonge St, Suite 400. Yonge/Davisville intersection. You can download the application form, or pick it up there. Bring your passport, cash-exact change, and 2 passport sized photos. It takes one day to process the visa. You go in the morning, arrive early, like 8am, take a number, then go back in the afternoon to pick up the visa. If you arrive after 8:30 or 9am, the line will be way too long and you will not get your visa on that day. You could even arrive earlier than 8 and wait outside, or in the lobby in the "pre"-line.
#9 Nov 7th, 2007, 03:44
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Typically there is no external paper work - So have you looked through your entire passport book(s) to see if the visas have indeed been issued through stamping and/or printing onto a random page?
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#10 Nov 7th, 2007, 22:14
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Thanks Peak XV,

What an idiot I am! You are indeed correct, the Visa's were stamped on a random page in both Passports. I had casually flipped through them but did not check each page, I was also expecting a seperate "passport like" document for a Visa. Now I am informed. Thanks again for your time.

Molly.
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All's well that ends well! Have a great trip.

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