Thanks for that information. I want to live in India. I will be living in a temple in Mathura district. I have a letter of invitation to remain there indefinitely. So will they give me a visa for this in the UK?No.
I have an English friend who recently got a 5 year visa granted in THAILAND, is this feasible?An Indian visa? That would be rather surprising to say the least; is this hearsay or have you actually seen it? What type of visa is it, and are they of Indian origins?
Im a British citizen.But what is your ancestry? It could make the difference between being able to visit India for up to 15 years at a time or even forever, without needing a visa, and being given only a three month singe entry visa and having to give an itinerary in advance and register your presence in each city on arrival.
its more or less hearsay about the thailand one...Then frankly I would not give that story too much credibility. There are plenty of stories like that kicking around, but never by anyone who actually has one themself.
Im British born and bred caucasian no Indian heritage.Oh well, just a thought.
Is there a 5 year tourist visa for British?Absolutely not.
Can I even get a one year tourist visa??You can easily get a six month tourist visa. You can apply for a one year tourist visa, but you might only get six months. If they only give you six months, you don't get a refund.
Is there a 5 year tourist visa for British? Can I even get a one year tourist visa??Have you done your basic homework on this one? Essentially, the visa types specified on the VFS site, and the durations, and entitlements are what is available.
Haylo (or anyone!)... do you know if visas for volunteers are issued for longer than 180-day stays?Volunteers can apply for Entry Visas, which as you know is a visa type which can be issued for varying durations at the discretion of the visa officers at the Indian High Commission; these volunteer entry visas can be used for stays in India for over 180 days, as long as registration is done at the FRO / FRRO.
If I do get a one yr tourist visa, can I leave the country via Nepal then back in the next dayYes. Subject of course to the usual caveat about entry into India always being at the whim of the immigration officer. Might be better to make it a few days just in case.
Oh and can I renew or extend a tourist visa in IndiaOnly for a few weeks, and even then only in cases of genuine emergency such as breaking both legs or similar.
or do you have to return to the UKYou can apply for a new visa in a nearby country, but you may only get three months or even a refusal if you apply straight away after an existing Indian visa has expired, especially if it is a second "renewal".
Volunteers can apply for Entry Visas, which as you know is a visa type which can be issued for varying durations at the discretion of the visa officers at the Indian High Commission; these volunteer entry visas can be used for stays in India for over 180 days, as long as registration is done at the FRO / FRRO.OK... Maybe how much weight this letter of invitation would carry might depend on the institution that issued it?
Having said that, I very much doubt that the visa authorities could be persuaded to view going to live in a temple as "volunteering", even if the intention is that good works are to be done during that time.
hmmm...thanks a lot, one last question. If I do get a one yr tourist visa, can I leave the country via Nepal then back in the next day (regarding the 180 rule) . I have heard that people do this legitimately.You can renew in another nearby country, but there is increasing disinclination to grant back-to-back visas to those who are using them to live in India. You may be given less than six months, you may be refused.
Sorry... don't see a way to do what you want to do.Nor me.
BTW thats not actually me in the photo....I'll let you into a bit of a secret, that's not me in my photo either...