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New Indian Tourist Visa Rules Clarified by Indian Government

By January 2, 2010

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At last, the Indian government has released official clarification regarding the much talked about new rule for Indian tourist visas, which requires a two month gap between visits to India.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has confirmed that the new rule will apply to ALL categories of tourist visas, not just long term five and 10 year tourist visas. However, tourists who have documentation to prove that they're using India as a base to visit neighboring countries as part of their holiday, can enter India up to three times without being subjected to the two month gap in between.

The new regulations also require frequent applications for tourist visas, within one month of visa expiry, to be referred to the Ministry of Home Affairs for clearance.

According to the Indian government, these strict measures have been introduced to curb misuse of tourist visas in India.

For detailed information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions About Tourist Visas on the Ministry of Home Affairs website.

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April 23, 2010 at 11:58 pm
(1) B C Mondal says:

“My cousin had a contact with a Philipino girl. The girl has arrived in India with a tourist visa few months back. My cousin has got married with the girl in a private marriage organization.”

Q.1 Is it possible for a foreign national to get marry with an Indian national coming on tourist visa ?

Q.2 How long tourist visa can be extended and what are the charges ?

Q.3 Is any legal action can be taken against the girl or my cousin by their parents ?

April 24, 2010 at 2:16 am
(2) goindia says:

Hi BC, here are the answers to your questions to the best of my knowledge:

1) Yes, it is legal and possible for a foreigner to get married to an Indian in India on a tourist visa. However, the marriage must be a civil (registry) marriage that’s performed and registered at the marriage registry office in the district that the couple resides in. The law governing the marriage between foreigners and Indian nationals is Special Marriages Act. It contains more details about that. I’m not sure what you mean by a private marriage organization. Could you please elaborate? The marriage won’t be considered legitimate for legal/visa purposes unless it was carried out according to the requirements of the Special Marriages Act., and the couple has a marriage certificate from the registry office.

2) A tourist visa can only be extended, on the basis or marriage, by visiting the Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigner’s Division) in Jaisalmer House Delhi. It’s a long and time consuming process though. The Ministry will give a sealed envelope containing instructions, and the couple will have to take the envelope to the FRRO (foreigner’s regional registration office) in the area in which they live. The instructions will give permission to extend the tourist visa for 3 months. The couple must apply to convert her tourist visa to an X (Entry) type visa. A police investigation will be carried out — police will come to the couple’s home to make sure they are living as husband and wife. If possible, it’s much easier to just leave India and apply for an X visa in another country. The main document that will be required in this whole process is the marriage certificate, hence the need to get it from the marriage registry office.

3) If both your cousin and his wife are of legal marriageable age, then no action can be taken by family members.

May 12, 2010 at 8:28 am
(3) Krishnakumar KA says:

Ms.Sharell,

Here I am having few queries. Its no where related to Visa.

1. If she is a Separated Filipina, will legal marriage will possible in India?
2. If a separated Filipina marrying an Indian in India will it bring any adverse action from Philippines Govt.?

Regards,
Krishnakumar

May 13, 2010 at 1:52 am
(4) goindia says:

Dear Krishnakumar, legal marriage will not be possible unless she is divorced, and has a divorce certificate issued by a court in the Philippines as evidence. If she’s divorced, a legal marriage will be possible in India, at the marriage registry office in your locality.

May 24, 2010 at 4:37 pm
(5) CAROLINE LESTER says:

Are you able to clarify the ‘new’ rules which are due on 1st June re Indian Tourist visas ?
Thank you

May 25, 2010 at 2:06 am
(6) goindia says:

Hi Caroline, I haven’t heard anything about those “new” rules. Where did you find out about them. Sounds interesting!

June 3, 2010 at 11:11 am
(7) Megha says:

Hi !
I would like to know that my friend , he is a Norway citizen , applied for indian tourist visa through a visa agency located in oslo , he is staying at kopervik , he applied by post and send his document on 26th april . Still he has no news about it . I would like to know that , how visa agency works , within how many days he’ll get information ?

June 4, 2010 at 12:14 am
(8) goindia says:

Hi Megha, it’s impossible to say because every place is different. He should follow the matter up with the visa agency. For sure, he should’ve heard something by now!

June 3, 2010 at 1:15 pm
(9) Subhajit says:

Hi …can anyone help me out?…I am 21 years old..and my girlfriend is 19 years old..And now due to some family problem,,,we decided to marry..But through net i came to know that “signature of one or two people who knows me…as eye witness during marriage registration according to hindu marriage act.”but we want to get married hiding it from our family,..it is thus impossible to get eye witness..my question is how can i do the marriage registration ? i would like you to know that we are both agree to do get married,,,and we are both hindu…is it possible to do marriage registration without our family member’s signature ????please help me out..please..

June 4, 2010 at 12:16 am
(10) goindia says:

Hi Subhajit, it doesn’t have to be a family member who signs. It could be a friend instead. Hopefully you have some friends that you could trust about this?

June 9, 2010 at 2:01 am
(11) Robin says:

Dear Sir,

I want to know one thing about canada tourist visa. If suppose i goes to canadathrough tourist visa then i got the job from canada within few days. So after can i extend my visa or this is legel during tourist visa i did any type of work in canada.

June 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm
(12) goindia says:

Hi Robin, I’m sorry I don’t know anything about Canadian tourist visas. This website is only about India travel. If you go over to About.com’s Canada Travel website, Jane should be able to help you. http://gocanada.about.com/

June 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm
(13) A S K says:

Hi … I am a South African citizen with a valid 10 year passport.
I plan to travel to india end-June as a tourist. I plan to be in Surat
district for close to 4 months. Can you please assist me with the following:-
1) I believe a S A citizen is allowed a tourist visa to India for
maximum 6 months. If I need to stay longer, can I extend the visa?
If possible,for how much longer? What will it cost? Where?
2) I would like to travel out of India to Oman from Aug to Sept (2 months).
Is that possible? Where do I apply for a visa in India?
3) I am 58 yrs old and healthy. I wish also to travel a bit around north India
and would like to know if there are BackPackers to join.
Thanx – and please forgive the long “Comment”.

June 15, 2010 at 7:55 am
(14) goindia says:

Hi ASK,

Tourist visas aren’t extendable in India. You would need to leave India and apply for a new visa. However, with the current new visa rules, you need to remain out of India for 2 months if you depart India on a multiple entry tourist visa. This is even the case if you apply for a new tourist visa, unfortunately. It is possible for you to travel to Oman and back to India on the same Indian tourist visa, as long as you have a two month gap in Oman (or somewhere), which it looks like you’re planning on doing. The problem might however be getting a 2 month visa for Oman. I don’t know a lot about Oman visas but it seems tourist visa are commonly issued for 30 days only. You should check about this at the Oman Embassy (Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman, Pretoria, South Africa: +27 (0)12 346 4429).

As for backpacking, you’ll find that India doesn’t really have any backpacker’s hotels that you can join — rather it has plenty of cheap hotels and guesthouses where backpackers stay. Buy yourself a copy of Lonely Plant guide to India and it will direct you to where the backpackers are. :-)

June 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm
(15) Vikram says:

Hi,

I am an Indian and my girlfriend is English. Is it easier to get married in UK and settle down there or is it easier that first we get married in India and then settle down in UK?

June 21, 2010 at 1:38 am
(16) goindia says:

Hi Vikram, if you already have a visa for the UK, it would be easier for you to get married there and settle down. Otherwise, it’s probably easier to marry in India first — but I don’t know much about immigration procedures for the UK unfortunately.

June 20, 2010 at 11:56 pm
(17) jason says:

What exactly does 2 months mean? Is it actually date to date? or 8weeks?
Thanks :)

June 21, 2010 at 1:36 am
(18) goindia says:

Hi Jason, it’s two months — date to date. :-)

June 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm
(19) jason says:

Thanks goindia. . . Much appreciated.

I have a special stamp in my passport from the Indian embassy in Hong Kong stating that I am exempt from the 2 month rule but am required to register at the foreign tourist office. I did this once already on my last trip there. It was a long hot grueling day there, but I received a cool little book which I was told to keep if I planned to return again within 2 months.

I told immigration this on my way out but after a long hassle they forced me to surrender it. I also was given a difficult time by the airline in HK during check in (nearly missed my flight because of it).

This special stamp is not dated nor has it been ticked as used in any way, so I assume that it is good for the life of my passport?

Was planning to return a mere 3 days prior to the 2 month rule anyway. I also assume that it would be easier to delay my trip a few extra days, as avoiding the ffro is worth its weight in gold. Any advice you have to avoid future problems if I return in under 2 months? Will there be a problem if I were to change my itinerary or depart from a different location that the ffro I visit?

BTW: I am a US citizen living in Thailand.
Thanks again
Jason

June 23, 2010 at 5:30 am
(20) goindia says:

Hi Jason, the stamp would be valid for the duration of your visa I think, and there shouldn’t be any problems in the future if you return within 2 months. Yes, the FRRO is a nightmare, and to be avoided where ever possible! It’s hard to predict what problems will happen because people make up their own “rules” like the immigration officer who took your residence permit. It’s true, you’re supposed to keep it until you will be departing India “permanently” and won’t need it again. To be honest I really don’t understand the concept of requiring people on tourist visas to register with the FRRO. The registration is so that the FRRO can keep track of who is living where (if you change your address in India, you’re supposed to let them know. Likewise if you relocate to another district, or are going to be away from your residence for more than a few weeks)…. but people on tourist visas travel around! So it makes the whole process quite futile in my view. I think the best thing to do is ask the FRRO (if you find yourself having to register again) and see what they say about departing from another location. I’m definitely not an expert on that particular matter unfortunately. I get confused myself. I was going to be away abroad from my address in India for 6 weeks, and thought I’d better let the FRRO know about it… I made all the effort to go in, and they weren’t interested. Said it wasn’t necessary! Good luck!

June 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm
(21) jason says:

PS: I have a 5 year multiple entry tourist visa

June 26, 2010 at 2:56 am
(22) kim says:

hi goindia,

i just want to ask, i am from philippines planning to go in india as tourist, do i have to apply visa here or i will get there when i arrive in india? what are the requirements need in india? thanks..:)

June 27, 2010 at 5:00 am
(23) goindia says:

Hi Kim, India only offers visas on arrival to people from 5 countries — Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore. Unfortunately, the Philippines isn’t one of them, so you MUST apply for your visa outside India. It’s best if you apply for the visa at your local Indian Embassy in the Philippines.

Here is more information about applying for an Indian visa:

http://goindia.about.com/od/planningyourtrip/a/indianvisa.htm

July 2, 2010 at 12:21 am
(24) sudha says:

Nice discussion!Good things done for visa to india

July 8, 2010 at 2:15 am
(25) Min says:

Hi! How long does it usually take to be issued an X visa? My fiance (Indian) and I are getting married december this year in manila (phils.) and we plan to go back to Delhi after the wedding.

Thanks in advance!

July 8, 2010 at 9:13 am
(26) goindia says:

Hi Min, it is usually issued within a week at most Embassies. Best wishes! :-)

July 10, 2010 at 7:24 pm
(27) Husein says:

@jason how did u get that stamp??

July 13, 2010 at 6:58 am
(28) uselessbaba says:

The term month refers to 30 days NOT a caleder month. Hence a 6 mth visa is actually 180days,the 2mth rule is actually 60 days not date to date !

July 14, 2010 at 5:05 am
(29) goindia says:

But if you have a look at any visa, it’s always date to date. For example, a 6 month visa will show a date of expiry exactly six calendar months after it’s issued. So a visa issued on January 1 will show an expiry date of July 1. But then they talk about registration being required for stays in India longer than 180 days. They never actually count it as 180 days though… it’s always the date written on the visa. It’s a very confusing matter! :-(

July 25, 2010 at 10:25 am
(30) Robin says:

this new rule should not apply to persons of Indian origin since it is really a shame to deny them entry to their birth place. It is a disappointment for indian born to get such a stamp on the visa as if they do not belong to India. I have my roots in India and even though I hold foreign passport does not mean that I am a stranger in my country. You want to send your people to the whole world but you don’t want foreigners in your country.

July 25, 2010 at 2:32 pm
(31) goindia says:

Hi Robin, I think the Indian government’s argument to that is that persons of Indian origin should apply for an X (Entry) visa rather than a tourist visa. Then they will be exempt from that rule. But an X visa is more expensive than a tourist visa! So, it’s a no-win situation really. :-(

July 25, 2010 at 11:19 pm
(32) Fayt says:

Dear One,

I’m a Singaporean and planning to stay in India for quite a period of time, (approximately 3 years). And my research narrow down to two key criterias to fulfill my goal to stay in India for 3 years. As far as I understand, I need to obtain the Residential Permit in India to stay for more than 180days. And the second criteria is I need a visa that is eligible to apply for the Residential Permit.

The problem however, is I do not know which visa is eligible to apply for Residential Permit, I was being told that the 6 month tourist visa CANNOT apply for Residential Permit.

The table below is the available visas in my local Indian embassy.

VISA SERVICE

DETAILS

1) Transit visa
Up to 15 days single/double entry

2) Student visa
Multiple entry, for duration of course or five years whichever is less

3) All Visa other than transit and student
Multiple entry, six months

4) All Visa other than transit and student
Multiple entry, over six months to one year

5) All Visa other than transit and student
Multiple entry, over one year to five years

I’ve made queries to them but have not yet to receive a response from them. I have three questions here,

1. Do you know which one of the above listed visas is eligible for application of Residential Permit?

2. And you mentioned X visa, does the above listed visa (No 5) fall into the category of X visa?

3. If I obtain the No 5 visa : “All Visa other than transit and student Multiple entry, over one year to five years” , does it allow me to stay legally in India for 3 years and being exempt from the frustrating 2-month gap rule?

Thank you for sharing
Your valuable service is much appreciated and honoured!

Regards

Fayt

July 26, 2010 at 3:51 am
(33) goindia says:

Hi Fayt, the information that you have is correct. You can’t stay for more than 6 months at a time and become a resident on a tourist visa. Here are the answers to your questions:

1 & 2)Student visas are eligible for a residents permit. So are X visas, business visa, and employment visas (these fall into your category 5). However, generally to get an X visa you must be of Indian origin OR married to someone who is of Indian origin. Employment visas are granted if you find work in India, but you must apply for this visa outside India. You can also get an X visa if you volunteer in India. Business visas are if you’re doing business in India.
3) If you obtain category number 5 visa, it may or may not allow you to stay in India for 3 years. It depends on how long you are granted the visa for. If it’s an employment or volunteer visa, it will be for the duration of your contract. If it’s a student visa, for the duration of your course etc.

What exactly do you want to do for 3 years in India? That will greatly influence the type of visa you can apply for. Unfortunately, if you don’t have any Indian heritage, it will be difficult for you to come and stay in India for 3 years without any particular purpose. Hope this helps!

July 26, 2010 at 6:51 am
(34) Fayt says:

Wow! That was a quick response! Thank you so much, didn’t really expect such efficiency! Honestly speaking, even till now I still haven’t got a response from my local Indian embassy.

The reason for staying long-term in India (approx 2-3years) is for pilgrimage purposes. I guess it’s more commonly known as God-seeking or spiritual quest though. I intend to rent a small cottage in Tiruvannamalai and stay there for a while, we as spiritual seekers, most of us believe that the Arunachala Hill is one of the most powerful energy center on Earth.

The new 2 month-gap rule kind of screw things up, because if it was as before, I can simply go with tourist visa and exit to Sri-Lanka every 6 months, and re-apply.

1) Can you kindly tell me more about the X-visa?

2) In terms of, if I manage to obtain the X-visa can I use this X-visa to apply for Residential Permit in India within 2 weeks on my arrival?

3) You mentioned a way to obtain the X-visa by volunteer in India. Would you mind to be more specific in what does it mean by volunteer in India? and if possible, give some examples?

Basically what I want is to get the Residential Permit.

4) Apologies if this sounds silly, you seem to know your stuff well, do you happen to be an agent or working in agency? Do you have email so that we converse via email?

I’m also considering to retire in India after my pilgrimage trip provided that my pilgrimage trip resonates deeply in my heart that I felt to be right to do so.

5) Not sure if this is off-topic, for a foreigner, he/she must first obtain the Residential Permit so that it entitles him the Right to legally purchase and own house in India is it?

Therefore it will be great if we can discuss more about this.

Thanks a million!

Regards

Fayt

July 27, 2010 at 6:58 am
(35) goindia says:

Hi Fayt, you’re welcome. As you can guess from the fast response, I don’t work for the government. :-P I’m just a regular person who lives in India and has been through the visa hoops! I definitely don’t have all the detailed answers though. You can email me at: goindia.guide@about.com

It’s actually not very easy to get a residents permit, live in India, or buy property as a foreigner. The government has tightened the laws to prevent people from coming here and doing that. You won’t just be able to come to India for 3 years, rent a house, and live here without a defined and accountable purpose. Since you want to come for spiritual reasons, your best options would be to either join a recognized ashram or institute and apply for a student or yoga visa. To get a volunteer visa you would need to commit to volunteer work with a registered organization. ie. join a volunteer program.

If you do get an X visa (or student, yoga, or otherwise) and it’s valid for more than 6 months, yes you can get a residents permit within 2 weeks of your arrival. Note that the residents permit will only be valid for the duration of your visa though, and that will only be valid for the duration of your course or program. And in regards to foreigners buying real estate in India, it’s not possible to do so on a resident’s permit without getting approval of the Reserve Bank and Government of India. The government has tightened the rules after foreigners bought up a lot of property in Goa, and sent the rates skyrocketing.

August 1, 2010 at 9:17 am
(36) Dushant says:

I am US citizen, born in India. I went to Travisa.com today to apply for Indian turist visa. I was shown following window when I entered my citizenship at birth ( India )

” Persons of Indian origin: Per requirements of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, persons of Indian origin, his/her spouse and children will be granted only an Entry visa and should not apply for a Tourist visa. ”

Is that true that people of Indian origin do not have to get a tourist visa and will be given an entry visa upon arrival ?
I just could not believe it.

August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(37) goindia says:

Hi Dushant, you won’t be granted the Entry visa on arrival. You must apply for it in the same manner as you would apply for the tourist visa, BEFORE you travel to India. I guess they are stopping people of Indian origin from applying for tourist visas because of the new rule regarding the 2 month gap between visits on a tourist visa — the tourist visa is just that, for tourists. People of Indian origin with Entry visas will not be subjected to new, tougher tourist visa rules.

August 2, 2010 at 6:37 pm
(38) atif says:

dear
sir..
iam living in pakistan and doing a great business of ladies garment accesories last 11 years…now i want to start a new business in india same type… tell me what kind of visa i apply in pakistan to india embassy..and what documents i need to start a business in india… there is no relative of mine india…
thanks
atif mani
0923052121781

August 3, 2010 at 5:30 am
(39) goindia says:

Hi Atif, you should apply for a Business Visa. Unfortunately, I can’t advise about documents required to start a business in India — that’s way beyond my knowledge. It would be best to speak to someone in the legal industry about that. I guess the documents required will depend on what kind of business you want to start (company, sole trader etc.). Good luck!

August 3, 2010 at 3:38 am
(40) rushi says:

can you please help me clarify a few things? I am a Sri Lankan national, married to an Indian citizen. We got registered in Mumbai. I am still staying here with a tourist visa. Can you Please tell me :

a) How long will it take to process an X visa from Sri Lanka if I go back and apply in September 2010.

b)Will i be able to work with X visa or should I apply for OCI to work in India

c)If I do have to apply for OCi, what is the procedure, how long will it take, and should i do it from India or sri Lanka.

d)Is OCI enough documentation to let me work in India

August 3, 2010 at 5:37 am
(41) goindia says:

Hi Rushi, here are the answers to your questions:

1) The time frame will depend on the efficiency of the Sri Lankan Embassy. I can’t tell you the exact answer. Based on my experience in Australia, I got my X visa in less than a week. But it might not be so fast in Sri Lanka. It’s best to inquire at the Embassy.

2) No, you won’t be able to work with an X visa.

3) You can only apply for an OCI if you are actually Indian. (It’s for Overseas Citizens of India). Since you’re married to an Indian but are Sri Lankan, you’re entitled to a PIO card. You can apply for this one year after marriage…. not before (until then, you must get an X visa). It will let you work in India, buy property in India. Pretty much everything except vote in elections and buy agricultural land. It’s valid for 15 years and takes the place of a visa.

Hope this helps! Good luck! :-)

August 4, 2010 at 7:51 am
(42) bob says:

I am going to india at the end of november for two weeks and coming back on the 4th december. But am planing to go back to india on the 26th february. does the new rentery law meen two calender months or 62 days

August 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm
(43) goindia says:

Hi Bob, to the best of my knowledge they will count it as calendar months. They will often quote in days (such as you can’t stay in India for longer than 180 days at a time on a tourist visa… but in fact they regard the 180 days as 6 months, and visas are always date to date as well. eg. 1 January to 1 July is a 6 month visa).

August 5, 2010 at 1:26 am
(44) Rushi says:

Hi…
Thanks for the info.. But does that mean that I will not be able to work in India till 1 year after marriage? Thats a long time to twiddle my fingers around and wait, isn’t it…. Is there any other way to work then? Can’t really expect to rely on one person’s salary…

August 5, 2010 at 5:49 am
(45) goindia says:

Hi Rushi, that’s right, you won’t be able to work on an X visa. It is a difficult situation. The only way that you can work within that first year is to get an Employment visa. Find an employer in India who will take you on, then go back to your country and apply for the Employment visa (it can’t be obtained in India).

August 5, 2010 at 11:20 pm
(46) rushi says:

Well…. Deep trouble I guess.. Thanks anyway though… Nice of you to help me out.
Gud day to you

August 6, 2010 at 12:19 am
(47) goindia says:

You’re welcome Rushi. Hopefully, you’ll figure something out. Maybe you might be able to find some freelance work where you don’t actually have to be employed as such.

August 8, 2010 at 8:44 pm
(48) saira says:

Hi,

I’m a Pakistani national and was a student in london for the past couple of years and have just gone back to Pakistan. During my stay in london i had a lot of indian classmates who were very good friends of mine. One of them is getting married in india in december this year. I would like to go attend her wedding and at the same time visit the rest of my friends in india. From what little research ive done i can apply for visas to 6 cities in india. I intend on going to 5. Could you tell me how long does it take for an indian visa to get through, and if going for a wedding and visiting friends from university a valid reason to get a visa. Do you know of anyone who has been given a visa in my circumstances? and how long does it take for the visa to get processed? Thanks!

August 9, 2010 at 4:32 am
(49) goindia says:

Hi Saira, I’m so sorry, unfortunately I can’t advise you specifically for Pakistanis (that’s beyond my area of expertise). I don’t even know anything about Pakistanis only getting visas to visit 6 cities — usually, visas are India-wide (but there must be some restrictions for Pakistanis?). I suggest that the best thing to do would be to contact the Indian Embassy in Pakistan and ask them. I honestly have no idea of their time frames for processing visas etc from Pakistan. Surely, your situation would be good enough reason to get an Indian visa though. Good luck. I really hope it works out for you! :-)

August 9, 2010 at 8:32 am
(50) julius says:

I am Indian national had affair with a Philipina and we had a baby , my question is will my baby get Indian citizenship.( I am already married my wife is indian ) can you please tell me how to obtain citizenship for my baby and if possible for my girlfriend also ?

August 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm
(51) goindia says:

Hi Julius, yes your baby will be able to obtain Indian citizenship by registration at an Indian Consulate/Embassy overseas, but your girlfriend unfortunately isn’t entitled to citizenship or even residency in India. To the best of my knowledge, India doesn’t recognize relationships where the couple isn’t married. Sorry about that.

Here is more information:
http://www.mha.nic.in/citizenship/acquisition.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_nationality_law

August 10, 2010 at 1:54 am
(52) avinash says:

hi ,
i want to invite my friend who is from estonia to india for 6 months.she says she is only getting 1 month visa as she is having an aliens passport,but she want to come for 6 months with her son who has an european passport.so please tell me how can i invite her here?can you please send me a sample of invitation letter?what are the formalities to be completed by an invitee(one who is inviting) in this case?how long is the procedure? and what are the eligibilities for an invitee?

August 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm
(53) goindia says:

Hi Avinash, I’m not aware of any invitation letter for tourist visas. Invitations are only applicable for official visas such as business visas, conference visas, and research visas. India has a policy of issuing tourist visas for different durations, depending on what country the application comes from (as you’ve encountered). I don’t think that much can be done to change that. Ask her to inquire at her Indian Embassy and see what they say about invitation letters for tourist visas. To the best of my knowledge, I don’t think there is such a facility.

August 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm
(54) Audrey says:

Hi
Im a filipino national married to an Indian citizen. Im currently staying in mumbai. I have my residence permit for 1 year. Im pregnant at the moment. Im planning to go back to Philippines to give birth there. Is it possible for my baby to get an indian citizenship even if i give birth there? if yes, how? also how can i get the PIO? my husband and i are just married for 8 months, can i apply for it now before i go back to my country? kindly help me on this.
Thank you so much
I will look forward to hearing from you.
In the meantime, please be assured of my best regards

Audrey

August 12, 2010 at 2:10 am
(55) goindia says:

Hi Audrey,

Congratulations on your pregnancy! I hope it goes well for you. :-) Regarding the PIO, you have to be married for one year before you can apply for it, so no, you won’t be able to apply for it now unfortunately. The best option would be to apply back in your own country. Your baby can get Indian citizenship even if born in the Philippines. You have to apply through registration at your local Indian Consulate. Here is more information and forms:

http://www.mha.nic.in/citizenship/acquisition.htm

However, if the baby has Indian citizenship, he/she will have an Indian passport — not a passport for the Philippines. You need to consider whether this will be a problem, as the baby will have to apply for a visa etc every time he/she goes to visit the Philippines. Is a visa for the Philippines easy to get for an Indian citizen? It could be a better option for the baby to get the PIO card instead? Then he/she will be able to have a Philippine passport, and won’t require a visa for India.

Best wishes to you! Sharell.

August 12, 2010 at 1:33 pm
(56) avinash says:

hi there once again,
is it possible for my girlfriend to marry me if she comes here on a 1 month visa?if we get married then can she extend her stay in india?what are the procedures for a foreign national to get married to an indian ?

August 13, 2010 at 12:20 am
(57) goindia says:

Hi Avinash, yes she can get married to you on a one month visa. However, the process takes around 2 months in total to be complete, so you’ll have to submit all the paper work yourself first and apply to get married BEFORE she arrives. After marriage, she can go to the Ministry of Home affairs in Delhi and apply for a visa extension and conversion of her tourist visa into an X visa.

Here is more information about the legal requirements for a foreigner getting married in India:

http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

I wouldn’t advise trying to cheat the system and getting a business visa if she’s actually not coming here for that purpose. ie. to conduct business here.

August 13, 2010 at 12:08 am
(58) paramjeet singh says:

Hi,
I am an indian citizen married to philippina and we was both settles couple in Delhi during the pregnancy she come back to philippines and given birth to babe boy. pls suggest me i don’t want my son to have a philippina passport . is it possible
can someone help me
Regards

August 13, 2010 at 12:13 am
(59) goindia says:

Hi Paramjeet, of course your baby can obtain Indian citizenship by registration. Have a read of this document for more information:

http://www.mha.nic.in/citizenship/acquisition.htm

August 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm
(60) arthur says:

Hi,

I am a New Zealand national (residing in Australia) wanting to visit India as a tourist on short notice. I understand that I can apply for a visa on arrival, as it sounds a lot easier than having to apply in advance. Do you have a link to the form that I would need to complete on arrival? Have you heard whether it is an easy process? Thanks!

August 14, 2010 at 1:26 am
(61) goindia says:

Hi Arthur, yes, you can get a visa on arrival in India which is valid for 30 days. There are separate counters for applying for this at Mumbai and Delhi airports. I haven’t heard much about how the process is though. Here’s a link to a visa form (so you can get a general idea about what’s required) but I’m not sure if the form would be the same one for visas on arrival:

http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/visaform.pdf

And some more information:
http://www.tourism.gov.in/events/visa.pdf

According to this news report, quite a few visas have been granted under the scheme:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Visa-on-arrival-scheme-a-runaway-success/articleshow/5829863.cms

Sorry, I can’t be of much more help than this! There isn’t a lot of first hand information around unfortunately.

August 13, 2010 at 6:44 pm
(62) KG says:

Hello there. My fiance is Japanese and we are getting married in india in December (I am Indian). We currently both reside in USA. We have to visit india in November for some other family weddings and our wedding planning before going back in dec for the big day. Just saw the 2 month rule. What options do you think we have? Thanks in advance!

August 14, 2010 at 1:43 am
(63) goindia says:

Hi KG, you can apply for an X Entry visa because of your Indian heritage. This will exempt you from the 2 month rule. As your Japanese fiance is only entitled to a tourist visa, she should apply for a re-entry permit from her local Indian Embassy. The forms for this should be on the Embassy website. Good luck!

August 16, 2010 at 11:38 am
(64) annette says:

Hi, i am a retired UK citizen and like to spend a few winter months in India. I have booked a 6 week trip of Rajhastan and Goa, returning to UK on 16th December, as i like to spend Christmas with my children and grandchildren. However, i would like to return to India for a second holiday of approx 8 weeks in mid January. Would i be allowed to re-enter or would i have to wait until 16th February?

August 17, 2010 at 12:47 am
(65) goindia says:

Hi Annette, as you don’t have an important/urgent reason for returning to India, unfortunately you’ll have to wait the two months. :-(

August 19, 2010 at 8:05 am
(66) Vicky says:

Hi,
I’ve just returned from India (12th August) and want to go back this christmas. For my last trip I had a tourist visa which doesn’t expire until 16th of november. Do I have to wait 2 months after this to apply for my next visa? Or is it 2 months after I returned home (so last week)? The website doesn’t seem to specify…
Thanks!

August 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm
(67) goindia says:

Hi Vicky, it’s 2 months between visits to India. But you have to wait for 1 month after the expiry of your visa before applying for a new one. If this is going to be an issue for you, try and get your current visa canceled now at the Embassy.

August 20, 2010 at 2:12 am
(68) Jovy says:

i am a filipina and have been residing here in india for 2 times of 6 months tourist visa and is married to indian national for a year already. is it possible for me to apply for PIO card? if so can i apply for PIO while in present i am in india under tourist visa? pls help.

August 20, 2010 at 11:29 am
(69) goindia says:

Hi Jovy, yes you can apply for a PIO, but I think you’ll have to apply in the Philippines unfortunately. You need to be in India on a long term X visa of a year or more, and have a resident’s permit, to apply in India. You can however get your tourist visa converted to an X visa by going to the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi.

August 22, 2010 at 2:19 am
(70) jovy says:

thanks for the reply, i will be goin to Phils. in december and applying for PIO in Phils.. i just want to know if how can i get photocopy of my husband passport and No Objection Certicate attested by MEA? thank you.

August 22, 2010 at 7:50 am
(71) goindia says:

Jovy, unfortunately, I don’t know anything about that. :-( It’s beyond my area of expertise since I applied for my PIO in India. Are you sure it has to be attested by the MEA, or will a notary do?

August 22, 2010 at 2:36 am
(72) jovy says:

Sir, thanks for the reply.. again,i would like to know if how can i get my husband passport photocopy and No Objection Certificate attested by the MEA?do u know how much it would cost? and is there any agencies who does this works? thank you

August 26, 2010 at 7:51 am
(73) DevinL says:

Hi.. so I just recently found out about this little hiccup..my visa (multiple) expires sept. 21st and I wanted to go to Nepal to get it renewed, I had heard that it was only required to be out of the country for 1 month, but now I understand its 2 months..I understand that you have to re-apply one month after the visa expires..If I get to Nepal just before my visa expires and stay out for 2 months…can I apply for my new visa one month into my two month stay, and come back after the two months is over? or do you have to wait one month to reapply after expiry and then the two months after that? ..thanks a bunch..

August 26, 2010 at 11:38 pm
(74) goindia says:

Hi DevinL, you have to wait for one month to re-apply, then stay out for another month after that — so just two months in total. Unfortunately, it’s very doubtful that you’ll get a six month tourist visa from Nepal these days, but you can try.

August 26, 2010 at 8:43 am
(75) DevinL says:

also.. is there any chance of getting a second 6 month visa?.. or are they only issuing 3 month visas?

August 27, 2010 at 7:24 am
(76) DevinL says:

Thanks again for the help.. any suggestions on a country that might issue a 6 month visa?

August 28, 2010 at 12:22 am
(77) goindia says:

Thailand/Bangkok is the best country for renewing visas at the moment. Have a look at the forums on http://www.indiamike.com They have a lot of current information about what the status is, and what duration visas people are getting. Hope it helps!

August 27, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(78) misya says:

hi im one of the foreigner students whom study MBBS in Bangalore, india. We are having problem in renewing my residential permit here as the commissioner officer do not want to issue a multiple entry residential permit for us. As what i have been inform, student visa holder should get multiple entry residential permit.So why did the officer here do not want to issue that. And is it possible for me to go travel out of india on 6 august 2010-13 august 2010 as my residential permit will be expired on 25 october 2010?

August 28, 2010 at 12:20 am
(79) goindia says:

Hi Misya, it’s what’s on your visa is that’s important. If you have a multiple entry student visa then should be allowed multiple entries into India. (Check your visa and see how many entries are permitted). The resident permit does not override the visa.

August 28, 2010 at 12:48 am
(80) misya says:

Hi goindia, my visa allows multiple entry..i have been arguing with the officer about the multiple entry stated in my visa. Yet he still says that he will only give double entry for us for a reason that if the visa stated multiple entry he will give double and if visa stated double entry he will give single. Please help me..I guess something wrong is happening here.

August 28, 2010 at 8:08 am
(81) goindia says:

Hi again Misya, something definitely does sound wrong. I’ve looked all over my resident’s permit and I can’t even see the section where it specifies number of entries permitted…. mine doesn’t contain this information. It just has an expiry date. As far as I’ve always been aware, the residents permit says how long you can live in India for, not how many times you can enter…. number of entries is always specified in the visa. The guy sounds like he’s creating a problem for no reason. Does your existing resident’s permit specify number of entries on it? And if so, in what section/page?

August 28, 2010 at 1:48 am
(82) DevinL says:

thanks alot!.. youve been a big help

August 28, 2010 at 8:09 am
(83) goindia says:

You’re most welcome DevinL. :-)

August 28, 2010 at 4:11 am
(84) Andy says:

Hello there!

Just reading through your advice and am finding it most helpful.

I am currently on a student visa to study yoga at an ashram in south India. But if I want to stay here longer, beyond the period of study, do you know what type of visa would be available to me? I read in one of your comments (no.35, to Fayt), that there is something like a yoga visa for those that reside in ashrams. I am unable to see any information on this on any of the official websites of the Indian government.

Appreciate your advice!

Regards,
Andy

August 28, 2010 at 8:15 am
(85) goindia says:

Hi Andy, the yoga visa is actually what you have already… a student visa endorsed to study yoga. You can apply at the Foreigner’s Registration Office to get your student-yoga visa extended. Obtain a letter from your ashram saying that you’re enrolling in another course, and you should be able to extend your visa on that basis. :-)

August 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm
(86) misya says:

My residential permit(RP) is issued on yearly basis. So each time i renew my RP they will put a stamp as follows on the back of the 1st paper.

No: FR/BC/ 4210/MALA/2006
As directed in States Govt’s letter No: HTD/505/PCL/2003 Dated 27.10.2003 this residential permit is extended up _____(the date) with ______( no of entry) entry facility in accordance with original student visa.
No:_____(visa no) date____.
For Commissioner of police & FRO Bangalore city.

Above was the statement that they stamped behind my 1st page of RP. According to the statement, number of entry should be according to my visa. However it is not so when we go to the office to renew it.2 of my friends went to the commissioner last 2weeks and they got only double entry. When they ask about it why don’t they get a multiple entry like what is stated in their student visa, they got scolded by the officer there.
It was like a nightmare for us students, when it comes to renew the residential permit and facing this kind situation every year.

August 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm
(87) goindia says:

Not good at all. It seems like they’re making up their own rules. :-( Is there someone superior there that you could speak to?

August 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm
(88) Nurma says:

Hi I would like to know that I am an British citizen but I am an Bangladeshi origin. My husband is an Indian Citizen, we have a daughter. I would like to know that how can I apply for a long term visa for India for myself and my daughter? Is it true you have to be married for 2 years to apply for a long term visa?

August 31, 2010 at 2:01 am
(89) goindia says:

Hi Nurma, you can apply for long term X (Entry) visas for India immediately for yourself and your daughter. You don’t have to wait for 2 years after marriage. If you want to apply for the PIO card (it’s valid for 15 years, and you don’t need a visa) you have to wait for a year after marriage. Your daughter is eligible straight away though. Hope this helps!

You can apply for the visa here: http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/

August 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm
(90) k says:

GoIndia!!!!Go Go Go!!!

Hi,

I’m an OCI married to an Canadian citizen born in Sri Lanka.

We have been married for more than 3 years.

I called the Indian consulate and they said my spouse can not apply for an OCI. When I asked them about PIO, they said they are not sure…

Can my spouse apply for a PIO?

Please advise…

Many thanks.

k

August 31, 2010 at 1:56 am
(91) goindia says:

Hi K, it’s correct that your spouse can’t apply for OCI if he/she has no Indian heritage… OCI is like dual citizenship. He/she should be able to apply for the PIO though since he/she is a Canadian citizen. Sri Lankan citizens can’t apply but since your spouse is no longer a Sri Lankan citizen, this shouldn’t matter. Good luck!

September 2, 2010 at 10:16 am
(92) Amy says:

Hi! I’m a British national and am hoping to Goa on holiday with my boyfriend in November so am looking at applying for my Indian visa. I work as a writer on a regional magazine but have heard that putting any media-related occupation on your visa application can cause problems, or that they may want me to apply for a journalist visa rather than a tourist visa, even though I’m going to India for purely tourist purposes. Having spoken to an Indian friend, she advised that I put housewife rather than writer – would this work, or is there some way I could be found out?! (I’m going to China next year on a group charity fundraising trip and will have the same problem so have again been advised by our tour company to put housewife, so figured it would be ok for the Indian visa too?)
Thanks for your help :)

September 3, 2010 at 2:13 am
(93) goindia says:

Hi Amy, you’ve been given good advice! Definitely put housewife, and don’t worry about being found out. I never mention that I’m a writer… I always put housewife too, and no one has every questioned me. Hope you have a great time in Goa! :-)

September 4, 2010 at 6:22 am
(94) Sumit says:

Hi,

One of my foreign friend is staying here in India on a tourist visa, and he has alreally applied for permanent resident in India.
Q1. Can he work in India, if he gets placed in an indian MNC, as a foreign national without Indian nationality.

September 4, 2010 at 12:03 pm
(95) goindia says:

Hi Sumit, people on tourist visas cannot be residents of India. I’m not sure exactly what your friend has applied for, but he won’t be able to stay in India for longer than 6 months if he has a tourist visa. He will need an employment visa if he wants to work in India. If he finds a job with a MNC, he will have to go back to his own country and apply for the employment visa there. Hope this helps with your understanding of the situation.

September 4, 2010 at 3:14 pm
(96) mohan says:

i have friend in philipines. and i am now trying to bring her to india in tourist visa. but i dont know how to apply for a tourist visa for her.

How can i apply for a tourist visa for her?

September 5, 2010 at 1:47 am
(97) goindia says:

Hi Mohan, you can’t apply for a tourist visa for her. She must do it herself at her local Indian Embassy in the Philippines.

September 6, 2010 at 7:46 am
(98) Matt says:

G’day Sharell
Greetings from the land Down under!
Mate would like to know how long does it normally take to get a visa issued to india.I’ve applied for one, at their sydney centre and it’s been 2 weeks+ now and hasn’t heard from them as yet.I just send them an email ,for which am yet to receive a reply.Any ideas and a reply in regards to this would be highly appreciated.

Cheers

September 7, 2010 at 12:17 am
(99) goindia says:

G’day Matt, how’s it going mate? ;-) The time taken depends on the visa, however if it’s a simple tourist visa 2 weeks is a long time to wait. I always got my tourist visas issued in under a week, but that was from the centre in Melbourne. Try phoning them up. You’re more likely to get a response that way! Good luck!!

September 7, 2010 at 3:30 am
(100) Matt says:

Hey Sharell

i did call them today and even they were a bit surprised ,it’s been this long,they’ve escalated the issue and asked me to call back on thursday.so will see how it goes.Thanks for the reply,good on ya mate and keep cheering for the green and gold @ CWG,Oi, Oi, Oi !

Regards

September 7, 2010 at 8:54 am
(101) goindia says:

No worries mate. Good stuff!! I’m glad you got a positive outcome!

September 13, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(102) krishnaleela101 says:

hi,

I just had couple of questions. I’m a US citizen going to India for marriage and hoping to travel to maldives for honeymoon and then return back to India for onward flight back to US. Is that possible or would I have to stay out for two months and then return to India for the trip? Are there any special exceptions?

September 14, 2010 at 1:33 am
(103) goindia says:

Hi krishnaleela101, you have a few options to be able to avoid the 2 month rule. 1) Since you have Indian heritage (I’m assuming because you’re getting married here), you can get an X (entry) visa instead of a tourist visa. The two month rule doesn’t apply to X visas. 2) You can apply for a re-entry permit at your local Embassy for your tourist visa, based on onwards travel through India as the reason (you’ll need to provide a copy of your itinerary). This may or may not be approved however. 3) Depending on the amount of time you are planning on spending in India before your catch your onwards flight to the US, you can apply for a transit visa for the second entry into India. This visa is valid for 72 hours (3 days).

Hope this helps! I hope you have a wonderful marriage and honeymoon! :-)

September 14, 2010 at 7:23 am
(104) Ronny Sorensen says:

Hi

I’m a Danish citizen who is currently in India on a 6 months tourist visa. I have bought a ticket to Sri Lanka where I will stay for 12 days.

My question is:

1. Can I re-enter India after these 12 days?
2. if so, should I get the permit to re-enter India before I leave for Sri Lanka, when I’m in Sri Lanka or on arrival in India?

Thanks!
// Ronny.

September 16, 2010 at 2:04 am
(105) goindia says:

Hi Ronny, since you’re traveling to a neighboring country, Indian immigrations officers do have the authority to let you back into India (without the permit) if you can show onwards travel on your itinerary (such as a ticket out of India). According to the rules, you don’t need a re-entry permit in such circumstances. Confirm with the immigration officer when you leave India, but I don’t see why there should be a problem if you have proper documentation/itinerary for your travels. Some people prefer to get the permit anyway, just to be on the safe side (you can do this in Sri Lanka).

September 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm
(106) pinayako says:

Hi,

My indian husband and I applied for marriage under special marriage act and just waiting for the marriage certificate now. I just want to know, is it possible for MHA to give me visa extension even if my husband’s passport is not yet available? He has no passport yet and will be applying but we are worried if he cannot get his passport by the time my tourist visa expires. Are there any other ways where I can get my visa extended while we are waiting for his passport? Is possible to submit just marriage certificate and my passport in MHA for visa conversion?

Thanks.

September 18, 2010 at 8:53 am
(107) goindia says:

Hi Pinayako, yes, there definitely must be a way because not everyone has a passport. The passport is simply used as formal identification for your husband. Perhaps ration card and voter’s ID could be substituted for passport. You will need to provide some identification for your husband. What identification did you use when you got married? Whatever it was should be good enough for the MHA too. Best to call them up and check with them.

September 18, 2010 at 7:08 am
(108) chesta says:

Hi
I am a British Citizen(NOT of Indian origin)and a person ‘resident in India’ as defined by section 2(v) of FEMA 1999.
Since 2006, i have been living independent spiritual life in my leased house in India.I have had two 2-year x visas and been issued with registration certificates and residential permits for the same period.
I am currently in England visiting my parents.I applied at CGI Birmingham for a replacement x visa but was told that i was only entitled to a tourist visa(12 months)even though i satisfy section 2(v) of FEMA 1999.
I would appreciate your comments please.

September 18, 2010 at 9:10 am
(109) goindia says:

Hi Chesta, unfortunately, the Indian government has tightened the criteria for issuing X visas. These visas are now only issued to the following people:

* A foreigner of Indian origin.
* Spouse and children of a foreigner of Indian origin.
* Spouse and dependent children of a foreigner coming to India on any other long term visa, such as an Employment visa or Business visa.

See this FAQ for more information: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/FAQ-onX-VISA210510.pdf

Although you may fit the criteria as a resident under FEMA, FEMA is legislation that applies to financial transactions only, not visas and immigration. Therefore, the Indian government rules related to visas will always be given the most importance. Following these newly modified rules means that you can’t be issued an x-visa anymore because you don’t fall within the 3 above categories. X visas used to be provided to people who didn’t qualify for any other type of visa (such as yourself) but not unfortunately not anymore. That’s my interpretation of it. It’s a very confusing situation at the moment. :-( Perhaps, as an alternative, you could join an approved ashram and get a yoga visa (ie. a student visa endorsed for yoga)?

September 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm
(110) chesta says:

Hi Sharell, Thanks for your speedy reply.You confirmed what CGI told me and although it’s not what i hoped to hear,at least i know where i am!Thanks also for your suggestion re ashram but i’m very happy with my independent spiritual life and i really don’t want to get involved with the politics that i’ve observed in ashrams in the past.
On the assumption that i take the tourist visa offered,will i be legally allowed to stay in my house.The reason i ask is because the VFS website states ‘tourist visa is for foreigners who do not have residence in India…’
Thanks again for your help and, i’m probably being backward, but what is URL?

September 19, 2010 at 4:18 am
(111) goindia says:

Hi again Chesta, sorry for the bad news. Yes, you should still be able to stay in your house though. Since you won’t be able to stay for more than 6 months at a time on a tourist visa, technically it can’t be classified as residence (which is 6 months or more).

Here’s what the Reserve Bank have to say about leasing property in India.

“Q.6. Can a foreign national of non-Indian origin resident outside India purchase immovable property in India?

A.6. No. A foreign national of non-Indian origin, resident outside India cannot purchase any immovable property in India. But, he/she may take residential accommodation on lease provided the period of lease does not exceed five years. In such cases, there is no requirement of taking any permission of or reporting to Reserve Bank”.

URL is an internet website address… that address that you see in your browser. :-) It’s short for Uniform Resource Locator.

September 19, 2010 at 6:51 am
(112) chesta says:

Hiya Sharell,
I have one more question for you before i resign myself to only having 6 months in my house.I fully expect a ‘no’ to this but it’s my last shot so here goes:

My x visa expired on 3rd September.I need a tourist visa to get back into India.If i go to FRO and explain that i only took the tourist visa for that reason and ask them to extend my x visa, will they smile at me and say ‘Of course Mr. Chesta, we will do that for you straight away!’

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help Sharell.Being a foreigner and living in India is effectively a game of snakes and ladders and i’m mentally drained!Oh well, c’est la vie.

September 19, 2010 at 9:25 am
(113) goindia says:

Hey Chesta, hahahaha….. does the FRO EVER do ANYTHING straight away?! (Or even smile for that matter). :-P But jokes aside, the answer is definitely a big no. Your tourist visa will cancel out your x visa, they definitely won’t entertain you (plus you don’t have a valid reason for the visa extension anymore anyway). Sorry. :-( You’re welcome about the help. It really is a battlefield!

September 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm
(114) Ganesh says:

Hi,

I have a few questions. I’m currently in India on a 10 year tourist visa touring and visiting friends. I’ve been offered a job with a US based NGO to run a training program here in India for them. The US based NGO will pay my salary and expenses while I’m here. Do I go for a Business Visa or an Employment Visa?

Also, can I apply for the visa while I’m here in India or do I need to go all the way to the US just to apply? Will there be any issue with me having just been in India on tourist visa and now applying for business or employment visa?

Thanks for the help!

September 22, 2010 at 2:59 am
(115) goindia says:

Hi Ganesh, if you’re being paid by a company outside India then you’ll need a Business visa (employment visas are only issued to people working for companies registered in India). You’ll need to apply for the visa outside India, unfortunately (tourist visas can’t be converted to other types of visas in India). You shouldn’t have any problems getting it though. Good luck!

September 25, 2010 at 9:15 am
(116) IBC says:

I am now a US citizen,but born in India. I have a multiple visa (10 yrs). I have visited india on the visa issued. Am i required to apply for another visa as the 2 mth rule has taken effect? How do i go about it?
thanks for ur advice in advance!!

September 26, 2010 at 3:02 am
(117) goindia says:

Hi IBC, you can still use your 10 year visa but you won’t be allowed to re-enter India within two months. Since you have Indian heritage, you can however apply for an X (Entry) visa. This kind of visa doesn’t have any restrictions, however it does cost a little bit more, and if you apply for it it will cancel out your 10 year tourist visa. The maximum amount of time an X visa is issued for is 5 years. You could also apply for a PIO (Person of Indian Origin) card. It’s valid for 15 years, and allows you to visit/live/work in India without a visa. It costs a few hundred dollars (not sure of the exact amount, but the Embassy website will tell you). Hope this helps! :-)

September 29, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(118) mitpatel says:

hi goindia

my mom wants to apply for indian visa, now im very confused between tourist visa and entry visa. because my mom is US citizen and she was british overseas before. now my dad is US citizen but he was Indian citizen before. now me and my dad applied for OCI card so tht wont be any problem its just confused on my mom’s visa tht which one she should go for?

and also one more thing?
in a question section tht DID U VISIT INDIA IN LAST 10 YEARS?

wht she should type yes or no?
because she came to usa like five years ago from india but tht time she carried british overseas passport as i said earlier.

September 30, 2010 at 1:26 am
(119) goindia says:

Hi mitpatel, wow, it seems complicated but it’s not so bad. Your mom is eligible to apply for an X visa — it is granted to spouses of people of Indian origin. It doesn’t matter that your dad is now a US citizen. If she’s just going to India for a once off visit, and isn’t likely to be coming back for at least 6 months, she could apply for a tourist visa though. It’s more straightforward and cheaper…but if she wants to comeback to India she’ll be subjected to the two month gap rule. She won’t have to worry about this on an Entry visa. As for the question about visiting India in the last 10 years, I guess she should put yes. Even though she had a different passport, she was still the same person. Hope this helps! :-)

October 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm
(120) olga says:

hello,
I am russian,going to marry indian. i am staying with his family in Agra now. for some reason we can’t marry right now. and on the 30th of oct my tourist visa will be over. I was going to sri lanka to extend visa and then come back to India. And only today I realised that according to the new visa rules I will have to stay in Lanka at least for 2 months. Is that so? Are there any possibilities to come back in a week? or to extend without leaving India?

October 3, 2010 at 2:28 am
(121) goindia says:

Hi Olga, it’s not possible to extend your tourist visa in India (unless you marry). Since your tourist visa is about to expire, you’ll actually have to apply for a new one (not extend it). According to the new rules you must wait one month before applying for a new tourist visa, otherwise the application will have to be sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs for approval. The two month gap rule can only be waived in case of emergency situations (such as family illness or death). I’m not sure that getting married would qualify for this.

Here’s some more information: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/FAQ-TVisa170510.pdf

October 2, 2010 at 8:38 am
(122) Jass says:

Hi goindia
I would like to ask you about my visa which expires on the 14th November.It is 6 months tourist visa.Can you tell me please is it possible to extend my visa here without going back to my country, if it possible tell me if I apply for the yoga course now or to get an offer letter from some NGO to work for them as a volunteer , or if I get married to my boyfriend who is an Indian nationality ,tell me is it late if I do some of these actions now or it is late because of the fact when my visa gets expired ( 14th November).The main reason why I want to stay in India is my boyfriend, we don’t want to get separate now so tell us the way out please how to stay together.
Thanks a lot your answer means great hope for us

October 3, 2010 at 2:17 am
(123) goindia says:

Hi Jass, unfortunately it’s not possible to extend a tourist visa in India, or change it into any other purpose, unless you marry (you can then get an X visa). You would need to go back to your own country and apply for a student visa or an employment visa if you were to do yoga or volunteer, respectively. If you decide to marry, you need to give notice of 30 days in advance at the local registrar of marriages.

Here’s more information about how to get married in India:

http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/Getting_Married_in_India.htm

Hope it helps! :-)

October 4, 2010 at 12:41 am
(124) Louise Bruun says:

Hi.
Is it possible to enter India on a 6 months visa with multiple entries from Sri Lanla? I have in the meentime been in Malaysia and Indonesia but I am currently in Sri Lanka and plan to go to India from here.
I left India on the 28 of August to Malaysia and then Indonesia, and plan to go back around th 24-27 of October from Sri Lanka. Is that possible?

-Louise
Denmark

October 4, 2010 at 4:00 am
(125) goindia says:

Hi Louise, if you have a return ticket back to Denmark from India (and you can show it as proof), then you should be able to return via Sri Lanka as it falls in the category of tourism to neighboring countries. Immigrations officers do have the power to let you return to Indian under these circumstances.

October 4, 2010 at 6:15 pm
(126) sushil says:

hi am from India & rgt now in sharjah uae working here, am in love with girl she is from pakistan, now we planning to get married, i applied for her visit visa bt its rejected bez she will be 18th in dec.now am planning to visit pakistan, how much time it will take for getting visa to pakistan, & is it possible to marriage in pakistan on visit visa, she is muslim & am hindu bt i recently converted to islam. or is there any other to get our marriage certificate without visit pakistan,please reply me.

October 5, 2010 at 12:15 am
(127) goindia says:

Hi Sushil, unfortunately I don’t know anything about Pakistan visas or anything about marriage there. My experience is limited to India. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

October 5, 2010 at 12:36 am
(128) Rani says:

I was born in India and adopted and am a Canadian citizen. I want to go back to India and learn about my former life, I want to go for one year what visa do I need. I want to leave mid December. Please give me some direction.

October 6, 2010 at 12:39 am
(129) goindia says:

Hi Rani, if you have an Indian birth certificate or proof of your Indian heritage you can apply for a one year X (Entry) visa. Your local Indian Embassy website will be able to provide you with more details as to how to apply.

October 8, 2010 at 12:43 am
(130) Mike says:

Hello there,
I have a question that i hope you can help me with.
I’m an Australian citizen, currently holding a one year, multiple entry business visa for India, which is due to expire in january. I would like to be able to obtain a tourist visa at the end of this visa (to travel, not to continue my work). Do you know if it is possible to get a tourist visa from within India already? I’ve been told random unofficial contacts that it is like nailing jelly to a wall (near impossible)… but i’m hoping i have been misinformed. Appreciate any advice you can give.

Cheers

October 8, 2010 at 5:17 am
(131) goindia says:

Hi Mike, unfortunately the advice you’ve received is correct. They don’t issue tourist visas in India. The best option would be to take a short trip to Bangkok and get a tourist visa from there. Good luck!

October 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm
(132) KC says:

Hi,
I am an Indian citizen in US. I am married and my wife is Canadian. She visited India in 2008 on a 5 year multiple entry tourist visa. We are planning to go again in early November. Can she enter India with the current tourist visa? I understand the new rule that will not let her reenter with 2 months.
Thanks
KC

October 10, 2010 at 2:39 am
(133) goindia says:

Hi KC, if she visited India in 2008, it will be much longer than 2 months between visits if she goes back in November! So yes, she can enter on her tourist visa. However, if she wants to visit India again afterwards, she’ll have to stay out for at least 2 months. Alternatively, she can get an X (Entry) visa as she’s married to an Indian citizen. The 2 month rule doesn’t apply to X visas. Hope this helps.

October 17, 2010 at 10:46 am
(134) madmuppet says:

Hi,

I’m a U.S. citizen, born in India, and I have a valid multiple entry tourist visa that expires on January 26, 2011.

1. Am I still eligible to use this tourist visa, since it’s not expired, or do I need to get an entry visa since I’m Indian-born?

2. If I can continue to use this visa, will this visa still be valid if I enter and leave India BEFORE January 26, 2011? Or does there need to be a certain cushion of time left in the visa when I enter the country (for example, some countries require that your visa has at least 3 months left before expiration when entering that country).

Any insight you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

October 17, 2010 at 2:17 pm
(135) goindia says:

Hi Madmuppet, yes you can still use that tourist visa, and it’s fine for you to enter and leave before January 26. There is no cushion of time required. :-) So, good news for you!

October 19, 2010 at 7:52 am
(136) lin says:

hi! i have an indian bf in india,we had a baby already, im here in phils.he wants to come in phils. but his visa was denied, coz he said to me that the embassy needs my invitation letterto send him and,some of my documents,and also my parents documents. that’s y im worried that he can’t come in phils. Please help me…what will i do…

October 19, 2010 at 8:06 am
(137) lin says:

i thought all are okay coz he told me that he book his ticket already the date was on oct. 26. but when he said that his visa was denied i feel very upset coz i expect him that he will come on that day. Please help me what to do,,,do i need to send him a invitation letter as he said that the embassy need that, before they approved the visa, y india embassy asking lot of documents from me,,,all my documents and add on that also my bank account…my question is,im not the one going to india why they are asking all my documents esp. the bank account

thanks a lot,
lin

October 19, 2010 at 10:46 am
(138) goindia says:

Hi Lin, I’m so sorry to hear about your situation. Unfortunately, I can’t give you any advice because I only have knowledge about visas for going to India, not Indians going to the US. You definitely should do what the Embassy asks you to do though. If they want a letter, do provide it. They probably want your bank account information to see if you have enough money to support him financially in the US.

If you want more information you can go to About.com’s Immigration website and have a look. http://immigration.about.com/

Hope the situation gets resolved fast!

October 21, 2010 at 6:20 am
(139) Pamela says:

I’m a US citizen, living in the US, and my fiance is an Indian living in India. I’m unemployed and can’t find work, though I’m applying all the time. (He is employed in India.) If I can’t find work soon, making a good amount of money, there’s basically no way he can come here to get married, which would be our first choice.

So I’m looking at visas so we would marry in India and probably stay there a while, and I’m confused. If I’m his fiance, don’t I technically not qualify for the X visa until we’re married? So does that mean I have to enter the country on a tourist visa and go through the headache of extending it? (Blessedly, he lives in Gurgaon so going to Delhi is no big deal). Or would they give me an X visa as soon-to-be spouse of an Indian citizen?

Also, scrolling through the comments and answers above, it seems like the way a ‘registry’ marriage is conducted has something to do with Hindu tradition? Both my fiance and I are Christian, so does that change things?

Thanks.

October 21, 2010 at 11:39 am
(140) goindia says:

Hi Pamela, India being India, relationships apart from marriage aren’t recognized. You have to be married (not just engaged) to get an X visa, so yes you will have to come on a tourist visa and go through that dreaded conversion process. As for the registry marriage, it isn’t Hindu at all. In fact, it’s probably more Christian than anything because you have to recite those famous lines (I take… to be my lawful wife/husband). That’s all it is, then you sign on the dotted line with 3 witnesses. It’s done in a government registry office. Hope that helps (I’ve been there and done it)! :-)

October 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm
(141) Lover of India says:

Ok, I can withstand all the useless rules … but providing hotel booking for the whole period is stunning.
Another joke is giving people 3 days tourist VISA
India is very big, give people apportunity to explore it, let them go crazy.
You have a problem with certain people they are known to you and you can identify them so ban them, but why are you making it hard on me as a lover of India
I hope it is not a group of BIHARIES who are making the rules.

October 30, 2010 at 3:06 am
(142) mithra says:

Hi,

I am an Indian.my would be from Uzbekistan.we planned to marry and settle in india.my question is,

1.what type of visa required to bring her?
2.Any special private viza available?in the sence letter of invitation?
3.

October 30, 2010 at 4:08 am
(143) goindia says:

Hi Mithra, she will have to come to India on a tourist visa only. After marriage, this can be converted to an X (Entry) visa at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi. X Visa will allow her to stay in India as a resident but not be employed here. After one year of marriage, she can get a PIO card, which will allow her to live in India without a visa. She’ll be able to work here as well. There aren’t any special types of private visas available.

October 31, 2010 at 4:12 am
(144) Joe says:

HI Lin,

Me also passed through the same problems. I am an Indian national, my gf is a Filipina. The Philippines embassy in India rejected my visa for 8 holy times. Even though I submitted all required documents including bank statements, and all other requirements from Philippines also, still they declined my visa. Me and my gf was so upset with the fact. I still believe the requirements by Philippines embassy in India are really an over demanding one. I already had a terribly bad incident from the consulate of Philippines in Chennai, India. When they continuously rejected my visa I went there and ask the lady(I dunno her designation) why my visa is rejecting. She shout at me and told me exactly like this”BECAUSE U R AN INDIAN”. I really felt bad about that fact, I really wanted to complain about her but I was afraid if I do they may blacklist my passport or some thing. I must admit one more thing mostly the officials in Phil embassies in India, their attitude towards common people are really pathetic, Unless and until if you are a very good business man or a so rich guy. So may people have objections about what I stated here, But I am not exaggerating anything. Its all happened to me. I am glad that now Indian PM announced visa on arrival for Philippine nationals in India, I wish, hope and I pray that Philippines will also do the same to Indian nationals.

November 1, 2010 at 6:51 am
(145) farah says:

stupidest law ever
what will they get out of banning tourists from entering india within 2 months of leaving it?
they’ll get the satisfaction of making the tourists misrebale, typical Indian bureaucratic behavior

November 1, 2010 at 8:12 am
(146) jovy says:

Sir, i just want to ask.. i am a filipina and currently here in india under tourist visa for 6 months and being married to an indian for over a year. I want to know if i can be eligible to apply for PIO Card not having stayed here in india for 1 year? and is it possible to apply for PIO Card without changing my passport to my marriage name ( as currently i am holding a passport with my maiden name)?
Please advise.

Thank you.

November 1, 2010 at 2:41 pm
(147) goindia says:

Hi Jovy, no unfortunately you can’t apply for a PIO card in India if you’re on a tourist visa and not a resident of India. You’ll need to apply in the country that you reside in, which is still officially the Philippines. You can however go to the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi and get your tourist visa converted into an X visa, which will give you resident status in India. Then, you can apply for PIO in India after registering and getting a resident’s permit from your local Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office. Yes, you can apply for a PIO card with your maiden name. The PIO card will reflect the same name that you have in your passport. That’s okay. No problem. Hope this helps! :-)

November 1, 2010 at 9:33 pm
(148) jovy says:

Dear Goindia,

Thanks for the prompt reply. Sir again that makes me wondering, right now i am not renewing my passport and i won’t be having enough time to renew it in Phils and moreover i still have 1 year before it expires so i will still use it for my PIO application, what i wanted to know is if i renew it with my married name after 1 year, won’t it complicate as my PIO is under my maiden name? please reply.

November 2, 2010 at 3:22 am
(149) goindia says:

Hi Jovy, yes you are right. It will complicate matters. You’ll have to get your name changed on your PIO card, I believe, so that it matches your passport.

November 2, 2010 at 11:48 am
(150) alina says:

Dear Goindia,
i got married indian citizen, who is living in India, myself i am not of Indian orign.because due to new rules turist visa can be ussued max for 45 days and bcz of illness i was enclined to overstay my visa.In FRRO they said that Overstayed stamp is not a problem,so after marriage we got marriage certificate and i returned to me country.I applyed for X-Visa and now it has been almost 2 months since i m waiting till my visa will be issued.Could you plz tell me,in the cases like mine how long X-visa is being issued.
Thank you in advance

November 2, 2010 at 4:05 pm
(151) goindia says:

Hi Alina, 2 months is a very long time to wait to get an X visa. Too long actually. You should go to the place that you applied at (or phone them up, but its preferable to go in person if possible) and inquire about the status and if there is a problem. I can’t give you a specific time frame for how soon you should get your X visa in your case, but in normal cases, it’s issued in a week or two.

November 4, 2010 at 12:26 am
(152) Vandana says:

Hi,
I am in India on a tourist visa and am of Indian Origin. I have applied for OCI in India and plan to be here past the 180 days. The OCI will probably come after the 180 days so should I apply for X Visa ? Does X Visa have to be applied through MHA only or any FRRO can issue one ? How long does it take to get the X Visa ?
Thanks

November 4, 2010 at 4:37 am
(153) goindia says:

Hi Vandana, the only place in India that has authority to convert your tourist visa into an X visa is the Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigner’s Division) in Delhi. You have an unusual situation, maybe they will grant you an extension of your tourist visa or approve your X visa. What normally happens is that the MHA issues you with a letter with instructions to take to your local FRRO. You’ll have to register there, and they’ll process the request. So it depends on how efficient they are. I’m a little surprised that they let you apply for OCI on a tourist visa actually! Normally, it needs to be done in your country of residence so that this issue doesn’t arise. So, first step for you, the MHA in Delhi. Good luck!

November 6, 2010 at 4:03 pm
(154) yen says:

Dear Goindia,

My family & I each have a double entry tourist visa & have entered (&left) india once last september’10.

In December (after 2 mths leaving India) I plan to enter India from Nepal (2nd entry) … assuming this is fine right?

After that, is it possible for me to visit Nepal again & then re-enter India? (3rd entry)
———-
My family however will make the 2nd entry in india.
Is it similarly possible for them to make a side trip to Nepal, and then re-enter India? (3rd entry)

We have booked our return flight out of India but it will be about 1 month after the side trip to Nepal.
Do you fore-see any difficulties?

Thanks,
Yen

November 7, 2010 at 6:53 am
(155) goindia says:

Hi Yen, side trips to Nepal are regarded as neighboring tourism, and you can have 2 or 3 of them based on need. Your “third entry” should be fine because you stayed out of India for more than 2 months the first time, so the count for number of re-entries will start again. :-)

November 12, 2010 at 6:20 am
(156) Lucky says:

Hello, good tat I found you. I want to point a huge missunderstanding people have with the 2 month gap rule. The statement is, that has to be a 2 month gap in between 2 visits. The trues is, that there has to be a two month gap after your last visa expired. This is huge difference. In my case I was ‘waiting’ two month although I had a valid Indian visa in this period. I Malaysia my request for a new visa was rejected because:
1. One can first apply for a new visa 1 mont after the old one has experied
2. The old procedure to cancle is valid visa for getting a new doesn’t exist anymore
3. A foreigner can not apply for a tourist visa to India abroads anymore.

At least this is what the Indian embassy in Kuala Lumpur told me to explain the rejection. After all, India can not be plattform for Aisan travelers anymore. Moreover, a new Visa we can get only in our home countries.

I hope somebody can help or tell me another positive story or give an idea for a work around. Cheers, Lucky

November 12, 2010 at 6:42 am
(157) Barbara says:

Hi, a have a question. My Indian Tourist visa has expired 15th of october, and i left the country according to the rules and regulations. I was planning to come back after a 2 month gap and then marry my (indian) boyfriend.

But .. just now today i heard i got enroled in a yoga/sanskrit course in Mysore and have obtained a letter of admission with which i can apply for a student visa. A so called Special Endorsement Visa/X Visa.

Does this mean i won’t have to wait for the 2 month gap? Does this mean i can re-enter India, do the course and marry my boyfriend?

And also can you give some information about where to register when i am in India? I understood that i have to register myself with the commisioner of police of Mysore. But no one is able to tell me when. Directly when i’m in India, or can i do this in say 2 weeks. What are the penalties if i do not register, or not in time?

Please give me your advice, i will be needing it

Hari Om,
Barbara

November 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm
(158) goindia says:

Hi Barbara, good news, yes you can apply for a student visa, come back earlier and also get married. You will need to register yourself within 14 days of arrival (it will stipulate this on your visa). If you’re late you’ll have to pay a fee. I think it’s around $30 from memory.

Make sure you have all your documents in order to get married:

http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm
:-)

November 13, 2010 at 5:19 am
(159) Barbara says:

Hi Goinda, thanks for the swift reply :)

Does it matter where i register? I will be studying in Mysore, but it will take me little while before i’m there. If i could register myself say in Delhi it would make things a bit more easy.

And the 30 day rule about marriage .. Since my boyfriend is living continious in India i don’t think this is a problem. I have already requested for a certified certificate of birth/cival status. Is this enough or do i need to require other documents? And what documents does my boyfriend need to hand over?

In a few months we will most likely move to Europe and stay for about 9 months each year there, and 3 months in India. My boyfriend/future husband will be getting a european long term spouse visa, and in 2 years he can obtain european citizinship. But do you also have any idea how my future visa for India will be? Do i get a spouse visa? Indian nationality?

Barbara

Barbara

November 13, 2010 at 11:51 am
(160) goindia says:

You’re welcome Barbara! :-) In regards to registration, usually you need to register where you’ll be living, which is Mysore.

For the marriage, your boyfriend will need proof of address and passport. If he doesn’t have passport, then ration card or voters ID.

