Getting an Indian visa in the U.S.

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I have a Canadian friend in California who is trying to get a a visa for India...

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"They are actually telling me I CAN'T even apply for an Indian visa because I have no proof that I am a permanent US citizen..."

So the question is... If I as a Canadian can get a visa for Cambodia in Bangkok the same day, why can't anyone from any country in the world get a Indian visa from any Embassy in the world?
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Nameste, unless you are in San Francisco where you can walk into the consulate and pick up a visa same day the only way to get one is by mailing your passport and application to San Francisco Consulate. Google the info and download an application, send it in with a prepaid stamped envelope and your visa will arrive in about 2 weeks. Happy trails
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Originally Posted by michael sunkist View Post Nameste, unless you are in San Francisco where you can walk into the consulate and pick up a visa same day the only way to get one is by mailing your passport and application to San Francisco Consulate. Google the info and download an application, send it in with a prepaid stamped envelope and your visa will arrive in about 2 weeks. Happy trails
This whole procedure was followed by my friend - They told her she had to apply in Canada.
Sorry you did not read the post correctly.
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I agree, it seems like you should be able to get an India Visa from any India consulate in the world. What they cannot get is a USA India Visa without having a US passport. The Visa would be based on being from Canada with a Canadian Passport.

I looked at the US Visa application form for applying for a Visa in the US and there seems to be a place to put in you where you live & where you were born.

See what you think.

https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing...plication.html

Otherwise I would suggest doing it by mail with the Canadian India consulate.
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This is the latest info:

"If you do not have a current address in the US, then you will need to apply for it in your home country. You have to be in our jurisdiction, in order to apply. It can take sometimes up to a couple of weeks. We are not able to expedite anything on a Non US passport." ?????

seems bizarre
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A visa is not just something you buy, like a ticket, even though payment is involved. They have to check your name against a list of people they don't want, before they issue a permission to enter India.

If the applicant is resident in the US (green card), the US consulates should issue visas. If not, then the application has to be referred to a consulate in the country of citizenship (Canada), because that's where they keep the files on Canadians who might be convicts or journalists or prostitutes or anthropologists or otherwise undesirable. There is no common database. I agree that there should be a common database, but yehi hai India.

I am not sure but I don't think the application has to necessarily be submitted in Canada. They should accept the application in the US but then mail it to Canada, entailing a several-week delay plus extra fees. It may be faster to send it to Ottawa by Fedex with a Fedex prepaid return label.
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I think both the USA & India are making this process more complicated than should be... STAMP ON ARRIVAL - thank you.

Canadians have an easier time getting into Cuba, Americans - oh well... LOL
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RPG is correct which is why they generally never give it to you on the spot. It still needs to be a dropped off (passport, forms, photos) & pick-up passport with glued in Visa either later in the day or next day or even a couple of days.

India has always been extreme about it's Visa's. It used to even be worse before computers & now they have a good outsourcing visa system.

What I cannot understand is why your friend cannot drop off her Canadian passport with the forms filled out--as a Canadian & pick it up another day with the Visa. She cannot (as I said before) expect to get a Visa for a US citizen (which is different & has different prices & types & stay limits) but she should certainly be able to get one as a Canadian using an address in Canada.


Just what kind of Visa is she trying for? Visas are country specific, citizen specific but I don't think the location where you get it specific. I've gotten an India visa in other countries in the past.

Oh yeah, about Cuba--hope our new & intelligent Prez-Elect will see the idiocy of that policy & let us go there!! My very first passport (1970) had as part of the passport itself that we could not got to: Mainland China, North Korea, Cuba, North Vietnam. I automatically want to go everywhere anyone says I can't! Though I currently have no interest in North Korea--too weird!
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a simple tourist visa - She is in LA, not in San Francisco or Ottawa where the embassies are located.
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So I'm not clear what status your friend has in the US. I was an Australian in the US (LA) with an O1 visa and had no trouble obtaining various Indian visas from the San Fran office both by mail and in person. But I was a resident (not permanent). I didn't think you had to be a citizen or permanent resident... just prove your status in the US. They have visa 'camps' once a month in LA from the San Fran office she could go to and perhaps they could advise her.
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Originally Posted by altmtl View Post I have a Canadian friend in California who is trying to get a a visa for India...

She wrote:

"They are actually telling me I CAN'T even apply for an Indian visa because I have no proof that I am a permanent US citizen..."

So the question is... If I as a Canadian can get a visa for Cambodia in Bangkok the same day, why can't anyone from any country in the world get a Indian visa from any Embassy in the world?
Was your friend able to get a visa in Cambodia? I am in the same situation - am Canadian and going to Cambodia & no time to apply for Indian Visa before I leave
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Originally Posted by Rahima View Post Was your friend able to get a visa in Cambodia?
Altmtl said that he is able to get a "visa for Cambodia in Bangkok" not "Visa for India in Cambodia"
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