India - Student - Regular Service: Visa Requirements

Multiple Entry / Visa Valid for Up to 365 days

1Required Documents

  • image description Valid Passport
    Valid Passport

    Provide your SIGNED passport. Your passport must be signed on the appropriate line. (For US citizens the line is located on the page following your information page). The passport must be valid with an expiration date greater than six (6) months from the date of entry for the visa you are applying for. Passport must have sufficient blank pages (at least 2 pages) for any visa stamps. These pages must say VISAS at the top of the page.  

    If your passport does not meet the requirements, we can assist with renewing a US Passport or obtain a new US Passport from us prior to obtaining the visa.

    (Important Note:  Keep a copy of your passport biographical information page for your records)

  • image description Completed India Visa Application
    Completed India Visa Application

    The Consulate of India requires that the visa application is completed online.  Click here to complete the Indian Visa Application Online.

    Begin, by clicking the orange button labeled "Regular Visa Application" located at the top left of the webpage.

    A successfully completed application must:

    • display your name, date of birth, passport number, issue date and expiration date EXACTLY as displayed on your passport.
    • Include answere to all questions/fields.
    • Be signed in TWO places (on the first page under the photo AND on the second page).  Both signatures must match the signature in yoru passport.
    • Be printed on single-sided sheets of paper.
    • have all dates used in the DD/MM/YYYY format.
  • image description Two Passport-style Photographs
    Two Passport-style Photographs

    You must provide 2 passport photos. These passport photos must match the requirements of a standard US passport photo. They must be taken at an official passport photo provider (pharmacy, Costco, post office) and should not be taken and printed via a home photo printer. 

    US Passport Photo Requirements:

    - Your head must face the camera directly with full face in view.

    - You must have a neutral facial expression or a natural smile, with both eyes open.

    - Taken in clothing normally worn on a daily basis

    - Taken in the last 6 months

    - Use a plain white or off-white background

    - Be sized correctly

    • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) 
    • Head must be between 1 -1 3/8 inches (25 - 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head

    - Printed in color on matte or glossy photo quality paper

    - You cannot wear glasses.

    • If you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons, please include a signed note from your doctor with application.

    - You cannot wear a hat or head covering.

    • If you wear a hat or head covering for religious purposes, submit a signed statement that verifies that the hat or head covering in your photo is part of recognized, traditional religious attire that is customarily or required to be worn continuously in public.
    • If you wear a hat or head covering for medical purposes, submit a signed doctor's statement verifying the hat or head covering in your photo is used daily for medical purposes.
    • Your full face must be visible and your hat or head covering cannot obscure your hairline or cast shadows on your face.

    - You cannot wear headphones or wireless hands-free devices.

  • image description Itinerary
    Itinerary

    Copy of computer generated round trip tickets or travel itinerary showing round trip travel entering India and exiting India.  Preferably, the proof of departure documents should show your departure from the United States to India and back.  Additionally, the Applicant's name must be on the travel document.  

  • image description Proof of Financial Ability
    Proof of Financial Ability

    Please provide 3 most recent bank statements or proof of sufficient funds to be used during your travels. Applicant's name should appear on statements.

  • image description Proof of Residence
    Proof of Residence

    Submit proof of your current residency (address) which exactly matches the present address listed on the Indian visa application.  Submit ONE of the following items:

    • Clear copy of your state issued driver’s license
    • Copy of state issued ID card
    • Copy of major utility bill
    Minors: Applicants under 18 must submit copies of both parents’ driver’s licenses or the above.

  • image description Requirement for a MINOR (Under 18)
    Requirement for a MINOR (Under 18)

    Additional Requirements of a Minor (Under 18).  Submit the following items:

    • Visa Application Form.  The visa application itself has be be signed by BOTH parents.
    • Parental Authorization Form.  The authorization form must be signed and NOTARIZED by BOTH parents. Download the Parental Authorization Form HERE.
    • Birth Certificate.  A photocopy of the minor’s birth certificate.
      • US Born Minor. Copy of your US birth certificate ("long form" showing names of parent’s and nationalities of your parents).
      • Indian Born Minor Copy of your birth certificate, old Indian passport or school leaving certificate.
      • Others.  Copy of your birth certificate or other government issued document from your birth country showing your birth.
    • Parent’s Passport Copies.  Copy of the information pages of both parent’s passports.
    • Parent’s Drivers Licenses.  Copy of both parent’s state-issued drivers licenses.
  • image description For Applicants of Indian/Bangladeshi/Ski Lankan Origin
    For Applicants of Indian/Bangladeshi/Ski Lankan Origin