After you get married, you will be entitled to an Entry (X) visa for India, then one year after marriage you can apply for a Person of Indian Origin Card. This will allow you to visit and live in India without a visa. You can also work, and have all the rights of an Indian citizen except voting and buying agricultural land. It’s valid for 15 years. You won’t be entitled to citizenship unless you live in India for around 7 years first.

November 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm
(161) Barbara says:

Thanks again Goindia.

Fast and with the information i can work with. Thanks again :)

November 13, 2010 at 10:22 pm
(162) Wendy says:

Hi Sharell

I’m an Australian citizen who’ll be marrying my Indian fiance under the Special Marriage Act in a registry office in Kerala early next year. I’ve already found heaps of information on the internet that has helped me greatly, however, there’s one area that still puzzles and concerns me somewhat i.e. Authentication and Apostille stamps. Apostille stamps in Australia are quite expensive at $60.00 for one document so I only want to get it done if I absolutely have to.

Is it enough to have my documents certified by a JP here in Australia or will some documents need to have an Authentication or Apostille stamp in order for me to marry in India? The documents I’m having certified are my passport, birth and divorce certificate, and the No record of marriage in Queensland (i.e. since my divorce). I was thinking of getting about 3 copies for each document in case I need to present them to a few different authorities in India. Would you say it’s advisable to get more than 1 copy? If I do need more certified copies of my Australian documents can I have it done in India? If so, would I have to go to an Australian Consulate or the Australian High Commission to get it done? I’m also not sure if the copies of my passport are to be in colour or black and white. I would assume colour.

After our marriage do we need to have an Apostille stamp on our marriage certificate? If so does the stamp go on the original certificate or a copy only? Is it true that Delhi is the only place where we can go to have an Apostille stamp on our marriage certificate? If so, where in Delhi would we need to go to have this done?

I appreciate your help in regards to my questions regarding certified copies and Authentication or Apostille stamps. It will help to relieve me of some of my concerns.:)

Thank you for your assistance and time.

Kind Regards

Wendy

November 15, 2010 at 2:21 am
(163) goindia says:

Hi Wendy, gosh an Apostille stamp! That’s something new for me. I’d never heard of it and had to do a google search! Honestly, I’ve been through the whole registry marriage procedure in India (my husband is Indian) and not once did the mention of an Apostille stamp come up!! My Australian documents were photocopied in black and white (colour is not needed) and authorised as true copies by a notary public (an Advocacy of the High Court) here in India. It was done in the High Court complex in Mumbai. And you know what, India being India they didn’t even bother to look at the original documents. There was an agent waiting at the gate, we told him we wanted our photocopies notarised, he took them away (without the originals) and came back 5 mins later with the seals on them. So, based on my experience I would say an Apostille stamp is not necessary. Just get your documents notarised in India. Don’t go to a JP in Australia. You will only need to present your documents to the registry office, but you will need a few copies.

As for the marriage certificate, we only got given a notarised copy of ours. Not the original! This might vary depending on what registry office you go to though. I have no idea about whether you should get an Apostille stamp on your marriage certificate. Again, I haven’t got one on mine. But my research tells me that yes, it’s true that you need to get it from Delhi. There’s quite a bit of information in this blog: http://randychd.blogspot.com/2009/04/how-to-and-tips-on-apostille.html

Hope this helps! And congratulations on your impending wedding. :-)

November 13, 2010 at 10:53 pm
(164) Wendy says:

Hi Goindia,

This is a follow on from my previous comment since I ran out of room. This time I would like to discuss concerns I have with applying for an Indian Entry visa in Australia after my marriage to an Indian citizen in Kerala early next year.

After my marriage I’m planning on returning to Australia before my 6 month tourist visa expires. This is because I believe it’s much easier for me to apply for an Entry visa in Australia than it is in India. I also want to come back to Australia so I can change my name on my passport, driver’s licence, bank card, etc. I know I don’t have to take my husband’s name but I want to.

I would like some clarification as to what documentation I should take with me to Australia before I leave India so I don’t have any problems in applying for an Entry visa. I already know through the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages in Queensland that I’ll need to apply for a Change of Name form if I want to take my husband’s name.

My understanding is I’ll apply for the Change of Name first before I do anything else. When I have the Change of Name form I’ll present this along with my Indian marriage certificate to the Indian Embassy here in Australia. If my Indian marriage certificate needs to have an Apostille stamp (as in my previous post) I’ll get this done before I leave India.

Is this the only documentation I’ll need along with my passport (showing my new name) to apply for an Indian Entry visa in Australia after our marriage?

I thank you for your help once again.

Kind Regards

Wendy

November 15, 2010 at 2:26 am
(165) goindia says:

Hi again, all you need to apply for your entry visa in Australia are your marriage certificate and a photocopy of your husband’s Indian passport (or other proof that he is of Indian origin). Proving that your husband is of Indian origin is important. It shouldn’t take more than a week. And yes, it’s much much easier than applying in India!! ;-)

November 15, 2010 at 4:56 pm
(166) Wendy says:

Thank you so much Goindia for the fast and helpful reply. I appreciate it greatly. I have another concern –

I know I have to marry in India on a tourist visa since there is no such thing as a fiance or prospective marriage visa. I’m wondering what I should put on my visa application and the card I have to fill out for Customs as to what my reason for visiting India is? Is it okay to say I’m getting married in India on a tourist visa?

I’ll be going for about 5-6 months and I won’t be employed so I’m concerned that if I just say I’m there for a social visit they may want to see evidence that I can provide for myself during that time. I have some funds but my fiance is providing for me during my stay.

I don’t know if I should say on the card I’m marrying my Indian fiance or not. Is it better for me not to reveal what my true intention for visiting India is? I don’t want to be dishonest but some other couples in the same boat as me have advised not to reveal your true intention. I thought it would be better to tell Customs I’m getting married because then they’d understand why I’m staying so long. However, I’m worried it may somehow get me into trouble if I say I’m getting married on a tourist visa even though there’s no other visa to marry on.

Last year when I went to Cochin Airport I was questioned as to why I was visiting India. I just said then that I was spending time with my fiance. This time is different though because I’m getting married. What are your thoughts on this matter as to what and how much I should probably reveal on my visa application and the card for Customs?

Kind Regards

Wendy

November 16, 2010 at 12:35 am
(167) goindia says:

Hi again Wendy,

There’s definitely no need to write on your visa application that you’re getting married because that reason won’t appear on the visa! Just deal with the question at Immigration if it arises…. it many never actually arise because it depends on the Immigration officer at the time. You can say you’re getting married on a tourist visa, after all it’s not illegal. Marriage is a grounds for converting tourist visa to X visa in India, and people do that all the time. It’s always best not to complicate things though, so my advice is to just say you’re visiting family/friends and elaborate if asked. :-)

November 16, 2010 at 5:25 am
(168) Wendy says:

Thanks again Goindia for the fast and helpful advice! I don’t have anymore questions for now but if I do you’ll definitely hear from me again.

Many thanks and bye for now.

Wendy

November 18, 2010 at 1:35 am
(169) REZA says:

Dear Sir,

I am an Indian National and my children were born in Tanzania, East Africa and are holding Tanzanian Passports. They are 8 and 13 years old and studying in Nashik on a students visa. I want to apply for PIO for them. Do I need to convert their visa to x visa first and then start the application. If so where and how do I apply for x visa from Nashik. I would like clear information on that.

November 18, 2010 at 9:28 am
(170) goindia says:

Hi Reza, you can’t make the application in Nashik unfortunately. It can only be done in Delhi, at the Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners Division). Only Foreigners Regional Registration Offices in major Indian cities (Mumbai, Kolkata etc) can process PIO applications. If you don’t live in one of these cities, you will need to apply in Delhi.

However, to have this confirmed, you may inquire at the Nashik Foreigner’s Registration Office: Ph: (253)-2309700. Address: Beside Collector Office, Dsp Branch, Nashik, 422001

A student visa should be fine to start the process, as long as it is a long term one of over one year.

November 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm
(171) REZA says:

Dear Sir,

Thank you for the reply. I took your advise and called Jaisalmer House New Delhi where they told that the students visa needs to be converted into x visa first which can be done at the SP office in Nashik and then I can make a direct application for PIO to New Delhi.

I am in doubts if 5 years student visa for minors in school needs to be changed to X visa and if its possible to do it in Nashik.

Kindly comment and advise

November 19, 2010 at 12:22 am
(172) goindia says:

Hi Reza, in my view it shouldn’t need to be converted. The official requirements are:

An application for issue of a PIO Card shall be made to an Indian Embassy or Consulate in the country/area where the applicant is ordinarily a resident.

Applicants already in India on Long Term Visa (for more than one year) may apply for a PIO Card.

There is nothing in the official information stating that the visa has to be an X visa…just that it must be a long term visa.

Source: http://www.mha.nic.in/uniquepage.asp?Id_Pk=335

Plus, another thing, it doesn’t make sense to convert your children’s student visas to X visas. They are here for the purpose of studying, and a student visa is what they require! I also highly doubt that the SP office in Nashik has the authority to do such visa conversion. I’m sorry this is so confusing. These visa issues are known for producing conflicting information. :-( The government authorities aren’t the most well informed.

November 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm
(173) Nitin says:

Dear goindia, Hope you can advise me on this:
I have a PIO card and moved to India to work for an international hotel brand six months ago from the UK. I have been with my girlfriend for 4 years and we plan to get married in 2012. She is from Spain and has had to come on a 90 day tourist visa and then give a 2 month break before reapplying for another tourist visa. This back and forth shuffling between Spain and India coupled with the separation is driving us both mad and also strain on our finances.
So that’s the background.
Is it possible for her to come on a longer term visa since we only plan to marry in March 2012 e.g. a visa for volunteer work with a NGO. Last time she was here we tried looking at jobs but with the 25k USD min wage for foreign employment, it has not been possible for her to get a position.
Appreciate your advise

Many thanks

November 20, 2010 at 3:23 am
(174) goindia says:

Hi Nitin, I can understand, it would be very frustrating. Yes, longer term visas are available for voluntary work with a registered NGO. These visas are essentially employment visas containing a special endorsement stating “TO WORK WITH NGO” (the name of the NGO and place will also be listed). Hope this helps!

November 20, 2010 at 7:39 am
(175) Nitin says:

Hi Sharell, thanks very much for clarifying this for me. Would you know of any good NGO’s in Mumbai that sponsor people from overseas for volunteer work. I tried to contact Mumbai smiles which is co-incidentally run by a Spanish writer, plus a couple more but in all cases my calls were not entertained.
Thanks

November 21, 2010 at 6:14 am
(176) goindia says:

Hi Nitin, I’m not 100% sure of any unfortunately. However, one option could be CRY (Child Rights and You). They have an extensive volunteer program:

http://www.cry.org/volunteer/Cities/mumbailp.html

These could be other options:

http://www.concernindiafoundation.org/index.asp
http://www.akanksha.org/
http://www.snehasadan.org/

Or if these options fail:

http://mumbainews.wordpress.com/2006/08/20/list-of-ngos-working-in-mumbai/

Best of luck! Let me know how you get on. :-)

November 21, 2010 at 10:33 am
(177) sodhi says:

Hi, I was wondering how long it takes to get an entry visa.Is their any way to get it expedited?(I need it really soon)
Thanks for any insight

November 22, 2010 at 12:44 am
(178) goindia says:

Hi Sodhi, it usually takes a week or so after you submit your application. At least that was my experience when I got an X visa a couple of years ago (in Australia). Mine was done in a week. You will have to check with your local embassy/visa processing office. They might have a facility to process it quicker if you pay extra.

November 22, 2010 at 2:39 am
(179) Selvan says:

WHAT ARE ALL THE PROCEDURES TO MARRY A INDIAN GIRL BY INDIAN BOY WHILE WORKING IN THAILAND FOR 2 YEAR CONTRACT BY THE BOY ALREADY WORKING FOR THAI FOR PAST 3 MONTHS TO A GIRL IN INDIA.

November 22, 2010 at 4:01 am
(180) goindia says:

Hi Selvan, you want to get married in India or Thailand? If it’s in Thailand, I have no idea about that. You could go over to http://gothailand.about.com/ and ask. If it’s in India, the procedure depends on what religions the couple are.

November 24, 2010 at 7:15 am
(181) TeddyBear says:

Hi Hope u can help me … I am indian with thai passport and i had applied for OCI on 6 oct 2010 in the indian embassy in bangkok… the embassy told me it wud take about 4 to 6 weeks for the OCI but so far i have this info based on my online status enquiry below. Can you tell me how much longer do i have to wait. It is really frustrating for a OCI to take so long when my other family member’s got their’s in a month. Please help

Date of Acknowledgement 29-OCT-2010
Photo/Signature Scanned On 29-OCT-2010

Registration Status Granted On 18-NOV-2010

Documents Printing Status
NOT PRINTED

Documents Dispatched to Concerned Mission/Office on NOT DISPATCHED

Documents Received at BANGKOK
NOT YET

November 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(182) goindia says:

Hi TeddyBear,

Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how much longer it will take. Being Indian, you know what Indian procedures are like. Plus, every Indian government office moves at its own pace. From the status update, it looks like your application hasn’t commenced being processed yet. If I was you, I’d ring up the Embassy and speak to someone about what is causing the delay. Best of luck!

November 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm
(183) aman says:

hello

I would like to know how long a person can stay in India on tourist visa which is for 6 months but one of the guy from tourist travel told me that a person can stay in India for just 1 month even if the visa is for 6 months.

My gf will be applying for Indian tourist visa soon but im so confused with that information that she can only stay here for 1 month even if she gets the 6months visa…

I hope u can help with this. I would really appreciate it.

Thanks
Aman

November 26, 2010 at 2:09 am
(184) goindia says:

Hi Aman, usually if a person gets a 6 month tourist visa they’ll be able to stay in India for 6 months. However, it does depend on the person’s nationality. Some countries have restrictions where they can only stay for 90 days etc at a time. What country does your girlfriend come from?

November 26, 2010 at 9:00 am
(185) Tom says:

Hi, Wonder if you can help. I am going to India in Feb returning Feb 16 on a Business visa which expires Feb 21. When I retrun I want to apply for a 5 yr tourist visa with a view to going on holiday in India in early April. Can I do this or does the 2 month rule apply ? I am guessing by the letter of the rules it should not be a problem. The 2 month rule does not apply to Business visas right ? So when I leave India on the Business visa there should be no reason to receive a 2 month restriction stamp right ?

November 26, 2010 at 11:27 pm
(186) goindia says:

Hi Tom, yes that’s right! :-)

November 28, 2010 at 3:27 pm
(187) Rakesh Dsouza says:

Hello, what are the formalities required to marry a Filipino lady in India, I’m planing to get her to India on a visit visa for a month on march 2011 (are 30days enough for the whole process?) and please let me know that in case my wife delivers in Philippines,will my kids need visa to visit India?

November 28, 2010 at 11:27 pm
(188) goindia says:

Hi Rakesh, you’ll find information about how to get married to a foreigner in this document. 30 days will be enough if you submit the intention of marriage document before she arrives (you must give at least 30 days notice before getting married).

http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

If your wife has your kids in the Philippines, they will be citizens of that country. So yes, they will need a visa to come to India. However, they would be eligible for PIO (Person of Indian Origin) or OCI (Overseas Citizen of India). The application would need to be made at the Indian Embassy in the Philippines.

November 30, 2010 at 1:58 am
(189) subodh says:

Hi GoIndia,

Can a person of foreign nationality get married in Indian on a employment visa? what are the consequences for the same? Can that person apply for a PIO after one year of marriage on employment visa?

Thanks in Advance!!!

November 30, 2010 at 3:04 am
(190) goindia says:

Hi subodh, yes, of course. It doesn’t matter what the visa type is. Two people can get married regardless. The person will be eligible for a PIO after one year of marriage, however, they will need to be a resident of India and have a long term visa to be able to apply for it in India. This is usually an X visa, but an employment visa should be okay too, after all it facilitates residency in India. :-)

November 30, 2010 at 3:04 am
(191) goindia says:

Hi subodh, yes, of course. It doesn’t matter what the visa type is. Two people can get married regardless. The person will be eligible for a PIO after one year of marriage, however, they will need to be a resident of India and have a long term visa to be able to apply for it in India. This is usually an X visa, but an employment visa should be okay too, after all it facilitates residency in India. :-)

November 30, 2010 at 3:14 am
(192) Subodh says:

:) Thanks Sharell… The only problem with X visa is she cannot work in India. With the Employment Visa, she can work wherever she wants instead of just sitting at home for 1 year which is rather boring. Employment visa is for one year generally but is very easily expandable at the FRO office for another year after which she can directly get a PIO.

Thanks for all your help… :) really appreciate..

cheers
Subodh

November 30, 2010 at 9:46 am
(193) goindia says:

Hi again Subodh, that’s correct. There is a new rule about employment visas though, with is starting to be enforced. That is, the applicant will need to be earning $25,000 a year or more in India to qualify for the visa.

You can find more information about this by doing a Google search. Here is one article:

http://global-immigration-news.totallyexpat.com/india-authorities-eliminate-employment-visa-quota/

December 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm
(194) aman says:

Hello GoIndia

I hope u remember my situation, my gf is coming to India n i asked u how long she can stay here with the tourist visa for 6 months, she is from Philippines. sorry for the late reply

Thank you

aman

December 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm
(195) goindia says:

Hi Aman,

The website for the Indian Embassy in the Philippines says the visa will be valid for 6 months. That is, 6 months from the date the visa is issued. Not six months from when she arrives in India. You can find more information, including how and where to apply here:

http://www.embindia.org.ph/visa.php

December 9, 2010 at 7:15 pm
(196) Jude says:

Hi Sharell,

My gf is a filipina & she would be coming on a 6month visit visa to India and we will marry thru the civil register office. They require a NOC from her parents and also her singleness to be brought in order to perform the marriage.

What i want to know is after getting married i will be going back to dubai since im working there. I will be applying for her dependent visa from dubai. But will she be able to travel from india or will she need to go back to the philippines since she needs to do her medicals before coming to dubai.
Thanks in advance and i will look forward for your reply.

Rgards,
Jude…

December 10, 2010 at 1:34 am
(197) goindia says:

Hi Jude,

I’m a little confused about your question. What dependent visa are you referring to? A dependent visa (X Visa) for India? If that’s the case she will need to be with you when you apply for it in Dubai. It will need to be obtained from the country where ever she is. In order to get to Dubai she’ll need a visa but I don’t know anything about what’s involved in getting one. I assume the application and medicals can be done from India. I don’t see why she’d have to go back to the Philippines. It’s best that you find out the information from the UAE consulate in India:

http://www.uaeinteract.com/travel/consulates.asp

December 16, 2010 at 5:30 am
(198) George says:

My daughter is from Bulgaria and she is currently in India visiting friends of her boyfriend. Although he is Indian, he is in Hong Kong on refugee status and not able to return because he is afraid he will face criminal charges for rape. She is scared and afraid, basically she is a confused teenager who has fallen for an older guy. I think she has a 90 days visa but I would like for her to return as soon as possible so she can be safe and go to college. But she says she won’t return. Can you help me with the agency in Kolkata which I can write to to make sure they don’t extend her visa. Obviously, I am VERY concerned. She has already been beaten by her so called bf and not his friend in Kolkata has hit her. Also, is it possible for safety reason they might consider revoking her visa? Please help this concerned father…

December 16, 2010 at 11:26 am
(199) goindia says:

Hi George, I’m so sorry to hear of your problem. It must be extremely painful for you. What an awful situation. You daughter’s visa will not be extendable in India, so you don’t have to worry. The Indian government doesn’t permit extensions or renewing of tourist visas in India. Further more, even if she leaves India and applies for another tourist visa, she will have to wait two months before revisiting India. Hopefully that will give you time to make her see sense. Unfortunately, the government won’t revoke her visa for safety reasons though, as far as I know. Plus, she would firstly have to file a complaint for any police action to be taken. I really hope everything turns out okay for your and her.

December 16, 2010 at 9:48 pm
(200) arun says:

Hi goindia,

It’s really great how you are clarifying the confusions about Indian visa rules. I recently went to the Indian consulate to apply for visa. In spite of being of Indian origin, the lady there gave me the option of applying under tourist visa, which I did since it was cheaper. Now I am afraid if I will have any problems when I land in India and present the tourist visa. Please let me know if I should be concerned about this. Thank you!

December 16, 2010 at 11:56 pm
(201) goindia says:

Hi Arun, you should be fine. As you know, India is the country of inconsistency. ;-) On the slight chance that you do get questioned, plead ignorance and say that a tourist visa was what was offered to you. Happy travels.

December 27, 2010 at 11:26 am
(202) missyv says:

hi goindia

i have a question

my partner is an aussie citizen, however is a POI (has a card etc). i am aussie citizen. we are planning to get married in india in 2011

just wondering what is the best way of getting our marriage registered there? what do we need to do etc?
or whether it might be easier to do it at home!

i’ll be on a tourist visa and only staying 2 wks max!

thnks in advance

December 27, 2010 at 7:07 pm
(203) goindia says:

Hi Missyv, if I were you, I’d complete the legal formalities at home if possible. It will save A LOT of stress and tension.

This article will give you an idea of what’s involved in getting married and registering it in India (you didn’t mention your religions but if you’re both not Hindu, you’ll need to have a civil wedding under the Special Marriages Act):

http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

Plus depending on where you get married, you likely won’t even get your marriage certificate straight away. In Mumbai, it’s common to have to go back 2 weeks later and collect it from the registry office! Hope this helps.

December 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm
(204) Sonja says:

We are on vacation in India, on a 3 month, single entry visa. My son, a minor, was selected for an environmental project outside India. The project takes 2 weeks. We thought he could go there and return to us in India. The foreign police in Kochi said that there are no exceptions and he must stay outside India for at least 2 months.
Looks like we are “victim” of the new rules… Too bad. We would have liked to stay longer, but their is no way my kid can wait outside India for the 2 months to pass by. Now we all go.
Do you think there is a way around this?

December 28, 2010 at 6:44 pm
(205) goindia says:

Hi Sonja, there are a couple of exceptions to the two month rule as outlined here:

http://goindia.about.com/od/visas/qt/How-To-Avoid-The-Indian-Tourist-Visa-2-Month-Rule.htm

However, the main issue is that your son has a single entry visa. Therefore, he would need to apply for another tourist visa in order to return to India. Back to back visas aren’t encouraged. It really does sound like it would be a lot of hassle for your son to come back to India unfortunately.

January 3, 2011 at 7:26 am
(206) EMMANUELLA says:

AM A STUDENT STUDYING IN INDIA FOR THREE YEARS A NIGERIAN AND I WAS GIVEN A DOUBLE VISA TYPE AND I NEED TO TRAVEL OUT OF INDIA DURING VACATIONS AS MANY TIMES AS I CAN AND COME BACK,BUT HAVING DOUBLE ENTRY IS A PROBLEM PLEASE WHAT DO I DO .
THANK YOU

January 4, 2011 at 3:20 am
(207) aya says:

good day im from phils and i just want to ask that how can i get visa for six month to india and also what documents u need??and also how important is the postal id?? ans also do u ned som document from my friend side??

January 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm
(208) goindia says:

Regarding Indian visas from the Philippines, have a look at this website of the Indian Embassy in the Philippines for specific information:

http://www.embindia.org.ph/

January 4, 2011 at 4:12 am
(209) cheenu says:

my name is cheenu i m from india my friend from phillipines and she want to come here
1) i want to know do i have to send any invitation letter or financial sport document to her.
2) if yes then how much bank balance i have to maintain for it minimum and what is the procedure to get send a invitation latter
3) what type of document she need to get get six month tourist visa for India and how much she need a postal id for to get tourist visa for India please give us a eases advice

Regards

January 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm
(210) Bhavz says:

Ok so here is my dilemma. I am going to mumbai from london in the second week of january and going to nepal in the third week of january (from mumbai) only to return to mumbai for 3 weeks before flying back to london around the first week of march. then, i have an around the world ticket that i am using in the second week of march (for my honeymoon) which starts by me going from london to mumbai!!! all this was sorted before this random law! I have a 5 year multiple entry tourist visa as I was an indian passport holder before. i just haven’t gotten around to my OCI/PIO! oh god! what do I do? i think that going to nepal and back can’t be an issue but I am worried about returning to mumbai in the second week of march for only a week after having left! it was just cheaper that way! someone help me!!!

January 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm
(211) sanjeev says:

I have my girlfriend from Philippines and we want to get marry.I want to know if she came here on tourist visa and marry to me can she get permanent residence of India. In how much time she will get Permanent Residency of India. and after marriage can her tourist visa can be extended if yes then for how much time.and i also read in above X-visa. I want to know in how much time she will get X-visa after getting married.and can u explain this X-visa.

January 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm
(212) goindia says:

Hi Sanjeev, there is no such thing as “permanent residency in India”. She can get a Person of Indian Origin card after one year of marriage, which will entitle her to live in India for 15 years (it must be renewed after 15 years) without a visa. It usually takes around 2-3 months to be processed. She can get an X visa (which will entitle her to residency for the duration of the visa only… but the visa can be extended in India) straight after marriage…it will take around 3 months (or more) to be processed, and her tourist visa will be extended until the visa is granted. Applications (converting tourist visa to X visa) can only be made at the Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi.

More information about X visas from the Indian government:

http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/FAQ-onX-VISA210510.pdf

January 4, 2011 at 11:37 pm
(213) Rayan says:

Hi,

I applied for a tourist visa for 1 month. But due to my illness I couldnot go to india. Now my Visa is expired.
Can get a new visa or is there any restriction?

January 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm
(214) goindia says:

Hi Rayan, yes you should be able to apply without any problems.

January 6, 2011 at 10:33 am
(215) Carl says:

Hi, My girlfriend & I are both British. She has worked in India for about 9 months. I have just returned to India for my 2nd 6month visit. We have just found out that we’re expecting a baby that will be born around Sept. My Visa runs out 16th June. We have decided to get married in India. Would this change my Visa status or would I have to exit India in June? We would like to have the baby in India. What passport would the baby hold? Would we have a choice? Sorry for so many questions.

Kind regards

Carl

January 7, 2011 at 2:32 am
(216) goindia says:

Hi Carl, congratulations on the impending arrival of your baby! I assume your girlfriend is working in India on an employment visa. If that’s the case, you’ll be entitled to get an X (Entry) visa as a dependent if you get married. You will have to leave India to apply for the visa though (as far as I’m aware a tourist visa can only be converted to an X visa in India if you marry an Indian citizen). Those born in India on or after 3 December 2004 are considered citizens of India only if both of their parents are citizens of India or if one parent is a citizen of India…. so your baby won’t be an Indian citizen. If you or your girlfriend are British by birth, your child can be British by descent (register the birth at the British embassy in Delhi). It can then have a British passport. Hope this helps! :-)

January 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm
(217) Rakesh Dsouza says:

Hello,
I’m an Indian ,can i get married to a Filipino lady in Indian high commission in Maldives? and

is it possible to get married in India through court marriage and what is the time period required cos tourist visa is only for 30days.

Regards,
Rakesh Dsouza

January 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm
(218) goindia says:

Rakesh,

I doubt the High Commission performs weddings, but you will need to check that with them. In regards to getting married in India, have a read of this document for information:

http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

January 12, 2011 at 8:58 am
(219) shirin says:

hi…i studied BDS course in india…and i came back to my country before visa expires…really missing India..is it possible to take tourist visa to india after student visa???

January 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm
(220) goindia says:

Yes, of course. :-) No problems at all.

January 13, 2011 at 4:11 am
(221) Shamsul A. Khan says:

Hi ! I am a USA citizen for last 7 years and resident of USA for 21 years. I was born in Bangladesh. I got married to an Indian citizen woman back in March, 2004. Also I have two children from her. Also my wife and children are and have been residing in India for whole period of time till today. Can I apply for Indian citizenship and how ? Could anyone be able to guide me through, Please. I would like to stay with my family in India for rest of my lifespan. I never commited any crime as of today neither in India nor in USA. Where ever I live would like to lead a peaceful life. I am neither involved in any kind of politics at all nor support any kind of terrorist activity strongly.
Thank You !!!

January 13, 2011 at 6:49 pm
(222) goindia says:

Hi Shamsul, in order to apply for Indian citizenship on the basis of being married to an Indian citizen you will need to have lived in India for seven years first. Normally, the foreign spouse of an Indian citizen can apply for a PIO card, which entitles them to live in India without a visa. However, since you were once a citizen of Bangladesh, you unfortunately won’t be eligible. The following restriction exists: Must not have been citizen of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka at any time. It seems like the best solution would be to try and get your wife and children to the US to live.

January 14, 2011 at 6:16 am
(223) vimal says:

i want 2 know the visit visa rate from inda 2 philipines….and formalities…

January 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm
(224) goindia says:

Hi Vimal,

Please refer to the website of the Indian Embassy in the Philippines for all the information you require:

http://www.embindia.org.ph/

January 20, 2011 at 3:35 am
(225) tina says:

hi,
I would like to know if is possible to work as a freelancer for a company based in Spain with a tourist visa in India?

January 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm
(226) goindia says:

Hi Tina, I’m not sure of the details of the arrangement you have in mind (including how you’d be paid and where… I’m guessing directly be the company in Spain) but it would most probably be possible, yes.

January 20, 2011 at 4:41 am
(227) Sherebyah Jacob says:

Hello…I am an Indian Christian staying in Vietnam since a year and want to get married to a foreigner (Vietnamese). We both intend to come to India for a court marriage. My girlfriend would get a tourist visa to India (for 3 or 6 months). Kindly let us know the following :

1) What are the procedures for applying for marriage and how long will it take?
2) Which documents are needed to be submitted at the time of application, for both of us?
3) Her family follows no religion, so would there be any problem for registered marriage?

I have read in some website, that the Indian citizen has to be residing in India for atleast 2 months before the marriage application is filed at the court. Is that required? Also, do we need any documents from the foreign government stating the agreement for this marriage or a document stating that she is single and not married.

Will the Vietnamese documents (Non English) be recognised for submission while marriage? If not what necessary steps has to be taken – like translating to English and certify at the Indian Embassy in Vietnam.

What is the procedure to convert her Tourist visa to Entry visa. Can we do it in India, or she has to go out of India and apply for entry visa at the Indian Embassy (at any nearby countries). What documents are needed to get multiple entry visa for 5 years?

Appreciate your help.

Regards,
Sherebyah

January 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm
(228) goindia says:

Hi Sherebyah,

This document will answer many of your questions:

http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

Religion doesn’t matter when having a registry wedding, so no there won’t be any problems if she doesn’t follow one. In addition, one of the people to be married has to be residing in India for 30 days, NOT 60. The documents will need to be in English, yes. I’m not sure of the exact requirements though. I assume getting them translated and certified at the Indian Embassy will be okay.

Conversion of Tourist Visa to X Visa can be done at the Ministry of Homes Affairs, (Foreigner’s Division), Jaisalmer House, New Delhi. She will need to go there for an interview and present her marriage certificate. The MHA will give a letter containing instructions for her to give to her local Foreigners Registraion Office, in the area where you live in India. They will grant her a tourist visa extension for 3 months, while they conduct an investigation (including police visit to your house) and process her X visa application.

Here is the form that will need to be filled out at the MHA in New Delhi: http://www.mha.nic.in/pdfs/new_applicaton_form_visa.pdf

January 21, 2011 at 12:42 am
(229) tina says:

yes, the payment is done by the Spanish Company through PayPal….I was worried because they ask me to mention my passaport number in the payment invoice and the last thing that I want is trouble in India :) .
Anyway thank you so much for the quick answer and belive me your blog is really usefull and you are doing an amazing job!
thanks again…
have a good day!

January 21, 2011 at 3:49 am
(230) faraz ahmad says:

hello

i m comorian national. came to india on a one month tourist visa which is expiring on 3 feb 2011. my purpose of visit is education. i will get admission in the month of july and will get student visa for the duration of the course. right now i want to stay in india to learn english and hindi as i have studied through french medium. please guide me about the best course of action.

January 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm
(231) goindia says:

Hi Faraz, unfortunately, it’s not possible for you to extend your tourist visa to stay in India under those circumstances.

January 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm
(232) Prashant says:

Hello Sharell,
Firstly let me tell you that your doing a great job helping us with our doubts.
I am an Indian citizen and residing in India since birth. I am planning to get married to my fiancee who is a citizen of Dominican Republic when i will be visiting DR in April this year. I was with the impression that soon after our marriage we could apply for PIO card for her from the Indian Consulate on the basis of the legal marriage certificate issued in the Dominican Republic.
But after reading your posts i came to know that we need to wait for a year before she can get a PIO card.
Now my query is,
1) can she apply for a X Visa directly from her country since we are getting married there or does she have to come to India on a 6 month tourist visa then apply for the X visa at the ministry of home affairs?
2) Is X Visa a multiple entry type? Can a person leave and re-enter India as many times as he/she likes during the validity?
3) About the 1 year requirement for PIO card, do we just have to be married for a year or should we both have to be married and continiously living in India for over a year? Iam a merchant naval officer so I intend to take my wife along with me on ship when I am on my tour of duty.
4) When living in India on a X-Visa or a PIO card can she apply for other country visas from their respective consulates in India or will she have to go back to her country and apply with their respective consulates there?
Kindly advise.

thanks,

Prashant and Nancy

January 23, 2011 at 6:00 pm
(233) goindia says:

Hi Prashant, congratulations on your upcoming wedding to Nancy. Here are the answers to your questions:

1) She can apply for the X visa in her own country.
2) Yes, the X visa is multiple entry. She will be able to come and go from India as many times as she wants without restrictions.
3) In order to qualify for a PIO you both only need to be married for one year. You don’t need to be living in India. It’s great that you can take your wife on the ship with you. :-)
4) She should be able to apply for other country visas in India, as she will be classed as a resident of India.

So, it’s all good news I think! Best wishes.

January 27, 2011 at 3:30 am
(234) M. says:

I have a PIO card/visa. 2 questions: 1. Does the 2 month stay-outside-India restriction apply to non-tourist (PIO) visas?

2. If I become divorced from my Indian spouse (I am from an outside country, of course), is my PIO card rescinded immediately? or is it still valid until expiry of same?

Many thanks in advance for your advice.

January 27, 2011 at 6:35 am
(235) goindia says:

Hi M, here are the answers to your questions:

1) PIO card entitles you to enter India without a visa. There are no such restrictions placed on it.
2) Your PIO card becomes invalid if you divorce your spouse. He/she is supposed to make sure it’s rescinded.

Hope this helps!

January 29, 2011 at 5:41 am
(236) krishna says:

Hiii.. Am an indian (age: 26 Years) who resides in Oman. I would like to get married to a local gal who is 22 years old. Since it is no way possible to get married over here, we are planning to do it in India. But to be frank we have no idea how to plan and do it. What i understood from the above posts is, religion is not a concern if you are getting married under special marriage act. coz in my case am a Hindu and she is a Muslim.

I would really appreciate if someone guide me.. Following are my quires.

1) does she has to produce any documents from her country?( coz its not that easy to get any NOC or any other supporting documents from her country as they don’t entertain their female citizen to marry a Foreigner).
2) After marriage can she retain her existing passport & nationality( Coz she would like to retain her present nationality)
3) Is it possible for her to get a POI card or something like that?

I hope the entire formalities and procedure wont take more than 2 months. Kindly guide us.

January 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm
(237) goindia says:

Hi Krishna, yes, you can get married under the Special Marriages Act. Normally, she would need to produce supporting documents but there may be a way around it if you use an agent and pay a bit extra. It’s a possibility. I’m sure you know how things can work in India. Of course, this is no guarantee though. Yes, she can retain her existing passport and nationality after marriage. She can only get a PIO card after one year of marriage though. Before that, she should apply for an X visa which will allow her to live in India (but not work).

February 2, 2011 at 11:22 pm
(238) ashish says:

hi. i met a friend in bangkok . she is a uzbek national and bear a uzbeckistan visa . in bangkok she is on tourist immigiration . now i want to invite her to india . i need indian tourist visa for her on tatkal basis. i have her passport copy and photos. please tell me how can i get it easily and fastly . kindly provide detail about best agents for indian visa

February 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm
(239) goindia says:

Hi Ashish, she will need to submit her passport (not passport copies) and visa application to VFS Global in Bangkok. Here is their website for more information: http://www.ivac-th.com/ Using an agent may be possible, but unfortunately I don’t know anything about that, especially in Thailand.

February 8, 2011 at 10:40 am
(240) AB says:

Hi, my husband (Canadian born) and I (Indian born, Canadian citizen) would like to travel to India for a couple weeks next month. We plan to tour the northern part and finish off in Goa, where we’ll meet some of my relatives. Is it true that I can only get an ENTRY visa since I’m of Indian Origin? I don’t plan to go back to India for about another 5 years…. so the 2 month gap doesn’t affect me. And how strange is it that my husband would get a TOURIST visa, while I can’t, even though we’re doing the exact same thing – which is touring! I hate that the ENTRY visa costs almost double, when I don’t need it!

February 8, 2011 at 11:19 am
(241) goindia says:

You could try applying for a tourist visa and see what happens (plead ignorance). The Indian government now says that people of Indian origin need to apply for an X visa, but the rules aren’t always consistently implemented.

February 9, 2011 at 11:25 am
(242) bernhie says:

hi,
i am filipino citizen but i am working now in kuwait almost one year.i have a friend indian citizen in india, i am planning to go to india on my vacation this coming december. i heard that philippines citizen can entry to india and can get upon arrival tuorist visa. its that true?its could be possible to denied my visa if i get tourist visa upon arrival?what should be the better ways to get tourist visa for me? how long takes to process the tourist visa?did i need to apply early of this year for which is my vacation on year end?please advice.
thank you so much.

February 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm
(243) goindia says:

Hi bernhie, yes citizens from the Philippines can now get Tourist visas on arrival in India. The visas, which are single entry Tourist visas valid for 30 days, are issued at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata airports. Do use this facility as it saves time and effort as opposed to having to apply for a visa elsewhere.

February 23, 2011 at 4:17 am
(244) Deepak Kotnis says:

Hello. First of all this is a great discussion and gives lot of information, so thank you for starting this.

My question is that, My wife and I have registered our marriage in China. I am an Indian citizen and she is a Chinese citizen.

Now we are planning to hold an Indian wedding soon and want her with her family to come here.

1. I would like to know whether its good to declare that she is making this trip for marriage to the Indian consulate in China, or she can apply as a normal Tourist visa ?

2. Are there any specific documents that need to be carried by a foreign citizen for marriage in India (except the Passport).

3. Which will be the best possible Visa to apply for in the future if we plan to settle down in India ?

Thank you

Deepak ..

February 24, 2011 at 11:54 pm
(245) goindia says:

Hi Deepak,

Congratulations on your marriage! :-) It’s fine for her to travel to India on a Tourist visa, there’s no need to specify that you will be getting married. However, as she’s already your wife, she’s eligible for an X (Entry) Visa. This would also be the best visa for her to apply for if you plan to settle down in India. You can obtain it for 5 years at a time.

In regards to documents, she should carry her birth certificate as well. Since you’re already married you should only need to register your marriage here at the Marriage Registrars Office, so bring your marriage certificate too. You’ll also need to provide address proof in India I think.

February 24, 2011 at 12:33 am
(246) Richard says:

Hi im a South African citizen, on a business visa here in Mumbai and it expires in a week. Can i get an extention on it without leaving the country?

February 24, 2011 at 11:01 pm
(247) goindia says:

Hi Richard,

I believe you can but you need to go to the Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi for the first extension. Have a look at the following information (under Business Visa Extension to see the criteria). If you need further clarification, it’s best to get in touch with the FRRO in Mumbai.

http://www.mumbaipolice.org/FRRO/ext.htm

FRRO contact information: http://www.mumbaipolice.org/FRRO/main.htm

February 26, 2011 at 8:46 am
(248) merlin says:

Hi,

I am a Singaporean, but i’m a OCI holder, we are planning to settle in India, my husband will apply for PIO, my husband is the only son for my in-laws, they’ll come with us.

so my question is, can my in-laws able to apply for long term visa. pls let me know

thk u

February 28, 2011 at 4:38 am
(249) Inabat says:

Dear Sir,

I am Inabat. from Uzbekistan. At this moment I am in Iran with a tourist visa which is still valid. I took admission for one year language course from Bangalore. I wonder whether I can get Indian student visa in Indian embassy in Iran if I submit all necessary documents? My passport and permission to travel all over the world is still valid. Please reply my question.

March 1, 2011 at 10:41 pm
(250) goindia says:

Hi Inabat, you will need to check with the Indian Embassy in Iran as to whether they will allow people who are non-residents to apply for Indian student visas there, or whether you will have to go back to your own country. Each Indian Embassy is different as to what they allow.

February 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm
(251) sheryl says:

i just want to ask,i am a filipina and married to an indian and we had a baby. we apply her an philippine passport ,is it possible we can apply also a indian passport for my baby?

March 1, 2011 at 10:39 pm
(252) goindia says:

Hi Sheryl, you will need to register your child as an Indian citizen first at the Indian Embassy in the Philippines. If you do this, your child will lose his/her Philippines citizenship and will require a visa to visit the Philippines. It’s more convenient to apply for a PIO (Person of Indian Origin) card. This is valid for 15 years and allows the holder to live and work in India without a visa.

March 3, 2011 at 2:21 am
(253) Jonas Hamberg says:

Hi goindia, you seem to have increadible patience with all this visa stuff.

I am Swedish citizen looking to work in India. I have a NGO that wish to employ me for research work. I have a finished 4 year university degree. I hope you might have the answer to a few if not all these questions:

1. Can you do a paid internship under an X-visa or is volunteering only unpaid?

2. If I get an employment visa instead what kind of tax levels are there? I have heard expats pay 30% on all income. Is this true?

3. I will make about 35.000INR per month. Does the requirement for an income of over 25.000USD still stand? In that case is there someway around it? (I’ll be working for an NGO, not a rich corporation)

4. In what way does the NGO have to prove that there isn’t a suitable Indian for the position? (policy research position)

I’d be very grateful for any kind of answer.

March 3, 2011 at 10:31 am
(254) goindia says:

Hi Jonas, thank you for noticing my patience! :-) You’ve asked some really challenging questions, but I’ll try to give you some answers. It might be worthwhile asking your questions over at the http://www.indiamike.com forum too, because they have some very knowledgeable people.

This might be a start: http://www.indiamike.com/india/indian-visa-and-passport-questions-f9/employment-visa-for-an-unpaid-internship-t111453/2/

As far as I’m aware you will need to apply for an Employment visa to volunteer (you can no longer get an X visa for any kind of volunteering or internships). I do believe there is an exemption from the $25,000 rule for NGOs that accept volunteers and interns. Now, the documentation that you will need to provide with your application will depend where you intend applying for your visa. Will it be in Sweden? If so, have a look at the information on this website: http://www.ttservices.se/ (They handle the visa processing). You can also get in touch with them and ask them questions directly if you can’t find all the information you need.

I’m not sure about tax levels. I’ve never paid tax in India. Sorry about that!

Hope this helps anyway. Good luck. Do let me know what happens so I can advise others. :-)

March 4, 2011 at 1:17 am
(255) Syeda Husnul ahmed says:

Hello Sir,

Since 1999, my elder daughter has been studying in India obtaining student visa and in the year 2004 my younger daughter also obtained student visa and has been studying here. I am here in ‘ X ‘ visa which was given to me for my stay due to my daughters’ education. We are Bangladeshi National. my elder daughter is 21 and younger one is 15

We intend to permanently settle down in India and own assets and properties.

Is there a possibility that we can apply for Indian Citizenship. If yes, then what is the procedure ???

or what other way do you suggest by which we can gain permanent residence in India without flying to and fro for renewal of our visa

March 4, 2011 at 5:19 am
(256) goindia says:

Hello Syeda, unfortunately it will be quite impossible for you to get Indian citizenship, particularly as you are from Bangladesh. India is not keen to provide citizenship to people from Bangladesh or Pakistan. Plus, you can really only get Indian citizenship if you are of Indian decent, or are a foreigner who is married to an Indian.

More information:

http://mha.nic.in/uniquepage.asp?Id_Pk=328

Permanent residence is not an option either. I’m sorry.

March 4, 2011 at 6:33 am
(257) Aswath says:

Hi,
I want to bring my filipina girl friend to India and we planned to get married here with my parents.i want to know what are the documents she need to submit to get Tourist Visa,she don’t have any bank statements.i’m going to invite her as my friend.what documents i’ve to give to her to submit.

please advice.

Thanks
Aswath

March 4, 2011 at 7:02 am
(258) goindia says:

Hi Aswath, have a look at the visa section of the Indian Embassy website in the Philippines. It will tell you the exact information required. Bank statements aren’t usually necessary. She will need evidence of not being married in order to get married in India however.

http://www.embindia.org.ph/visa.php

http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

March 4, 2011 at 10:32 am
(259) Aswath says:

Hi goindia,

Thanks for the advice,
Indian Embassy site in Manila has very less information,i guess we need to submit financial supporting documents to get Visa.She is not aware of this process, i need to get the information and pass it to her,so that she can apply for the Tourist Visa to come here, i’ve other information to get married in India.i followed our forums and have enough information regarding marriage.if possible can you advice me on the Invitation letter process and documents which needs to be submit.

Thanks again
Aswath

March 5, 2011 at 5:42 am
(260) goindia says:

Hi Aswath, I’m sorry but she will have to get in touch with the Embassy there to obtain that information. I’m not from the Philippines and have no idea of the requirements there. Where I come from (Australia) no invitation letter or financial documents are necessary to get an Indian tourist visa, but of course requirements can differ in the Philippines.

If you want further clarification, it’s best to ask the Embassy then there can be no mistake about it. Also have a look at requirements mentioned on the application form:

http://www.embindia.org.ph/Forms/visaform_new.pdf

March 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm
(261) kyle says:

Hey i am trying to decide what would be the best thing for my family and i. I am going to india strictly for volunteer work building orphanages and school throughout india but starting in hyderabad. I know they say employment visa but can i stay the full year if i get it. Once i leave i cant come back

March 5, 2011 at 5:46 am
(262) goindia says:

Hi Kyle, you will be be given an employment visa for the duration of your volunteer work. If you’re volunteering for a year, you’ll be given a visa for a year, and will be allowed to stay a year.

March 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm
(263) Thuli says:

Hi Goindia

I am a South African national and currently on holiday in Mauritius, my boyfriend couldn’t make it to Mauritius because of work-related issues and he wants me to visit him in India directly after flying out of Mauritius. I want to know if it’s possible to obtain a 7day tourist visa for India from Mauritius even though i’m not a Mauritian national? If yes, do you know what the turn around time is in obtaining one? Thanks Thuli

March 6, 2011 at 9:30 am
(264) goindia says:

Hi Thuli, yes you can. Have a look at: http://indiahighcom.intnet.mu/

I don’t know turnaround time though.

March 8, 2011 at 2:13 am
(265) S. Hasan says:

My friend is an Iranian National and currently in Hyderabad (India) on a student visa. She came to Hyderabad on 10.08.2010 and after reaching also registered with the registration office. She hold a multiple entry student visa.
Now after six (06) months she is going back to Iran on 17.03.2011 and will be back to India sometime in June’2011.
Please advise, if she requires some permission from her supervisor in the University for her visit to Iran. Will she also require a return visa from the Registration Office or can directly go to Iran and come back.
Please also inform if any other formalities are also required to be fulfilled.

March 8, 2011 at 6:28 am
(266) Aswath says:

Hi Goindia,

Thanks for the Visa form and Advice. will ask her to check with the Indian Embassy in Manila.

Thanks Much
Aswath

March 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm
(267) stressed.bahu says:

Hello!

I’m a Singaporean Citizen married to an Indian Citizen (more than a yr now) and was recently denied in my application for the PIO card ~ the officer at the High Commission barely went through my documents. He asked me to write down my origins up to 3 generations & rejected me almost immediately citing the reason – ‘Confidential’!! I do strongly believe it is because my great-grandparents were from China. Can you please advise what are my options now? I will be flying to India soon and my tourist visa is only up till April’2011. Can I extend and convert the visa to ‘X’ visa in India? Read your earlier replies that this can only be done in Delhi? I do not intend to return to S’pore anytime soon! Need to be with my husband and in-laws!

Regards.

March 9, 2011 at 6:10 am
(268) goindia says:

Oh no! What a bad situation. :-( Not sure how efficient the High Commission is there, but it may be possible to get an X visa in a week or so if you have that much time. Otherwise you can apply to get your tourist visa converted to an X visa at the Ministry of Home Affair in Delhi. Don’t worry, you won’t have to leave India.

March 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm
(269) agostin says:

My wife is filipino national and my child also born in philippines and she also have a filipino passport..they both living in india for 4years…on 5 years visa it will finish in september this year 2011…so when i have to renew their visa or can i extand them for another 5 year in one time or can i apply them to x vise to stay more years to live in india or it can be possible for me to apply them for indian citizenship…pls. Give me your advise….thank you in advance.

March 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm
(270) goindia says:

They can get their X visas renewed/extended in India, or apply for Person of Indian Origin cards (valid for 15 years). Get in touch with your local Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office to start with the paper work if you want to get PIO cards… it takes much longer than renewal of X visas. Indian citizenship is only possible after your wife has been living in India for around 7 years I think.

March 16, 2011 at 3:32 am
(271) Ritz says:

Hi Goindia!

First of all thanks to you for giving such useful information. Myself Ritz, Indian citizen having filipina gf. Right now we are in china, but next May month we are planning to come to India for engagement. Now the problem is my gf was married earlier and she has already applied for her annulment(Divorce) and as per lawyer instruction she will get her annulment in approx. 3 months time. Is it legal to get marry in india in May month without her annulment? After marriage, she can change her nationality as Indian or she can get PR for India? Right now we are planning to settle in india but in future if we will return back and if she will not get resident visa then it will be problem for our life. Could you please guide me?

March 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm
(272) goindia says:

Hi Ritz, no unfortunately she can’t get married to you until her divorce is finalized. When applying to get married in India, she will need to present the Registrar of Marriages in India with evidence of not being married — and this will be her divorce/annulment papers. After marriage she is entitled to an X (Entry visa) to India. After one year of marriage she can apply for a PIO card (it’s valid for 15 years, and she won’t need a visa for India). She can’t become an Indian citizen unless she’s been living in India for more than 7 years. Hope this helps.

March 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm
(273) agostin says:

Thank you so much for your advise mam..hope you will help me for the future
thank. You once again

March 17, 2011 at 8:57 am
(274) sheetal says:

hi mam,

Is it possible for any phillian citizen to come india on tourist visa for job And what is a processor to convert that tourist visa to working visa.

March 18, 2011 at 7:31 am
(275) goindia says:

Hi Sheetal, tourist visas cannot be converted to work visas in India. The person needs to go back to their own country and apply for the work visa there.

March 18, 2011 at 6:41 am
(276) agostin timmay says:

i am an indian citizen working in ABUDHABI. i have a filipina girlfriend staying in philippiness. she has a baby girl out of wedlock. i want o bring my girlfriend and her baby to india, mumbai and get married to her. what will be the procedure be?

March 18, 2011 at 7:35 am
(277) goindia says:

Hi Agostin, they can come to Mumbai on tourist visas, then get X visas after marriage. You’ll have to have a civil wedding ceremony at your local Registrar of Marriage Office in India.

http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

March 18, 2011 at 7:36 am
(278) jamie kapoor says:

hi i am from New Zealand i am married to Indian man 3 years i have 2 children with him i have come to India and i am staying Mumbai with his family, we are trying to apply for PIO card, i have 1 month visa expiring 31st march, is there any other way to get my visa extended for longer without leaving India, please help me as my husband is got work in India for 3months, and i dont want to leave without him, as our children are only 2 years girl an 3months old boy. please please help me with good advice
,
thanks again

Jamie kapoor..

March 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm
(279) goindia says:

Hi Jamie, is your visa a tourist visa? If so, you’ll have to go to the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi to apply for an extension. You won’t be able to apply for a PIO in India unless you have a long term visa. Normally only residents of India can apply for a PIO in India. Get in touch with the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office in Mumbai to confirm this… it’s located in the police building behind Xavier’s College in south Mumbai.

March 19, 2011 at 4:59 am
(280) M says:

Hi, thank you for all the helpful information you provide through your blog.

My friend’s father (of India origin) passed away a few months ago. However, she had a previously planned trip to India for week in mid Feb (15/02) for which she went.

She is now taking his ashes to India on 21/03 with her family. She has a multiple entry 6 month tourist visa. We have just found out about the 2 month rule and are in a panic.

Will she be stopped at Delhi airport?? We are too late to apply for the special permit. Can you suggest what she can do?

Thanks for your help.

March 21, 2011 at 7:33 am
(281) goindia says:

Hi M, sorry, I only just read your message now. Given the special circumstances, hopefully she will be granted entry. I’m not sure there’s much that can be done at this late stage though. And she may be stopped from boarding the plane at departure if the airline is concerned she won’t be let in to India. Unfortunately, it very much depends on the people and circumstances at the time as to what will happen. Please do let me know if she got to Delhi okay. I really hope so.

March 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm
(282) SGK says:

Hi I am a Singaporean Indian… My great grand parents left India and came to Singapore.. Am i still considered of Indian origin? What are the property rules and procedures to purchase a property in India being a Singaporean Indian? Do i need to marry a girl from India to purchase a property in India? Reply asap.. Thanks alot.. God bless you..

March 23, 2011 at 2:01 am
(283) goindia says:

Hi SGK, yes, you’re still considered Indian origin (and hopefully you can prove the heritage). It stops at great grandparents. Apply for a PIO card. Then you’ll be able to buy property in a straight forward manner…. a PIO card gives you the same entitlements as Indian citizens, apart from voting and buying agricultural land.

Go here for more info:

http://www.allindia.com/hcisin/pioform.htm

March 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm
(284) SGK says:

Hey thanks alot for your help.. I do appreciate it.. God bless you for all tasks in which you attempt… Thank you very muc

March 27, 2011 at 3:08 am
(285) hans kumar says:

hi, i’am origional from Holland, living in south India, for more then 10 years. I apply for extension of my LT visa, now for almost 6 years , which is still under correspondence.
As i am aware that an extension will not be granted, some friends tell me i could go to Holland and apply for an x visa, on grounds that i am living in India for such a long time and made my home here.
Any change that might be true.

March 28, 2011 at 1:29 am
(286) goindia says:

Hi Hans, sorry to hear about your situation. Unfortunately, the government has also tightened the criteria for X visas. These visas are now only issued to people of Indian origin, people married to people of Indian origin, or dependents of people on other visas such as employment visas. (X visas used to be available for all kinds of reasons where other types of visas weren’t). I’m not sure if the Embassy would make an exception for you. Hope you can get it resolved in your favor though.

March 28, 2011 at 4:46 am
(287) HKG says:

Dear GoIndia,

Your knowledge and your personlised response to each query is commendable!! Many sincere thanks for your patience and commitment.

I am an Indian national engaged to be married next month.

My Fiance is an Indonesian national who is currently residing in Malaysia.

Last month he travelled to India on a single-entry Tourist Visa. We also filed a ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ here at the Chennai Registrar office. After returning to Malaysia, my Fiance applied for a multiple-entry Business Visa – which has been granted.

Since my Fiance cannot avail a long leave from work, we plan to register our marriage next month followed by a religious ceremony in May (which gives us almost 3 weeks to complete administration work such as getting the Marriage Certificate attested and the marriage registered at his consulate etc)

Would you know IF:
1. He will be allowed to travel back to India next month on his new Business Visa (before the 60-day gap period)?

2. Assuming he is allowed to return in April on his business visa, will the ’60-day gap’ requirement be imposed again when he returns on the Business visa?

3. Assuming the 60-day gap IS indeed imposed on his visit in April, will we be able to get a Special Permission on the basis of Marriage for the Religious Ceremony in May? What documentation will be required for this? Is there something we can do here in India (Chennai) towards obtaining this special permission OR does this need to be done in Malaysia?

Your help & guidance is most appreciated and many sincere thanks in advance.

March 28, 2011 at 11:19 am
(288) goindia says:

Hi HKG, you’re welcome. I’m here to help. :-)

Now in answer to your questions. The two month gap is only applied to tourist visas, so 1) he will be allowed back with his Business Visa and 2) no the requirement won’t be imposed on his business visa. So all good news. No need to be concerned. He can come and go as he pleases on his business visa.

Best wishes for your wedding!

March 28, 2011 at 12:28 pm
(289) HKG says:

Thrilled! It’s all good indeed. :-) Many thanks for the reassurance and for your wishes.

March 31, 2011 at 6:30 am
(290) Leandro says:

Hi,

I am a philippine national working for a saudi arabian company. I have a single entry business visa here in Indian, expiring April 21. I will exit on april 12 to go back to saudi and get another business visa. Is it possible to get a new business visa here in india itself. Am in delhi, doing coordinating work with bechtel, the epcm or main contractor of a project in saudi arabia.

thanks,

April 1, 2011 at 1:14 am
(291) goindia says:

Hi Leandro, no, you will have to return to Saudi Arabia and get a new business visas. Visas aren’t issued within India. Sorry about that.

April 1, 2011 at 12:13 am
(292) Rocky says:

Hi,

I am planning on a honeymoon to Srilanka. I heard that the tourist visa is granted on arrival , however i would like to clarify if the spouse needs to have a valid marriage certificate or some document to show the proof of marriage in obtaining the tourist visa.

Is that a mandatory process?

Rocky

April 1, 2011 at 2:10 am
(293) goindia says:

Hi Rocky, of course she doesn’t need a valid marriage certificate or proof of marriage. The granting of her visa is not dependent on her being married to you… she can get a tourist visa on her on terms. Please don’t worry.

April 4, 2011 at 3:18 am
(294) jason says:

my wife is indian, me &my son r srilankan. currently my son is staying wit his mom in india, his visa to india got expired on las t december,. how to extend his visa in india. and from where ?

April 4, 2011 at 10:43 am
(295) goindia says:

What type of visa is it, and why wasn’t it extended before it expired? If it’s a tourist visa, it can’t be extended in India. What’s more there are penalties for overstaying.

April 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm
(296) Roman says:

Hi GoIndia

I have recieved my tourist visa for 6 months and will be going to Cochin in the next 3 weeks, my problem lies with my girlfriends visa. Last year when she started traveling she was advised to get a tourist visa in Malaysia cause she would be traveling South America first. Now that she is in Malaysia they rejected her application on the grounds that she is a non resident of Malaysia. We know that she can get a visa in Bangkok but the problem we have is that she was planning to stay in India for 6 months. She holds a Slovakian passport and lives in the UK, are there any countries that still gives 6 month tourist Visa outside of the UK that she would be able to get it from and will it be a problem that she got rejected in Malaysia.

Thanking you
Roman

April 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm
(297) goindia says:

Hi Roman, I know that Australia does (since I’m from there. ;-) ) Perhaps New Zealand too. They are probably the most accessible countries from Malaysia. But then there’s the visa application process to contend with to get into those countries. Unfortunately, all the other countries close to India no longer issue 6 months visas because of the issue of visa runs etc. I think 3 months will be about as long as she can get. The fact that she was rejected because she’s a non-resident of Malaysia shouldn’t matter since it’s not related to the details of her application as such. But I really can’t be definite about it. If your girlfriend does decide to go to a country such as Australia, make sure she researches the situation with issuing visas for non residents on the Indian Embassy website (or VFS Global actually). Make sure that 6 month visas are given to non-residents. I haven’t checked. I know they’re normally issued to residents though. Good luck! What a discouraging situation to be in.

April 11, 2011 at 12:56 am
(298) sky says:

i have gf from romaiana how can she come in india with tourist visa and can we get marriage after her come

April 11, 2011 at 10:10 am
(299) goindia says:

She can get a tourist visa from the Indian Embassy in Romania. Yes, you can marry her when she comes.

Here’s how:

http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

April 12, 2011 at 8:11 am
(300) Girish says:

Hi
I am an indian national,my girl friend is from Colombia.
Now i am india.We want get married soon.But i dont know how the best possible way.We want to settle down in india.Please advice what to do.Is it better i will go to colombia and get married there and apply indian visa from there or what all things have to do?

April 13, 2011 at 7:30 am
(301) goindia says:

Hi Girish, find out how easy it is for you to get married in Colombia. If it’s a straight forward process, it may be best to do it there and then your girlfriend can get her long term (X Entry) visa) from there. Otherwise, your girlfriend will have to come on a tourist visa, get married, then apply for a long term visa at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi. It’s a long process: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

April 15, 2011 at 10:03 am
(302) Concerned Family says:

Hello, My question for you is: My mother is an American 65 years of age and she has been meeting very young men on the internet from over in India, She has never met these guys and wants to go over to visit with them for a week. I and the rest of the family feel that this is unsafe and would like to know what your rules are on something like this. The sad thing is she hasn’t known any of these people more than a year. Is there something out there that could protect her if she is granted a Visa? Is there a law out there that will refuse her a Visa if she doesn’t have family or know these persons personally? She wants to visit India all by herself and plans on staying in the house of these people.

Thanks for your time,

Concerned Family :(

April 16, 2011 at 1:28 am
(303) goindia says:

Goodness me, that is very concerning! I don’t want to sound negative, but it’s almost guaranteed that these men will only be interested in your mother’s perceived money, or a way to come to the US. Something to keep in mind is that in India, there are strict social constraints. The man needs to be equal to or older than a woman in a relationship… unless of course there is some overriding benefit. The families may treat your mother very well, but it will be a way to gain her confidence. The men may even say they’ve fallen in love with her as a way of getting money or marriage. Young men from good Indian families should not be so interested in befriending a much older white woman from another country…. good families usually oppose such things because of the social constraints in India… it’s not even looked upon favorably for Indian guys to have relationships with white woman even if they’re the same age!! It’s very much against community norms and is frowned upon. Unfortunately, there’s nothing to prevent her from being granted a tourist visa. She doesn’t need to know anyone personally. The good thing is that police do tend to be protective of tourists, so if anything does happen, she should contact them immediately. And please warn her not to be foolish… don’t take everything on face value in India. I’m really sorry to hear about your situation. :-(

April 18, 2011 at 6:42 am
(304) CAROLINE FERNS says:

hi ,
im a catholic from pakistan & am married to an indian catholic guy , my son also holds an indian passport what r the chances for me to get an indian passport as we r married for 6 years now & reside in dubai , havent been to india so far ?
thanks

April 19, 2011 at 1:22 am
(305) goindia says:

Hi Caroline, unfortunately, your chances are zero. It’s not possible. In order to have an Indian passport, you must be a citizen of India. To become a citizen of India you must live here for seven years first. Sorry.

http://www.mha.nic.in/citizenship/acquisition.htm

April 20, 2011 at 4:11 am
(306) seo heara says:

hi , my name is seo heara from korea i came in india as tourist and i want to inq some thing that is it my passport number is :- M339/53636 and my indian visa number:- AP0309387 i want to know on this tousirt visa i can visit all indian tourit places or for jannu and jammu kashmir any speacial law and immigration wht teritory for visa.

April 20, 2011 at 7:59 am
(307) goindia says:

Hi Seo Heara, it depends where in Jammu and Kashmir you want to go to. Most parts of Jammu and Kashmir, you don’t need any permits. However, if you want to visit remote areas, then you may need a Protected Area Permit. This is usually for areas near the Pakistan border.

April 21, 2011 at 10:59 am
(308) nailin says:

anybody know if i need to wait out of the country for 2 months if i’m now on an employment visa and want to switch to a tourist visa?

April 22, 2011 at 1:18 am
(309) goindia says:

No, you don’t need to wait.

April 22, 2011 at 11:16 pm
(310) jhonna marie carpio says:

i would really wanna know how to get married in the embassy of canada here in the philippines but i feel very awkward if im the one who call up the embassy to inform pls help my fiance is too busy to inform already he is coming on july 18th this year thanks so much

April 23, 2011 at 3:08 am
(311) goindia says:

Hi Jhonna, I’m sorry, I really don’t know how I can help with this. I’m not based in the Philippines, and have no knowledge of marriage procedures there. One thing though, are you sure the Embassy will perform the wedding? Embassies don’t usually conduct marriage ceremonies…. it is a civil (legal/government) matter.

April 23, 2011 at 10:29 am
(312) saby says:

My filipina girlfriend and her daughter is comming to india on a tourist visa, we plan to get married in india after their arrival.what doccuments does she need to carry along with her so as to facilitate the marriage?

April 23, 2011 at 10:54 am
(313) goindia says:
April 26, 2011 at 4:58 am
(314) Sacha says:

Hello – I’m currently in India and will be leaving on the 9th of may. I intended, since I’ve a double-entry-visa, to travel shortly to another country and re-enter. Apparently this is not possible anymore, because of the new 2 months cap-regulation. But, can I fly into Delhi (which would be the re-entry) on the day of my departure from India and stay in transit, to avoid re-entry?

Thank you very much for your answer.

May 1, 2011 at 2:35 am
(315) goindia says:

Hi Sacha, you may be able to travel to another country and re-enter — it depends on what country it is. There are exemptions to the 2 month rule for traveling to neighboring countries such as Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
There’s more info about that here: http://goindia.about.com/od/visas/qt/How-To-Avoid-The-Indian-Tourist-Visa-2-Month-Rule.htm

In answer to the second part of your question, you can only stay in transit at the airport if your luggage will be checked all the way through to your final destination. Otherwise you’ll have to clear customs and immigration, collect your luggage, and check it in. That will require a valid visa. HOWEVER, it’s possible to get a transit visa for India if you’ll be in the country for 72 hours or less…. so that will give you 3 days in India at the end of your trip.

April 27, 2011 at 5:33 am
(316) jeeny says:

hiii,,am foreigner married to indian citizen,,and i got extension on passport as X visa for 1 year ,,so i want to ask is it possible to work on x visa as i plan to settle in india and not 2 leave india at least 4 long time plss give me reply soon,

May 1, 2011 at 2:36 am
(317) goindia says:

Hi Jeeny, sorry, no it’s not possible to work on an X Visa. You’ll have to wait until you’ve been married for one year, then apply for your PIO card. That will allow you to work in India.

April 29, 2011 at 3:56 am
(318) Razack says:

Hi, I am a Sri Lankan national working as an Expat in Pakistan with a valid Work Visa. My family has a family visa to live with me. I want to ask two questions :
1. I have an official visit to Delhi which will be on Business Visa and should I go through the same procedure as it would be for a Pakistani national visiting India since I hear its a stringent procedure (vise versa too)? Do I have to go through Police Registrations + restriction to visit only a particular city etc?
2. Secondly, I want to apply for a tourist visa for my family since we are planning to visit North India since we have already been on a trip to South India. When we applied from Colombo, we had no problem and the visa was approved in two working days. What would be the procedure applying out of Pakistan? My wife and kids are all Sri Lankan nationals.
Would really appreciate your detailed reply.

May 1, 2011 at 3:02 am
(319) goindia says:

Hi Razack,

In answer to your questions, to the best of my knowledge (I’m not a visa expert unfortunately, especially when it comes to applying for Indian visas in various countries).

1) No you shouldn’t have to go through the same procedure as a Pakistani National because you are a Sri Lankan National, with a Sri Lankan passport.
2) For more information about applying for Indian visas in Pakistan, have a look at the Indian Embassy website. You’ll find requirements and visa application forms there: http://www.india.org.pk/foreign-nationals.html

The website says that the tourist visa application process takes a minimum of 40 days for Pakistani nationals, but it’s unclear how long it takes for foreign nationals. Best to get in touch with them and ask them directly what the situation is. Hope this helps!

May 6, 2011 at 4:25 am
(320) Rakesh dsouza says:

Recently i got married to a foreigner (Filipina) in India,Karnataka under “Indian Christian Marriage Act 1872 “in the registrars office in Mangalore, is my marriage is legal cos i came to hear that it should be special marriage act!, please advice and in case if our marriage is not legal advice me what are the necessary steps to be taken to make it a legal one.

Regards,
Rakesh Dsouza

May 7, 2011 at 5:38 am
(321) goindia says:

Hi Rakesh, I’m sorry, I really don’t know. It’s best to consult a lawyer about this. I don’t have any experience with such matters. I’m guess in it will depend on many things such as whether the act applies to Christians who are not Indian, whether the person performing the marriage had authority to do so under the act (most Christian marriages are done in Churches), and whether the marriage under that act is acceptable and valid according to the matrimonial laws of her country. A civil marriage may be required instead of a religious one.

May 8, 2011 at 2:51 am
(322) aamir says:

hi,

please advice me for the below said query..

i am an indian came to maldives in a tourist visa & got job and work for about 2 years, when i asked for a leave to travel india they gave me passport and said company did not paid visa for 2 years due to financial crisis, and i decided to leave the country they said from maldives emmigration i will have no issues but once i land india will i be into trouble.. i am worried and confused in this regards.. help me what do i do..

