Indian Visa for US Citizens
A visa is an official document issued by the government of India to allow travelers from foreign countries to enter and remain in India within the stipulated time period. It is valid from the day it is issued until its expiry date mentioned on the visa sticker. The validity of your Indian visa depends on your purpose of visit, as some Indian visas are valid for specific purposes only, like tourism, business, or medical treatment only. If you wish to visit India for other purposes like marriage, employment, studies, etc., you will need to apply for an appropriate visa that is valid for these purposes. INDIAN VISA FOR US CITIZENS
Indian Tourist Visa (T)
The Indian Tourist visa is a six-month, single entry visa that can be extended at Immigration Office in India. The Indian Tourist visa allows you to enter and stay in India for up to 30 days. Indian Tourists are granted exemption from reporting to police stations during their stay in India. Moreover, they can apply for longer durations of up to six months once they are inside India and eligible under certain conditions. To obtain your Indian tourist visa, you need to apply at an authorized travel agency or directly at a consulate before traveling there; however, you should keep in mind that it takes up to one week or more if your application is approved on time.
Business Visa (B)
For those traveling to India on business, or to meet with clients and vendors, you’ll need a B-2 visa. This visa is good for up to six months and can be extended once. On arrival at one of India’s international airports, you’ll need proof of a round-trip ticket and evidence that you can support yourself financially during your stay. The process generally takes about two days and costs around $150 if approved in advance or about $200 if granted upon arrival (at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport). The Embassy recommends applying at least three weeks before your intended travel date. INDIAN VISA PHOTO REQUIREMENTS
Family Visit / Marriage Visas (F)
If you have a family member in India that you want to visit, or even bring over to live with you in America, then an F visa will be your only option. The first thing to know is that there are two types of F visas—single entry and multiple entries. If you’re visiting India with no intention of moving there permanently, then a single-entry visa should suffice. However, if you plan on going back and forth between countries more than once, then a multiple-entry visa will save both time and money (the U.S.
Medical Treatment (M)
All ex-pats are entitled to one year of work permission in India and it is a visa issued by Indian authorities only. This type of visa allows you to stay in India for 18 months at a time with multiple entries. This means that you can exit and enter India as many times as you want within 18 months and they are valid from date of issue, not from date of travel. If you have obtained your Indian visa in advance (before your flight) or if someone else has obtained it on your behalf, then your E-visa will be issued immediately. Otherwise, there will be a delay until you can collect it at your first entry point into India.
Indian Employment/Work Permit (E)
To do business in India, foreign nationals need an Indian Employment Permit (E). The main purpose of an E is to identify a foreign national working legally in India. There are two types of E viz., Restricted and Unrestricted. A restricted Employment permit is issued for a specific employer, project, or location and does not allow you to work anywhere else except where it has been issued. Unrestricted Employment Permit allows you to work anywhere in India but will be valid only for 12 months after which it will have to be renewed. The best part about an E is that it is not considered a visa; hence you don’t need a separate visa.