Indian Passport & Visa Information
CPV Division of the Ministry of External Affairs is responsible for issuance of Indian Passport to the Indian Citizens. Their website link is
Some important services provided at Indian missions abroad are:
SOME USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR PASSPORT
For foreign national India issues different types of visas.
TYPES OF VISAS:
Issued for 6 months, 1 year and 10 years. The period of stay in India (for each visit) is 6 months only.
Entry visas are issued only to people of Indian origin. Such visas are valid for 6 months, 1 year or 5 years.
Valid for 6 months/one year with multiple entries. A letter (on company letterhead) from Sponsoring Organization indicating the nature of applicant's business, probable duration of stay, places and organizations to be visited incorporating therein a guarantee to meet maintenance expenses, etc. should accompany the application.
Long term Business visas for ten years (multiple entries) in case of US Citizens and five years (multiple entries) for other nationals are available only to those who have set up industrial/business joint ventures in India. This fact, along with the details of joint venture in India must be mentioned in the sponsorship letter.
Valid for six months to one year with multiple entries for bona fide students to pursue regular studies at recognized institutions in India. A letter confirming admission from such an institution along with evidence of financial arrangements for stay in India should accompany application. In case of admission in medical or Para-medical courses in India, a letter of Approval or "No Objection Certificate" from Indian Ministry of Health is also required. Likewise, for admission in graduate or post -graduate courses in Engineering or Technical institutions in India, a letter of approval or a No Objection Certificate from Ministry of Human Resources Development (Department of Education) should be submitted. For research purposes detail synopsis of the research project, countersigned by the sponsoring institution in India should be submitted.
Transit Visa (IN PERSON ONLY):
Valid for single/double entry for maximum stay of 15 days for bona fide transit purposes only.
Valid for single entry and duration as permitted by Government of India. A letter, in triplicate, from sponsoring organization indicating intended destination in India, probable length of stay, and nature of duties to be discharged should be submitted along with guarantee for applicant’s maintenance while in India. NOTE: Processing of applications for research and missionaries may take up to three months.
Journalist visas are issued to professional journalists and photographers for a maximum of three months only. “Journalists, who are not accredited to India, irrespective of their origin, are given only 3 months single entry visa, irrespective of their origin. Accordingly, journalists who wish to visit India for tourism/ sightseeing or any other purpose are advised to apply for 3 months visa only. Please note that it will not be possible to refund the excess fees in case a journalist applies for a long-term visa.”
Conference visas are issued for a period of 1 month or for the duration of the conference only. A letter of invitation from the organizer of the conference is to be submitted along with the visa application.
Employment visas are initially issued for one-year stay. This can be extended by Foreigners Regional Registration Office in India, if the job contract continues. Application for extension is required to be submitted at least 3 months in advance to concerned FRRO/FRO.
Employment Visa is given only for jobs that require very high level of skills and expertise. Spouses and children are granted co-terminus entry (X) visas on request.
Transfer of Valid Visa:
Valid visa can either be transferred from the expired passport to the new passport by submitting the visa application form, both the passports and required fee OR the passport holder could travel with both the expired passport containing the valid visa and the new passport keeping them together.
Special forms have to be filled by citizens of Pakistan and Bangladesh.