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#76 Sep 8th, 2011, 21:17
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appearently it seems that a huge amount of dutch people are travelling to india this year, but i can't find anyone who's been getting a 6 month TV visa.

Would it be cos of the new consular, is he really strict or is there something else happening?

apart from all the extra paperwork and stuff i will need to sign in it seem like i will have to get really lucky to be getting my visa for 6 months this year..

in any case what would be an legitable reason to stay for a whole 6 months?

i can write up a whole travel innitiary for 6 month, which i won't do - but would that be enough?

or can i write the truth that i will go to this and that community to learn stuff about organic food crops and sustainability and live in my favorite places?

anyone with a great mind and or advice is a great welcome!!

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How about getting info on volunteer work and having that as a reason? Or for religious reason, say you want to study yoga, or medicine or whatever.

Once you are in, you are in.

I hear you will be requested for an interview by the embassey themselves for a 6 month visa...so if you go in, looking clean cut that will improve your chances.
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I can't advise you on how to get a 6 month tourist visa, but when I read your post and the reply I thought the following:

I would advise you to only say something about "research" or "learning stuff" or "volunteering" in your application if you have letters or other documents that can be used to back up your story. A letter of invitation and such like will be necessary. In that case you cannot apply for a tourst visa, but you will have to apply for another type of visa.

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Originally Posted by kokopelli View Post appearently it seems that a huge amount of dutch people are travelling to india this year, but i can't find anyone who's been getting a 6 month TV visa.
All I can tell you (sorry, I don't have much time right now) is these past two years when I was looking into it, a 3-month (or was it 2-month, even? I forget) tourist visa in NL would seem to be standard yes.

You could then still get a 6-month visa, but would have to go over to the embassy in The Hague to explain what you were planning to do for as long. (I wouldn't expect this to be super-complicated, but, well, you'd presumably need to come up with some story.)

How it's developed since, I really can't tell you. The Dutch visa services (at least the Amsterdam one, at Zeeburgerpad, or thereabouts. Veemarkt?)* are quite accessible btw, they're friendly folks, you can just discuss and weigh your various options with them.

* This is in Amsterdam-East, it's not central but not that far from the center. A quick web search now would suggest however it's been all changed around again &*^, and so I have no idea on it. Nor on what personnel will treat you like. Those former folks would be really good and easy. They of course can't help you to things that aren't allowed; but would otherwise just treat you like the normal person that you are. Unlike the Indian embassy personnel before that you'd need to deal with say a decade or two ago, btw, they don't take, er, any shit. So no "yes but what if," either. So just a word of caution: I wouldn't expect them to do so today, either.
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Thanks for the reply folks!

>> volunteering does require another type of visa these days, and getting a letter of invitation from where i'm going.. they won't have any i m sure.

how does a course fit in there? is it possible to follow a course on a TV, for instance yoga or music, paragliding..?

>> the folks behind the counter doin the visa issueing (not the embassy)
they rather don't do too much and just tell you it will be very difficult. they are overly busy.. (like always)

then it seems that they don't do interviews any longer at the embassy in the hague.
wonder how it goes then.

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Koko, check who currently runs these things.

Then if that Amsterdam gang still runs it, just speak to them. They'll be open to speaking with you, and won't be treating you like a potential criminal if you have some non-ordinary wishes. They're OK folks.
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What happened to the 5-year visas for Schengen counties (OK they were 90 day stay)

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You need something official I think. I went with a 6 month visa request 2 years ago, with an invitation letter from friends, but the embassy were sure I was planning to work instead, so they gave me a 1 month visa only. Rather shocking.

Your visiting for learning purposes can be seen as business, etc. If you go for a course, it has to be something that seems serious and full time. For everything else you need invitation letters too, and proof that you are doing what you say you are doing.

Can you use something professional that you are doing in the Netherlands and get invitation letters connected to that from India? This may get you business visa.
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Pfff... (and that's a crazy story just there, Mishka, just above), Indian tourist visa regulations in the Netherlands not getting any easier, it seems.

Was just checking on something else. Current regulations (site still in Dutch only for some silly reason, it looks like. They actually do link on to some online application affair of theirs at https://www.visumonline.nl/ that offers an English button at top right, one might see what information is there), http://www.visum.nl/india-info.htm, some personal thoughts by yours truly in italicized square brackets. This is of course just our visa service btw, handling it for the Indian embassy, they can't help it, either:

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Visa Requirements

Tourist Single Entry 3 months
[There's mention of Tourist Single Entry 6 months and Tourist Double Entry 3 months, but those don't link on to anywhere, nor do they receive any further stipulations. Has one wonder.]

Processing time: 3-4 days, depending on visa type [those would no doubt be working days btw, in case it needs saying. So weekdays, in this case.]

