Consulate General of India
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|Visa Services - Frequently Asked Questions|
Do I need a visa to go to India?
Yes, all foreigners need a visa to enter India.
Can I get a visa on arrival to enter India?
No, you must obtain a visa before taking a flight to India. You cannot obtain a visa on arrival in India.
I want to visit India for tourism/to attend a friend's marriage/ to meet my friends. Which visa should I apply for?
You apply for a tourist visa. Tourist visa is non-extendable and cannot be converted into any other type of visa. Tourist Visa holders must ensure that there is a gap of 2 months between journeys to India. In case they want to visit India before 2 months gap, they will be required to take permission of Consulate.
Can I study in India?
Can I work in India?
I am a person of Indian origin but a foreign passport holder now. Can I apply for a 1 year or more tourist visa?
I travel to India frequently for business meetings/to explore opportunities for partnerships with Indian companies. Which visa should I apply for?
You may apply for a business visa valid for multiple entries for either six months or one year along with the requisite documents as per the checklist. Kindly note that a Business Visa does not permit you to work in India. In case you wish to work in India, you should apply for an Employment Visa.
I am a Canadian national and I go for one or two months every year for tourism. Which visa should I apply for?
I will be changing flights/airports in India to travel to my final destination (say Nepal, Thailand etc.) Do I need a visa to change flights/airport terminals?
I have to participate in a Conference/Seminar/Workshop in India. Which visa should I apply for?
You should apply for a Conference Visa to enable you to participate in the Conference/Seminar/ Workshop along with invitation letter, details of the Conference etc. Clearance from the competent authority in India is required.
I will travel at a much later date. Can my visa be issued to coincide with the date of travel?
I have to go for internship/training in a university/institute/company in India for a short period. Which visa should I apply for?
You should apply for an entry visa along with a copy of the offer letter stating the terms of internship. You may also be required to submit a copy of the inter-university student exchange agreement if the proposed internship is a component of such an agreement. You would be required to submit proof of financial standing to support your stay in India. If you receive any monetary compensation/salary from the Indian organization, you will have to apply for a business visa.
I will be going to India for work/employment along with my family. Which visa should I apply for? Would my children be able to study in India?
You must apply for an employment visa along with the requisite documents. Once your visa application is approved, your spouse and children may apply for entry visas in case they are accompanying you on your stay in India. Your children will be able to secure admission in schools/colleges in India once they have been granted entry visas. Kindly note that you have to undergo mandatory registration formalities at the nearest office of the FRRO/FRO within 14 days of your arrival in India if you are planning to stay in the country for a period longer than 180 days.
I will be studying in India for one semester/trimester in an IIT/IIM/IISc/Indian university. Which visa should I apply for?
I have to travel to India on an emergency. Is there any extra charge for the same?
I had applied for a visa for India but I have changed my mind about visiting the country. Can I claim a refund of the visa fee?
Do I need a visa for my pet who is accompanying me on my visit to India?
My application and passport have been submitted and it has been a while, how can I enquire about the status of my application?
How do I know when my passport is ready for collection from the Indian Consular Services in Canada?
Can I collect my passport from the Consulate General in Toronto?
Do I have to submit my passport and visa application with the India Consular Services only?
Will I be allowed to carry liquor to India?
Do all the applicants need to be present at the time of submitting an application?
Will the visa and service fee courier service fees be refunded?
I wish to visit certain areas in India like Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Nagaland etc. Can I obtain a visa to visit these areas?