May 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm
(323) goindia says:

Hi Aamir, sorry to hear of your situation. I’m not sure of the answer though as I don’t have any knowledge in that area — I’m not a visa expert, my focus is on travel. However, if you have an Indian passport I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t be allowed back into your own country. I’m not sure what you mean by

company did not paid visa for 2 years

Do you mean your Maldives tourist visa has expired? If so, the issue will be encountered at Maldives emmigration, not in India.

May 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm
(324) Lakku says:

I have a friend who is a refugee of Indian origin, with a permanent residency of Canada. She has a little son who was born in USA. Her husband was of Indian origin too. She would like to re-unite with her family in India after many years. Will she be allowed to enter India if she travels to India with the entry visa with her son? Please advise.

May 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm
(325) goindia says:

Hi Lakku, I’m a little confused by your question. What country is her passport from? If she’s only a resident of Canada, she must have an Indian passport? If that’s the case, what is the entry visa you refer to? Is the entry visa for her son? And what country is his passport from? USA?

May 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm
(326) Lakku says:

The lady in question (my friend) is an Indian Citizen with an expired Indian passport. She is a permanent resident of Canada, but does not have the Canadian citizenship yet, so therefore does not have a Canadian passport. As she holds the status of a convention refugee in Canada, the Indian consulate refused to renew her Indian passport. Her young son was born in USA and holds a US passport. If they want to re-unite with her family in India, what is the best option available? What kind of visa do they need to enter India? Please advice.

May 11, 2011 at 5:54 am
(327) goindia says:

Hi Lakku, I’m really sorry, I can’t say for sure. I don’t have any experience in such a matter. However, my first thought is that without a valid passport, how can she travel anywhere at all? (India or otherwise).

Perhaps you could ask the question in the indiamike.com forum. There are plenty of knowledgeable people there.

May 11, 2011 at 8:42 am
(328) Lakku says:

Thank you for your response.

May 11, 2011 at 7:24 pm
(329) Nazia says:

Hi!
I’m an Indian national married to a British citizen of Pakistani
Origin. We live in the UK & have a 2 yr old baby with a British
Passport . We are looking to apply for a long term visa. Would
Like your advice on the following-
1- is it possible for my hubby & baby to apply for long
Term visa with grandparents of pakistani origin?
2- would be refused just cos my hubby’s roots are pakistani ?

How long would a tourist visa take to apply if long term visa is a definite NO GO?

I have ILR on my passport, we were married in india. And travelled to india twice bfr already.

Looking fwd to your advice

May 12, 2011 at 4:45 am
(330) goindia says:

Hi Nazia, I’m sorry I really don’t have those answers about time frames. You’ll need to get in touch with your nearest visa processing center in the UK, as its up to them. He should be able to get a long term visa though.

May 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm
(331) Annu Raj says:

Hello,
I am of Indian Citizenship and currently an Australian Permanent resident. My husband is Australian Citizen ( of Sri Lankan origin) & Our son ( 3 yrs old) of Australian Citizenship.

Recently when my Son & I re-entered India (port Mumbai) from a neighbouring country within the 60 days gap requirement on a Tourist visa, my son’s passport was stamped asking for registration with 14 days of arrival. He has a tourist visa of mutilple entry at moment.

My question is .. since he is MINOR ( ie below 16 years) does he still need to register. If yes, where & how do I do that & at which FRRO..
Will i face any problem at time of exit to Australia (which is within 1 month of re-entry) in case it is not registered.
Thank you,
Annu

May 15, 2011 at 12:40 am
(332) goindia says:

If Annu, under normal circumstances (residency etc) children under 16 “officially” don’t have to register but this is India and actual procedures vary, especially at the FRRO/FRO) (registration offices) level. There are plenty of cases where failure to register has created a problem when exiting India. Since his passport was stamped, it might be safe to get it done. Here’s more information about how to do it:

http://goindia.about.com/od/visas/ht/How-To-Register-At-The-Frro-When-Re-Entering-India-Within-2-Months.htm

May 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm
(333) Ashleyabroad says:

I have been trying desperately to get a visa to India before I leave abroad, but I have come to every road block imaginable. Is it possible to get a visa while on a visa in a different country?

Sry, I’ll explain. I have a student visa for Singapore, and I am going to India in mid July. I am leaving at the end of May for Singapore and need my passport, so I am unable to get my visa for India in time. Is there a way to go to the embassy of India in Singapore to get a visa then? or am I just out of luck?

May 16, 2011 at 12:43 am
(334) goindia says:

Hi Ashleyabroad, that must be so frustrating. :-( It is possible to get an Indian visa from a different country. You can get it in Singapore if you’re a resident there. Will having a student visa make you a resident? You can try and apply anyway.

Here’s the website anyway: http://www.allindia.com/hcisin/visas.htm

May 16, 2011 at 8:12 am
(335) priya says:

Hi ,

One of my friend ( Italian Nationality ) is flying from Italy to India in June. He has the ticket only from Italy to India. But as on the returning way I am also going back with him to Italy we decided not to do a round trip ticket so that we can book our ticket on returning way together . Also it is not decided which date we will go back to Italy. For this reason now he has only one way ticket.

Please let me know if he will have any problem in getting inside the country or gettiing the VISA… :(

May 18, 2011 at 2:22 am
(336) goindia says:

Hi Priya, in my experience, immigration has NEVER checked tickets when entering India. I’ve often had one way tickets on a tourist visa. I don’t expect that there will be a problem. Getting a visa might be an issue though. It will depend on whether he has to submit flight itinerary when applying for the visa. I’m not sure of the requirements in Italy. In Australia (where I come from) it’s not necessary these days. Just to be sure, I once booked a return ticket, submitted the itinerary, and then canceled the ticket. He could try doing that if there’s a problem.

May 27, 2011 at 2:30 am
(337) Rajiv says:

Dear goindia,

I am an Indian born Australian citizen. I am planning to apply for a PIO card from the Indian embassy in Australia.

I plan to modify my name in Australia. Should I apply for PIO card after I do the legal name change ? Would there be any difficulty as my previous Indian passport/surrender certificate was issued would be under a different name.

May 28, 2011 at 12:32 am
(338) goindia says:

Hi Rajiv, you will get a formal Change of Name Certificate when you change your name in Australia. If you present this as evidence of your name change you shouldn’t have any problems. The name on your PIO and on your passport should reflect your actual name, so it’s better to apply for the PIO after your name change, rather than have to go through the process of getting the name on your passport and PIO changed as well.

May 28, 2011 at 6:25 am
(339) ana says:

Dear Goindia

I am a brazilian staying in India with a tourist visa that will expire on June 25th. I am going to get married with an indian, we have already applied for the civil marriage that is to occur on june 12th or later. Please, how can I get my visa extended before it expires on 25th. A quicly reply will be appreciated.

May 29, 2011 at 5:08 am
(340) goindia says:

Hi Ana, tourist visas are only extendable in India in exceptional circumstances, such as a medical emergency. And then only a two week maximum extension will be given. However, after marriage you can get your visa extended and converted into an Entry Visa by going to the Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners Division) in New Delhi… this is the only place that has the authority to grant it. I suggest you get married as early as possible (you might not get your wedding certificate straight away) and go to Delhi and apply for the extension.

May 28, 2011 at 9:28 am
(341) Magda says:

Hi,

I am on tourist visa in India. I want to convert it into business visa. I am almost sure that it can not be done in India – I need to come back to my country of origin. Is that right? Or maybe there is some exception saying that tourist visa can be converted to business?
Second question is: can I accept a job offer while I am in India on tourist visa? Company pushes me to do so, but I really do not want to do something illegal….

May 29, 2011 at 2:48 am
(342) goindia says:

Hi Magda, yes you’re right, a tourist visa can’t be converted to a business visa in India. You will have to go back home and apply for a business visa there. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa in India… it’s up to you if you want to take the chance though!

May 29, 2011 at 6:52 pm
(343) Kyla says:

Me and my husband plan to travel around India from 1st September 2011 for as long as we can (we’re UK residents/nationals). We believe we need to obtain tourist visas which we’ve had before, which will give us 6 months. Are we then able to leave India and travel around SE Asia then abtain another tourist visa for India from a SE asian country or do we have to come back to the UK do get a fresh Indian tourist visa?

May 30, 2011 at 7:14 am
(344) goindia says:

Hi Kyla, it depends on what county you want to get the visa from. Many only issue Indian visas to residents of those countries. Search for the Indian Embassy websites in the countries you plan to visit and have a read of the info. The websites will tell you if they deal with non-residents. Bangkok used to be the best bet.

May 30, 2011 at 12:22 am
(345) Gabriele says:

Hello,

I am Lithuanian and I am staying in India with tourist visa right now. My visa will be over at july, but i want to marry indian guy. The problem is that i can’t get documents which marriage registration office asks right now. There is any possibility to stay in India for longer time? Or maybe there is any way to get those documents from Lithuania’s embassy in India?

May 30, 2011 at 7:16 am
(346) goindia says:

Hi Gabriele, unfortunately you won’t be able to get a visa extension. Maybe you could get someone back home to send the documents you need?

June 4, 2011 at 3:38 am
(347) Jaisal says:

hi – My wife (Canadian) and I got married 3 years ago in Canada and she came back to India with me in December 2010 on a Tourist Visa (thats what the VFS centre in Canada suggested). We couldn’t get her visa extended in Delhi (MHA) due to the ridiculous amount of bribe they ‘implied’ would be needed to get the job done. Nevertheless, she left India for Canada before her visa expired.
The question: Can she apply for an X-Visa now, from Canada? Does the 2 months rule apply here for her?

by the way very informative thread – thank you everyone.

June 6, 2011 at 4:21 am
(348) Prashant says:

hello all,
I am an indian national and pursuing PhD in France. I want to marry a girl, this october-2011 who is russian national and working there.
Is it possible for her to arrive in India on tourist Visa and get married (registered marriage) in a week (Tourist VISA is valid for 3 months, i guess) and she will go back to russia and I will come to france. Later on, she will come to France to stay with me.
Also, (1)could she continue with her russian nationality or she has to be Indian.
(2) later on, may be after 5-6 years, when we both return to India, is it again possible for her to retain her nationality or not? how are the things working?
I am waiting for all your replies and help.
Thanks a lot

June 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm
(349) ramandeep kaur says:

hey i just want to knw i am nz citizen and i come to india on tourist visa on the 20 jan and my visa expier on the 20 july. but i want to extend for another 6 mnoth can i do tht in india oh i have to extend in nz?

June 11, 2011 at 4:43 am
(350) goindia says:

You will have to apply for a new visa in NZ, or outside India, and you will need to wait 2 months before returning to India. There is a compulsory 2 month gap between visits on tourist visas.

June 11, 2011 at 6:45 am
(351) Deya says:

Hi

I am Bangaleshi citizen got married to indian Citizen last yrs in Oct 2010 when i came to india on tourist visa .

Stayed 3 month and went back to once my tourist visa over .I tried from Bangalesh to get the spouse visa so i can stay longer in india and get the indian citizenship but indian Embassy in Bangalesh provided me 3 month of tourist visa and ask me to get the Spouse from India plz help me out how to proceed further to get the spouse visa in India or convert my tourist visa in spouse

Plz help me mt visa getting over in next 2 month

thanks in advance

June 13, 2011 at 6:33 am
(352) goindia says:

Hi Deya, you will have to go the Foreigner’s Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi and apply for the extension and conversion there. That is the only place in India with the authority to grant it. The Ministry of Home Affairs will give you a letter with instructions, which you must take to your local Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office, where you’re living in India, and they will then process it.

June 13, 2011 at 1:37 am
(353) Prashant says:

hello all,
PLEASE HELP ME
I am an indian national and pursuing PhD in France. I want to marry a girl, this october-2011 who is russian national and working there.
Is it possible for her to arrive in India on tourist Visa and get married (registered marriage) in a week (Tourist VISA is valid for 3 months, i guess) and she will go back to russia and I will come to france. Later on, she will come to France to stay with me.
Also, (1)could she continue with her russian nationality or she has to be Indian.
(2) later on, may be after 5-6 years, when we both return to India, is it again possible for her to retain her nationality or not? how are the things working?
I am waiting for all your replies and help.
Thanks a lot

June 13, 2011 at 6:28 am
(354) goindia says:

Hi Prashant, here are the answers to your questions:

1) Yes, it is possible to have a registered marriage within a week of her arrival, but you will need to submit all the documents and make the application in her absence, at least one month before the marriage date. You will also need to be residing in India, in the locality of the marriage, for at least 60 days and have address proof.
2) She can keep her Russian nationality. In fact, it’s impossible to become an Indian citizen unless you’ve been living in India for at least 7 years.
3) She can apply for a PIO card. This will allow her to live and work in India for up to 15 years without a visa. She will have all the rights of a citizen, except voting and buying agricultural land.

Here is more information about legal requirements of getting married in India: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

June 13, 2011 at 10:20 am
(355) Deya says:

Thanks a lot for guidance atleast now i can move to some direction …one more query do you know wat documents do i need to submit along with visa extention form apart from my Marriage certificate & passport ?

June 15, 2011 at 6:52 am
(356) goindia says:

Hi Deya, take your husband’s passport/ID proof as an Indian citizen, and also residence proof. I think that’s all for the MHA part of it. Oh, you’ll need the usual passport sized photos, and photocopies of all your documents.

This is the form you’ll need to fill out, 2 copies:

http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/new_applicaton_form_visa.pdf

June 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm
(357) Prashant says:

Hi goindia,
Thanks a lot for your reply.
I am working here in France, so it is not possible to go and stay in India for 30 or 60 days prior to my marriage. Being an Indian national, is it possible that I submit all the documents of mine & her and go to India and get married and take the certificate. Regarding address proof, I have my bank details, my rashan card details and my PAN. all these documents are not sufficient for my home address proof to get married.
Please enlighten me in this regard.
Awaiting for your reply.
Thanks a lot !!!

June 15, 2011 at 6:49 am
(358) goindia says:

Hi Prashant, yes, those documents are adequate address proof and will suffice. However, someone will have to file the paperwork for the notice of intention to marry. If you can’t do it, I recommend you get an experienced lawyer to handle it for you. He will know how best to approach it. Submitting the documents is a lengthy process that usually takes hours to complete. A lawyer can tell you if it’s possible to get it done without you being there. I’m really not sure about it.

June 15, 2011 at 3:29 am
(359) Prasad says:

Hi,

Iam an Indian citizen (Hindu-Nair) working in a foreign country and my fiancee (Buddhist) is from Vietnam. We plan to marry in Guruvayoor temple, Kerala. I wonder whether we can register our marriage according to Hindu marriage act ? and what should I do to get a marriage certificate from my hometown. After marriage both of us will leave to another country for work. it would be greatly appreciated If you could let me know some information regarding this.

Thank you.

June 15, 2011 at 6:59 am
(360) goindia says:

Hi Prasad, unfortunately, no you can’t register your marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act because she is Buddhist. You will have to also have a civil/registry wedding under the Special Marriages Act. This act is for people of two different religions. So, you will need to find the Registrar of Marriages Office in your local area in Kerala, and submit an intention to marry form at least 30 days in advance. Then, you set a date for your wedding, appear at the registrar’s office with 3 witnesses, complete the ceremony, it will be entered into the marriage registry, and you will later be issued with a certificate. When submitting the intention to marry form, she will have to provide evidence that she’s not already married. This is usually issued by an embassy/consulate. I’m not sure how it works in Vietnam though. It’s best that you get a family member to find the registry office and inquire about the documents needed. OR, better still, engage a lawyer to take care of the arrangements. It is complicated otherwise.

June 15, 2011 at 8:13 am
(361) David By says:

Hey, Thanks for your hard work with this page. I’ve been searching the net the last 2 days and this in undoubtably the best resource. I arrived in India yesterday morning. I had been granted a one year visa for missionary work from Indian embassy in Ireland. Its marked x/v for visa type. On arrival at the airport however I realized the expiration date was wrong. It was marked June 2011 rather than 2012 so I was told I have to leave India in 2 weeks.

I know I’m a complete idiot for not checking expiration but I was told it was a years visa and I overlooked the year, I just saw the 30th of June. I have been in touch with the Indian embassy in Ireland and they have sent me an email staing that it was a clerical error and that I should go to FOR for an extension. I also have letters from the mission who sent me from Ireland and my host mission here in India stating I will be working with them for one year and my accommodation and food will be looked after. Someone from the Indian mission will also be coming with me. I am based in Tiruchy so am just going to Superintendent of Police. Do you think I will have any luck with this process.

I have been told if this doesn’t work I should fly to India and get new visa from there. Will I be able to acquire a years visa from Sri Lanka for missionary work and would I have to stay out of India for 2 months. Thanks so much for the help

June 16, 2011 at 1:45 am
(362) goindia says:

Hi David, oh no what drama! You must be so stressed. :-( Welcome to India, hey! I think you have a good chance of getting the problem resolved in India, once you explain what has happened. If they don’t resolve it in Tiruchy, the Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigner’s Division) in Delhi has the power to do something about it. Best wishes, and do let me know the outcome.

June 15, 2011 at 10:50 am
(363) Prasad says:

@goindia..thank you so much for your information. But i saw something like this
“The Hindu Marriage Act of 1955 is applicable to Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists. A religious marriage which has already been solemnized can be registered under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. The Hindu Marriage Act is applicable in cases where both husband and wife are Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs or where they have converted into any of these religions. The Hindu Marriage Act provides for the conditions of a marriage where under the bridegroom should be the age of 21 years and bride of 18 years, they both should not be within the degree of prohibited relationship.”

http://www.madaan.com/marriage.html

well,any way your words are really helpful to me, Once again thank you so much.

Prasad

June 16, 2011 at 1:40 am
(364) goindia says:

Hi there Prasad, it is confusing. So a Buddhist is classified as a Hindu to satisfy part 5 of the act?

5- Conditions for a Hindu marriage.
A marriage may be solemnized between any two Hindus, if the following conditions are fulfilled, namely:-
(i) neither party has a spouse living at the time of the marriage
(ii) at the time of the marriage, neither party-

http://www.sudhirlaw.com/indianlaw/marriage-divorces/enactments/HMA55.htm

June 16, 2011 at 1:54 am
(365) Prasad says:

Hi,

Yes, I am also little confused but any way I had asked my sister to check this out for me. I am glad that she is an advocate. Hopefully I can hear from her soon and I will share the information with you also.

Many thanks for your help. You are doing good job for many people who have some tough time in wedding or visa related issues.

keep up the good work.

best regards,

Prasad

June 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm
(366) goindia says:

Hi Prasad, I’m glad you can get your sister to help with it. It is very confusing indeed! Unfortunately, legislation is often not drafted in an understandable manner. Please do let me know of the outcome. I hope it works out in your favor! :-) My logic tells me that a Hindu and a Buddhist can’t have a legally binding religious marriage (because surely the rites are different?)….but in India, anything is possible. ;-)

June 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm
(367) Espen says:

Hi.

I am traveling to India on a X-visa to join my wife as she will work there for a while. I know I am not allowed to work in India, but my boss has asked me if it is a possiblity for me to work in my current job in an arrangment where I go back home 2-3 weeks every second month. Then while I am in India I will try to due some tasks via the internett. In this arrangment I will be employed in my home country and only work towards customers in my homecountry (as I do at home, but now sit in India) (and not conduct any business/work towards companies in India).

Do you know if this would be in breach of the X-visa. I know that tax vice I would pay tax to my home country.

June 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm
(368) goindia says:

Hi Espen, your proposed arrangement will be fine. No problems at all. The issue is if you are employed by an Indian company in India — that’s what isn’t allowed. :-)

June 17, 2011 at 10:06 am
(369) Mel Vatsa says:

Hi,

What is the penalty for staying on a tourist visa? Also is it possible to extend tourist visa on medical grounds?

thanks

June 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm
(370) goindia says:

Hi Mel, yes it is possible to extend your tourist visa on medical grounds. You should go to your local Foreigners Regional Registration Office. I think they have authority to extend for up to 2 weeks. The penalty for overstaying will depend on how long you overstay and for what reason. A short overstay usually results in a fine and a lot of hassle from the authorities. You could also be banned from returning. It depends on the situation.

June 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm
(371) Bosco Pius says:

Hi! my girlfriend is from Finland, we plan to get married here in India, she has already procured papers from her Register office, i will apply at the Civil Marriage court, what i want to know is how long would it take to get our marriage document legalised at the Ministry of External affairs in Delhi, Thanks

June 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm
(372) goindia says:

Hi Bosco, I’m sorry, I don’t know the answer to that question. I wasn’t even aware that you needed to get the documents legalized at the MHA. When I got married (in Mumbai) I simply had to get my documents notarized by an advocate — it was done at the High Court in Mumbai in 15 minutes by an agent. Where are you planning on getting married?

June 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm
(373) Rasheed says:

Hi,

I am an indian citizen and I hold a blank passport without any exit stamps. I came to know about the a girl who lives in Afghanistan and it has been long time talking and chatting together and our families are also known about it and they agree, if we marry together.. however I do not know legal procedure of asking her to live here after marriege and do I have to marry in Afghanistan or in india..

Please advise on the same. Thanks in Advance.

June 19, 2011 at 1:37 am
(374) goindia says:

She can come to India on a tourist visa and get married, then apply to get her tourist visa converted to an X visa (valid for up to five years) at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi. She will be able to live in India on this visa, but not work. However, the fact that she’s from Afghanistan is a problem. It means that she’s not entitled to apply for the PIO card, which most foreigners are allowed after 1 year of marriage to an Indian citizen. This would allow her to live in India for up to 15 years without a visa, but it’s not an option for citizens of Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

June 18, 2011 at 11:47 pm
(375) Deya says:

Thnx again for guiding me ….As per ur advice i am applying for visa extn & visa conversion from tourist to X visa but can u also help me out how to get the Indian Citizenship after this ??

June 19, 2011 at 1:20 am
(376) goindia says:

Hi Deya, you aren’t eligible for Indian citizenship until you’ve been living in India for 7 years. Instead you can apply for PIO card after 1 year of marriage. It will entitle you to live in India without a visa for 15 years (then you need to renew it). You have all the rights of an Indian citizen except voting and buying agricultural land.

June 19, 2011 at 6:36 am
(377) Mel Vatsa says:

Hi, thank you for all your answers in advance… it is very noble..

One of my friends wants to get a student visa (she’s filipino and currently on tourist visa) to study yoga for a year in Mumbai. Are there specific institutions which are recommended or can she go anywhere? What other criteria would she have to fulfill for the student -yoga visa

June 19, 2011 at 8:28 am
(378) Prasad says:

Hi Sharell,

So far I am getting some good news from every where, the temple authorities informed me that temple wedding is possible since Buddhist’s are considered as hindus. I believe there wont be much troubles, however I had asked my fiancee to get all the relevant documents to prove that she is a Buddhist and get ready with other documents too.

If everything goes good iam planing for the wedding in August.

I will keep you posted.

best,
Prasad

June 19, 2011 at 8:31 am
(379) Indian national marrying a Dutch citizen says:

Hi,
I am in Indian citizen and my fiancee is a citizen of Holland.
We are getting married next month in the Indian custom and also registering the marriage.

My fiancee is here on a tourist visa and we are getting married on that visa.

His visa will expire on the 8th of oct 2011. Is it possible to convert the tourist visa into any other long term stay visa. As we want to live in India and i have a job here and i would hate see him leave.

As we already stayed apart for many months due to the visa regulations.

I am really anxious and need your advise and help.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thanks and regards,
Shruti

June 20, 2011 at 8:26 am
(380) goindia says:

Hi Indian national marrying a Dutch citizen, his tourist visa can be extended and converted to an X visa in India. The first step in the process is to get approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreigner’s Division, Delhi. It involves filling out a form and a short interview, and will be granted the same day. The approval must be given to the local Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office to process. His tourist visa will firstly be extended for 3 months while the process, which involves a police visit to your home, is completed.

Here’s the form he’ll need to fill out for the MHA (two copies): http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/new_applicaton_form_visa.pdf

June 20, 2011 at 5:24 am
(381) Prashant says:

@Goindia: thanks a lot for the information and help.. I will look into all the details !!!
If I need some more help, I will come back to you
Thanks

June 20, 2011 at 10:01 am
(382) Romeo says:

Hi my wife & twin babies now in India babies r USA citizen and i took 6 months visa after i booked the return ticket i found out their visa will expire 1 day before the travel date (visa expire on sep -17 ticket is booked for sep-18 flight @ 0430) is there any problem or do i have to re apply for visa again?

June 21, 2011 at 1:10 am
(383) goindia says:

Hi Romeo, do you mean they are in India and their Indian visa will expire one day before they leave India?

June 21, 2011 at 6:17 am
(384) Romeo says:

YES…….

June 22, 2011 at 12:09 am
(385) goindia says:

Hi Romeo, it is a problem. If they are in India now, it’s impossible to get another visa. If they turn up to the airport to depart with an expired visa, they will be fined ($30 each) and not allowed to board the flight. The fine can’t be paid at the airport — it must be done at the nearest Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office. So, they will miss their flight. You have 2 options. 1) Change the date of the flight to an earlier date. 2) They could go to the FRRO in advance and see if they can pay the penalty/get their visas extended for a day on the grounds of flight issues. However, that may not be permitted.

June 21, 2011 at 10:24 am
(386) Sagar Yadav says:

Hi Goindia,

I have a unique but urgent problem – please help me out. I have a dance group and a dubbing studio in India where I employed some foreigners on tourist visa.

Some days back – someone informed the police and I came to know from police that it is illegal to employ foreigners on tourist visa. I want to know from you – if this is true? Because Indians cannot do as good dubbing in foreign language – so I employed foreigners – I do not understand the problem here.

Second thing – what implications do I have on my part if this is illegal. Will I be warned by court and left free or will the court not understand ?

A quick reply will be much appreciated .

June 23, 2011 at 4:30 am
(387) goindia says:

Hi Sagar, yes, I’m sorry to say that it’s true. It’s illegal for foreigners to work in India on a tourist visa — the visa is specifically issued for tourist purposes only. Not employment. A foreigner who wants to work in India must obtain an employment visa. It’s Indian government policy. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you the implications for yourself. That’s outside my area of experience. You may be fined but I really can’t say to be honest. Hope you get it resolved in your favor.

June 23, 2011 at 6:38 am
(388) Sunita S says:

Hi GoIndia,

Firstly, let me thank you for being such a helpful person….

Secondly, I would like to know what type of Visa i could get to India, as I’m going to marry an Indian born Uk citizen, i am also a UK Citizen but still hold my Mauritian passport. As we will be travelling to India, getting tourist visa is such a hassle each time one needs to apply.

Thanking you kindly for your response, Sunita

June 23, 2011 at 10:51 am
(389) goindia says:

Hi Sunita, you’re welcome. Unfortunately, if you don’t have any Indian heritage (parents or grandparents from India) you can only get a tourist visa at the moment. After you get married, you can get an X Entry Visa. Your fiance is already entitled to an X Entry visa because he was born in India. Hope that helps!

June 23, 2011 at 7:51 am
(390) Gustavo says:

Ho Goindia, very helpful site! This year I got a visa from Feb to August 24h but entered in March and left in April. Will be outside of India for more than 2 months but when I go back at the beg of August, I will only have a few days before the actual visa expires.
Extending my visa while there I read here is pointless. I want to stay for a few months so I need a longer visa.

1) I have 2 passports, the other doesn’t have a visa of India. In the past I have done this, enter with a different passport with a fresh visa but the 2 month policiy wasn’t active. Is this an option?
2) Or can I cancel my actual visa and get a new one?

Cheers!!!

Gustavo

June 23, 2011 at 10:53 am
(391) goindia says:

Hi Gustavo, glad you like the site. Go for option 2) Cancel your current visa and get a new one. Yes, it is possible to do that. :-)

June 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm
(392) Gustavo says:

Can I void my actual visa and get a new one. Cheers!
I posted a longer message but i dont think it got published thats why now a short one.

June 24, 2011 at 12:43 am
(393) goindia says:

Gustavo, yes you can. :-)

June 24, 2011 at 5:44 am
(394) Gustavo says:

goindia, HELP. I am in Frankfurt and has just been told that I cant get a new visa until the actual one which has double entry expires! That I either wait to expire on Aug 24th or enter before then (I bought tickets to Aug 6th) but leave (and for 2 months!) before Aug 24th.
What are my options now!? Who do I turn? CHEERS

June 24, 2011 at 10:23 am
(395) goindia says:

But I know plenty of people who have canceled their visas and got new ones! What they are telling you is wrong. :-( Can you use your other passport that doesn’t have the India visa? Try that.

June 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm
(396) Gustavo says:

Thank you Goindia, I asked (before I pay for the fees and get rejected) that in the system it will show that I have 2 passports and an actual visa in one of them…
What do I do????? CHEERS

June 28, 2011 at 1:20 am
(397) goindia says:

I honestly don’t know. Perhaps you should try asking at the http://www.Indiamike.com forums. Lots of knowledgeable people there. However everyone has the same view: you can get your visa canceled if you have a convincing reason. You have to put it in writing and submit with you new visa application. As for your other passport though, if you haven’t used it before to get an Indian visa, it won’t be in their system I don’t think. But definitely better to get another opinion on that.

June 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm
(398) Gustavo says:

Goindia, I did you a visa once on the other passport, so that is out of the question no?
On the other hand, another country near Germany mentioned IT IS possible to cancel the actual visa and get another like you said. Sent it along today. Hope they don’t discover differently, it wouldn’t make any sense, I have been away for more than 2 months.
CHEERS

June 30, 2011 at 3:09 am
(399) goindia says:

I really hope it works out for you! Do keep me updated.

July 1, 2011 at 8:46 am
(400) Maricar says:

Hi!
I am a filipino (Single) passport holder having 6 months multiple tourist Visa and planning to stay here in India for long.I think its hard for me to get a Job in India .What are the other options to have a long term visa?.

Please help me to solve the issue as I am planning to settle in india.

July 1, 2011 at 10:13 am
(401) goindia says:

Hi Maricar, yes it is hard to get a job in India. These days, India only grants employment visas to people who will be paid more than $25,000 per year. The only option to get a long term visa is to marry an Indian.

July 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm
(402) Mel Vatsa says:

Hello,
Can you please let me know what is the process to extend a visa on arrival under medical conditions? Our friend visiting us from Philippines has to undergo surgery and cannot travel for a couple of months….Will she be granted an extension at the FRRO office? Her visa is only valid originally for 30 days.

Thanks

July 11, 2011 at 2:37 am
(403) goindia says:

Hi Mel, you’ll need to collect medical evidence (doctor’s certificates etc) and take it to the FRRO. I can’t tell you whether it will be approved. These things are assessed on a case by case basis, depending on the severity of the illness. You may find that the FRRO doesn’t have authority to approve a visa extension for a couple of months, and it will need to be referred to the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi. Good luck with it. Hope your friend gets better.

July 12, 2011 at 5:42 am
(404) Rahul says:

Hi,
First, thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!
I am an Indian citizen, planning to marry my girlfriend in India she is not Indian. I am planning to arrange tourism visa for her first then after the marriage apply for PIO card for being a spouse of Indian citizen. My query is does she need to leave the country or she can apply for PIO card without leaving the country?

Thanks

July 12, 2011 at 10:58 am
(405) goindia says:

Hi Rahul, actually, she’s not entitled to a PIO card until one year after marriage. She will need to get her tourist visa converted into an X visa instead. This will allow her to remain in India after marriage. The application must be made in person at the Ministry of Homes Affairs (Foreigner’s Division) in New Delhi.

July 13, 2011 at 5:08 am
(406) Rahul says:

Thanks for the clarification.
1.can I marry in foreign and apply for X Visa for my wife.
2. and how long she can stay in India with X Visa.as I am planing to stay for gud in India.
3. Does she need to leave the country and enter again to apply for PIO after one year of marriage.

Thanks

July 14, 2011 at 3:10 am
(407) goindia says:

Hi Rahul,

1) I’m not sure what you mean by this sentence? In answer to what I think you mean, yes you can marry a foreigner in India. She will have to apply for the X visa though, not you.
2) X Visas are valid for up to 5 years. However, she should apply for a one year X visa. Then apply for the PIO. She can easily get the X visa extended in India if need be, at the local Foreigners Registration Office.
3)No she doesn’t need to leave. The application can be done in India, once she has become a resident here (which happens after she gets a long term visa — X visa).

July 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm
(408) Jason says:

Hi, i was hoping to get some clarification on a trip I have planned later this year.

Some information about me:

1. I have a multi-entry type X Indian Tourist visa that is valid until November 2012.
2. I am a Canadian born national that holds a Canadian passport. My parents are born in India.
3. My wife is an Indian citizen that now lives with me in Canada. She holds an Indian passport

I am planning in September 2011 (so still about 2 months away) to fly from Canada to India stay in Delhi 3 days visiting relatives and then flying from Delhi to Rome or Athens with my wife for about 10 days.

We will then fly back to India i.e. under 2 weeks from our initial arrival and spend about 3 weeks visiting relatives in India.

Would this be a problem as Iam returning to India with in 2 weeks and I hold a multi type X tourist visa? If so what steps can I take to remedy any difficulties I may face?

Thanks!

Jason

If any issue what steps would I have to take

July 14, 2011 at 5:32 am
(409) Rahul says:

Thanks for the reply

After one year when she will be holding PIO with foreign passport in this scenario if she wish to work after getting PIO does she need to find job with 25k USD min wage for foreign employment?

Thank very much

July 14, 2011 at 10:25 am
(410) goindia says:

Hi Rahul, with a PIO card she has all the rights of an Indian citizen except voting and buying agricultural land. So, she can freely do what she wants and that includes working. The $25,000 restriction doesn’t apply.

July 14, 2011 at 8:38 pm
(411) Nisha says:

Hi,
I am in desperate need of some suggestion..so plz help..
I am a Bangladeshi citizen and completed my bachelor degree from india until now i had a student visa. I already got a job but my salary isnt fulfiling the 25K USD requirement.
My boyfriend is an indian and we intend to get married in future. So after we get married is there any way I can work in india without the 25K USD salary requirement?
would i be entitled to a PIO card?
I am a Muslim girl and my boyfrnd is a Buddhist…
So wud there be any complication in getting married bcz of different religions? can we get married in india?
the overall fact is. I want to marry my indian boyfrnd and wanna be able to work in india as well. So what do you suggest i should do?
and is there any possibility of any change in this 25K USD restriction in near future????????? I gt my dream job in a foreign IT company and not being able to get the visa. :’(
And also worried about the future of me and my marriage with my boyfrnd as I have to wrk wherevr i stay aftr marriage. I am nt the type of gal who wud completely wanna depend on her husband. :)
Plz…plz… Plzzz HELP! :(
Thanking you in advance…. :)

July 15, 2011 at 1:08 am
(412) goindia says:

Hi Nisha, I’m so sorry to hear about your situation. It must be really upsetting. However, unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done. Even if you got married, you’d have to wait for a year after marriage before being able to apply for the PIO card. In the first year of marriage, people are only entitled to a X Entry Visa, which gives the right to live in India but not work. Plus, there is the issue of you being a Bangladeshi citizen. Bangladeshis aren’t eligible for the PIO card. As for getting married, that isn’t an issue. You can have a civil ceremony under the Special Marriages Act.

July 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm
(413) naomi says:

Great work and great suggestions !

July 15, 2011 at 2:09 pm
(414) Naushin says:

Hi, Thanks for your reply. So does that mean that i will never be able to work in india evn after marriage untill i fulfill the 25K USD salary requirement? That is the only way…? :(

July 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm
(415) Naushin says:

Hi, I also have similar situation i also wanna marry an indian guy bt um a bangladeshi national…so if i nevr get PIO or citizenship hw m i gonna wrk in india aftr marriage?? in dat case i hav 2 bring 25K USD den only i cn wrk?

July 16, 2011 at 3:14 am
(416) goindia says:

Hi Naushin, unfortunately Indian government rules and restrictions do make it difficult for many people. It’s not about bringing $25,000 (that won’t grant you the right to work), it’s about earning more than $25,000 per year. The Indian government doesn’t want foreigners to come and work in jobs that Indians could be working in.

July 16, 2011 at 5:34 am
(417) rosy says:

Hi !
M very confused here and i need ur help. I have read all the comments written down but still i need some clarification. I was married to an Arab guy from Yemen 3 n half years back but did not do registered marriage. We just did a simple muslim marriage infront of the mullahs. Now my so called husband wants to divorce me but because of his visa problem which he cannot get it from his country wants to make registered marriage and get an X visa to stay in india n then divorce me. So can u plz tell me how to stop him getting that X visa, is there any way? I cannot say no to the registered marriage too….Pls give me some idea to stop him getting X visa n also to get legal rights. Thanks…….!!!!!!!

July 17, 2011 at 3:10 am
(418) goindia says:

Hi Rosy, there is a way to stop him from getting the X visa. DO NOT have a registered marriage. Why can’t you say no to it? Just leave this guy before he makes your life any worse than what it is. Where is he now? Which country?

July 17, 2011 at 11:51 pm
(419) Tarun T says:

Hi there …

I am a Naturalized US Citizen of Indian origin holding a 10 year multiple entry Indian tourist visa.

I experienced the two month rule restriction first hand earlier this year when I had to come back to Inida within a month due to a family emergency. So in Amserdam I had to run around to get the special exemption from the local consulate. Now, I am headed back and my toursit visa is set to expire on Sept 24th. 2011. Is there any limit / threshold that I need to re-enter India before the visa expires? I want to combine a business trip in Europe in early August and then head to India mid August and come back two weeks later around Sept 5 before the visa expires. Do I need to enter two months before the visa expires or any time limit like that? I am scared to death of being held back in my Europe stop over / not being allowed on the flight. Also – I read Jason’s question and what would I have to do to get an exemption from the two month rule – that special stamp that he got – how to get that?

Thanks!

Tarun

July 18, 2011 at 1:12 am
(420) goindia says:

Hi Tarun, I agree it is scary! You never know the whims of the immigration officers and what the requirements are. That said though, you can enter and leave India any time before your visa expires — just as long as you leave India by the day it expires, otherwise you won’t be allowed to exit at the airport and will get fined. As for exemptions to the two month gap rule, there really aren’t any apart from emergencies, or travel to neighbouring countries on the same itinerary. When it comes time to apply for a new Indian visa, you should apply for an X Entry visa on the basis of your Indian heritage. It doesn’t have any restrictions, and the two month gap doesn’t apply. The Indian government is now saying that Indians should apply for an X Visa only, not a tourist visa. Hope that helps!

July 19, 2011 at 7:11 am
(421) Angie says:

My fiancé is an USA citizen in India with an Employment Visa for one year, I am Colombian and I came to India with a 6 months tourist visa. We are planning to get married, and we are having a baby in December.

My Tourist VISA will expire close to the possible day the baby is due.

Is it better for us to get married in a country like Srilanka and apply for an X VISA from there or try to get an extension of my tourist VISA?

thanks!

July 20, 2011 at 2:20 am
(422) goindia says:

Angie, I wouldn’t recommend getting married in Sri Lanka. The process might not be straightforward. Have you checked it out? Even in India you need to give a 30 day notice of intention to be married, before the civil ceremony can take place. You can probably get your Tourist Visa extended on medical grounds that you’re unable to fly due to pregnancy. It’s best to contact your local Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office and get their advice.

July 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm
(423) Sam says:

Hello everyone onboard i need expert advice/everyones knowldge on a matter im a pak national male married to indian national female have 2 childrens is it possible that i can get a residential type of visa and what kind of visa shall i apply for reagrding that i wanna stay in india for longer period of time your quick responce will be appreciated

July 20, 2011 at 2:16 am
(424) goindia says:

Sam, apply for an X Entry Visa on the basis of your marriage. It’s valid for up to 5 years, and allows you to live in India (but not work).

July 20, 2011 at 5:49 am
(425) Sam says:

Thanks a lot goindia for such a quick responce the thing im thinking about that how should i apply for this kind of visa from pakistan there is no info about this visa of any kind should i mention on the visa application that i want an X entry visa and wut kind of documents should i furnish to the embassy for geting that kind of visa thanks.

July 21, 2011 at 2:23 am
(426) goindia says:

Sam, I’m sorry, I don’t have any direct experience. It’s a complex issue as there aren’t any clear rules between India and Pakistan in this regard. I think you will need to contact the Indian Embassy and ask the how to proceed with the application, as there are likely to be restrictions and additional rules and regulations..

July 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm
(427) lucky says:

i want to married with bangladehi muslim girl,he can get indian citizenship after marriage or not

July 21, 2011 at 2:02 am
(428) goindia says:

No, unfortunately not. She will only be entitled to an X Entry visa, which will give her the right to live in India (but not work, or anything else).

July 21, 2011 at 5:29 am
(429) Sam` says:

Thanks so much goindia for your resonce i guess i should my indian national spouse talk to the embassy and the other thing i like to ask that i got back from india 15 days a go and i like to know does that 2 month gap between visits apply to me as i have traveld on Visit visa and when im going to be eligeable to apply again for the X visa Thanks.

July 21, 2011 at 10:46 am
(430) goindia says:

You’re welcome Sam. The best thing for you to do would be to give the Embassy a call and speak to them yourself. http://india.org.pk/visa-services.htmls

Since you have a Visitor’s Visa you must be quite familiar with the Embassy and their procedures by now! ;-) Hopefully, they can give you decent advice. The two month gap only applies for Tourist Visas so you can apply for another kind of visa straight away. Good luck.

July 21, 2011 at 11:02 am
(431) zeger says:

Hello people… im tired looking and searching around about the info i need but nothing helped yet. I saw this blog and thought i’d give it a try. My question is: what happens,or what’s the legal procedures if somebody who came in india using a tourist visa stayed beyond his visa period?? (5 or 6months for ex) i know thats illegal and the person is screwed but… what’s his next move? i’d like to add that, in this case, the person didnt try extending the visa at all. just ignored the whole thing. And the visa was a 90 days one for instance. so the person stayed 5 months AFTER his visa expired. i might sound dumb here i guess. anyways reply to this if anybody can please. thanks.

July 21, 2011 at 11:03 am
(432) zeger says:

Hello people… im tired looking and searching around about the info i need but nothing helped yet. I saw this blog and thought i’d give it a try. My question is: what happens,or what’s the legal procedures if somebody who came in india using a tourist visa stayed beyond his visa period?? (5 or 6months for ex) i know thats illegal and the person is screwed but… what’s his next move? i’d like to add that, in this case, the person didnt try extending the visa at all. just ignored the whole thing. And the visa was a 90 days one for instance. so the person stayed 5 months AFTER his visa expired. i might sound dumb here i guess. anyways reply to this if anybody can please. thanks

July 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm
(433) Sam says:

Thanks a Bundle Goindia your help was great i will soon check with the embassy hopefully everything goes in my favour

July 26, 2011 at 6:38 am
(434) drishti says:

well i actually have a couple of questions. i am a us citizen married in India, to a Indian citizen.at present i have a normal 10yr tourist visa and i have been here since Jan 2006.i have been married for the past 3yrs and 3months and i have a son who was born here in India but has us citizenship.i have also gotten my name changed on my us passport to my new name after my marriage.
1)what is the best and simplest way that me and my son can legally reside here in India.would i have to go out of India and apply for a visa or is it possible here in India
2)my visa is on my old passport with my maiden name and now i also have a new passport with my married name..the only difference is of the last name…what is the best solution for this problem?

July 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm
(435) goindia says:

Hi Drishti, are you registered with a Foreigner’s Registration Office in India? Technically, you can’t stay for more than 6 months on any tourist visa, no matter how long it is. I’m wondering if an exception has been made in your case, or what your situation is. Could you tell me a bit more about it? Do you have a residence permit/residence papers for India?

July 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm
(436) drishti says:

yes i am registered with the foreigner’s registration office and i also do have a marriage certificate issued from the collector’s office and i also have a legal driving license with my Indian residential address.about residence papers the most i have is my late father’s property paper’s which will be transferred under my name.as for my son he is 21 months old and he is holding a us passport but he was born here in india and i also have his legal birth certificate.i was going for a pio card but then i also heard about this X entry visa.and i am about to go for a holiday abroad.would it be easier for me to apply for a entry x visa abroad for me and my son?

July 27, 2011 at 4:13 am
(437) goindia says:

Hi Drishti, yes, I highly recommend you apply for X visas while you’re back home. It should be a straight forward and quick process, unlike in India. Then you can always apply for the PIO in India at some later date. I’m sure you’re aware, but don’t forget to get an Exit visa for your son so he can leave India.

July 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm
(438) Preeti says:

hey GoIndia,

I am in a very unusual situation.
i have been studying in India since 4th grade and now i am in med school here in India on an nri seat.

I dont know what visa i am on and even during admission to my course i wasnt asked for any visa. I have some visa saying MEV(5yrz) which i think means a multiple entry visa..n i feel it is a tourist visa.

My visa is expiring in december,i was thinking to apply for d oci card. But i am scared that i would be asked too many questions regarding my stay in india which has been over 6 yrz…i havent visited usa because ive been studying. Now what should i do? should i go and apply for d oci card n tell the officials that i need it for study purpose or should i say that i have relatives here that i need to keep visiting…?

plz help me..i am scared that i may get thrown out of india and not even get my degree. i have been ignorant regarding all these rules and now i am really tense…it’s the matter of my career..which means life or death to me….

hope to hear from you soon.

regards.

July 27, 2011 at 4:14 am
(439) goindia says:

Hi Preeti, have a look at the visa and see what it says under “Type”. Can you tell me what it says? Tourist visa should be “TV” and Entry visa should be “XV”.

I’m a little confused about your situation. You say your visa is a 5 year visa, and it’s expiring in December…. but you’ve been in India over 6 years. That doesn’t make sense.

Have you registered yourself with a Foreigner’s Registration Office to get a residential permit?

July 27, 2011 at 5:30 am
(440) drishti says:

“exit visa”, im sorry but im unaware of this.what is this?where can i apply for it?how long will it take?and why is this necessary?and im going most probably to dubai, uae. would it be possible for me to get my “x” visa’s there without any residence proof and me just going there for a visit.if so,how long would it take?

July 27, 2011 at 8:31 am
(441) goindia says:

Hi Drishti, if your son was born in India but has a foreign passport without an Indian visa in it, he won’t be able to leave without an Exit Visa. It’s obtainable from the Foreigner’s Registration Office, usually in a day or two. If he has a valid Indian visa in his passport, than it’s not a problem (however, as you haven’t made mention of him having a visa, I assume he doesn’t have one which is the case when kids are born in India but get a foreign passport here). I don’t know about getting the X visas in Dubai, sorry. Have a look at the Indian Embassy website in Dubai and it should tell you what their policy is for issuing visas to non-residents, and how long it will take.

July 27, 2011 at 8:43 am
(442) drishti says:

thank you so much i will look into this matter.another thing i wanted to know was that how can i get a pio card.i mean i’ve heard that its pretty hard to get.how true is that?

July 27, 2011 at 9:40 am
(443) goindia says:

Hi again Drishti, PIO card isn’t hard to get. I have one. I got it from the Mumbai Foreigners Regional Registration Office in around 6 weeks. I think the ease of the process depends on which FRO/FRRO you are registered with. Only the large metropolitan ones can do it, otherwise applications need to be sent to Delhi, which means more stuffing around! Still, you should be able to get one without much hassle, as you’re definitely entitled and so is your son. India has the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card, which is its version of dual citizenship for Indians living abroad.

July 27, 2011 at 9:08 am
(444) drishti says:

oh and 1 more thing….i know that around 5 yrs back india didnt allow duel citizenship, is that still the case now in the present?

July 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm
(445) preeti says:

hey,
thank u for such a quick response.

i got an extension for a year..
dt is y im still here…it does not say wt type it is…

and yes i have a residential permit…and i got d extension from d DFRO…..and the FRRO know that i am in India..I even got a call from the US Embassy 3 months back to know if everything was ok..

And what exactly is the benefit o the permit dt i do have ? i have it from a very long time now…does it legalise me studying and staying here??

July 27, 2011 at 11:24 pm
(446) goindia says:

Hi Preeti, the benefit of the residential permit is that you can legally live in India, until the date your visa expires. It sounds like the visa may be an X Entry visa because Tourist Visas aren’t usually extendable in India. However, an Entry visa doesn’t allow study. It’s just a residential visa. To study, you should have a student visa or PIO card. However, at least you haven’t illegally stayed here or anything like that! You should apply for the PIO card, asap. Then everything will be fine. Go to you FRRO and tell them you want to apply. Don’t mention anything about the study. You don’t have to give a reason why you want to apply, because you’re entitled on the basis of your Indian background.

July 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm
(447) drishti says:

im sorry for troubling you but all ur responses are being very helpful to me and im tempted to ask more and more questions..first of all im here in rajasthan, in a small city so im gonna have to go to delhi but im a bit worried that ive been here so long that i dont know whats gonna happen what if they reject me or what if i get in to trouble…and another question is what if me and my son leave here without an exit visa?will there be any problem with that?

July 27, 2011 at 11:16 pm
(448) goindia says:

Hi Drishti, it’s okay, I’m here to help and I know how darn confusing it is. If you’re registered, and have registration papers, then there shouldn’t be a problem for you to leave. Your son won’t be able to leave without an exit permit, he will be prevented from doing so at immigration at the airport. And then you’ll have to go all the way back to Rajasthan to get it. So, the best thing that you can do now is go to your local FRO, where they know your case, and tell them of your plans and tell them to get all your paperwork in order. I recently had a friend who was working in Kerala… he had applied for 2 extensions to his employment visa, which had to be sent to Delhi for approval. He had no evidence of them being approved, the FRO never bothered to stamp his passport or anything. He got to the airport in Mumbai to go back home for a month, and they wouldn’t let him leave — no exit visa! He had to go all the way back to Kerala to get it, to the FRO he was registered with. :-(

July 28, 2011 at 6:56 am
(449) Preeti says:

hey,

can i not apply for the oci card…??? i actually have all d documentation ready for it.

And since i havent gone to usa for so long cant they ask me what have i been doing here? then what am i supposed to say??? Or i just need to send them the documents and nothing else is required.???

July 29, 2011 at 6:14 am
(450) goindia says:

Hi Preeti, sure you can apply for the OCI. If you’re living in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, etc you apply in person at your FRRO. Otherwise you send the application by mail to Delhi. Here’s all the info you need to know, and you can do some of the application on line: http://mha.nic.in/uniquepage.asp?id_pk=553

Just tell them that you’ve been staying with family, looking after a sick relative. Whatever excuse works. You know how it is. ;-) Fact is you’re entitled to it, so you should be okay.

July 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm
(451) drishti says:

thanks…so i have to go to the local FRO here in my city,right?and like i mentioned earlier im a bit tense to apply for the pio card.just scared that i may just entangle myself into more trouble.

July 29, 2011 at 8:04 am
(452) Preeti says:

hey,

hahaha….yea i got your point…. have to make it work…. :p
Thank you sooo much for your help….would bug u again if i have another ques…..Thanx again… :)

July 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm
(453) bipen says:

hey goindia,

1) my friend from phillipines had applied an indian tourist visa and her expiry is on 28th of oct.. her arrival journey is on 18th of october and return journey is on 4th of november. so can she extend her visa in delhi airport itself or she have to search for the embassay office in india or can she extend it in her own home country in indian embassay before arriving india. If possible which way would be easier?or does she have to apply for fresh visa?
2)what does registration required within 14 days of arrival in india for more than 180 days means?
3)is hotel voucher is checked in the airport or needed for a tourist in india?

July 30, 2011 at 1:56 am
(454) goindia says:

Hi Bipen, no she can’t extend her tourist visa in India unless she gets married to an Indian. She will have to go back to her country to get a new visa. However, there’s a rule that requires two months gap between visits to India on a tourist visa, so she won’t be able to get a new visa and come back for at least 2 months. No, she doesn’t need to have hotel vouchers. Registration required within 14 days means that if a person stays in India for more then 180 days continuously, they need to register themselves with their nearest Foreigners Registration Office. They will be provided with registration papers and by classed as a resident of India.

July 29, 2011 at 12:56 pm
(455) bipen says:

4) her tourist visa is for 90 days released on 28th of july, so can she again go back to the indian embassay in her country and ask to make it for 180 days or she have to re apply for the visa?will she be rebort back to phillipines if she dont have a hotel vouchers?

July 30, 2011 at 3:38 am
(456) bipen says:

Thankyou Goindia for your quick response. I would like to bug u once again hope u wont mind.If in her recent visa she had not arrived even a single times in india and if she wants to re-apply for fresh visa before the expiry of her recent visa can a new visa be applied In order to meet up the journey of an air ticket. example( she mistakenly applied for visa very fast her air ticket is on 18th of oct and onward journey is on 4th of nov,her first arrival to india will be on 18th of oct itself in her recent visa, but her visa expires on 28th of oct before she exit from india)what would be the probable way to solve this problem.

can she exit india one day before her visa expires like her visa will expires on 28th of oct so can she exit from india on 27th of oct.

July 31, 2011 at 1:40 am
(457) goindia says:

Hi Biben, yes she can exit India on the day before her visa expires. There won’t be a problem unless the visa is actually expired. It is often possible to get a tourist visa canceled and reissued, but it’s up to the discretion of the embassy depending on the reason.

August 2, 2011 at 1:58 am
(458) pr says:

Hi,
I am an Indian and my girlfriend is from the Ukraine. We plan to get married in another 5 months time. she is not in India as of now. She is getting her documents necessary for the marriage.. I have a lot of doubts.

1. Wat are the documents necessary from her side for the marriage?

2. If she plans to come on a business(internship at a media company) or tourist visa, will we have any problems with the marriage?

3. Will she be able to continue to do her internship even after marriage?

4. How long will it take for her to start working here legally?

5. After marriage will it be still difficult for her to stay in india without a visa.. or does she even need a visa to stay in india? Since we will be married..

6. We are clueless about the whole process…

August 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm
(459) goindia says:

Hi Pr,

1). You will find documents listed here: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm
2). It’s possible to marry on both a tourist visa or a business visa.
3). Yes, of course she can continue her internship after marriage.
4). She can apply for a Person of Indian Origin card one year after marriage. That will allow her to work in India, unrestricted.
5). She cannot stay in India without a visa after marriage. If she comes on a tourist visa, she can apply at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi to get it converted to an X Entry visa, which is a residential visa (it doesn’t allow working though). After one year of marriage, she can apply for the PIO card.

August 8, 2011 at 12:23 am
(460) Anjali says:

Hello…my daughter requires a conversion to X visa. She’s an American on a tourist visa, but we are planning to extend our stay in India. We enrolled her in a Montessori school, too. We have an appointment at MHA. Does anyone know what the checklist is for conversion to X visa?? I cannot seem to get clear cut answer from anyone at FRRO office. Any help would be highly appreciated. Thanks.

August 10, 2011 at 7:18 am
(461) Raj Aryan says:

Hi GoIndia,
I am an Indian citizen leaving in London, UK for the past seven years. My wife and me, both have a PR visa. Now my daughter was born 5 months back in London and I have registered her as an Indian citizen and have got her an Indian passport. I am planning to apply for a British citizenship for my wife and child and would get it without any problems. Now my question is, do I have to get a PR visa for my daughter before I apply for her British citizenship and then getting an OCI card, or can I apply for her British citizenship and directly apply for an OCI card without getting a PR visa for my daughter. I am very confused with this PR visa for my daughter as I am getting mixed reviews and don’t want to reduce her chances of getting an OCI card, if she is not having a visa stamp on her passport. The PR visa would cost around £1350 and hence the dilemma. Many thanks for your help.
Thanks, Raj

August 10, 2011 at 9:37 am
(462) goindia says:

Hi Raj, unfortunately, I can’t help you with that question. I’m not familiar with British immigration law or visas. Sorry about that! If you want my best guess though, I would say that your daughter can apply for citizenship by registration without needing a PR visa, after your wife has become a citizen (the application would be based on her British citizenship). The OCI is based on someone’s Indian heritage, not any visa they hold, as far as I’m aware — so no need for your daughter to have a PR visa for England. I could be wrong though. As I said, I have no experience in this. I’m just guessing. It’s best that you get advice from the authorities that will be handling your applications.

August 10, 2011 at 11:04 am
(463) Raj Aryan says:

Thanks GoIndia for the immediate answer. Many thanks.

August 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm
(464) shamsher pal singh says:

hi i am shamsher pal singh
i am married to a japanese girl and all i want to ask is now she is married with me and i am an indian will she be able to get long term visa to india??
if yes do anyone knows for how long??

August 10, 2011 at 11:38 pm
(465) goindia says:

Hi Samsher. Yes, she can get an X Entry visa — it’s a residential visa valid for up to 5 years. After one year of marriage she can apply for a PIO card, valid for 15years.

August 16, 2011 at 10:14 am
(466) KKR says:

Hi ,
I am an indian citizen and working in India and am planning to marry my fiancee in November 2011 and she is a citizen of Romania but working in U.K for last 7 years and has work permit to work in U.K. i would like to know if comes on tourist visa and can we get married?

2)after getting married , how can i convert her Tourist visa to X visa or any other visa so that she can stay with me in india soon after marriage forever.

3) what is the procedure and whom to contact as i reside in Hyderabad(Andhra pradesh) so to convert my fiancee tourist visa to any other visa whom should i approach

4) soon after marriage is my fiancee entitled to work or which visa she needs to work in India and if so what is the procedure

5) I read about entry visa(x) and PIO but confused and how and whats the advantage of and when can i apply for entry visa and PIO.

6) if Entry visa required from where my fiancee has to apply and if PIO from where she has to apply.

7) rule of 2 months am confused?

Any replies or feedback much appreciated.

August 17, 2011 at 2:38 am
(467) goindia says:

Hi KKR, answers are as follows:

1) Yes she can get married to you on a tourist visa in India.
2) To convert tourist visa to X visa, she will have to apply at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreigner’s Division, in Jaisalmer House, New Delhi. They will issue a letter, for her to take to her local Foreigner’s Registration Office to process.
3) The MHA in Delhi is the only place that can approve conversion from tourist visa to X visa. She will have to take a trip there to apply in person. A copy of the marriage certificate, as well as proof of your Indian heritage (such as a passport) is required.
4) She can work in India on an Employment visa (which she must get from her own country, and needs to be earning $25,000 or more in India to be eligible for) or a PIO card.
5) An X Visa is a residential visa. It doesn’t allow the holder to do anything in India apart from reside. A PIO card allows the holder to be in India without a visa, and they can work and buy property etc. She is eligible for the PIO only after one year of marriage. If she is a resident of India (holding an X visa) she can apply in India through the MHA.
6). See answer 2.
7) The two month gap rule applies to tourist visas only. If she leaves India on a tourist visa, there must be a two month gap before she can come back on a tourist visa.

August 18, 2011 at 6:50 am
(468) Abdul says:

Hi

I like a Girl in Philipines and i Wnat to marry her. She is divorced and has a son too. After marrying her we want to settle in india. SO i seek your suggestion to marry her in phils wen i visit her on tourist visa or call her to india on tourist visa and marry her in india. Which process is easy and feasible both wrt to time and money. And also explain the process of getting her inidia citizenship or if not citizenship wot kind of Visa she need to get so that we can leave in india for ever with our son

August 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm
(469) goindia says:

Hi Abdul, I really can’t advise you on that because I don’t know what the process is for getting married in the Philippines. She will be entitled to an X Entry residential visa for India after marriage, and then one year after marriage she’ll be entitled to a PIO card. She can’t get citizenship until she’s been living in India for at least 7 years.

August 18, 2011 at 7:20 pm
(470) kushwanth says:

hi,

my name is kushwanth. i am an australian citizen and have got oci card also. my wife is india citizen. we have got our baby delivered in india this may 2011 and we have accepted australian citizen for the baby and also have got australian passport.

we are not sure what to do next??..can we apply for exit clearance directly as we intend to travel back to sydney in the first week of september 2011. my son has got passport on 1st august 2011..or do we need to take stay visa or residential permit and then apply for exit clearance??

i ahve contacted my local FRO office and they have sent me to FRRO office and they are not sure..

it would be gretaly appreciated if you could help me in this matter,

August 18, 2011 at 11:36 pm
(471) goindia says:

Hi Kushwanth, you need to get an Exit visa in you baby’s Australian passport. No need to get a residential permit first. The exit visa is obtainable from your local FRRO. You will need:

a) Letter from Consulate regarding issuance of new passport.
b) Birth Certificate issued by Indian Authority
c) Both parents passport and visa copy, Residential Permit copies (in case parents are registered)
d) Air ticket (Infants + Parents)

August 19, 2011 at 8:47 am
(472) kushwanth says:

hi,

thanks for the reply.

just want to ask you one more thing ( these things never stop!!! )

i am sydney and my wife is in india….so i can book my baby and wife ticket. do i need to be with them while they are coming back to sydney or they can come on their own!!!

is there any rule as per exit clearnace…stating that i should be in india and come with them…

can i give my NOC letter regarding their travel??

seems silly but just want to confirm…

thanks

August 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm
(473) goindia says:

Hi Kushwanth, as far as I’m aware you don’t have to travel with them, but to be honest I don’t have any direct experience with this. You wife will need to check with the FRRO because often each FRRO has different requirements too, just to add to the confusion. :-(

August 20, 2011 at 1:33 am
(474) Nisha says:

Hi Can someone guide me what is the procedure to get an x visa extension for my daughter(2 1/2 yrs) who is a NZ citizen and is currently on a 6month visit visa in india which expires in october .
I am an indian passport holder and my spouse is indian orgin but NZ citizen.
It would good to know the steps/duration it takes for an x visa extension

August 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm
(475) goindia says:

Hi Nisha, you say your daughter has a visit visa — is that a Tourist Visa? There is no visa called visit visa. If it is a tourist visa, it’s not possible to get an X visa extension. Tourist visas aren’t readily convertible to X visas. If it is an X visa (which is an Entry visa), then the extension is done through the Foreigners Registration Office or Foreigners Regional Registration Office closest to where you live. They will be able to advise you of the procedure.

August 21, 2011 at 8:06 am
(476) Aslam Frz says:

Dear All

I am an Indian.I am in a relationship with a pakistani Girl since three years and we are planing to get married

i would like to know that is there any possibilities that she can get a permanent residence visa in India

if some one anything related to getting a visa for pakistani pls mail me the details

that will be so gr8 full of you

tnx

August 22, 2011 at 3:50 pm
(477) Abdul says:

Thanks for ur reply…
one more question please…
Suppose i visit philipinnes and marry her and get the required document for marriage. How long will it take for us to apply for a X entry visa for both the girl and the kid? because as Iam working in S/W firm i get a maximum of one month leave. And i dont want to return wid out them at any cost after marriage. What is the best solution for our situation.
Kindly help.

August 23, 2011 at 5:22 am
(478) goindia says:

Hi Abdul, I don’t know how long it will take to get the visa in the Philippines. It depends on the Embassy’s processing time there. You will have to contact them. In my personal experience, I got an X visa in a week at the Indian Embassy in my home country (Australia) but every place is different.

August 23, 2011 at 1:40 am
(479) Franky says:

I am an Australian citizen for more than 21 years (prior to that a Sri Lankan citizen) and have married an OCI (issued in Sri Lanka to an Indian origin person) who has stronger ties with India and now lives in India permanently. I am on an extended Tourist Visa (on medical grounds) and our civil marriage took place more than a year ago. As I wish to continue living here in India with my wife, please answer the following questions for me:
(1) Am I entitled to apply for a PIO card as a spouse of an OCI living in India – can my previous Sri Lankan citizenship held 21 years ago create any issue for us? OR
(2) Should I apply for a long term X Visa based on our marriage – again can my previous Sri Lankan citizenship come in the way?
Your quick response would mean a great deal to me. Thanks

August 23, 2011 at 5:23 am
(480) goindia says:

Hi Franky, you can apply for a long term X visa for India. Getting a PIO would be a problem because of your Sri Lankan heritage. You can get your tourist visa converted to an X visa at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi.

August 23, 2011 at 2:04 am
(481) PINK says:

I am bangladeshi working and staying in India with family on a work visa for last 3 yrs.My work Visa in India is valid till May 2012. Last month i got transfered to Singapore, I moved to singapore along with my family. I got my employment visa in Singapore also. Presently I am holding two employment visa Singapore and India (as I did not inform the authorities and handover the documents at India airport because i need to come to India often for work). My querie is “Can I hold two country employment visa simultaneously?”

August 23, 2011 at 5:18 am
(482) goindia says:

Hi Pink, I guess if you’re working simultaneously in both countries you can.

August 23, 2011 at 2:39 am
(483) C says:

Hey goindia,

I am a foreigner currently studying at an Indian University. I have got a student visa until the 21st of December and I had to register at the FRRO. Unfortunately, my flight leaves at the 6th of January. What are my options to extend my visa – if there are any?

Thank you,
C.

August 23, 2011 at 5:19 am
(484) goindia says:

Hi C, I suggest that you contact your local FRRO and get their advice on that, since they will be performing the extension if granted.

August 23, 2011 at 8:28 am
(485) Abdul says:

Hi
I realy apprecaite your help and thank you for your advises..

One last final question suppose i invite her to india and we marry in india how long does it take to get tourist visa converted to X entry visa . It should be done only in MEA in new dielhi right? Also if she visits india on tousrist visa for one month or more is dat converstion posible before her return? Or unfortunately if she returns can she appy for the same from phils?

August 23, 2011 at 9:13 am
(486) goindia says:

Hi Abdul, the application can only be made and granted at the MHA in Delhi — that part of it takes a day. There’s an interview, and if the application is approved the MHA will issue a letter that must be given to your local Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office to process. The usual procedure is that a 3 month tourist visa extension is provided while investigations are carried out for conversion of tourist visa to X visa. So, she will be able to remain in India. No need to leave.

August 23, 2011 at 9:28 am
(487) Barb says:

Hi, i have a question .. hope it won’t come that far .. but possible the tourist application for my husband for the Netherlands will be denied. If so i will need to leave to India a.s.a.p. to complain to the Dutch embassy. Now i can fly this saturday, but it won’t give me enough time to obtain a (tourist) visa. As i am married (and have proof of it) with an Indian national .. are there any ways to get into the country without a visa? … I can pick up the offical documents of my allowed stay in India at Jaisselmeer house in Delhi (due to a miscarriage i was unable to do so before i needed to leave India) .. but besides a marriage certificate (apostiled and all) from both the mandir and the court .. i have no proof.

It’s a bit like a chicken and the egg story .. i need to enter India to pick up the additional proof .. yet i won’t be able to get a tourist visa on time .. and if i’m not allowed to get into India .. i can’t pick up those document which will state that i am allowed to stay …

Hope you can help me with info!

August 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm
(488) Uttam says:

Hi,
It would be nice if you could please get back to me on the following queries –

Case Summary:

I am an Indian citizen by birth. I got married on 8th July 2004 to a Bangladeshi citizen with passport valid till 29th October 2012. Her last date of entry in India is 26th May, 2004. Ever since our marriage (on 8th July 2004), she is staying in India with me and has updated regularly her residential permit for extension of stay on the valid passport. Her current residential permit in India is valid till 29th October, 2011

I am a Software Engineer and I am planning to travel to Geneva, Switzerland on end of October, 2011 for about 1 year. I would like to take her (along with our 5 yeas’ old daughter, who is holding a valid Indian passport) to Geneva as my dependents and return back to India within a year.

Queries:

1. Can she travel on her Bangladeshi Passport (along with our 5 yeas’ old daughter, who is holding a valid Indian passport) with me as my dependents to Geneva, Switzerland? FYI, Swiss Embassy has confirmed, they will stamp on my wife’s Bangladeshi passport as my dependent as she is staying in India for more than past 6 months (in fact, more than 7 years), but does she need any approval from Ministry of Home Affairs (FRO Kolkata has suggested that) – if yes, what’s the process for that and how long does it takes to complete?

2. Her current residential permit in India is ending on 29th October, 2011. If she travels on end of October, 2011, will she have to apply for residential permit in India for extension of stay to FRO Kolkata? Will she need any approval from Ministry of Home Affairs for that? Will she have to apply for Indian Residential Permit at Embassy Of India, Switzerland while returning back to India with me when I’ll come back? What’s the process for that?

August 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm
(489) goindia says:

Hi Uttam, unfortunately I’m not an expert in these matters. If the the Swiss Embassy says she can go with you as a dependent, then I guess she can. I can’t see why approval would have to be obtained from the MHA for that. However, I have no direct experience with such a situation. Regarding her residential permit for India, it’s her visa that the important thing and determines whether she can return to India or not. When does her visa expire? If it expires while she is in Switzerland, she will have to get another visa from the Embassy of India in Switzerland in order to be able to return to India. Residential permits are only issued in India, based on the duration and validity of the visa.

