Travelling with Foreign Spouse to India - super-confused!!!

#1 Dec 31st, 2010, 19:07
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Hello helpful people on Indiamike!

I have been readind up on all the threads with regard to PIO and X Visa for foreign spouse, but I am extremely confused, and can't seem to find a thread specific to our situation!

I am a bona fide Indian citizen, who has been living in Italy for the last year. (I retain my Indian passport, and have an Italian Residence Permit.) I married an Italian national in May, 2010 in India.
Our grand confusion right now is about the correct (and most effective/least hassle-ridden) travel document that he needs to visit India. We would like to travel there at least a couple of times a year.
At the moment, we have no plans of living there.

I know of both the X Visa and the PIO card (thanks to this forum and no thanks to the extremely unhelpful Indian embassy personnel and sparsely-furnished websites!).

So the confusion is this :
1. As the husband of an Indian citizen, can he apply directly for an X Visa? If so, would that be Multiple Entry, or is that at the discretion (whim ) of the issuing Consulate?

or

Would he have to apply for a normal Tourist Visa each time we want to travel to India?
I also know something about a new law that says that once one leaves the country, one cannot re-enter for 2 or 3 months...?

2. How long would we have to wait before he can apply for a PIO card? Everywhere on this forum, I read of a period of 1 year, however the (extremely hostile) person answering the phone at the Indian Embassy said TWO years! Could this be true?
If so, would it be more easy to get a Tourist Visa/X Visa (based on which is the better option), and then apply for the PIO card IN India once 1 year of marriage is up? Am I correct in understanding that it takes 1 year if you apply in India? Or does that depend on one's nationality? (Strange rules! )

Any information/suggestions or links to relevant articles would be extremely appreciated. I'm rather at my wits' end now!

Thank you ever so much, and wish you all a very happy and eventful New Year!
#2 Dec 31st, 2010, 19:28
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Originally Posted by ofnofixedaddress View Post 1. As the husband of an Indian citizen, can he apply directly for an X Visa? If so, would that be Multiple Entry, or is that at the discretion (whim ) of the issuing Consulate?

or

Would he have to apply for a normal Tourist Visa each time we want to travel to India?
I also know something about a new law that says that once one leaves the country, one cannot re-enter for 2 or 3 months...?
He can apply for X visa now and 1 year after marriage apply for PIO. X visa's are multiple entry and don't have the 2 month out restriction. No need for a Tourist visa once he has an X visa.

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2. How long would we have to wait before he can apply for a PIO card? Everywhere on this forum, I read of a period of 1 year, however the (extremely hostile) person answering the phone at the Indian Embassy said TWO years! Could this be true?
If so, would it be more easy to get a Tourist Visa/X Visa (based on which is the better option), and then apply for the PIO card IN India once 1 year of marriage is up? Am I correct in understanding that it takes 1 year if you apply in India? Or does that depend on one's nationality? (Strange rules! )
See above. 1 year is the normal time before you can apply for PIO card. Normally applying for PIO card in your current country is better, easier and faster.
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The one-year restriction is policy, not [published] rule. Two years has been heard of in some countries.

I think you have to be living in India to apply for PIO here.
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Thank you very much!

So if applying in country of current residence is easier, it means we would have to wait 2 years!
Rather strange, this 2 year rule (or policy) in Italy...

I just hope that the X Visa is not a long-winded or difficult process.

Thanks again and happy new year!
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Originally Posted by ofnofixedaddress View Post Thank you very much!

So if applying in country of current residence is easier, it means we would have to wait 2 years!
Rather strange, this 2 year rule (or policy) in Italy...

I just hope that the X Visa is not a long-winded or difficult process.

Thanks again and happy new year!
Is it written somewhere ? or is it verbal ? The PIO form at the Italian Embassy website seems to be a knockoff of UK form because there is a reference to British Home Office

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