FAQs

 
  • General Visa Questions

    • What is a visa?

      A Visa is the permission that is granted by a sovereign nation to a traveler permitting entry into that country for a specific purpose. Most visas are stamped in the travelers’ passport. The most common types of visas are granted for the specific purposes of tourism, conducting business or attending a conference or symposium, establishing temporary or permanent residence, or going to school. A traveler must follow distinct guidelines and procedures established by each sovereign nation in applying for the appropriate visa category.

    • How do I apply for a visa?

      It is very important that you apply on the CKGS website and follow the process as defined.
      Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below.

      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy of India in USA. Simply fill in the widget and it will guide you through the entire application process.

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started



      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your visa category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

      There will be a Document checklist which lists the document requirements for your application.

      • Read the document checklist carefully which lists the documents, letters, whether originals / or copies are required, whether they need to be self-attested or notarized and the number of documents needed to complete your Visa application before submission.
      • Review and check the forms and letters.
      • Print the forms as per your Document Checklist or you can print them later from the ‘My Account’ page.
      • Sign the forms / letters where indicated.
      • Print 1 copy of the Document Checklist.

      At the appropriate step you will be guided to fill your online form/s on the Government of India website via the CKGS website.

      After being redirected to the Government website, you must select Regular Visa Application to continue your online Visa application process.

      Once you complete and print the Government VISA form, on the last page of the Government’s website, you must click on the ‘Appointment and Payment’ option so that you are redirected to the CKGS website where you need to complete the rest of the process.

    • What type of visa should I apply for?

      It is very important that you apply on the CKGS website.

      Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website

      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy of India in USA. Simply fill in the widget and it will guide you through the entire application process.

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started


      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your visa category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

      There will be a Document checklist which lists the document requirements for your application.

      • Read the document checklist carefully which lists the documents, letters, whether originals / or copies are required and the number of documents needed to complete your Visa application before submission.
      • Review and check the forms and letters.
      • Print the forms as per your Document Checklist or you can print them later from the My Account’ page.
      • Sign the forms / letters where indicated.
      • Print 1 copy of the Document Checklist.

    • What are the different kinds of visas available?

              Visa
              Business Visa

              Transfer of Business Visa

              Tourist Visa

              Transfer of Tourist Visa

              Emergency
              Conference Visa
              Employment Visa
              Entry Visa
              Medical Visa

              Medical Attendant Visa

              Missionary Visa
              Research Visa
              Student Visa
              Transit Visa
              Visitor Visa
              Journalist Visa
              Documentary Visa
              Pilot Visa
              Visa for Fulbright Nehru Scholarship

    • Where should I apply for my visa?

      Your India visa processing site depends on where in the United States you currently reside, also known as jurisdiction. You can find a listing of the states linked to each jurisdiction, in addition to the hours, addresses and contact information. For details, please visit www.in.ckgs.us/application-centers

    • Do I need a visa to go to India?

      Citizens of United States and Non-US Passport Holders currently residing in US may apply under Tourist Visa to travel to India for tourist purposes i.e. recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends and relatives etc.

       

      Please click on the URL given below. Simply fill in the questions and you will get the information of the visa / category including jurisdiction, fees, document, checklist, forms, etc.

       
      • You must have a valid passport of your country.
      • A valid Indian visa before you start your travel to India.
      • Every traveler must have their own valid visa including minor children to travel to India. 
      • Those arriving in India without a visa bearing the correct validity dates and number of entries are subject to immediate deportation on a return flight.
      • There is no fee charged for immigration facilities at the airports.

    • I am applying for a visa, but I live in a country other than the USA, can I use your website?

      CKGS Application Centers in USA are only for applicants residing in the United States. If you reside in a country outside of the United States, please contact the appropriate office or Embassy in your country for information on obtaining a visa.

    • I was (or my parents/grandparents were) born in Pakistan, is that a problem?

