Business Visa Application Requirements for a India Visa

  1. Personal Appearance

    The consulate requires you to make a personal appearance to obtain your visa. For this reason Travisa is unable to assist you with your visa application. We recommend that you contact the consulate directly to obtain the most current forms and requirements before making your personal appearance at:

    Consulate General India
    2536 Massachusetts Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20008

Tourist Application Requirements for a India Visa

  1. Passport

    You must provide your actual signed passport, including one copy of the personal information page of your passport. Your passport must:

    • Be valid for six months beyond the validity of your requested visa
    • Contain at least two blank visa pages for the visa stamp (amendments and endorsement pages cannot be used to fulfill this requirement)
    • Not be frayed, torn, separating, or altered in any other way

    If your passport does not meet these requirements, please contact Travisa at 877-876-3266 for further details.

  2. Photograph(s)

    The Indian Consulate requires a photograph that meets very strict requirements. We strongly recommend that you submit your photograph electronically to Travisa so we can ensure it meets the stringent characteristics mandated by the Indian Consulate. Follow to upload your photo.


    All electronic photo submissions must be taken within the last three months against an all-white background. It must show a full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and with the tops of your shoulders visible. You must also display a neutral (non-smiling) expression with eyes open, mouth closed, and ears visible. No background light or shadows are permitted. You may not wear eyeglasses.  No headwear except for religious purposes. Do not wear a white shirt. 

    Should you elect to submit an actual photograph then it must meet all of the above criteria and:

    • Be exactly 2 inches by 2 inches square
    • Be printed on high-quality glossy photo paper
    • Not be affixed to your application, with no evidence of adhesive tape or staples

    Passport photo vendors commonly produce photographs that do not meet these requirements. Travisa cannot submit applications with incorrectly formatted photographs.

  3. Proof of State Residency

    You must provide a proof of your current address of residency. You must provide a copy of one of the following documents:

    • Valid state issued driver's license or ID, with a minimum 6 months of validity remaining.
    • Major utility bill (gas, water, electric, etc.) Cable or cell phone bills are not accepted by the Consulate.
    • Full, signed lease agreement.

    The document must:

    • Display your name as it appears on your passport
    • Display the current residence address as your have provided on your visa application

    Please note: Your passport will be shipped back to the address indicated on your application under "Present Address" and the address must match your license, lease or utility bill.

  4. Visa Application Form

    The Consulate of India requires a visa application form that is completed online. To access the form follow this link: Click on the blue button labeled "Regular Visa Application" in the bottom-left corner to begin the process. Your application must:

    • Display your name exactly as it appears in your passport
    • Include answers for all fields
    • Be signed on the first page under the photo, and, on the second page. Both signatures must match the signature in your passport
    • Include your email address on the online application. Applications missing a personal email address will be rejected by the consulate
    • Be printed on single-sided sheets of paper. Double-sided applications will be rejected. You must fully print the bar code on the bottom of page 1
    • Your passport will be shipped back to the address indicated on your application under "Present Address."
    • Note: All Tourist applications for U.S. passport holders must ask for Multiple Entries and 120 months validity. Remember that this must also be reflected in all other documentation.

    Travisa provides a guide to assist you in completing the application. To access the guide follow this link: or type the address into your browser.


    At this time Travisa strongly advises against using the India visa on arrival option because the online authorization process lacks support as well as the travel risks and uncertainty surrounding the process.

  5. Document Preparation Service

    The Consulate of India requires a visa application be completed online. Make sure your documentation is accurately prepared. Simply provide answers to all of the fields in the optional Document Preparation Service form and a senior Travisa Specialist will work with you to ensure the required documents are prepared quickly according to government and consular requirements. Once your application is complete, we will return it to you via a secure and encrypted email keeping your personal information safe.

  6. Additional Particulars Form

    You must sign and complete the Additional Particulars Form found in this kit. All questions must be answered with a "yes" or "no". Do not use N/A on the form.

    In the case of an application for a minor child, both parents must sign the Additional Particulars Form.

  7. Travisa Order Form

    Provide the Travisa Order Form included in this kit.

