Tourist Visa to India - Tips and FAQs

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Tourist Visa to India - Tips and FAQs

Getting a visa to India should be a fairly straightforward process, although some India Mikers have found it difficult. This article aims to answer some of the frequently asked questions about obtaining an Indian tourist visa.  ... read more »

#31 Jul 16th, 2013, 22:20
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Applying for visa in New York City

I hope this is the right thread for this question...

I live in New York and applied for a visa about one week ago. Although I live about twenty blocks from the consulate, they didn't have any available appointment slots within the time frame I needed so I applied by post. Since then I've been checking on the my application via the 'track your postal application' page on the visa site but I keep getting 'No records found'. Should I be worried? I'm trying not to be. I have a ticket to Mumbai for July 28.

Also, I wasn't able to print my application at the time and instead copied my web file reference number down by hand. Now I'm worried I made a mistake and copied down the wrong number. If there is anyone reading this who has applied for a online visa, can you please confirm how many characters are in your reference number? It should begin with "USA...", correct?

Thank you in advance for all your help!
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I started deleting references to VFS and Travisa from this article as recently I'd heard that all visa processes are being transferred to an Indian company, BLS.

IndiaMike thread about it -- Yuck, the 26 July 2013 post #25 is disheartening about the efficiency of BLS>
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How long is processing at bkk ?

That is, how long does the processing take at the Bangkok Visa Service Center? I don't see a post since 2007. Rumor has it that it's 7 days.

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Originally Posted by chagall View Post That is, how long does the processing take at the Bangkok Visa Service Center? I don't see a post since 2007. Rumor has it that it's 7 days.

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Maybe have a read here?

http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...kok-t46357/18/
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Expediting visa application (Washington, DC)

I submitted visa application last week to BLS India Visa Center (Washington, DC, office), which arrived Thursday morning at 10am, but apparently is not in the system yet. I am supposed to leave on September 1, and I am told only "it may be done on time, but it takes the time it will take."
Is there any way to expedite the process? It must be done by Friday, 30 Aug., for me to get visa on time. Any suggestions, beside keep praying, would be appreciated.
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Originally Posted by B-runner View Post Is there any way to expedite the process?

You could try a dharna on the sidewalk in front of the embassy, for example.
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beside keep praying, would be appreciated.
Odd, that temple outside Hyderabad that people go to for a US student visa. My neice swears by it (job in US & hubby shukrAllah). The rest of the family guffaws..
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proof of outgoing flight for someone seeking 2nd visa?

Thanks for information here. There is no mention of the requirement for proof of an ongoing flight out of India.

Could I ask for comments and information about this. I will not have a flight booked for leaving India.

Wouldn't they be willing to accept the line that I am not sure yet of where I wish to travel to after India ....?

(I have been in southern India for nearly 6 months and want to go to Bangkok for another 6 month visa. I am planning to buy a return flight from Kochi. )

Many thanks in advance for any assistance.
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The Immigration Department officials in India almost never ask for onward flights as, officially, you don't need one.

But many Indian Embassies and Consulates now insist on this as part of the visa application process, and there are even some airlines which can be reluctant to let people board a flight to India unless they have a flight out again.
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Spelling mistake in visa application - help!

I have filled in the online application and printed it - only to discover there is a typo in my middle name :/ I'm sure this may effect my visa application as it does not match my passport. I have not submitted this to an indian visa application office or by post yet.

Is it possible to start from scratch and create and print another online application form using the same details?

Thanks
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You are fine to start over again. It is best to get the name exactly right and exactly as it appears on your passport.
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If you are submitting in person, I would have thought this could be dealt with then?
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I had posted that I was going to volunteer at a few homestay type of places and someone mentioned that I could not do this on a tourist visa? When in contact with the homestays (multiple) via workaway there was no mention that I would need a different type of visa. I will not be getting paid for anything I do...

let me know your thoughts
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Originally Posted by Sweetmurry View Post I had posted that I was going to volunteer at a few homestay type of places and someone mentioned that I could not do this on a tourist visa? When in contact with the homestays (multiple) via workaway there was no mention that I would need a different type of visa. I will not be getting paid for anything I do...

let me know your thoughts
Where had you posted this? What homestays are you referring to? What is "workaway"?

Pretty sure others are as confused as I am?

If you are actually discussing India (this forum), voluntary work for a worthwhile charity requires an employment visa, and you certainly do not get paid! You cannot do ANY WORK on a tourist visa to India................. zero.

OOps, forgot......... flowery Namaste to you too

(and try to ignore things you hear, or are mentioned, there are a lot of people talking cr@p out there!)
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Originally Posted by johnny five View Post Where had you posted this? What homestays are you referring to? What is "workaway"?

Pretty sure others are as confused as I am?

If you are actually discussing India (this forum), voluntary work for a worthwhile charity requires an employment visa, and you certainly do not get paid! You cannot do ANY WORK on a tourist visa to India................. zero.

OOps, forgot......... flowery Namaste to you too

(and try to ignore things you hear, or are mentioned, there are a lot of people talking cr@p out there!)

I'm not sure what is so confusing about my post and I certainly am discussing my trip to India.

workaway is a site that connects people for homestays all around the world and of course in India! Its very well known.

I will not be working in India I will be volunteering at different places in exchange for my room and board and in some cases it includes meals.

Alot of these places are "mom and pop" type of places and small. There is a large number of people using this method and they post about their experiences and what they thought of it.

What made me question the visa is that I will be volunteering 50% of the time and the rest being a silly white tourist
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