      If you or your parents / grandparents were born in Pakistan, your visa processing time may also be delayed. These are only approximate timelines and could vary from individual to individual.

       

      Visitor Visa (for Pakistan Passport Holders who have not renounced their Pakistan Citizenship.)

       

      You will have to apply on the CKGS website and follow the process as defined.

      Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.

      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy of India in USA. Simply fill in the widget and it will guide you through the entire application process.

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started


      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your visa category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

      There will be a Document checklist which lists the document requirements for your application.

      • Read the document checklist carefully which lists the documents, letters; whether originals / or copies are required; whether they need to be self-attested or notarized; and the number of documents needed to complete your Visa application before submission.
      • Review and check the forms and letters.
      • Print the forms as per your Document Checklist or you can print them later from the My Account’ page.
      • Sign the forms / letters where indicated.
      • Print 1 copy of the Document Checklist.

    • I am traveling through India to another country, do I need a visa?

      Anytime you are traveling to India, you must obtain a visa. Transit visas are offered for this circumstance.
       
      The maximum period of stay in India permitted for a Transit Visa is 72 hours for each entry and is issued only when Transit/Travel is by Air. The Transit Visa is valid for 15 days only.
       
      In case you remain within limits of the waiting area reserved for International Transit Passengers of the Indian Airport and are not going to cross Immigration Controls at any time, you do NOT need a Transit visa.
       
      You need to apply for a ‘Transit Visa’ if you are going to change from the International Terminal to the Domestic Terminal of any Indian Airport or if you are going to stay in an airport hotel even for a few hours.
       
      Please click on the URL given below. Simply fill in the widget that will guide you through the application process and you will get the information of the visa / category including jurisdiction, fees, document, checklist, forms, etc.
       
       

    • Are there specific vaccinations required to travel to India?

      The Indian Embassy does not require any specific vaccinations for travelers to obtain a visa to India. Please find the site below that is referred to for health advisories for US Citizens traveling to India:

      Global URL:
      http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list
      India URL:
      http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/india

    • I am a student currently enrolled in a university that is in another state away from my permanent address. How do I find out which jurisdiction to apply to?

      You will need to apply to the jurisdiction of where you are currently residing. For details, please visit www.in.ckgs.us/application-centers

    • What if I do not appear on the appointment date given?

      In that case, the appointment is considered as a ‘NO SHOW’ and will automatically be canceled.

    • Can I apply for OCI and Visa together?

      You can apply for each separately and send both as separate applications. There are different processing time lines for both services. For details, please visit:

       
      Visa
      OCI

    • When does one book or make travel arrangements?

      All applicants are advised to book their travel plans only when you receive your ‘Granted Visa’ or make arrangements whereby there is no liability if they are canceled. Neither the Missions nor CKGS will be liable for any charges.

    • How long can I stay in India with my current visa?

      The maximum stay allowed in India on any Indian Visa is 180 days, with the exception of an Entry Visa.
      An Entry Visa allows the holder to stay for the duration of the visa.
      Applicants must visit boi.gov.in/for current Indian Immigration Laws.

    • Do children require a visa to visit India?

      Yes, all travelers including children must have a valid visa to travel to India. Please complete a separate application for each child.

    • I have a visa, but I am now traveling for a purpose that is not covered under my current visa. Should I travel on my visa anyway, or should I apply for a new visa?

      It is advisable that you always travel with the type of visa that is most appropriate for your travel purpose. Immigration officials may deny your entry into India if the type of visa does not match the purpose of the visit.

    • Can I hold two active Indian visas at the same time?

      No, the Indian government will not permit two valid visas at the same time. Your currently active visa will need to be canceled upon approval and issuance of a second visa.

    • Can I extend a currently active visa?

      No, the Indian Government does not offer extensions for visas. You must apply for a new visa.
      It is very important that you apply on the CKGS website.

       

      Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.

       

      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy of India in USA. Simply fill in the widget and it will guide you through the entire application process.

