Validity of visa

#1 Jun 9th, 2011, 01:55
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I will apply for a six month tourist visa in UK.
It will be valid for six months, Does this mean I have six months from the date of issue to start my visit and then six months in India?
Sorry if this is a simple question
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The six month tourist visa is valid for six months from date of issue.
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Originally Posted by mattmatt View Post I will apply for a six month tourist visa in UK.
It will be valid for six months, Does this mean I have six months from the date of issue to start my visit and then six months in India?
Sorry if this is a simple question
No, it doesn't mean that. Your visa will be printed with an issuing date and an expiration date. The expiration date will be six months after the issue date. You need to leave India by the expiration date.
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More precisely even: It will normally (those that are valid for 2 or 3 months or so seem to be becoming ever more common)* be valid for 180 days, which isn't quite 6 months.

From date of issue, yes. So not from date of entry into the country. And checking the other day, yes, mine do give expiry dates.

What this boils down to is you should allow for reasonable time to apply for it, but you don't wanna get it too early for your plans, either. So you'll be staying there for just a little shorter (if going the full period).

* My last one was for 3 months, and I think this is standard here now, in the Netherlands. Last time I checked, you could still apply for a half-year one, but it would involve a visit to the embassy to explain what you were planning to be doing for as long. This was a year ago.

Anyway don't let it bother you, it will be a Dutch Indian embassy thing, no idea about the UK. I think from glancing around here you guys still seem to get the half year. But take note of all the rest that's been said.
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Just for info, I've just got a visa in the UK and applied for 3 months - as I thought that was the norm these days - but they gave me 6.

@Mattmatt, it sounds like you need to apply for a one year visa, but even if you get that you will still only be able to stay for a maximum stretch of 180 days.
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Hello there,

I'm new to the forum - have been reading loads of posts in preparation for my first trip to India. This site has been an amazing help! I read loads on visa applications and spent ages making sure I got everything in my application just right. I received it back in the post today with no problems at all...until I came across this post about validity! I have realised I have applied a bit too early for my planned trip and won't really have long enough left on my visa. I stupidly assumed the validity is from the date of entry.
I have seen in another post that the embassy in Italy amended a visa by just writing a new date. Does anyone know if I would be able to do this at one of the UK application centres?

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by hatrat View Post Hello there,

I'm new to the forum - have been reading loads of posts in preparation for my first trip to India. This site has been an amazing help! I read loads on visa applications and spent ages making sure I got everything in my application just right. I received it back in the post today with no problems at all...until I came across this post about validity! I have realised I have applied a bit too early for my planned trip and won't really have long enough left on my visa. I stupidly assumed the validity is from the date of entry.
I have seen in another post that the embassy in Italy amended a visa by just writing a new date. Does anyone know if I would be able to do this at one of the UK application centres?

Thanks!
It is pretty clearly explained on the VFS website -

http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/aboutyourvisas.html

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Tourist Visa
A Tourist Visa is granted to those who would visit India for tourism. Tourist visas may be valid for 6 months to 1 year with single or multiple entries. Irrespective of the duration of validity of visa, on each visit maximum period of stay in India is limited to 6 months (180 days) only. Please note the validity of the visa is effective from the date of issue. Please click here for more information.
If your visa does not cover the period of stay in India, you can reapply with a fresh application, attaching a cover letter to explain why you were not able to use it.

They will cancel the previous one, when they issue the new visa.
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Thanks nycank. Realise I have make a mistake - new visa it is then!
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post It is pretty clearly explained on the VFS website -

http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/aboutyourvisas.html



If your visa does not cover the period of stay in India, you can reapply with a fresh application, attaching a cover letter to explain why you were not able to use it.

They will cancel the previous one, when they issue the new visa.
Have done that myself, with no problems at all.

They do not always cancel the old visa, but it is no longer valid as the new one supercedes it.
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I'm applying for my ten year tourist visa. I am having the same question. Now I'm getting conflicting responses from my original post
http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...9/#post1340551
& what I'm reading here + applying thru Travisa Outsourcing online
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Originally Posted by DMCjunglist View Post I'm applying for my ten year tourist visa. I am having the same question. Now I'm getting conflicting responses from my original post
http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...9/#post1340551
& what I'm reading here + applying thru Travisa Outsourcing online
I don't see any conflicting answers on the two threads.
Visa runs from date of issue (usually for 6 months in the UK, or 10 years in USA)
Trip runs from arrival in India for 180 days or until visa expires if sooner.

A 6 month visa applied for too soon could expire before the planned 180 days are up. This can't happen on a 10 year visa (nobody applies 9 1/2 years too soon!)

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Originally Posted by DMCjunglist View Post I'm applying for my ten year tourist visa. I am having the same question. Now I'm getting conflicting responses from my original post
http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...9/#post1340551
& what I'm reading here + applying thru Travisa Outsourcing online
With a ten-year-visa,you can go to India any time in the 10 years... but your STAY there is limited to 180 days and then you must spend 2 months away from India.

Example: I was there for three months from October 2008 to January 2009. I can go again whenever I get it together (between now and October 2018), without applying for a new visa, and can stay for up to 180 days, and then leave again.
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