Visa General Information Visa General Information

Visa General Information

Checklist and Information booklet for Visa Vancouver pdf icon

  • Before applying for Indian visa, please go through the checklist and information booklet pdf icon
  • The Consulate does not accept any visa application directly, except for Emergency Visas, which is granted strictly in case death of a close relative (Parents, Siblings, Grandparents, Parents-in-laws) in India.
  • Applications for Visa should be submitted at the BLS Visa Application Centers.  For contact details, timings   and other information about these centers please visit their website www.blsindia-canada.com external link
  • Acceptance of visa application does not ensure that visa shall be granted. Applicants must note that grant or refusal of visa is sovereign right of India and it cannot be claimed as a matter of right by the applicant.
  • Grant of visa, its duration or number of entries is purely the discretion of the Consulate and BLS has no role to play in this decision.
  • Visa fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Fee, once charged, will not be refunded even in cases where visa is refused or the application is withdrawn.
  • Passport on which visa is applied must have at least 2 blank pages and must have a validity of more than 190 days.  Passengers holding valid visas may be denied entry into India if the validity of their passports is less than 180 days at the time of entry into India.
  • The validity of visa starts from the date of its issue and not from the date of entry into India.
  • Processing time for visa applications is 30 days from the date application has been accepted by BLS and a receipt is generated.  However, in certain cases the processing time mayexceed 30 days.
  • Visa applicants are advised not to purchase travel tickets before visa is obtained. 
  • Long-term visa holders intending to stay in India for more than 180 days are required to register at their nearest Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) or District Superintendents of Police.
  • The Consulate, at its discretion, mat call any applicant to attend interview in person in the Consulate General of India, Vancouver irrespective of his/her location of residence.  Failure to attend the interview may result in rejection of visa application.
  • In case of visa for Research, Missionary work, Journalism, travel document holders, Pakistani nationals/persons of Pakistan origin and Chinese national, separate rules would apply.
  • Change of purpose is not permitted on any visas, once granted.
  • Foreigners entering India are advised that use or carrying satellite telephone sets such as Iridium, Inmarsat, Thuraya etc. is prohibited in India.Any violations would result in confiscation of the these sets will be seized and the holder can be prosecuted under Section 6 of Indian Wireless Act and Section 20 of Indian Telegraph Act.

Process of application for a visa

Step 1- Submission of application online

Please register & submit the Visa application online following the guidelines at the below link. Please read carefully the details and various provisions provided on the Visa website and follow while submitting application for Visa.

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/ external link

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/instruction.html external link

A step wise process can be seen at the below link:

https://www.hciottawa.gov.in/pdf/Step_wise_process_for_visa_application.pdf pdf icon

Process for uploading online photo online for visa application

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/VSS_IMAGE.pdf external link

Step 2 – Submit print out of the Visa application along with the supporting documents and Fee at BLS Center.

For further details with regard to application form, documents, fees, contact details of BLS etc., please visit BLS website www.blsindia-canada.com external link.

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