       

      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your visa category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started

    • I would be changing flights/airports in India in order to travel to my final destination (say Nepal, Thailand etc.) Do I need a visa to change flights/airport terminals?

      You need to apply for a Transit Visa’, if you are going to change from the International Terminal to the Domestic Terminal of any Indian Airport or if you are going to stay in an airport hotel even for a few hours.

       

      The maximum period of stay in India permitted for a Transit Visa is 72 hours for each entry and is issued only when Transit/Travel is by Air. The Transit Visa is valid for 15 days only.

       

      In case you remain within limits of the waiting area reserved for International Transit Passengers of the Indian Airport and are not going to cross Immigration Control at any time, you do NOT need a Transit visa.

       

      Please click on the URL given below. Simply fill in the widget and you will get the information you require including checklists, fees, documents, supplementary forms as required by the Mission.

       

    • My visa page has faded now and numbers are not clear, can I travel on it?

      No, It is always advisable to get a new visa if details on the visa are not clear or the visa is in faded / torn / damaged condition.

    • How do I make or change an appointment?

      You will only need an appointment if you are planning on applying in person at a CKGS Application Centers. It is highly recommended to ship your application as this helps avoid driving and waiting times, parking charges and traffic as well as helps with easy tracking.

       
      • If you are a NEW APPLICANT, you would have to complete the full application process and the ‘Appointment’ page is within the online flow on the CKGS website.
      •  
        It is very important that you apply on the CKGS website and follow the process as defined.
         

        Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application form but you must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.

         

        For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy of India in USA. Simply fill in the widget and it will guide you through the entire application process.

         

        The rules on the CKGS website will identify your visa category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started
       
      • If you are an EXISTING APPLICANT and you wish to cancel / reschedule or do a follow up appointment, then you may click on www.in.ckgs.us/appointment/

    • Can I apply for Visa if I have applied for OCI already?

      Yes, but you need to attach the Renunciation Certificate or the receipt copy of the renunciation application.

    • Who decides if I will get a visa?

      The Missions of the Government of India have the sole right to assess and decide visa applications. Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS) is a service company only. CKGS does not issue visas or in any way determine or control the issuance of, or terms and conditions of visas, or any fiduciary decisions all of which are determined and controlled solely by the Missions of the Government of India.
      CKGS is not and cannot be responsible for any determinations, acts or omissions by the Missions.

    • I was issued a visa for a different length of time than I originally applied for, why?

      Visas are issued at the Missions discretion. In some circumstances, visas will be issued for a length of time that is less than what was requested and the Mission’s decision is final. There will be no refund.

    • What date is my visa valid from?

      The visa is valid beginning on the day the visa is Issued, and NOT on the date of entry into India.

    • Is there a limit on how many times can I travel to India with my multiple Entry visa?

      There is no limit to the total number of times you can travel to India on a multiple Entry visa.
       
      The requirement to apply for a Re-Entry permit within two months has been waived for those currently holding Tourist visas; except for nationals of China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan and Maldives passport holders or foreigners of Pakistan origin and stateless persons.

    • My name has changed or is changing and I have an Indian Visa. Do I need a new visa?

      • If you have not obtained a new passport, and you still have your non-expired passport with your PRIOR NAME and a valid visa issued in your PRIOR NAME, please travel with your proof of name change.

      • If you have been issued a new passport in your new name and you still have your previously issued passport with a valid visa, please request a transfer of visa and submit a copy of your proof of name change.

      • If you do not have your previously issued passport, please apply for a new visa with your new passport with your new name.

    • How do I answer 'Any other valid Passport / Identity Certificate (IC) held'?

      If you possess any other passport, travel document or Identity Certificate that is valid and issued to you by the country of your current nationality or any other country then answer with a YES and provide the required details. If not, answer NO.

    • What do I enter if I do not have a 'Citizenship or National ID number'?

