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

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#1246 Jan 26th, 2009, 05:18
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Originally Posted by stevebenaulim View Post Yes i got an e-mail back from the London outsourcing office.
You must make your application on line.
They will not accept hand written applications.
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can anyone tell me if this is the case??? As on their website they provide the PDF version if the application form, so surely i can print that off and complete handwritten???

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Originally Posted by maddison View Post can anyone tell me if this is the case??? As on their website they provide the PDF version if the application form, so surely i can print that off and complete handwritten???

thanks (again)
You must complete the form on line. Onece completed, you'll be directed to a link that allow you to book an appointement in order to submit your application. Then, you'll have to print the application that you've completed on line and MAKE SURE that you sign it! (they require an original signature).

Hope that this helps you out!

ps. the pdf version is not the correct one since the high commission doesn t deal with applications anymore. Follow the link below and you'll find everything.

http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/applyonline.aspx:)
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Originally Posted by maddison View Post So am i right in thinking that i dont have to make an appointment, i can just go between 8.30 and 2.30 and join a queue to submit the application and then have it posted back??
Yes, that is correct, the last ticket is issued at 2.30 but you might be there much later than that. However if you applied online and took your application in, you would be seen far quicker, I was out by 9.00 last time.

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How much time difference is that likely to make in relation to posting it?
This is only a guess, but I'd say you'd save seven to ten days by submitting the application by hand.
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If i were to travel down on tuesday to submit it, how long is it likely to be before its returned??
Well, Monday is a holiday so that might mean they are a bit busier on Tuesday, but assuming you're British, or EU with correct proof of residence, with no other complications such as Pakistani heritage or suchlike, I would not be at all surprised if it was back at VFS for collection by Friday - even Thursday at a push!

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Originally Posted by maddison View Post can anyone tell me if this is the case??? (referring to stevebenaulim's posting about hand written visa applications)
That is definitely not the case, and never has been. That was reportedly a response from VFS posted on this thread some time ago, when VFS had first taken over the contract, and it is incorrect.

Natalie, VFS do not admit on their website that you can still submit handwritten applications. I can only assume that they want everyone with internet access to submit online applications, as it means far less data input work for their staff.

However, you can definitely submit handwritten visa applications. I was in the VFS Hayes office on Friday and the majority of application forms I saw were handwritten.

Be aware that while the VFS website does contain useful information, it also contains some glaring omissions such as neglecting to mention that proof of Indian origin is required for the Long Term 5 year visa. In fact the last time I looked, it did not even mention the Long Term visa, except on the drop down menu on the application form.


To be fair, you are at a bit of a disadvantage here, quite a few of us have followed this 1200+ post thread since the outsourcing was first announced, and have followed the trials and tribulations of people struggling with the new system!
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Originally Posted by Haylo View Post Yes, that is correct, the last ticket is issued at 2.30 but you might be there much later than that. However if you applied online and took your application in, you would be seen far quicker, I was out by 9.00 last time.

This is only a guess, but I'd say you'd save seven to ten days by submitting the application by hand.
Well, Monday is a holiday so that might mean they are a bit busier on Tuesday, but assuming you're British, or EU with correct proof of residence, with no other complications such as Pakistani heritage or suchlike, I would not be at all surprised if it was back at VFS for collection by Friday - even Thursday at a push!

That is definitely not the case, and never has been. That was reportedly a response from VFS posted on this thread some time ago, when VFS had first taken over the contract, and it is incorrect.

Natalie, VFS do not admit on their website that you can still submit handwritten applications. I can only assume that they want everyone with internet access to submit online applications, as it means far less data input work for their staff.

However, you can definitely submit handwritten visa applications. I was in the VFS Hayes office on Friday and the majority of application forms I saw were handwritten.

Be aware that while the VFS website does contain useful information, it also contains some glaring omissions such as neglecting to mention that proof of Indian origin is required for the Long Term 5 year visa. In fact the last time I looked, it did not even mention the Long Term visa, except on the drop down menu on the application form.


To be fair, you are at a bit of a disadvantage here, quite a few of us have followed this 1200+ post thread since the outsourcing was first announced, and have followed the trials and tribulations of people struggling with the new system!
ok, thanks for all the info, theres 2 of us, so we will try applying online and hope that we can get the appointments booked on the same day.
I recently moved, is my passport registered to an address and if so am i better to apply in old address, am concerned that as i havent changed any passport details etc re new address that it may cause a problem/delay. Its no problem the passport being returned to old address as i swapped houses so can collect mail.
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Originally Posted by maddison View Post ok, thanks for all the info, theres 2 of us, so we will try applying online and hope that we can get the appointments booked on the same day.
I recently moved, is my passport registered to an address and if so am i better to apply in old address, am concerned that as i havent changed any passport details etc re new address that it may cause a problem/delay. Its no problem the passport being returned to old address as i swapped houses so can collect mail.
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I have moved 3 times since my latest passport was issued. I have had no problems having the passport returned to my current address each time. I dont beleive that your passport would be registered to an address. You should just need to put your current address on the form and also the address you require the passport returned to.