August 25, 2011 at 2:45 am
(490) Barb says:

Hi, yesterday we got the news that the tourist visa for my husband to Schengen is officially on hold. Whatever that may mean.

I need to get to India asap to get things solved, but i don’t have time to obtain a tourist visa for India. I am married to an Indian citizen and have the marriage documents. My official other papers (that i am allowed in India for 1 yr) are in Jaisselmeerhouse.

Any ways i can get into India without a tourist visa? The papers are waiting for me at Jaisselmeerhouse to be picked up.

Awaiting your reply

August 26, 2011 at 1:53 am
(491) goindia says:

Hi Barb, you must obtain a visa for India. It should only take you a week.

August 25, 2011 at 3:21 am
(492) Deya says:

Is der any way we can track and made complain for Visa extention as i went to Ministry of Foriegn Affiar Delhi a month ago and they gave full confidence after i sumbitted my visa extention form with all document dat they will issue issue to Pune FRO but even after multiple attempt Pune FRO never received such order from Delhi now my visa also expired wat to do next ?

August 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm
(493) Syed says:

Hello goindia,
I have got some tremendos info on this website. U guys are great.

I have queries
First of all i m an INDIAN and m gonna marry A MALDIVIAN GIRL by october.
I want to ask if its good we get married there in MALDIVES and come to INDIA or what would be good for her VISA..?

We plan to stay in INDIA with our family and she wishes to do job also here.

Please do guide me with this..

Best regards
God bless u

August 26, 2011 at 1:56 am
(494) goindia says:

Hi Syed, if you get married in her country, she can come to India on an X Entry visa. This is a residential visa. Unfortunately, it won’t allow her to work but it’s the only visa option unfortunately. After 1 year of marriage, she can apply for the PIO card, which has working rights.

August 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm
(495) Uttam says:

Hi goindia,

It’s Uttam again. Actually she came to India on tourist visa on 26th May, 2004, and it was valid for 1 month only. After our marriage (on 8th July 2004), FRRO, Kolkata issued her Residential Permit (valid for 1 year). Then onwards she has renewed it regularly and the current one is valid till 29th October, 2011.

August 26, 2011 at 1:51 am
(496) goindia says:

Hi Uttam, the issue here is that every FRRO seems to have a different way of doing things. The Kolkata one hasn’t followed the rules, and I hear this is common. It just does its own thing. The proper procedure after marriage is to go to the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi and apply for conversion of tourist visa to X Entry visa — this is a long term residential visa, which then makes the holder eligible for a Residential Permit. Has the FRRO even bothered to extend her visa in her passport? If there is no evidence of her visa being extended, she will most likely have to apply for an Exit permit from the FRRO, otherwise it will look like her visa has expired. The immigration officers at the airport will have a problem with this and won’t allow her to leave India. Bottom line is that people are not supposed to be residents of India on tourist visas. And for every residential permit, there must be a valid visa to support it. She will have to apply for another visa before coming back to India.

August 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm
(497) Uttam says:

Thanks a ton, goindia. This sums up the story. FRRO has provided residential permit (that authorizes and regularizes her stay in India) on T visa which itself expired way back in 2004! Her passport doesn’t have any X visa as yet and it was never advised either! I am planning to get in touch with MHA for the exit permit as you have suggested and would share my experience on this later.

Btw, in the residential permit it has been mentioned that it has to be surrendered while leaving India. So once she returns to India from Switzerland(with another visa as you have suggested), what document will she have to indicate that she was staying in India from 2004 till 2011 with proper residential permit before leaving for Switzerland – her passport doesn’t have the required X visa to substantiate this fact. This would be required for any future application for citizenship – isn’t it?

August 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm
(498) goindia says:

Hi Uttam, you’re welcome. No need to apply to the MHA for the Exit Permit. The FRRO issues it, and it should be a straightforward and fairly quick process since the FRRO knows your wife’s case. For citizenship, the criteria is residency in India, so unfortunately yes it could be a problem if she can’t substantiate her residency. Maybe the FRRO can write a note in her passport to indicate that she was staying in India as a resident. I’m honestly not too sure how it will work out for you in that regard though, because it’s not the proper way its done. Very unpredictable!

India really needs to do something about this whole FRRO system. It’s really ineffective — only a couple of FRROs (such as Mumbai)) do their job properly. The others just make it up as they go along. I know of people who have had so many bad experiences, and have been blatently given misleading information by FRROs. :-( It even happened to a friend of mine (from New Zealand) who was working in Kerala — he got to Mumbai airport and immigration wouldn’t let him leave because his paperwork wasn’t in order — expired visa in his passport (despite the fact visa extensions had been granted, no note was made of it) and no Exit visa/permit. The Kerala FRRO had told him he was fine to leave, but obviously not. AND he then had to go all the way back to Kerala to sort the problem out and get an Exit Visa. Poor guy.

August 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm
(499) Nisha says:

Hi, I have a query regarding this E visa. I was rejected of an E visa in the high commission of Bangladesh because of not meeting the salary requirement of 25K USD. So I am currently trying really hard for getting a job that would pay me enough to get the visa and for that i have to travel to India several times for interviews and stuff in couple of months. BUT, recently my cousin brother was offered a job in india that can pay him 40K USD per year. Upon submitting all the necessary documents of company,the embassy dint give him any reply for almost 3 months and recently when he went there to inquire they said it is not possible to give the visa as there is no rule and they also told him they inquired with the company and as there were other qualified indians available for that particular job a foreigner cant get the visa for that. But as i read the rules on inidan sites, the exception from the salary requirement is if there are no other indians available for the job but if a foreigner is fulfilling the salary req. then why does he still need to find a unique job that cant be done by indians? The whole thing is making me really confused and making me doubt my efforts for getting a job in india cz after all I don’t want to waste my time and money making visits to india for these job interviews.

Please shed some light to this situation…

Thanx

August 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm
(500) goindia says:

Hi Nisha, you are quite right to be concerned. I think that the bottom line is that India is not “immigration friendly” to people from countries such as Bangladesh. I dare say that the Indian Embassy simply doesn’t want to grant an Employment visa to your cousin brother, hence taking so long to process the paperwork and then making up excuses. I’m really sorry to hear that. What I suggest you do is get in touch with the Embassy and ask them what their criteria is for granting Employment visas. You may likely be advised something different than that what they told your cousin brother. Don’t mention his case or anything to them, just see what they have to say in general about granting Employment Visas. And do tell me.

August 27, 2011 at 7:30 am
(501) valentinatina says:

Hi,
i would like to have some information about wedding between an indian citizen and a foreigner.
I going to apply for mu tourist visa and when i ll be in india i would like to get marriend with my fiancé, he s indian.
1. what exactly are the legal procedures that we should going through?
2. How long does it take?
3. can i do it while i’m staying in india with a tourist visa?
4. witch kind of visa i should apply after the wedding?
5. where i have to do all the procedures?

I know i probably you anwered the same questions 100 times……….:)
thanks anyway!!!!!

August 28, 2011 at 10:06 am
(502) goindia says:

Hi Valentinatina, yes, I have answered these questions many times previously. Do have a look through earlier comments for information. However briefly, the answers are:

1) Civil wedding under the special marriages act, at a government marriage registrar office.
2) Notice of intention to marry much be provided 30 days in advance. Wedding can be performed after that.
3) Yes,
4) X Visa.
5) Ministry of Home Affairs, Jaisalmer House, New Delhi.

August 30, 2011 at 3:59 am
(503) onkar says:

hie !!…i am 19 year old .. my boyfriend lives in u.k .. i want to do marrige with him.. our families are also ready for the marrige.. how cn i go there n get sattled with him??.. through which visa i should go there ??.. do reply thx ..

August 30, 2011 at 12:53 pm
(504) goindia says:

Hi Onkar, I’m sorry, I don’t know anything about immigration to the UK. I can’t help you with that.

August 30, 2011 at 9:24 am
(505) Eric says:

Hi,

If you can help me. I am sure you must have answered this question a million times, unfortunately this week have not been able to check the net for longer periods of time, so if you could answer me would be great, otherwise I will have to wait another 7, 10 days until I have the time to go through all the answers (I could only read a few).

I have been working in India for the last 2.5 years, I met my wife here and ended up staying (my initial plans were to stay only 1 year).
We got married this month, unfortunately with this new employment visa rule does not seem that I will get my visa extended (only my CTC is over USD 25K, not my gross income).

Is there any way in hell to have the 1 year wait waived off for the PIO if the person is already living in the country for a long period of time?

I would really appreciate your help, and once again sorry for the repeated questio.

August 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm
(506) goindia says:

Hi Eric, unfortunately no, there’s no waiver possible. You could ask your company to bump up your salary a little, even if only on paper. ;-)

August 30, 2011 at 9:44 am
(507) vivekanandan says:

hi i am indian married to srilankan. my wife is with me in [x]entry visa. she is now pregnant & she wants to go to srilanka for delivery. her visa ends on june next year. my question is if she gave birth to our child in srilanka, will that child be a indian & can i get indian passport for that child in srilanka? or will there be any problem? should i get her to india before the visa ends to get her a extension for next year? pls reply.

August 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm
(508) goindia says:

Hi vivekanandan, don’t worry, you child can get Indian citizenship by registration. So yes, it is possible.

August 31, 2011 at 5:27 am
(509) vive says:

Thanks for the quick reply. where should i apply passport for our child? in sri lanka or in india. if in srilanka means where & in india means how can i bring my child from srilanka with out passport?

September 1, 2011 at 12:25 am
(510) goindia says:

You can’t bring your child to India without a passport, so you must get it in Sri Lanka. Apply at the Indian Embassy.

September 1, 2011 at 2:38 am
(511) vivekanandan says:

thanks for ur reply.

September 1, 2011 at 10:41 am
(512) princess says:

im a filipina currently working in singapore.my boyfriend is indian.we are planing to go for holiday suppose to be this December in his place but my problem is how to get my tourist visa.i heard from a friend that if i apply for indian tourist visa,i need a permission letter from my employer coz im working as a helper,.is it really needed when i apply?.thanks in advance

September 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm
(513) goindia says:

Hi Princess, it’s best to get in touch with the Indian Embassy in Singapore where you live and they will tell you exactly what is required.

September 2, 2011 at 5:43 am
(514) arjun says:

hiiiiiiiiiiii m indian but i need an information regardung tourist visa of india …..i wana knw hw many monyhs tourist visa can i get n can it wl be extended n 4 hw many months or day?and also information of work visa applying by sri lankan citizen……….hw 2 apply work visa?

September 3, 2011 at 10:40 am
(515) goindia says:

Hi Arjun, the duration of the tourist visa depends on nationality. People from some countries can get 6 months, other countries can only get 3 months, or 1 month. Tourist visas can’t be extended apart from exceptional circumstances, such as medical reasons, or if the holder marries an Indian citizen. However, if you are Indian, then you can’t get a tourist visa to your own country, so your question doesn’t make sense. To be eligible for a work visa, the person will need to be earning $25,000 or more in India. Sri Lankan Citizen should apply at the Indian Embassy in Sri Lanka.

September 2, 2011 at 6:36 am
(516) Lowellia Abasolo Baruah says:

hi, i am a filipina, and i marry an indian national.. i came here in india more than a year now… and my husband and i decided to settle down in philippines. what type of visa applicable to that??

September 3, 2011 at 10:42 am
(517) goindia says:

Hi Lowellia, I’m sorry, I can’t answer your question because I don’t know about visas for the Phillipines. It’s outside my area of expertise — I deal with India only.

September 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm
(518) Baljit says:

Hi,

Please can you help me, my mum wants a PIO card and I understand that under the eligibility criteria she may be able to get a PIO card. However I am struggling to understand what documents we need to submit in order for her to get the PIO card. Having referred to this website:

http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/news.html

It states two possible services:

1 Miscellaneous Service fee for surrender of passport / renunciation of citizenship (for applicants who have already acquired foreign citizenship till 31.5.2010) £23.05 TOTAL CHARGE

2 Fee for surrender of passport/ renunciation of Citizenship (for applicants who acquire foreign citizenship with effect from 1.6.2010) £111.05 TOTAL CHARGE

In view of these provisions, Persons of Indian Origin, intending to apply for OCI/PIO Cards, should surrender their Indian passports and then apply for these services. In case they do not have the Indian passports in their possession for any reason (loss/misplacement/submission to Home Office long time back, etc.), they are required to furnish duly notarised affidavit in this regard. If the Indian passport is still valid but has been misplaced / lost, then Police report should be submitted additionally (to rule out any misuse).

Firstly am I right in thinking it is option 1 that applies to my mum as she surrendered her Indian passport in 2009 and became a British citizen?

Secondly does she require a duly notarised affidavit from a solicitor?

Look forward to your response, thank you for your time.

September 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm
(519) goindia says:

Hi Baljit, you are actually looking at the wrong information. That’s why you’re confused! This is for visa services. If you have a look at the FAQ, you will see that VFS don’t deal with applications for PIO cards. You need to apply directly through the High Commission of India.

http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/faq.html

Here you go: http://hcilondon.in/pio.php

September 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm
(520) Ahmedabad Student says:

Hello I have a question regarding registration.
I am currently on a student visa that is valid for 6 calendar months. I plan to stay in India for 4 months but my actual studies are about 3months and 10 days so I was planning to travel 3 weeks after my studies.
Today I got a mail from my university saying that i have to register and that the registration permit will be just a couple days after i finish my studies.
Does that means that I will not be able to travel?
Do i need to register if my student visa is 6 calendar months (182 days)? Can I keep traveling even if my “permit” expires as long as i have a valid visa?

thanks!

September 5, 2011 at 2:17 am
(521) Saumi Dineshika says:

does visa need to go to Sri Lanka for five days?i’m confused.pls reply.

September 5, 2011 at 8:26 am
(522) goindia says:

Hi Saumi, as far as I’m aware, you will be issued a visa on arrival free of cost. The Sri Lankan government is planning on moving to an online visa application system, but it hasn’t been implemented yet.

September 5, 2011 at 10:42 am
(523) junaid says:

hello sir can u tell me if i marred 2 phillpiness can she get local cirtzenship ? and if i bring her to india from phillpiness where 2 get her visa n what type of visa ? n how long it is valid ? n weather i have 2 take her 2 way ticket from phillpiness to india r only one way ticket ??? plz help me me n my girl frined wnat to marry i want to bring her to india soon plz

September 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm
(524) valentinatina says:

hi,
thanks for the answers….
now i have another question:
i just applied for my tourist visa to india (im from switzerland so i did it in bern, the capital…). There are news rules, news application forms, new visas and everything is more expensive. Anyway i have applied for 6 months visa and i got it with a multiple entries.
On the Visa there is a stamp (it s blue in color and really small) saying:
“Stay should not exceed 90 days on each visit. There should be a gap of 2 months between two successive visits.”
Now, this means that i cannot stay in india more then 3 months? and after 90 days i have to go out of India for 2 months?
I dont understand the sense of it. Why do not give only 3 months visa then? If i have to get out for 2 months after 90 days it means that i ll loose 60 days of visa…..!!!!!
Do you know if 3 months is enough time to get married in india? I dont really know what to do…..every year there is a new rule that complicate everything!
thanks again
:)

September 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm
(525) goindia says:

Hi valentinatina, oh how annoying. It really is frustrating. :-( But yes, 3 months is enough time to get married, so don’t worry. One person needs to be living in the area for 30 days before submitting a Notice of Intention to marry, then the marriage can take place 30 days after that. It usually takes a couple more weeks to get the marriage certificate. Then you can go to the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi and apply for a visa extension and conversion to an X Entry (residential) visa. So, you won’t have to leave India.

September 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm
(526) abdul says:

Hi Go india..

Your help to community is realy Helpfull. Thnaks from all the people

One quick quesiotn

I had asked you before that i want to marry a filipina gilr who is divrced .. so if i want to visit visit philipines can my would be wife get a tourist visa for me from philipnes or should i apply for it in india? and if i need to apply what are the requirements? and also guide me should i book tickets first n thn apply visa or apply visa n thn book tickets ,,please its silly bt its my first internation travel..:)

September 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm
(527) goindia says:

Hi Abdul, you must get the tourist visa yourself from India. You won’t be allowed to depart India at the airport without the appropriate visa. You can apply at the Embassy of the Philippines in Delhi. Here’s their website. It contains information about requirements etc. http://www.newdelhipe.com/basic-visa-requirement.html#

You don’t need to book your ticket first (the information says that showing a copy of your e-ticket when you apply for your visa is optional). Good luck!

September 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm
(528) verma says:

hello all,
iam in serious trouble. iam in love with a girl and we are in a good relationship. iam in india. she went to us to do her masters(ms-final semister). though this long distance has made things difficult still our relationship only got stregthened. we are perfect to each other. now their family is forcing her to marriage employing all kind of tactics. luckily i got a tourist visa to attend a conference near her place. can some body suggest me how can we get married legally when i go to us on my tourist visa for the conference.
any one plz suggest the best way for us to be together.
i very much appreciate for your advise.

September 10, 2011 at 6:47 pm
(529) Ranjan says:

One of my friend from south america is coming to india on tourist visa. Can I invite him to stay with in my home with my family as my guest ? Do I need to do any legal documentation for this ?? Or its ok if he come nd stay with us for 7days. Please let me know if any action we need to take.

September 11, 2011 at 6:31 pm
(530) goindia says:

Hi Ranjan, yes, you can. One week should be okay. Any time longer than that and you probably should get him registered with the local police.

September 15, 2011 at 2:55 am
(531) shayne says:

Hi GoIndia,

Just a quick question. I want to apply for a 5 days tourist visa to India. I got a Philippine passport and a Dubai residence visa, but unfortunately i’ve been travelling a lot to Oman. Can I apply for a tourist visa here in Oman for India while im in tourist visa here as well? Coz after my visa here i want to fly direct there in India before going back to Dubai. What are the documents needed?

Thanks =)

September 15, 2011 at 4:02 am
(532) goindia says:

Hi Shayne,

You’ll find the answers to your questions at the Indian Embassy in Oman website: http://www.indemb-oman.org/Visa%20Services.asp

Unfortunately, you’re unlikely to be able to apply for your Indian visa in Oman because you’re not a resident there, however they may make an exception for you under special circumstances.

Applicants who are not citizens/residents of Oman and hold a tourist visa for Oman should normally apply for Indian visas in the countries of their permanent residence. In case of emergency or special circumstances, an application could be made at the Embassy. In addition to the relevant visa fee they should remit an additional Omani Rials 8.000 for reference to be made to the country of their original residence. The processing time in such cases is usually 5 working days.

September 16, 2011 at 9:30 am
(533) Gardner says:

Hello,

Thanks for all your help with everyone.

I received a fellowship to work in low-income private schools for ten months… We are paid a small stipend from a US NGO. That NGO advised I apply for a 1-year business visa, but Travisa Outsourcing said I should get a six-month entry visa and apply for an extension in Delhi.

So unlike the 35 other fellows who received a business visa, I received an entry visa. I then just went to delhi and applied for an extension. They denied it and told me I need to leave the US to apply for a new visa if I wish to stay past my expiry date. They cited the fact that I receive payments to work – so should therefore have an employment visa.

Do I really have to leave the country? Should I appeal the decision in Delhi? How long must I be out of country before I get a different type of visa?

Thank you!

Gardner

September 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm
(534) goindia says:

Hi Gardner, unfortunately, you were given incorrect advice from the start. The correct visa for you is an Employment visa. http://goindia.about.com/b/2010/08/14/india-yoga-volunteer-visa.htm

So, yes, you will have to leave the country to get a new visa. I don’t see the Indian authorities changing their minds about this because the rules are stipulated that Interns and volunteers should have employment visas. You can apply for another visa straight away. There’s no gap/waiting time applicable for you because you had an Entry Visa.

Good luck!

September 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm
(535) Albert Frost says:

Hi there,
I’m a US national who would very much like to live and work in India. I have quite a few indian friends who own businesses related to my own line of work (advanced language and translation services), and they would be willing to offer me a job. I believe that it’s perferable to have a work visa filed by the employer? If so, what sort of documentation would my friends have to file, and where would they have to submit the visa application? Can you tell me what the exact procedure would be.

Please note that though these are my friends, they would be employing (and paying me). Also that they own a reasonably large business in India, and would definitely benefit from my skill set.

Any help would be much appreciated.

– Albert

September 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm
(536) goindia says:

Hi Albert, for you to get an employment visa they will need to pay you more than $25,000 per year to meet the eligibility criteria for employment visas in India. You will need to apply for the visa yourself through Travisa outsourcing in the US. You’ll find a list of documents required on their website. The main one is a contract that specifies terms and conditions of employment. Good luck!

https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com/homepage

September 16, 2011 at 11:08 pm
(537) Gardner says:

Thank you very much! that’s a drag, and I hope Travisa can explain their reasoning… At least I get to come home for a bit!

Best regards,

Gardner

September 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm
(538) goindia says:

Hi Gardner, I think the only reasoning is that they don’t know the rules properly. It’s common for these agencies to provide mis-information everywhere. :-( Enjoy your time at home!

September 17, 2011 at 2:55 am
(539) Rony says:

Hi goindia,
I am a Bangladeshi Nationals Married an Indian In Bangladesh, I want to know,

Should I Register again in Indian High commission?
After Register can I get X visa or PIO Card in here Bangladesh?
or What you prefer to do If I do no eligible for those?

Please Help me

September 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm
(540) goindia says:

Hi Rony, you can get an X visa but not a PIO card (because Bangladeshi nationals are not eligible). You can apply at the Indian High Commission/Embassy.

September 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm
(541) Nigel says:

Hello,
I am an Indian national planning to get married to an Indonesian National who is residing in Indonesia and I am currently working and residing in the middle east. I am planning to have a court marriage in India . I have got a lot of information from the net about the requirements but one sticking point is the NOC from the Indonesian Embassy. Do you have any idea how long will it take to get the NOC from the embassy?

September 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm
(542) goindia says:

Hi Nigel, I’m sorry, I have no idea how long it would take. It depends on the Embassy’s processing times, which I have no experience with.

September 18, 2011 at 1:52 am
(543) Doc says:

Hello goindia ,
I have a friend she is from Ukraine ,presently living in Beijing (China) .
she wants to visit me in India (Kashmir) for few days to attend a marriage ceremony .

1) What are the requirements for her tourist visa?
2) Can she apply for a tourist visa from China ?
3) How quick she can get this visa . ‘coz the function is going to take place within next 15 days ,God willing.

Thankx : xoxo

September 20, 2011 at 3:10 am
(544) goindia says:

Hi Doc,

Yes, she can apply for an Indian tourist visa in China. The answers to your questions will be on the Indian Embassy in Beijing website.

Refer here: http://www.indianembassy.org.cn/DynamicContent.aspx?MenuId=59&SubMenuId=0

September 18, 2011 at 11:22 am
(545) Nigel says:

Hello,
Thank you for the information.
I would like to ask as to how many days do I have to be in India before I apply to the local registry office to get married.?Does my Fiancee also have to come to India when I submit the papers or can she come just before the court marriage ?
How many days does it take for the court to issue the marriage certificates?

Thanks In advance

September 20, 2011 at 3:01 am
(546) goindia says:

Hi Nigel, you must be living in India for at least 30 days before submitting your notice of intention to marry. Your fiancee doesn’t have to be in India at the time — she can come just before the marriage. In my experience (Mumbai) it takes the court 15 days to issue the marriage certificate. This may vary at other places, I’m not sure.

September 18, 2011 at 11:25 am
(547) Rony says:

Hi Sharell,
It me again, Thank you for your Quick Respond.

I think u can Remember me!

Another think I want to know that is
If we got a Baby, should I apply for Indian Nationality in embassy? OR are She/he Will Qualify for PIO or OCI ?

Please write/advice me what u know about that in Details

Thank you again.

-Rony

September 18, 2011 at 11:28 am
(548) Rony says:

And can I apply for citizenship after 7 years by Living with X visa?

September 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm
(549) Phil says:

Dear GoIndia

I’m currenty in India on a tourist visa for 6 months. Im a US citizen of Indian origin. I came here to get married. My wife is a Indian national. My present visa will expire on the first week of October. I’m waiting here to complete the visa processing for my wife to take her with me. Could you please advise me as to what is my option to containue my stay here in India to be with her till her visa arrives. Can i get an extension or convert my tourist visa to an “X” visa or even apply for a X visa from a neighboring country like thailand, sri lanka etc ? I have checked with local authorities, FRO office and airport immigration. Unfortunately, no one can provide a solution. I’m told that my only option for any answers is in Delhi, from the Ministry of home affair and i have to go there. I’m currently in Kerala and was wondering if there is a way I can get this extension without travelling all the way to Delhi. Its much cheaper and less time consuming flying to thailand than Delhi.

Thank you very much for your time and help in advance. Have a great day.

September 20, 2011 at 2:41 am
(550) goindia says:

Hi Phil, unfortunately, you must go to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreigner’s Division, in New Delhi. It is the only place in India that has the authority to grant such extensions of tourist visas, and conversion of tourist visas to X visas. The process there will take one day. You will have an interview and they will give you a letter containing instructions to take to your local FRO for processing.

Here is the form you will need to fill out: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/new_applicaton_form_visa.pdf

You’ll need to provide copy of your wedding certificate and proof of her being an Indian national (such as passport).

Alternatively, it seems that the Indian Visa Processing centre in Thailand might issue your X visa there even though you’re not a resident: http://www.ivac-th.com/entryvisa_processing.html
You can get in touch with them to check: http://www.ivac-th.com/contactus.html

September 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm
(551) ALOK KUMAR says:

I am having a relationship with a filipina for almost three years now. she has visited me in India on a tourist visa and has stayed for just 10 & 15 days though she got visa 2 times.I had send her all my documents like id proof driving licence and my income tax documents bank statment & fds. we are planning to get married..this coming jan 2012.Actually if she applies for a tourist visa she has to go back after marriage and reapply for spouse visa. If i make her stay here then we hv to go thru MHA or MEA process.to extend her stay for one year..As i dont hv a passport yet .wht all documents are reqd to submit in MEA /MHA secondly…is it an easy process? or is it very tiring process? wht could be the enquiry they could do in our case? just for my knowledge so i remain mentally prepared…

On the other hand i also want to know if my gf came on a tourist visa to India from phillipines and as the gap has gone to more than 2 yrs now I have some friends who are doctors in rohtak and having their own hospitals they are ready to call her on a working visa like as a maid servant or a caretaker …do you think Indian embassy in phillipines can give her that visa ? our main intention is to keep her here on working visa and get married at the same time too..plss advise accordingly thank you

September 21, 2011 at 5:52 am
(552) goindia says:

Hi Alok,

Unfortunately, she won’t be eligible for a working visa unless she will be paid the equivalent of $25,000 or more per year in India. India only wants high earning foreigners. If you choose to go to the MHA to apply to get her visa converted from tourist visa to X visa, you will need to provide evidence that you are of Indian origin. If you don’t have a passport — other documentation such as ration card, election card etc can be substituted. You will also need to provide all this documentation in order to get married. The process at the MHA only takes one day and consists of an interview. The MHA will provide a letter containing instructions to be given to your local Foreigners Registration Office for processing. They will give her a 3 month visa extension, until formalities (including police visit to your home) are completed.

September 21, 2011 at 7:50 am
(553) ALOK KUMAR says:

I am highly obliged by the solid answer you have given me but i want to extend my questions a little bit more…could u plss elaborate what kind of formalities is reqd by them in those three months extended stay of my fiancee..after we get married..wht could be the interview they will conduct ? will it be jointly or seperately? how will i know that a further extension is granted ? and for how many years will be the extension then after that three months have been lapsed? kindly advise?

September 21, 2011 at 10:11 am
(554) goindia says:

Hi Alok, the police will come to your house and verify that you are living as a married couple. Then they will provide a report to the Foreigner’s Registration Office. Only she needs to attend the interview at the MHA — they will look at her application, supporting documents, and assess her situation. It’s just a basic interview. The extension will initially be for 3 months, until the formalities can be completed (such as police verification). Then they will issue her with an Entry visa. Validity is 1-5 years, depending on what is applied for. This is just a general guide — the exact procedure tends to vary depending on the Foreigner’s Registration Office that you go to. As you know, there’s not a lot of consistency in Indian bureaucracy.

September 21, 2011 at 10:01 am
(555) Fahad says:

Hi

I am writing in regards to acquire an Indian visa for my wedding which is to be held in Hyderabad Deccan on the 29th December 2011.

My fiancé is an Indian National and I am looking for some visa information, please answer the following queries:

1- What Documentation is required from me and from my in laws?

2- I am planning to fly to India on the 20th December 2011, when should I apply for the Visa considering the visa processing times for Pakistani Nationals?

3- How many cities can a Pakistani National is allowed to go to on a tourist visa?

Please send me the answers to the above queries ASAP and If you require any further assistance in this regard please do not hesitate to contact me.

Fahad

September 21, 2011 at 10:05 am
(556) goindia says:

Hi Fahad, it depends on what country you will apply for the visa in. If it’s Pakistan, you’ll find the answers to your questions here: http://india.org.pk/visa-services.html

September 21, 2011 at 10:23 am
(557) Fahad says:

Thanks alot i have been living and working in london for the past 6 years and will be applying in London.

The indian high commission has outsourced its visa section to a company called VFS but it does not specify on their website as how many cities will a Pakistani national is allowed to go to on a tourist visa.

I know being a Pakisani national I have to land in either Delhi or Mumbai and then take an internal flight to Hyderabad but on my way back after my wedding i want to visit Delhi and Agra for tourism but i dont if that is possible as this information is not stated on any website not on the VFS website nor on the indian high commission.

September 21, 2011 at 10:24 am
(558) ALOK KUMAR says:

Dear Sir thank u soo much for that valuable information…just want to know that if the my old election card and my driving licence is enough as a supporting document at the time we go for extension of stay as for X-visa. As i dont hv a house of my own my driving licence address is of Noida and my election card is of Ghaziabad and in both the addresses i am not presently living in.I had recently shifted to a new accomodation in Ghaziabad itself ..do i hv to have a proof of that new residence and what could be the proof like ? or will the above mentioned documents will do the magic ? plss advice

September 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm
(559) mawi says:

Hi, I was going through this post and I’m really impressed looking at how quick you respond to everyone’s query. I also have a question and hope you can help me. My boyfriend is a British Citizen however currently residing in Pakistan. He is planning to visit me in the month of November, 2011 and we are getting married (civil marriage). He was issued a visa in 2008 by the Indian Embassy in UK however due to personal reasons he was not able to visit India. He will be applying for a visa now from the Indian Embassy in Pakistan. How do you think would be the process of the visa application this time? Do you think it will take long for him to get the visa?

Thank You!

September 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm
(560) goindia says:

Hi Mawi, thanks so much! In regards to your situation, is your boyfriend of Pakistani origin? Or British origin? If he is of Pakistani origin, it could take a while (just because of his heritage, and the issues between India and Pakistan) but I’m not too sure because I don’t have direct experience. The minimum processing time is 40 working days for Pakistanis.

There’s more information on this website: http://india.org.pk/visa-services.html Perhaps he could get in touch with them and ask about exact processing times. Good luck!

September 22, 2011 at 3:10 am
(561) Fawzan says:

Hello Sir,

My father, a pakistani citizen of Indian Origin has been staying in India since the past one month. The Type of Visa granted here is X-Visa via jeddah , saudi arabia,

The Valitidity of the the visa is till 30th September, 2011. He is unfit to travel back as he has been admitted in the Intensive care unit for a Heart Complication, I want to know how the visa can be extended even for a month or so , and when he is fit he may travel back.

P.S : Can i go for the extension from Hyderabad FRO or should i have to travel to Delhi.

Thank you. :)

September 22, 2011 at 6:00 am
(562) goindia says:

Hi Fawzan, sorry to hear about your father’s poor health. I hope he recovers well. Yes, you can get his visa extended on medical grounds or even converted to a Medical visa, depending on circumstances. You can apply for an initial extension at the Hyderabad FRO.

September 22, 2011 at 7:22 am
(563) kalid says:

Hi, I am Indian citizen and going to marry with Moroccan girl in india. Is she can stay legal with me after marriage? What are the formalities do i have to deal with? please help me

September 22, 2011 at 7:57 am
(564) kalid says:

Hi, I am New Zealand permenant residence but Indian citizen, presently living in New Zealand, As i mentioned it above that i am going to get married with Moroccan girl in india, and planning to stay back in india for ever, now she is coming on 3 months of tourist visa but after that how to extend her stay longer and apply for her indian residency. please help me out. Cheers

September 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm
(565) goindia says:

Hi Kalid, I have answered this question a number of times previously, so do scroll through prior responses for a detailed answer. In short, she needs to go to the Ministry of Home Affairs Foreigner’s Division in Delhi, and apply to get her tourist visa extended and converted to an X Entry visa (this is a residential visa). The MHA is the only place in India with authority to grant this.

September 22, 2011 at 8:14 am
(566) mathew says:

i’m an indian.i’m in love with a philipina[girl]. we are planning to do our marriage[as per indian civil ] and settle in india. she is single.may i know what is the proceduers and required documents for the marriage and getting indian citizenship for her

September 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm
(567) goindia says:

Hi Mathew, you’ll find your answers here: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

She can’t get Indian citizenship until she’s been living in India for 7 years. However, she can apply to get her tourist visa converted to an X Entry residential visa at the Ministry of Home Affairs Foreigner’s Division in Delhi.

September 22, 2011 at 8:54 am
(568) Nadya says:

Hello. Please help, we both living in HK but want to marry in India,he has Indian passport but HK permanent address, im not Indian. Is it possible to marry in India? Should I open the tourist visa when I go there and for how long? Where can I get my questions about marrige procedures answered?
I would really appreciate any help.

September 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm
(569) goindia says:

Hi Nadya, yes, you can get married in India. There is information about the marriage procedure here: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

September 22, 2011 at 10:52 am
(570) Karan says:

Hi, I am Indian national living in London and married to a Pakistani born British national. My wifenever holded a pakistani passport because her mom was a British citizen. So she aquired British nationality by Birth…

I have 2 questions. One, Can I apply for PIO card for my wife?? Second, if i take up British nationalty will i be given an OCI card or home office can reject it because I am married to someone from pakistani origin..

Thanks

September 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm
(571) goindia says:

Hi Karan,

Were your wife’s grandparents Pakistani? If so, she may be denied a PIO card for being of Pakistani origin. See exceptions at the bottom of this article: http://www.immihelp.com/nri/piocard/ It won’t affect your eligibility for OCI though.

September 22, 2011 at 10:32 pm
(572) Prasad says:

@goindia

Hi, its Prasad here. I hope you might be remembering me.

well, I would like to inform you that, it is possible for any Indian national (Hindu) to marry a foreigner (Buddhist – any nationality) under Hindu marriage act and can get the marriage certificate from local registrar office.

Thanks,

Prasad.

September 23, 2011 at 4:22 am
(573) goindia says:

Hi Prasad, that’s great news! I’m so pleased to hear that, and to have the confusion cleared up. Best wishes for your wedding! :-)

September 23, 2011 at 4:56 am
(574) Prasad says:

@goindia

Last month 17th was our wedding, got wedding certificate within a week and left India. Now in a foreign country and hope to apply x visa for her from here and later PIO card.

Thanks,
Prasad.

September 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm
(575) Melanie says:

Hi there, could you please inform me of how long I need to be in India for before I can apply for a PIO card? I’ve been married to an Indian citizen for 12 months now yet the first 5 months we were married I was living in Australia (away from my husband). For the last 7 months we’ve lived together here in India. I’ve heard that I need to spend 365 consecutive days living in India before I qualify for the PIO card. Is this right? Thanks in advance, Melanie

September 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm
(576) goindia says:

Hi Melanie, it’s not about how long you live in India, as far as I know it’s about how long you’ve been married and what country you are a resident in. You need to be married for 12 months and a resident of India in order to apply in India (otherwise you have to apply in your own country). This means that you must be in India on a long term visa (X Entry visa valid for a year or more) and registered with a Foreigners Registration Office. You’re classed as a resident if you’ve been in India for 6 or more consecutive months. So, I think you can apply now! Good luck.

September 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm
(577) ALOK KUMAR says:

Dear Sir thank u soo much for that valuable information…just want to know that if the my old election card and my driving licence is enough as a supporting document at the time we go for extension of stay as for X-visa. As i dont hv a house of my own my driving licence address is of Noida and my election card is of Ghaziabad and in both the addresses i am not presently living in.I had recently shifted to a new accomodation in Ghaziabad itself ..do i hv to have a proof of that new residence and what could be the proof like ? or will the above mentioned documents will do the magic ? plss advice..AND could u plss also advice that if my fiancee who will comeon a tourist visa can she apply for a working visa from India to any other country tht gives her work is that possible ??

SIR YOU MISSED MY QUERY UNFORTUNATELY PLSS REPLY ..

September 25, 2011 at 7:47 am
(578) goindia says:

Hi Alok, I’m sorry but I don’t have any direct experience in regards to your situation, so I really can’t give you an accurate answer. I assume your election card and driving license will be fine, because it proves you are of Indian origin. However, I don’t know if those documents will be sufficient for your civil marriage as you need to have residential proof of where you’re currently living. If you don’t have that, you will have to go to your local police station and get them to verify your address I guess. As for your fiancee, I can’t tell you whether she can apply for visas for other countries from India. Each Embassy has its own rules about whether it will accept applications from people who aren’t Indian residents. It is most likely that she’ll have to go back to her own country to apply for a working visa for various countries.

By the way, I’m not a sir, I’m a madam. ;-)

September 24, 2011 at 12:40 am
(579) ultra says:

sir, here is my situation
My son 5 years old us citizen by birth holds us passport with 5 year multiple entry tourist visa.
Parents both indian citizens holds indian passport.
we came to india jan 12, 2011 its been 8 months i never knew that he cant stay more than 6 months at a time we want to go out of country after two days is that going to be a problem at airport.

September 25, 2011 at 7:52 am
(580) goindia says:

Hi Ultra, yes it will be a problem unfortunately. He will be prevented from leaving India. You’ll have to go to your nearest Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office to sort it out. You’ll have to pay a fine.

September 24, 2011 at 11:56 am
(581) Kiran says:

My family are all in India for 3 years with my husband who has a work permit. My question is, if my husband transfers to another country but I want to stay behind in India so my child can finish his education, would this be possible? I presume my son would change to a student visa, but what about my visa? This would be for 5 months of one school year and then one further school year when he would leave for university and I would then rejoin my husband. We would be totally funded by my husband.

September 25, 2011 at 7:57 am
(582) goindia says:

Hi Kiran, you haven’t mentioned what visa types you have? Are you and your son on X visas? Do you have any Indian heritage? The best thing for you to do would be to ask your local Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office because they will know best about your situation.

September 25, 2011 at 4:08 am
(583) hellen says:

Hi there,

My boyfriend and I are planning to be married in Kolkata this coming Feb, he is Indian and I am British. I was wondering if you could give me as much info as possible regarding the process we need to follow to do things correctly in leagal terms. ie what documents we need, how to apply for licence and how long everything should take etc.

thanks
Hellen

September 25, 2011 at 7:41 am
(584) goindia says:

Hi Hellen, you’ll find answers to your questions here: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

September 25, 2011 at 7:23 am
(585) Melanie says:

@ GoIndia

Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it.

September 25, 2011 at 8:12 am
(586) Kiran says:

Sorry, my son and I have multiple entry visas. I’m hoping that I would be allowed to stay with him somehow so he could finish his final year and a half at High School before going back to the UK for University. We have no Indian heritage, we are British Citizens just here temporarily. If we moved with my husband when he gets posted to a new country, my son would have to repeat a year of school which is what we want to avoid as the last 2 years have to be done together. I was wondering if he could have a student visa, and I could have a visitor visa which could be multiple entry with no 2 month penalty in the middle. Thanks for your help with this.

September 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm
(587) goindia says:

Hi Kiran, are you saying you both have Multiple Entry Tourist Visas? You haven’t specified visa type. If you were in India to accompany your husband, you both should’ve had Multiple Entry X Visas (also referred to as entry visas/visitors visas). If you have Tourist visas, you won’t be able to convert them to any other visa type in India. In fact, your son shouldn’t even be studying in India on a Tourist visa in the first place. I’m a little confused!

September 26, 2011 at 4:09 am
(588) Kiran says:

I’m so sorry, I am confusing you. We have the correct Visa’s – not tourist ones, but Multiple Entry X visas. As we are all accompanying my husband, my query was whether I would be able to stay behind here with my son to finish his education once my husband gets moved on to a new country. I was guessing that I would have to change to a tourist visa, but I really don’t know what I would be able to do. Any suggestions how this could work for us? We couldn’t simply move with my husband as this would be right in the middle of my son’s final two years which have to be done together in one school. So for being confusing.

September 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm
(589) goindia says:

Hi Kiran, ah, okay, I understand now. Unfortunately, I really can’t give you a definitive answer though as I don’t have any experience with that kind of situation. It’s best that you inquire at the FRRO that you’re registered with. Sorry! The rules seem to indicate that you would have to have a tourist visa, but I’m not sure how the 2 month gap would be dealt with. http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/FAQ-onX-VISA210510.pdf

You might also want to ask your question over at the Indiamike.com forum. There are plenty of knowledgeable
people there. Here is a thread that might interest you: http://www.indiamike.com/india/indian-visa-and-passport-questions-f9/no-more-x-visas-for-foreign-parents-of-minor-aged-foreign-students-in-india-t112924/

(But not good news unfortunately).

September 26, 2011 at 11:17 pm
(590) Kiran says:

Thanks so much for your help. I’ll check out the site and ask at the FRRO.

September 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm
(591) Nirmal MIRPURI says:

I visit India Annually for 3-4 weeks on Tourist Visa valid for 6 months but have been advised lately by friends to get a 5 yr. multiple visa for £95.00 which I find hard to believe because I currently pay £40.00. 1) Is this correct? 2) Can I apply and get 5 yrs visa? 3) I was born in India and changed my nationality to British in 1956 and live in UK permanently. I do not have my old Indian Passport as I was asked to surrender the same on acquiring the British Citizenship.
Your early response will be appreciated.

September 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm
(592) goindia says:

Hi Nirmal, I’m not sure of visa prices etc. You can find more information on the website of the agency that handles visa applications in the UK: http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/

In the past it has been possible for people of Indian heritage to get tourist visas for extended periods of time, however the website only shows an option of a 1 year tourist visa. Alternatively, you can get an Entry visa (on the basis of your Indian heritage) up to five years for 135 pounds.

http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/visafees.html

It’s best that you get in touch with the agency and they will be able to confirm with you what your options are.

September 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm
(593) abdul says:

hi Go india…

I like a filipino girl who is divorced and having a child. I plan to invite her to india on VOA . Can we marry on this visa? I have read that if we need to marry the foregner should be atleast in india for 30 days? Please suggest us a solution best for our needs.

September 30, 2011 at 6:01 am
(594) goindia says:

Hi Abdul, yes she can get married on a tourist visa. The notice of intention to marry needs to be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the marriage — so it would be easiest if she was here to submit her paperwork along with yours and sign the form. Otherwise it will have to be sent back and forth.

September 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm
(595) rupam says:

thanks for this site dear sir i would like to ask you ,that am in love with a phillipino girl ,we are planning to get married as well but the fact is how can i bring her from india can i send her visa from india tourist visa and what are the steps to change her nationality in indian plss help me out sir thanks

September 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm
(596) rupam says:

so sorry i mistyped i mean to say can i send her visa from india in phils,,i love her alot and just cant live without her the thing is what is the time and what are the processes that is to be done to make her indian citizen,,thnk uu

September 30, 2011 at 6:04 am
(597) goindia says:

Hi Rupam, I’m a madam not a sir. ;-) In answer to your question, she must apply for the tourist visa herself from the Indian Embassy in the Philippines. You’ll find information about the process and requirements on the Embassy’s website. She wont be eligible to apply for Indian citizenship until she’s been married and living in India for 7 years. After marriage, she should get her tourist visa changed to an X Entry visa, and then apply for a PIO card a year after that.

September 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm
(598) rupam says:

sorry mam thanks for ur quick response,,that means she have to visit phillipines many times right,,,,plss explain me the entire process nicelyy,,thank uu,,hoping to hear fromu soon…

September 30, 2011 at 11:45 pm
(599) goindia says:

Hi again Rupam, no, there’s no need for her to return to the Philippines after you both get married. She can go to the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi to apply to get her tourist visa extended and converted to an X visa (please look through previous comments for detailed information, which I have already provided to people). The PIO application can also be done in India. The process depends on where you live in India — if it’s a major city like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata etc the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office has the power to process it. Otherwise it needs to be sent to the MHA in Delhi.

October 2, 2011 at 1:03 am
(600) goindia says:

Hi Rupam (and anyone else who’s interested). I’ve written an article about how to convert tourist visa to X visa after marriage: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/Convert-Tourist-Visa-To-X-Visa-Marriage.htm

Hope you’ll find it useful.

October 1, 2011 at 5:25 am
(601) Clueless says:

Hi, i need some assistance on an urgent matter on certain issues. I am from Africa and currently a student in an Asian country, i might be getting a job offer in India after i graduate but i’ve been told to apply for a employment pass in an Asian country will be difficult and that i will be required to go back to my country to apply for the pass. I can’t do that due to some personal issues and i can’t go through my own embassy for assistance due to the same issues. If i were to apply for such employment pass in this Asian country through India Embassy, will my embassy be contacted and notified? Even if i apply for a tourist visa for India, will they contact my embassy? Can i enter India with a tourist visa and apply for employment pass while I’m in India?

I am not running away from law, it’s just a very complicated family issue and I’m on my own now.

October 1, 2011 at 9:45 am
(602) goindia says:

Hi Clueless, I’m sorry to hear about your problem. Usually, you need to apply for an Employment Visa in your country of residence (you cannot get it in India). So, you may be able to get it in the Asian country where you are living. I’m not sure what country that is, so I can’t check the Embassy website for information. I hope you’re aware of the requirements for Employment Visas in India — the Indian employer will need to be paying you the equivalent of $25,000 US or more a year for you to be eligible.

October 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm
(603) pattison says:

Hi,
If anyone could offer me advice on my problem it’d be greatly appreciated.
About 3 weeks ago my partner and I booked up to go to India for a holiday in November, however today work have informed me that they’d like me to go there on a business trip for 5days leaving 11 days before I go for there on holiday.
Is it at all possible to do both? as it doesn’t leave the 2 month gap…
I don’t want to let work down but I have spent my savings on this trip…

October 3, 2011 at 11:53 pm
(604) goindia says:

Hi Pattison, that does make it a bit difficult! Ideally you should have two separate visas — a business one for your work trip and a tourist one for your holiday. The two month gap wouldn’t apply then. However, you can’t have two visas at once, and there wouldn’t be enough time for you to get a tourist visa after you arrived back from your work trip. The only possible solution that I can think of is that you get a multiple entry business visa (get a letter from your company covering both visits to India), and use it for your holiday to India as well as it would still be valid and the 2 month gap doesn’t apply for business visas. It’s no really the right thing to do, because business visas aren’t for tourism but it would be your only option if you really have to go on the work trip.

More about business visas: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/work_visa_faq.pdf

October 6, 2011 at 3:21 am
(605) pakse says:

hi,

One of my friend a foreign nation would like to come india on tourist visa(30 days) and stay at my house for a month.Is there any i need to do like register with local police station? And what are the other procedure which i will have to follow?

October 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm
(606) goindia says:

Hi Pakse, I’m not sure. It’s best to check with your local police station. Some sort of registration will be necessary. They should be able to tell you the procedure.

October 6, 2011 at 11:57 pm
(607) anand says:

Hallo, I have been on a posting here for a few years and have a residence permit,,,,, do I have to submit this before I now leave permanently? and if so where, at the FRRO or at the air port.

October 7, 2011 at 6:03 am
(608) goindia says:

Hi Anand, you’re supposed to hand it in to the Immigration counter at the airport when you leave.

October 7, 2011 at 8:22 am
(609) Bosco says:

Hi!
You have been a great help to many people…God Bless for the work you are doing…
I have a query…
My Fiancee is Finnish and i have already applied for the Special Marriage and will be married in November
what i want to know is my Fiancee has to go back after a month as she has her own business there and will again close for the winter.
Can she come back on the basics of our Marriage…
We are also going to Apostille our Marraige Cetq as she will then have our marriage registered in Finland
only want to know if she can come back for the CHristmas Holidays…

Thanks
Bosco

October 8, 2011 at 1:56 am
(610) goindia says:

Hi Bosco, thank you so much for the kind words of appreciation. Of course, your wife can come back again. She can apply for a multiple entry X Entry visa in Finland on the basis of your marriage. It’s a straightforward process, just make sure she has proof of you being an Indian citizen (such as passport, or ration card, election card, PAN card etc) in addition to the marriage certificate. The visa is a residential visa that entitles her to come and go to India (and live in India as well), without the 2 month gap rule applying.

Wishing you all the best for your marriage! :-)

October 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm
(611) abdul says:

Hi Go india…
Thansk for ur response madam,,, SOry ur answer was not so clear to me.Suppose she comes here to india since voa is oly 30 days. U say we need to forward the application of marriage one month in advance. Forward application where?also if i have the application signed frmher thru post can i apply in advance so dat when she lands here we marry in a day or two n then convert her visa?how abt the child visa wil it be converted and also guide me abt the adoptoin of kid?
Thnaks a lot

October 8, 2011 at 2:15 am
(612) ALOK KUMAR says:

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October 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm
(613) Neena says:

Hi,I’m a dual citizen of Iran & U.S. I’m married to an Indian national. Last year he decided he wants to live in India, so I visited with a Tourist visa once in Dec of 2010. Then I applied for an entry visa and been living in India since Feb 2011 with extended entry visa. However all visa’s have been on my Iranian passport since at the time of getting a visa I was in Iran. Now I have my extension but it is limited to double entry. I do travel a lot and it is very convenient to have my x visa on my U.S passport. What is the best way to approach this? Is it Legal for me to send my passport to U.S and apply for an Indian visa on my U.S passport?

October 9, 2011 at 6:40 am
(614) goindia says:

Hi Neena, I recommend that you apply for a PIO card (it can be done in India, at the FRRO you’re registered with if it’s in a major capital city — otherwise send your application to the MHA in Delhi). Then you will be able to come and go in India (including live here) without the need for a visa. Hence you won’t have to worry about what passport to have your visa in.

October 12, 2011 at 6:08 am
(615) Slawek says:

Hello,

On 27th october im going to Mumbai for four weeks, during my trip I want to visit Sri Lanka for about a week and go back to India. I was asking for re-entry permission at Indian embassy in Poland and they told me that I don’t need such permission, because im not coming back to Poland. I tried to contact FRRO in Mumbai and Chennai but there is no response. There are dozens of stories about problems with “two months gap” at the border with Sri Lanka. Theoraticaly I need proof of my ticket to Poland and itinerary but it seems that everything is up to guard at the border…

What should I do to go back to India without problems at the border?

October 13, 2011 at 12:57 am
(616) goindia says:

Hi Slawek, it’s correct that you don’t need re-entry permit because you are traveling to a neighboring country on the same itinerary. Side trips to neighboring countries are permitted. I suggest you print out a copy of the Ministry of Home Affairs document regarding this, and present it to immigration officials if questioned.

http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/FAQ-TVisa170510.pdf

Refer section 2(II).

October 12, 2011 at 10:50 am
(617) abdul says:

Hi Go india…
Thansk for ur response madam,,, SOry ur answer was not so clear to me.Suppose she comes here to india since voa is oly 30 days. U say we need to forward the application of marriage one month in advance. Forward application where?also if i have the application signed frmher thru post can i apply in advance so dat when she lands here we marry in a day or two n then convert her visa?how abt the child visa wil it be converted and also guide me abt the adoptoin of kid?
Thnaks a lot

October 13, 2011 at 12:59 am
(618) goindia says:

Hi Abdul, you have to submit the notice of intention to marry to your local registrar of marriages office, where the civil marriage will be performed. It has to be done at least 30 days before the marriage takes place. If you have all the documents, yes, you can submit them without her being present and then you can get married a few days after she arrives. I don’t know anything about adoption and child visas, sorry.

October 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm
(619) Roshni says:

Hi I wanted to ask basically I am in love with someone in india for 6 years and he had a previous wife and kids who have ran away. We want to get married now however he is not offically divorced. Before his wife went they did a divorce which was signed by him and his ex-wife in front of the village heads. We really want to get married and he is there in india and hence cannot come london and I am british born but cannot go india as his first marriage is not offically cleared in the books. He asked a lawyer and it takes years for the case to go to the judge……please help how can I tackle this……….

October 13, 2011 at 1:04 am
(620) goindia says:

Hi Roshni, I’m not sure what your question is exactly. I’m not sure why you can’t come to India, even if his marriage is not cleared by the courts. If you have Indian heritage, apply for a PIO (person of Indian origin) card. You can live in India with that if you want to.

October 13, 2011 at 2:20 am
(621) Jenifer says:

Hi, my husband is from India nd I’m from the states. We want to have our first baby in India. What paperwork would I need to fill out nd what visa will I need nd will the baby need a visa too

October 13, 2011 at 6:18 am
(622) goindia says:

Hi Jennifer, it depends on how long you want to be in India for. I suggest getting an X Entry Visa. The baby won’t need an Indian visa if it’s born in India and remains an Indian citizen, but if it becomes a US citizen then it will need a visa. If you get the baby a US passport in India, it will need an Exit Visa to leave India.

October 13, 2011 at 5:02 am
(623) Nigel says:

Hi,
I would like to know when i am going to submit the notice to marry in court as my fiancee is a Indonesian national ,do i have to submit the NOC from the embassy as well or can I just submit the no objection letter from her parents to the court ?

Once she arrives in India she will apply for the original NOC from the embassy in Mumbai and then can she submit the original NOC to the courts.

could it be done that way?

Thank’s

October 14, 2011 at 9:25 am
(624) goindia says:

Hi Nigel, I’m sorry you’ve confused me. I don’t know anything about submitting a letter of no objection from parents. It’s best you ask the court what the requirements are to get a definitive answer.

October 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm
(625) Jenifer says:

hi how long do it take to get a x entry visa nd a exit visa. If I get a exit visa for the baby will he nd my husband be able to go back to India or do I have to get a another. Visa for him the next he goes to India. Thank you for writing back to me.

October 14, 2011 at 9:33 am
(626) goindia says:

Hi Jenifer, I don’t have personal experience regarding that sorry. You’ll find more information here: http://www.indiamike.com/india/indian-visa-and-passport-questions-f9/visa-or-exit-permit-for-child-born-in-india-t141004/

October 14, 2011 at 7:56 am
(627) Vishnu says:

Hi,

My wife is a Srilankan National. I want to know whether she can able to get Indian citizenship or OCI or PIO or did she have to extend her visa every year. Is there any long term visa or permanent visa available. Kindly help.

October 14, 2011 at 9:14 am
(628) goindia says:

Hi Vishnu, she will have to live in India for at least seven years to be eligible for citizenship. No, unfortunately she can’t get PIO or OCI because of her Sri Lankan heritage.

http://mha.nic.in/citizenship/acquisition.htm

October 15, 2011 at 12:19 am
(629) tarsh says:

Hi There,

i m a U.K citizen currently in NZ. i m planning to go to india as a tourist. how do i get the tourist visa & can i get it on arrival. if not than where should i apply for the same….

October 15, 2011 at 1:21 am
(630) goindia says:

Hi Tarsh, no you can’t get an Indian tourist visa on arrival because you’re not a New Zealand citizen. Here’s how to apply for your visa: http://www.hicomind.org.nz/index.php/how-to-apply-for-a-visa/

October 16, 2011 at 3:05 am
(631) dharmendra singh says:

hi…

i just want to ask, my girlfriend is from philippines and had a philippines passport and working on work permit in singapore since 7 yrs and now she is getting her home leave but she is planning to come india as tourist for 15 days, so she have to apply visa there or she will get her visa when she arrive in india thanks..:)

plz reply me soon….

October 16, 2011 at 8:55 am
(632) goindia says:

Hi Dharmendra, yes there is a visa on arrival facility for Philippine citizens. http://goindia.about.com/b/2011/01/03/indian-visas-on-arrival-for-5-more-countries.htm

October 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm
(633) Gina says:

Hi Goindia, I wanne first thank you for the help and feedback you are providing to us. I am a dual citizen of Iran & U.S and have been living in U.S for the past 11 years. I am married to an Indian National (Jan will be 2 yrs anniversary) and I am currently in India with a extended entry visa. However, when I first applied for the entry visa, I was visiting Iran so the Indian embassy in Iran issued my visa on the Iranian passport and not the U.S passport. The extension is for a year but only double entry, of which I have already used one. I had never used my iranian passport before only to visit iran. I really want to have my entry visa on my U.S passport. How can I achieve this goal without visiting U.S (Time & Money being an issue)? Travisa told me that if I can get my passport to them, they will apply for the visa for me. Is that true? Is there anyway to transfer the visa from Iranian passport to U.S passport? Should I travel to another country and apply there on my U.S passport? Please Help! Thank you!

October 19, 2011 at 8:33 am
(634) goindia says:

Hi Gina, I’m sorry, I really don’t know the answer to your question. Try asking over at the Indiamike.com forum. There are plenty of knowledgeable people over there who have experience.

October 18, 2011 at 11:11 pm
(635) simmi says:

HI GOINDIA I AM A CITIZEN 0F USA AND GOT A 10 YEAR TOURIST VISA FOR INDIA. I GOT MARRIED TO AN INDIAN CITIZEN DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR A NEW VISA UNDER MY NEW MARRIED NAME OR CAN I STILL USE THE VISA?

October 19, 2011 at 8:13 am
(636) goindia says:

Hi Simmi, if you keep your passport in your old name, you can still use the visa. The name on passport and the name on visa must match.

October 19, 2011 at 7:58 am
(637) Jiten Khanna says:

Hello,

I am an Indian male and i am getting married to a British citizen female and she is coming to India in Nov 2011 and then we are getting married.

1) She has a divorce certificate and all the papers which she is getting with her,
2) We are getting married in Church as well as per Indian custom,
3) What do i have to do to make sure we get the marriage certificate and i can apply for UK visa to live n work there when i return with her.

I’ll be grateful if anyone can guide or help me with this.

October 19, 2011 at 8:08 am
(638) goindia says:

Hi Jiten, are you Christian? The issue is that there are a few wedding laws in India. Hindu Marriages Act for Hindus, Buddhists etc. Christian Marriages Act for Christians. And the Special Marriages Act for mixed faiths. If you are Hindu and she is Christian, you’ll need to have a civil wedding under the Special Marriages Act for it to be valid and to get a marriage certificate.

I can’t help you with immigration to the UK unfortunately. Perhaps ask over at the IndiaMike.com forums.

October 20, 2011 at 11:03 am
(639) abdul says:

Hi go india

This is abdul again,,appreciate your help and pateince to answer me again again.. i wil be marrying a filipino who is divorsed. we wil register our marriage in india. can you please guide me which marraige act is applicable?we both are muslims….

October 21, 2011 at 12:22 am
(640) goindia says:

Hi Abdul, it’s problematic because unfortunately there is no marriage act for Muslims.

Here is some more information that you might find helpful about registering your marriage:

http://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090519032149AA0OP1O

October 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm
(641) Kiran says:

I am applying tourist visa for my son (2 month old), who is born in US to visit india. But When he comes to india on 6 month tourist visa, can it be extended if needed? what are the options for extension? Can we apply PIO card for him from india?

October 23, 2011 at 8:23 am
(642) goindia says:

Hi Kiran, yes, it is possible.

http://www.mumbaipolice.org/FRRO/ext.htm

October 23, 2011 at 1:58 am
(643) Shaumya says:

I am a canadian citizen and im currently have a one year student visa under a music school which i had joined last december my visa is finishing on nov.21.2011, i have recently in august been given admission to madras university for a 2 year masters program in music and so i need to extend my visa….what documents will i need to take to the immigration office here…and how soon must i apply

October 23, 2011 at 8:25 am
(644) goindia says:

Hi Shaumya, please refer to the information on this website: http://www.mumbaipolice.org/FRRO/ext.htm
Have a look under the student visa part, you should find your answer there. However, please be aware there there is lack of consistency at the FRROs. If you apply at a FRRO that’s not the Mumbai one, you may require different documents.

October 23, 2011 at 6:13 am
(645) shil says:

Hi!
I am an Indian married to a Nepali 2years back. After marriage do i need to give up my Indian nationality being a girl or can i hold my Indian citizenship life long?We have our marriage registered at Nepal and do we need to register our marriage here in India as well?
Do i need a Nepali citizenship to work there(at Nepal) or hold any bank account or property. I am a medico, so can i work in Nepal with my Indian identity?
If needed can my husband,who is also a medico, get a job here in India and get an Indian citizenship later on?
Thanx for your help in advance….

October 23, 2011 at 8:29 am
(646) goindia says:

Hi Shil, as far as I’m aware Nepalis and Indians can freely live and work in eachother’s countries without having to acquire citizenship. You should register your marriage in India, yes.

October 24, 2011 at 1:06 am
(647) Jodie says:

I am Australian, my boyfriend is Indian. Can he get Australian residency or citizenship without sponsorship or me having to marry him? I am not ready to marry yet but really want him to stay. He has to go back in 6 months when he is finished his study.

October 24, 2011 at 5:44 am
(648) goindia says:

Hi Jodie, you must either be married, engaged, or living together for him to get a temporary resident visa based on your relationship. If you’re not already living together but consider it an option, do it asap and collect as much evidence as possible about the seriousness of your relationship — photos, events that you’ve attended together, etc.

http://www.immi.gov.au/migrants/partners/partner/820-801/

October 24, 2011 at 3:54 am
(649) Raj says:

I am an Indian, I want to go filipines. What is procedure for going tour. pls guide me. thanks

October 24, 2011 at 5:45 am
(650) goindia says:

Hi Raj, please refer to this website: http://www.newdelhipe.com/basic-visa-requirement.html

October 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm
(651) shruti says:

Hi, I was wondering, If there is a way to get a waiver for the 2 month rule from India. If i were to travel to india within 2 mos w/o a waiver on a 5 year tourist visa., can i get a waiver in the local airport or does it have to be done before i travel? Is there no other option?

October 25, 2011 at 12:42 am
(652) goindia says:

Hi Shruti, have a read of this: http://goindia.about.com/od/visas/qt/How-To-Avoid-The-Indian-Tourist-Visa-2-Month-Rule.htm

Unfortunately, I don’t think it will be possible for you. If you are of Indian origin, why don’t you just get a 5 year X Entry visa — it will solve all your problems. No 2 month gap rule, and no need to leave India after 6 months.

October 26, 2011 at 6:33 am
(653) DC says:

Hi

I’m a Sri Lankan I have a valid 6 months business visa with the port of entry as Mumbai i need to fly from Colombo to Mumbai but my flight has a transit in Chennai. can I fly with the same visa

Regards

DC

October 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm
(654) jerry says:

I am a US citizen and my fiance is an Indian citizen living in the US. We plan to travel to India to have a ceremonial wedding in 2012. We are not civilly married yet, but will be prior to traveling to India. However, I am applying for my India tourist visa now and am not civilly married.

Will there be any problems if my visa indicates that I am single, but I show up in India “married”?

Also, we wish to travel to Maldives for 4 days while in India. Will there be any problem for me re-entering India since I will be essentially entering India twice in less than 2 months?

I want to avoid any snags, so thanks in advance for your help.

Jerry

October 27, 2011 at 1:41 am
(655) goindia says:

Hi Jerry, visas do not state your marital status so it won’t be an issue.

As for the trip to the Maldives,

“If the visa holder is traveling to multiple countries on the same itinerary, no permit is needed as long as trip follows the itinerary exactly. The visa holder must carry a copy of the itinerary to show the Immigration Officer”.

https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com/faqs/faqs#re_entry

Otherwise, you can apply for a re-entry permit before you leave the US. Best wishes for your wedding.

October 27, 2011 at 11:32 am
(656) sandeep says:

Hi, I am an indian citizen. I have a girlfriend in philippines. She is coming to india in january 2012 on a one month tourist visa and we are suppose to get married after 2-3 days of her arrival. I want to know how can i convert her tourist visa into X visa. whats the full procedure. We r going to get married in the civil court of my city.its not possible to send her back to phills and then call her to india again. your advise will be like gold. thanks

October 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm
(657) goindia says:
October 28, 2011 at 9:21 am
(658) KD says:

Hi
I’m an Indian citizen in love with a russian girl. We are planning to get marry but stil not clear about the procedure in India.

i have following questions

1. What are the things required for civil marriage at registrars office in India, and where I can get the information on these things ?
2. For civil marriages at registrar office, is it required to get some signatures from parents ???

Please let me know the answers for these,

I will be very grateful to you ..

thanks

October 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm
(659) goindia says:

Hi KD, you’ll find the procedure and documents here: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

No, parents’ signature isn’t required. However, you will require 3 witnesses.

October 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm
(660) Paola says:

Hi!!!
I am planning to go to India in March 2012. I am a Venezuelan living in Germany, so I do need a visa… my concerns is, when you ask for the visa through an agency, how long does it takes? should I have a flight already booked for the moment of the application?

because it would be VERY sad, that they reject me and have a ticket.

Also, I think I should show them my bank movements and so, do I need a minimum ammount of money in my account? oh, this is so confusing :(

October 29, 2011 at 4:50 am
(661) goindia says:

Hi Paola, yes, of course you need a visa to come to India. Most people do. You can find out more information and how to apply here: http://www.indianembassy.de/template.php?mnid=801&sm=1&inclpage=cservices.htm

If you’re not in Berlin, choose the closest Indian Embassy to you: http://www.indianembassy.de/emb/

October 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm
(662) Sofia says:

Hi… I am a Bangladeshi girl willing to marry an Indian guy.
so my questions are-
1. Is there any compulsion for my parents or in laws to be present at the time of the registry marriage? Do they require any NOC from the parents? Do they require verification from parents/in laws at the time of renewal of x visa?
2.I want to work in india as well but meeting the 25,000$ requirement is really tough, so what are my optionz here.. you have mentioned in some of the above comments that bangladesh, srilanka, etc etc donot get PIO card or citizenship BUT… as i noticed in comment no. 41 and comment no. 91 you mentioned about PIO card for Bangladeshis & sri lankans… um confused!
3. how about citizenship, Am i never gonna be able to get any sort of citizenship even aftr marrying an indian national?
I wanna work lyk any other individual while staying with my husband in india and I would want a citizenship as well after a considerable amount of time… As no1 wud like to be a burden on her husband forevr so need to wrk and Itz soo unreal dat my husband , my kidz wud hav the citizenship and i wud be the only persn in the family without it !!!

Please kindly give me some suggestions! … I really luv my fiance n dnt wanna loose him cz of stupid visa rules bt cant overlook my rights as an individual either… hope u understand :(

October 31, 2011 at 4:28 am
(663) goindia says:

Hi Sofia, I believe you can get citizenship after living in India for 7 years. I’m really not an expert on these matters though. It would be best to speak to an immigration lawyer who knows the rules about all that, including PIO. No there is no need for your parents to be present at the wedding or for you to get permission.

October 31, 2011 at 10:05 am
(664) shil says:

hello Sir,
I’m an Indian girl married to a Nepali.Our marriage is registered at Nepal but not in India yet. My husband is studying in China and i want to visit him. I have an Indian passport which has expired in June 2010, so i have to get it renewed. I am planning to visit my husband in February 2012.
I want to know that can i get my passport renewed stating married but for that i need our marriage certificate which i don’t have, my husband cant come to india due to some personal reasons.Please guide me what to do. Can i get the passport renewal stating unmarried status and then next year get my marriage registered and get my passport rectified regarding the married status?
Sir please help me…

October 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm
(665) Sofia says:

thanks a lot…. Sharell….
I’ll work on ur suggestion n try to contact an immigration lawyer

November 1, 2011 at 8:12 am
(666) alyanna says:

Hello, I just applied for a tourist visa in Malaysia but it was rejected just last week. I’m a foreign worker here holding an employment pass and currently working in an IT company for almost 5 years now. there’s no reason for rejection. I’m planning to reapply again this week. Is there a reapplication policy for Indian tourist visa? What I mean is, if for instance the applicant got rejected, that applicant is allowed to reapply at once?

