Landour Language School on a tourist visa?

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Hello!

I am currently in India, on a 1-year tourist visa. Arrived just a couple of days ago, so my visa is valid till June 2018 and I intend to make use of it.

Now, I recently found out about Landour Language School, in Mussoorie, and thought that spending 3 months there, starting this August, to learn Hindi (complete beginner) would be a nice way to spend those months and then resume my travelling around the country.

However, upon looking up some stuff on it, I came across this very disheartening news:
http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/utt...ms/167898.html

However, on LLS's website (http://landourlanguageschool.com/index.html) there is no mention whatsoever regarding visa requirements.
Not only that, but, after searching threads regarding LLS here in IM, I found no mention of the abovementioned case of foreign students' expulsion of the country.

I have just emailed LLS about it and am now awaiting their reply. Even still, I'd very much like to know if anyone around here has studied (or is studying) there and what their knowledge about this visa matter is.

Obviously, I don't want to get kicked out of India, but this news came as a huge bummer, as I was already pretty excited about spending those months in Mussoorie learning Hindi. I've always thought that taking classes in a language school like this wouldn't really count as "being in India for study", but...


Thanks in advance!

P.S.: Sorry if this is the wrong forum. Didn't know if I should post it in the Uttarakhand forum or in the Learning Languages forum...
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As an alternative: You could spend those three months at Auroville as a normal tourist, and attend classes at the Language Lab which follows the Tomatis method, if you know what that is (accelerated learning due to proper hearing).
http://www.aurovillelanguagelab.org/courses.php

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I am currently in India, on a 1-year tourist visa. Arrived just a couple of days ago, so my visa is valid till June 2018 and I intend to make use of it.
Just to make sure: you are aware that you need to leave the country within 180 days of the issuing date of the visa (or within 90 days, in case you have that limit indicated in your visa)?!
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Thanks for the suggestion, but I can't really see myself spending these months in the heat of Tamil Nadu. Plus, I'd rather learn Hindi in North India. Never heard of the Tomatis method, though. Sounds intriguing. I'll check it out anyway.

Well, my visa only says that registration is required after 180 days of continuous stay in India (and the Entry Card that I filled out on going through Immigration said the same), so it seems like it is possible to remain here for more than 180 continuous days, as long as I register before. Anyway, I'll probably make a short trip to Sri Lanka before that and then return to India (as my visa is multiple entry), so I don't think I'll have to worry about that.
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you have a tourist visa, isn't it, so you absolutely cannot stay longer than 180 days at one stretch.
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Then the writing on the visa is incredibly misleading (or just false, really). Not to mention that I specifically asked the embassy, when applying for the visa, for a one-year visa because I'd stay one year here and they were OK with it. But I know that often even the embassy staff isn't as knowledgeable as they should be...

Well, thanks for the heads up! I'll be sure to make that Sri Lanka trip before then.
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They just tell you gobar in order to get you out of their hair so be careful..
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LLS's principal replied to my email about this matter and told me that I was welcome to study there, that they have availability for me in August and that "Your visa situation is fine with us".

I didn't like that "with us" part, to be honest. Could that also be gobar? But isn't LLS a centenarian school with an excellent reputation?

I replied back to him, asking him if my visa situation was also fine with the FRO and I actually showed him the news piece I linked in the OP. Don't know if that was a good idea, as that may have embarrassed him, but I wanted to be very straightforward and have everything crystal clear, since, again, I'd love to go and study there, but I definitely don't want to risk breaking any laws and getting kicked out of the country.
The fact is, it's been a few days and he hasn't replied back yet, while he replied very swiftly to my first email...

I really don't know what to do now.
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If you don't want to break any laws then it is pretty clear that you can not study at LLS with a tourist visa.
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That is the unpleasant fact. The school will also tell you what is in their interest (surprise, surprise). You might even ask at a FRO to get an official if not always correct view. Generally, you can't change visas in country..
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Thanks for the replies!

Well, this is indeed an unpleasant and disappointing fact and sad to hear, but I won't risk it, if that's the case.
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My daughter just enjoyed two weeks of Hindi and Urdu classes at Landour Language School, and on a tourist visa. There was absolutely no problem.
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Good thing she didn't get caught although I doubt they would have had conniptions about a casual short term class as opposed to formal study. If she had overstayed her visa it would likely have been caught on departure. The issue is not with the school. Its with the GOI as is logical..
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Originally Posted by CEU View Post My daughter just enjoyed two weeks of Hindi and Urdu classes at Landour Language School, and on a tourist visa. There was absolutely no problem.
Just because she (and the School) did not comply, does not mean that it is permissible to do so !

It is a "no problem" till it becomes a problem !
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Single post member - with an opinion diverse from others and favouring the school!
Could be a covert promotion! Post stayed as benefit of doubt given!
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When I studied at Landour (granted it was like, 10 years ago) lots of the students were on tourist visas. I think it's fine.

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