    Former Indian Citizen
    The Indian government requires proof of renunciation of Indian citizenship; meaning, Indian nationals who obtain citizenship in another country must surrender their Indian citizenship prior to obtaining an Indian visa. Find out more about the required procedure for Renunciation of Indian Citizenship

    Former Bangladesh Citizens
    The Indian Government will require you to complete this Bangladesh Additional Form.

    Former Sri Lanka Citizens. 
    The Indian Government will require you to complete this Sri Lanka Additional Form.

     

  • image description Additional Particulars Form
    Additional Particulars Form

    Provide a signed and completed Additional Particular Form. India Additional Particular Form

  • image description Cox and Kings Disclaimer
    Cox and Kings Disclaimer

    Provide a signed and completed Cox and Kings Disclaimer Form. CKGS Disclaimer Form

  • image description Visa Validity Disclaimer
    Visa Validity Disclaimer

    The duration of Student Visa will be the as per the duration of the course to be pursued and requirements of the Student Visa, and is valid for Multiple entries. Validity of Student Visa commences from the date of visa issue.

  • image description Confirmation Letters
    Confirmation Letters

    Letter from a recognized Indian institute with a REGISTRATION NUMBER IN INDIA, confirming the admission of the applicant, duration of course and other details.

    If the program in India is affiliated with a U.S. institution, a letter from the U.S. INSTITUTION with complete detail of the exchange program, and whether credit will be earned.

2Consular and Service Fees

# Detail Fee
1 Consulate Fee $127.9
2 Service Fee $99

3Ship Documents

1.) Place the above mentioned documents in a FedEx Letter.

2.) Send the FedEx Letter to us at :

Passports and Visas.com
Attn: Processing

101 Hickey Blvd , Suite A-224
South San Francisco, California 94080

The expected processing time for this visa application is 9 business days.

Please note that processing times, fees, and requirements are based on government rules and are subject to change without notice.

1Gather Documentation for a India Visa

1. Valid Passport

Provide your SIGNED passport. Your passport must be signed on the appropriate line. (For US citizens the line is located on the page following your information page). The passport must be valid with an expiration date greater than six (6) months from the date of entry for the visa you are applying for. Passport must have sufficient blank pages (at least 2 pages) for any visa stamps. These pages must say VISAS at the top of the page.  

If your passport does not meet the requirements, we can assist with renewing a US Passport or obtain a new US Passport from us prior to obtaining the visa.

(Important Note:  Keep a copy of your passport biographical information page for your records)

1. Completed India Visa Application

The Consulate of India requires that the visa application is completed online.  Click here to complete the Indian Visa Application Online.

Begin, by clicking the orange button labeled "Regular Visa Application" located at the top left of the webpage.

A successfully completed application must:

  • display your name, date of birth, passport number, issue date and expiration date EXACTLY as displayed on your passport.
  • Include answere to all questions/fields.
  • Be signed in TWO places (on the first page under the photo AND on the second page).  Both signatures must match the signature in yoru passport.
  • Be printed on single-sided sheets of paper.
  • have all dates used in the DD/MM/YYYY format.

1. Two Passport-style Photographs

You must provide 2 passport photos. These passport photos must match the requirements of a standard US passport photo. They must be taken at an official passport photo provider (pharmacy, Costco, post office) and should not be taken and printed via a home photo printer. 

US Passport Photo Requirements:

- Your head must face the camera directly with full face in view.

- You must have a neutral facial expression or a natural smile, with both eyes open.

- Taken in clothing normally worn on a daily basis

- Taken in the last 6 months

- Use a plain white or off-white background

- Be sized correctly

  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) 
  • Head must be between 1 -1 3/8 inches (25 - 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head

- Printed in color on matte or glossy photo quality paper

- You cannot wear glasses.

  • If you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons, please include a signed note from your doctor with application.