As far as I can remember, there’s a question in the online form which I’ve answered incorrectly it stated there “have you lived in the country in which you are applying visa for more than 2 years? I’ve answered “no” since I initially thought that it was pertaining to the country of destination. I then realized that it’s pertaining to the length of stay that I was in Malaysia, so the answer should supposed to be “yes” since I’ve been working in Malaysia for more than 5 years now. I’ll enclose a letter to high commission of India in my application to mention about my mistake and will provide additional documents such as certificate of employment, including proof of funds if that would help. If you could suggest any other things that I should do, that would be great.

Thank you.

November 2, 2011 at 4:31 am
(667) goindia says:

Hi Alyanna, the approach that you’re taking sounds like the best one. Sorry, I don’t have any tips beyond that. Good luck with it!

November 1, 2011 at 8:36 am
(668) alyanna says:

i forgot to ask this additional question, does the high commission of india doesn’t allow a different point of entry & exit? because my plane ticket’s point of entry is in delhi but my point of exit is in mumbai. i plan purchase a train from delhi to mumbai once I arrive in delhi. I’d like to go to taj mahal and tour around delhi first prior on going to mumbai. my length of stay in india is only for 2 weeks.

sorry for asking too many questions.

thanks

November 2, 2011 at 4:30 am
(669) goindia says:

Hi Alyanna, entry and exit points aren’t specified on the visa, so you can enter and leave from where ever you want.

November 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm
(670) akash says:

Hi i want to marry a pakistani girl as i m in a relationship with her, she is comes on a trade visa to india so is it possible to change and extend the visa to another city for marriage and after marriage whay kind of a visa she requires for long stay.

November 3, 2011 at 9:35 am
(671) goindia says:

Hi Akash, I’m sorry, there is no such thing as a “trade visa”. Could you please give me the correct type of visa? She will need an X Entry type visa to stay in India.

November 3, 2011 at 9:26 am
(672) alyanna says:

hello sharell, thanks for responding; very much appreciated.

just a follow-up question (question# 667 & 668). in my situation is it possible to just get tourist-visa-on arrival if I’m a citizen of the countries mentioned on this site (they seemed to have included additional countries on the list)?

http://www.immigrationindia.nic.in/visa_on_arrival2.htm

would it cause any issues since my first application of tourist visa to india was rejected? it would be an inconvenience for me if I have to go back to my home country just to apply a tourist visa for india :-(

thanks again.

alyanna

November 3, 2011 at 9:39 am
(673) goindia says:

Hi Alyanna, getting a tourist visa on arrival is definitely possible if you’re a citizen of one of those countries. (Yes, they have included additional countries). They may ask you if you’ve ever had a previous visa application rejected though (it’s a standard question). If so, you could explain the circumstances and it should be okay.

November 4, 2011 at 9:49 am
(674) chelle says:

hi sir..good day.. I am a filipina 19 and i have an Indian boyfriend who lives in mumbai. I am living here in philippines and doing IT .. He is planning to marry me after 2 or 3 yrs from now and he is planning to marry me here in phils…i want to ask, after marriage can i get an indian citizenship sir?
As being a filipina , what are the things i needed at time when i go to India? how to get a permanent citizenship ?
plz do help me sir..thank you…

looking forward for your reply :)

chelle

November 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm
(675) goindia says:

Hi Chelle, I’m a madam, not a sir. ;-)

Unfortunately, no you can’t get Indian citizenship until you’ve been living in India for 7 years. After marriage you can get a residential visa, called an X Entry visa. Have a look at the Indian Embassy website in the Philippines for information about how to apply for it. Good luck!

November 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm
(676) Ann says:

Hello

Is it possible for international students, or foreign nationals, who wish to study abroad in India for their university degree to work part-time while they study?
If so, can they do this on their student visa or do they need another permit?
Many thanks
Ann

November 6, 2011 at 4:36 am
(677) goindia says:

Hi Ann, no it’s not possible for students to work, sorry about that!

November 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm
(678) Marilyn Smith says:

My daughter received a one year employment visa in July even though she had paperwork from a NGO in Northern India indicating that she would intern with them from September through December. After her internship is up she plans to travel to southern India and remain there until she leaves the country in July. My questions:

1. She registered (at the FRRO) where she is working (she tried to register at another location, but they wouldn’t let her) and was told that she must go back to the same office to “unregister”. Is that so, or can she “unregister” from her departing location?

2. Will she cause trouble for herself by not “unregistering” when her internship is over since she plans to remain in India until July (that is, is there a mechanism to catch her if she doesn’t “unregister” Immediately and leave the country)?

3. If she “unregisters” in December, can she remain in India until July? If not, what happens if she doesn’t “unregister” until July at her departure location?

Thanks,

November 6, 2011 at 5:08 am
(679) goindia says:

Hi Marilyn,

What she’s been told is correct. Registering needs to be done in the area where she’s living and working — so she’s done that correctly. The rest of it is really unclear unfortunately, because procedures do vary across India (there is little consistency between FRROs). Theoretically, she should inform her local FRRO (where she is registered) if she’s going to be away from the area for an extended period of time. Then she should register at the FRRO in her new area. The bottom line is that she needs to inform the FRRO that she is registered with one week before her departure from India, so that exit formalities can be completed. She can’t do it at any FRRO apart from the one she’s registered with because they won’t have her paperwork. The issue is that she has an employment visa, so I’m not sure how the FRRO will react to her staying in India after her volunteering is over (although people do it, they don’t always inform the FRRO, or they get told differing things). How long is her Resident’s Permit (given to her by the FRRO) valid til? Is it til her visa expires, or just until December when her work ends? That will have a significant bearing on what to do.

November 10, 2011 at 6:09 am
(680) Nazish says:

Hi,

I have married an iranian girl on 11th Oct 2011. She is here in tourist VISA which is expiring on 11th Dec 2011. The girl place of birth is india.
Questions:

1) What needs to be done so that she can stay here in India
2) Can she apply for OCI…
3) Can she apply for house wife VISA.

November 11, 2011 at 1:06 am
(681) goindia says:

Hi Nazish, since she was born in India, she could get a PIO card. However, the application usually needs to be made in the country where the person is a resident. So, she should get her tourist visa converted to an X Entry visa first. This is a residential visa.

http://goindia.about.com/b/2011/10/02/converting-tourist-visa-to-x-visa-after-marriage-in-india.htm

November 11, 2011 at 11:02 am
(682) Ayse says:

Dear You all!

I am in a very urgent need to get some info on X Entry Visa (type ‘Y’ for yoga) extension.

Upon receiving the Entry visa in April 2011 I was told it is extendable, for which I have applied a few months back. Today I got the message that my extension is not being granted from the government and that I have to leave within 10 days and come back on a “proper visa”….

I am planning on applying for re-consideration but if that is not being granted neither, I need to leave and go back to Germany, where I got it from in the first place.

Does anyone know, if I could go to a country in Asia, which would grant me a visa for India?

Anybody going through similar problems?

Please help.

Thank you!
ay

November 13, 2011 at 1:27 am
(683) goindia says:

Hi Ayse, I take it that they want you to have a Student Visa for studying yoga? You best bet would be to try Bangkok. Here’s their website: http://www.ivac-th.com

You might find more info there, or try emailing them. Good luck!

November 12, 2011 at 8:44 am
(684) Tom says:

Hi goindia,

Some questions regarding tourism and business visa:

#1 I have a valid multiple entry business visa. Now I would like to go to India as a tourist. Can I use the business visa for that?

#2 If not is it ok to have two visa types at the same time, business & tourist?

#3 Reading all earlier comments I understood that the 2 month gap restriction on tourist visa is not affected by trips made on business visa?

Thanks a lot!

November 12, 2011 at 11:47 pm
(685) Grey K says:

Hello, I am in India on a one year business visa and am expecting a child with my fiance, an indian citizen. I am a European citizen but want the child to have dual nationality, is this possible as I am not married to the father yet? Also if I give birth in the UK can I come back with the child on my original business visa? Or do I have to give birth in India and then apply here for his/her UK citizenship?
Thank you so much

November 13, 2011 at 10:18 am
(686) ajantha says:

dear madam,
Im sri lankan. married Indian Person before 5 months. we registered the marriage in Sri Lanka. now we want to register the marriage in India.

but it is not possible me to stay in india for 30 days. what can we do regarding that.

i have to change the name to my husband’s surname before i come to India, will it be a problem to register the marriage.

please help to get these information. thank you soo much

November 14, 2011 at 6:45 am
(687) goindia says:

Hi ajantha, I’m sorry I don’t know the answers to those questions. I’m not a marriage expert and don’t have any experience regarding your situation.

November 13, 2011 at 11:12 am
(688) shin says:

is it possible to apply for an x visa for my a common law partner and my kid? if yes ,what are the requirements needed?
thanks, please do post the reply asap.

November 14, 2011 at 6:38 am
(689) goindia says:

Hi Shin, unfortunately not it’s not possible. India doesn’t recognise common law relationships for visa purposes. You’d need to be married. Your child would be entitled though.

November 13, 2011 at 3:25 pm
(690) Dil says:

Hello.

I’ve decided to marry a filipino woman. please let me know the procedure what type of visa she shd apply and what shd I do to achieve below mentioned points :
do provide the best and less time taking option and all possible alternatives.

she wud stay with me in India.
she might visit Manila for every 1 or 2 yrs
she plans to support her family in Manila so she wants to get a job in India and send money monthly (this is imp)
For me, even i wud visit with her to Manila every 1 or 2 yrs. I have a passport valid till 2016 and went to Manila on business purpose(as a trainer) for 2 months and then came back.
i shd also go to Manila, get married to her in their style

November 14, 2011 at 6:42 am
(691) goindia says:

Hi Dil, after marriage she should apply for an X Visa, which would allow her to live in India. It DOES NOT entitle her to work though. There is no option for that until one year after marriage when she will be entitled to a PIO card (it has working rights), and if she’s a resident of India she can apply for it there.

November 14, 2011 at 11:31 am
(692) shin says:

goindia can you give me some ideas what to do to take my family here in india? is student visa possible for her and she can get an x visa for my daughter?

November 15, 2011 at 5:57 am
(693) goindia says:

Hi Shin, to be honest, the most effective thing would be to get married. India being India doesn’t grant a lot of rights to people who aren’t married. It’s even difficult for unmarried couples to live together in India. If she enrolls in a course at an approved institution, then yes, she can get a student visa. Your daughter is entitled to an X visa as your dependent.

http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/FAQ-onX-VISA210510.pdf

November 15, 2011 at 6:21 am
(694) Nina says:

Dear Go India,
I have an extended x visa till next July with double entry. I have already used one entry, however, I have to travel abroad more than once during the next few months. So is there a way to get or apply for more entries?
Can I go to a different country (ex. Thailand) and apply for a new visa (longer with multiple entries), though this visa still valid?
Please advice
Thank you!

November 16, 2011 at 7:21 am
(695) goindia says:

Hi Nina, I can’t really tell you for sure, it’s up the issuing authority and how well you can justify needing the additional entries. It’s best to get in touch with your local FRRO regarding what to do about it, as they are the decision maker. Theoretically, it is possible to get your visa canceled and apply for a new one if you can justify the reason why — you’ll have to check the VFS website in Bangkok for what kind of visa they will issue you with.

November 15, 2011 at 6:36 am
(696) Shin says:

thanks a lot goindia. can you give me some link of private or public university in gurgaon that accepts foreign students. my work is in gurgaon and i want her to study near my working place. thanks a lot.

November 16, 2011 at 7:15 am
(697) goindia says:

Hi Shin, I don’t know that information about universities, sorry. Perhaps do a google search for universities in Gurgaon for foreign students. In regards to your child’s visa, you should refer to the Indian Embassy in the relevant country for information. They should have a website if you do a google search.

November 15, 2011 at 6:53 am
(698) shin says:

goindia is it possible that my girlfriend can apply for my daughter’s x visa under my name without my presence in her country but with all relevant documents for applying visa for my kid.

November 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm
(699) Dil says:

Hi. Thanks a lot for your timely response. Can u please outline the procedure in detail. steps or best way to go about this?
My previous question was (just for ur reference)
I’ve decided to marry a filipino woman. please let me know the procedure what type of visa she shd apply and what shd I do to achieve below mentioned points :
do provide the best and less time taking option and all possible alternatives.

she wud stay with me in India.
she might visit Manila for every 1 or 2 yrs
she plans to support her family in Manila so she wants to get a job in India and send money monthly (this is imp)
For me, even i wud visit with her to Manila every 1 or 2 yrs. I have a passport valid till 2016 and went to Manila on business purpose(as a trainer) for 2 months and then came back.
i shd also go to Manila, get married to her in their style

November 16, 2011 at 5:22 am
(700) Martina says:

I am a US citizen and I am married to an Indian national in Denamark. What are the requirements for me to visit India…Do I need a visa or the fact that we are married is enough? Thanks in advance.

November 16, 2011 at 7:10 am
(701) goindia says:
November 16, 2011 at 11:16 am
(702) shin says:

thanks a lot, i had contacted EDCIL in delhi and they will help me in finding university inside gurgaon. do you think agency like EDCIL is better? than my gf will come to process her paper for admission? they ask 150usd for processing fee. I want my family to be here asap so i dont mind at all. thanks a lot goindia .

November 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm
(703) goindia says:

Hi Shin, it looks positive — EDCIL is a government organization that’s been around for a long time, so they should be able to take care of what ever is necessary. Good luck. :-)

November 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm
(704) Dil says:

Hi. Thanks a lot for your timely response. Can u please outline the procedure in detail. steps or best way to go about this?
My previous question was (just for ur reference)
I’ve decided to marry a filipino woman. please let me know the procedure what type of visa she shd apply and what shd I do to achieve below mentioned points :
do provide the best and less time taking option and all possible alternatives.

she wud stay with me in India.
she might visit Manila for every 1 or 2 yrs
she plans to support her family in Manila so she wants to get a job in India and send money monthly (this is imp)
For me, even i wud visit with her to Manila every 1 or 2 yrs. I have a passport valid till 2016 and went to Manila on business purpose(as a trainer) for 2 months and then came back.
i shd also go to Manila, get married to her in their style

November 17, 2011 at 1:00 am
(705) goindia says:

Hi Dil, I have answered your question. I’m sorry, I can’t help you beyond that. She has to apply for her Indian visa at the Indian Embassy in the Philippines (they will be able to inform of the procedure), and I don’t know anything about getting married in Filipino style or visas to go the Philippines. Get in touch with the Philippines Embassy in India.

November 17, 2011 at 6:05 pm
(706) Sonia says:

Hi ,
I am an Indian hindu girl and m in love with a Muslim boy (since 5 years) from Bangladesh (studied college in India and stayed for 4 years in india on student visa). He visits me in India. We plan to marry and settle in India without undergoing any religous conversions but have no idea about how to get married and get him Indian citizenship. Will he get job in India? Please suggest me the legal procedures of India. Is it necessary that everything need to be done in my own district? Will my parents be sent notices? Please help and if possible plss ,mail me

November 18, 2011 at 1:05 am
(707) goindia says:

Hi Sonia, unfortunately, yes, the marriage does need to be done in the district you’re living in. You’ll need to have a civil wedding under the Special Marriages Act, performed by the registrar of marriages in your area. Your parents won’t be send notices but a notice of your intent to marry will be displayed on the public noticeboard at the registrar’s office. It’s displayed for 30 days leading up to the date of the marriage. Citizenship is difficult — it’s only granted after 7 years of living in India. He will be able to get a resident’s visa (X Entry Visa) for India after marriage but it doesn’t have working rights. In order to work, he would need an employment visa but these days the Indian Government is only granting them to people who earn at least $25,000 a year in India. I recommend that he consult an immigration lawyer in Bangladesh to find out more information, as I’m not really an expert in this area. Good luck.

November 18, 2011 at 10:48 am
(708) Sonia says:

Thanks a lot for the information. I suppose atleast he can start a business atleast in my name. Marriage registration need to be done in the place where i live? Can i registrar at any place in India as i intend to do in Calcutta or if i work at that place though i am from North Bengal. Please sugget.

November 19, 2011 at 1:10 am
(709) goindia says:

Hi Sonia, he can get a Business Visa in his own name, if he wants to start a business. Or having a business in your name is a good idea! You need to be living in an area for 30 days, and will need address proof (you can get a certificate from the local police station as evidence).

Here’s more info about getting married under the special marriages act (just ignore the irrelevant bits for foreigners).

http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

November 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm
(710) Ahmed says:

Hi my name is Ahmed.
i can here last year april 26 and this year they hav made a new law we foreigners who came here to educate children in india. now they are saying every 6 month we have to go back to our country is this true? i came with student visa.

November 19, 2011 at 1:19 am
(711) raj says:

Hi,

First of all I heard this two month gap rule is finished?

I have 5 year multiple entry visa on australia passport, I like to make two entries in one month from australia and back, do i need to get a special endorement or?

Also on my mulitple visa, someone said you only can make
three entries please correct me?

Wait for your reply .

Thankyou

November 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm
(712) goindia says:

Hi Raj,

The rule is still in place but the Indian Tourism Minister says it will soon be abolished: http://goindia.about.com/b/2011/11/09/indian-visa-2-month-gap-rule-soon-to-be-abolished.htm

Yes, you will need a re-entry permit unfortunately, if your multiple entry visa is a tourist visa (you didn’t specify what type it is).

As far as I’m aware, multiple entries means there is no set amount of entries. You can definitely have more than three, especially on a 5 year visa. It would be ridiculous to only allow 3 entries.

November 20, 2011 at 9:06 am
(713) Berry says:

Hi,

I’m Thai citizenship married with Indian boy in Oct 2011 on tourist visa, I came back Thai in Nov 2011. I wil go back Iindia in May 2012 , I would like to know which way i can get indian residential visa. We already get marriage certificate from City council office in Gujarat state. Which visa is better for me to get indian residentialship?

November 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm
(714) goindia says:

Hi Berry, get an X type Visa (Entry Visa), which is a residential visa. After you’ve been married a year, you can get a PIO card in India, which will allow you to live and work in India for 15 years without a visa.

November 20, 2011 at 9:27 am
(715) Priyeshkumar Suthar says:

Hello,

I married with Thailand girl in Oct 2011. She came here on 3 months tourist visa. She go back thailand in Nov 2011. We already got marriage certificate from Local City Govt office. How she can get indian residential visa. She will come back india in May 2012. So which visa she can apply that time. She is also interested to study or do job here. Is it possible for her to get on marriage certificate.

November 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm
(716) goindia says:

Hi Priyeshkumar, I believe I just answered that question for your wife.

November 21, 2011 at 6:11 am
(717) harshad says:

hi, my frnd in philippines went to get the tourist visa for india in idian embassy but they want an invitation letter and also my bank statement..y so..? y my bank statement.

November 21, 2011 at 11:07 am
(718) goindia says:

Hi Harshad, the bank statement is necessary because the Philippines is viewed as a poor country. The Embassy wants to know that your friend will have access to enough funds for the visit.

November 21, 2011 at 7:16 am
(719) AB says:

Hi,

I wanted to know that for a business purpose can an Indian citizen get visa for a person of Pakistani national???
What are the responsibilities of that Indian citizen??
What are the risk involved??

November 21, 2011 at 11:09 am
(720) goindia says:

Hi AB, I’m sorry, I don’t have the knowledge to answer that question. My experience is in travel, not business. You may find more information from the Indian Embassy in Pakistan: http://india.org.pk/visa-services.html That is where the visa will need to be obtained from.

November 21, 2011 at 11:41 am
(721) Sonia says:

Thank you so much for your legal advices!!I, being resided in KOlkata for 3 years plus over 3 months recently for job purpose allows me to apply for marriage registration in Kolkata itself.

November 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm
(722) goindia says:

That’s great news Sonia! I hope the process all goes smoothly for you. :-)

November 22, 2011 at 12:49 am
(723) Astro says:

Hi I’ve arrived back from India on October 28th 2011 after spending two weeks there for my engagement.I went to India from Australia on a 6 month tourist visa with only one entry applicable. I need to apply for another visa for December 17th 2011 as i plan to have my wedding in India on the 25th December. Is it possible to get another visa issued as i plan to travel back to India within 45 days of being back in Australia? Is there anyway of getting a urgent visa under the circumstances of marriage as dates have been set. I am also a New Zealand passport holder which allows me a entry on arrival but i am not sure if this will coincide with my previous 6 month tourist visa from Australia?? PLEASE HELP!!!

November 22, 2011 at 3:08 am
(724) goindia says:

Hi Astro, the bottom line is that you have to stay out of India for two months between visits on tourist visas, so unfortunately, they won’t grant you a visa on arrival. You’ll need to get approval (re entry permit) from the Indian Embassy/Consulate (see here for details: http://www.vfs-in-au.net/tourist.html) to come back in that timeframe, however it shouldn’t be a problem if you provide wedding invites and other evidence. However, you can get around this whole issue by simply applying for an Entry type visa on the basis of your Indian heritage — the 2 month gap rule doesn’t apply to Entry visas. Good luck!

November 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm
(725) R says:

Hi Goindia,

I am an Indian citizen to be married to a Romanian citizen. She is currently in Romania. We Plan to get married in March 2012.

Can you please tell what would be best marriage procedure : 1. I go to Romania on a tourist Visa as marry her and get her back with me.

or

2. Get her here on a tourist visa and marry her in India. and then go to Romania, to get married there as well ( is it necessary to get married in both countries? )

However we plan to reside in India itself. could you please help me with all the marriage procedures as per latest update.

Also once married can she pursue her studies in India and work here as well.

Thank you . :)

November 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm
(726) Joanna says:

Hi

I’m Joanna i’m here right now in Kerala i’m working here my visa will expire on august next year i just want to ask if it’s possible to get a tourist visa till my employment visa end because my fiance is in Rajasthan.. Thank You in advance ^_^

November 25, 2011 at 1:20 am
(727) Mia says:

Hi Goindia,

Mabye you can help, sounds like you have a lot of knowledge and are also Australian/ Indian. So the story goes. I am an Australian citizen pregnant to my boyfriend of 4 years, his an Indian citizen. I am in India now 6 months in to pregnancy and considering having the child here. I am on a tourist visa and was told by Ministry of home affairs that if he and i got married, they could change my visa to an X visa in Delhi within about a week.
Is this accurate? And if so how long will they give me an extension for?
Also my boyfriend is currently seperated, but still legally married (arranged marriage). The paperwork was done in Kashmere. He is Muslim…. do you know if we can legally marry in India? He seems to think we can…
Also, He had applied for a tourist visa to come to Australia November last year. In his application he was honest about his marriage and we said he was coming to see me as a friend. I wish we hadnt. His visa was denied due to lack of funds/income.
My question is: If he was to re apply for another tourist visa or even possibly a Intention to Migrate/Spouse Permanent Residency…. could we get away with changing a few details on his application. For example… not mention he is still married, and perhaps be married ourselves?? Do you think perhaps the Aust Visa Centre in Delhi throws out old applications? Perhaps they don’t compare previous applications with current ones or keep files on their data base?
Mby you have heard of someone who has changed details and got away with it??
Truth is we want to be honest with his application bc we are looking to move to Australia for good at some point, it just means the process is extremely long winded if we do so. We would love to go home to Australia to have this baby, but are stuck as to what to do… as we are running short of time. Baby is due in March ’2012′.
Any advise would be much appreciated.
Many thanks Mia :-)

November 25, 2011 at 3:07 am
(728) goindia says:

Hi Mia, what a difficult situation to be in. I’ll advise you as best as I can. If you do get married, it is possible to get your tourist visa converted to an X visa but in my experience it doesn’t happen as fast as a week. First they give you visa extension of 3 months while they investigate as to whether you’re both living together in India as husband and wife (a police visit to verify usually takes place). After that’s done, they will give you your X visa. It has 1-5 year validity, depending on what you want and is renewable in India. After a year of marriage, you can apply for the PIO card. But the marriage — I’m not too sure how it will work if he’s already married. The marriage would take place under the Special Marriages Act, and can happen in India if he’s a resident outside of Kashmir (the act is not valid in Jammu and Kashmir). However, he would have to get divorced first. I’m not sure how that happens under Muslim Law (is it a fairly simple procedure where he just has to say divorce 3 times)? There’s a good chance that he could get the Aussie visa if you indicate that you are going to support him financially (you’ll need to provide your bank statements etc). Or you could get someone to sponsor his visa. That will get around the financial requirement. However, if you only apply for a tourist visa, you need to show that he is likely to return to India — and the pregnancy and a marriage could go against that. You having a baby in Australia would look like he has good incentive to remain there past his visa. So, it would probably be best not to disclose it on a tourist visa application. However, if you apply for a spouse/partner migration visa, obviously you should mention it as it indicates the seriousness of your relationship. BUT you won’t have enough time to get the visa before the baby is due unfortunately.

November 25, 2011 at 3:50 am
(729) Robin John says:

Hi,

I have an American friend who wish to come to India to start a business venture in India. The entire venture is going to be brand new so that means there is no way that I can send an invitation letter on behalf of the firm inviting my friend to work in India. Now I wish to know the following:

1) can my friend come on a tourist visa initially and then as soon as the firm registration formalities are completed, can she apply for a work or a business visa while staying in India?

2) If not, does she have to travel back to the US to reapply the visa or can she do it by just going to Nepal or some other neighbouring Indian country?

3) Are there any kind of Indian Visas that can be applied while being in India on a particular visa?

4) Can my friend apply for a business/work VISA by showing the documents for the firm that will be registered?

Thanks a lot in advance for answering the queries.

November 25, 2011 at 8:10 am
(730) goindia says:

Hi Robin, since my experience is in tourism, I don’t know too much about the process of applying for a Business Visa. Your friend should get in touch with the agency that issues visas in the US to discuss the exact requirements and a solution for her situation: https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com/homepage

However, I can tell you that she can come initially on a tourist visa. However, she can’t get this visa converted to a business visa in India or in a neighboring country. She will have to go back to the US because neighboring countries such as Nepal or Thailand will only accept applications for business visas from their own citizens, or people who are residents. Unfortunately, there are very few grounds for converting one type of visa to another in India.

You might also want to pose the question on the IndiaMike.com forums. There are plenty of people there with more diverse experience than me who might be able to help. Good luck!

November 25, 2011 at 9:39 am
(731) Tom says:

Hi,

Would be great if you had time to check my questions in comment #683.

Thanks!

November 25, 2011 at 11:20 am
(732) goindia says:

Tom, can you please ask your question again. I don’t have time to go searching through all the comments. If there’s no answer, I may not have one for you, sorry.

November 26, 2011 at 6:56 am
(733) Karen teitge says:

I’m a British citizen and have an indian citizen boyfriend . I plan to move to india and marry him next year . What papers do I need to do this? I know I can marry on a tourist visa but what do I need to do to change my visa and stay and work .

November 26, 2011 at 11:56 pm
(734) goindia says:

Hi Karen, you’ll find more info about that here:

http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/Convert-Tourist-Visa-To-X-Visa-Marriage.htm

You can get an X visa after marriage, but it doesn’t give working rights. You’ll have to wait until a year after marriage, then get the PIO card, which will allow you to work.

November 26, 2011 at 9:46 am
(735) shin says:

hi goindia, my girlfriend will come to India to study. she will apply for student visa coz one of the university around Delhi will soon send her a provisional letter to come to India to write the exams. my question is, we have a daughter she’s under my family registration (acknowledged as my legal daughter) in her birth certificate coz my gf and i are not married yet.is that possible that she can get an x visa in my girlfriend’s country as my dependent ?

November 26, 2011 at 11:54 pm
(736) goindia says:

Hi Shin, I would think so but she will have to check at the Indian Embassy where visas are issued in her country. She would need to provide evidence of you being Indian.

November 27, 2011 at 4:08 am
(737) hiten Shah says:

US citizen two ladies are on tour to India with a Multiple entries visa, now willing to go to make trip to Singapore
for a week and come back. Can they re enter India within
the tenure of Visa ( they have arrived on 16th Nov 2011
and she is going back on 5th Jan 2012. to USA

please explain can they come back after 7 days trip to Singapore in December 2011

November 27, 2011 at 4:41 am
(738) Tom says:

Hi goindia,

Here are my questions again:

#1 I have a valid multiple entry business visa. Now I would like to go to India as a tourist. Can I use the business visa for that?

#2 If not is it ok to have two visa types at the same time, business & tourist?

#3 Reading all earlier comments I understood that the 2 month gap restriction on tourist visa is not affected by trips made on business visa?

Thanks a lot!

November 28, 2011 at 4:04 am
(739) goindia says:

Hi Tom, technically no, you’re not supposed to use your business visa for visiting India as a tourist but many people do. You can’t have two visas at the same time. If you were to apply for a tourist visa, the business visa would be canceled. Yes, you understood correctly re: the 2 month gap. It applies to tourist visas only, not business visas.

November 27, 2011 at 6:21 am
(740) Benson says:

I’m from Nigeraia I reside at Mumbai with Tourist visa that will expire few days from now and my fiance is coming from U.S.A so that we can get married and go to the states. my question’s are:

is’t possible for me to obtain u.s.a visa from india? when my tourist visa has expire?

2] if she is coming down to India which paperworks do you advice her to come with to avoid any hurdles?

3} what type of visa do you advice her to seek when coming?

I wait for your swift update…

Thanks…

November 28, 2011 at 4:17 am
(741) goindia says:

Hi Bensen, you are in big trouble if your tourist visa is about to expire, you will be in India illegally. You won’t be allowed to leave India if your tourist visa has expired, and you’ll have to pay a fine. I hope you know that it’s not a fast process to get married in India, nor is it a straight forward matter to get a visa for the US just because you have married a US citizen. My best advice is to leave India before your tourist visa expires. If your fiancee does come to India she should get a tourist visa.

November 28, 2011 at 6:10 am
(742) Tom says:

Thanks for your reply!

So if I need to go to India as a tourist what should I do in following scenario?

- I returned from a business trip to India in mid November
- I have valid multiple entry business visa
- I have a holiday booked to India in mid December (this was already booked before I knew that I would go to India due to business)

I don’t care if my business visa gets cancelled so in that sense I could apply for tourist visa. But the question is whether that business trip made in November 2011 will effect my entry in December 2011 if I at that time will hold tourist visa?

OR should I just enter with business visa?

Thanks a lot!

November 28, 2011 at 9:37 am
(743) goindia says:

Hi Tom, no your business trip wouldn’t affect it because it’s a different visa — business visa not tourist visa. You’ll be able to enter within the month, even if you get your business visa canceled and get a tourist visa. If you want to “do the right thing” you should get a tourist visa, which is what I’d recommend just to be on the safe side, but it’s up to you! Bottom line is that I doubt anyone will really care, and you can always say that you had some last minute business to attend to if you decide to keep the business visa and get questioned. The authorities are more concerned about people doing business or working on tourist visas, and people overstaying their visas, rather than someone with a business visa who goes sightseeing.

November 28, 2011 at 11:19 am
(744) Sanjay Desai says:

Hi

I am an US citizen leaving in India having an OCI card… Now i want to know is it possible to get PIO for my wife who is a Russian citizen? She is a Russian by birth. Can you please clarify this for me.

Thank you

November 29, 2011 at 12:10 am
(745) goindia says:

Hi Sanjay, yes it is possible for you to get a PIO card for your wife on the basis of your Indian heritage.

November 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm
(746) Sonia says:

First of all i want to thank you for resolving my previous queries at the earliest! :)

Being an Indian girl are the formalities same if I,need to settle in Bangladesh,where my boy friend belong to? Is religious conversion must in Bangladesh? Anything related to financial stability of his is involved here, if i move to Bangladesh and vice versa? Is there any Indian provision for my security(if required) in future(playing the role of guardian) as i doubt my parents will accept our relation?

November 29, 2011 at 12:11 am
(747) goindia says:

Hi Sonia, unfortunately, I really don’t know anything about Bangladesh or immigration/visas for there. Sorry about that.

November 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm
(748) Benson says:

Thanks for the answer’s to some of my question’s but i’m willing to pay for the charges that will occur because i’m not ready to fly another 18hrs to Nigeria b4 proceeding to the states it will be 2 stressful for me……… i hope get through…….thanks bro if u dont mind i wish to get ur no or personal email for more personal highlight…..

November 29, 2011 at 12:19 am
(749) goindia says:

Hi Bensen, unfortunately, it’s not going to happen the way you hope. In order to apply for a US visa in India, you have to be a resident here. You are not a resident if you have an expired visa — you are actually staying in India illegally. There is no way the US will give you a visa. The process is tough anyway. Here is the website: https://www.vfs-usa.co.in/USIndia/consulardistrictslocation.html

I suggest you leave India immediately, before your visa expires. If you try and leave after it expires, you’ll be prevented from doing so at the airport, and you’ll have to go to the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office to pay the fine. You could go somewhere like Bangkok and try and get a new visa. But still, it’s not going to solve your problem because if you’re not resident of India (and you can’t be on a tourist visa) you can’t apply for a US visa here.

Sorry, but I don’t give out my personal contact details. You can email me: goindia.guide@about.com

November 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm
(750) Rhea says:

Hie..

I am 22yrs indian girl working in central government.
I am in love with a bangladeshi boy and intend to marry him and settle in india. I have heard that bangladeshi’s don’t get citizenship and POI card even after getting married to an indian citizen.
Will my job be an hindrance to marry a foreigner?
Please guide.

November 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm
(751) goindia says:

Hi Rhea, I’m sorry, but I’m not qualified to answer that question. It’s out of my area of expertise.

November 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm
(752) RSK says:

Hi, my mum has just made an unplanned trip to India, due to a death in our family, and is returning on the 3rd of December.

But she had already booked tickets to go to India 3 months before, and will be leaving on the 7th of December.

I was wondering if she would be allowed to go again India, as her next journey is within 2 months.
(She has a 5 month visa)
Thanks

November 29, 2011 at 11:38 pm
(753) goindia says:

Hi RSK, she will need to get a re-entry permit in her passport before she comes back to India. It should be a straight forward matter if she provides evidence of the death, and also her pre-booked travel.

November 30, 2011 at 2:32 am
(754) Anuj says:

Hi,

Recently I renewed my Indian passport in Doha, Qatar, but the new passport was issued only for one year, and I was told that I have to get the new passport extended in India, can you please help me what is the procedure to extend my passport in India.

November 30, 2011 at 3:23 am
(755) goindia says:

Hi Anuj, I’m sorry, I don’t have any experience with getting Indian passports extended in India. My best guess is that you would need to go to your local passport office and they would be able to inform you of the procedure.

November 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm
(756) RSK says:

Hi, i sent you a message yesterday, concerning my mum taking a emergency trip to india, and that she had already booked a holiday.

Well i just came back from the high commision of india, in haze, and they said that my mum would be allowed to go as her passport visa type is “type x”

Im slightly confused right now, im not sure what i should do now, should i go back to the commision people, or should my mum go on holiday again.

Can you please give me some advice
Thankyou

December 1, 2011 at 1:19 am
(757) goindia says:

Hi RSK, if your mum has an X visa, then that’s fine. The advice she’s been told is correct. The 2 month gap rule doesn’t apply to X visas — only tourist visas. So she can happily go on holiday without any worries. :-)

December 1, 2011 at 4:58 am
(758) Ruth says:

I realise this is a subject that has already been covered, but I would appreciate some advice on my current situation. I am a UK citizen in India on a tourist visa. Slightly unusually I have a visa for 1 year, rather than 6 months (issues July 2011). On my visa it states:
‘Stay during each visit must not exceed 180 days’, which I know is standard. But it then says ‘Registration required within 14 days of arrival in India for visas valid for more than 180 days’.

So I tried to register when I arrived…after 4 trips to the FRRO with various documentation I was then told they would not register me as I am on a tourist visa, which seems to contradict the instructions on my visa.

So, my current situation is that I will have to leave India at the end of Jan (when 180 days is up), even though the expiry on my visa is end July 2012. (and I have taken out a contract on an apartment here for 1 year so its really bad news!). I really do not want to leave, and given the recent update that the 2 month rule may be abolished, do you think I have any grounds to appeal to be allowed to remain in India until the expiry of my visa in July?

Many thanks for any advice you can give.

December 1, 2011 at 5:11 am
(759) goindia says:

Hi Ruth, unfortunately the FRRO is correct, you can’t register as a resident on a tourist visa — reason being is that you need to remain in the country for more than 6 months to be classified as a resident, and that is impossible on a tourist visa as you must leave after 6 months/180 days, as stated on the visa. The part about registration is misleading in a number of ways — bottom line is that stays can’t exceed 180 days on a tourist visa. Part of the reason why the 2 month gap rule was introduced was to stop people from living in India on tourist visas, and just going for a quick trip across the border when the 180 days is about to be up then coming back again. That being the case, I don’t think you would have any grounds for appeal. The reason why the 2 month gap is being abolished is so that genuine tourists who have valid reasons to return to India within 2 months aren’t being disadvantaged. My best advice is to go hang out in Thailand somewhere for the 2 months, then come back to your flat for the remaining 4 months. See if you can rent out your apartment to another expat (they’re always looking for short term accommodation) for the 2 months, so you don’t lose out on money.

December 1, 2011 at 5:58 am
(760) Ruth says:

Thanks very much for your response. Yes, I guess you have pointed out that I am trying to do exactly what they are trying to prevent! Fair enough.

OK so the plan when my tourist visa runs out may be try and get a job so I can live here legally (because this is just where I want to be!). I roughly know the procedure to get working permit (get company to sponsor me and return to UK to apply). How about if I want to try for a business visa? I am currently doing some freelance work for a UK company as I cannot work here…and ideally I would continue freelancing, either for UK or Indian companies. Would a business visa allow this or am I better to go for permanent job with Indian company?

Thanks for your very useful advice.

December 2, 2011 at 9:10 am
(761) goindia says:

Hi Ruth, an employment visa now requires you to be paid a minimum of equivalent $25,000 by your employer in India. That’s good money in India, so if you can get a job paying that, I’d go for it.

Here’s information about both business and employment visas so you can see the difference: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/work_visa_faq.pdf

Requirements are also outlined.

December 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm
(762) Chloe says:

Hi!

I am an American National, here in India on a BUSINESS VISA.
I have recently married an Indian National in India, after working here for 2 years.

My Residency Permit is valid upto March 2012, while my visa is valid upto 1014.

I have concluded my business contract in Goa(where I had a residency permit valid upto March 2012), and moved to Pune (my wifes home) to assume residency.
But was denied residency by the PUNE FRO – on the grounds that I do not have any business interest and now should switch to X VISA to continue living in India with my wife!!!

If I switch to X type, I cannot work in India – heck I came to India as a sub-consultant & to work – and now this is new & unusal information!!

Are the Indian laws unprepared for a business traveler marrying one of their indian citizen? And in the event he does, he needs to forgo his working rights?!!

My contract is concluded, not my business visa. My visa consultancy thinks I should be able to stay in India minus a Contract regardless if I am married to Indian national or not.

Help!

December 2, 2011 at 9:01 am
(763) goindia says:

Hi Chloe, ah the complexities of the system are enough to send anyone insane! Technically the FRO is right — if your business is over, you should be on an X visa on the basis of your marriage. The visa has to match the purpose of you being in India. No business = business visa becomes invalid. However marriage = X visa. I can’t see the Indian authorities budging on this — they’re usually pretty fussy! I suggest you get another contract or enter into another business arrangement asap before your resident’s permit runs out, so you can keep your business visa — surely you can get some business papers “arranged” somehow if worst comes to worse. Otherwise, if you don’t have any business interests, they will force you to an X visa. Then you’ll have to wait for a year after marriage, until you become eligible for the PIO card — which will give you full employment rights.

December 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm
(764) Prabhat Kumar says:

I have married my Philippino wife in Bihar,India as per Special Hindu marriage act and I have also obtained the marriage certificate.

1) Do I require to register separately into Indian embassy before applying for x visa for my wife?

2) Is it compulsory to register my marriage in Philippines embassy in New Delhi as well ?

3) She is currently carrying out her internship in Philippines and she will be graduating in April next year, 2012. She wishes to take my family name after that to avoid confusion due to change in name. Please advise, if the

a) name on X visa can changed accordingly at later stage, if issued now.

b) must I need to include her name as my wife before applying for X visa for her.

I shall be thankful for your advise.

December 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm
(765) goindia says:

Hi Prabhat, there seems to be some confusion — you can’t apply for an X visa for your wife. If she’s currently in the Philippines, she has to apply for it herself at the Indian Embassy in the Philippines, same place where she got her tourist visa from. She will have to provide evidence of being married to you (marriage certificate) and evidence of you being Indian (passport or other document such as a ration card). As far as I’m aware, that’s it. You don’t need to register you marriage at any embassies in India to get the visa. If she changes her name, she’ll have to get a new passport and her visa will also have to be transferred to her new passport and put into her new name.

December 3, 2011 at 12:24 am
(766) Ruth says:

Thanks again – really helpful.

December 4, 2011 at 3:08 am
(767) Thorkild Michaelsen says:

You have previously been hesitating about a question concerning verification of an Indian marriage certificate. In July 2006 I received the following message from The Indian Embassy in Copenhagen. I did not verify our marriage certificate at that time, because my wife’s passport was also needed, and she had difficulties in renewing it (a Government employee needs an NOC!). Her Voter’s ID, on which my name is stated as her husband, is not sufficient evidence. Now she is getting her passport – but is verification of our marriage certificate still needed? All information about it seems to have vanished from the Indian consular websites in the meantime.
I should like to use the right procedure, because the consul would rather not issue me a type X visa, so I have been in India ever since on tourist visas! Rather frustrating.
Thank you for your comments.

“You need not have to visit India to get your marriage certificate attested from New Delhi. Your wife can get your marriage certificate attested from the Home Department in Karnataka State and then send it by courier/registered post with a self-addressed stamped return envelope to “the Attestation Cell, CPV Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Patiala House, New Delhi” for their attestation. After getting your marriage certificate attested, your wife could send the same to you along with a copy of her Passport where your name has been included in the relevant column and a written undertaking by her addressed to us that she would return the PIO Card to the Government of India in the event of a legal separation/divorce.
These papers could be arraged in two weeks’ time. You can thereafter apply for a PIO (Personal of Indian Origin) card details of which can be seen in our website http://www.indian-embassy.dk.”

December 5, 2011 at 1:16 am
(768) goindia says:

Hi Thorkild, in my experience, no verification of Indian marriage certificate was needed. I got both X visa and PIO card without ever having my marriage certificate attested. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if requirements do vary and there is no consistency. Sorry, I can’t help you beyond that.

December 6, 2011 at 4:49 am
(769) Abdul says:

Hi Go India,

Once we marry in india (Filipino) by special marriage act what is our next procedure to inform the same in the Philipine embassy and indian emabssy . I live in Bangalore. How do we apply for X visa from philines once my patner returns to Philpines(What documents she needs before leaving INdia

December 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm
(770) Olive says:

hi am im Pilipina i have applied tourist visa and i am visiting a frend or say my boyfriend i got stop by philippine embassy asking for affidavit of guarantee signed by the phil consul in india (chennai) i am suppose to b der at dec 4 but untill now unfortunately i am not able to leave yet until i get it what is the best way u could suggest me goindia is that normal even me after getting visa using sponsorship of my boyfriend will it be easy to enter ? what are the requirement ineed to show in immigration der

December 8, 2011 at 6:15 am
(771) Abdul says:

Hi Olive. Can you please mail me to md.shafs@gmail.com . I need to ask you few things about how you applied an indian tourist visa and requirements and related things.

would apprecaite your response.thanks

December 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm
(772) Robin John says:

Hello goindia (quoting thread #729 and 730)

Thank you so much for the advice. We are in touch with the agency in the US and I am also going to post on IndiaMike.com as you suggested.

The help is really appreciated and I will ensure that I will post the conclusions on this website for future references.

Great job!

Good luck and thank you once again!

December 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm
(773) goindia says:

Hi Robin John, you’re welcome! :-) Looking forward to hearing about the outcome.

December 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm
(774) Dioly says:

I want to study in india but then here in pilippines we only have 4 years of high school which 10 all in all including the primary school. my question is:

1. Would they accept me having this 10th education only?
2. What school you will recommend for me that will accept?

December 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm
(775) goindia says:

Hi Dioly, unfortunately, I can’t answer your questions about study in India. My experience is in travel only. Sorry about that.

December 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm
(776) Dioly says:

What are the requirements for Visa X? I’m now living in Philippines and i want to go to India next year by January, hopefully. Thank you.

December 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm
(777) goindia says:

Hi Dioly, you’ll find more information about visa types and their requirements here: http://goindia.about.com/od/visas/tp/Guide-To-Indian-Visa-Types.htm

December 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm
(778) Simmi says:

Hi Goinda i got a tourist visa for india in my married name now that I am divorce and back to my madien name can i still use the visa or do i have to apply for a new visa.

December 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm
(779) goindia says:

Hi Simmi, the name on your visa must match the name on your passport. If you change your name on your passport, then your visa will have to be transferred to your new passport and put into your new name.

December 9, 2011 at 9:43 am
(780) Nitin says:

Hi,

Kindly clarify.

My sister who is Canadian citizen,wishes to visit India.I read MEA website and it says that max time allowed on tourist visa is 6 months.

My question is when those six months starts ie from date of issue of visa to visit India or When she enters India,from that date six months onwards?

Regards
Nitin

December 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm
(781) goindia says:

Hi Nitin, the time starts as soon as the visa is issued. For example, if she gets a 6 month tourist visa issued on 1 January, she’ll only be allowed to stay in India until 30 June, irrespective of when she arrives.

If she wants to stay for more than 6 months, she can get an X Entry visa on the basis of her Indian heritage.

December 10, 2011 at 8:15 pm
(782) Ajay Boury says:

I am a person of Indian Origin holding a Kenyan passport. I came to India with my parents (British citizens) in 1970 when I was 9 years old. I am 50 now and I have always got a 5 year extension of my Residential Permit. I’m married to an Indian citizen and have two children, both Indian citizens. My divorce case is going on. My wife had stolen my Kenyan passport and has complained to FRRO Bangalore. I had applied for 5 year extension in 2008 but due to some reason visa application for extension from FRRO Bangalore did not reach MHA Delhi. I have been following up this matter with FRRO and MHA for past 4 years. Now MHA has given me visa up to 31.12.2011. They are neither granting extension not giving me an EXIT visa as the divorce case is pending in court. Am I liable to be arrested for over stay on 01.01.2012?? We repatriated to India in 1970 and I have been here ever since. Can I be deported?? Please help.

December 11, 2011 at 9:08 am
(783) goindia says:

Hi Ajay, sorry to hear about your situation. Visit the FRRO again the week before your visa expires, and I expect that they will give you another extension. Either way, they will need to make a decision… and they will, so you don’t have to worry about being deported. Besides, if you want to remain in India, you have the right to do so as you’re a person of Indian origin. You’re entitled to an X visa or PIO card (and even Indian citizenship) in your own right.

December 12, 2011 at 5:03 am
(784) Abdul says:

Hi Go India,

Once we marry in india (to a Filipino) by special marriage act what is our next procedure. Should we inform the same in the Philipine embassy as well as in indian emabssy ? I live in Bangalore. How do we apply for X visa from philines once my patner returns to Philpines(What documents she needs before leaving India and also what documents he need to bring to India?

December 12, 2011 at 7:09 am
(785) goindia says:

Hi Abdul, there is no requirement to inform the Philippine Embassy in India, as far as I’m aware, although you can do it.

She will have to apply for her X Visa at the Indian Embassy in the Philippines. As far as I’m aware she will require the marriage certificate and proof of you being Indian. Best to get in touch with the Embassy and find out the exact requirements.

Here is their website: http://www.embindia.org.ph/visa.php#ENTRY/CONFERENCE/JOURNALIST_VISAS_ETC._

December 12, 2011 at 11:00 am
(786) seema says:

“I am an Indian girl living in Mumbai. I have a contact with a Pakistani boy. He is currently living in Australia (Resident). We want to get married. We Have never met”

Q.1 Is it possible that an Indian national going on tourist visa in Australia and marry foreign national ?

Q.2 After getting married can i apply for PR?

Q.3 How long will be the procedure ?

Q.4 How much will be the charges?

December 13, 2011 at 5:39 am
(787) goindia says:

Hi Seema, I’m sorry, I can’t advise on Australian immigration procedures. I don’t have any experience with that. Your best source of information would be http://www.immi.gov.au/

December 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm
(788) rinchen says:

hey
the new india goverment trousit visa rules are totally confusing because i apply for a tourist visa and it granted me on the 15th of december till 14 january. they say one month visa but its 29 days visa its not matching as they say. my flight ticket are whole one month and now what happened is that i have to change my flight ticket. if i change that will be cost me more than $600. what happen if i stay back and wait for my flight on the 15th of january which make 6 hours illegal. i know it is illegal but what happens in real action. i apply for the visa on australia travel doucment.

December 14, 2011 at 5:42 am
(789) goindia says:

Hi Rinchen, ah, it’s a bit of a problem. If your visa has expired, immigration officers at the airport will prevent you from leaving. You’ll have to go the nearest Foreigner’s Registration Office (FRO) and pay a fine — it will take up at least 1/2 day to get it done. It’s can’t be done at the airport, so you’ll miss your flight. I was going to suggest clearing customs and immigration early before your visa expires, and waiting the 6+ hours in the departure lounge, but the problem is that the airline check in counter won’t be open. One other option is to try and get your visa extended in India on medical grounds. That is done at the FRO as well. You will need to provide evidence of some medical reason, certified by a doctor, as to why you can’t fly.

December 14, 2011 at 10:13 am
(790) Lovelyguy says:

hi :) am a lankan national studying here in india in student visa. I recently extended my stay visa in India and they have mentioned in the stay visa that my “RP given as per Bonafide Certificate” As per the bonafide certificate i am allowed to stay till the visa expires ie till june 30th 2012. my doubt is whether i need to get an RP separately or that will do ? I am asking this cuz am leavin to UK fa my vacation and i had this doubt and i couldnt contact the immigration office as i hav college and when i return they will close.

Thanks

December 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm
(791) jdesai says:

hi go india,
i am U.S citinzen and have OCI.
i visited india last month. i was there for 5 weeks and came back on december 5th. i want to go back to india on february 5th. is it ok or i have to reach there on Feb 6th?

thank you

December 15, 2011 at 12:53 am
(792) goindia says:

Hi Jdesai, if you have an OCI card, you can come and go as you wish. There are no restrictions. The 2 month gap only applied to tourist visas.

December 15, 2011 at 10:23 am
(793) rahul says:

hi …. my question is i got married to an UZBEKISTAN girl on 15 oct 2011 at an arya samaj mandir with both our parents consent …. as her visa was about to get expired on 5th Nov 2011 she left for UZBEKISTAN on 4th of Nov …. now my question is we both want to get our marriage registered in the court how soon she can apply for the INDIAN VISA and how easily she will get it also with arya samaj mandir certificate which visa she can apply as of now …. i have all the photographs of marriage and the arya samaj certificate ….

December 16, 2011 at 1:46 am
(794) goindia says:

Hi Rahul, she can apply for an X Visa straight away, however I’m not sure if the Indian Embassy/High Commission will accept a marriage certificate from an Arya Samaj wedding. She will have to check with them what the requirements are.

December 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm
(795) rani says:

Hi goindia,

I am French and I would like to settle in India, in a math that I have been visiting for many years, for taking up to the spiritual path.
However, the ashram doesn’t seem to be the kind of ashram recognized by the MHA for welcoming foreigners, so I can’t provide the MHA’s letter that the India Embassy requests from me (in addition to the ashram’s letter of invitation), in order to apply for a X visa.
Do you have any idea what I can do? Or on which basis we can have the ashram certified as a recognized organization?
Some Indian friends told me to apply for the India citizenship, but I saw that one needs to live 12 years in India to be able to apply for naturalization.
Please, if you know anything, or heard about similar cases,
could you give me some piece of advice?
I am really longing to go and stay there…
I am blessed for your response!
Rani

December 16, 2011 at 6:40 am
(796) Vivek Mishra says:

Hi

I want to know about eligibilty for live and work in foriegn countries.
I born and live in INDIA. When I am applying for job in foriegn countries they asked that I am eligible for live and work. What should I do to get the eligibility for live and work there. I have passport.

December 16, 2011 at 9:28 am
(797) goindia says:

Hi Vivek, I’m sorry but I can’t help you with that question. This is a website about India Travel, not working in foreign countries.

December 16, 2011 at 10:46 am
(798) Lida says:

Hi & Thank you so much for all your help!
I have entry visa with double entry of which one I have already used. I have to travel in January for few days which means upon returning I will be using my last entry. Also, In February I have to leave India again, does that mean leaving India without having an entry will automatically cancel my visa?
Thank you!

December 17, 2011 at 2:30 am
(799) goindia says:

Hi Lida, you will be fine, it’s the amount of entries that count. Double entry means you get two entries (and two exits). If you want to come back again after that, you’ll need to get another visa.

December 16, 2011 at 10:48 am
(800) Jennifer says:

Hi,
I’m an American citizen married to an Indian national. I am going to apply for entry visa in Bangkok next February, by then it will be more than 2 years of our marriage. If all documents are correct, would I have any issues getting a visa?
Thank you!

December 17, 2011 at 2:35 am
(801) goindia says:

Hi Jennifer, you should be fine. I don’t see why there should be a problem, and I do know of people who have got x visas from there.

Here is the website for more information: http://www.ivac-th.com/entryvisa.html

December 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm
(802) Jennifer says:

Hi “Vivek Mishra”
Each foreign country has its own rules and regulations regarding living and working there. For example for United States you have to either have a work visa (which is arranged by the company you are going to work for) or you need to be a U.S green card holder or a citizen (which you will go through years of process and it is not available option to everyone).
So I suggest checking the websites of embassies regarding the foreign countries you are interested to work in. A lot of times, if an Individual is highly in demand, companies in these countries help with the work permit requirements.

December 19, 2011 at 12:15 am
(803) Lalit says:

Hi, i am an Indian national employed in dubai. I will be travelling to India on a family holiday & intend to take my nepalese maid along. R there ny formalities i need to fulfil in order to ensure smooth travel for my maid to n from India?

December 19, 2011 at 1:43 am
(804) goindia says:

Hi Lalit, Nepalese don’t need a visa for India, so you shouldn’t have any problem. Just make sure she has proper photo ID, such as her passport. Enjoy the holiday!

December 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm
(805) sa citizen says:

Hi, I am a South African Citizen and plan to marry an Indian Citizen and thereafter settle in India. What processes need to be followed in order to accomplish this?

December 20, 2011 at 1:52 am
(806) goindia says:
December 19, 2011 at 11:31 pm
(807) marinda says:

I am a South African citizen who will be working in Lahore, Pakistan, as an ESL teacher. Will it be possible for me to travel to Amritsar, India, on a weekly basis? What visa will I need for this? Would really appreciate advice on this! Thanks….

December 20, 2011 at 1:50 am
(808) goindia says:

Hi Marinda, it depends what would be the purpose of your weekly visits to India? That will determine the visa type and eligibility.

December 20, 2011 at 3:42 am
(809) Pani says:

Hi,

I applied for my passport re-issue today(20/12/2011) as my passport expiry date is on 22-08-2012. As per the urgent requirement I need to start my business visa processing for phillipines tomorrow. My new/renewed passport may deliver in next 4 weeks.
As my passport is currently under renewal process, can I submit my old passport, that is valid for 7 more months, for philliphies visa processing?

December 22, 2011 at 2:59 am
(810) goindia says:

Hi Pani, that should be okay.

December 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm
(811) marinda says:

Hi goindia,

The purpose for my traveling to Amritsar on a weekly basis is that my Guru lives at Beas and I would like to spend any free time at the Dera near the Beas train station. Would this reason be acceptable for a pass into India?

And thanks for your speedy reply :)

December 22, 2011 at 2:58 am
(812) goindia says:

Hi Marinda, unfortunately it will be very difficult to get a visa that allows you to do that. Tourists visas still have the 2 month gap rule applicable (meaning you have to stay out of India for two months between visits). In order to get any other kind of a visa, such as a student visa (for studying at an ashram), the organization would need to be a recognized/registered institution. Plus, there is the issue of making frequent border crossings. As you may be aware, the relationship between India and Pakistan is strained and restrictive.

December 23, 2011 at 10:10 am
(813) kiwi says:

Hi,
I’m a thailand citizen getting marriage to an Indian national. I am going to apply for entry visa in new delhi next jan, still waiting for register 20 days more.. how much time will be issue for (X) visa bls my( t) visa will expire on feb 9, any suggest if i can’t be done by the time my (T) visa expire

December 24, 2011 at 2:40 am
(814) goindia says:

Hi Kiwi, you will be granted a 3 month extension of your tourist visa as soon as you apply for your X visa. The X visa processing will hopefully be completed in that three months. If it’s not, a further extension will be given.

December 23, 2011 at 10:14 am
(815) kiwi says:

i am still waiting for marriage certificate*****

thank you>>>>

December 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm
(816) kiwi says:

thanks for ur answer!!!and one more question i want to ask if i go back to thailand between 3 month of extension (t) visa befor x visa confirmantion. do i need a visa to come back to India???and also future if i get PIO 15 years and expire what the next step? pls suggest

Thanks !!!!!

December 26, 2011 at 9:38 am
(817) goindia says:

Hi Kiwi, if you have enough entries on your visa, you’ll be okay coming back to India. However, depending how the visa conversion process is going (it’s so time consuming in India) you might just want to apply for your X visa in Bangkok. You’ll be able to get it much faster there. Once you’re an Indian resident and have been married a year, you can apply for the PIO at your local FRRO.

December 26, 2011 at 9:28 pm
(818) eby says:

hi go india
i am a citizen of india i have a gf in Guatemala
can i bring her in tourist visa and marry her in india
can u plzz help me with the details what all
stuff i should go through

December 27, 2011 at 4:43 am
(819) goindia says:

Hi Eby, yes you can do that.

She’ll have to apply for the tourist visa herself, and the Indian Embassy in Mexico: http://indembassy.org/Embassy/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57&Itemid=99

You’ll both need to have a registry wedding in India under the Special Marriages Act: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm
After the wedding, she’ll have to get her tourist visa converted to an X visa: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/Convert-Tourist-Visa-To-X-Visa-Marriage.htm

December 27, 2011 at 7:56 am
(820) eby says:

thnx a lot

but can i sent her a visiting visa from india only there is any option like that and is there any other easy way to get her here in india

December 28, 2011 at 2:36 am
(821) goindia says:

Hi Eby, no you cannot send her a visa from India. Getting a visa for another country doesn’t work like that. She will need to apply for and get it herself, from the Indian Embassy (or its agency) that has jurisdiction where she resides.

December 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm
(822) monica says:

Hi …..a registry wedding in India under the Special Marriages Act after register which a receipt is given ????under process 30 days ….. i get nothing from registeras office!!!!

THANK YOU

December 28, 2011 at 2:39 am
(823) goindia says:

Hi Monica, I’m sorry but I don’t understand what you’re trying to say/what your problem is. Have you had a registry wedding? Or just submitted your notification of intent to marry?

December 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm
(824) eby says:

if u any other idea or any other simple way plzzz help me out

December 29, 2011 at 6:14 am
(825) Sophia says:

Hello there, I really hope that you can help me. My husband and I are British Citizens looking forward to going backpacking in February. We will be starting in India and spending approximately 4 weeks there. We will then make our way into Nepal for about 2 weeks and then go back to India to board an international flight out to Cambodia (although this is not yet booked)… Would a multiple entry Indian tourist visa be valid for this?
Also, we visited India in 2004 but I do not have our old passports stating what the visa numbers were. Do you know if this would be a problem as it requires it on the new form.
Thank you in advance,
sophia

December 29, 2011 at 9:20 am
(826) goindia says:

Hi Sophia, yes, a multiple entry Tourist visa will be fine. Submit your itinerary with your application when you apply for your visa, and state your travel plans on the form. That new form sounds like a bit of a menace. Hopefully, it shouldn’t be a problem but I honestly can’t tell you for sure. I haven’t heard anything about it.

December 29, 2011 at 11:42 am
(827) sophia says:

Thank you very much for your quick response and advice. I really appreciate your time!

December 30, 2011 at 1:52 am
(828) eby says:

goindia i need some help can u tell me any easy way how can i bring her to india from Guatemala plzz help me out what all things i have to do and whats the easy way i can bring her to india

December 30, 2011 at 6:19 am
(829) goindia says:

Hi Eby, as I advised you, she needs to apply for and obtain a tourist visa to India. That is the first step. Tell her to get in contact with the Indian Embassy at the website I provided, and find out what the visa requirements are.

January 4, 2012 at 6:14 am
(830) vishnu says:

Hi,

My wife (Sri Lankan citizen) needs police clearance certificate for extending her Indian Entry Visa (X). We didnt register in local police station after entering India. What is the procedure for getting Police Clearance certificate.

January 5, 2012 at 12:29 am
(831) goindia says:

Hi Vishnu, it depends where you live. She should’ve registered with the FRRO or FRO in your local area. In my experience they give instructions to the local police for getting the police certificate, and the police will usually come to you home to confirm residence. If you haven’t done so, the first step would be registering with the FRRO/FRO. Otherwise, go to your local police station and ask them about getting the certificate. Good luck!

January 5, 2012 at 9:48 am
(832) Jovy says:

Dear Go India,
I am an PIO card holder and since my passport was expiring in Feb 2011 i requested an extension of my passport from the Embassy of Philippines , New Delhi and the same was done in my same passport on an amendment page. Since my PIO bears the old expiry date of my passport and Now that it needs an amendment in my PIO about the new PP date expiry. I want to know whom I need to get in contact and how can it be done ,please advice Thanks

January 5, 2012 at 11:35 am
(833) goindia says:

Hi Jovy, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreigner’s Division, Jaisalmer House, Mansingh Rd, New Delhi would be the place.

January 5, 2012 at 10:45 am
(834) Priyeshkumar says:

Hello,

I am Priyeshkumar Suthar married with Thai girl in Oct 2011 in india. We have indian local city government marriage certificate. My wife go back to thailand in Nov month. Which documents she has to submit in indian consulate for X visa. From indian side, which documents i have to submit in india for her visa.

Thanks

January 6, 2012 at 1:10 am
(835) goindia says:

Hi Priyeshkumar, she will need to submit the marriage certificate and evidence of you being an Indian national (such as passport, ration card, or election card). All the paperwork for the visa will be done at the Indian Embassy in Thailand. You don’t have to submit any documents in India, since she’ll be applying for the visa in Thailand.

January 5, 2012 at 11:57 pm
(836) Jovy says:

@go India, Thanks for the response, what I wanted to know exactly is that IF i still have to go and and get my PIO endorsed ( with new expiry date of my SAME passport) , MY passport has not changed at all , the only thing which is changed was my Passport expiry date( since i got it extended from Phil embassy)
Please let me know if I still have to go to MHA and get my PIO card endorsed with my new expiry date of my PP??

January 6, 2012 at 1:13 am
(837) goindia says:

Hi Jovy, I wouldn’t think it would be necessary, but it might be best to contact the MHA and confirm it with them just to be sure. Sorry, I don’t have any direct experience with that.

January 6, 2012 at 3:08 am
(838) jovy says:

Thanks GO INDIA for the prompt reply, as told by you and the same as has been advised to me by others. Another biggie is that who shall in MHA answer my query? because i got all the numbers but each of them keep me directing to others. Do you have any particular phone no where i can call and talk to the concerned?I have already emailed JS ( foreigner) and Addl Sec( Foreigner) of MHA.

January 7, 2012 at 12:51 am
(839) goindia says:

Oh no, it sounds like customer service is as bad as ever there. :-( Unfortunately, I don’t have any special numbers to offer. It’s all the same: they either don’t pick up the phone, hang up, or direct to someone else. I think just go with the advice that you don’t have to worry about it. The main thing that immigration authorities are concerned about is that your document is valid, is in your name, and corresponds to your passport. However, I’m looking at my PIO card, and it also lists expiry date of passport on it. I think that might just be the finer details though. The endorsement on the PIO says it’s valid if it’s accompanied by a valid passport — which is the case for you. So, I wouldn’t worry.

January 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm
(840) Jovy says:

Thanks GO India. I think I will go with your advice and now that I wont worry as you have enlightened my mind.Thanks for your advice.

January 8, 2012 at 9:43 am
(841) Ayhn Buzok says:

Hi,
We live in Turkey and wish to visit India with the tourist visa. My wife is a Russian citizen and on the way back from India instead of Turkey she wishes to go to Russia.

Will there be a problem because her tourist visa was issued in Turkey ? Does she have to go back to the same country where she travelled from ?

January 9, 2012 at 3:43 am
(842) goindia says:

Hi Ayhn, it doesn’t matter where the tourist visa is issued, so she won’t have a problem with those plans. It will be fine.

January 9, 2012 at 9:19 am
(843) Priyeshkumar says:

Dear ,

Thanks for your help. But as your suggestion, my wife went to indian consulate with our marriage certificate & my passport photocopy. But indian consulate give advise that I have to put her name in my passport. How is it possible in passport. As our previous experience . they always neglet any documents as a true. So is it any other way to apply for her X visa in india.

Thanks

January 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm
(844) goindia says:

Hi Priyeshkumar, I’m sorry to hear that. It’s very frustrating and totally different from my personal experience of getting my X visa after marriage. But I got it in Australia, so they may have different rules there.

Here’s what you’d need to do to get the X visa in India: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/Convert-Tourist-Visa-To-X-Visa-Marriage.htm

January 10, 2012 at 6:18 am
(845) Indradeep says:

To quote frm you – “Hi Deepak,

Congratulations on your marriage! It’s fine for her to travel to India on a Tourist visa, there’s no need to specify that you will be getting married. However, as she’s already your wife, she’s eligible for an X (Entry) Visa. This would also be the best visa for her to apply for if you plan to settle down in India. You can obtain it for 5 years at a time”

I have my wife, who is of chinese foreign national (mainland), staying with me here in India for the last 3 yrs. Sure X visa is possibly the best visa in this case, but we never could get the visa for more than a year. I think your are mistaken that a chinese national spouse can acquire X-visa valid for 5yrs. I’m not contradicting you, infact I’ll be blessed if your information is correct. Can you pls chk bck & revert…this is actually a life-changing information for me.
thnx & rgds!

January 10, 2012 at 11:26 am
(846) goindia says:

Hi Indradeep, there’s a good chance that I am mistaken, sorry. It does vary depending on the nationality. Since I’m not Chinese, I have no direct experience with your situation. It’s only based on my personal experience being Australian. I’m definitely not an immigration expert unfortunately! It’s always best to check with the relevant authorities for their final word.

January 11, 2012 at 1:14 am
(847) Indradeep says:

Thnx for the reply. Yes, it varies, changes a lot and sometimes, it can be very harassing. I even sometimes wonder do they really know what these policies really are laid out or they work purely on tht day’s mood or assumptions?..Nothing is easy in India, isnt it?, when it comes to these authorities. They’ll only try to make your life complicated and make you feel that guilty of marrying someone out of love of different nationality. Now I have kid born in India, with this also they have a problem. They are just beating around the bush and making me run around for different approvals and documents. God only knows…how much I never wanted to come back to India if this recession wouldn’t have hit!

January 11, 2012 at 5:34 am
(848) goindia says:

Hi again Indradeep, it’s totally ridiculous and frustrating! It’s obvious that many of them aren’t aware of the policies and how to apply them — especially the FROs. They make it up as they go along. Each FRO always has different requirements for the same thing, some even make a complete mess of things and don’t even follow proper procedures. I know of many situations where FROs have issued residents permits to people who have gotten married on tourist visas, despite them not having their tourist visas changed into X visas. A friend of mine who married an Indian guy in Kolkata is living there on a tourist visa with a resident permit, as issued by the FRO! It’s totally improper procedure. The smaller FROs are usually even more clueless. :-( It makes life VERY hard.

January 13, 2012 at 2:30 am
(849) pratidnya says:

hi
my client is a foreigner and she is yoga teacher. They conduct yoga classses for their students in diefferent countries for period of 1 month .
My client wishes to conduct yoga classes for her students in India and for the said purpose she obtained a business visa. It has come to her notice that one requires a yoga Visa to conduct yoga classes so also the students who are coming to learn from abroad need yoga visa to learn yoga classes in India.

My client wants to know whether she can conduct yoga classes based on her business visa and if not what is the proceedure for applying for yoga visa.

My client also wishes to know whether she needs to take special permissions from any authorities in india to do the same and if yes which authorities?

January 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm
(850) goindia says:

Hi Pratidnya,

This is a confusing matter unfortunately. The Yoga Visa that often gets referred to is actually a Student Visa for yoga purposes. It’s only issued to students who join a recognized yoga program in a government recognized yoga institution (a letter of admission is required). So, it wouldn’t be suitable for your client, as she’s a yoga teacher, not a student. Since your client is not part of a government recognized yoga institution in India, her students won’t be able to get a Student Visa to study yoga with her. It sounds like a Business visa would be best for your client’s purposes. Her students should come on Tourist visas.