  8. Consular Report of Birth Abroad Certificate (If Born Outside U.S.)

    If you are a U.S. citizen who was born overseas, you must provide a Consular Report of Birth Abroad certificate.

  9. Persons of Indian Origin Only

    If you are of Indian origin you are required to renounce your Indian citizenship in order to apply for an Indian visa. Please note Travisa cannot submit your request for a visa without the renunciation certificate. You must provide the following documents:

    • A Certificate of Renunciation issued by a Consulate of India (if you currently hold an Indian passport, then you must provide 2 copies of the Renunciation form)
    • A copy of the first and last pages of your Indian passport
    • A copy of your birth certificate or naturalization certificate

    Former Indian nationals who are now US citizens must apply for a 10-year tourist visa. The consulate will reject all submissions that do not request a 10 year/120 month visa. The validity actually granted by the consulate will vary. Most applicants are usually issued visas that are valid for 5 years.

  10. Applicants Under the Age of 18

    If traveling with a child or children under the age of 18, then you must provide the following additional documents:

    • Photocopies of both parents driver's licenses and a copy of the information pages of their passports
    • A photocopy of the minor's birth certificate showing both parents' full names, date of birth and nationality. Your birth certificate must be translated into English. You may also provide a notarized government document from your country of origin that shows parents' names, the minor's date of birth and nationality.
    • Only for persons of Indian origin and former Indian nationals: a birth certificate, a previous Indian passport, or a school leaving certificate. Please refer to the "Persons of Indian Origin Only" section for additional information.


    Additionally, all minors aged five and above must sign their name in the signature box on the first page of the visa application under their photograph. Minors under the age of five should affix their thumb print in the blue or black ink in the same box. For all minor applicants both parents must sign their names on the second page and have their signatures duly authorized with a notary stamp and seal on the second page.

    NOTE: Both parents must also sign and complete the Parental Authorization Form for Minors included in this kit. This form must be notarized.

  11. Persons of Pakistani Origin Only

    You must make a personal appearance at the Indian Consulate to process your visa if you are a person of Pakistani origin and/or formerly held a Pakistani passport. The consulate requires additional procedures in order to process your visa and Travisa is unable to assist in these procedures.

  12. Frequent Travelers to India

    A re-entry permit is required of travelers who were born in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan and stateless persons if you wish to re-enter India in less than 2 months after your last visit.

  13. Special Protected or Restricted Area Permit

    Applicants traveling in the following areas require a restricted area permit: Arunachal Pradesh, parts of Himachal Pradesh, parts of Jammu and Kashmir, parts of Rajasthan, Sikkim and parts of Uttarakhand. The permit application form can be found at: or type this address into your browser.  If applicable, submit the completed form with the rest of your documents.

  14. U.S. Nationals Born Outside the United States

    The Indian Consulate requires an approval process for the visa applications of US citizens born outside of the United States.This approval process will add an additional processing time, up to 20 days in some cases.

  15. Electronic Tourist Visa

    If you meet specific eligibility requirements then you may wish to apply for an e-Visa. The e-Visa is an electronic authorization from the government to enter India and is equivalent to a visa, but no stamp or label is placed in your passport.

    To be eligible the traveler must:

    • Submit for the e-Visa no less than 4 days and no more than 120 days prior to entry into India
    • Must be arriving by air or sea at specific airports and seaports
    • Traveling for a 180 day or less stay in India

    Click Here to learn more and apply for an India e-Visa.

  16. Urgent Applications

    If you have an urgent visa application that carries a tight deadline, Travisa can help you to save valuable time and avoid expensive delays. A Travisa expert will review all of your documents to certify your application is accurate, complete and ready for submission. We will contact you personally to quickly handle any mistakes ensuring your application is submitted correctly. Visit to learn more about this service.

  17. Itinerary Required For Near-Term Travel

    The Consulate of India in Houston requires that individuals requesting a visa within 10 days of departure to provide an itinerary showing the dates of travel.

  18. Previous Visas

    If you have been granted an India visa in the past, you must provide a copy of the most recent issued India visa.

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