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

#2731 Oct 30th, 2009, 22:48
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Originally Posted by mark24c View Post Just to let people know current state of play, I applied online on the 25th October, posted the application on Monday 26th October and received my visa this morning the 30th - fantastic service - how could it be quicker than that.

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Originally Posted by eng1arw View Post Yeah, I also got mine quickly, after having probs as I needed a journalist visa. Dropped off application form in Victoria London on Thursday. Had to wait about 15 minutes in the place having booked an appointment. By Monday the visa arrived! Definitely worth going in person if there's any hint of complication... but an excellent service all the same!
Thanks. Good to hear, that.
#2732 Oct 30th, 2009, 23:00
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Unhappy Disappointed but it's OK

Got mine and my wife's visa's back today. Sadly we've only been given a 6 month tourist visa after applying for a one year so that's 40 wasted I suppose. At least it didn't get completely rejected. Think I'll stick to 6 month visa's in the future and maybe try again in a couple of years.
#2733 Nov 1st, 2009, 01:08
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Originally Posted by Mike Cork View Post Glad it all worked out for you in the end. You can now concentrate on bringing your blood pressure down before your trip..

Maybe you should extend the trip to get over all of the stress you have encountered.

Have a good time....
Am there until April, better than wet Wales especially with the weather forcast for tomorrow.
#2734 Nov 3rd, 2009, 15:03
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does anyone know, what is better, for say that you know someone in india, or you are just traveling alone in india.
in case of apply for tourist visa
#2735 Nov 3rd, 2009, 17:15
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It doesn't matter: there is no "better". However, people who do know persons in India can put their names in the reference fields, instead of putting hotel.
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#2736 Nov 4th, 2009, 20:39
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A little bit of information on the online visa application and courier charges.

I paid my visa fees online and also paid a 6 something pence charge to have the passport sent back to me by private courier (given the ongoing postal delays here in the UK), then when I printed the form to post off, I saw information on the website about a charge of 7.40 for courier.

I rang the helpline, and was told by the staff member that as I had not paid the 7.40, he could not be sure the passport would be couriered back to me (even though I had paid the amount instructed by the online payment process ), so he suggested I also enclose a postal order for 7.40 to be on the safe side which I duly did.

Anyway - I have just recieved my passport back with the visa inside by courier (took exactly a week from posting it off ), along with the uncashed postal order for 7.40, so this was obviously not necessary. Unfortunately I can't do anyhting with the postal order as it's made out to VFS, but as it's less then a tenner - cest la vie!

Just thought I would post this in case anyone else was confused by the different amounts mentioned online.
#2737 Nov 4th, 2009, 22:24
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Originally Posted by deej View Post A little bit of information on the online visa application and courier charges.

I paid my visa fees online and also paid a 6 something pence charge to have the passport sent back to me by private courier (given the ongoing postal delays here in the UK), then when I printed the form to post off, I saw information on the website about a charge of 7.40 for courier.

I rang the helpline, and was told by the staff member that as I had not paid the 7.40, he could not be sure the passport would be couriered back to me (even though I had paid the amount instructed by the online payment process ), so he suggested I also enclose a postal order for 7.40 to be on the safe side which I duly did.

Anyway - I have just recieved my passport back with the visa inside by courier (took exactly a week from posting it off ), along with the uncashed postal order for 7.40, so this was obviously not necessary. Unfortunately I can't do anyhting with the postal order as it's made out to VFS, but as it's less then a tenner - cest la vie!

Just thought I would post this in case anyone else was confused by the different amounts mentioned online.
... from ancient memories - don't you keep the counterfoil to the PO - if you have both you can cash it.

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#2738 Nov 5th, 2009, 00:04
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If I ever had it I've now lost it! Never mind.
#2739 Nov 5th, 2009, 03:46
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We hand filled in the forms, sent applications off last wednesday and got them all back inpassports today!! YIPPEE!!

Thats one week in total, thats including a 3 day post strike!

Well with visas, flights and trains all sorted I almost feel organised!LOL!
#2740 Nov 5th, 2009, 08:07
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Does anyone have an indication of the processing time for visa applications lodged at the Cardiff Visa Application Centre. Would they normally be processed in the same time as applications lodged in London, plus a couple of days to allow for the post/courier, or are they more like postal applications.

I am not visiting India until January, but I need to have my passport available to go to Europe in about 4 weeks time. I see that some people have been getting their postal applications back fairly quickly, but the website says allow 15 working days for postal applications so if it was that kind of turn around time it would be too close for comfort. At the same time, I would like to avoid the cost and time of making one or possibly two trips up to London. If anyone has any relevant information it would be greatly appreciated.
#2741 Nov 5th, 2009, 15:15
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Originally Posted by Al01 View Post Does anyone have an indication of the processing time for visa applications lodged at the Cardiff Visa Application Centre. Would they normally be processed in the same time as applications lodged in London, plus a couple of days to allow for the post/courier, or are they more like postal applications.

I am not visiting India until January, but I need to have my passport available to go to Europe in about 4 weeks time. I see that some people have been getting their postal applications back fairly quickly, but the website says allow 15 working days for postal applications so if it was that kind of turn around time it would be too close for comfort. At the same time, I would like to avoid the cost and time of making one or possibly two trips up to London. If anyone has any relevant information it would be greatly appreciated.
You should be OK if you apply sooner rather than later. Have not used Cardiff yet but if your forms are filled in correctly you have enough time to apply.
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#2742 Nov 5th, 2009, 16:57
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Originally Posted by deej View Post If I ever had it I've now lost it! Never mind.
take them to the Post Office where you bought them - bet they don't sell many and may be able to authorise repayment.

AndyD 8-)#
#2743 Nov 6th, 2009, 06:42
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Originally Posted by Mike Cork View Post You should be OK if you apply sooner rather than later. Have not used Cardiff yet but if your forms are filled in correctly you have enough time to apply.
Thanks Mike, I'll take it in to Cardiff and ask them for their advice at the same time.
#2744 Nov 7th, 2009, 15:28
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Passports are back

they took a week.well 5 days to be exact.

First I posted them with no photos in so they got returned to me and then I sent them back. five days turn around ....which I think is good with the postal disruptions and the time of year when every one wants a visa.
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#2745 Nov 7th, 2009, 17:26
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<paranoia switch=on> but what do they do with all those photo's? <G> </paranoia>

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