January 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm
(851) mikyla says:

dear sir ,
im from the philippines and my boyfriend living in india
the matter is im OFW worker in beriut,lebanon (UAE) so how can i apply for tourist visa from here ?
and is it possible to marry there to my boyfriend when i go to india on tourist visa while we both are agree and both have all legal documents.

January 15, 2012 at 9:14 am
(852) mikyla says:

hello is anybody help me here for my query …i will be thankful of you have more queries too just direct me what to do i in bad situation :(

January 20, 2012 at 5:23 am
(853) Jenny says:

Hi

I have just got back from India and plan on going back in about 2 months to get married however i want to settle in India with my husban and was wondering if i go on a tourist visa can i convert that into a X Visa in India or do i have to return to the UK and then apply for a X Visa…

Hope you can help!

January 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm
(854) goindia says:

Hi Jenny, you can convert your tourist visa to X visa in India. The procedure is outlined here: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/Convert-Tourist-Visa-To-X-Visa-Marriage.htm

January 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm
(855) sagar says:

If i m us citizen staying there over 180 days .. where i need to register… if someone please can help me out… i am going in Gujarat

January 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm
(856) Gul says:

Hello everyone,

my problem is that i cant find out how to get married with an turkish passport in india. I am 23 years old and turkish nationality/citizen (with passport) but i live in Germany with an German residence crad which i dont want to lose. My boyfriend/fiance is Indian (hindu) which lives in Mumbai, we are planing to get married but i cant find out how we gonna do that on the legal way with the paper work.

January 23, 2012 at 10:32 am
(857) goindia says:

Hi Gul, it doesn’t matter what your nationality is, as far as I’m aware the procedure is the same for getting married. You’ll need to have a civil wedding at the registrar of marriages office. In Mumbai, the location depends where you live. People who live in south Mumbai need to go to the registrar of marriages in Fort. In the Mumbai suburbs, it’s in Bandra.

You can find out more about the legal requirements for getting married here: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

January 21, 2012 at 7:45 am
(858) AP says:

I am getting married in India In Febuary, I am a U.S. Citizen, I wanted to take my new wife on a honeymoon to Fiji Islands, for one week and then come back to india.. Will the 2 month rule apply to me and if so how do I get around it or get special permission I am in Punjab

January 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm
(859) Jenny says:

Hey thanks for your reply

i was also wondering my visa expires in March so when i can i apply for a visa again….Thank-you for your help

January 24, 2012 at 4:20 am
(860) goindia says:

Hi Jenny, it depends on what type of visa you apply for. If you apply for an X visa, you won’t have to wait any length of time. If you apply for a tourist visa, you’ll have to wait one month, and say out of India for a gap of two months (that’s the current situation but it may change soon).

January 23, 2012 at 10:36 pm
(861) anor says:

hi.
im a philippine girl and i have indian boyfriend but we are in trouble about our relation. his family(dad) force him to marry indian girl but he dont like. and we dont have any idea,if how we fix this problem.what we need to do?pls help us.

January 24, 2012 at 4:18 am
(862) goindia says:

Hi Anor, well, he could refuse the marriage arrangement and marry you instead — but really think it through if this is what you want for the future, as there will be plenty of challenges ahead.

January 30, 2012 at 1:46 am
(863) Janna says:

I’m Malaysian and planning to travel as tourist for a week to Dehli. Can I get a visa upon arrival at the airport

January 30, 2012 at 4:03 am
(864) goindia says:

Hi Janna, I’m not sure when you want to travel, but the visa on arrival scheme has not yet been expanded to include Malaysia. It is only being discussed at this stage.

February 2, 2012 at 3:25 am
(865) Taago says:

Hi,
I am foreigner working in India and living here with my family.
I am on 2yr employment visa and my Girlfriend and daughter have 2yr X visa. When I visited FRRO the first time Jan 2011, I had no issue getting residential permit, but now they are requiring marriage certificate to extend it for my girlfriend. We are not married, so I don’t have any certificate for that. What are my options to get this solved, as we need to stay here another year and we can’t travel back to Europe any time soon to get her a tourist visa.
What could be our options? Is there any way to apply for a tourist visa in India? As the stay here is not longer than 180 days and there will be a 2 month gap in june July.

February 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm
(866) goindia says:

Hi Taago, unfortunately, it’s not possible to apply for another visa in India. Bangkok would be the best place for her to go to get a tourist visa. The other alternative is for you both to get married in India before her visa expires. ;-)

February 2, 2012 at 8:38 am
(867) Daniella says:

Dear Goindia first of all thank you so much for your website, it is really useful and you put a great efford in it. Thanks for all your work.
Maybe you can help me…I am in a stuck situation with my tourist visa. Being one of the real naiv ones, i didn’t know of the new rule, and have that 2 montsh gap stamp in my passport. I entered India 17 days ago and can stay until beginning of april. Then i have to leave, stay away these 2 months and enter again – for 10 days, then my visa will expire!
however i am doing theatre work here with a local theatre centre, being a theatre person myself. It is voltary work and organised by ourselves, with no NGO supporting. I really dont’ want to leave to come back only for 10 days…if there is any chance to avoid the 2 months gap i will do everything for it! I know “working” is not legal with tourist visa, but it is more a cultural exchange than work. I might be too late to apply for a re entry visa as then I have to register at FRO within 14 days after arrival – I am already 17 days here…is there anything I can do??
Thanks for your help
Daniella

February 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm
(868) goindia says:

Hi Daniella, sorry, I’m quite confused about your situation. Why do you have to leave in April and where will you be going? It sounds like you have a 6 month tourist visa? So why not stay in India for the straight 6 months up until when your visa expires? In regards to registering at the FRRO within 14 days of arrival, it’s not possible/relevant to register on a tourist visa. The registration is only needed if you’re re-entered within 2 months, and avoided the gap.

Anyway, there’s a good chance that the 2 month gap will be relaxed in the next month: http://goindia.about.com/b/2012/01/28/when-will-the-2-month-gap-on-indian-tourist-visas-be-removed.htm

February 2, 2012 at 9:40 am
(869) Heidi says:

Hi-

We are US citizens. My daughter is in india on a student visa, which expires in June (I think). She is a medical student doing a one month course at a hospital in Mumbai. She registered with the FRRO within 14 days as required. They gave her a residency permit, but that expires 7 days after the course ends, which is Feb 22. I planned to join her in Delhi and travel for 3 weeks, leaving India March 10. We will be in Rajasthan and Kerala, flying back home thru Mumbai. (We have lots of tickets and non-refundable reservations.) The FRRO office will not extend her RP to Mar 10. What can we do? What will happen if she has an expired RP when she goes to leave the country? And what is an exit permit and how does she obtain that? many thanks for providing such a helpful service!!! -Heidi

February 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm
(870) goindia says:

Hi Heidi, that’s a tricky question because her visa is still valid, so it’s not like she’s overstayed. To be honest, I’m not sure what would happen if she tried to leave with an expired RP.

She has two options:
1) Pretend she doesn’t know anything about the expired RP when she goes to leave India. Often, the immigration officers don’t even ask for or look at the RP. So, she should just hand them her passport. If they ask to see the RP, they might not even notice that its expired. If they do, she could feign ignorance and say that she wasn’t aware that it was an issue because her visa is still valid. If worst comes to worst, she won’t be allowed to leave, and will have to go the FRRO and pay a fine.
2)Try to get an Exit permit before going to the airport. This is obtained from the FRRO and its a stamp in the passport, which indicates that all is okay to leave the country.

Sorry I can’t really be much more help than this. I haven’t encountered this situation before. I’d be interested to know the outcome.

February 3, 2012 at 1:40 am
(871) M S says:

Hi friends ,
I have a one question
” I am in a love with one ethiopian girl ,i went 2 visit her country for touring purpose but z main reason was to meet her ,i shared my time with her for 15 days ,i want to bring her to India and wants to marry her ,if she come here on tourist visa pf single entry then is is possible for me 2 get marry with her on such visa format ??

February 3, 2012 at 8:42 am
(872) Heidi says:

Hi-

We are US citizens. My daughter is in india on a student visa, which expires in June (I think). She is a medical student doing a one month course at a hospital in Mumbai. She registered with the FRRO within 14 days as required. They gave her a residency permit, but that expires 7 days after the course ends, which is Feb 22. I planned to join her in Delhi and travel for 3 weeks, leaving India March 10. We will be in Rajasthan and Kerala, flying back home thru Mumbai. (We have lots of tickets and non-refundable reservations.) The FRRO office will not extend her RP to Mar 10. What can we do? What will happen if she has an expired RP when she goes to leave the country? And what is an exit permit and how does she obtain that? many thanks for providing such a helpful service!!! -Heidi

thanks for you help. How far in advance does she need to get the exit permit? It seems she just ran into a very strict or arbitrary official at the FRRO in Mumbai- I would not want to encounter that one again! Could we get it while in Delhi? -Heidi

February 3, 2012 at 11:20 am
(873) Taago says:

As I can’t change my girlfriend’s visa to tourist visa and marriage here is also not an option due to the 2 month arrangement period, then I started searching for other options.
I read a rule from Bangalore FRRO web page that an X visa doesn’t have to be registered in FRRO, if the stay is less than 180 days in a row, if it is true, then my gf doesn’t have to register in FRRO at all, as she spend here less than 180 days each time.
Does anyone have any experience with that, would they let them out of the country in airport? I feel that the rules here are not always followed, unless they are useful for the officials.

February 3, 2012 at 11:39 pm
(874) goindia says:

HI Taago, yes that’s correct. You don’t have to register at the FRRO if you’re staying for less than 6 months on an X visa. However, I’m confused about your situation now — you said that she’s already registered. And her visa needs extending? You’re right about the rules not being followed. It’s often chaotic. Strict application of the rules would mean that your girlfriend would never have gotten an X visa in the first place, because it’s only issued to spouses/ married partners. Hence the request for marriage certificate! It’s a minefield — very confusing!

February 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm
(875) Daniella says:

Dear Go India, thanks for your fast reply.Good news I don’t need to register at FRRO. :-) sorry for the confusion. Yes, I have a 6 months tourist visa,from 21 Dec 2011 until 21 June 2012. but it has a stamp on it saying. “each stay should not exceed 90 days. There should be a 2 months gap between each successful visit”. that’s why I wrote that I have to leave in April. If there is any chance I won’t leave, and if possible, I will stay all 6 months here. So it ‘s great to hear they want to change that rule!!
Do you think it is possible to stay all 6 months without leaving even I have that stamp in my passport?
Even after changing the rule they might still trouble me because that stamp is there on the visa, or will they regard it as invalid?
thanks and sorry for confusing situation

February 3, 2012 at 11:47 pm
(876) goindia says:

Hi Daniella, oh, that’s annoying about the “not staying for more than 90 days” stamp. :-( Not every tourist visa has that on it. You will definitely have to leave. However, you can get around having to stay out for 2 months by taking a trip to a neighboring country such as Sri Lanka, Thailand, or Nepal.

There’s more about that exception here: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/FAQ-TVisa280710.pdf

Refer to section 3.

I’ve also written this article: http://goindia.about.com/od/visas/qt/How-To-Avoid-The-Indian-Tourist-Visa-2-Month-Rule.htm

February 4, 2012 at 7:58 am
(877) Taago says:

Hi again,

Thanx for the reply, I think I’m saved this time. My problem is not visa, but residential permit, that’s why I wanted to convert the visa (so I wouldn’t need to register again). They gave her the x visa for 2 years as my employment visa is. I think thanx to Nokia, Finnish embassy is quite generous in visa issues. But the RP was given for only 1 year, so she has an existing visa, but is not able to extend the RP for second year as this time they require a marriage certificate, which hasn’t been an issue before. So I’m going to extend only my own RP, as I need to do that.

February 4, 2012 at 10:28 pm
(878) goindia says:

Hi Taago, oh I see! Lucky you have the Finnish Embassy! :-) In that case, since you said she has never stayed here for more than 6 months at a time, there was really no need for her to register and get a resident’s permit in the first place. It’s all very confusing!

February 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm
(879) marta says:

hi, i wonder if u could clarify my situation with u. i am portuguese and i live in the uk, my fiancee and i will move to india in 2 months and we wish to get married. if i understood correctly i should apply for a tourist visa. once in india i should give a wedding notice and after 30 days it will take place. after i ll have to apply for the x visa since we want to live in india.
my question is, i saw somewhere that to give the notice of intended marriage i need documentary evidence regarding stay in India of the parties for more than 30 days. i will be staying with my “parents in law”. what kind of evidence can i give since i won t have any utility bills with my name on. one more question, my “mother in law” thinks we can give the notice from here, uk, but again that doesn t sound possible. would u please help. thank u. marta

February 4, 2012 at 10:30 pm
(880) goindia says:

Hi Marta, your mother in law is incorrect. The notice of intention must be submitted at the registry office where you intend to get married in India. You can get a police verification of your address if needed. That will be appropriate as evidence.

February 5, 2012 at 9:07 am
(881) Priyeshkumar says:

Hi GoIndia,

Thanks for your valuable information regarding marriage. I would like to ask you some more information for my wife X visa, Let me first give you details

My wife is from Thailand, We married in india in Oct 2011 by indian customes and got local city government marriage certificate, She came here as a tourist.

1)If she apply X visa in Bangkok then how long its take time to issue visa. If consulate reject X visa then is it possible that she can apply again in india

2) Is it possible for her to study on X visa in india
3) Is it possible for her to help me in business

Thanks again for your kindly supports

February 6, 2012 at 12:21 am
(882) goindia says:

Hi Priyeshkumar, here are the answers to your questions.

1)The visa processing agency says that X visas are issued in 3 working days for Thai citizens and residents. http://www.ivac-th.com/entryvisa_processing.html There’s no reason why it should be rejected if she has all the documents: http://www.ivac-th.com/entryvisa_checklist.html But yes, it’s possible to reapply in India — although it will take months to be issued in India.
2)No, it’s not possible for her to study on an X visa. She would need a student visa for that.
3)Yes, she can help you in your business. She’s just not allowed to be officially employed in India on an X visa.

Make sure you apply for a PIO card for her after one year of marriage. Then she’ll be able to study etc without any restrictions.

I love Thailand. I’m going to visit there for the 5th time next month. :-)

February 6, 2012 at 8:29 am
(883) dollar says:

hi dear, don’t know is this the right forum to post my queries or not but still i want o ask u as i do need the information about this, i am an Indian citizen Muslim and married i am in love with a girl who is a citizen of Philippines now the fact is i want to marry her and want to settle down there with her, what will be the best way to do all the processing can u please please suggest me the easiest way, should i go there for tourist visa or business to stay long and to do the paper works and let u know that i am a first time visitor to any country. Hope i find some help here

February 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm
(884) goindia says:

Hi Dollar, I’m sorry, I can’t help you with this because I don’t know anything about getting married in the Philippines or moving there.

February 6, 2012 at 10:25 am
(885) Priyeshkumar says:

Hello GoIndia,

Thanks for your valuable advise. I would like to know difference between PIO card and X visa. How long both valid. Whats the restriction in both types visa. Which is more valuable for my wife in india.

Thanks again for your advise.

February 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm
(886) goindia says:

Hi Priyeshkumar, the PIO is not visa. It’s valid for 15 years and allows the holder to stay in India without a visa. The holder can also do most things an Indian citizen can do, except vote and buy agricultural land. The PIO is most valuable, because it allows her to come and go, and do what she wants without restrictions. An X visa will only allow her to live in India, and nothing else. Plus it has limited validity of a year, then will need to be extended.

February 7, 2012 at 9:19 am
(887) Priyeshkumar says:

Hello GoIndia,

Thanks again for your suggestion. I would like to ask you some more questions.

my wife plane to study master degree in india, so as ur previous suggestion, it means that she should apply for another type of visa instead of X type, right?

1) How to apply PIO card from Thailand
2) She is interested to study in india. Is it possible that on student visa, she come here and later apply for PIO card
3) Is it possible for student visa, i give my sponsorship for study and fees rather than Thailand bank statement from her parents side

4) How long take time to get PIO card ? We married in Oct 2011 so is it possible for her to apply it at this time

You have any better suggestion in this case then please suggest us.

Thanks again for your service.

February 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm
(888) goindia says:

Hi Priyeshkumar, if she wants to study for a Master’s degree, she’ll need to get a Student visa. She can apply for a PIO card in Thailand from the visa processing agency. The information should be on their website. However, she can only apply after one year of marriage. So, for now, a Student visa looks like her best option. I’m not sure about the sponsorship for the Student visa. I don’t have any experience in that area, sorry!

February 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm
(889) soraya says:

I want to go goa with my partner who is british. even tho i was born in britain my parents are from pakistan. I know its very hard for people from the same background as me to obtain an indian visa. i am applying to go in April. I was married but have been divorced for 8year now. On the visa application you are asked to provide details of both parents and your spouse. Who do I put down as my spouse? I dont want to put anything wrong on my application as it will be hard enough for me to obtain visa. please help.

February 8, 2012 at 2:33 am
(890) goindia says:

Hi Soraya, if you’re divorced and unmarried, then you don’t have a spouse. I’d leave that part blank. Unfortunately, it is hard for people with Pakistani backgrounds to get visas. Good luck with it.

February 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm
(891) pintoo says:

Hello
im an indian national married to a pakistani girl. She is living with me in india for past 4years on long term visa. she goes to pakistan on no objection return to india(NORI visa) for 90days.
recently i have accepted a job offer in saudia. my wife will be accompanying with me on a sponsored visa.
Now my question is:
Can she go to any other part of the world on NORI visa from india?

She gets NORI visa/entry/exit visa from local intelligence unit stating entry/exit to and from pakistan. they are saying they will give exit to pakistan but she can go to saudi from india if she has a saudi visa.
how true is this?
is there anything else that needs to be done before taking a flight for saudia to avoid any problem at emmigration.

February 10, 2012 at 12:42 am
(892) goindia says:

Hi Pintoo, I’m not familiar with Saudi Arabia immigration, sorry. However, a NORI will be only valid for India, not any other countries — it is a document specific to India. She will need to get an appropriate visa for Saudi Arabia. This can be obtained from the Saudi Arabian Embassy in India.

February 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm
(893) Cushla says:

Hello – my partner and I are travelling to India for 4 months from mid June to mid October 2012. I am on a New Zealand passport and he is on a British one. After our 1st month in India we intend to fly to Sri Lanka for 2 to 3 weeks and then ferry back to India and have the remaining 2.5 months there. Has the 2 month rule changed yet to allow us to re enter India on the 6 month tourist visa? (we will be securing prior to our departure from NZ). If not what is your recommendation to be able to manage our visit to Sri Lanka and re-entry to India? Any assistance/info will be greatly appreciated. Thanking you.

February 10, 2012 at 12:36 am
(894) goindia says:

Hi Cushla, no it hasn’t changed yet, but Sri Lanka is classified as neighboring tourism so there’s an exception to the 2 month gap rule — re-entry is permitted. You just need to show your itinerary to the immigration officials. Hopefully, the 2 month gap rule will be relaxed by the time of your trip anyway.

February 10, 2012 at 1:45 am
(895) pintoo says:

She has a valid visa to travel to saudi arabia.
my concern is will she be allowed to travel on NORI to Saudia?
Can she go from delhi to saudia or is it mandatory for her to first take an exit to pakistan?

February 10, 2012 at 5:30 am
(896) goindia says:

Hi Pintoo, I’m not an immigration expert and to be honest I’ve never heard of a NORI. I’m guessing that a NORI is a document that allows your wife to return to India after being abroad. I’m confused about what a NORI, which is a document related to Indian immigration, has to do with travel to Saudi. I don’t see why she’d have to go to Pakistan first before entering Saudi. But like I said, I don’t know anything about Saudi immigration, sorry.

February 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm
(897) Lhin says:

Hi,
i have a question, i just want to confirmed, because i’m a Filipino residing now in dubai. i want to visit india (my friend), bangalore to be more particular and i read before in a certain site that because i’m an asian (philippine passport holder), i can go to india and apply/purchase a tourist visa the moment i land the country. how true is this? or if this is not true, how can i apply for a visa? and how much money and time will i be needing for all the process? if you can please answer and/or give me advises or suggestion what is the best thing to do, planning to visit only for 2weeks max, your help will highly be appreciated. thanks a lot! ;)

February 12, 2012 at 1:25 am
(898) goindia says:

Hi Lhin, yes, you can get a visa on arrival at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata airports. The visa is a single entry visa valid for 30 days.

February 12, 2012 at 1:16 am
(899) sajal kumar biswas says:

sir my name is sajal kumar biswas…. i am citizen of Bangladesh came India by tourist visa…. but i became sick so can i take medical visa… i need a treatment here … so what is the process???????

February 12, 2012 at 1:22 am
(900) goindia says:

Hi Sajal, you will need to go to the Foreigner’s Registration Office in you local area and apply there.

February 12, 2012 at 11:16 am
(901) Gavin says:

Hi, I’m in India on a tourest visa. I will leave the country as per new rules after 6 months. Can i fly back after one month only to transit, i will be flying onward to Vietnam. I have to fly into India as work are paying for the flight….

Help would be very gratefully received.

thanks Gav

February 13, 2012 at 2:33 am
(902) goindia says:

Hi Gavin, yes, you can get a transit visa, valid for 72 hours, if you need to clear customs and immigration. The restriction only applies to consecutive tourist visas.

February 13, 2012 at 8:01 am
(903) Bosco says:

Hi Sharell,
your like a saviour to so many who are lost…keep up the good work…i do have a query…
My GF is Finnish and will be visiting soon.
1) is the visa on arrival still open?
2) after entry will she have to register anywhere, or is the visa enough, as she will be here for a month.
3) at the visa on arrival do they need specific dates of when she will be going back.
Regards
Bosco

February 13, 2012 at 9:47 am
(904) goindia says:

Hi Bosco, you’re welcome. Yes, visas on arrival are still being offered at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata airports. The visas are valid for 30 days from the date of arrival, when the visa is issued. There’s no need to register anywhere.

http://www.immigrationindia.nic.in/visa_on_arrival2.htm

February 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm
(905) Therese says:

Hi everyone,

Could you do me a favor? I am a Vietnamese students who is currently doing MA in Development in Holland. I am planning to conduct a research paper in India for 5 weeks. I want to interview 10 -12 young people from an organization in New Delhi and then I will go to Calcutta and volunteer at Missionaries of Charity for 10 days before coming back to The Hague.

I wonder which Visa I should apply for since applying Visa as researcher seems require many documentations and of course it is time consuming. Should I apply for employment visa?

Many thanks

February 13, 2012 at 11:41 pm
(906) goindia says:

Hi Therese, just get a Tourist visa. It will be fine. An employment visa is not suitable for your purpose. It’s for people who are employed in India and earning over $25,000 a year, or volunteering long term.

February 15, 2012 at 1:13 am
(907) Ritesh says:

Please confirm:

1) If a japanese national lady marries to Indian national guy in India, what is the documentation and process for obtaining a Permanent resident permit?
2) If the father of lady visit India on Entry visa in order to live with her, what is the documentation be filed in FRO office in respect for registration of father?

Thanks in advance for all the valuable replies…-

February 15, 2012 at 5:11 am
(908) goindia says:

Hi Ritesh,

1). Please refer to the following articles: She can come on a tourist visa, have a civil wedding, and then apply for tourist visa conversion to X visa at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi. She will be granted a resident’s permit by you local FRO afterwards.
http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm
http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/Convert-Tourist-Visa-To-X-Visa-Marriage.htm

If you have any further questions, please ask!

2). Unfortunately, I don’t think that the lady’s father is eligible for an X visa. Here are the rules: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/FAQ-onX-VISA210510.pdf

As far as I’m aware, there is no option for parents of foreigners to come and live in India. The father can come and visit on a tourist visa of up to 6 months.

February 15, 2012 at 2:05 am
(909) Radha says:

I have a friend from Mauritius who wants to get married to an Indian friend.

She is an engineer and can get a job with some help.

1. Can she work immediately after getting married in india? if not, then how can she start working? her salary will probably be Rs. 750000-1000000 per annum.

2. What kind of visa should she come on to get married? And what will happen to her visa after the registration of marriage?

3. My friend wants to marry her in Mauritius and India both, is this advisable or what is best strategy. They want to keep option open so if oppurtunity arise they can work in both country few years at a time.

Thanks

February 15, 2012 at 5:21 am
(910) goindia says:

Hi Radha,

She can come to India on a tourist visa, have a civil wedding and get her marriage registered, then apply at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi to get it converted into an X visa. This is a residential visa. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have working rights though. However, it’s the only option. After one year of marriage, she can apply to get a PIO card. This will enable her to work in India. The only other option to work in India is to get an employment visa. I don’t think she will be eligible though. Employment visas are only granted to people who will be earning more than $25,000 a year in India, which is equivalent to 1,231,624 rupees at the current conversion. So, your friend won’t be earning enough unfortunately.

Sorry I can’t help you much in regards to your question 3. I don’t know anything at all about getting married in Mauritius.

Have a look at these articles for more information about getting married and visa conversion in India:
http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm
http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/Convert-Tourist-Visa-To-X-Visa-Marriage.htm

February 16, 2012 at 2:52 am
(911) Rafiq says:

Hi,

This discussion board has been very helpful. Thanks goindia.

My brother who is an Indian national is planning to marry his Pakistani girlfriend. Both of them are working in Dubai now and plan to get married there. However, we are concerned about how she will be able to stay in India for long term. I believe she will not eligible for POI card even after the wedding because of her Pakistani nationality. My queries are:

1. Once they are married, can she apply for X type entry visa?
2. How long is it valid for?
3. Is it issued to Pakistani nationals?
4. Can she, eventually, apply for Indian citizenship?

Kindly advice!

Regards..

February 16, 2012 at 8:54 am
(912) goindia says:

Hi Rafiq, unfortunately, I’m not an immigration expert and don’t have any experience when it comes to Pakistani immigration to India. To the best of my knowledge, she can get an X visa, but I’m not sure of the duration. It could possibly only be for a year at a time, and will need to be renewed. I advise you to go over to the Indiamike.com forums and have a look at the information there, and you can also ask your questions. There are lots of knowledgeable people there who can help. Here’s on post you might find useful.

http://www.indiamike.com/india/indian-visa-and-passport-questions-f9/pakistani-marrying-indian-visa-situation-t105586/

February 16, 2012 at 8:23 am
(913) Ritesh says:

Thanks to GoIndia for answering my question at point 908:)

February 17, 2012 at 2:12 am
(914) Rafiq says:

Thanks goindia

February 17, 2012 at 2:22 am
(915) Fahim says:

Hi,
My parents who are from Bangladesh, went to India on a tourist visa. After visiting Kolkata they went for a general checkup in Apollo Hospital in Chennai. There she was diagnosed with a Nodule in her Lung and might need surgery. Now, I am in Sydney, Australia cant do anything other than worrying for them. My question is,

1. Is is possible to convert their tourist visa to Medical visa on this basis?
2. Is it possible to get Indian visa bearing a Bangladeshi Passport from from Australia, so that I can join my parents during her critical surgery?

Any information regarding that will be highly appreciated.

Regards
Fahim

February 17, 2012 at 7:33 am
(916) goindia says:

Hi Fahim, so sorry to hear about your situation. Yes, it is possible to remain in India on medical grounds. Your parents should collect all the medical documents related to your mother’s case and go to the FRRO in Chennai. They will handle the adjustment to your mum’s visa. You’ll find the details here: http://www.immihelp.com/nri/foreigner-registration/foreigners-regional-registration-officers.html

In regards to obtaining a visa for yourself, it should be possible. Visa processing is outsourced, although the Indian High Commission in Sydney does provide emergency visas in some cases. It depends how quickly you want to travel.

http://www.hcindia-au.org/consular_passport_visa_oci.html
http://www.vfs-in-au.net/emergency.html

Otherwise, apply for a Tourist visa: http://www.vfs-in-au.net/tourist_CheckList.html

Hope your mum gets better soon!

February 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm
(917) Priyeshkumar says:

Hello GoIndia,

I would like to ask you some more questions regarding PIO, X and student visa

1) Is it possible to convert student visa to PIO card
2) Is it possible for my wife to get PIO card by give birth of kid in india

Thanks and best regards

February 18, 2012 at 12:11 am
(918) goindia says:

Hi Priyeshkumar, if the student visa is for a year or more and your wife has a resident’s permit, she can apply for the PIO at her local FRRO. A person needs to be a resident of India and on a long term visa (a year or more) to be able to apply in India. No, giving birth to a child does not entitle a person to a PIO card, or enable them to get one. The PIO card has to be applied for separately, with the only requirement being married to an Indian for a year or more.

February 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm
(919) Rahul says:

Hi GoIndia
I am a New Zealand citizen (currently living in Australia) and my wife is an Indian citizen (who is currently pregnant and is in India). We are having our first child and for cultural reasons we are having the child delivered in India. The child will be eligible for New Zealand citizenship and we plan to apply for a New Zealand citizenship and a passport as soon as the child is born in India. This is because travelling to Australia on a New Zealand passport is extremely easy. Therefore the child will not have an Indian passport. The only Indian identity document the child will have is a birth certificate.
Question 1 -The child will be physically in India after the birth for 6-8 weeks and then will travel to Australia. Would this be a problem in terms of a New Zealand citizen being present in India for 6-8 weeks without a valid Indian visa?
Question 2- The child will be travelling out of India (within 6-8 weeks after his birth) for the first time on a New Zealand passport which will not have any Indian visa. Will this create a problem for his departure from India? I have heard that you don’t need an India visa to travel out of India. You only need one to travel to (or enter) India. Can you please help?
Thank you for your guidance.
Regards

February 18, 2012 at 12:18 am
(920) goindia says:

Hi Rahul,
Here are the answers to your questions:
1) Yes, it will definitely be a problem. Anyone who does not have an Indian passport/PIO/ICO card MUST have a valid visa for India. If you don’t have a valid visa, you won’t be allowed to board the plane to India. If your Indian visa expires in India, immigration at the airport will not let you depart India. You’ll have to leave the airport and go and pay a fine. (This procedure will take at least a day. It’s done at the Foreigner Regional Registration Office, which is not at the airport).
2) Yes, this will also create a problem. You will need to obtain an Indian Exit visa for the child, from the Foreigner Regional Registration Office in your local area in India.

February 18, 2012 at 2:51 am
(921) Rahul says:

Thanks for your reply. Just to clarify on point 1 – The baby will not have an Indian passport. It will apply for a New Zealand passport at birth. What sort of Indian visa should we apply once we receive the New Zealand passport for the child?
Many thanks for your help.
Regards

February 19, 2012 at 3:09 am
(922) goindia says:

Hi Rahul, I understand the situation. As per my answer, the baby must get an Indian exit visa in its passport from the FRRO. That’s it!

February 19, 2012 at 3:35 am
(923) Rahul says:

Thank you.

February 24, 2012 at 4:02 am
(924) josef says:

hello!

thank you for your very helpful q&a!

I have a question.
I am from sweden an currently in india on a 6 moths tourist visa states double entry and nothing more specific. I am planning to soon go to Nepal for about 2 weeks and then return to india. i have a flight back to sweden from india in about 3 months.
so, to the question: will i be able to come back from nepal to india after my 2 weeks in nepal if i show my e-ticket of my flight out of india 3 months later?

kind regards
josef

February 25, 2012 at 12:29 am
(925) goindia says:

Hi Joseph, yes, it will be fine. Tourism to neighboring countries is permitted. Just make sure you show your itinerary.

February 24, 2012 at 11:46 pm
(926) Suraj says:

Hi!
If you could please give me some advice on what to do.
I am travelling from Australia to Kenya via mumbai. Hence, will be landing in Mumbai to change flights. As per the 2 month rule, I don’t know which visa to apply for and the Indian High Commission are not helpful with replying to your email queries.
I even want to stay in india for 4 days on my return trip in kenya, so my wife can stay with her parents. My wife is an indian citizen.
Is there any type of visa which bypasses this 2 month rule.
Thanks

February 25, 2012 at 12:33 am
(927) goindia says:

Hi Suraj, since you are of Indian heritage, you can apply for an X visa. That will solve your problem. Otherwise, an alternative solution would be 1) Transit visa for your transfer from Mumbai (although you won’t even need a visa if the airlines check your luggage all the way through and you don’t have to clear immigration). 2) Tourist visa for your stop over in Mumbai on the way back from Kenya.

February 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm
(928) meg says:

Hello! :)

I am a US citizen and I wish to visit my friend in Bangalore, India. I am not working at the moment but I am a student going to a university. Both of my parents are US citizens and I wish to stay there for 18 days only. I want to apply for a 6 month visa because I want to apply for the visa early so I can buy my plane ticket early because of high gas prices. I want to leave on the 16 of July to the 3rd of August. How soon do you think I can apply for the visa and be accepted? And do you know if my chance of being accepted is good given my circumstances?

Thanks so much!

February 26, 2012 at 12:11 am
(929) goindia says:

Hi Meg, you can apply much closer to your departure date. I’m sure you won’t have a problem getting a visa. You don’t have to provide evidence of employment or anything like that. Otherwise, if you really are concerned and want to apply well in advance, I guess sometime in March would be the earliest, so that it covers you up until August.

February 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm
(930) brit says:

I am from the US and I am planning on going to India on a visitor visa to marry my fiancee what are the reasons for denial of an x visa, how long can I stay in India on an x visa and a PIO card and can my husband (once my fiancee and I are married) and I come back and live in the US? If you don’t know could you please post some links I could go to in order to find out? Thanks!

February 26, 2012 at 11:48 pm
(931) goindia says:

Hi Brit, you can stay in India as long as you want on an X visa, although it may only be issued for one year first. It’s easy to renew though. A PIO card is valid for 15 years, but you have to wait for a year after marriage to get it. Applications for X visas aren’t usually denied if you have your paperwork in order. Here is information about the process: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/Convert-Tourist-Visa-To-X-Visa-Marriage.htm

Your husband can immigrate to the US but it’s not a fast or straightforward progress, unfortunately — so I have been told by friends. To find out more details, start here: http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/immigrant_visas.html

February 28, 2012 at 6:02 am
(932) glorey says:

I just want to ask my baby shes born in philippines in shes a half indian i just want to know if she can get indian passport even if shes using my family name not her dad family name?or she need to use herdad family name.. can you please advise me…thanks..

March 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm
(933) goindia says:

Hi Glorey, yes, I believe that she can if you have all the documents to prove the father’s Indian heritage. You should contact the Indian Embassy in the Philippines for more information. http://www.embindia.org.ph/Passport.php

March 1, 2012 at 6:43 am
(934) Maya says:

Hi! I want to know if I want to volunteer in Malaysia for 6 months, what visa do I need to get. I am an Indian citizen. Do I need some documents from the concerned NGO?

Thanks

March 6, 2012 at 8:55 pm
(935) goindia says:

Hi Maya, unfortunately I can’t help you with that. This website is about India travel. I don’t know anything about volunteering in Malaysia or the requirements to do so. Sorry.

March 4, 2012 at 1:51 am
(936) Mel Zia says:

I am currently on a tourist visa which expires in two weeks. I understand that it can be renewed with the Ministry of Home Affairs.India.Is that true? I had before thisy worked in india for 5 years & currently on a tour.
Pls advise on the procedures

March 6, 2012 at 8:53 pm
(937) goindia says:

Hi Mel, unfortunately you have heard wrong. Tourists visas cannot be extended in India except for reasons such as illness, or marriage to an Indian citizen. Furthermore, current visa regulations stipulate that there must be at least a one month gap before you apply for a new tourist visa, and two months gap between visits to India. Sorry about that. Things have become quite strict. Previously, it would have been possible to simply go to Nepal or Bangkok and apply for a new visa there, and come back within a week or two (visa run).

March 6, 2012 at 7:48 am
(938) Dr Nan says:

I (Indian) wants to get marriage with Foreigner (Myanmar) Girl. We both are in india now. As i have read she needs some documents. but she have only 2 documents. 1. singleness certificate 2. passport.
Question1. Can we get marriage ?
Question2. As she is not having NOC certificate from Myanmar Govt. that Her country laws gives her permission for marry to Indian or other National. it has been heard that they do not give such a certificate now a days due to some social issues yet it is legal that everybody knows.
Question3- Can i marriage in this condition, if possible kindly guide me.
Thanks in advance.

March 8, 2012 at 4:49 am
(939) Nish says:

Hello,

I am a Hindu Maharashtrian wanting to marry a Mallu girl. Both of us live in Mumbai, but to avoid opposition from parents are deciding on getting married at Guruvayoor temple. I have read that the marriages there get registered at the Guruvayoor Muncipality itself. But our Address proofs have Mumbai addresses. Can you please let me know if this is valid proof to register our marriage and get a certificate there.

Thank you and you are doing a wonderful job here by providing all this valuable information.,
Best regards
Nish

March 8, 2012 at 9:38 am
(940) goindia says:

Hi Nish, I’m sorry, I really don’t know! I don’t have any experience with registration of Hindu religious marriages unfortunately. You could possibly contact the Registrar of Marriages in Mumbai (there’s one in the Old Customs building in Fort and another in Bandra for the suburbs) and find out if you can get your marriage registered here.

March 8, 2012 at 10:25 am
(941) Debasish Pramanick says:

I am an Indian citizen, I have applied for Singapore visa (2 year multiple entry social visa) through a consultancy located in Kolkata, India!!!! I want to know the status of my Singapore VISA!!!! How can I know it????

Do reply early, it is an emergency!!!!

March 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm
(942) goindia says:

Hi Debashish, unfortunately, I can’t help you with Singapore visas. This site is about India travel. I suggest you contact the consultancy that you applied through. They should be able to give you an answer.

March 9, 2012 at 2:35 am
(943) Ankita says:

hey, i wanted to ask you regarding a Russian Citizen , who came to India on work permit and got married to an Iranian guy , here in India . Now that guy is absconding as having, some conflict with the Indian laws. this girl is having a ten months old baby and her visa and passport got expired . can you please tell me if she can get it renewed in India ? if yes ? then from where?

March 9, 2012 at 3:04 am
(944) goindia says:

Hi Ankita, what a mess. It sounds like an awful situation to be in. As the first step, she should approach the Russian Embassy in India regarding the passport. http://rusembassy.in/ Have a look on the website. They have consulates in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. Then she should get in touch with her local Foreigners Regional Registration Office about her expired visa. I don’t think she’ll be allowed to renew it in India as it’s expired. Instead she will likely have to pay a fine and leave the country.

March 11, 2012 at 8:38 am
(945) Dr Nan says:

I (Indian) wants to get marriage with Foreigner (Myanmar) Girl. We both are in india now. She is on tourist visa. As i have read she needs some documents. she have 2 documents. 1. singleness certificate 2. passport 3 Document NOC= she dont have..
Question1. Can we get marriage ?
Question2. As she is not having NOC certificate from Myanmar Govt. that Her country laws gives her permission for marry to Indian or other National. it has been heard that they do not give such a certificate now a days due to some social issues yet it is legal that everybody knows.
Question3- Can i marriage in this condition, if possible kindly guide me.
Thanks in advance.

March 11, 2012 at 8:53 am
(946) goindia says:

Hi Dr Nan, I’m sorry, I really can’t answer that question for you. It’s outside my area of expertise. I don’t have any experience with such marriages. Perhaps, you should consult a lawyer or agent to handle it for you. Does she have a birth certificate? I think that will be required as well.

March 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm
(947) jullie says:

my national is Indonesia, but i’m work in hongkong..
can i get visa tourist in india when im arrive..

if cant, so how to get visa tourist an india?

March 15, 2012 at 10:01 am
(948) goindia says:

Hi Jullie, yes, you can still get the visa on arrival. It’s based on nationality not country of residence. Have a look here for more information: http://www.immigrationindia.nic.in/visa_on_arrival2.htm

March 15, 2012 at 5:28 am
(949) kiwi says:

Hi….goindia

i am thai citizen got married with indain …. right now i am in india with (t) visa extension 3 month waiting for (X) visa!!! it is possible if i go back thai for apply (X)visa….?? i have plan to visit thai next month also i want to know what all document for (x)visa in thailand

thank you

March 15, 2012 at 9:58 am
(950) goindia says:

Hi Kiwi, yes, you can go back and do it in Thailand. Have a look here for information: http://www.ivac-th.com/entryvisa_checklist.html

I was in Thailand a couple of weeks ago. I love it there. :-)

March 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm
(951) kiwi says:

Hi…goindia
thank a lot for your information :)

March 19, 2012 at 3:00 am
(952) KK says:

Hi….Plz help me..My frd is from bulgaria. she wants to marry with indian man. So after how long time, she will be able to citizen of india? And what will happen if she get divorced , will she be able to live in india or she will be throw out from india? plz elaborate the things both the case, divorce within time limit for getting indian citizenship and also after that time ?

March 20, 2012 at 1:42 am
(953) goindia says:

Hi KK, I’m sorry, I’m not an expert in this. All I know is that she must live in India for 7 years before she’s eligible for Indian citizenship. Once she’s a citizen, I guess she can’t be thrown out. However, before that, yes, she will have to leave India if she gets divorced. Her right to stay in India will depend or her being married to an Indian.

March 27, 2012 at 7:54 am
(954) kiwi says:

HI..goindia

my flight to thailand on 1 /4/ 2012 (@ delhi) my visa expiry on 10/5/ 2012…..today i went to frro in jodhpur for departure they gave stamp date of departure on 27/3/12 as i leaving jodhpur the same dayfrom jodhpur …… i would like to know will have problem about departure date at immigration in delhi airport?????

March 28, 2012 at 1:51 am
(955) goindia says:

Hi Kiwi, it should be okay as your visa is still valid. The departure date may just reflect the date that you’re actually leaving the Jodhpur FRRO jurisdiction, which is 27th.

March 28, 2012 at 4:28 am
(956) kiwi says:

hi…thank you :)

March 29, 2012 at 3:45 am
(957) Amit Choprs says:

Hi, I m working in Copenhagen. I m a Indian citizen. There was a criminal case against me for threatening a girl and LOC was issued over my passport. I got court order to travel for a period of 1 year and my tenure is about to end. I m planning to go an extension. Meanwhile, I need to renew my Indian passport in copenhagen. In the application form for passport renewal, there is a column for disclosing the criminal cases pending with Indian court.
Do I need to disclose the case details? What will happen if I not disclose the criminal case details in my application form?

April 1, 2012 at 5:24 am
(958) kaori says:

hi im filipina christian im in philippines now and i have an indian muslim bf he’s der now in india. We met in dubai and we already have a 1 year old son and he’s wid me. My bf want me to come in india wid our son and we are planning to get married there. But my son using my family name not his father name surname. Is it possible for me and for my son to come in india? what are the requirements for that? Pls help me coz i want to complete my family…pls email me for all the informations to kaori_desu18@yahoo.com…Thanksssss…..

April 3, 2012 at 10:36 pm
(959) goindia says:

Hi Kaori, you’ll have to come on a tourist visa, get married, then convert your tourist visa to X visa. Your son is already entitled to an X visa, or alternatively can get a PIO card.

You’ll find more information in these articles:
http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm
http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/Convert-Tourist-Visa-To-X-Visa-Marriage.htm

http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/FAQ-onX-VISA210510.pdf

April 2, 2012 at 7:01 am
(960) PJ says:

Hi

I am an Australian Citizen witth OCI, planning to marry my Malaysian fiancee in india soon. we plan to stay on only one month in india for the marriage rituals. My query is

1. If she comes to india on tourist visa, can we get married?

2. Is it possible that we can conduct the ceremony/rituals and then register the marriage after that.

3. Is it necessary that we register the marriage in india or we can just conduct the ceremony/ rituals, as we will be registering the marriage in Malaysia.

thanks
PJ

April 3, 2012 at 10:42 pm
(961) goindia says:

Hi PJ, you didn’t mention what religion you both are — which is the key factor here. Yes, you can both get married in India. However, if you’re two different religions, then generally you’ll have to have a civil ceremony under the Special Marriages Act for it to be considered legal. Whether or not you’re able to register a religious marriage in Malaysia depends on their laws. However, I would say that they would require a marriage certificate to be able to do so, and you’ll only get this upon registering your marriage in India.

Here’s more information about the requirements for a civil wedding: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

April 13, 2012 at 4:59 am
(962) Jass says:

Hi goindia,

This is our situation: I am Europian nationality and my fiancee is Indian, we are together for last three years , as I keep on coming to India on tourist visas. Now I am in India on 6 months tourist visa which expires on the 5th June . This time we are really fed up from being separated and we want to get married , but due some reasons we are not able to do it before month of July. However it means that I have to go back again which we can’t bear anymore and we decided to try to extend my visa for next 3 months on grounds of marriage. We dont know will they even want to talk about it there in FRRO. Please, if you have some experience about similar situation , share it with us. This is what we are planning to do , to try to extend my visa for three months then to get marry here in India , and then to go together to my country to register our marriage over there and to apply for X visa. We appreciate your experience and knowledge if you can guide us before we go to talk to them in FRRO, will they be rady to cooperate or they will just say go and come again in three months :( , or what to do if there is some another option to stay together till we get marry …..
Thanks in advanced

April 13, 2012 at 8:04 am
(963) goindia says:

Hi Jass, unfortunately, I doubt the FRRO will even want to talk about it unfortunately. As far as I’m aware, it’s only possible to get a tourist visa extension (and conversion to an X visa) in India after you’ve gotten married. The rules are quite clear about that: http://www.mumbaipolice.org/FRRO/ext.htm

However, you could try and see!

April 13, 2012 at 8:57 am
(964) jass says:

Hi again,

and thanks for the answer though we are not so happy when we read it. Your answer just proved what we were thinking about entire situation, that they will not even think to extend my visa. As of now we bit worried about all, and yes we will try to talk to them, after all we can’t lose anything. There is one more option which we were observing after hours spending on researches on internet. We appreciate your time and advice again about this issue. Last option if they say no in FRRO is to go to Nepal which is nearer then my country and try to talk kindly to them in Indian embassy over there and ask them if they would be able to grant a new visa without this two months of gap. To explain to them our problem.
Please, tell us what is your experience about this, have anyone ever got it so far without waiting for 2 months for such similar case as ours.
Thanks a lot .
Jass

April 13, 2012 at 9:45 am
(965) goindia says:

Hi again Jass, sorry to give you bad news! However, these officers don’t really respond to talking kindly. Otherwise, so many people would just talk kindly with them, and make up excuses for visa extensions etc. How easy is it for people to claim that they want to get married in order to get an extension — very easy! Plus, since you’re having an intercultural love marriage, if they’re of a traditional mindset, they may even disapprove of it! Love marriages are still frowned upon in India, even between Indians. So, it’s unlikely any government officer would be sympathetic to your case. However, perhaps you could go to Nepal, get married there, and then apply for an X visa in Nepal on the basis of your marriage. There would be no 2 month wait to get an X visa. I’m not sure of the legal requirements though.

April 13, 2012 at 11:15 am
(966) raj says:

hello sir can u tell me if i marred 2 phillpiness can she get local cirtzenship ? and if i bring her to india from phillpiness, how long its take to get citizenship for her after marriage ..what is procedure?? what need documet plz help me me n my girl frined wnat to marry i want to bring her to india soon plz

April 14, 2012 at 1:00 am
(967) goindia says:

Hi Raj, unfortunately a person must live in India for 7 years first in order to be eligible for citizenship. If you marry her, she can come to India on an X type visa. This is a residential visa. It doesn’t grant employment rights though. After a year of marriage, she can apply for a PIO card. This will allow her to work in India if she wants.

April 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm
(968) Jass says:

Hi goindia,

and must say very big thanks to you for enlightening our thoughts, your respond gave us some relief, and yes I can say that it is one very good option to go to Nepal and get marry there. Thank you dear once again, now I am checking all what is required to marry in Nepal :) .
Best regards
Jass

April 14, 2012 at 12:59 am
(969) goindia says:

You’re welcome Jass! Best wishes. I hope it all works out in your favor.

April 14, 2012 at 1:14 am
(970) raj says:

Thank u soo much for ur reply mr goindia…. she wil come here as tourist visa, we plan to marry here,, what is x type visa?? can u pls tell me what is procedure, how i get that.,, ??

April 14, 2012 at 1:17 am
(971) raj says:

Thank u soo much for ur reply mr goindia…. she wil come here as tourist visa from philipine, we have plan to marry here,, what is x type visa?? can u pls tell me what is procedure, how i get that.,, ??

April 14, 2012 at 3:15 am
(972) goindia says:

Hi Raj, have a read of this article for more information: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/Convert-Tourist-Visa-To-X-Visa-Marriage.htm

By the way, I’m not a Mr. I’m a Mrs. ;-)

April 14, 2012 at 3:38 am
(973) raj says:

oo thank u soo much mrs… :) ,,,,,…

April 15, 2012 at 1:16 am
(974) goindia says:

:-D

April 15, 2012 at 11:54 am
(975) Kali says:

My cousin & her Kashmiri (muslim) bf plans to get marry. What’s the process & papers? Does she have to wear muslim clothes & walk behind him when they get married? I’d appreciate a detailed answer.

April 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm
(976) goindia says:

Hi Kali, I’m sorry I can’t answer that question. I have no experience with Muslim wedding rites, or the legalities of getting married in Kashmir.

April 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm
(977) Asim says:

Hi,

My girl friend is from Romania. She wants to come down to India.
And she wants to study here in Pune in Foreign language.
So I want to know from you is with tourist visa could she study in India?
Or she could apply for student visa being here in India with tourist visa?
And being here in tourist/student visa it would be a problem if she stays with me by local FRO’s?
And what is the procedure once she completes her course could she apply for job in India?
Lot of queries I have being confused with lot of rules & regulation posted by GHA site.

April 18, 2012 at 1:18 am
(978) goindia says:

Hi Asim, she will need to get a student visa. Studying on a tourist visa is not permitted. She will need to get the student visa in her own country. In order to get a job in India, she will need to find a position that pays the equivalent of $25,000 or more, and then go back to her own country and apply for an employment visa there. Unfortunately, India has restrictions on foreigners working here. It’s not very easy to get an employment visa anymore unless it’s a highly paid position. Yes, she can stay with you while she studies.

April 18, 2012 at 6:18 am
(979) Asim says:

Hi,
Thanks for the prompt reply… :)
Still we haven’t decided wat course she could apply for or she could study mostly as she from Romania want her to study foreigner language.
So once she come here then we could check & decide about her studies.
So if she here in tourist visa can she able to apply for student visa staying in India?
And after she completes her studies with lesser salary can’t she work in India?
And the company can’t apply for her work visa?
What is the procedure that she could stay permanent in India and freely can work.
Marriage is one way but with that she could have only X visa that’s won’t allow her to work….
So what are the other ways she could stay long & work?

April 18, 2012 at 11:09 am
(980) goindia says:

Hi Asim, as I said, no, she can’t get a student visa in India. The visa must be obtained before coming to India. Tourist visas are non-convertible, apart from on grounds of marriage. And no, she can’t just work in India after her studies. The Indian government does not freely allow foreigners to work in India. Getting an employment visa is difficult these days. The only exception is if she gets a position teaching a language other than English, or works as a translator. If you marry her, she can get a PIO card after one year of marriage, which will entitle her to work.

More information about student visas here: http://www.mha.nic.in/pdfs/student_visa_faq.pdf
More information about employment visas here: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/work_visa_faq.pdf
(Scroll down past the section on business visas).

April 20, 2012 at 7:09 am
(981) Asim says:

Thanks Mam,

Your response gave me some relaxation.
So one good way is that if we get married then she could freely work in India after 1 year of marriage.
But as per X-visa what i read she is only allowed to stay in India but can’t work.
I want her to study Spanish with student Visa but as i got conformation from Cyprus Indian embassy ‘U could only apply for student visa if your parents salary is more then 2000 euros’
That’s a undesirable rule to study in India is far cheaper then what the embassy demanding.
So few last queries please help me by answering them.

1) For getting married the whole procedure what mentioned is a genuine process or we need to bribe everyone in each step as i stay in India so knows how Govt. employees work.
2)How much time will b needed for completion of whole process?
3)Once we are done with all process can she study here in Pune as a NRI quota or like us?
4)How much time is needed for us to get married as per rule and then apply for X visa.

Lot of queries Please try resolve it.
Thanks in advance
:)

April 20, 2012 at 10:29 am
(982) goindia says:

Hi Asim,

I regards to your questions about marriage:

1) I think it will depend on where you get married, as each government office seems to function in its own way. I can speak from my own personal experience, we got married in Mumbai and didn’t have to pay a bribe. However, there was a lot of sitting around and waiting involved. No doubt, if we’d got an agent to take care of the process, it would’ve been a lot quicker.
2) At least 30 days is required from the date you submit your notice of intention to marry to the date that you can get married. You will also need to be living in the district for at least 30 days prior to submitting the notice of intention to marry. If you’re already living there, this won’t be an issue. Here’s more information: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm
3) She will be able to study once she gets her PIO card. Studying is not allowed on an X visa, although you may be able to find an institution where it’s possible.
4) After you get married, you’ll probably have to wait a couple of weeks to get your certificate (that was my experience, but it might vary where you are). Then you can apply for the X visa straight away. Here’s more information: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/Convert-Tourist-Visa-To-X-Visa-Marriage.htm

April 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm
(983) Molly says:

Hi!
I am traveling to Delhi, India to do study abroad. I am not going to a university in India, rather teaching in a school. I will have school work through my university in the US although. I am wondering what type of visa I should be getting. It says that the student one needs proof from the school, yet I have none of that since I an not going to a university there. Should I be getting the toursit one? I will be there for 6 weeks.

April 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm
(984) goindia says:

Hi Molly, that sounds like a tricky situation. The school doesn’t have to be a university. It just has to be a government recognized school, I believe. However, it won’t be possible to get a student visa unless you’re actually enrolled to study in the school. A tourist visa should be fine if you’re not getting paid for teaching in the school. There aren’t really any other options.

May 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm
(985) jenni Selwood says:

My daughter is currently volunteering in india on a working visa. The visa was organisized by the organization she went over with. She is desperately unhappy with her placement and has found another volunteer position but not with the same organization. Can she change volunteer placements in the same visa?

May 2, 2012 at 1:56 am
(986) goindia says:

Hi Jenni, unfortunately, I believe the visa will be placement specific and only valid for the one organization. If this is the case, something to this effect “To work with ** Name of Organization**” will be written on the visa. That will theoretically prevent her from taking another volunteer position, although if the other organization is willing to accept her, it probably wouldn’t matter. An issue would only arise in regards to registration at the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office — but I presume she’s already done that?

May 19, 2012 at 1:55 am
(987) Lisa says:

Dear Go India,
I have married an indian and we have a certificate as specified by Special Marriages Act, I am on a student visa which expires 10 June and have made appointment to go to delhi next Wednesday for an extension and to apply to convert to an X visa at the ministry of home affairs as per your other post on converting to an X visa after marriage – however – it occured to me last night all of your information is for a tourist visa – I can’t find any information on the internet if the process is the same for a student visa. Can you please let me know if it is? Thank you so much

May 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm
(988) goindia says:

Hi Lisa, I assume it would be. All of these conversions have to go through the MHA in Delhi, and you’re definitely eligible for an X visa, so I don’t see why it should be an issue. Congratulations on your marriage! :-)

May 20, 2012 at 11:41 am
(989) anonymous says:

Hi,
I am an American citizen and am falling into a deep trouble (I guess). Let me give you a description of my situation.

I was born in USA and naturally I became an American citizen. I have my American passport since I was born on May 1994. My passport has been renewed a couple of times and currently, I have a valid American passport.

Before I was born, my parents were living in USA (Green card holders/NRI) for more than a decade. However, on January 1998, my parents came back with me to live in India and none of us left India since that time. I came to India with my American passport and a valid Indian visa at that time. The validity of the visa was for 10 years but the visa was supposed to be renewed after every six months. Due to my father’s unintentional ignorance, the visa was never renewed. Me being a minor, he forgot about the visa renewal.

Now I am an adult (over 18 years) and when I wanted to get a visa, I was told by the local FRRO that I was living here illegally for so many years. Even though I was a minor, I always required a visa. They asked me to go to Foreign Ministry Dept. in New Delhi and resolve the issue. Technically, my father was responsible for renewing my minor visa but it wasn’t done because of his unawareness. By the way, he admits his guilt but past is past.

My present occupation is of a student (Intermediate-I/Class XI). Now I just want to know what would be the worst consequences that I may have to face. Is there a possibility for imprisonment for my father and/or me? Please give me a good advice and I will appreciate that. Thank you.

May 21, 2012 at 6:43 am
(990) goindia says:

Hi anonymous, I’m sorry to hear of your unfortunate problem. Unfortunately, I really can’t tell you what the consequences will be. It’s totally up to the interpretation and decision of the MHA. Since it was a genuine mistake, and your parents are of Indian origin, I don’t think imprisonment would happen. It’s not like you were staying illegally on fake documents, or anything like that. I wish I could help more, but I’m really not familiar with the process regarding illegal stays in India.

May 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm
(991) Nushrat says:

Hi,
All the information here is really helpful. Good work!
I have certain queries I would like to ask-
1. Is a Bangladeshi girl married to an Indian guy entitled for a PIO card after one year of marriage?
2. The E-visa rules confused me a bit. At one point it mentioned the 25k USD per year salary limit and at another point It said, it has to be a job for which no indians are available. So does that mean the foreigner has to fulfill both the requirements or either of the two?
3. Can the Bangladeshi girl open a business on her indian husband’s name or should obtain a business visa, which one is easier ?

Usually most countries have visa counseling orgs for student visas, employment and immigration visas as well. But I found only student counselors everywhere in india no immigration or employment visa counseling. Is there any or could you provide any online link if possible.
Thank You. You are making many people’s lives easier. God bless & keep up the good work.

May 21, 2012 at 4:42 am
(992) goindia says:

Hi Nushrat, thanks so much for your kind words and encouragement. I appreciate it. :-) In regards to your questions, unfortunately Bangladeshis aren’t eligible for PIO cards. The Indian government has a rule against this. Where employment visas are concerned, both requirements must be fulfilled — and there are other requirements and exceptions. Have a read of this document for more information: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/work_visa_faq.pdf

It also provides information about business visas. One of the requirements for business visas is that the applicant must be of good financial standing. ie. have money to fund their stay in India.

I think it would be easiest and best to open a business in your husband’s name. That way you’ll avoid all these issues.

May 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm
(993) john says:

Hello and a big BRAVO for this extremely useful forum ! :)
I am a PIO card holder and spend 8 to 10 months a year in India and travelling in and out frequently for work. I want to settle with my girlfriend which is a British national in India… As per procedure, i was thinking that applying for a 6 months tourist visa would be ok but the 2 months gap requirement is a bit annoying. Any other simple option to your opinion?

May 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm
(994) goindia says:

Hi John, I take it that the tourist visa is for your girlfriend? As a PIO holder, you don’t need a visa. You can stay in India for as long as you like, as long as you register with the FRRO. If your girlfriend doesn’t qualify for any other kind of visa, she’ll have to get a tourist visa. However, if you get married, she can get an X visa and later a PIO after a year of marriage.

Here’s more information about visa types: http://goindia.about.com/od/visas/tp/Guide-To-Indian-Visa-Types.htm

May 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm
(995) Nushrat says:

Hi, This is Nushrat again. Thanks for your fast reply.
So you are saying that a foreigner needs to find a job for which no other indian is available and pays 25K USD/year? I might be wrong but doesnt that make it close to impossible to find a job in India? Basically I have an engineering degree as well a MBA degree from very reputed University and I’m close to getting a job with an Indian company which will pay me more than 25K USD per year for a managerial position. But obviously I’m competing with Indians here so It cant be said that no other indians were available for this job. Now does that mean my visa would be denied when I apply for it? I had already been in similar kind of situation almost 2 years ago but back then that job didn’t meet the salary requirement. Now I’m fearing for the same again. Any suggestions? Please

May 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm
(996) goindia says:

Hi Nushrat, yes, you’re right. It makes it very hard to find a job in India. This is done on purpose because India doesn’t want foreigners to go there and work. The granting of employment visas is up to the discretion of the Indian Embassy, so I really can’t say exactly what will happen. There’s a good chance everything will be okay. Best of luck!

May 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm
(997) Bipin Bhatt says:

Hi

My sister a british citizen married to an indian citizen in 1970 and has been living in india since then. her husband passed away in 2001 and now she is living in uk. can she apply for the oci or pio? Your comment will be appreciated.

June 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm
(998) goindia says:

Hi Bipin, it depends on whether your sister has Indian heritage. I’m guessing that since you have an Indian name, she does. If she was once an Indian citizen, or her parents or grandparents were Indian citizens, then yes, she can apply.

June 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm
(999) arorpraks says:

I’ve recently started a blog, the information you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time & work.

June 9, 2012 at 1:33 am
(1000) derek. says:

Hi.
Need ure valuable advice, information.
Im planning to marry by year end.Please tell me the best to way to get her to India (less paper work – i guess marriage in india shd be right option). 1) she she come here via tourist visa, marry me and after getting marriage certificate, we apply for visa x?
I wud marry in Manila as well (simple wedding, no courts, few of her relatives and family will be present). She has passport, birth certificate, so do I hold both. I just went to php on business purpose and met her. We both work for same bank.
2) Or shd i start legal proceedings from Php? cause im not sure how visa x comes into play (but i think this wud be complicated?).
I know abt 30 day stay before marrying legally and registering with fro/frr? if stay exceeds 180. She can get 4 month tourist visa and we can get our proceedings done?
I know abt pio after one year stay here. Visa x valid for 5 or 15 yrs?
Im willing go pay to agency to get this whole thing done.
Sorry if I made it complicate for U. Thanks in advance. Please help. Happy to see many people like me on this forum, its great.

June 9, 2012 at 11:27 pm
(1001) goindia says:

Hi Derek, congratulations on your upcoming wedding. Yes, she should come here on a tourist visa and get married. She’s entitled to a three month single entry tourist visa on arrival. http://goindia.about.com/od/visas/qt/Indian-Tourist-Visa-On-Arrival.htm

Only after you’re married can you start the procedure for conversion of tourist visa to X visa. Here’s how to go about it in detail.

http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/Convert-Tourist-Visa-To-X-Visa-Marriage.htm

Registration with the FRRO is done at the same time her visa extension is processed by her local FRRO.
She should get a one year X visa and then apply for the PIO after that, which is valid for 15 years.

I’m not familiar with any agencies, but I’m sure it’s possible and will definitely save you time and effort!

Alternatively, if you have a legal wedding in the Philippines, and she has a valid marriage certificate, she can apply for the X visa at the Indian Embassy in the Phillipines. That is a much more straightforward procedure and will save lots of time and effort.

Best of luck. Any other questions or clarification, please do ask. :-)

June 10, 2012 at 5:24 am
(1002) Derek. says:

Thank U very much for ure quick reply.
2 doubts for me.
Visa on Arrival isnt offered at Hyderabad airport yet. So she needs to apply for it in Manila? or is there a another way?
And secondly, I read abt legal marriage in Php, it requires the following documents, sounds complicated to me – or am I wrong on this.?
below is the list of requirements:
CERTIFICATE OF LEGAL CAPACITY BEFORE MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS
• Original Indian passport with photocopy
• Original valid ID of the Indian national and the Filipino with photocopy
• Original Birth Certificate of the Filipino authenticated by National Statistics Office, issued by Main Office (NSO Quezon City)
• Original Joint/Separate affidavit of parents of the Filipino
national authenticated by Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
• Original Joint/Separate affidavit of parents of the Indian national: (Locally notarized from India (if staying in India) or Attested by Indian Mission in the country (if staying outside India)
• Copies of Valid ID’s of the parents (both Indian and Filipino)
• Original affidavit of singleness/willingness of the Filipino authenticated by Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
• CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage) from NSO for Indian and Filipino
• Joint affidavit from Indian and Filipino on how you met each other and what are your plans after getting married.
• Original Employment Certificate from the company of the Indian national
• CERTIFICATE OF BACHELORHOOD AND CHARACTER VERIFICA TION: Certificate issued by the AREA SUBDIVS/ONAL MAGIS TRA TEICOURT AUTHORITIES COUNTER ATTESTED BY THE CONCERNED HOME DEPARTMENT OF THE STA TE AND THEN COUNTER A TTESTED BY MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS PATIALA HOUSE .

Procedure:
1. Indian national and Filipino national needs to come personally for an interview by the Consul.
2. Application is upon approval of the Consul.
3. Processing Time: 3 working days
4. Fee–Php 550.00
Thank U Again for ur advice and info.
Regards
Derek.

June 10, 2012 at 5:40 am
(1003) goindia says:

Oh, you’re in Hyderabad. You’re right, she won’t be able to get a visa on arrival from there. She’ll need to get it beforehand. Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about getting married in the Philippines, so can’t confirm those details for you but it sounds incredibly complicated, with so much paperwork. :-( Best to get married in India then!

June 10, 2012 at 5:51 am
(1004) derek. says:

Thank U Again. :D Me excited.
Thank U GoIndia. Everything is fine now.

June 10, 2012 at 11:23 am
(1005) goindia says:

Excellent, glad to hear that! 8)

June 13, 2012 at 6:31 am
(1006) shaikh says:

Hi Goindia,
I needed information about the x visa. Can you only apply for one if you wish to reside in india, or can you apply for one in order to ease and facilitate travel to and from india? Can you also clarify who is eligible for one? Is it necessary to remain in india for all 3 months required to process the visa or is it permissable to travel to another country of residence in between?

June 13, 2012 at 9:07 am
(1007) goindia says:

Hi Shaikh, an X visa is valid for both travel in India and living in India. Anyone of Indian origin (back to grandparents), people married to Indian citizens or people of Indian origin, and dependents of people on visas such as employment visas can get an X visa. If you have a tourist visa and you apply to get it converted to an X visa in India (such as on the grounds of marriage), ideally you should stay in India while the process is going on. This is because police verification etc needs to be performed. Otherwise, if you do want to leave India, it would probably be easier to apply for the X visa in the country you’re going to.

There’s more information about the X visa here: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/FAQ-onX-VISA210510.pdf

Hope that helps!

June 13, 2012 at 7:58 am
(1008) Chander says:

Does this rule ‘two month gap between visits to India’ apply to OCI card holders as well?

June 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm
(1009) shaikh says:

Thank you for your reply. I’m marrying a british citizen who resides in england, and I reside in india at the moment. We wish to travel back and forth because my family is here and his family is there and we would like to maintain residence in both countries. Our marriage will take place in india. What is the best course of action to be taken in this situation in terms of the x visa? He cannot stay too long in india after the wedding because of his business in england.
Thanks

June 14, 2012 at 4:22 am
(1010) goindia says:

Hi Shaikh, he can apply for an X visa in England after his return (it should only take a week to get it done there). Then after a year of marriage, he can get a PIO card (on the basis of your Indian heritage). That will take care of it! :-)

June 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm
(1011) shabbir says:

hello…im an indian and getting married to a pakistani girl in few months…she will be living in india after marrige…do i need to convert her visa to x visa first …what should i do?how long it takes to get indian citizenship for a pakistani

June 14, 2012 at 1:46 am
(1012) goindia says:

Hi Shabbir, she needs to be living in India for at least 7 years in order to be eligible for citizenship. She’ll need an X visa to live in India.

June 14, 2012 at 5:14 am
(1013) shaikh says:

Thank you so much for the clarification and your reply. My fiance currently has a 3 month tourist visa that ends in september. Is there any way he can get a week to ten day extension?

June 14, 2012 at 7:57 am
(1014) shabbir says:

so cant she travel anywhere for seven years??

June 14, 2012 at 8:06 am
(1015) goindia says:

Of course, she can travel! However, her residence will need to be in India.

June 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm
(1016) shirish says:

On arrival visa issued to phillipino national at mumbai can be extended or can get new visa and what is fee for such extension?

June 17, 2012 at 2:32 am
(1017) goindia says:

Hi Shirish, it can’t be extended except for circumstances such as a medical emergency. It only possible to get a new visa in India if a marriage to an Indian citizen has taken place (then the tourist visa would be converted to an X visa).

June 23, 2012 at 2:21 am
(1018) hannah says:

hi, i would like to us .. my fiancee is from india and his currently working now in kuwait and we are planning to get married when he came here in philippines this year .. We would like to ask any opinion on how he can get the parents consent if his in kuwait and we want to get married hiding it from his family so any possible how to get that parent consent that we are both in legal age? and u can also help us how to get the joint affidavit of indian-filipino on how we met and plans after marriage?

