We all know that if an individual wants to travel to a foreign country, he/she needs to have a valid passport and must avail a visa if the country he/she wants to visit needs it. Certain countries offer visa on arrival and visa-free entry to individuals of some countries as part of their diplomatic relations.
How to Check Visa Status using the passport number?
To check the status of the visa application by using the passport number, the applicant would need to follow the steps mentioned below:
- Visit the official visa website of the country of visit.
- Find the option of tracking the visa application status.
- Enter the acknowledgement number or passport number and the date of birth.
- Following that, enter the captcha code and click ‘submit’.
- The status of the visa application would be displayed in the following webpage.
While you can check the status of the visa application using the acknowledgement number or the passport number, it is noteworthy to mention that authorities send the status of the application on the mobile number and the email address provided in the application form on a periodical basis. The status of the application is typically sent when the application reaches the concerning authorities, processed or reviewed, if it is approved/rejected and dispatched for delivery.
It is worth mentioning here that an ordinary Indian passport comes with a validity of 10 years from the date of issue which can be renewed later. As for visas, most countries offer single and multiple entry options depending on the applicant’s requirements. Applicants can choose to opt for the traditional paper-based method or the e-Visa facility when it comes to applying for a visa.
Visa Application Process
When applying for a visa, applicants are required to submit proofs of identity, address, and other documents depending on the type of visa which is being applied for. The visa can be applied for by visiting the consulates or any outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. The details regarding the process, documents required to be submitted, processing time taken for the visa application can be found from the official websites of the immigration department of the respective countries.
Visa Application Reference Number
Once the applicant submits the application for a visa along with the relevant details at the consulates or any outsourcing and technology services provider, an acknowledgement receipt number is provided. This acknowledgement receipt number is also known as the reference number or file number. Courtesy the number, the applicant can check the status of the visa application. The status can be checked through an online platform or by calling the authorities and providing them with the acknowledgement number.
It is noteworthy to mention here that if the applicant misplaces the file number, he/she can get the status of the visa application using the passport number. While not all countries provide this facility, most countries are starting to promote the checking of visa status using the passport number.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Can I submit a visa application to the authorities without a prior appointment?
Yes, you can a submit a visa application without a prior appointment. However, you must a valid reason for it or it must be an emergency.
- How long does it take for a visa application to be processed?
The time taken to process a visa application varies depending on the type of visa that is applied for and the applicant’s nationality. Other factors considered by the authorities also plays a part.
- Is the visa application fee refunded, if the application is rejected?
The visa application fee that is paid by the applicant is not refunded to him/her by the authorities, even though the application for the visa is rejected by them.
- Can I request the authorities to expediate the visa processing time?
Yes, a request can be submitted to the authorities present at the Consulate Generals of India to expediate the visa processing time in case there is an emergency.
- Can the status of the visa application be checked?
Yes, the status of the visa application can be checked after the application is successfully submitted to the concerned authorities.
- How can I go about tracking the status of the visa application?
The status of the visa application can be tracked using the acknowledgement number that is provided to the applicant at the time of submitting his/her application to the authorities. The number can be used online or by providing it to the visa application helpline desk.
- If I apply for a visa through any outsourcing and technology services specialist, do I need to pay any additional amount?
Yes, an additional amount needs to be paid if the visa is applied for through any outsourcing and technology services specialist.
- Can the visa application fee be paid online?
Yes, the visa application fee can be paid online. The fees can also be paid to the authorities present at the visa application centres.
- Do the authorities provide periodical updates on visa status?
The authorities do provide periodical updates on the status of the visa application, but only for important information pertaining to the application.
- Is Tracking Visa status using the passport number Possible?
Yes, the status of the visa can be Tracked using the passport number. This feature comes in handy if the applicant misplaces the acknowledgement number provided to him.