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Originally Posted by maddison View Post ok, thanks for all the info, theres 2 of us, so we will try applying online and hope that we can get the appointments booked on the same day.
I recently moved, is my passport registered to an address and if so am i better to apply in old address, am concerned that as i havent changed any passport details etc re new address that it may cause a problem/delay. Its no problem the passport being returned to old address as i swapped houses so can collect mail.
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Hi Maddison
Mike Cork is right, your passport says nothing about address in it (innit?) so just use your current one.
When you do your online application, at the end of the first one it will ask you if you want to do another (I think it says something about members of family). Pretty sure some-one on here has said that can also be used for travelling companions as it makes things easier for VFS, and then your appointments would be same and both can be posted back in same envelope, and both will come up on VFS screen consecutively. May be Mr Asmithee could confirm?
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Originally Posted by maddison View Post theres 2 of us, so we will try applying online and hope that we can get the appointments booked on the same day.
Link the applications, and only one of you needs to attend. Family or even friends can take applications in for each other.
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we have changed our minds now and are going to travel down tomorrow with handwritten applications, in the hope that we can collect at end of week.
that way if anything needs changing etc on the forms we can sort it there and then. I had read some stories about people submitting online and the forms disappearing into the ether, then they couldnt resubmit as their application was already being dealt with, all sounds abit hit and miss doing it online, so will be arriving at goswell road before it opens, and queue.
does anyone know the nearest tube station, from what i can gather (but i am female so not good with maps), its barbican??
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Originally Posted by maddison View Post will be arriving at goswell road before it opens, and queue.
does anyone know the nearest tube station, from what i can gather (but i am female so not good with maps), its barbican??
Being female does NOT mean you cannot be good with maps, I hate that sexist stuff!

However, I'll help you out anyway. Although I have never been to Goswell Road, I see from the map that it is the A1. This is good news for you, because that means it is exactly the same road as Aldersgate Street, which is where the Barbican tube station exits.

The directions could not be simpler, turn left out of the Barbican tube station onto Aldersgate Street. This will soon be called Goswell Road. Count the street numbers until you get to 142. Stop, because you are outside the VFS office.

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I had read some stories about people submitting online and the forms disappearing into the ether, then they couldnt resubmit as their application was already being dealt with.
I realise you do not intend ot apply online now, but the following information may help others who have concerns about "losing" their application online.

In most cases, people cannot access their forms because they failed to make a note of their web reference number. The page that appears when you have submitted your application does tell you to note your number in bold blue letters across the middle of the screen.

However, in the case of the number not being noted, or your internet connection failing at just the wrong point, a phone call to the helpline will give you the web reference number you need to enable you to access your application.
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Originally Posted by maddison View Post thanks, yes i did read it but i also read here somewhere that they had them back quicker than the 10 days.
So am i right in thinking that i dont have to make an appointment, i can just go between 8.30 and 2.30 and join a queue to submit the application and then have it posted back?? How much time difference is that likely to make in relation to posting it??
If i were to travel down on tuesday to submit it, how long is it likely to be before its returned??
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Sometimes it can be done quicker than 10 days, but it really depends on volumes so you should never rely on it - stick to the 10 day minimum.


Yes, you can go in with a handwritten form between 8.30 - 14.30 and just sit and wait your turn. But though online is optional, it really is much quicker. If you fill the forms online then there is very little work for the counter staff to do when you submit your application, it just needs to be checked. You can be away from the counter in less that 5 mins. Plus you can pay online. But more importantly you get the chance to make an online appointment, so you get given an appointment ticket when you get to the centre and get served much quicker.

Yes, you can opt to have it posted back to you via special delivery for an extra 7.40, usually arrives next day.

And the processing time is 2 - 3 working days minimum if applying in person (add an extra day if having it posted), as opposed to 10 days minimum by post.
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Originally Posted by maddison View Post can anyone tell me if this is the case??? As on their website they provide the PDF version if the application form, so surely i can print that off and complete handwritten???

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Absolutely, categorically this is not correct!