June 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm
(1019) goindia says:

Hi Hannah, I’m very sorry, that’s beyond my area of expertise. I don’t know anything about it.

June 23, 2012 at 10:59 pm
(1020) Prabhat says:

I shall be thankful for the Sharell Cook’s valuable advise. Just to add more information, I have married with a Philippian girl. As per the requirement (special marriage act), I was supposed to register our marriage one month before the actual wedding. The girl may not need to be present for this registration but the photo and other details are required to fill in the application form. On the actual day of court marriage, we( I and my wife) were asked to sign if we are willing to be husband and wife.

June 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm
(1021) Thana says:

Hi, i am leaving for kolkata this weekend for charity work and i have another trip to india on the 2nd aug? U have written tht a 2 months gap is needed. What do i do in this case?

June 26, 2012 at 2:35 am
(1022) goindia says:

Hi Thana, you’ll need to apply for a re-entry permit from your local Indian Embassy/visa processing agency in your country.

June 28, 2012 at 4:11 am
(1023) Yuvarani says:

Dear Goindia,
I would expect you reply at the earliest.
we are indian and My grandma gone to malaysia during 1960′s.so she have red passport in malaysia now. and she got only 1 month tourist visa to india.
she had came to india(chennai) 6 months back and she undergone some medical checkups so she was not able to return to malaysia. and we havent extend the visa also past 5 months.
now she want to return to malaysia. Pls let us know any punishement as would be there because of extended stay or any penality have to pay for this. she is almost 70+ as consider as health.

Pls reply sir,

Regards
Rani

June 29, 2012 at 10:50 am
(1024) goindia says:

Hi Rani, I’m a madam, not a sir. ;-) It was very irresponsible not to get her visa extended. She will have to pay a fine. I don’t know how much. You’ll need to get it sorted out at the FRRO in Chennai. Also, get a letter from the hospital/doctor to show that she stayed in India for medical reasons.

You can find the details of the Chennai FRRO here:

http://www.immihelp.com/nri/foreigner-registration/foreigners-regional-registration-officers.html

June 29, 2012 at 9:55 am
(1025) Dan says:

Hi Goindia.

Basically I am currently in Australia and I am an Australian Passport holder. I have a 6 month indian tourist, re-entry multiple entry visa which expires in August 22nd. It is still valid on my passport as the time has not yet come for expiration.

The last time using the visa was when I arrived in delhi beginning of March, for one week. But I am planning to visit India in July 22nd and want to stay till end of September. Im not sure what to do. Is there some way to renew my visa or cancel my current one or extend it from Australia? I have been out of India for over 2 months, its just that my visa will expire in August, and would obviously not suit my plans.

Other than that, I am also a EU passport holder (dual nationalty) if nothing can be done with the visa in my Australian pp, can I apply for a new visa with my EU pp?

June 29, 2012 at 10:52 am
(1026) goindia says:

Hi Dan, yes, you can get your visa canceled and apply for another one on your Australian passport. It shouldn’t be a problem.

June 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm
(1027) aman says:

hi I am wondring if u can explain in details about X visa . I am us citizen from indian back ground. I got 5 year X visa from here and planning to visit india . How long can I stay there and if any registration require?
thanks

June 30, 2012 at 2:35 am
(1028) goindia says:

Hi Aman, you can stay in India for as long as you want, until the expiration of your visa. However, if you stay in India for more than 6 months (180 days) continuously, you will have to register at the FRRO in your area and get a Residents Permit.

July 2, 2012 at 4:30 am
(1029) ramesh says:

Hi, i’m from malaysia and i got only one month tourist visa.then i cam to india 2 weeks back. due to my personal reason i need to extend 6 more months. i have visited SP office they asked me to give doctor certificate. but all r telling thy’ll give only one month extend. wts the process to extend few more months.

July 2, 2012 at 11:21 am
(1030) goindia says:

Hi Ramesh, unfortunately tourist visas are not permitted to be extended in India, unless under exceptional circumstances such as a medical emergency. A one month extension is quite generous actually.

July 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm
(1031) shreya says:

Can you please help me on a few questions on behalf of a my friend, an American, not of Indian origin, who wants to spend a year in India travelling and meditating:

1. Is it still true that persons of non-Indian origin (not married to an Indian) can no longer apply for the “X” or “entry” visa?

2. Is is possible for her to apply for a multiple entry, tourist visa that lasts for at least 1 year?

3. If so, is there some place on the application form that allows her to request a 1 year visa? Or would they require a 1-year flight ticket? She would go on a one-way ticket.

4. On a 1 year multiple entry tourist visa, if she visits neighboring countries (e.g. Nepal) within the first 6 months, leaving India for maybe 2-4 weeks (but less than 2 months), would she be allowed to return and stay in India for another 6 months without needing a re-entry permit?

Looking sooo forward to your reply.

July 7, 2012 at 4:30 am
(1032) goindia says:

Hi Shreya, here are the answers to your questions:

1) Yes, that’s generally true. They can apply for an X visa if they have a spouse who is in India on an Employment visa though.
2) Yes, it’s possible for Americans to apply for a 5 or 10 year multiple entry tourist visa for India. (More information and fees: https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com/consular-fees?id=1 ) However, the maximum permitted stay on any tourist visa is 6 months — so even if she has a 5 or 10 year visa, she’ll still have to leave after 6 months. She’ll be able to return after staying out of India for 2 months.
3) Yes, there should be somewhere on the application form for specification of the type of visa required.
4) No. This won’t work at all if she gets a one way ticket. She will need to show a return flight out of India in order to get back in. The way she will have to do it is leave India before 6 months and go to Nepal (or any other country) for two months, then come back to India for up to another 6 months.

July 6, 2012 at 8:05 pm
(1033) Nurma says:

Hi goindia,

thank you for replying back. I was told by the visa department that I would not be able to get a long term visa because I’m Bangladeshi origin, even though I’m British citizen. I have been trying for a while now to get the long term visa but it has not been accepted by the high commission.

Is there a good way of getting this or anyone that I can speak to regarding about this?

Also even though my both parents were born in Bangladesh but they did have British passport.

July 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm
(1034) Prasad says:

What is the legal marriage registration procedure for a U.S. citizen boy (of Indian origin) to get married to an Indian girl living in India?
Is it necessary for the boy AND the girl to be present AT THE TIME during submission of the notification of Intent of Marriage to the marriage registrar? I have heard that EITHER the boy OR girl can submit the notification. Also, I have heard that EITHER the boy OR the girl is required to show the 30-day residency requirement when submitting the notification. Will the boy be required to stay in India for at least 30 days BEFORE AND 30 days AFTER submission of the notification until the date of legal marriage? I look forward to your reply.

July 27, 2012 at 9:41 am
(1035) goindia says:

Hi Prasad, yes, that’s correct. Only one person needs to reside in the area for 30 days and be present to submit the notification form. After the form is submitted the person will likely be called back to the office to set a date for the marriage, so it would be best that they remain in the area. If your girl takes care of all the arrangements, you can just come in time for the marriage.

July 27, 2012 at 6:07 am
(1036) shiwani says:

whats the procedure to invite one of my foreign friend to india—is verification happened after inviting him/her–???

July 27, 2012 at 9:38 am
(1037) goindia says:

Hi shiwani, your friend has to apply for a tourist visa from the Indian Embassy in his/her country. A formal invitation from you isn’t necessary, and there’s no verification of such a thing that I’m aware of.

July 27, 2012 at 8:44 am
(1038) olusholafolukemi says:

i came in to India late..due to all sit have been booked on all the date i chooses…i came into India on 24 of August and my tourist visa will expire on August 3rd, what do u think i can do to stay more days.. please do help me please

July 27, 2012 at 9:36 am
(1039) goindia says:

Hi olusholafolukemi, I don’t understand your question. It’s not possible to come to India on August 24 if your visa will expire on August 3.

July 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm
(1040) shreya says:

Thank you for your helpful reply! One clarification based on the “Tourism to Neighboring Countries” point in your article:

http://goindia.about.com/od/visas/qt/How-To-Avoid-The-Indian-Tourist-Visa-2-Month-Rule.htm

From the above link, it sounds like the 2-month rule and the re-entry permit can be avoided if there are plans to visit neighboring countries.

If so, my non-Indian friend is planning to leave India within her first six months and visit Nepal and Burma for only 3 weeks, (assuming she has a multiple entry 5 year tourist visa), would she be:

1. Be allowed to re-enter without a re-entry permit?
2. Upon re-entry, be allowed to stay 6 more months?

Thank you greatly.

July 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm
(1041) goindia says:

Hi Shreya, in regards to this matter, there are no certainties unfortunately. It all depends on the immigration officer. However, reentry to India after visiting a neighboring country will usually be granted if the person can show that the travel was part of the same itinerary/trip. ie. India-neighboring country-India-home. Evidence of onwards travel from India (ie. a plane ticket out of the country) will usually be required. So, in answer to your question:

1) Your friend may be allowed reentry if she can show evidence of onwards travel from India.
2) No, the maximum continuous stay in India on any tourist visa is 6 months.

August 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm
(1042) Mako says:

I am still unclear on the Indian reentry requirements for neighboring countries… I am hoping to be in India for a few months, and then take a week long trip to Sri Lanka and return to India, then perhaps take another week or two long trip to Nepal. My dates are not set however. So my question is, what counts as “being on the same itinerary”? And will I need to have already purchased a ticket out of India to be able to reenter, even if I still have months left from the original entry date?

I am hoping to keep this trip flexible as I have never traveled in India before and hope to remain open as to where my travels take me. Is this being unrealistic?

Thank you very much!
Mako

August 3, 2012 at 1:39 am
(1043) goindia says:

Hi Mako, unfortunately, the guidelines aren’t clear at all. There is no definite answer as to what counts as being on the same itinerary. However, based on experience, it seems to be travel that’s all booked as part of one defined trip. So, you would need to show an itinerary of your travel plans (particularly flights) to/from the neighboring countries, and including onwards travel from India. I’m sorry I can’t be more precise with my advice but what actually happens depends on the immigration officer at the time. Some are more lenient than others. You can also try asking your question over at the Indiamike.com forum. There are lots of people there who have experience with the reentry situation. Hope it helps!

August 16, 2012 at 5:57 am
(1044) Deya says:

I am bangladeshi Citizen and on LTV in india as married in Indian from past 2 years .now m husband is going to Uk on workpermit for an year is it possible for me to go along with him on LTV ?? my LTV is going to expire on next yr Apr 2013

August 19, 2012 at 2:04 am
(1045) gokul says:

Please advice . An India living in U.S holding an american passport wishes to visit India. Then desires to tour Malaysia for a few days and return back to India in order to fly back to U.S.
Is this possible to do on a Multiple entry visa under the existing Tourist Visa Rules?
Thanking you and best regards

August 23, 2012 at 6:29 am
(1046) goindia says:

Hi Gokul, you should apply for a re-entry permit from Travisa (the outsourcing company that handles Indian visa processing) to prevent any problems as Malaysia is technically not a neighboring country.

August 24, 2012 at 12:53 am
(1047) Rhea May says:

hi! I am married to an Indian man from Kolkata 3 months back and still here in his home. I have a son back in philippines he is now 12yrs old. We would like to take him to live with us but we dont know what visa to use. We suggested student visa is it possible? and what are the requirements needed and how long will it take for him to come? or can i just declare him as my dependent in my visa? pls help us.. I used to be a single parent and now married in special marriage in India .. :)

September 3, 2012 at 8:08 am
(1048) sameer2803 says:

Hi,
I am an Indian citizen and my wife is canadian with pakistani origin. She came here on tourist visa and We got married this year April.She is back to canada to apply for visa again as the last one was single entry.
so on what visa type she can stay here for long term?
do we have to search for a lawyer to help for visa extension or we can go directly to FRRO. can i get the procedure link if any please?
does she have to exit or she can extend the tourist visa being here.?
what are the chances it can get rejected?
and if we have to go to some other country for visit, will that extended visa be valid for her to come back to India?

Thanks in advance

September 3, 2012 at 11:58 am
(1049) goindia says:

Hi Sameer, she can stay in India long term on an X visa. This is the type of visa she should be applying for now, not a tourist visa. Tourist visas are not extendable in India, so if she gets one of those, she’ll have to leave again. If she gets an X visa, she can approach the FRRO directly to get an extension in India. The rest of the questions, I can’t really help you with sorry. I don’t know the chances of her being rejected because I don’t know your personal circumstances. Whether or not she can come back to India on her visa after visiting another country will also depend on visa type and how many entries it permits.

September 6, 2012 at 10:52 am
(1050) sameer2803 says:

Thank you so much, goindia :)
I was going through the forum and saw a post from PINTOO.
he said his wife is from pakistan too and she is here from last 4 year on long term visa and he meintioned about NORI. i want more detail about that. where to apply ? when to apply? is there any way i can contact him , if he wills to. either email or call. If goindia can email him?

Thanks in advance,

September 13, 2012 at 6:28 am
(1051) Yas Cas says:

HI
I’d like to know how to apply for an Indian Encestral visa or passport, from South Africa?
thanks

September 14, 2012 at 2:36 am
(1052) goindia says:

Yas, you’ll need to get in touch with the Indian Embassy or its visa processing center there.

September 15, 2012 at 12:16 pm
(1053) kiwi says:

HI …..I am thai citizen marriage with indian would like to know how to apply for an Indian PIO card in india and how many day will take ???? right now holder 1 year (X) visa ……….thanks :)

September 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm
(1054) goindia says:

Hi Kiwi, you will need to go to your local FRRO. They will process your application. The procedure and time taken depends on which FRRO is handling it. In Mumbai it takes around 6 weeks.

September 16, 2012 at 5:57 am
(1055) kiwi says:

thanks goindia…….x visa choose complete 1 year or can i apply before x visa expiry 6 month??

September 17, 2012 at 1:46 am
(1056) goindia says:

You can apply after you’ve completed one year of marriage.

September 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm
(1057) aditya.bajaj@mindmyweb.com says:

For volunteering work http://www.joininghandsindia.org and http://www.supportconcernindiafoundation.org are well connected but I don’t know how if they give preferences to foreigners.

September 25, 2012 at 1:06 am
(1058) Manny says:

Hi GoIndia,

I have a question – I have an indian visa that is still valid, but my US passport has expired and I now have a new one. Will it be acceptable for me to travel with both passports (the expired one which still has the valid visa and the new passport)? Or should I go to the consulate to have the visa transferred to the new passport? Thanks.

September 25, 2012 at 4:30 am
(1059) goindia says:

Hi Manny, you will need to have the visa transferred into your new passport.

September 26, 2012 at 1:08 am
(1060) MAnny says:

Thank you for your reply…. However, I called the consulate and found out that the transfer process takes 7 days and my flight is in 5 days. Also, in talking to several people, they think that it may be ok since both passports are from the same country (US) and so the visa may not need to be transferred. I am a little worried – so you think I will be turned away by immigration in Bangalore? Please advise. Thanks.

September 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm
(1061) goindia says:

Hi Manny, you should be okay. It’s strongly recommended that the visa be transferred, as the proper course of action, but apparently you can travel with both old and new passports.

September 26, 2012 at 5:10 am
(1062) Bita says:

Dear goindia,
I just discovered about your website and it is amazing. I have this issue that I have been married to an Indian citizen about 2 years ago in the form of converting T-visa to X-visa , and I was allowed to leave India only 2times a year for 2 months. This time, however, I went back to my country and I had to stay for more as I am studying my Ph.D , Now it has been more than 6 months and my return visa got expired. Now my questions are:
1) Do I need to apply for x-visa from my home country or I can go through T-visa and convert it again in India?

2)What documents usually they ask for since I already have my marriage certificate and that small book which contains my and my husband information(Residency book that FRRO gave us in Mumbai),Is there anything else?

3) Can they cause any problem for us? because I am Muslim and my husband is Hindu and we married through Indian law not Muslim law. and our marriage is not accepted n my homeland. I really do not know about this part since I always used to back to India before 2 months and never had to deal with embassy in my country or India.
Please guide me asap since we are in hell right now.

September 27, 2012 at 6:59 am
(1063) goindia says:

Hi Bita, this is a difficult question for me to answer as I’m not familiar with Muslim countries, and I don’t know what country you’re from. The procedures are different for some countries, eg Pakistan. However, I’ll answer based on the best of my knowledge and experience.

1) You should be able to get an X visa from the Indian Embassy in your country — this is normally standard procedure.
2). When I got my X visa, I gave them my marriage certificate and photo copy of my husband’s passport (they will need to see evidence of him being an Indian citizen).
3). I don’t know the answer to this, however I would think you are satisfying the Indian embassy that you’re married — not your homeland. So, it should be okay.

I’m not sure what country you’re from, but you should consider getting a PIO card, since you’ve been married for more than a year. It’s valid for 15 years, and allows you to come and go from India freely without a visa. It’s not available to people of Pakistani origin or some other countries though.

Best thing to do would be to have a look at the website of the Indian Embassy in your country. They should have information regarding the X visa on it.

Hope that helps!

September 27, 2012 at 3:12 am
(1064) Bita says:

Dear goindia,
I am desperately looking forward to hearing from you,

September 27, 2012 at 10:42 am
(1065) angelica says:

Hello,
Im a French citizen and my wife in mexican.

I enter india as a turist visa and now im living here, my visa expires in december but i will start a pay internship in an american company, my question is, is it possible for the company to change my tourist visa to a work permit? or what can i do?
Also my wife is here with a turist visa, our baby will be born soon can she get an X visa? after me getting a work permit? or does she need to leave and apply for it. thank you

September 27, 2012 at 11:21 am
(1066) goindia says:

Hi Angelica, unfortunately change of purpose to a working visa is not possible in India. You’ll have to return to your country and apply there. If you get a working visa, your wife and child can get an X visa. It’s not possible for your wife to remain in India on a tourist visa. You will all have to leave, before your visas expire, and get new visas. However, your wife may be able to get an extension to her tourist visa in India if she’s unable to travel due to pregnancy. She’ll need to go to the Foreigners Regional Registration Office in her area to get that sorted out.

September 27, 2012 at 11:52 am
(1067) angelica says:

thank you for the information,
not even the company that want to hire me can change my visa to an employment visa?

September 28, 2012 at 12:04 am
(1068) goindia says:

Hi Angelica, sorry, but no. The only places in India that have authority when it comes to visas in India is the Foreigners Regional Registration Office and the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the rules state that employment visas must be obtained in your own country. India has strict requirements when it comes to employment visas. Have a look at the relevant Part B, 5(vi), in this document.

http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/work_visa_faq.pdf

.(vi) The Employment Visa must be issued from the country of origin or from the country of domicile of the foreigner provided the period of permanent residence of the applicant in that particular country is more than 2 years.

September 28, 2012 at 5:00 am
(1069) Bita says:

I am surprised . I did not expect to get the answer this much fast. That is very very kind of you.
I am from Iran, since government is kind of restricted in Hindu marriage, we do not want they come to picture or it would end up with disaster. That is the reason I am a little scared to go to embassy just like that. Actually, I did mistake , I had my return visa but because of my
Ph.D exam I could not make it. And now I m in trouble.
Since I am Iranian origin I guess POI is not available to me after one year. However, FERRO in Mumbai told us you can apply for it in Delhi and they will issue .
My husband talk to Mumbai FERRO yesterday so that he send me my return visa from India and they said it is not possible until she is not in India and Indian embassy in Iran works independently. These things make us worried.
In worst case, do you think I can apply for tourist visa or student visa in
my country and go back to India and extend my visa over there ?
Thank you for your time and consideration.

September 28, 2012 at 11:58 am
(1070) goindia says:

Hi again Bita, the Indian Embassy is staffed by Indians so hopefully there would be no trouble. However, since you’re really worried, I would suggest applying for a tourist visa.

According to this: http://www.immigrationindia.nic.in/Pio_Card2.htm you are eligible for a PIO card but need special clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi.

It’s not possible to extend your tourist visa in India but you could try applying for the PIO. Alternatively, you could go to Bangkok/Thailand and get an X visa from there.

September 29, 2012 at 6:01 am
(1071) Bita says:

Dear goindia,
Thank you so much for your time and consideration and your helpful advice.

September 29, 2012 at 2:56 pm
(1072) Sanjeev Kashyap says:

Hi Sharell,
I want to thank you because the information available on your forum is extremely useful & are accurate.

I have have gone to FRRO Mumbai regarding the conversion of ‘T’ Visa to ‘X’ & there I saw a bunch of jokers. Technically they should be helping & guiding people but for every thing they just say you need to visit MHA, New Delhi.

Its been more than 1 year of my marriage & when I requested for PIO for my wife at FRRO Mumbai they said its not there from Iranian national & today on your FORUM I saw its possible and second information was that X Visa can also be applied from Bangkok.

Thank you so much for providing valuable information.

September 29, 2012 at 11:31 pm
(1073) goindia says:

Hi Sanjeev, so sorry to hear about your experiences. I agree, the FRRO can be far from helpful at times. :-( Do print out the reference to the document on the Indian Immigration website and show them. They should not be telling anyone to go go the MHA in Delhi anymore because the FRROs are now supposed to be handling all applications, even if the matter is outside the scope of their authority, and forwarding them on the the MHA for approval/action. Read more here: http://goindia.about.com/b/2012/09/03/change-in-procedure-for-tourist-to-x-visa-conversion-in-india.htm

I really hope you manage to get everything sorted out!

October 1, 2012 at 4:36 am
(1074) Sanjeev Kashyap says:

Hi !
There is any write-up or website which says clearly that any person can apply for Visa from any Indian Embassy across globe.
Or
Its not mandatory to apply for Visa from your home land only.

Its really very difficult to deal with Embassy for VISA Enquiry.

- I spoke to Indian Embassy in Dubai & they said yeah person can apply.
- I tried to speak in Embassy in Bangkok but could get a clear answer and they were transferring the call from one officer to another.

Please advice.

October 1, 2012 at 6:58 am
(1075) goindia says:

Hi Sanjeev, just to complicate matters, it actually varies Embassy by Embassy. It’s up to each Embassy whether they accept visa applications for non-residents and non-nationals. According to the information on the VFS (visa processing agency) in Thailand, they accept visa applications from non-residents of Thailand.

I’ve sent you the link for Entry Visas from the VFS website as an example: http://www.ivac-th.com/entryvisa_processing.html

Entry visas for non-resident non-Thai nationals will normally be issued after 6 working days.

October 1, 2012 at 7:33 am
(1076) Sanjeev Kashyap says:

Thank you for your reply.

Yeah actually I also saw this link while surfing Indian Embassy in Bangkok- http://www.indianembassy.in.th from there it took me http://www.ivac-th.com

I believe Embassy can issue ‘X’ Visa

October 4, 2012 at 11:47 am
(1077) Malini says:

Dear Sharell,

Everyone of us you reply to everyday… couldn’t thank you enough for the amazing job you do! Without you we will all be left in the dark by the embassies and the agencies….with many hours spent on the phone and e-mailing them and waiting for a response! So thank you so much for the effort you put in everyday of your life!

So here’s our situation. My friend is a US citizen with a 10 year multiple tourist visa. I am a US Citizen with a PIO.
We are planning on starting a business venture (tourism/resort) in India with another Indian partner. I’d like to know what are his chances of obtaining a 3-5 year business visa. Can we form the company and send him a letter of invitation to apply for the business visa? Would you know of any other requirements? He just went back to the US as his 6 months on a tourist visa was up.
We could tremendously use his expertise in Sales and Marketing for the business. We also would like him to be a partner in the business.
I sincerely thank you once again!

October 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm
(1078) goindia says:

Hi Malini,

Thank you soooo much for your very kind words. I appreciate them greatly! :-) Unfortunately, I’m not really an expert on business visas. However, I do think he’ll be able to get a business visa if you form a company and officially invite him. Nevertheless, the issue is that the maximum stay on a business visa in India is also six months, even if the length of the visa is longer (the 2 month gap between visits which applies to tourist visas doesn’t apply to business visas though). If he gets a business visa, his tourist visa will have to be canceled (not sure how long he has left on it), as it’s only possible to have one visa type at a time.

This document has lots of information about Business visas and what the requirements are: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/work_visa_faq.pdf

Hope it helps! If not, the Indiamike.com forums are a really great resource with plenty of knowledgeable people. You might want to try asking there. People who have had or have business visas will be able to help you (I’ve never had such a visa myself).

October 5, 2012 at 6:59 am
(1079) rafiqu says:

hi i m in the state of qatar, doha and i want to bring her on business visa for three months i want to know that what if immigration in india ask why u r going ti doha what answer she should give him to satisfy his question n what documents she need with her

October 6, 2012 at 2:37 am
(1080) goindia says:

Hi Rafiqu, there’s more information about the requirements for a business visa in this document from the Ministry of Home Affairs in India: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/work_visa_faq.pdf

October 10, 2012 at 11:54 am
(1081) Malini says:

Dear Sharell,

Thanks so much for your quick response! He has 3 more years left of the tourist visa. The link you gave was very helpful.

Thank you again!

October 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm
(1082) jhie says:

2 months gap is equivalent to 60 days for tourist visa andTVOA?

October 20, 2012 at 8:24 am
(1083) goindia says:

Yes, 60 days.

October 26, 2012 at 4:32 am
(1084) Abraham says:

Hi, i need to know what i need to do please,
I have currently exhausted all my double entries but my student visa has not expired. I have all my FRRO and Residence Permit Certificates.
Now, the problem is that i need to travel for my brothers wedding in US this november, I already have my US visa and my ticket has been fully booked to spend just 5 days in US and then get back to Chennai.
But as my entries are currently exhausted what do i need to do to go to US and come back.
Please i need you to guide me because its very important as i am the best man for my brother’s wedding and i have to be there.

Thank you.

October 26, 2012 at 9:43 am
(1085) goindia says:

Hi Abraham, you can get a Return Visa from your FRRO. There’s more information here (scroll down to the bottom of the page, number 10): http://www.mumbaipolice.org/FRRO/ext.htm

November 4, 2012 at 11:20 am
(1086) Mark Ukra says:

I am a US citizen just returning from India where my 17 year old daughter is studying in Benares.

Recently she was hospitalized and the program ends dec 6.

The program would like me to come and pick her up in Delhi to rest before traveling home.

I Aldo have some business I cooed do in buying teas.

What can I do as I’m within the 60 day rule?

Get a business visa?

Try for an exemption for the 60 day rule?

Thanks

November 5, 2012 at 12:50 am
(1087) goindia says:

Hi Mark, you can apply for a re-entry permit — given the emergency circumstances, I’m sure it will be granted. Sorry to hear about your daughter’s illness.

November 8, 2012 at 12:09 am
(1088) j dames says:

im retired and would like to do a spiritual tour in indian for longer time (few years)can someone give me more info for a long term tourist visa based on spiritual travels in inda how can it apply for this
i life in thailand for more than 1 year now
thank you

November 10, 2012 at 9:55 am
(1089) Vimal says:

The 2 month ruling with regards to re-entering India is not very clear. I have looked at numerous forums and blogs and all the websites to get a precise meaning and they are all very ambiguous. Is there a clear and concise definition of the 2 months re-entering ruling any where? As an example if I left India on 24 October 2012 – when is the first day that I can re-enter India

November 11, 2012 at 3:25 am
(1090) goindia says:

Hi Vimal, no that would be expecting way too much! ;-) Confusion is mandatory….Indian government documentation mentions 60 days and 2 months in different places unfortunately. It’s a similar situation with visas. Say for example, a 6 months tourist visa will be valid for six months, date to date (January 1 until July 1) however it comes with a stipulation that people can’t stay in India for longer than 180 days on a tourist visa. I would tend to go with 2 months for the gap…. so 24 December. It’s not conclusive though.

November 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm
(1091) Aim says:

I am now holding a tourist visa for 6 months and it will expired next month.
I am planing to apply for Entry-X visa. After my tourist visa expires, what is the gap to apply a new visa entry-X? (My husband is an Indian)

November 12, 2012 at 9:39 am
(1092) goindia says:

Hi Aim, there’s no gap. You can apply straight away because it’s an X visa.

November 12, 2012 at 9:48 am
(1093) sharon says:

hi goindia,
My name is Sharon, I was born in delhi india. my mom is indian and my dad is a nigerian. my dad and mom are not married. my dad left when i was 8 months old, because of my moms wicked behavior and i have not seen him till date.my mom could not get any id for me even the birth certificate. pls goindia can get india pasport ?

November 13, 2012 at 1:29 am
(1094) goindia says:

Hi Sharon, unfortunately it will be very difficult for you to get a passport without the correct documentation, and that includes a birth certificate. If you’re in India, you could try speaking to a passport agent to find out what can be done about it. Other than that, I really don’t have any advice, sorry.

November 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm
(1095) Santhosh Rakesh says:

Hi, I’m a Indian loving a Sri lankan Girl.. She gng come india next year to do her higher studies (3 yrs) in TamilNadu (India).. I like to marry her after she finishes her studies in India..

1) What Should I do in advance to prepare for Indian Citizenship for her, as she will be in her student visa…?

2) Is she eligible to get PIO card in 5 yrs or late…?

3) Wat amount should I Pay for the Citizenship and between how much duration b/w the renewal…?

December 10, 2012 at 2:59 am
(1096) Manoj says:

I am planning to marry and Indonesian girl who is legally divorced with a daughter of 4 years old. I am applying for a Tourist Visa to India for both and planned to marry as per Special Marriage act. What kind of visa I should apply for my step daughter so that I can proceed with her education. What are the documents required?

December 10, 2012 at 6:13 am
(1097) goindia says:

Hi Manoj, I’m sorry I don’t know much about visas for studying and arrangements for step children in India as this is a predominantly travel website. I would suggest getting in touch with the Indian Embassy and find out directly from them: http://indianembassyjakarta.com/consular_visa.html

December 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm
(1098) Rajesh says:

I have a new Canadian passport and my PIO card has the old Canadian passport number. Is it fine if I travel with my old and new Canadian passport and PIO card ? Can airline or indian immigration stop me if the new passport number is not showing up on the PIO card even though I have both old and new passports ?

December 14, 2012 at 5:29 am
(1099) Sas says:

Hi. I’m Sas, from France, and about to get an X visa 1 year for India. I’m not planning on staying more than 6 months straight though, and read somewhere that I would not need to register at the DSP then. Is that right?
Then when I come back, after a couple of months, can I stay till the end of my visa? And can I extend it? Then how long?
Thanks for helping me :)

December 16, 2012 at 8:47 pm
(1100) goindia says:

Hi Sas, you don’t need to register unless you spend more than six months in India at one time, so what you’ve read is correct. When you return, you can stay until the end of your visa. X visas are extendable in India. You could probably get another year, although it depends on your circumstances. I’m just wondering on what basis you’ll be entitled to an X visa though? Do you have Indian heritage or are you accompanying someone on an employment visa?

December 20, 2012 at 12:47 am
(1101) aman bhullar says:

Can a newzealand citizen visit india is he or she is married a indian n whoz alrdy in india now?

December 20, 2012 at 12:48 am
(1102) goindia says:

Yes, of course. The easiest option is a tourist visa.

December 20, 2012 at 10:44 pm
(1103) Yul says:

Hello!
At the momnet I have a Tourist visa that is about to expire at the 25th of January

I have got the information that the rule for extensional visas been changed,
is it possible to get a new visa within few days?

if so, is it possible to extend before the last day of the visa?

Thank you very much, hope to get your important answer soon in order to make the proper moves

Warm blessings, yulia.

Warm blessings,

December 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm
(1104) goindia says:

Hi Yul, it’s not possible to extend a tourist visa in India, except under extraordinary circumstances such as medical issues. You will have to leave India and apply for another tourist visa — if you don’t want to go back to your own country to do it, Bangkok is the best place.

December 21, 2012 at 4:47 am
(1105) Zubair says:

Hi,

i am an INDIAN national living in Thane Nr Mumbai (Maharastra) having a pakistani GF soon wanna marry her. can you suggest me how can i bring her to india and how can i get all the registration process done.. or it would be best that i settle abroad with her?????

December 21, 2012 at 11:46 pm
(1106) goindia says:

Hi Zubair, I wish I could help you but that’s outside my area of expertise, sorry. I don’t have experience in such matters.

December 23, 2012 at 7:20 am
(1107) Sanjeev Kashyap says:

My wife is an IRAN national married to me an Indian national now wants to apply for ‘X’ Visa for India from Indian Embassy, Tehran.

I am worried about her and my question is ‘Will IRAN Government create problem for her ?’ because she is married to an Indian

December 23, 2012 at 8:18 am
(1108) Sanjeev Kashyap says:

Hi,
Do you have any information or any idea if Indian Embassy in Nepal provides ‘X’ Visa to Non-Nepal Residents ?

I visited there website- http://www.indianembassy.org.np/visa-and-passport.php but when I visited Indian Embassy in Nepal personally to check then they refused and told me apply from the country of origin.

Please let me know that you have to say on it.

December 24, 2012 at 5:21 am
(1109) goindia says:

Hi Sanjeev, what they have told you matches the information on their website:

“Visa applications of non-resident foreign nationals will be entertained for short term Tourist visa (3 month or 6 month/single entry). They are advised to obtain long term Tourist visas and other categories of visas from the country of their origin”.

So, what they told you is correct. An alternative option is Bangkok — they do issue X visas to non residents there.

December 25, 2012 at 4:46 am
(1110) MariaintheUSA says:

Dear Goindia,

I was recently accepted as a volunteer with an organization in India, where I would receive a stipend for interning in one of the NGOs research projects for a year. I applied for an employment visa, and though my application and forms were correct, I was denied the visa. I was told that the reason for the rejection is simply because the consulate has the right to deny or grant visas as they see suitable, and in this case they decided to deny the visa.

I’m not sure what to do at this point… I am not a student, and don’t know what other visa is applicable for this situation if not a work visa.
Do you know the legality for volunteering in india under a tourist visa? – is this legal? What are the consequences, if any, for volunteering in India under a tourist visa or visa other than an employment visa? Do you have any advice for trying to get a visa to volunteer in India?

Thank you very much in advance for your help!

December 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm
(1111) goindia says:

Hi MariaintheUSA, I’m very sorry to hear what happened. It doesn’t seem fair at all. It’s illegal to volunteer with a tourist visa, however many people (including myself) have done it. Rejection of applications for work visas for volunteer purposes (especially if a person is to receive a low income) are unfortunately common. If you do come on a tourist visa, one of the main issues you’ll have is with regards to opening a bank account in India, and it will be a concern if you’re to get paid a stipend. Unless you’re a resident in India (which you can’t be on a tourist visa, as you can’t stay longer than 6 months at a time) you aren’t permitted to open a bank account that can receive payments in Indian rupees (the only account you can open is one that receives payments from abroad in foreign currency). This will make it difficult to receive any payment from your NGO. I wish I had some advice for you. Your NGO doesn’t have any suggestions?

December 31, 2012 at 2:15 am
(1112) Malina says:

Hello !
I am a German citizen. I am on a student visa in Delhi which expires on January 8th. However, I want to stay longer in India.

1) I assume converting from student to tourist (or any other) visa is not possible from inside India, correct ? At least, that’s what the FRRO offier told me …

2) Since going back to Germany is not a feasible option … If I want to get a tourist visa, is going to Nepal the best option ?

3) Do you, by any chance, know how long it would take to get a tourist visa in Nepal and whether it is a (somewhat) certain thing to actually obtain it ?

4) If my student visa expires on the 8th, is leaving India for Nepal on the 5th enough of time ?

Thank you sooo much for your help ! I absolutely appreciate your webpage (read through all the posts … absolutely amazing !!!)

January 12, 2013 at 7:47 am
(1113) Shakil Mahmud Chowdhury says:

Hi,

I am shakil Mahmud Chowdhury, I am a Bangladeshi citizen. I want to going India for life time. I hope i am never back to Bangladesh from India. My question is ” How can i live in India permanently ? what should i doing for that? can i get a permanent visa ?

Please help me
KR

Shakil

January 14, 2013 at 12:53 am
(1114) goindia says:

Hi Shakil, I’m sorry, I can’t answer your question. This site is about India travel, not immigration to India. I don’t have knowledge of immigration law. However, India is not a country where it’s easy to immigrate to, especially from countries such as Bangaladesh and Pakistan. The government doesn’t simply hand out permanent visas (there is no such thing) to people who want to live in India — no matter which country they’re from. You may be able to get an employment visa if you can find a job in India that will pay you more than the equivalent of $25,000 per year.

January 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm
(1115) ghie says:

i have an indian friend living in india and she wants to come to Philippines. is it true that it is a requirement to submit a receipt from the hotel where she will be staying for 4 days?

January 15, 2013 at 12:06 am
(1116) goindia says:

Hi ghie, I’m sorry, I have no idea about travel and visa requirements for the Philippines.

January 16, 2013 at 3:55 am
(1117) Kunal says:

i have two friends of mine comeing to visit me in India from Mexico.. they will be staying with me in my own hotel/guest house and later at my residance in other state of india.. what type of visa do they require and is there any legal formalitys that i have to do when they arrive..?

January 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm
(1118) goindia says:

Hi Kunal, the only option for them is a Tourist Visa. If they’re staying at a hotel/guest house in India, they should also complete the “C” form.

January 16, 2013 at 6:02 am
(1119) AK says:

Hello Sharell, my girl friend is American and she’s coming to visit me this May in India. Is she eligible for a 5-year or 10-year tourist visa? If yes, how can she apply for that? Also, we’re planning to get married in India in the spring of 2014, and will we be able to do that if she’s on a tourist visa? And does getting a PIO card mean she has to renounce her US citizenship? I know a lot of questions in one, but it would be appreciated if you can reply! Thank you!

January 16, 2013 at 10:58 pm
(1120) goindia says:

Hi AK, the US does issue 10 year tourist visas. She will need to apply through the Travisa outsourcing website: https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com/homepage

Yes, she can get married in India on a tourist visa. That is the standard procedure. No, getting a PIO does not mean she’ll have to renounce her US citizenship. The PIO card is not Indian citizenship. Rather it is a card that’s valid for 15 years and allows the holder to freely visit or live in India without a visa, and have all the rights of an Indian citizen except such things as voting and buying agricultural land.

January 21, 2013 at 3:39 am
(1121) Adin says:

Hello,
I am an Indian citizen married to a French national. My husband has been in India for the past 4 years on Journalist visa. We got married in July last year. His J Visa is expiring in March. He needs to renew his J visa in France OR get an X Visa. Both of which can easily be done. However my question is– Can he apply for a PIO on a J visa?? Or does he have to get an X Visa?
Thanks

January 21, 2013 at 4:26 am
(1122) goindia says:

Hi Adin, he can apply for a PIO in the country that he resides in, and since that is India, he should be able to get it here. He should go to the FRRO in his city and they will process his application.

January 25, 2013 at 2:26 pm
(1123) javed akhter says:

Hi goindia,
i am Indian citizen and married with a russian girl and we have the appostille attested russian marriage certificate. is this certificate is legal in india ?
and now i want to live in india if my wife come here on tourist visa, they will allow her to stay her with me or we have to marry here again as per indian rules to get the pio card or anything that she can stay here in india with me??
please help

January 26, 2013 at 2:50 am
(1124) goindia says:

Hi Javed, I’m sorry I’m not an expert on marriage and don’t have any experience with that situation. I would guess that apostled certificate would be legal though. She should apply for an X (residential) visa instead of a tourist visa.

January 26, 2013 at 2:27 pm
(1125) Sanjeev Kashyap says:

Hi, Thanks for your kind reply.
This is further to your reply of dated December 24, 2012 at 5:21 am

As you said: An alternative option is Bangkok — they do issue X visas to non residents there.

That’s correct but as you know my wife is an Iranian national and when I check the Embassy of India, Bangkok the Non-Thai have to Fill an Additional ‘Reference Form’ URL: http://www.ivac-th.com/entryvisa_form.html to be TELFAX to country of Origin which clearly ask – ‘Grateful send clearance by return fax. If no response is received within 72 hours visa will be granted as per GOI instructions after local check.’

In our case we are sacred that Iran Government might create for my wife that’s a reason we want to Apply form Bangkok so if they send this ‘Reference Form back to Iran then again it might be a problem and we are back to square one ?

As my wife went to Iran on Return Visa which got expired 9months back but still she have T to X Visa conversion stamp so My Question is- What if we simply go to Indian Embassy, Bangkok or Nepal and Apply for fresh T Visa, will they refer the previous Visa stamp or simply issue a T Visa valid for 30days ?

Will Embassy of India, Bangkok help us? If go to them and tell them we want Visa for my wife but without involving Iran Government.

We are is so much pressure and not getting any way out, we can’t risk, its a matter of my my wife’s life.

Please advice.

January 27, 2013 at 12:12 am
(1126) goindia says:

Hi Sanjeev, no matter where you apply abroad, they will contact her country for clearance, even in Nepal (I’ve obtained a Tourist visa from Nepal before, it’s standard procedure to contact the applicant’s country of origin). I’m sorry, I really can’t help you with this. It’s outside my area of expertise. I can’t tell you how officers at the Embassy will respond. They usually don’t like to deviate from procedure though. You can at least try though.

January 27, 2013 at 6:19 am
(1127) manjula dilip adappa says:

that”s good news-may i take this oppertunity to voice my opinion on a very sensitive issue-tourists both domestic and foreigners have been subjected to terrorists,crime against women robbery etc.. is it not possible for the govt. to MANDATORILY have all travel agencies who organize these tourisism to have a tie up with the military wherin every tourist group has an armed soldier accompanying them-they must charge separate fees for this .-by doing so you are also creating more jobs for the military

January 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm
(1128) Sanjeev Kashyap says:

Hi ! Thank you for your reply.

Today I spoke to FRRO Mumbai and told them that its difficult for my wife to get x visa from Iran so if my wife come back to India on Tourist Visa then will that T visa can be converted in to X Visa and they said Yes it can be converted, it a good thing for us.

Just wanted to inform you.

Thanks !

January 29, 2013 at 1:32 am
(1129) goindia says:

Hi Sanjeev, so glad to hear that you have some good news! I just hope that they do what they say. Fortunately, Mumbai FRRO are one of the better ones!

February 5, 2013 at 5:21 pm
(1130) tsering says:

HI GoIndia,
I m a Tibetan born and brought up in india now residing in US married to a US citizen holder. we have a daughter born in India but has US passport, we didnt get X visa , even though she was born in INdia, they refused citing that she needs to have indian passport.but tibetans living in india don’t have indian passport.So, we applied for 5 year tourist visa. We want her to stay with our parents for couple of years. Can you please tell, how is that going to be possible?can she enter india after 6 months gap, go to nepal ?do she need to register at FRRO, even though she is a minor, 5 years old.

February 6, 2013 at 12:53 am
(1131) Adam Wilburn says:

Hi, my partner and I are from New Zealand and are traveling to India for 45 days. We are planing to enter India on a tourist visa on arrival. Is this visa valid for 3months or 1month? Secondly if we visit Sri Lanka and then re-enter do we get another 30day tourist visa on arrival? Thanks.

February 6, 2013 at 1:19 am
(1132) goindia says:

Hi Adam, it’s single entry and valid for three months. However, since you want to leave and come back to India, it would be cheaper and less hassle if you got a multiple entry tourist visa from NZ before arriving in India. You’re entitled to two visas on arrival in one year, but I’m not sure how much of a gap, if any (now that the 2 month gap rule on tourist visas has been abolished) is required between them.

February 6, 2013 at 1:41 am
(1133) Adam Wilburn says:

Thanks heaps for your reply. Can not find any information online other than this website that states a tourist visa on arrival is valid for 3 months, everywhere only states a validity of 30 days so we are just a little confused. You see if it is only 30 days we will need to apply for a 6 month tourist visa as we would overstay the 30 days but if it is for 3 months we will be fine. Do you know what the fine for overstaying a visa I india is?

February 6, 2013 at 10:52 pm
(1134) goindia says:

So sorry for the confusion. I checked and it seems it is only 30 days now. The fine for overstaying is $30 plus $40 as a visa extension fee. This has to be paid at a Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office, not at the airport. It’s a time consuming procedure and will take up a day of your time. I’d get the tourist visa from NZ. You will save a lot of hassle.

http://www.immigrationindia.nic.in/faq_visa_extensions2.htm

February 7, 2013 at 4:56 am
(1135) David says:

Hello,

Thank you for running this helpful website.

I’m a German national (59 yo) living in Philippines since nearly 3 years now. I am with a Filipina (41 yo) who is still married but separated from her husband, she has a 5 yo daughter. The 3 of us (optional: 2, without the child) plan to travel to India in 2014, as follows:

- flying to Dhaka (Bangladesh),
- entering India overland from Bangladesh,
- touring in Darjeeling and Northeast mountain areas,
- then entering Nepal from the east, touring through Nepal and leaving Nepal at the Western end,
- touring in the mountain areas in Northwestern India, then heading towards Southern India overland,
- finally returning to Philippines by aeroplane from Mumbai.

My girlfriend is running a business, me and her can both prove sufficient funds for such a trip.

Studying the websites related to Indian visa policy, I get worried because

- perhaps me (German) and my girlfriend (Filipina) cannot receive our (multiple entry) visas at the same Indian embassy? Will I have to visit the Indian embassy in Germany (which would be expensive and hard to do)?
- since we will travel overland, we cannot show the complete travel itinerary, including all tickets, in advance; we can only show our flight tickets to Dhaka and our return tickets from Mumbai to Singapore or Manila.

I kindly request you for some advice on this matter, also on any further issues I may not be aware of yet.

I’m only asking about the visa issue for India; about Bangladesh and Nepal I will check elsewhere.

A big THANK YOU!

Yours, David

February 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm
(1136) goindia says:

Hi David, you should be able to get your visa at the Indian Embassy in Jakarta without any issues if you’re a resident of the Philippines and have the appropriate documents.

http://indianembassyjakarta.com/consular_visa.html
http://indianembassyjakarta.com/visa_types.html

Unfortunately, I can’t advise you as to how they’ll deal with your application regarding you travel itinerary. Showing a return ticket from Mumbai should be okay though, I would think. It depends on the staff who process your application.

February 10, 2013 at 1:35 pm
(1137) CluelessAndDumb says:

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to answer evryone’s questions in such a n excellent manner. It is really helpful. I have a question of my own:
I am a Indian, Green card holder residing in US. My Wife who is an indian, acquired her U.S. citizenship in 2008 and has been staying in India since then as we were undergoing a domestic adoption process in India. My adopted daughter was born in India in Aug 2008 and has been with us since March 2009. In Sep 2012, she came to the US on Immigrant Visa (IR2). A US Passport was issued to her on Nov 1 2012 and hence is now a U.S. citizen. She had to travel back to India by end of Nov 2012. Due to ignorance, I applied for 6 month Tourist Visa in New York Indian Embassy for her instead of Entry visa. And she was granted the Tourist visa!. Neither Travisa Outsourcing nor the Embassy alerted me that it should be a Entry visa. Her tourist visa is now valid until May 7 2013. We have a need to extend her stay in India by 2-3 months. As tourist visa is not extendable in India, I am wondering if I can apply for her OCI or PIO in India itself. Another alternative is to apply and get tourist visa changed to a multi-year entry visa. I am not sure whether I can do that in India. Can you please educate me on my options? Tx Gopal

February 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm
(1138) sharon says:

My name is Sharon i was born here in Delhi India. am now 20 years old, my father is African and my mother Indian. my father want back to Africa when i was 4 months old. till today i have not seen him.
my mother do not know where his,
She do not know his full name,
pls can i get indian passport ?
thanks. hope to here from you soon.

February 15, 2013 at 8:08 am
(1139) Sunnilda says:

Dear goIndia,

I am a US citizen, and currently hold a one-year multiple entry Employment Visa to volunteer as an intern with an NGO in Bangalore. The visa is for an honorary (without salary) volunteer, and it states “unpaid” on my visa.

The NGO I am interning with is offering a stipend to interns to cover accommodations, at around INR 9000 per month. According to the Indian Bureau of Immigration, honorary volunteers may receive up to INR 10000 per month: ( http://www.immigrationindia.nic.in/employment_visa2.htm under “Grant of Employment Visa to foreigners for volunteer work with NGOs :
” at the bottom, and mha.nic.in/pdfs/ForeigD-ClarifEmpVISA-Guid.pdf ).

However, the NGO I am with is concerned that, because my contract with them specifies that I am an honorary volunteer, and because my visa states “unpaid”, they are not permitted to offer me any living stipend.

I am wondering, although my contract and visa state that I am an honorary volunteer — considering the regulations of the Bureau of Immigration, India — can I receive a monthly living stipend if it is less than INR 10000 ?

Thank you so much in advance for your time and help.

February 17, 2013 at 2:06 am
(1140) UKtravellerinIndia says:

Dear GoIndia,
I am a UK citizen travelling in India on a tourist visa which expires in June. I would like to stay here until September. I am aware that they recently stopped the manatory 2 month gap before a second visit. Is it now possible to apply for a second tourist visa within India? If not, I was thinking I could go to Thailand to renew it. If I were to do that, would I have to wait until the 1st visa expired? Do you know approximately how long it takes to get a new visa from Bangkok?
Thanks for any advice,
UK Traveller in India

February 17, 2013 at 2:40 am
(1141) goindia says:

Hi UKtravellerinIndia, unfortunately tourist visas are not issued in India. However, Bangkok is a good option for getting a new visa. There’s more information on this site: http://www.ivac-th.com/touristvisa.html It says it takes a minimum of 6 working days for the visa to be issued.

February 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm
(1142) roy says:

I have been invited to play in a golf tournament as a Professional by the PGA of India.

The PGA of India has provided a letter of invitation and what expenses are paid by the sponsor in India.

If you win or place in the tournament there will be prize money paid less tax of course.

The PGA of India has requested a business visa. Upon visiting the Embassy and the Visa Center I was told to apply for an Entry Visa which seems totally rediculous as I am not any relative of spouse of an Indian national.

Why type of visa should I apply for or who can advise with a straight answer?

February 27, 2013 at 8:47 am
(1143) sharon says:

My name is Sharon i was born here in Delhi India. am now 20 years old, my father is African and my mother Indian. my father want back to Africa when i was 4 months old. till today i have not seen him.
my mother do not know where his,
She do not know his full name,
pls can i get indian passport ?
thanks. hope to here from you soon.

February 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm
(1144) goindia says:

Hi Sharon, I’m sorry I can’t help you with that. I don’t know anything about the requirements for getting an Indian passport. I suggest you contact the number on this website: http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/welcomeLink

March 4, 2013 at 2:41 am
(1145) Manoj Abraham says:

I am married to an Indonesian girl in Kerala, India. She came on a Tourist Visa valid for 6 months along with her 4 year old daughter. What would be the correct way to convert the Tourist Visa of her and her daughter to “X” visa as we are planning to enroll the admission of the kid to school. What documents need for the same.

March 7, 2013 at 2:05 am
(1146) goindia says:

Manoj Abraham, have a read of this article for information about converting tourist visa to X visa. http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/Convert-Tourist-Visa-To-X-Visa-Marriage.htm

March 15, 2013 at 6:23 am
(1147) sameer2803 says:

Hello,
my wife is a canadian.she came here on tourist visa this feb and we did nikkah. i went to extend her visa. so they said that visa extension is only possible if u marry and register the marriage in the CUrrent visa. though i have nikkah nama they asked me to register the marriage too. we did a civil marriage last year for legal stuffs while she was here on tourist visa for 3 months. they say the rules of visa extension is, they do not extend visa if registration of marriage is not done in the current visa. so does that mean i cannot use that marriage certificate?. so in this case can we do a registration with local registrar on the basis of the nikkah we did this year.? if i cannot do so, then how can i extend her visa?

March 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm
(1148) goindia says:

Hi sameer2803, what you’ve been told sounds correct. If someone is of a different religion (I assume your Canadian wife is not Muslim) in order to get the marriage registered, it must be a civil ceremony under the Special Marriages Act. Since you’ve had that done, that marriage will already be registered. My understanding is that religious marriages can’t be registered if both people aren’t of the same religion. Your wife might need to go back to her country and get a new visa (an X visa) or to a nearby country — it’s possible to do it in Bangkok I believe.

March 16, 2013 at 1:55 am
(1149) sameer2803 says:

Hi,
My wife is a muslim :) . the problem is they say that if we did the marriage through special marriage act last year then we should have did the extension stuff last year itself. but she had to go back to canada for some reason. and when she applied for entry visa using the marriage certificate they just gave her 3 months tourist visa and asked her to extend the visa in India. so now these things contradict. FRRO asks for marriage registration of this year though i have certificate of last year. so can i register with local registrar now with nikkah nama? and even if she go back, indian embassy in canada will give her 3 months tourist visa and asks to extend in india :S is there any rule that we cannot extend this current visa with last year’s mrg certificate?

March 16, 2013 at 7:30 am
(1150) goindia says:

The Indian Embassy in Canada is wrong about that and needs to be informed accordingly. Your wife should insist on speaking to someone higher up in the Embassy. Perhaps showing this document will help. http://mha.gov.in/pdfs/FAQ-onX-VISA210510.pdf She should insist on getting an X visa, which is what she’s entitled to. Perhaps not all the staff are aware of the rules, which is common. (They tried to give me a tourist visa in Australia too, but I complained to a supervisor and got the X visa as a result).

I’ve heard of the FRRO rejecting other applications for extension of tourist visa, where the person has been married on a different tourist visa or married in another country and come on a tourist visa, so there must be a rule about it somewhere. Your situation isn’t an isolated one unfortunately.

March 25, 2013 at 10:15 am
(1151) logeshwaran says:

hi.
my frnd had came from srilanka befor 10 years
how long he can stay after the exist time.
pls tell me.

March 25, 2013 at 9:00 pm
(1152) goindia says:

logeshwaran, you haven’t provided me with enough information to answer that question. Does your Sri Lankan friend have an Indian visa? What’s the expiry date on it?

March 30, 2013 at 2:41 am
(1153) Aghori says:

I am an American visiting and living in India for some 39 years. I have a Ph.D. in both Vedic studies and Sanskrit.
First thing foreigners need to understand anytime an Indian is involved in ‘anything’ the results will always be ‘negative’. This guy which is supplying the information is in many cases totally ignorant of the facts concerning visas, extended stays, and purchase of property. Indians only want to make your life as miserable as possible. This guy is no different providing false and mis-information.
I will share some of my experiences to substantiate my opions/observations.
I have always entered India on a ‘tourist visa’ since 1974. 9 years ago when I returned to India on a tourist visa I registered with FRRO within 14 days and have not only remained in India continually without leaving the country but also legally purchased property with the Patta/Title in my name. India is a country where it does not matter what the law says. Each and every person can and will decide how they wish to interpret the law. (Interpretation is usually dependent on the amount of money you will have to pay (under the table). The laws in India are designed to be interpreted anyway the authorities want. (continue because of limitation imposed on script) See next response.

March 30, 2013 at 2:43 am
(1154) Aghori says:

(Cont.) So do not believe anything an Indian tells you about this country especially concerning procedures and what ‘can’ or ‘can not’ be done here. This is why India is known as the most ‘corrupted country’ in the world. I am here on a tourist visa (now resident permits) for the last 9 years and getting ready to extend it for another 5 years. 99.9% of the Indian people know nothing of their origin, their genetics or their history. All historic information provided in the schools to the Indian people has just recently been proved to be false based on scientific evidence and especially information concerning their ‘genetics’ and who these people really are. I hope this information has helped. Just come here (bring your banker) and I am sure you will accomplish/fullfill your desires.
???Matters of ‘spirituality’. Do not be fooled… their is NO ‘LIGHT’ in India. What little bit of ‘light’ of the past which was here left a long time ago. India is one of the major Vortexs of ‘evil’ on this planet. Joining any ashram will not help you to remain in India as far as the authorities are concerned. Remember nothing is as it appears/seems in India. Do NOT bring your ‘morals’ or ‘ethics’ here because they will be used against you. Also please understand India has mor GOLD than all the other countries combined. The game of ‘proverty’ is a profitable business. Please do not support it.
Enjoy!
Thanks

April 2, 2013 at 3:00 am
(1155) Mizna says:

Hi,
I’m a dual citizen of Pakistan and United States. I recently got engaged and my fiance is Indian. We’re planing to go visit his family in India over the summer, My question is should I apply for indian visa (and what type of visa) on my pakistani passport-without having to renunciate my pakistani citizenship or apply on my US passport- renunciating my pakistani citizenship. I really would like to go but the precess in states is atleast 6 weeks and that’s also of no gurantee that I will recieve the visa.

Thank you,

April 2, 2013 at 11:36 pm
(1156) goindia says:

Hi Mizna, even if you renounce your Pakistani citizenship I don’t think it will make any difference — it will still be taken into account. I know of people who have Pakistani heritage but never visited Pakistan in their lives, and have still had their visa denied. :-( Apply as soon as possible.

April 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm
(1157) Md. Shaukat says:

I am Shaukat from India living in Saudi Arabia. I want to marry with a Pakistani girl. Is it possible for my girlfriend if she come to India with visit visa and marry with me in India and she want to live in India with me permanently?

April 4, 2013 at 3:11 am
(1158) goindia says:

Hi Shaukat, I believe it’s possible but quite difficult. I’m sorry I don’t have any experience it the matter, however, I’ve heard from other people that their residential visa (X visa) had to be renewed yearly. I suggest you get some legal advice.

April 5, 2013 at 6:06 am
(1159) cara says:

Hi.. I am currently in India now and having tourist visa for 3 months only. I would like to ask if it is possible to get an employment visa here? I am from Philippines and would like to apply currently work to extend my stay here..

Any help is very much appreciated.

Thank you.

April 6, 2013 at 2:11 am
(1160) goindia says:

Hi Cara, no it’s not possible, sorry. You will need to go back to your country to apply for the visa there. You will also need to find a position that offers the equivalent of $25,000 per year or more in order to be eligible for an employment visa.

April 7, 2013 at 2:26 am
(1161) strawberry says:

Hi, I am a Filipino and working here in India for almost 2 years. My long-term boyfriend (a Filipino too) is planning to come here in India and look for a job in New Delhi. The problem is, tourist visa is only good for 30 days. With this, we are thinking to do a civil wedding ceremony here in India so that his tourist visa can be converted to X visa.

But is this possible? Can 2 foreigners do a civil wed ceremony here in India? And how long can he stay here in India under X Visa?

Thank you!

April 8, 2013 at 8:22 am
(1162) ramesh says:

first of all let me thank you for your valuable and sincere help at all

i too need your help

i am srilankan planning to visit bangkok on visa on arrival and from there to india,and on expiry to srilanka.
can i get 6 months indian tourist visa from bangkok ?
can i apply on the same day of landing bangkok ?
do they need ticket in advance ?
your advice will be very helpful to me
thanks

April 8, 2013 at 9:21 am
(1163) palackal says:

first of let me thank you for you sincere and valuable help to all

i need your help regarding

can a srilankan on visa on arival at bangkok get tourist visa to india from bangkok ?

can he aply on the same day of arrival at bangkok ?
do he required to produce tickets to india and back to srilanka ?
your advice will be very helpful for me
thanks

April 8, 2013 at 9:21 am
(1164) palackal says:

first of all let me thank you for you sincere and valuable help to all

i need your help regarding

can a srilankan on visa on arival at bangkok get tourist visa to india from bangkok ?

can he aply on the same day of arrival at bangkok ?
do he required to produce tickets to india and back to srilanka ?
your advice will be very helpful for me
thanks

April 13, 2013 at 2:02 am
(1165) Jagan Indugu says:

Hi,

Hope you can help me with my query. My niece is a British National who is in India on a tourist visa. Her Visa expires on May 28. Is there any way this can be extended further for couple of months. if yes then what is the procedure.

Also, she is a minor. 1 year old.

thanks
jagan

April 13, 2013 at 10:33 pm
(1166) goindia says:

Hi Jagan, I am assuming that your niece is of Indian origin. In that case the FRRO should be able to help (otherwise, it would not be possible). Her parents should go to the FRRO in their city and inquire. They will handle the matter there.

April 13, 2013 at 11:02 pm
(1167) ramesh says:

hi please give me your valuable reply. my earlier request were not answered by you ,

i like to know, can a sri lankan on a tourist visa in bangkok apply for indian tourist visa from bangkok on the same day of reaching bankok

kindly reply
thanks

April 13, 2013 at 11:13 pm
(1168) ramesh says:

all my messages 4 days back for your reply are still not answered ,please help me with you knoledge.

can a srilankan on a visiting visa on arrival in bangkok apply for indian tourist visa from bangkok on the next day of reaching bangkok ?
please help me
thanks

April 15, 2013 at 12:32 am
(1169) Emily says:

Hi,

I’m really confused with all this visa business someone please help!

Im British citizen and my tourist visa runs out on the 21st of May 2013. However, I have been asked to review an event for a magazine I write for but the events is on the 24th – 26th of May.

What are the options with regards to extending my visa for 2 weeks or so if there are any at all? I have heard that I can renew the visa for 2 months !if I go to Nepal but am unsure as to how reliable this information is

April 15, 2013 at 5:24 am
(1170) palackal says:

please help me , all my doubts 4 days back were left behind unanswered by you, please help me,
i am a srilankan, can i get indian tourist visa for 6 months from bangkok
i will be visiting bangkok on arrival visa, can i apply next day of reaching bangkok ?

please help me
thanks

April 15, 2013 at 5:43 am
(1171) goindia says:

Hi palackal

I don’t have any direct experience with your situation, sorry. However, it will take at least a week for them to process your application, and then they will return your passport and visa by mail. Evidence of travel to/from India, and accommodation in India, is now required (see here: http://www.ivac-th.com/news.html). So, it will be difficult for you. You might want to contact them directly and find out more information: http://www.ivac-th.com/

April 15, 2013 at 11:55 am
(1172) palackal says:

thanks for your reply

my indian friend is with me so staying will be in his address .

thanks for your time and sharing your knowledge, you are doing a great help and service . thanks

April 16, 2013 at 2:48 am
(1173) mohit says:

dear goindia,

i am an INDIAN national living in jaipur having a philippine GF soon she want to visit me here. can you suggest me how can i bring her to india.

she is coming just for 7 days . does she need any visa .? or any other document to visit me .

April 16, 2013 at 3:06 am
(1174) goindia says:

Hi Mohit, yes, she does need a visa. However, she can get a visa on arrival if she flies in to Delhi Airport.

http://goindia.about.com/od/visas/qt/Indian-Tourist-Visa-On-Arrival.htm

April 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm
(1175) Harsh says:

I have a friend from Germany. He is on X-Visa and he wants to pursue his masters degree from Pune. Can you suggest some college which allow admission of foreign nationals with X-Visa.

April 24, 2013 at 12:57 am
(1176) goindia says:

Hi Harsh, sorry, I don’t know of any. Usually, an appropriate student visa is required.

April 25, 2013 at 10:17 pm
(1177) Bob says:

I have an India tourist visa that was issued in 2005 and expires in 2015. I know the new visas have pictures on them which mine does not. My question is: Is my visa still valid? I know the India Gov’t changes things on a whim and sometimes quite erratically. I am going to India this year and don’t want to get stuck on some new technicality.

April 26, 2013 at 1:22 am
(1178) goindia says:

Hi Bob, yes, it’s still valid.

April 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm
(1179) batdawg says:

This 2 month rule is patently stupid on the face of it. What does it mean to “abuse” a visa? What a ridiculous concept! Someone wants to be in India and spend their $ there and you kick them out every 180 days and make them come back in – fine! Why make them stay out for 2 months? India is “abusing” themselves by losing all those 2 months worth of dollars!
What they really should be doing is figuring out a way to attract those dollars like the South American countries are doing. Start a pensioneer visa program and let people come in and spend their dollars without harassing them and rousting them out every 180 days at all!
Once again exposing iodiocy for what it is, Batdawg has spoken.

May 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm
(1180) Matt says:

Hi

I have been to inida recently (twice on a 6month visa).

I am going back to india in december (2013) for a month and wanting to return in april (2014) to marry. I am a UK citizen (Since birth). The problem is with these dates is that if i get a 6month visa in say August 1st it covers my trip in december and expires in Feburary 1st. Which means that i would have to apply for another, which is fine, my only worry is that it would only leave a couple of months to get my visa and book a flight, im sure this would be more than enough time but to put my mind at ease is there any way of getting visa with multiple enteries vailid for 1 year? This way i know if i get one in september then i would be fine to go in april with no worries.

If a 1year visa is not a viable option, do you see the 2months being a problem to sort my visa? it has never taken that long before but obviously this is an important occaision and want to be sure.

May 13, 2013 at 7:59 pm
(1181) goindia says:

Hi Matt, if you have Indian heritage (parents or grandparents who were Indian citizens) then you can get a one year entry (X type) visa. Otherwise, it would be difficult to get a one year tourist visa. If you apply for another tourist visa within a month of expiry of your old one, it could take longer to process. These things are hard to say for sure though, but I know it’s the case at some India visa processing centers (the one in Australia for example, see here (under the “no restrictions” section): http://www.vfs-in-au.net/tourist.html. I think it would be best to get in touch with VFS and confirm with them what their procedure is.

May 14, 2013 at 5:22 am
(1182) Jenna says:

Thank you for all of the time you put into answering these questions! It can be very difficult to negotiate these things.

I am a Canadian currently living in Delhi on a research visa. I have been here for just a few weeks. I have been asked to return briefly to Canada for a wedding. After reading about the 2 month rule for tourist visas I am concerned that this could apply to my research visa as well. Do you know if there are time restrictions on a research visa? If I need to get special permission to return to India before two months where would I go to do that?

I really appreciated your help!

May 14, 2013 at 7:14 am
(1183) goindia says:

Hi Jenna, the two month gap rule has been abolished, and it only applied to tourist visas — so don’t worry! :-)

http://goindia.about.com/b/2012/12/03/2-month-gap-on-indian-tourist-visas-removed.htm

Do check your visa to see how many entries are permitted on it though. It will need to be more than a single entry visa.

May 23, 2013 at 11:31 pm
(1184) Lavita says:

Hello there!

I’m a Singaporean Indian, and I’m intending on backpacking India for an indefinite period. I’m a bit confused about the visa bit. Do assist me if you can:
1) Am I allowed up to 6 months to travel around India? Or 1 month? I read somewhere that you can get an entry visa upon arrival, but from my understanding, that isn’t advisable?

2) Would I have to go out of India for 2 months or will my visa permit a 6 month period without exiting India?

3) Is it possible to just buy a one way ticket to India or is it better to have an open ticket? I’m really not sure how long I’ll be there but we’re estimating 2 months – 4 months. We’ll be travelling from south to north and I’ve no idea where our trip will end at. Which is why I would very much rather buy a one way ticket. What do you reckon?

4) What about EU citizens? Do the same rules and regulations apply?

Thank you!!

Cheers,
Lavita

May 24, 2013 at 6:52 am
(1185) goindia says:

Hi Lavita, you should be able to apply for a 6 month tourist visa. See here: http://www.vfsglobal.com/india/singapore/tourist_fees.html

The visa on arrival is a one month single entry tourist visa, so won’t give you enough time in India. In regards to the two month gap, that’s been abolished so you don’t have to worry about it. If you get a 6 month tourist visa without any restrictions, you can stay in India for the whole six months. In regards to whether or not you should book a one way ticket, it will depend on whether the visa agency wants to see a return ticket or not. Some do, some don’t.

Rules and regulations do tend to vary between country, so EU citizens of different countries will also have different regulations — sometimes tourist visas are issued for only three months, for example.

Hope that helps! :-)

May 25, 2013 at 2:30 am
(1186) deepak says:

Hi ,
I am an Indian citizen and wants to get married to a Ukrainian girl . She is on a tourist visa which is valid for one more month. Kindly suggest me should we get marry in Ukraine first and get her x-visa or we should get marry in India and apply for her conversion? Also if you can guide me how the process is going to work in any of the case that you think will be easier ?
Regards

May 25, 2013 at 4:53 am
(1187) goindia says:

Hi Deepak, I can’t advise you about the process for getting married in the Ukraine unfortunately, as I don’t know anything about it. If you get married in India, it will need to be a registry marriage under the Special Marriages Act. You’ll need to submit your intention to marry at least 30 days in advance of the date you want to have your wedding. Hence, she won’t have enough time left on her tourist visa. In that case, it’s probably best that you get married in the Ukraine. Here’s more information about getting married in India: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

May 31, 2013 at 7:04 am
(1188) Elaine says:

Hello goindia,

I am a US citizen and received 10 year multiple tourist visa to India.
I purchased air ticket arriving at India on June 18, 2013 and leaving on December 15, 2013.
After I purchased, I realized that duration of my stay is 180 nights and 181 days.

Am I violating maximum allowable stay of 180 days?
My visa stated that Registration required if stay exceeds 180 days’.
How do I register?

