In order to travel to most countries in the world, an individual is required to have a valid passport and an approved visa. While ordinary passports in India have the validity of ten years from the date of issue and which can be renewed later, the visa for other countries have a shorter validity and are also subject to a fee payment. Most visa offer single and multiple entry options based on the applicant's requirements. In order to apply for a visa, the applicants can either choose to opt for the traditional paper-based method or take advantage of the latest eVisa facility offered by many countries. Also, there are many countries who offer visa-free entry and visa on arrival facility to certain specific nationalities.
Visa Application Process
In most visa applications, the applicants are required to provide required documents pertaining to identity proof, address proof, and other documents based on the type of the visa. At times, the applicants may be asked to submit the passport itself so once the visa is approved, it can be attached to the passport and given back to the applicant. In a typical situation, the applicants can visit the official websites to obtain the details and information concerning the time-frame, documents, etc. required for the visa application. Based on the particular country, the applicants are expected to submit the visa application few days in advance that can help them avoid unexpected last minute delays. The application process for a visa differs from one country to the other. Depending on the nationality of the applicant, type of visa, and other factors, an individual can find the approximate processing period.
Visa Application Reference Number
Once the details are furnished and submitted along with the required document at the embassy/consulate, the applicants will be provided with an application identification or an acknowledgement receipt number which is also known as a reference number, file number, etc. The reference number is useful and essential when it comes to checking the status of the visa application. Based on the country, the applicants may have more than one method to obtain the current status of the application process. Most visa authorities provide an online platform to check the status of the visa application, while few others also provide either a telephone number or other contact options to retrieve the status. Understanding that visa is an important document, it is recommended to keep a copy of the reference number or at least to make a note of the unique reference number since it functions as an identifier that will locate the application accurately and provide an up-to-date status.
The reference number/file number can be used on the official visa website of that country to retrieve the latest information on the visa application, however, if you do not have a file number, you can still continue to check the status by using the passport number. Not all countries offer this service, however, the majority of visa applications are checked with the usage of passport number itself.
How to Check Visa Status With Passport Number
If you have already applied for a visa and looking for an update on the status, you will need a certain basic personal information along with the passport number. Though this service is not offered by all countries, most of them do provide an option to carry out an online visa application status check with the passport number. By visiting the official visa website of the country that the applicant is likely to visit, he/she can enter the passport number to get the visa application status instantly. If there is no online option to check the status, the applicant may refer to the website to find a telephone number or other contact details which can also help them get a status update on the application. The entire process for checking the visa application status with a passport number doesn’t take more than 2-5 minutes and can be performed by following few simple online steps.
During the visa processing period, the authorities will also send out the status on a periodical basis. Few countries also send out text SMS and/or email notifications to keep the applicants updated. Through the text SMS and/or email notification facility, the applicants can keep an eye on their application at different stages. Typically, the notifications are sent out when the application reaches the concerning authority, getting processed/reviewed, approved/rejected, and dispatched for collection/delivery.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Will I need a visa to enter India?
- What type of Indian Visa will be required for visiting family/friends in India?
- What type of visa is required to visit India for business?
- Can I work in India with a business visa?
- Do I need a transit visa for travelling through India to another country?
- Which type of visa is applicable for participating in a seminar?
- Does the employment visa allow the family to stay in India?
- What are the requirements for a student visa?
- How can I enter restricted/protected areas such as Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Nagaland, etc.?
- Is there an option to expedite the visa processing time?
- Do I need a visa to take my pet to India?
- Is the visa fee refundable due to application rejection?
- How can I retrieve my visa application details?
- How do I check the status of my visa application?
- Should I book my stay and airline tickets before applying for the visa?
- How long does it take for the visa application to be processed?
- Is there an option to submit the application without an appointment?
- How do I make the visa fee payment?
Yes, except for the nationalities of Nepal, Bhutan, and Maldives (under certain criteria), all foreigners need a visa to enter India.
The applicant will be required to apply for the tourist visa for a stay up to a maximum of six months. Nationalities with UK and US passports can stay for a maximum of 180 days under the long-term tourist visa scheme.
Based on the frequency of the travel, the applicant can apply for a business visa under the multiple-entry scheme. The visa can be obtained for a maximum of five years if the applicant is a director, chairman or the CEO of the company he is representing.
No, a business visa doesn't allow the holder to work in India, in order to work in India, the applicant must apply for an employment visa.
Yes, the transit visa is applicable for travelling through India to any other destination country. The transit visa is valid for 15 days which allows a maximum stay of 72 hours for each entry.
The conference visa allows the visitor to attend seminars, conferences, and various types of workshops in India.
The spouse and children may need to apply for the entry visa in order to accompany the employment visa holder.
The applicant must submit the filled in visa application form along with a copy of the acceptance letter from the concerned Institute or University. Additionally, the applicant is also required to submit proof of sufficient funds to support his/her stay in India.
Along with the regular tourist visa, the applicant will be required to obtain the Restricted/ Protected Area Permit (RAP/PAP) from the Ministry of Home Affairs or FRRO. The permit will be available at an additional cost.
Yes, in case of an emergency such as an unfortunate death of a family member, a request can be submitted to the Consulate Generals of India which can be processed on the same day based on certain factors.
Visa is not required for pets, however, there are specific guidelines for carrying pets to India.
No, visa fee is non-refundable.
By following a few simple steps online with the application reference number, applicants can retrieve the details of their application. In case the applicant has lost the reference number due to any reason, he/she may contact the visa helpline team through an e-mail or a phone call.
The visa status can be obtained online or by contacting the visa application helpline.
No, applicants are advised not to book their stay and airline tickets until the visa application is approved.
The visa application processing time varies based on the type of visa application and the applicant's nationality along with other factors.
Yes, only in case of an emergency.
The visa fee payment can be carried out online as well as at the visa application centre.
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