• How to Apply for Visa

    The visa application process differs from country to country. Each country has its own set of rules when it comes to accepting visa applications. Normally, an applicant needs to go through the following steps to obtain a visa:

    Step1: Select the type of visa you are applying for.

    Step2: Next, check your eligibility.

    Step3: Fill the online application form entering all required information.

    Step4: And finally appear for the visa interview along with all required documents at a select embassy.

    The Visa apply form is available both online and offline. In case, you opt for a manual process, you need to download the application form and submit it to the concerned consulate of a nation, provided the facility is available. All nations may not accept offline visa applications. In any case, a person has to appear for visa interview personally.

    Like different visa application procedures maintained by different countries, the cost involved in visa application varies from country to country.

    Apply For Visa Online

    • These days many countries accept online visa application forms.  When it comes to online visa application, what you need to do is to fill all required information in the visa application form and get all supporting documents handy with you so that you can produce them as and when you need or at the time of your physical visa interview. The online visa application form is available on the official embassy website of a county.
    • For example, you can apply for a visa online in India. Before applying online, make sure you would be able to provide all required documents needed by the country on the date of your visa interview.  Applicants can apply for Indian Visa Online by using Online India Visa Registration. In order to do so, you should have access to    need to a system equipped with either Chrome or Internet Explorer 7.0 and above and Acrobat Reader. There, all dates should be filled in the following format DD/MM/YYYY. Also, an applicant's passport should be valid for at least 6 months at the time of submission of online visa application.
    • The rules and regulations involved in visa application are subject to changes. So, it’s important you check with the embassy website of a particular country you want to visit before you start applying for a visa. Visa application procedure may vary within the same country based on the embassy you are attending.

    Information To Be Provided With Visa Application Form

    Normally, a visa applicant needs to fill an application form which is mostly available at the embassy website of his/her destination country and enter all required information. You may be required to furnish the following information with your visa application form:

    • Name of the applicant.
    • Date of birth.
    • Passport number.
    • Profession
    • Dates of travel/stay at your destination country.
    • Contact address in the destination country.

    Apart from the aforesaid information, you may be asked to furnish further information.

    Check the Following Before You Apply For A Visa

    Before applying for a visa to a particular country, an applicant needs to prepare a visa application checklist considering the following points:

    • Application procedure- how it works.
    • Visa fees
    • Photographs
    • Embassy security measures
    • Fingerprint collection
    • Know the interview guidelines beforehand.

    Although, the procedure of visa application may varies from country to country, the checklist more or less remain the same.  Besides, you also need to prepare yourself for a convincing visa interview.


    News about Visa

    • India and Swaziland Sign Agreements On Visa Waiver And Health

      Swaziland and India have now signed 2 agreements for Visa and Health & Medicine on April 9. The first agreement deals with visa waivers for officials and diplomats holding related passports whereas the second agreement ensures cooperation in health & medicine.

      Both the agreements were actually signed in Ram Nath Kovind’s (the Indian President) presence. As a part of his official tour to Africa, he paid a visit to Swaziland and it was only when the agreements were signed.

      10 April 2018

    • India to discuss visa restriction in the JETCO meeting in London

      The upcoming Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) meeting in London will provide a platform for Indian to discuss visa restrictions, trade barriers, and other issues with the UK. The India-UK meeting will be held later this month and officials will carry out discussion of visa restrictions on many visa categories that are affecting Indian firms and professionals. Though the UK is planning to ease the visa policies for high-skill jobs, the restrictions on other categories of visa are of prime importance in the upcoming meeting. Additionally, both the nations will also discuss the trade policies pertaining to various products and services.

      3 January 2018

    • China is becoming a popular destination for Indians

      The recent reports suggest China to be one of the most popular countries for Indians to visit. In a bid to encourage tourism and improve the nation’s economy, both India and China has taken various initiatives to ease the visa and passport application process. Considering the fact that both the neighboring countries are known for their trade and business in various industry sectors, it is one of the contributing factors which boost tourism in both nations.

