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If you've married an Indian citizen on a Tourist Visa in India and need to convert it to an X Visa (a residential visa), do be aware that the procedure has recently changed.
Previously, it was necessary to go to the Foreigner's Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in Delhi to apply, as this is the only place in India that's authorized to make such decisions. However, the MHA has now stated (refer to Section 1, Note 2 of this document) that Foreigners Regional Registration Offices/Foreigners Registration Offices (FRROs/FROs) should accept all cases, even if they're outside their delegated powers, and make a recommendation and forward it to the MHA for approval.
This means that you'll now need to apply at your local FRRO/FRO to get your Tourist Visa converted to an X visa in India.
As is to be expected in situations involving the Indian government, implementation of the new procedure has been poor, with some FRRO/FROs demonstrating lack of understanding about it. Last week, two of my friends separately approached the FRRO in Kolkata to get their Tourist visas converted to X visas. On both occasions, they were instructed to go the the MHA in Delhi to apply. One friend made an appointment and went there, only to be turned away, and told to go back to the FRRO in Kolkata as the MHA no longer accepts applications. The other friend was so confused by the conflicting advice she received, she gave up and decided to leave India to get her X visa! Very frustrating indeed.
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