Whether you’re an Indian resident or an Indian citizen, getting an Indian visa can be a complex process, especially if you’re not well-versed in Indian immigration laws and regulations. But we are here to help! Here’s everything you need to know about applying for an Indian visa from Singapore, as well as from Russia.
What documents are required?
A passport is valid for at least six months beyond the intended stay. One passport-style photograph (white background). Copy of return air ticket. Bank statement showing sufficient funds with a minimum balance of $1,000 in local currency. A written invitation from the Indian national sponsor with a copy of his/her Indian residence permit (called NOC). In case the applicant is a minor (under 18 years), he/she must be accompanied by parents or legal guardian who will assume full responsibility throughout her stay in India; the letter must state parent’s/guardian’s names, relationships, occupation, and address back home; a photocopy of passport(s) is required as well. Copy of marriage certificate or birth certificate if applicable. Letter from employer stating current position and salary, signed by employer bearing original stamp, if employed.
Where can I get a visa?
There are four basic kinds of Indian visas: tourist, business, medical, and employment. Before heading to India with any visa other than a tourist visa, however, you must apply in advance at an Indian embassy or consulate. Generally speaking, it’s best to plan on giving yourself at least two weeks before your departure date in order to secure your visa. Also note that you cannot get a visa at border crossings or airports – if you show up without a visa in hand, they will not allow you entry into India. If your passport is expiring soon (within six months), then be sure to check out our helpful guide on how to renew it. Once you have secured your Indian visa from one of their authorized outlets, don’t forget about travel insurance! Indian Visa for Russian Citizens
How long does it take?
Indian visas can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks. It all depends on your country of origin, how long you’re going for, and what type of visa you’re applying for. For example, Russian-Singapore travelers who are applying to go in as traders or Indian citizens applying to work in India may find their visa process takes around three weeks; while regular Russian tourists hoping to spend a week in Goa may find themselves waiting just a few days. It can be quite confusing when all is said and done, but there’s no substitute for doing some research beforehand so that you know what kind of Indian visa you should be looking out for.
When do I apply?
Generally, you can apply for a visa up to 90 days before your travel date. However, it’s best not to procrastinate—you should apply at least one month in advance of your planned trip. If you don’t, you might have a hard time getting everything sorted in time, which could lead to your visa being denied or even worse, rejected. If you are traveling after August 31st, 2016 all Indian visas must be booked online through VFS Global. Indian Visa for Singapore Citizens
What should I expect during the application process?
To obtain a visa, you need to apply in person at a High Commission or Embassy of India. It’s wise to call in advance and schedule an appointment. In some cases, you may have to submit your passport up to six weeks before your trip is scheduled. Depending on where you live, it could take from a week or two up to a few months for your visa application status to be updated online. You should expect multiple visits since applicants will go through security checks each time they make an appointment.
Tips for getting an Indian visa
If you’re visiting India, you’ll need to secure a visa before your trip. These days, getting an Indian visa is pretty easy. It’s one of only three countries that doesn’t require a visa prior to arrival (Ecuador and Maldives are two others). That said, if you plan on spending time in India beyond 30 days, you will need to apply for a tourist visa before arriving. Once there, you can either pick up your official e-visa or opt for a traditional paper passport stamp while still in-country. If doing it all at once sounds like too much work, note that tourist visas are typically issued on arrival at all international airports—just bring your passport along with completed application forms.