Requirements "Tourist Single Entry 3 months":

1 print-out of your ONLINE application form

2 identical full-color passport photos, size 5 x 5 cm. Other sizes mean your application will be refused!!!!!! [Hm, well, grumph. I'd only caught this new silly stipulation on this board from Britain -- I think it was -- so far, where it seems to cause much nuisance. The Dutch visa service actually goes so far as to kindly provide a list of photo shops where you can get such at all! Following that link btw, I guess it may be now required for other countries as well, so perhaps internationally required, or something.]

Original passport, valid for 6 months at time of application, needs to contain two adjacent empty pages.

Booking confirmation. [Flight, one presumes. This was never the case here before.]

Employer's statement in English using company letter stating purpose of travel is tourism. [This is new, as well.]

The self-employed need to provide a copy of their enlistment with the Chamber of Commerce, plus bank statement. [That should be fun to many such here, since being enlisted with them is not a requirement to many. So now you have neither that, nor an employer's statement.]

Undertaking [self-signed letter saying you won't be doing anything naughty such as working or commercial photography etc. in India, downloadable there.]

Students must provide letter in English by their educational institution affirming their enlistment with them, plus bank statement.

The unemployed (including housewives), pensioners and those receiving social security [welfare] need to supply a bank statement showing their income.

Note !

Media related professionals,* journalists, and police or army personnel wishing to travel on a tourist visa:

In addition to the above, the following documents need to be supplied with one's visa application:

Employer's letter outlining purpose of visit

Said "undertaking" [again]

Police and army personnel must provide a signed employer's statement that the journey will be touristic in nature only, and that no sort of professional activities will be undertaken in India.

* Publishers, writers, photographers, editors, advertizing professionals, printers [!], i.e., all professions that have anything whatsoever to do with the media. [!] Little broadly defined, you'd think. I guess btw many of those mentioned will be freelancers, i.e., self-employed, so now revert to the above double-bind. So much for modern flexwork, I guess. One does in the meantime wonder how the one employer's statement and its intent essentially differs from the other.]

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Costs btw, apparently currently € 64.50 for the standard tourist deal.

Well, up till the next instalment. One hears Indonesia's nice
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Even if in Thailand the visa free entry lne is 1.5 hours long, it still beats getting a visa in the Netherlands.

This year we passed Thai immigration in seven minutes....

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No, it's not getting any easier (same for BV btw). As for the passport photo's: Indian Visa Services in The Hague has a small photo booth inside where you can have this peculiar size of photo's made (suppose the one in Amsterdam will have it as well) for 6 Euro's or so.

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Originally Posted by a_f_d View Post What happened to the 5-year visas for Schengen counties (OK they were 90 day stay)
I know a few Germans who managed to get 5-year visas in the past (not recently, though). I have no idea how on earth they managed to do that. I have not heard of citizens of any other Schengen country who can get 5-year visas.
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In the Netherlands, more than 180 days has never been the case, no; or not that I'm aware of, and since I've had to deal with it (early 1990's).

I think Germany is already pretty unique in the EU for giving out longer ones (up to a year, you and I recently heard or discussed, Wildhorse?); there could be another country or two here where the Indian embassy does similar. (And I guess the British may receive longer ones? Up to one or five years or so, is that correct? To avoid all confusion btw and to those who read about this stuff for the first time, that will rarely if ever allow you to stay for longer than 180 days on any touristic visit. After which, typically and today, you'll need to stay out for two months between such visits. So the difference is you just don't have to apply for a new one each time, within its period of validity.)

--> Come to think of it, AFD's comment rings the vaguest of bells now. It's possible there was once talk, a few years ago, of allowing lengthier visas to some nationalities, e.g. Schengen ones, that's possible, but then of a more limited duration per visit.

Can't say I heard of it since. Maybe that got replaced by this fairly recent business of visa-on-arrival for some nationalities, but then for limited stays again.
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About the special photo size.. you can go to a normal photograph shop and tell them that you need aan 5 by 5 photo with a white background.. just got mine taken !
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Originally Posted by machadinha View Post [Dutch Visum Bureau] site still in Dutch only for some silly reason, it looks like. They actually do link on to some online application affair of theirs at https://www.visumonline.nl/ that offers an English button at top right, one might see what information is there), http://www.visum.nl/india-info.htm, ...
I must have been overlooking it all this time; or it's been newly introduced; or it's arguably a non-intuitive little button that's easy to miss, and not available on all their pages (and significantly, not on their home page): But this Dutch Visa Bureau actually has some information up in both English and French.

Doesn't look like it leads you much further when getting down to the details of e.g. India visa applications, but, well. For the sake of completeness.
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