E-Visa Application from the UK - 2 Per Year Query

#1 Nov 15th, 2017, 17:03
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Hi there

I wonder if anyone could give me some advice on an issue I am having with e-visa applications from the UK

My partner lives in India so we travel back and forth regularly. Last year I received 2 E-Visas, one for a trip in February and another for October. I understand that the limit per calendar year is 2.

I am travelling over again (I hope!) in January 2018, and I made an application for the E-Visa already on the basis that my travel date is in the following calendar year, however I received a response saying the application was 'Availed' as I have already received two visas this year. Whilst this is the case, my travel date is 2018 so I should be eligible.

I am getting nowhere with the e-visa email address and telephone number. I also contacted the High Commission in London but they directed me back to the e-visa people.

My partner is convinced if I apply on 1 January I'll get it, he's not worried, but I am!

Does anyone know whether if I apply on 1 January I am likely to get the visa?
If that's the case I'll need to pay the fee again, is there any refund process I can instigate for the application I have already made which was returned 'Availed'

Kind regards
Nicola
#2 Nov 15th, 2017, 18:01
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Hi Nicola,

Sadly, when dealing with Indian administered websites, there often seems to be a large element of "smoke and mirrors", rather than logic.

You should get the e-visa ok in January, my guess is that the computers can't differentiate between the 3 x 2017 application dates and the 2018 validity date of the new application. Is the e-visa running from the day of issue, or can it have a delayed start date?

Would it be worth trying for a 1 year regular tourist visa, now the norm, instead of 2 e-visas per year?

I doubt that you will get any refund, they say it is for the "service", not the visa, but you can certainly try...

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Hi Ed

Thanks so much for your response!

"Sadly, when dealing with Indian administered websites, there often seems to be a large element of "smoke and mirrors", rather than logic." - Love this, haha!

I meant to ask if I had any other visa options other than the e-visa. Thank you for that information. I will look up the 1 year visa as, yes, it may well be the better options.

The E-Visa is valid from date of entry, for 60 days (double entry). It does ask you entry date when you apply which is why I thought my application would be fine, but as you say the computer obviously grants the visa based on application date not entry date.

Kind regards
Nicola
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Only 2 e-visa allowed in a 12 month calendar period. The visa is granted from date of issue and not from date of intended travel.

The entry could be from now until 120 days time. Even though you say you have said your intended departure to India is January 2018 you would be eligible to go now if the visa was processed.

This is why it has been declined.

You should either wait until January 1st to apply in a new period, or submit an application for a normal tourist visa. If you travel regularly I would apply for either a 12 month T visa or even a 5 year T visa.
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180 days

Hi...when leaving cos 180 days is up, how many days do you need to stay out?

And on a British passport, my 1 year multiple entry visa finishes in May, would I be able to renew it here for another year?

Thanks 😊
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Renew it? Do you mean apply for a new one.?
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Originally Posted by lalitarr View Post Hi...when leaving cos 180 days is up, how many days do you need to stay out?

And on a British passport, my 1 year multiple entry visa finishes in May, would I be able to renew it here for another year?

Thanks 😊
Things have changed fairly frequently, so please double check...

I think that nowadays, a 1 year tourist visa issue is the norm, compared to a 6 month one being the norm a few years back.

I have heard that with the new 1 year visas, folk are sometimes limited to a stay of 90 days at a time, rather than 180 days at a time.

I think one can just leave India for a few days, but the longer you can leave for, the more it will look like normal tourist behaviour, rather than a "visa run". I heard of one person who left and returned on the same day into Nepal and back again by land.

I don't know how you would obtain a new visa after May, I guess you would have to apply from somewhere outside India...

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Originally Posted by lalitarr View Post Hi...when leaving cos 180 days is up, how many days do you need to stay out?

And on a British passport, my 1 year multiple entry visa finishes in May, would I be able to renew it here for another year?

Thanks 😊
You need to get out of India and you can get back straightaway. There is no minimum time requirement.

You will need to apply for a new one year visa outside India.
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Thx, so I will need to go back to the UK to come back again!!
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Yes, a new visa
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so I will need to go back to the UK to come back again!
Kyo? There are consulates outside of India that traditionally allow out of home country visa applications. That is another question as it changes often. Some don't allow any non-resident applications (KLM, Sing. etc.). Ask about Ktm and the the length they are giving as that also changes from time to time and person..
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Ok thx so much for the information.🕉️
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Thx for the link😊🕉️
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Can a 1 year tourist visa be extended with an evisa?
I am in India & will leave after 180 days for Nepal & re-
enter & my 1 year v Indian visa will finish on May 3.
Thx😊

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