During this trip, I am planning to visit Napal for 20 days.
Do they subtract 20 days from allowable 180 days?
How to get the permit to come back from Napal after 20 days before I leave India just to make sure I can come back within 2 month gap?

Thank you very much for your help.
have a great day.

June 1, 2013 at 1:10 am
(1189) goindia says:

Hi Elaine, please don’t stress. You have nothing to worry about. The stay of 180 days is 180 days continuously in India. So, it will be reset when you return to India after Nepal. Plus, the 2 month gap rule has now been abolished. You can leave India and re enter without any trouble. Happy travels!

June 4, 2013 at 10:15 am
(1190) Amal Rajeenth says:

Hi,
I need a guidance on my problem.
Iam indian national working in Qatar (Work Visa). My girl friend is a filipina. We planned to marry very soon. My Questions are follows,
1. I am muslim and she is christian, she would like to convert to muslim. Shall we marry here in qatar not through indian or phillipine embassy? and later on get registered with Indian and Phillipine embassy?
2. What is the detail procedure to marry other national in india as per special marriage act?
3. If I go phillipines, shall I marry her in her country itself and it will be legally register in india?
4. If I marry her in india, what documents she should have?
5. If our child born in Qatar, what would be the child nationality, if we both continue our own citizenship?
6. she can get indian citizien ship ? and how long it will take for her to get it?
7. If i want to settle down in phillipines, will I get phillipines citizenship?
8. If I marry her in qatar, when i bring her to india, how long she can stay as my wife? still she need to apply tourist visa to india?
Many queries and confusion. Hope you can enlighten my queries as you are a good expert. Thanks

June 4, 2013 at 6:59 pm
(1191) goindia says:

Hi Amal, I can answer some of the questions, but not all — sorry.

1) I’m not sure, as I don’t know anything about getting married in Qatar.
2) More information is here: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm
3) You will have to separately register your marriage in India.
4) Refer to 2).
5) You could elect for the child to be an Indian citizen or, I’m guessing, a Philippine citizen. Citizenship is usually granted based on the parents citizenship.
6) She will only be eligible for Indian citizenship after living in India continuously for 7 years. An alternative option is a PIO card.
7) I don’t know anything about Philippine citizenship, sorry! 8) She can stay for 6 months at a time on a tourist visa, or she can get an X visa (a residential) visa on the basis of your marriage. This will enable her to live in India for as long as she wants. After a year of marriage, she can get the PIO card. Yes, she must have a visa to go to India.

Hope that helps!

June 6, 2013 at 4:21 pm
(1192) sd says:

hi ,i m from India,,,my girlfriend is coming from Romania to visit me and to be with me for somedays,,she actually likes to visit some places in indi a,so we are planning to visit some places for holiday together..but i have heard that unmarried couples are not allowed to stay in hotel together ..so i m tensed too much ,i want to be with her and she also wants to be with me and we both want to visit some places in india….so please tell me how can we do it?how can we travel india without any problems and legally,i want a proper answer ,,pls help me,,,m waiting for a real answer ,,thank you
jai sri krsihna

June 6, 2013 at 7:38 pm
(1193) goindia says:

Hi SD, it will be okay for you to stay in some hotels but not others. It depends on the hotel. The issue isn’t that you’re not married, but rather that you’re an Indian-foreigner couple (speaking from experience). Hotels think this is risky and don’t want any problems.

June 9, 2013 at 3:39 pm
(1194) sabriyya says:

Hi there,Im a Filipino citizen and Im planning to visit India, particularly in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir,, do i need special permission in order to visit that place? And can you please give me detailed requirements on tourist visa in India.. Thanks!

June 10, 2013 at 11:30 am
(1195) shaheem says:

hi,,,im from india my gf is bangladeshi,,she will com wid tourist visa in india..its possible to marry wid tourist visa??and wat all document needed for merrieg in registry office??wud u let me plss kindly..

June 10, 2013 at 7:57 pm
(1196) goindia says:

Shaheen, you’ll find the information you need in this article. http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

June 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm
(1197) Fulbrighter says:

Hi,

This is clearly an extensive forum so I’m hoping you can help me too! I am headed to Nepal on a Fulbright grant from July – March. I applied for a 10 year Indian Visa through Travisa and just received my passport back but the visa expires on December 4, 2013. I am hoping to do some sightseeing in New Delhi since I’ll have a layover there on my way in, and then a month of travel at the end. The program also advised me to obtain a visa that would be valid for the entire grant period in case of emergency evacuation from Nepal to India.

My question is what options exist for me? Is there any way to find out why I did not receive a 5 or 10 year visa or any way to appeal for a longer term?

Thanks!

June 21, 2013 at 4:08 am
(1198) Phillipa says:

I am a New Zealand National married to an indian passport holder witth two children who are both OCI holders. I myself am a PIO holder. We are currently in Australia but would like to return to India to live. Is there any way I can bring my elderly parents (both NZ nationals) with me on a longterm visa to avoid them having to leave and renew every six months?

June 21, 2013 at 5:09 am
(1199) goindia says:

Hi Phillipa, unfortunately no, it’s not possible. :-( India doesn’t allow that.

June 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm
(1200) satya says:

hi goindia,

I have a general question.

My mother arrived india on a medical visa. But unfortunately she didn’t registered on any FRRO office. However she registered on her local police station and she was updating her address everytime when she moved house. She lived in India for 5 months. Now she received UK visa and she need exit clearance. She went to the local FRRO office to apply for it. They didn’t ask her any money but they asked for a latest police clearance statement. She received a statement from the police station.

Now the problem is, my mother got only 5 months UK visa left and she has to come to UK. But without the exit permit she can’t leave the country. After applied for the exit permit, the FRRO office told my mother to come back in 15 days.

will she get any other problem for getting the exit permit.

June 22, 2013 at 12:25 am
(1201) goindia says:

Hi Satya, getting an exit permit is quite a common procedure. She shouldn’t have any problems with it, don’t worry.

June 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm
(1202) Jack says:

Hi,

Im an indian guy and wants to marry an indonesian girl. Can you pls tellme if my gf can come to india and get a voa and can we get married . As I have heard that VOA is only for 30 days and the notice required for marriage is also 30 days. Hence, how is it possible to get married within 30 days..

Kindly advise
Jack

June 23, 2013 at 12:21 am
(1203) goindia says:

Hi Jack, there are two options: 1) You can submit the notice of intention to marry in advance, without her being in India. She will need to have signed the application and provided all the necessary documents to go with it though. 2) She can get a tourist visa before coming to India. This will give her more time, as the duration of the visa is longer than that of the VOA.

June 25, 2013 at 1:10 am
(1204) sathya says:

thank you for your fast reply goindia. Your answers really helps :) just to add, my mom is in india for 5 years, not 5 months. that’s why I’m worried.

thanks

June 26, 2013 at 7:57 pm
(1205) Goldwyn Cyrus says:

Hi, My girlfriend and i are seeing each other for almost 5 months. She is From Ukraine and I am from Mumbai. She is planning to come down to India by August 2013. With a tourist Visa for 6 months. Can we get married and be together for ever. As she plans to settle down here in Mumbai with me. She is Legally divorced and so am I , ( I am divorced through the Family Court In Mumbai) Kindly advise me how to go about getting married, what all documents does she need to carry with her and where do i need to do….. Thanks :)

June 27, 2013 at 2:50 am
(1206) goindia says:

Hi Goldwyn, yes, you can both get married. You’ll need to do it under the Special Marriages Act. You’ll find information about the process here: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

If you live in south Mumbai, you’ll need to go the Registrar of Marriages at the Old Customs House. If you live in the suburbs, you’ll need to go to the one in Khar in the MTNL building on Linking Road (I believe it recently shifted there).

After marriage, she’ll need to get her tourist visa converted to an X visa. http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/Convert-Tourist-Visa-To-X-Visa-Marriage.htm

Best wishes!

June 29, 2013 at 4:43 pm
(1207) subhajit says:

hi,
i am an Indian citizen having an extendable work visa of denmark and it is valid till 14th jan 2014. now i am planning to travel to india in october and want to come back on december 16th 2013. will that be a problem for me to come out of the country . is there any rules regarding minimum visa period requirement to travel out of the country.

June 30, 2013 at 1:07 am
(1208) goindia says:

Hi subhajit, I don’t know anything about Denmark visas, sorry. This is a forum for India travel.

July 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm
(1209) hardik says:

one of the my friend want to visit india , she is turkish and muslim, how can she visit india? which type of invitation letter i have to give to her? what is the procedure of that invitation letter?

July 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm
(1210) goindia says:

Hi Hardik,

You’ll find information about the visa process and requirements here: http://www.cgiistanbul.org/visa_services and here: http://www.indembassy.org.tr/EN,80/visa.html

July 11, 2013 at 2:05 am
(1211) Christine says:

Hi goindia! What a great job done by you. tried to went through the entire thing starting from 2010, but really couldn’t as dont have time and most important dont have the patience which you have.

Ok, here is my question.
My friend is an estonian girl. Staying in Mumbai. Married to an Indian, i guess long back, not sure for how many years, but they have two kids 7-10 years olds.

Now due to some issues they are divorcing. But she wants to stay back in India, as she works in some of schools in mumbai, children have their own friends, school duties etc

Children have PIO, but she doesn’t. Whenever she went to Estonia for holidays, she used to get new visa and extend it when it expires.

Now her question is, when they will be divorced, visa extension will be no more possible and as she claims, getting new visa from Estonia is even more tough.

What can be solution for her to stay back in india after divorce legally?

Thank you very much’
Christine

July 11, 2013 at 10:36 pm
(1212) goindia says:

Hi Christine, this is really a difficult situation. Even a PIO card becomes invalid after divorce. I suggest that she goes to the FRRO in Mumbai (or gets in touch with them) to see what can be done, as the final decision will be up to them. Hopefully, there is a solution. Here’s the FRRO contact information: http://mumbaipolice.maharashtra.gov.in/FRRO.asp

July 11, 2013 at 6:08 am
(1213) jassi says:

hello goindia

actully i want to know that my girlfrnd she get pargnet befroe we get married now we have baby girl . i m going to philippines to marry her is that easy to marry der or better in india i want that she and my baby both come indian on arrival visa and gett marry then apply for x visa… plzz advise me what ti will do which is better… thanku

July 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm
(1214) goindia says:

Hi Jassi, I’m sorry, I can’t really give you definitive advice about this because I have no idea about the procedure for getting married in the Philippines. I would think it would probably be easier than getting married in India and then getting her tourist visa converted to an X visa — that can be a lengthy process. Do ask her what the procedure is for getting married in her country.

July 13, 2013 at 12:32 am
(1215) Christine says:

Hi,

Thank you very much. I see and i’ll definitely pass this info to my friend.

best regards

July 14, 2013 at 4:52 am
(1216) katts says:

Hi goindia,

Nice forum :-) Anyway here’s my situation, maybe you can give me an advice =)

I recently got married in Consulate of India here in Dubai, me and my husband (indian ofcourse :-) ) are planning to move to india ASAP because of my mother and law’s condition, as far as i know and all the forums that i read about PIO, i should wait for a year to get that PIO Card. My question is, is there anyway i can apply for a long term visa to stay in india while i’m still waiting for the PIO? and Can i apply that PIO in india?

Thanks for your time :-)

July 14, 2013 at 11:11 am
(1217) goindia says:

Hi Katts, sure, I can give you advice about that! The visa that you should apply for is an X type Entry visa. It’s a long term residential visa. When in India, register yourself at your local Foreigners Regional Registration Office to get a Resident’s Permit. Then, after you’ve completed a year of marriage, you can go back to the FRRO and apply for your PIO there. Best wishes!

July 14, 2013 at 11:54 am
(1218) sona says:

please i need a urgent help from u..

i am indian resident living in indore.
my fiancee is also indian resident( mumbai ),
working in USA ( new jersey ).
i will be going for a court marriage in mumbai on 13 nov’2013..

i just wish i could go with him in nov itself..
or as soon as possible..
is there any way of getting an spouse visa,tourist visa or any kind of temporary visa through which i can go there,nd then apply for visa from there..
how fast can i get my visa for new jersey..so that i can live with him there..

please can u provide me with the information if any1 has gone with th same situatn or have any knowledge regarding this ..please also let me knw the exact process for appling for visa..

i will really be thankful for quick replies..

July 15, 2013 at 2:23 am
(1219) goindia says:

Hi Sona, I’m sorry, I only know about visas for India, not other countries. You can find information about getting a US visa here: http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov/visas.html

I believe it’s a lengthy process, unfortunately.

July 15, 2013 at 12:00 am
(1220) neha says:

I am Pakistani born Canadian national and I have dual citizenship My boyfriend is an Indian national living in India. We would like to get married as soon as possible. We are exploring the opportunities that are available for us so that we can get married and he could immigrate to Canada without any further delay. Because I hold Pakistani citizenship there would be visa problems for me to go to India and marry him as few of my cousins were denied visa to India I expect even my visa would be denied. We seek your advice on how to get married as soon as possible.

We had plans to get married in Thailand but when we spoke to the Indian consulate in Bangkok they were not ready attest the certification of marriage. The only way we could register the marriage was go back from Thailand to India and register it according to the local laws. But the problem is I most probably will not get a visa to enter India.

July 15, 2013 at 2:02 am
(1221) gibbs says:

Hi sharell
I’m from india and i’mon my work visa for two years from) 6th of jan2013 – 6th of 2015) here in oman . As of now I’ve already spent my six months here But I don’t wish to stay here more longer and therefore I intent to go back to india and planning to apply for student visa for Singapore .So I wanted to know if I can do that while on work visa continuing as I don’t wish cancel the visa and proceed on emergency leave from here…

July 15, 2013 at 2:20 am
(1222) goindia says:

Hi Gibbs, I’m sorry I can’t help you with that question. I only know about Indian visas, not visas for other countries.

July 15, 2013 at 2:14 am
(1223) gibbs says:

hi sherral
Is it possible to go on study visa to Singapore while on work visa in oman .I’m on oman working for two years and I’ve been on it for six month now but don’t wish to proceed it so can I apply for Singapore study visa when I go back to india .

July 15, 2013 at 10:40 pm
(1224) Jay says:

Hi sir , it’s me jay from India and and my girl Frnd from newzealand she want come here and we want Mary each. Other and she want take me there so what’s prosses for marraige and I want to knw how to get visa in how long time ?

July 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm
(1225) goindia says:
July 17, 2013 at 2:58 am
(1226) gaurav says:

tell me i love with uzbek girl and we want to do marriage in india she is coming to india on 20 july and her visa valid for 2nd of august only tell what documents she can bring from uzbek so we can do marriage in india and tell me after marriage how can we live more how visa can extend suggest me

July 17, 2013 at 5:56 am
(1227) goindia says:

Gaurav, I’m sorry, but it will be impossible for you both to get married in that time frame. You will need to have a civil ceremony at a registry office, and you will need to submit a notice of intention to marry at least 30 days in advance. Even if you did apply today, you wouldn’t be able to get married until 17th August — so it’s clearly impossible. You’ll find more information about the necessary process here: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

July 24, 2013 at 1:55 am
(1228) mia chaterine says:

Hi jay

im Mia from Indonesia……. since last year i have a love relation with an indian man….. and we both decide to get married each other… the problem is i separated with my ex husband without having a divorce certificate yet…..
and my boyfriend has a job at chandigrah…..
so please help me…… can i go to India with tourist Visa and get married with myboyfriend soon?? coz he wants me to go there soon…..

July 24, 2013 at 1:59 am
(1229) goindia says:

Hi Mia, you will need to provide evidence of being single in order to get married in India. So, that means you will have to produce your divorce certificate. It won’t be possible for you to get married without it.

July 27, 2013 at 4:31 pm
(1230) jaswinder singh says:

hello

i m male from india my girlfrnd from Philippines we have baby girl 3 months old but we still not married and now in oct i m going to Philippines to bring her india both and get marry in india so plzz advice me what should i do to bring her india wich visa i will apply or on arrival visa ok then get marry file X-visa on the airport they will not anything what we will say to officer plzz reply me

July 28, 2013 at 12:43 am
(1231) goindia says:

Jaswinder, if you’re going to get married in India, her only option is a tourist visa. After marriage, she can get it converted an X type residential visa in India.

July 31, 2013 at 5:52 am
(1232) asif says:

sir,
i married indian girl
visited india 5.times 2.
i have one daughter 4year of old.
i did,t see her untill she born cause of sponsership letter.
i have all docoments which enough for visa.
i have sponsership letter
but not a person whom attestation that sponsership letter,
embassy mandtory need attestation that sponsership letter to fist class officer.
all genous person are here
plz tell me solution of my problem.
regards
asif
pakistan

July 31, 2013 at 5:58 am
(1233) asif says:

plz tell me via mail.

July 31, 2013 at 6:06 am
(1234) asif says:

sir.
my wife also tried to find out a person whom attestation sponsership letter. but failed
plz tell me solution of my problem.
indian embassy don,t accept visa application without attestation of sponsership letter.
anybody help me by sending me mail too,
asifmian249@yahoo.com
regards
asif

August 1, 2013 at 5:48 am
(1235) asif says:

goindia gi
you replied all the people and help them.
my turn come and you disappeard.
plz give me solution too
regards
asif

August 1, 2013 at 4:44 pm
(1236) asif says:

i am in trouble.
need your advise and want to go india.
you replied all the people but i don,t know why you are n,t telling me the solution
plz leave your reply here as soon as possible
thanks

August 2, 2013 at 2:16 am
(1237) goindia says:

Asif, I’m sorry but I can’t help you as I don’t know the solution. I’m not an immigration expert, and have no experience with Indian immigration/visas for Pakistanis. All I know is that the Indian government makes it very difficult for Pakistanis to get visas and come to India. It would be best if you speak with someone who has direct experience with this matter.

August 2, 2013 at 5:42 am
(1238) asif says:

bundle of thanks sir,
sir can you plz tell me how my wife can apply x.visa in india.
i married 10.years ago.
if i want to long stay in india with my wife or daughter is goverment of india can give me x.visa?
where me or my wife can apply?
cause gov oh india make visa very tough for pakistani.
actully indian gov don,t want to see pakistani india thats why they do that.
no person is ready for take a risk by attestation sponsership letter.
thanks.

August 2, 2013 at 5:46 am
(1239) asif says:

sir
can you plz tell me that web adress aor a site which belong to visa.and able to give me solution of my problem.
i have all docoments which are enough for visa except attestation of sponsership letter.
only that piece of paper creat a huge trouble for me and made a wall between me and my family.
thanks

August 2, 2013 at 5:55 am
(1240) asif says:

sir,
i think me or all pakistanis have to wait of growing old than they can see their family.
because indian gov make visa too much easy for senior cetizens only.
above 65year of old person can get visa on boder without any trouble.
great rules of indian gov.

August 6, 2013 at 11:06 am
(1241) Ambiga says:

Hi,

I am a non camp Srilankan Refugee residing in India for more than 23 years. I do own a srilankan passport. I am married to an Indian who is currently working in US and owning a H1B visa.

I am planning to go to US and stay with him. Please tell me the guidelines that I should follow to go to US?

Thanks in advance.

August 7, 2013 at 1:34 am
(1242) goindia says:

Hi Ambiga, I’m sorry, I can’t help you with that. This is a website about travel to India. I don’t know anything about immigration to the US. Apologies.

August 7, 2013 at 9:20 pm
(1243) C N says:

Hi, I am Canadian and my itinerary is as follows:

New York to Delhi with (Aeroflot)
Delhi to Kathmandu (Spice Jet or Indigo air)

4 weeks later

Nepal to Kolkata (bus/train in under 3 days)
Kolkata to Thailand (Thai airways)

I have done extensive research and have concluded that my best option is to get a transit visa for my arrival in Delhi so that I can pass immigration and re-check my baggage onto my new flight (it is with a different airline, and roughly 12 hours after I land).

My original plan was to train/ bus from Nepal to Kolkata for my flight to Thailand, and was going to do this on another transit visa.

Am I able to obtain two transit visas for India roughly 4 weeks apart from one another, or will I have difficulties? (I know that generally you must wait 2 months when on a tourist visa, but I am uncertain how this translates into transit visas).

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Regards,
CN

August 8, 2013 at 1:01 am
(1244) goindia says:

Hi CN, there aren’t any restrictions on Transit visas. If you don’t mind the hassle of applying in Kathmandu (it will take two trips, around a day of your time all up) you shouldn’t have any problems. Here’s some information about the process: http://www.indianembassy.org.np/index1.php?option=information&id=50

August 8, 2013 at 11:45 am
(1245) Sujatha says:

Hi,

I am an indian married to a UK citizen. We got married two months before in India. after marriage he has gone back to UK. Now, he has to come back to live with our family here in India. We dont want to apply for tourist visa as he gets only for 3 months. he has plans to stay with us for one year, can you advise what type of visa he can apply.

August 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm
(1246) goindia says:

Hi Sujatha, he should get an X visa. It’s an entry visa, which is a residential visa. If he’s already in India on a tourist visa, he won’t be able to apply for it here though. Tourist visas can be converted into X visas after marriage in India but only after the marriage is performed, not if the person leaves India and comes back.

August 12, 2013 at 5:49 pm
(1247) Mary Leen Amigo says:

hi..i am a Filipina and planning to visit India(New Delhi, India) this coming January 2014 as a tourist.. l have read that now a days we can get a visa upon arrival….(is it true?).. Then, l would like to know if how much the cost of show money? I mean…how much should b the amount I am going to carry for them to believe that I will be there for holidays…hoping to read your reply soon…thanks a lot…. :)

August 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm
(1248) Tenzin says:

Hello there, just have a quick question. I am a US pass holder but i was originally born in india as a Tibetan. Would i be eligible for PIO since i was born in india. THANK YOU.

August 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm
(1249) Ricky says:

Hi there ,
1> is it possible to work in India on tourist visa?
2> If not , then what kind of action would be taken against ? which authority would take the action?
3> and how that person would come into notice of that authority ?

August 17, 2013 at 7:34 am
(1250) goindia says:

Ricky, no, it’s not possible to work in India on a tourist visa. Unless you can find a company that is willing to pay you cash in hand, you won’t even be able to get paid as you won’t be able to set up the required bank account.

August 17, 2013 at 8:16 am
(1251) Vijay says:

hi,
If a indan girl marries a pakistani national who is residing in india from past 5 years on Long term Visa, how can they get their marriage registerd?? and under which act?/
they marriage took place 5 months back.

August 18, 2013 at 5:14 am
(1252) goindia says:

Hi Vijay, what kind of marriage did they have? If they are of two different religions, they will have to have a civil ceremony under the Special Marriages Act for it to be legal and registerable.

August 18, 2013 at 5:39 am
(1253) v\ says:

hi,
the marriage was as per Hindu tradition in a marriage hall.
the matter is its been 5 months, can it be registered now?
and what sort of documents are required?
and normally how much time it takes to register?

August 18, 2013 at 8:30 am
(1254) goindia says:

It can be registered under the Hindu Marriages Act. You’ll need to go to your local Registrar of Marriages office. They will be able to give you more details as to the documents they require — sorry, I’m not a marriage expert and don’t have any experience with registering Hindu marriages.

August 18, 2013 at 10:20 am
(1255) horan says:

Hi goindia,

Can you get married in India on a student visa? As in, complete the special marriage act process on the student visa, get the certificate and apply for visa conversion?

Thank you :)

August 18, 2013 at 10:22 am
(1256) horan says:

Hi goindia,

Can you get married in India on a student visa? complete the special marriage act process, get the certificate and apply for visa conversion?

Thank you :)

August 19, 2013 at 12:32 am
(1257) goindia says:

Hi Horan, yes you can. :-)

August 19, 2013 at 11:04 am
(1258) horan says:

Hey! thanks a lot goindia. do you happen to know the exact process or any link related to this or is the process same as converting tourist visa into X visa?
thank you :)

August 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm
(1259) goindia says:

Horan, yes, the process is the same (same form to complete as far as I’m aware). You’ll have to go to the FRRO and they will handle it. Good luck!

August 19, 2013 at 4:28 pm
(1260) Horan says:

Thank you :)

August 20, 2013 at 2:52 am
(1261) Ricky says:

Hi Goindia ,
thanks , but
could you please give me some info regarding next two questions (2 and 3)
1> is it possible to work in India on tourist visa?
2> If not , then what kind of action would be taken against ? which authority would take the action?
3> and how that person would come into notice of that authority ?

August 20, 2013 at 12:04 pm
(1262) goindia says:

Ricky, I’m sorry I don’t have those answers for you.

September 1, 2013 at 8:20 am
(1263) Relynfr says:

Hi im Relyn frm Philippines.

Im Relyn in ex abroud in I want to visit my friends in India.

My question is…
Wat should I do to visit my friends in India?

How much cost the visa of Indian?

September 4, 2013 at 12:05 am
(1264) ramesh says:

hi, iam a sri lankan in india on a tourist visa, i need medical treatment in one of the leading hospital . the treatment may require more than a year.

can i get medical visa from india before the expiry of existing tourist visa

or shall i go back to sri lanka and apply from there.

please help me with your information
thanks
sivaram

September 5, 2013 at 9:32 pm
(1265) maya says:

hi im maya from philippines, i had an indian bf and im planning to go visit him there in india thru sponsorship….i just want to ask what is much better…..a common visa or visa on arrival…..what is much easier to have and which one is much complicated…im planning to go there this sept 26th this year….hope i will get an answer..thanks a lot…

September 12, 2013 at 3:54 pm
(1266) such says:

hi goindia im british indian holding pio card my 2 children are holding oci cards.Im married to a british born Pakistani been married for 25 years who has never held Pakistani citizenship but her mother was born would she be eligible for pio card or long term vis?

September 14, 2013 at 12:47 am
(1267) goindia says:

Hi such, she’s not eligible for a PIO card. More information about that here: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/ForeigD-FAQs-PIO-Crd.pdf
She could get an X visa (residential visa) but it will have to be renewed frequently, I believe.

September 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm
(1268) such says:

Hi Goindia thank you for your reply
At the present my wife has no visa… how long is a x visa valid for?
how do I apply for a x visa how can I get this process started.
VFS Global will not even entertain my application for a normal 6 month visa for her because of her parents origin to Pakistan.
As explained she is british born Pakistani.

I await your response.

such

September 15, 2013 at 11:41 pm
(1269) goindia says:

Hi Such, an X visa is valid for 1-5 years. They will probably only give her a 1 year visa. Apply for it through VFS on the basis of marriage. I’m not sure how the process will go though. India is very reluctant to let anyone with Pakistani heritage in. However, I do know of cases where such people are living in India on X visas due to being married to an Indian. They have to renew them regularly though.

September 17, 2013 at 8:57 am
(1270) such says:

Dear Goindia

On the HCI website it states that if you are of Indian origin, which I am, than on my strength I can apply for a 5 year X visa for my spouse. It does not state that if your wife is of Pakistani origin even though she is British then we could not apply for a 5 year X Visa.
As explained I am a PIO card holder and I applied for both my children’s OCI which was granted on my PIO strength. Surely this should apply to my spouse as well.

September 18, 2013 at 1:13 am
(1271) goindia says:

Hi Such, that would be the logical assumption, but as you know, logic doesn’t always prevail in India. ;-) The involvement of Pakistani heritage changes everything, unfortunately. You can apply for a 5 year X visa, but the reality is that it may not be granted. They may only grant a 1 year X visa — due to her Pakistani heritage. But, every case is different. The only thing you can do is apply and see what happens. Please do let me know the outcome.

September 20, 2013 at 11:49 am
(1272) Ravi says:

Hi GoIndia,

I am in a tricky situation your response will be really appreciated.

I am an Australian citizen and an OCI. My wife is an Australian citizen with Afghan background. She was born in Afghanistan. We have a son who will get his OCI soon.We got married in India last year.

All my family lives in India and all 3 of us want to move to India to live with the family. Somebody told us my wife can only apply for 6 months tourist visa. This is more like breaking our family , we cant stay together in India.
Can she get 5 year entry visa or something which prevents us from leaving the country every 6 months to renew the visa.

If it does not work we might have to stay away from India which is rediculous because some law prevents the legal people to live in their country with their old parents.

Suggest us something which can make our life easier.

Thanks a lot !

September 21, 2013 at 2:11 am
(1273) goindia says:

Hi Ravi, her heritage does make it difficult but she should be able to get an X visa (residential/entry visa) even if it’s only for a short duration (such as a year) that has to be renewed regularly. Try applying for that. I don’t think they will give her a 5 year one initially but even if she gets a 1 year one, it can be renewed in India.

September 24, 2013 at 6:58 am
(1274) Poojanpreet says:

hello
I am a US citizen and I came to India in 2002 on student visa, got registered in LIU/FRO office and then stared studying in India.In december 2006 i went to US to get my passport and visa renewed. I came back in jan 2007, at that point i was unaware of the laws regarding foreigners and various visa provisions. I also did not know that i had to get myself registered at FRO again. Now i plane to leave the country…I cannot since i dont have permsission to leave the country and also the visa issued to me was tourist visa, and i have studied MBBS for 6 years in India. I talke to the FRO here and they told me that I would need the ministry of home affairs permission to leave the country… I just wanted to know that how quickly can minisrty sort out my problem on urgent basis since i have to be in US by 10th october,2012.. Please reply ASAP

September 24, 2013 at 12:22 pm
(1275) goindia says:

Hi Poojanpreet, I’m really sorry, I can’t answer that question because I don’t know. If you can go to Delhi to visit the Ministry personally, you’ll probably be able to get it done quickly. There’s a Foreigner’s Division there that handles the cases.

September 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm
(1276) D'JAY says:

Hi, Could you please help me by some expert advice please.
My Wife is an Ukrainian I am Indian We got married in Jan 2013 court registered marriage She came to India in Oct 2012. I had applied in my City FRO for extension of her visa on the basis of legal marriage certificate I have not yet received any revert but was told all formalities including Police verification have been completed and they have given me a receipt also.
Now the point I need to clear is my Wife and myself are suppose to visit Ukraine she says there is some problem if she goes to Ukraine and on her return journey the Indian Embassy will not permit her visa she will have to stay 3 months in Ukraine and later apply for visa then only she will be permitted in India irrelevant to weather she is married to an Indian. Kindly let me know if this is true and if true kindly advice how do we both come back same time to India .
Regards,
D’Jay

September 26, 2013 at 1:58 am
(1277) goindia says:

Hi D’Jay, she needs to the FRO and ask them to issue her with a return visa, so she can leave India and come back. I’m not sure where you’re located but in Mumbai this procedure takes a day.

September 27, 2013 at 2:10 pm
(1278) Nithin P. says:

Hi, I am an indian citizen residing in India. I would be marrying a Singaporean next year and we would be settling in India ,which gives rise to a couple of questions. If we plan to get married in India what is the procedure involved. The information I had come across is a bit confusing.Do we(both of us or either one?) need to live in India for 30 days prior to the application? Is there a waiting period of another 30 days from the date of application to get married?
My next query is with respect to my fiance’s visa. I understand the best option is to go for a X- visa. Would it be better to apply for this visa in her country after marriage, since i read conversion from a T to X visa is tidious? What are my best options in both of the above mentioned concerns? Your assistance would be highly appreciated.

September 27, 2013 at 2:39 pm
(1279) goindia says:

Hi Nithin, in answer to your questions:

1) One of the applicants needs to reside in India for 30 days before making the application, with proof of residential address or police verification. The application is to be made in the area that the person is residing.
2) Yes, there is a 30 day waiting period after the application is submitted.
3) If she’s returning to her own country before her tourist visa expires after marriage, then yes, it’s definitely better and quicker to get the X visa there.

Hope that helps!

September 28, 2013 at 1:21 am
(1280) Nithin P. says:

Thanks a bunch for your quick helpful reply. I have another query.Would getting married under the Special Marriage Act or The Hindu Marriage Act be less of a hassle ? Are the requirements for the two different ? We have the option of getting married under either of the acts. Also we intend to have a religious ceremony.

September 28, 2013 at 2:23 am
(1281) goindia says:

Getting married under the Hindu Marriages Act is definitely less hassle if you’re both Hindu and have that option. As far as I’m aware, you only need to have the religious ceremony then you can get your marriage registered on that basis. No need for a civil ceremony under the Special Marriages Act as well — that’s only necessary for people of two different religions.

October 2, 2013 at 2:52 pm
(1282) zohaib says:

i m zohaib
main or meri family india me rhna chahaty hain.perminently.
koi tarika ho to plz batao ap/

October 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm
(1283) goindia says:

Hi Zohaib, yeh bahut mushkil karna hai. Aap kahan se hain?

October 10, 2013 at 11:39 am
(1284) grace says:

namaste..

im a philippines passport holder, residing/working her in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. i have plans on going to India to visit a friend this coming december, what can u advise? is the tourist visa-on-arrival is applicable with me or should i apply it here in indian embassy in riyadh?

thanks

October 14, 2013 at 6:26 am
(1285) komal 89 says:

Hi. How many days does it takes for a visit visa to be stamped if we applying from pakistan? and in how many days it can be expired from the date of its issue?

October 14, 2013 at 10:24 am
(1286) goindia says:

Hi Komal, if you’re a Pakistani citizen or have been one, it could take months to be approved, if at all. India does not give visa to Pakistanis very easily unfortunately. The date of visa expiry depends on the duration of visa given.

October 16, 2013 at 7:54 am
(1287) grace says:

no reply for me?

October 17, 2013 at 5:17 am
(1288) goindia says:

Sorry, Filipino citizens can get an India tourist visa on arrival.

October 24, 2013 at 12:01 am
(1289) Ian says:

I am a person born in India, had an Indian passport, arrived in Australia 45 years ago. Obtained Australian Citizenship a year after arrival.
I am totally confused having to apply for a visa to India.
I do not have an Indian passport any more, I am not sure what happened to it.
In 1997, I obtained a tourist visa to visit India. This visa was granted by the Indian Embassy in Cambodia.
I now read, the latest rules , where I have to hand in my old Indian passport? otherwise I pay some ridiculous sum of money.
The visa application form also asks for references? What is this for?
I am not applying for a job? What references do they require?What type of visa should I apply for. I have an Australian Passport.

October 26, 2013 at 11:23 pm
(1290) Sunil says:

Hi goindia,

We are Indians staying in USA on H1B. Our daughter (1 year old and US citizen) traveled to India with her grandparents. She currently have multiple entry maximum stay for 6 months visa. She may have to stay longer beyond 6 months. Can you please advise us what we need to do so that she can extend her stay in India.

Thank you

October 27, 2013 at 2:22 am
(1291) goindia says:

Hi Sunil, you didn’t mention this visa type. I assume it’s a tourist visa. A trip to the nearest FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office) in India will be required. Tourist visas aren’t usually extendable. However, it may be able to be converted to an X type visa (entry/residential visa) on the basis of your daughter having parents of Indian origin. The FRRO will be able to advise further about the procedure.

October 31, 2013 at 4:09 pm
(1292) jeetu says:

Hello Go India,
I am Indian resident whereas my fiance and daughter are from other country and i want them to settle down here in India. They were on tourist visa before but this time i am planning to get legally married on her tourist visa which we can convert into X visa. I will appreciate if you can guide me in the right direction. Thank you

November 1, 2013 at 8:11 am
(1293) goindia says:

Hi Jeetu, you can start here with the information in this article. http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm
I assume you’re both not the same religion, hence you’ll have to have a civil wedding under the Special Marriages Act.

November 4, 2013 at 2:59 am
(1294) Suresh says:

Dear sir/madam,

I am a srilankan who went on a tourist visa in 1997. Due to the problems in srilanka, I was forced to stay back in India. I did my schooling and university degree [ first class ] over in India. Now, I have come back to srilanka with an exit visa ( overstayed stamp over my passport). Now I have plans of doing my post graduation in India and also have my graduation ceremony in India next year.

Is there a chance for me to attend the graduation ceremony and also do my post graduation over in India?
What should I need to do if I a chance of studying over there further?

This decision of overstaying there was not my fault. It was my mother’s decision. I was very young when I went there.

Please help me out what to do sir.

November 4, 2013 at 10:30 am
(1295) goindia says:

Hi Suresh, I would say there’s a very high chance that you’d be blacklisted and not allowed to return to India. If that’s the case, you’ll have to appeal to the Ministry of Home Affairs to get it removed. Sorry.

November 4, 2013 at 10:27 am
(1296) julia says:

I am a russian travelling to india with a tourist visa and am planning to live in New Delhi for a few months. Am i allowed to rent a house in New Delhi? If yes what is the procedure and do i have to inform indian authorities my adress during my stay or can i live in any place?

November 4, 2013 at 10:32 am
(1297) goindia says:

Hi Julia, it would be difficult to rent a house on a tourist visa and for such a short period of time. You could try renting a room in someone’s house or a serviced apartment.

November 4, 2013 at 11:26 am
(1298) julia says:

Thanks a lot for your quick reply. do i have to provide the local authorities about my address. i read through this section and there is a lot of information about registering with FRRO but this is if the stay is for more than 180 days, but there what do i need to do if my stay is less than 180 days. Do i still have to register with FRRO? do i need to inform the local police about my address? If yes what documents suffice as address proof if i am renting a place?

November 4, 2013 at 11:46 pm
(1299) goindia says:

Hi Julia, you can’t register with the FRRO on a tourist visa. And tourists visas don’t allow people to have residences in India. Hence, the issues you will encounter. When you stay in a hotel or guest house in India, as a tourist you will ordinarily complete a “C” form, containing details of your visa and passport etc, which the owner will submit to the police. When renting a place independently, you will need to go through a police verification process. The leave and license agreement (rental agreement) also needs to be registered with the appropriate government department. Rent agreements are usually for 11 months in India. That is the proper process, at least in Mumbai. Many landlords also have issues renting to foreigners, particularly ones who aren’t here on a long term visa and registered with the FRRO, because of verification/security issues. You can try to rent a place but it won’t be easy to do so, if at all, because the process is regulated. It’s illegal not to get tenants verified by the police. Have a read of this article: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-10-17/delhi/34524416_1_foreigners-act-house-owners-three-arrests

November 7, 2013 at 4:00 am
(1300) marisa says:

Dear Goindia,

thank you a lot for the service you provide.

I am an italian citizen, holding a tourist visa.
I have just got a provisional admission to join a Sanskrit language course at a university in India.
I am going to apply for a student visa in Nepal.
Can you please advise as soon as possible about the necessary documentation to present to the Visa Office in Kathmandu?
Do you know in how many days the Office will issue the visa?
Is it easy to get a student visa over there?

Thank you,

marisa

November 8, 2013 at 7:04 am
(1301) goindia says:

Hi Marisa, please refer to the <a href=”http://www.indianembassy.org.np/index1.php?option=e6r5wlVM8od_u8Y0CdwsDiTfg0cohLLpEcNS8hphu-0&id=qRHrJpTWA-lU7m-mgRK0-mH1B726RLWYI5JIPiux4I0″>information on this website</a> as a start. I’m sorry, I don’t have any personal knowledge about applying for a student visa in Kathmandu.

November 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm
(1302) Ana says:

Hello, I am an Indian citizen work in Qatar. I have a plan to marry a Philippine girl working in Qatar. What are the procedures to get visa – Indian visa for her and Philippine visa for me, duration, fee? Please reply, thankfully, Ana.

November 8, 2013 at 7:06 am
(1303) goindia says:

Hi Ana, I’m sorry, I can’t advise you about getting a visa for the Philippines. My knowledge is only about India travel. Please refer to this website for information about getting an Indian visa in Qatar: http://www.indianembassyqatar.org/visainformation.html

November 17, 2013 at 10:02 am
(1304) dr.sanajy says:

Hey i m indian national married to indonesian girl who came here on visa on arrival we married in the visa validity.as i know we can convert visa on arrival to visa x after marriage i told FRO here to process it but the fro here not ready to process it he said its not possible to convert visa on arrival…they asked me send my wife back and get visa from her country…or show the releated act but i dont have any source to show them act can u tell me where i can get this act..because my wifes visa is finishing on 19th its tomarrow dont know what to do plz help

November 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm
(1305) goindia says:

Hi Dr Sanajy, your wife is entitled to an X visa conversion. Try printing out a copy of this document and giving it to them. (Refer to section 42 C).

http://policewb.gov.in/wbp/misc/visa.pdf

It is extremely frustrating when the FRO doesn’t even know the rules! Seriously? How can they be so clueless! Please take the printout and tell them to do their job properly.

Congratulations on your marriage by the way!

November 20, 2013 at 6:28 am
(1306) Confusedsoul says:

Hi,

Can a foreign couple (both Germans) who came to India on a business permit and have been in India for over 3 decades, apply for PIO/OCI
Please help!

Thanks!!

November 20, 2013 at 11:07 pm
(1307) goindia says:

Hi Confusedsoul, sorry, the answer is no. PIO/OCI is only for people with Indian heritage, or in the case of PIO also for foreigners married to Indians. If you’ve lived in India for more than 7 years, you could try applying for citizenship though!

November 20, 2013 at 11:33 pm
(1308) Confusedsoul says:

thanks a lot!!! :)

November 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm
(1309) Sadia says:

Dear Goindia

I am an Bangladeshi citizen and have visited India and some other countries few times. My parents lives in Dubai and i would like to go to visit them in Dubai with my husband and kids.Dubai visa’s are closed for Bangladeshi’s, so now i would like to know ” will i be able to get Dubai visit visa from India while im on visit at India?”

November 21, 2013 at 11:25 pm
(1310) goindia says:

Hi Sadia, I’m sorry, I can’t help you with that. I don’t know anything about obtaining visas for Dubai. This is a website about India travel.

November 27, 2013 at 5:58 am
(1311) Claire says:

Hey,

Firstly I’d just like to say thank you for providing this awesome and really useful service :) You’re really helping a lot of people out.

I’m planning a trip which may not happen for a while and I was trying to work out the best way to see India, Nepal and Sri Lanka with regards to visas etc. Would you be able to tell me if this plan would work under current visa laws? I’m a British citizen and my passport is still valid for a few years:

- Fly to India from London (having applied for an got a 6 month visa) with a return flight where I’m able to change the date.
- Explore India until the end of my visa then head over the border, overland, to Nepal where I can get a visa on arrival for 90 days. Though I don’t currently have plans for a flight out of Nepal, just India. This could be a problem…
- Spend so some time Nepal (I know the 2 month no re-entry rule has been scrapped but I’ll probably spend around 2 months in Nepal anyway as it looks amazing).
- Apply for a further 3 month Indian visa (they’re multiple entry, right?) whilst in Kathmandu then cross back into India to explore for a further month or so as I make my way down to Sri Lanka.
- Enter Sri Lanka with a return flight to India on a 30 day ETA.
- Fly back to India with at least 3 weeks left on my visa, spend those three weeks getting back to where ever my flight leaves from then head back to the UK.

Doable, do you think? :)

November 27, 2013 at 10:38 am
(1312) goindia says:

Hi Claire, It’s definitely doable I think. And I got a Nepalese visa once without showing an onwards flight. You shouldn’t have a problem! :-)

December 11, 2013 at 8:16 am
(1313) Dimansh says:

Hello. I am 23 years old Catholic Indian boy. My girlfriend is 18 years old Catholic Brazilian girl. We want to get Married. We are planning to get married here. She will come here on tourist Visa. I have few Queries.

1. If she will come here on Tourist Visa and we get married here in Indian Registrar office, then what is the procedure to extent visa?

2. I want her to stay here without Leaving India. I can go through all the legal formalities, So what are the things that we should do just to make her stay in India.?

3. If she will marry me here, legally, then when she will get her Indian Citizenship?

4. I have also heard about P.I.O Card, what is the procedure to get the P.I.O card and how long it takes to get the P.I.O Card?

December 14, 2013 at 11:01 pm
(1314) Garry Sandhu says:

my ques. is that my fionce has gone to australia on study visa nov 15,
i want to ask that can she come back and we can do court marriage so that i can work and she can study,
i want to ask if we do mariage than in how much time i can go to australia
i am fron india
plz help

December 14, 2013 at 11:58 pm
(1315) Akashdeep says:

I am an indian girl, i am here in philippine on tourist visa and my baby is born here in the first week of dec . Please guide me how i bring him back to india . What i have to do.

December 22, 2013 at 12:56 am
(1316) ng kim hoe says:

Dear sir

i am from malaysia and currently working in india. my son came to visit me with a tourist visa on 16-12-2013 and planning to back to malaysia on 28-1-2014. My question is: to my understanding a tourist visa for malaysian on for 30 days with a multiple entry visa . the meaning of 30 days are for each stay or accumulate to 30 days for the entire 6 months visa given. Question no.2: if only can stay not more than 30 days in each entry, can i just depart to a nearby country for few days and re-entry again.

December 22, 2013 at 1:35 am
(1317) goindia says:

Hi ng kim hoe, please take a look at the expiry date on the visa to see how long it is valid for. What is the expiry date? And does the visa say that it’s valid for stays of only 30 days at at time? If so, yes, you can go to another country for a few days and come back, provided that the visa has not reached its expiry date.

December 23, 2013 at 3:26 am
(1318) Pankaj Rawat says:

Hi Go India,

I have one question related to the wedding. My fiance is swiss and we are planning to have wedding held in india for which my fiance will have the tourist visa. My questions will be as follows:-

1 – we dont want to register the marriage in india first so for this we dont need any further documents to get the spritual wedding funtion in india.?
2- we will be doing the legal marriage in switzerland first which means we will have swiss marriage certificate in hand and then i want to register the same in India. what will be process do do the same?

thanks
Pankaj

December 23, 2013 at 3:34 am
(1319) goindia says:

Hi Pankaj, I’m sorry but I’m not an expert in this area. I don’t believe that you’ll need any documents to have a spiritual wedding, but that could depend on the requirement of the person performing the wedding. I think you’ll need to register your marriage under the provisions of the Foreign Marriage Act 1969, but I don’t have any knowledge or experience about this. Here’s the Act, which contains further information about the procedure: http://indiankanoon.org/doc/660591/

You will also find more information here: http://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080811182951AAbI0hu

January 13, 2014 at 6:19 am
(1320) SHEEN SABZAAR says:

Hi Sheryl ;

Please accept my sincere appreciation and thanks for valuable clarifications provided by you on this forum regarding tourist visa , its conversion to X visa and marriage requirements under special marriage act.

My fiancee is from Philippines and we are planning to marry in India shortly.I understand that currenly maximum 30 days duration only is possible under tourist visa on arrival unlike the 60/90 days tourist visa that was avaiable earlier.

My concern / querry is how marriage under special marriage act can be performed within 30 days period of tourist visa even if i am here in India for 30 days before the application for marriage is filed with the marriage registrar in India ; and even if i complete the her NOC for marriage in advance from Philippines embassy in India.

Both parties need to be present in person in front of the marriage registrar at the time of application for marriage and then both parties again need to be present in person at the time of registration of marriage after 30 days notice period for solemnizing the marriage.

Further 30 day is the minimum notice period only and it is again not necessary that the registrar may provide Marriage Certificate exactly on 30 days after marriage.

Another two weeks say for issual of marriage certificate even after marriage is solemnised.

Further i understand that without marriage certificate tourist visa cant be extended / converted which again means that my fiancee needs to stay here with an expired tourist visa which is quite illegal until the marriage certificate is issued and we apply for extension and conversion of her tourist visa to X visa.

My sincere thanks again in anticipation of your clarification.

January 13, 2014 at 6:28 am
(1321) SHEEN SABZAAR says:

hi sheryl ;

in further continuation to the contents of my above comment no 1320 even if my fiancee wants to apply for X visa in Philippines , how can she leave the country with an expired tourist visa even if she has the marriage certificate with her ???

January 13, 2014 at 6:51 am
(1322) goindia says:

Hi Sheen, just to clarify, both parties do not need to be present at the time the notice of intention to marry (application to marry) is submitted. However, all the required documentation must be presented at that time. So, you can submit the intention to marry on behalf of both of you, and she can come to India just before the wedding.

January 30, 2014 at 6:35 am
(1323) Russell McMahon says:

Sharell,

Background:
NZ citizen, never visited India, arrive Chennai early March 2014.
Fly out of Mumbai end of March.
My wife (NZ) citizen, is working in Pune about 6 weeks. Has business visa.
We hope to both leave on the same day for Singapore.

I develop solar powered products for developing country use.
I’d like to look at several known projects in Bangladesh.
I’ve nothing specific in mind in India but there will be much similar.
(I’m a self employed electronic developer and consultant. What I do is seen as “business” but main aim is to help people to develop superior solar systems for very poor.
I’m NOT a member of any aid organisation.
I’m genuinely ‘on holiday’ & visiting my wife in Pune but I may get involved in business discussions and/or transactions and may conceivably buy some products to take back to NZ.
I may want to return in months to a few years depending on what happens this trip.

Most useful would be a multiple entry multi year business visa.
I have no company that I’m definitely visiting, but could make specific (genuine) arrangements if necessary. I do not want to pay a vast premium for the business visa. I’ve not found a fee schedule anywhere.

Questions:

- What do I need to do to obtain a multi entry business visa?
Is a letter from a company essential?
Would it be enough to explain as above or is that just too complex or not suitable for a business visa?
- Might a tourist visa be OK?
What is the max amount of bus-exploratory activity hat I could do on a tourist visa.
(NB – I am NOT trying to ‘beat the system’ – just seeking to understand it.
- Are you able to advise the approximate cost of a business multi entry visa – or where I can find a fee table?

Sorry about the complex introduction and many thanks for the great service that you are providing.

Russell McMahon

[I'm much travelled on business in Asia in recent years (mostly China) and hold an APEC card - not relevant to India].

February 3, 2014 at 12:24 am
(1324) goindia says:

Hi Russell, you’ll find more information here:

http://mha.nic.in/sites/upload_files/mha/files/pdf/work_visa_faq.pdf (Refer to part A).
http://www.hicomind.org.nz/hcinz/consular-services/visa-fee/

Hope it helps! Initially, while you’re doing informal exploration, I would advise you to simply get a tourist visa as it will be much easier.

February 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm
(1325) Aurvind says:

Hi goindia team,

I have a female friend in Philippines. She is married and has a daughter of 11 years, not living with her husband since 9 years.She wants to shift in India with her daughter. How it can be possible and by which way?
Can I be a care taker of them, I can support them financially. I am a married person. Please give your valued suggestions.

February 5, 2014 at 12:35 am
(1326) goindia says:

Hi Aurvind, unfortunately what you want to do isn’t possible as the Indian government does not encourage immigration and there is no provision for it. She would only be eligible for a residential visa if she was to marry an Indian citizen.

February 8, 2014 at 8:14 am
(1327) ruhina says:

Hello, my frnd is in Kuwait now hez a Pakistani he wanted to visit india.so how can he come to india on a visit
please let me knw asap

February 18, 2014 at 9:57 am
(1328) Sam says:

Hi GoIndia,
This is a very helpful site and I found many answers for the questions that I have.

I am marrying a foreigner and will be doing muslim marriage and will get a muslim marriage certificate in english and get it attested from ministry of External affairs.

I am currently working in States and will be travelling to India for the marriage.

Please will you help me for the following questions:
1. Can the Islamic marriage certificate which is attested by Ministry of external affairs can be used for X visa for my would be spouse?
2. Or Do I have to register my marriage under Special marriage act in India?
3. I will be travelling to States along with my would be wife so Can I get the X visa from States from Indian embassy?
4. If yes then how much time it can take to process the X visa from states
5. Will the Islamic marriage certificate will be valid in Indian embassy in States?

I will sincerely appreciate your kind help with the information for the above questions.

Thanks

February 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm
(1329) goindia says:

Hi Sam, unfortunately, I don’t have any experience regarding Muslim marriages. However, I suspect that you should register your marriage, so that it is properly recognised under law (sometimes a nikah nama is not viewed as a legal document) and have a registered marriage certificate. I’m not certain though, sorry! Yes, the X visa can be obtained from the US, and the process is actually much more straight forward and less time consuming. It should only take a couple of weeks. However, there are issues in regards to the current agency that handles India visa applications in the US. I’m not sure which branch you’ll be submitting your application to, but some are worse (such as NY) than others. Have a read here for information about that: http://goindia.about.com/b/2013/04/16/changes-in-indian-visa-outsourcing-problems-ahead.htm

February 19, 2014 at 12:28 am
(1330) sanjeev bhatia says:

Please inform that a foreigner who applied for extension of Indian VISA and waiting for extension, for how many days he is allowed to stay in India in waiting for extension.

February 19, 2014 at 1:42 am
(1331) goindia says:

Hi Sanjeev, the FRRO should’ve advised the foreigner of that. It depends on what they’ve written on the documents. Ask the foreigner to check his documents or ask the FRRO. Usually the person is allowed to stay in India as long as it takes for the extension to be processed.

February 22, 2014 at 1:55 am
(1332) emjie says:

hi i am a Filipino and i have a bf indian his a muslim and living in kerala i want to get married with him bcs. we have are child already but then he told me that it’s not allowed on there culture . because there family can’t accept about this matter .. i want to know what i can do for it is that true that its not allowed to get married with other nationality? even we have our baby already?

February 22, 2014 at 4:29 am
(1333) goindia says:

Hi Emjie, yes, it will most likely be difficult for his family to accept initially, as cross cultural marriages are unusual in India. However, they do take place! (I am married to an Indian and many of my friends are too). There is legislation to facilitate these marriages, called the Special Marriages Act. It’s possible for you both to have a legal civil marriage under this Act. To be honest, it is much more unacceptable to have a child outside marriage in India than to have a cross cultural marriage. The fact that your boyfriend had a child with you but is unwilling to marry you is quite appalling, especially in Indian culture. I suggest you tell him this. He needs to take responsibility for his actions and marry you, regardless of what his family thinks. It is possible to marry — he will just need to toughen up and go against his family’s wishes.

February 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm
(1334) Sharu says:

I am a canadian citizen who was born in srilanka, and my husband is indian citizen. We been married for 6 months. would it be possible for me to apply to entry visa on the basis of marriage?

he has no plan on coming to canada, we are planning on staying in india. whats the best advice you can give me?

February 24, 2014 at 5:31 pm
(1335) goindia says:

Hi Sharu, yes, you can apply for an X visa. That is the best thing to do.

February 25, 2014 at 1:59 pm
(1336) Sunil says:

My mom was issued a 6 month tourist visa to India on Oct 8 2013 on her Canadian passport – she entered India on Oct 23rd 2013.

So does her visa expire on April 8th or April 23rd???

February 25, 2014 at 3:58 pm
(1337) goindia says:

Hi Sunil, the expiry date will be shown on the visa! But to answer your question, the visa is valid from the date of issue. Therefore, I expect it will expire on April 8.

February 25, 2014 at 4:23 pm
(1338) Sunil says:

Ok so we checked and her visa expires on April 8th – but we need her to be there for some important property matters till April 22nd – is there any way we can extend her visa in New Delhi or Jaipur??

February 26, 2014 at 12:59 am
(1339) goindia says:

Sunil, it will be best done in New Delhi at the FRRO there (this office is more efficient and has full functionality/powers). You’ll find the contact details listed here: http://mha1.nic.in/pdfs/FRROContactList.pdf 15 day (maximum) extensions are granted under some circumstances.

February 26, 2014 at 5:06 pm
(1340) aleem says:

I am coming to mumbai on tourist visa in april. But i am considering of applying for some jobs.If i were to be successfull in obtaining a job. How easy is it to convert my visa from Tourist to Work.

Would it be easier to get married under the tourist visa or work visa. My girlfriend is born and raised in india

February 27, 2014 at 5:11 pm
(1341) goindia says:

Hi Aleem, it’s not possible to convert a tourist visa into an employment visa. You’d need to back to your own country and apply for the employment visa there. You can marry your girlfriend under a tourist visa, no problems. After that, you can convert tourist visa into X visa (entry/residential visa) in India. It will allow you to live in India but not work.

March 1, 2014 at 2:23 am
(1342) Melanie says:

Hi. My name is Melanie and I am engaged to a man residing in Mumbai. I want to go visit him and am applying for a tourist visa on Monday.
Here is the problem:
Back in September of last year I was denied access to the UK to go visit him for a month there and my brand new passport was stamped with a london, heathrow stamp with an X on it. (I was denied because I didnt have a visa to stay for a month-WHICH I was told I didnt need prior to booking …but oh well…thats another story in itself)-. I was told that I was not deported, just denied access due to lack of visa.
Now…my travel agent is helping me file for a tourist visa to visit him for a week in April and he told me that I would probably need to send my passport to the India embassy located in Houston, Texas.
My lovely stamp is making me a nervous wreck. I just want to know if anyone has any idea if this will cause my tourist visa to be denied.
I really miss him and really want to see him. We’ve both been saving up forever for this trip and now that money-wise, -everythings a ‘go”…sooooo……
Any input would be greatly appreciated.

March 1, 2014 at 11:52 am
(1343) Rashmi says:

Hi goindia,
Me and my italian boyfirend are planning to get married in italy coming september. As per what I know I am already processing documents sucvh as a single status certificate and putting everything in place. I just have 1 doubt…while applying for a visa do I apply for a normal(Shengen) tourist visa and mention reason for travel as marriage or is there any other process i need to follow.
Thanks

March 1, 2014 at 5:52 pm
(1344) goindia says:

Hi Rashmi, I’m sorry I can’t help you with that. I don’t know anything about visas for Europe or getting married there — apologies!

March 2, 2014 at 9:23 pm
(1345) Malar says:

Hi Sir,

I am a Malaysian Hindu female aged 30 and my would be is from India. He is currently working in Malaysia.
a)May I know what is the procedure for us to register our marriage in India?

b)What are the documents needed?

c)Since both of us are away from India now, can his parents submit our forms on behalf of us for registration?

d) Is there a minimum number of days I need to be in India for registration or can we both just fly in and register on a short holiday.

Since both of us are here, it is very difficult for us to get the needed info. Kindly help us. Thank you so much.

Malar.

March 3, 2014 at 11:31 am
(1346) Asha rani says:

Hi my boyfrend is russian working in India for 6 yrs ..
We wanna get married …,,…just a question if he will be allowed to work in India ..as having x visa he cant work here ..
Pls help if any one knows abt it
Thanks
Asha

March 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm
(1347) goindia says:

Hi Asha, unfortunately, marrying an Indian citizen doesn’t allow the person to work. However, after being married for a year, he can apply for the PIO card, which gives working rights.

March 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm
(1348) VG says:

Planning on traveling to India this summer and wanted to take a 2-3 week trip to SE asia and then return to India. Is there anything in particular I should do to re-enter other than have evidence of travel in the neighboring countries? Are there any countries that are exempt from this for which they will not allow re-entry?

- I already have a 10 year multiple entry visa.

March 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm
(1349) goindia says:

Hi VG, you can re-enter without any problems as there are no longer any restrictions.

March 9, 2014 at 9:09 am
(1350) Tess says:

Hi,

I’m filipino married to Indian man. We’re planning to visit India this coming May. May i know if what are the requirements for me to apply visit visa to India? Since we didn’t apply PIO card yet. Thanks

March 9, 2014 at 4:28 pm
(1351) goindia says:

Hi Tess, please refer to this website for information: http://www.blsindiavisa-ph.com/

March 10, 2014 at 12:18 am
(1352) glen dsouza says:

hi
i work aboard i just got married witrh a mexcian nationaloity but it was just a court marriage now we r comeing to india and she has a visit visa and we will be getting married in the church ……just wanted to knw if we have to get married in the court in india again or the coyrt marriage is fine and also wht in can do for a visa for her do i have to always take out a visa for her or as she is married to a india orgin she can enter india just with me ,,,,,pls advice t
thank you
glen

March 10, 2014 at 5:23 am
(1353) John says:

Hi Guys,

I need some information from you as i have married a vietnamese girl at vietnam as per their tradition but my point is i didnt get marriage certificate over there and i dont even have time to register my marriage coz i had only 1 month visa so i have to come back from vietnam to India. Now in India i have heard that i can register my marriage as per Special Marriage Act 1954. But when i reach india my baby give me a good news that you are going to be dad and now she is 3 month Pregnant. Now can any one guide me that can i register my marriage as per special marriage Act when my wife is pregnant and we have no objection from our family. In my place the registrar authority is given to the collector. So if anyone can guide me kindly advice.

Thanks

March 12, 2014 at 1:56 am
(1354) MONA says:

hi.. im malaysian. my boyfriend is from India. v r goin to get married tis June. both of our families agree with this marriage n v plan to get marry in . Can u pls explain me what r the documents i need to bring to India for registration?

i heard about the NOC certificate. is tht compulsary? i am 33 yrs old.. n i am a divorcee..

pls tel me is tis marriAGE POSIBLE?

March 13, 2014 at 5:06 am
(1355) goindia says:

Hi Mona, yes, it’s possible to get married. Since you’re divorced, you’ll need to provide a copy of your divorce certificate to show that you’re unmarried. There’s more information about the process and documents required in this article: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/india-legal-requirements-for-marriage.htm

March 20, 2014 at 12:42 pm
(1356) Ravi Tiwari says:

I want to invite some frnd who hails from Nigeria. What are the basic steps I have to do with documentation please help me out this problem

March 20, 2014 at 1:26 pm
(1357) aditya says:

Hi am an Indian working in Philippine since last four years on long term visa and work permit I finished my assignment and intend to return back home. But I want to go to Nepal from Philippine and then enter India from the Himalayan region via bus. Is it possible ? If yes, where and who will do my immigration check? Where will be my entry point? Etc etc etc… Thanks.

March 23, 2014 at 3:49 pm
(1358) ajay says:

Hi sir, pls let me know how to come out with this problem, as I married to a philippines girl in 2012 via special court marriage act in india, she got x entry visa n we r having our kid age 18months n she is 4 months pregnant as well.. as we have not yet registered to mumbai police as of some medical maternity problem to my wife I avoided for travelling…what can I do now as it is almost more than 2years now…waiting 4 ur valuable suggestion…thanks ajay

March 23, 2014 at 10:51 pm
(1359) goindia says:

Hi Ajay, I assume that when you say she hasn’t registered with the Mumbai police you mean the Foreigners Regional Registration Office. She will need to go there and pay a fine. You’ll find the FRRO contact information and address here: https://mumbaipolice.maharashtra.gov.in/FRRO.asp

March 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm
(1360) Davo says:

Hello,

I’m trying to find a job in Bangalore, however I’m finding it difficult to get anywhere over the internet/phone and I think that I’ll have a much better chance if I just turn up and introduce myself. I realise that I’ll need an employment VISA to work but I was going to go to India on a tourist VISA, look for an employer, and then leave the country to get my employment VISA. I’m an Australian national and I don’t want to have to come all the way back to Australia to get an employment VISA and I was wanted to know if I have to be in Australia to apply or can I just leave to anther closer country to apply for the employment VISA if I find an employer? Also, if I was to find work but I still had time left on my tourist VISA (as it’s 6 months long) will this affect my chances of getting an employment VISA?

Thanks so much in advance!

March 23, 2014 at 10:45 pm
(1361) goindia says:

Hi Davo, unfortunately it is indeed challenging to get a job in India. You must apply for the employment visa in your country of residence, so that would necessitate returning back to Australia. It would be okay if you have time remaining on your tourist visa. They would cancel it and issue you with the employment visa. In case you’re not already aware, you’ll need to find a job paying the equivalent of $US25,000 per year or more to be eligible for an employment visa. Good luck!

March 24, 2014 at 11:32 am
(1362) Martin says:

A Canadian citizen who lives in Brazil needs to apply for a business visa for India. How should he does? Thanks in advance.

March 24, 2014 at 9:45 pm
(1363) goindia says:

Hi Martin, you’ll need to apply through the Consulate General of India in Brazil. http://www.indiaconsulate.org.br/

March 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm
(1364) Sam Singh says:

Hello Respected GoIndia.

I need some information regarding this.

My Girlfriend 22 Years old from Shanghai, China is planning to visit India soon, she have some problems with her family, i am inviting her on invitational tourist visa from my side, i will handle all of the expenses, currently she is living separate in Shanghai form her parents, and thus she have this following documents.

1. Residential Proof
2. Passport along with Passport Photographs.
3. NOC from her parents.
4. Bank Statement (From a USA bank sine she was studying there)

Q.1 ) Are these documents enough to get a tourist Visa ?

Q.2) And we are planning to get married here, i know about Special Marriage Act, is it possible to get married on the basis of tourist Visa ?

Q.3) Is there anyway to convert or extend Visa after getting marriage certificate.

Q.4) She doesn’t have Single Status Certificate and in no condition she can get it, since her parents are not giving her that, can i make a legal document in India which can eradicate this issue ?

Q.5) After getting married how long does it take to Extend or Convert Visa, if yes, for how long it will be extended or converted ?

Please, help me with answers.

Thanks
Sam Singh

March 27, 2014 at 10:44 pm
(1365) goindia says:

Hi Sam,

1) I’m not sure of the specific requirements for getting an Indian visa for a Chinese national, sorry. She can find out more information from the agency who handles the visa applications in China: http://shanghai.blsindia-china.com/touristvisa.php From the requirements listed, she will need a bank balance of RMB 10,000, return air ticket, and Chinese ID card (amongst other things).

2) Yes, it is possible to get married on a tourist visa in India.

3) Yes, it is possible to extend and convert tourist visa to Entry (X) visa, which is a residential visa, after marriage. The FRRO will handle the process (I assume there won’t be any issues because she is Chinese, but best check with your local FRRO to confirm this. http://www.boi.gov.in/content/frro-contact-list). More information: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingmarried/a/Convert-Tourist-Visa-To-X-Visa-Marriage.htm

4) Usually, the single status certificate is provided by a government organization, not the parents. Can’t she apply for it without requiring her parents’ permission? It won’t be sufficient to get a document made in India. It has to come from her country’s government, as far as I’m aware.

5) A three month extension will usually be granted straight away. The conversion takes much longer, and time frames can vary. It may take three months or more. However, further extensions will be granted. An X Visa (residential visa) is granted for periods of 1-5 years, and is extendable in India. Since she is from China, she will most likely only be granted the minimum duration.

March 30, 2014 at 1:46 am
(1366) Alexia says:

Hi! I hope you can help me with my question. But first I’ll tell u my short story. My husband is Indian and I am a Filipino, we got married last year in Dubai at Indian Consulate, so we decided to leave dubai and stay here in India, and we also got married here in the Church. I’m holding an X entry visa which is valid for a year. I can only apply my PIO card after a year of marriage which is n June. So now we are expecting a baby, I’m 4months pregnant. My question is if I deliver the baby here and we choose to get a Philippine Passport for our child is it possible? Or is it better to deliver the baby in my home country? thank you!

March 30, 2014 at 4:08 am
(1367) goindia says:

Hi Alexia, you can have the baby in India and get a Philippine passport for here, no problem. You’ll also need to go to the FRRO in India and get the appropriate Indian visa in the baby’s passport.

April 2, 2014 at 10:54 pm
(1368) amrit says:

hey,
actualy my quary is my father is an indian army nd currently we r staying in india about 18 year but i born at nepal bt aftr 3rd standrd im here in india….n nw we r the residence of india too bt when i apllied for passport,they are asking for date of birth bt i gol all document like votr id 10th mrks sheet pan card nd all nd they said aftr born of 1990 they need birth certificate only as a prrof of date of birth what can i do???

April 2, 2014 at 11:25 pm
(1369) goindia says:

Hi Amrit, I’m sorry, I can’t help you with that question. I don’t have any knowledge or experience in applying for an Indian passport.

April 9, 2014 at 7:50 am
(1370) Rachana says:

Dear goindia,
I am permanent resident of Australia with Indian passport. My husband and two daughters (one is 2 years old and other is 3 months old) are Australian citizen. I want to visit India for 6 to 8 months depending on the visa I get.

Can I get 1 year tourist visa for my daughters?
If I get 6 months tourist visa then do I have to stay for 6 months at a stretch or can I go and come back and then go again within a month or do I have ti have a gap in between ?

April 9, 2014 at 9:26 am
(1371) goindia says:

Hi Rachana, it’s not possible to stay in India for more than 6 months on a tourist visa, even if the tourist visa is for a longer duration — it would be necessary to exit India and then come back. It’s best that you apply for a one year Entry (X type) visa, which doesn’t have this restriction.

April 13, 2014 at 8:47 am
(1372) Alim Sesay says:

Dear goindia
I am a sierra Leonean on a permanent resident status now in Australia, But my girlfriend is studying in Indian and am planning to pay her a visit. what the cost for a tourist Visa and what document do I need to apply with

April 13, 2014 at 11:43 pm
(1373) goindia says:

Hi Alim, please see this website for all the information you need: http://www.vfs-in-au.net/tourist.html

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