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Sorry if this is already answered somewhere. I am Canadian living in India (on a student visa) with my Indian husband. We have not been married for 1 yr yet, so I can not apply for PIO, so I want to apply for x visa.

Question: Do I have to apply for x visa in my home country or will neighboring countries such as Nepal, sri lanka, or Thailand grant it? Thankyou!
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Hi Leanne,

It may be worth applying in India. It is still possible for tourists to convert their visas to X-visas having married whilst in India on the tourist visa. It's worth a shot.

http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingm...a-Marriage.htm

Fill in this form: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/new_applicaton_form_visa.pdf and head to your nearest FRRO. They'll refer it to the Ministry of Home Affairs head office.
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Originally Posted by DrRudi View Post Hi Leanne,

It may be worth applying in India. It is still possible for tourists to convert their visas to X-visas having married whilst in India on the tourist visa. It's worth a shot.

http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingm...a-Marriage.htm

Fill in this form: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/new_applicaton_form_visa.pdf and head to your nearest FRRO. They'll refer it to the Ministry of Home Affairs head office.
Thanks! As far as I know (someone I know tried) my local FRO can't do it as I am in a slightly remote area. Can I do it in Delhi?

Still wondering if the X visa can be obtained in neighboring countries, as we may be going there anyway for a holiday and it might be easier than doing the conversion?
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Originally Posted by leanne88 View Post Thanks! As far as I know (someone I know tried) my local FRO can't do it as I am in a slightly remote area. Can I do it in Delhi?
Your FRRO will refer it to the MHA. The address in Delhi is on the top of the form.
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Originally Posted by leanne88 View Post Sorry if this is already answered somewhere. I am Canadian living in India (on a student visa) with my Indian husband. We have not been married for 1 yr yet, so I can not apply for PIO, so I want to apply for x visa.

Question: Do I have to apply for x visa in my home country or will neighboring countries such as Nepal, sri lanka, or Thailand grant it? Thankyou!
Smart as you are (being a student) you omitted to mention where in India you reside; and when does (or did) your student visa expire ? If you are closer to one year, try applying for a PIO ?
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Smart as you are (being a student) you omitted to mention where in India you reside; and when does (or did) your student visa expire ? If you are closer to one year, try applying for a PIO ?
I live in Gaya, Bihar and we got married at the end of September last year. My Visa expires at the beginning of June, which is why I ruled out the PIO application as we wont yet have the 1 yr requirement behind us. Am I correct?

Still wondering also about my original question:

Will neighboring countries issue an X visa (namely Thailand, Sri Lanka, or Nepal) or do I have to go to my home country? Thanks!
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T visas can be converted to X visa post marriage and is commonly done in many areas. No need to go out of the country for that.
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Originally Posted by leanne88 View Post Still wondering if the X visa can be obtained in neighboring countries, as we may be going there anyway for a holiday and it might be easier than doing the conversion?
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Originally Posted by leanne88 View Post Still wondering also about my original question:
Will neighboring countries issue an X visa (namely Thailand, Sri Lanka, or Nepal) or do I have to go to my home country?
Neighbouring countries (Sri Lanka it would appear) will issue an Entry Visa. But it will not be easier, and it will cost more.

You want to take all of your husband's proof of residence and nationality with you? You want to take your wedding certificate with you? It will cost more because they will do all their checking by facsimile (or at least, that's what they'll call the charge).

http://www.vfs-in-lk.com/entryvisa.html for instance.

But there is no need - do it in India - and then go on holiday.
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Thanks to everyone who takes time to reply to these posts! It's so helpful. I may try the conversion as you are all recommending. I am so thankful to the Indian government for giving us this option to stay in the country without having to leave our spouse to get a visa. My husband was just denied a simple tourist visa to Canada to visit my family with me because they didn't believe him that he would leave the country after his visit. Thanks for all you help.
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By the way, next year when you go back to Canada to apply for your PIO (unless you want to brave the offices doing it here) -- I was able to do it using copies of all relevant docs. My husband didn't go with me to the US the last time I had to do something with my PIO card, so we got his passport and several other docs from the consulate checklist photocopied and signed and stamped by a gazetted officer, and the Indian consulate in NY had no problem with those.
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Originally Posted by leanne88 View Post I live in Gaya, Bihar and we got married at the end of September last year. My Visa expires at the beginning of June, which is why I ruled out the PIO application as we wont yet have the 1 yr requirement behind us. Am I correct?

Still wondering also about my original question:

Will neighboring countries issue an X visa (namely Thailand, Sri Lanka, or Nepal) or do I have to go to my home country? Thanks!
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Originally Posted by leanne88 View Post My husband was just denied a simple tourist visa to Canada to visit my family with me because they didn't believe him that he would leave the country after his visit. Thanks for all you help.
Last things first. You being a student, and no visible source of income, your husband was suspected to be a visa overstayer. Statistically, the odds tend to be higher in the lower educational & SEG, in the estimate of Consul Officers.

Finally, ask for a student visa extension by going to your University's registrar. It is a deems University, right ? If not, file for a change of status right away. Expiry in June, you should be asking the University for a letter about now;

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