eVisa - Submit printed PDF Before or AFTER? No Embassy appointment Date.

#1 Mar 10th, 2018, 21:23
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Hello fellow Intrepid India Travelers,

Using the latest Firefox with addons disabled, successfully submitted my online application and received an ID for which checking the status shows "Under Process" for the last 10 days.
(says it takes a minimum 3 days to approve, so not sure how long the maximum is)

From this information: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/
Under note 5 section C:
"System will automatically ask the Applicant for the following confirmation: “Select ‘Yes’ if the applicant want to seek appointment and make payment online or ‘No’ if the applicant just want to print the submitted application form.”

Under note 9 section C:
"In case the facility of Appointment Scheduling and e-Payment is not available for the concerned Indian mission, then applicant has to take the printout of the online application form and visit the concerned Indian Mission to submit the same along with supporting documents and make the payment."

Never received an option to select.
What I did receive:
"Your application is submitted successfully. Please take a print of the Application in PDF format and submit it to concerning Indian Mission or Agency for processing of visa application."

My questions are this:
It is not clear if the appointment process is unavailable or I am to take the form AFTER, so do I need to physically submit the form to the Indian Embassy BEFORE they approve?
and/or
Has anyone else had to deal with this, if so can you share your experience?

Because, there is no indication of rejection or approval and just not sure what to do at this point and the Indian Embassy web page here in Colombia does not indicate any such need to seek an appointment.
Waiting for an answer from indiatvoa@gov.in and visa.bogota@mea.gov.in for clarification on the matter.

Thanks in advance for any insight and help!
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Each country is different, but the whole point of an "e-visa" is that it is all done online, no appointments or visits required.

Maybe you have applied by mistake for a different visa rather than an e-visa?

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It sounds like he's actually applying for a regular visa in person in Bogotá but he's mistakenly calling it an evisa here. He's probably confused because the application for a regular visa first has to be submitted online, just like an evisa.

In any event, it looks like he simply needs to print out the .pdf and show-up with it at the embassy. Most embassies that don't require appointments only accept visa applications during certain hours and days of the week.
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Used the eVisa system.

Hello guys,

Just to clarify, used the eVisa System.

And asked for only 2 months.

Although, after talking to others it seems India is a place needing maximum allowed time to appreciate.
Perhaps a 6 month visa is a better idea anyway?
In which case a regular visa will most likely need attendance?
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Going to change my approach, however, maybe the thread is still valuable for others with similar situations.
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Sorry, but it does sound like you took a wrong turn on that website and mistakenly submitted a regular application. Either that or the website itself has problems. Because you should not have received that print-out-the-.pdf message after submitting an evisa application. And you should not still be waiting after 10 days.

Did your credit card payment go through? (If you didn't make a payment then you didn't submit an evisa application, unless you're a citizen of one of the few countries -- not including Colombia -- exempt from evisa fee.)
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It says Tourist Visa on Application.

You can check out this link;
https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/Registration

It clearly only gives 3 choices when choosing which visa;

eTOURIST VISA
eMEDICAL VISA
eBUSINESS VISA

And my printout says Tourist Visa, so I certainly did not pick any of the other 2 options accidentally.

May just have to wait for the confirmation from the emails sent to the Colombia embassy and the eVisa system.
Never even had an option to make a payment.

My guess, Colombia is not allowed to make appointments and must be visited.
But like you say, that defeats the whole purpose of the "e"Visa system.
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"Tourist Visa" is not the same as "eTourist Visa."

I don't know whether the problem is you or the system.

But I feel certain that if you hold a Colombian passport (or another passport requiring an evisa fee) and have not paid the fee, then you have not successfully submitted an evisa application. No money no evisa.

For all the world, it sounds like you have submitted a regular application which you now must take to the embassy. Embassies simply aren't in the loop when it comes to processing evisas.

And a caution that if you're waiting for an email response you might well never get one.
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Well certainly have to agree with you zif.

Did get a timely reply though;

Dear Applicant,

It is to inform you that this email id refer to "e- Tourist Visa " . Regarding your query you have to contact nearest Indian High Commission in your country or regular visa help desk support.

The Email id for it is mentioned below.

Email id : Visasupport@nic.in


Regards
e-TV Support Team


So I emailed, lets see what they say.

Somehow they gave me a regular visa ID?
Just don't understand how that is possible when I did this all through the eVisa system, why/how can that get mixed up?
Frustrating.
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Do you want an evisa? So far as I know you're perfectly free to just abandon your regular visa application and file an evisa application afresh.

You're also free to file another regular application with different specifics -- requesting a longer stay, for example. In fact, I think it's fairly common to file a second application to correct errors made in the first.

So really, I don't think you're in any kind of a bind. Just start over.
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The plan was to get an eVisa because the flight was booked for the 20th of this month.
So time was of the essence.

Now however, I have fallen utterly in love with San Augustin, Colombia.
So, flight is canceled and there is plenty of time to make new arrangements.
And if India is my next port of call, then a 180 days visa is better anyway.

Thus the regular visa will be sought.

Glad it did not work out!
The universe working its magic!
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That mention of 180 days suggests you're American planning to get a ten-year visa. Just be aware that those ten-year visas can be difficult and often impossible to obtain outside the US. You might well be stuck with 30 or 60 days if you apply elsewhere.
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Reply from Embassy

No, zif, glad not to be an American.
Not to make the people bad, just can't stand the politricks of that country.

Did get very timely replies to my queries though:

Dear Applicant
E-Visa process is directly under online platafform of Ministry of External Affairs, you don't have to come to the Embassy.
Please check on e-visa web page status of your Visa, cause in case of Visa approved you have to present this approval and rest of the documents directly at the e-visa counter in India.

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html
Please check blue box as Visa status

If your Visa is not approved you can contact us, to apply for a new Visa.

Regards,
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Applied for regular visa?

So here is the official email saying I applied for a regular visa.

It is observed that you have applied for regular tourist instead of e-Visa application. you chose a regular visa type instead of e-Visa application by mistake while filling your online visa application. No issue you can just leave the application as it is, and apply for fresh e-Visa application from the same link. For applying e-Visa please go through the link below :-

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html (Click on e-Visa application and before applying please read all the instructions and guidelines regarding e-Visa)

For further advice/assistance please contact us on mentioned numbers.


Not obvious enough for me.
Went to the eVisa link so where do you even click to tell it is a regular visa when the only option is e-Visa?

Very frustrating...I think there is something wrong with their system.
Not that there is maybe something I did but what I just can't figure it.

Well, good thing it happened anyway now that I really do want a regular visa.
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Originally Posted by Dharmicquester View Post Not obvious enough for me.

Not that there is maybe something I did but what I just can't figure it.
In #1 post, you linked to a regular online visa.

Check if your Credit Card was charged. And, how much !
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Yes that was it nycank!

Did not catch the distinction.
I clicked on the link at the bottom of the first page which to me looks the same as the eVisa system. But if I looked through my tunnel vision I would have seen the icons DO change, just not the FIRST one. ARgggg.

Also the URL changes:
Regular: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/Registration
eVisa: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/Registration

So of course, with the regular application there is no VISA payment asked for.

Thanks for the patience in guiding all who helped!

Now I guess the question is, how do you cancel the regular Visa application?

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