They most definitely take handwritten forms.

There may be an outdated perception from people who may have been told this in the early days of the VFS operation, as they did indeed try to 'persuade' people to fill in forms online, sending people with handwritten forms round to the nearest internet cafe.

But it soon became apparent that this was simply unworkable and grossly unfair. Not everyone has a PC or internet access, there are elderly people who certainly don't use PC's and also people who have language issues. So that was stopped way back. And the High Commission themselves strongly opposed those tactics as well.

Maddison, please feel free to PM me with details of that mail, because if someone is sending that info out to people I should be able to get it stopped.
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Originally Posted by Natalie-vr View Post You must complete the form on line. Onece completed, you'll be directed to a link that allow you to book an appointement in order to submit your application. Then, you'll have to print the application that you've completed on line and MAKE SURE that you sign it! (they require an original signature).

Hope that this helps you out!

ps. the pdf version is not the correct one since the high commission doesn t deal with applications anymore. Follow the link below and you'll find everything.

http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/applyonline.aspx:)

Natalie, as per my previous mail you don't HAVE to fill the form online. It's optional. You can fill in forms by hand and got to a VFS centre to make an application.

And I think I know where the 'old pdf form' above is coming from...

If you google 'indian visa' or something similar, you will get various websites, including some travel agents and other companies that provide visa services. But there seems to be an old link out there to the old High Commission pages that detail the visa process. The site itself no longer exists ( the new site for the London High Commission is http://hcilondon.in/), but the old page still comes up sometimes, depending on what wording you put in when searching.
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Originally Posted by johnny five View Post Hi Maddison
Mike Cork is right, your passport says nothing about address in it (innit?) so just use your current one.
When you do your online application, at the end of the first one it will ask you if you want to do another (I think it says something about members of family). Pretty sure some-one on here has said that can also be used for travelling companions as it makes things easier for VFS, and then your appointments would be same and both can be posted back in same envelope, and both will come up on VFS screen consecutively. May be Mr Asmithee could confirm?
J5

Yes...and yes. The address your passport was originally registered at is irrelevant.

And the linking option can be used to link ANY applications regardless of family, friends etc. It does make a difference when you are at the counter, as the counter staff can see everything on one screen rather than opening 4 - 5 different screens for each individual application. Then they will print one receipt with all the applications on, as opposed to 4 - 5 individual ones.

Saves a lot of time.
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Originally Posted by maddison View Post we have changed our minds now and are going to travel down tomorrow with handwritten applications, in the hope that we can collect at end of week.
that way if anything needs changing etc on the forms we can sort it there and then. I had read some stories about people submitting online and the forms disappearing into the ether, then they couldnt resubmit as their application was already being dealt with, all sounds abit hit and miss doing it online, so will be arriving at goswell road before it opens, and queue.
does anyone know the nearest tube station, from what i can gather (but i am female so not good with maps), its barbican??

Errr...bearing in mind the timestamp on messages may not be completely accurate - I sincerely hope you did not travel down to the centre today. All VFS centres and HCI's were closed today (Monday) for the Indian Republic Day holiday.

It is mentioned on the website, and there have been signs up in the centres since last week.

However...assuming I am wrong and you are going tomorrow (Tuesday) - my advice is go to the enquiry counter at Goswell when you come in, and have your forms checked over before you go to the counter. They will advise you if everything is in order.

Please don't worry about the forms - data is very rarely 'lost' off the system, and even if that should happen you just fill one out by hand. VFS can check online easily if your info has been retained, including any payment details.

Just pop along to the enquiry counter - they will sort you out.

Yes, Barbican tube is nearest. Cross the road at the crossing when you come out, turn left and just follow the road. Cross over at the lights at the intersection and keep walking. After about 3 mins you should see the big Indian Visa sign on the corner of the building. The entrance is just to the right of the big sign, you can't miss it.
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In most cases, people cannot access their forms because they failed to make a note of their web reference number. The page that appears when you have submitted your application does tell you to note your number in bold blue letters across the middle of the screen.

However, in the case of the number not being noted, or your internet connection failing at just the wrong point, a phone call to the helpline will give you the web reference number you need to enable you to access your application.

That's true. It is indeed rare for your online info to be completely wiped. Sometimes it may appear that you 'lose' your information at the end of the process of filling in the online form. Hard to say with any degree of accuracy, but I think this may be down to peoples individual settings on their PC's more than anything else. Crashes of the website and problems are also very rare.

But VFS can normally quite easily obtain your online info by just putting your passport number into their system...and even print your online form off for you if nescessary.
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