- You cannot wear a hat or head covering.

  • If you wear a hat or head covering for religious purposes, submit a signed statement that verifies that the hat or head covering in your photo is part of recognized, traditional religious attire that is customarily or required to be worn continuously in public.
  • If you wear a hat or head covering for medical purposes, submit a signed doctor's statement verifying the hat or head covering in your photo is used daily for medical purposes.
  • Your full face must be visible and your hat or head covering cannot obscure your hairline or cast shadows on your face.

- You cannot wear headphones or wireless hands-free devices.

1. Itinerary

Copy of computer generated round trip tickets or travel itinerary showing round trip travel entering India and exiting India.  Preferably, the proof of departure documents should show your departure from the United States to India and back.  Additionally, the Applicant's name must be on the travel document.  

1. Proof of Financial Ability

Please provide 3 most recent bank statements or proof of sufficient funds to be used during your travels. Applicant's name should appear on statements.

1. Proof of Residence

Submit proof of your current residency (address) which exactly matches the present address listed on the Indian visa application.  Submit ONE of the following items:

  • Clear copy of your state issued driver’s license
  • Copy of state issued ID card
  • Copy of major utility bill
Minors: Applicants under 18 must submit copies of both parents’ driver’s licenses or the above.

1. Requirement for a MINOR (Under 18)

Additional Requirements of a Minor (Under 18).  Submit the following items:

  • Visa Application Form.  The visa application itself has be be signed by BOTH parents.
  • Parental Authorization Form.  The authorization form must be signed and NOTARIZED by BOTH parents. Download the Parental Authorization Form HERE.
  • Birth Certificate.  A photocopy of the minor’s birth certificate.
    • US Born Minor. Copy of your US birth certificate ("long form" showing names of parent’s and nationalities of your parents).
    • Indian Born Minor Copy of your birth certificate, old Indian passport or school leaving certificate.
    • Others.  Copy of your birth certificate or other government issued document from your birth country showing your birth.
  • Parent’s Passport Copies.  Copy of the information pages of both parent’s passports.
  • Parent’s Drivers Licenses.  Copy of both parent’s state-issued drivers licenses.

1. For Applicants of Indian/Bangladeshi/Ski Lankan Origin

Former Indian Citizen
The Indian government requires proof of renunciation of Indian citizenship; meaning, Indian nationals who obtain citizenship in another country must surrender their Indian citizenship prior to obtaining an Indian visa. Find out more about the required procedure for Renunciation of Indian Citizenship

Former Bangladesh Citizens
The Indian Government will require you to complete this Bangladesh Additional Form.

Former Sri Lanka Citizens. 
The Indian Government will require you to complete this Sri Lanka Additional Form.

 

1. Additional Particulars Form

Provide a signed and completed Additional Particular Form. India Additional Particular Form

1. Cox and Kings Disclaimer

Provide a signed and completed Cox and Kings Disclaimer Form. CKGS Disclaimer Form

1. Visa Validity Disclaimer

The duration of Student Visa will be the as per the duration of the course to be pursued and requirements of the Student Visa, and is valid for Multiple entries. Validity of Student Visa commences from the date of visa issue.

1. Confirmation Letters

Letter from a recognized Indian institute with a REGISTRATION NUMBER IN INDIA, confirming the admission of the applicant, duration of course and other details.

If the program in India is affiliated with a U.S. institution, a letter from the U.S. INSTITUTION with complete detail of the exchange program, and whether credit will be earned.

2Consular and Service Fees

2.1 Consular and Service Fees

India visa fees are as below :

# Detail Fee
1 Consulate Fee $127.9
2 Service Fee $99

3Ship your Application to Passports and Visas.com

3.1 Place the above documents in an Overnight Envelope

Enclose the documents from Section 1 (Gather Documents for your India  Visa) and a print out of your order confirmation in an Overnight Envelope (Fedex, UPS, etc).

3.2 Send the Application Materials to Us

Please Note: If you paid for an inbound shipping service your account manager will contact you to provide a FedEx shipping label via email to send us your completed application. 

Send the Overnight Envelope (Fedex, UPS, etc) to us at :

Passports and Visas.com
Attn: Processing

101 Hickey Blvd , Suite A-224
South San Francisco, California 94080