Is category change from "tourist to enrty visa" possible from CGI, Toronto?

#1 Jun 15th, 2010, 02:43
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Hi

I am a Canadian citizen of Indian origin. I have 5 years multiple entry tourist visa.

I wanted to stay India for 1 year but failed to get extension from FRRO or MHA as its not possible on tourist catgeory and they asked to change the category as X (entry visa)from CGI,Toronto.

Now I'll go back within 180 days period allowed in tourist visa but to avoid 2 months gap for next visit I want to change visa as entry visa.
I called CGI, Toronto but to my surprise they informed me its not possible until my current visa expires.

Is such category change allowed?
If yes, I(f I come back with new X visa after just 10-15 days, will I be safe from 2 months gap rule as its only for tourist visa?

Any advise will be highly appreciated.

Divya
#2 Jun 15th, 2010, 02:53
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Originally Posted by IndoCanadian View Post to avoid 2 months gap for next visit I want to change visa as entry visa.
I called CGI, Toronto but to my surprise they informed me its not possible until my current visa expires.

Is such category change allowed?
No, they cannot do that.
What they could do is cancel your existing tourist visa and issue a new entry visa, but if they are refusing to do that, obviously it's not an option.

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If I come back with new X visa after just 10-15 days, will I be safe from 2 months gap rule as its only for tourist visa?
Yes.

However, entry visas for people of Indian origins are currently subject to massive delays, so you may end up waiting two months anyway.

If I were you I'd stop thinking about visas and apply for OCI, that way you wouldn't ever need to worry about Indian visas, you'd have the right to enter India without a visa and stay for for as long as you want.
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