      26 October 2017

    • The process of visa application in Northern Bangladesh made easy

      The Indian High Commission in Dhaka revealed that Northern Rajshahi and Rangpur tourist visa applicants can apply at respective visa centers and IVACs between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. On a trial basis, the new system is being stretched to Rangpur and Rajshahi IVACs. The fundamental objective of this initiative is to empower people-to-people contacts between Bangladesh and India and ensure easy access to Indian visa. Senior citizens and freedom fighters can continue applying at separate counters for walk-in tourist visas. The application for other non-tourist visas can be made as earlier.

      12 September 2017

    • Embassy of Tunisia is planning to offer e-visas to Indian visitors

      Considering the fact that the Indian visitors are contributing to the growth of the economy for other nations, the Embassy of Tunisia has also come forward in discussing the current visa policies. There are many Indian who visit Tunisia for business, education, and other reasons. The government of Tunisia has observed that by facilitating an easy visa process, they can expect an increasing number of Indians visiting their nation. Since tourism is one of the major factors that contributes to a nation’s economy significantly, it is also essential to make the visa process easy in order to attract more visitors. Currently, an Indian visiting Tunisia is required to get in touch with an agent to carry out the necessary paperwork for the visa, however, by facilitating e-visa, the Embassy of Tunisia can certainly expect to see an increase in the number of visitors. The government of both the nation will be working together to offer a smooth and hassle-free visa process through their upcoming e-visa platforms.

      22 May 2017

    • Medical visa rules relaxed for Bangladeshis

      Bangladeshis can now enjoy relaxed medical visa rules. This makes it easier for them to come to India for availing treatment. Appointment confirmation proof and prescription/report of doctor from Bangladesh stating the ailment must be submitted along with the application for medical visa.

      The Indian High Commission in Dhaka stated that all the other regulations will remain the same for visa application. This request was considered as a humanitarian need by New Delhi. There are several Bangladeshis who travel to India for medical treatment. Several Bangladesh nationals also go for pathological tests in this country.

      27 April 2017

    • Indian tourist visa prices increased, says Indian Embassy

      In recent news, it is being reported that indian tourist visa prices have been hiked for those who apply through the normal process.

      However, the same report said that, the fees and charges for e-visas remain unchanged. Supposedly, fees have risen from 2,700 baht to 4,100 baht for either single or multiple entry visas for a one year period while the same for five year period has gone from 5,100 baht to 8,200 baht.

      Speaking on the issue, an embassy official suggested that though the fees have increased, the duration and the number of entries into India has also been changed.

      Thailand, currently, is among the 20 countries which can have multiple entry visas for a total of a five-year period.

      13 April 2017

    • Special Visa Scheme for Female Bangladeshi Applicants to End on Thursday

      The Indian High Commission had launched a special visa scheme for the female Bangladeshi travelling to India during the month of October. This pilot scheme enabled the female applicants to apply for visas without any e-token. However, they have to be physically present at the Indian Visa Application Centre in Gulshan in Dhaka for the formalities. Apart from that, it is also mandatory for them to submit the confirmed flight tickets. In case of immediate family members accompanying them, they will have to submit their tourist visa applications. It is recently reported that the scheme is going to end on 20th October, 2016. This scheme was launched to make it easier for the female Bangladeshis to visit India during festive season. The Indian High Commission also hoped that this gesture will strengthen the bond between the two countries.

      20 October 2016

    • Chennai Gets Czech Republic Visa Processing Centre

      The Czech Republic will be opening a visa processing center in the city of Chennai. The visa processing center will be located in Egmore and will make it easier for visa applicants, who had to travel to Mumbai, Delhi or Bangalore for visa processing formalities in the past.

      The Czech Republic diplomatic mission plans to open 6 such centers across the country as bilateral trade between the two countries is on the rise.

      When discussed with travel agents and Indian visitors, Chennai was the favoured location given the volume of trade and number of visa applicants.

      Since 2011, the volume of trade between India and the Czech Republic has steadily increased, with the entry of a number of Czech companies, especially in the field of engineering.

      After India adopted the policy of liberalization, a number of Czech companies began operations in the country, such as Skoda and Bata.

      4 August 2016

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