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

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#1216 Jan 21st, 2009, 02:08
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Changes/New processes at VFS.

Just thought I would give you guys a heads up on some changes that are due to happen at VFS in the coming months.

Of course as ever, the timescales of when these changes will take place will probably change dramatically, and as yet nothing is confirmed...


VFS are probably going to start processing OCI and PIO cards. Quite how they will do it I am not sure. It's going to be more work, and demand is so high for these at the moment that the HCI issue a very small amount of tokens per day to process these...and if VFS do the 'open the doors and let as many people in as possible before 14.30' as they do at present, they could be somewhat overwhelmed.

Another major change is that soon ALL post from all over the country will be handled by the Hayes branch. The plan is to have a completely seperate, dedicated team from the current team who will work a later shift, and do nothing but postal applications. Have to say I am a little worried...OK, having a dedicated team in theory should ease the backlog and make the process run smoothly. But I pity some poor person who has their application delayed and has to travel down from Scotland to try and retrieve it! We'll see...

Other ideas in the pipeline somewhat further away are passport request and renewal services, and travel insurance.
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Thumbs up

Hi Guys

Thanks so much to you all for such speedy responses you really have put our minds at rest, dont know what we would have done without you. Will let you know how are holiday went.

Many Thanks

Bertieboy
#1218 Jan 21st, 2009, 22:49
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Finally a bit of good news. Application status has changed on the website to the following:

"Processed Application has been handed over to Royal Mail. You can track the movement of your application envelope by visiting www.royalmail.com using your Royal Mail reference number on your reciept"

Does this mean that my application has been successful?
#1219 Jan 21st, 2009, 23:17
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Just thought I would give you guys a heads up on some changes that are due to happen at VFS in the coming months...
I still think we may see 2 or 3 week visas on arrival by next year - they're already doing it for Russians.

Andyd 8-)#
#1220 Jan 22nd, 2009, 03:57
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My visas took 7 days including posting both ways: posted on the 14th, received on the 21st.

My experience: excellent, no problems, simple, fast.
Taking out two days for postage and two days for the weekend, they took only 3 days to process the visa.

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Originally Posted by OceanTragic View Post This is probably a stupid question but having printed out the visa forms (which I filled in online) it seems that signatures are expected from children too...Do I sign on their behalf? Do they need to sign it - which is a bit unusual for an under-18?
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Originally Posted by Mike Cork View Post ...my brother always signed for his 9 & 7 year old children, and wrote something like "I the father of" and then the childs name and signed the form.
Following up on my question quoted here. I decided that the best way forward, covering all bases, was to:
  • do a copy for each of my kids signed by me, which was put in with the adults applications
  • get them to sign another copy each, which was put into a seperate envelope with 'forms with children's signatures are within this envelope if you need them' on it.
So I can't actually update to say which is the correct way to do it, but hey, I got mine, woohoo, yeah
#1221 Jan 22nd, 2009, 04:38
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Originally Posted by Nikos View Post "Processed Application has been handed over to Royal Mail. You can track the movement of your application envelope by visiting www.royalmail.com using your Royal Mail reference number on your reciept"

Does this mean that my application has been successful?
No, not necessarily.

It means that your application has been dealt with, and they are now returning your passport. In practice, yes you almost certainly have a visa in your passport, but in the event of a visa application being refused they would still return the applicant's passport.
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#1222 Jan 22nd, 2009, 04:54
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My concern is that my passport did not match my visa application signature.

I was asked to write it again at the botoom of the form which VFS told me was OK to do.

I hope this doesn't have an impact on me not getting visa first time round, as VFS are not actually stamping my visa.

Will find out tomorrow!

Cheers Haylo!!

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Originally Posted by Nikos View Post My concern is that my passport did not match my visa application signature. I was asked to write it again at the botoom of the form which VFS told me was OK to do.

I hope this doesn't have an impact on me not getting visa first time round, as VFS are not actually stamping my visa.
The VFS staff don't issue the visas, but they do have a very good grasp of procedures. If they asked you to sign again on the bottom of your form, I'd be pretty confident they knew that would satisfy the HCI.

Good luck opening your packet tomorrow, it will be just like Christmas!
#1224 Jan 22nd, 2009, 06:30
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Cheers Haylo, to say i have butterflies in my stomach is an understatement!!

Will let you know how i get on.

If all goes to plan i will be off on saturday!
#1225 Jan 22nd, 2009, 07:03
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I presume so - and hope so as mine is in the hands of Royal Mail also as I got the same tracking message today also (posted mine last Thurs 15th)


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Originally Posted by Nikos View Post Finally a bit of good news. Application status has changed on the website to the following:

"Processed Application has been handed over to Royal Mail. You can track the movement of your application envelope by visiting www.royalmail.com using your Royal Mail reference number on your reciept"

Does this mean that my application has been successful?
#1226 Jan 22nd, 2009, 07:17
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Not an issue at present - but possiby for the future.
If I was intending to do some voluntary charity work during a holiday would a tourist visa suffice or would it be problematic ??
#1227 Jan 22nd, 2009, 07:31
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If you keep it low-key and don't shout if from the rooftops it shouldn't be a problem I don't think. I'm sure many people do this.

You'd technically need an employment visa beyond that (or does there in fact exist a volunteering visa...? Whatever, I forget and am not looking it up, and the answer remains the same), but seriously, for some low-key volunteering it shouldn't come into play. (Or at least and did I say: I don't think so...) Of course if you're gonna be some bigwig NGO representative it becomes a very different story, and you'd better have your papers in order. (And one thought: Engaging in any line of voluntary work that not everyone on the ground might be pleased with -- e.g., helping the poor who some others don't want to be helped, etc. -- , I guess doing it without the proper papers could leave you in a vulnerable position, in a number of ways. Do consider this.)
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#1228 Jan 22nd, 2009, 07:35
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Originally Posted by machadinha View Post If you keep it low-key and don't shout if from the rooftops it shouldn't be a problem I don't think. I'm sure many people do this.

You'd technically need an employment visa beyond that, but seriously, for some low-key volunteering it shouldn't come into play. (Or at least and did I say: I don't think so...)
Thanks for that
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Visa Granted! Flight booked! India this Saturday!

AWOOOOGA!!!

#1230 Jan 22nd, 2009, 17:50
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Heheh. Enjoy
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