      Please enter NA. Do NOT enter your social security number or your driver's license number.

    • I am not comfortable disclosing my religion. What can I do?

      You have the option to choose 'Others' and in the field below that, enter NA.

    • There is no place for me to enter my middle name. Where do I type it in?

      Enter your MIDDLE NAME after your first name in the ‘Given Name’ field.

    • I am an unemployed adult. What can I enter under 'Profession'?

      Choose 'Unemployed' and in the 'Employer Name / Business and Address' field, please enter 'NA'.

    • I am completing a form for my child who does not have a profession. What can I enter?

      • If your child is a baby or still not attending school, then choose 'Other' and in the 'Employer Name' field, please enter NA minor child.
      • If your child is going to school, under the ‘Profession’ field, please choose ‘Student’.

      These educational classifications will help you select the required field.
      Below Matriculation = Less than 10th grade
      Graduate = College/University Bachelor’s Degree
      Higher Secondary = High School
      Illiterate = No formal education
      Matriculation = 10th Grade
      Professional = Professional or technical training
      NA Being Minor = Children who are still in school

          You may also refer to learningindia.in/visa-application-guide/

    • The options under 'Profession' does not include my job. What can I do?

      You have the option to choose 'Other' and in the 'Designation / Rank' field, specify your Job.

    • I am just not comfortable with the online application. Can you fax or email the application to me?

      No. You can only fill this application online. This form is bar coded and will store your information securely for faster processing. No handwritten application forms will be accepted.

    • If I made a mistake on my visa application, how can I correct it?

      Mistakes made on your Government online visa application form cannot be corrected once you hit the Verified and Continue button on the last page. Please ensure that all information is complete and that passport information is entered exactly as it shown on your passport.

      If a correction is needed after this point, it will be necessary to fill out a whole new application form.

    • We do not have a reference person or address in India because we are going on a cruise which ports in India for a few days and we will be staying on the vessel overnight. What information can I enter on the visa application under 'Reference in India'?

      You may enter the full name of the vessel and complete address of the port in which your cruise ship will dock. If this information is not available or complete, a copy of your cruise itinerary should be submitted along with your visa application.

    • How will CKGS communicate with me?

      Communication flow

       
      Modes

      From CKGS to Applicant

      Emails

      We will communicate by auto-generated emails. To make sure you receive our alerts/updates, add noreply.usa@ckgs.com to your White list / Approved / Safe Senders list.

       

      Tracking Messages

      We provide timely updates in the form of Tracking messages, which can viewed from Track My Application and My Account pages on our website.
       

      From Applicant to CKGS

      Email

      In order to get in touch with us, you can fill out the feedback form at www.in.ckgs.us/feedback/. This is the most recommended way.

       
      Phone

      You can also contact us on 516-206-1483 / 646-589-0088 (Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm EST except Holidays)

    • What do I choose for Indian Mission?

      Your Indian Mission is the location of the processing site where you will submit your application. This depends on where in the United States you currently reside, also known as jurisdiction. You can find a listing of the states in each jurisdiction, in addition to the hours, addresses and contact information for each Mission. For details, please visit Application Center www.in.ckgs.us/application-centers

    • I am NOT a US citizen but have not lived in my home country for many years. What address should I enter as 'Permanent Address' on the online visa application?

      Your permanent address in your home country is required, regardless of your visa status in the United States or how long you have been living outside of your home country. A relative's address may be used if you no longer maintain an address in your home country.

    • Do I need a Visa for my pet that I wish to take to India?

      No, you do not need a Visa for your pet. However, you will have to comply with the customs and vaccination related regulations. Please ensure that you carry the necessary documents to take your pet. Pets are liable for quarantine checks upon arrival in India.

    • Can I travel anywhere within India if I have a valid Tourist Visa?

      No, even with a valid Indian Visa, you will NOT be allowed to enter areas such as Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Parts of Sikkim, Parts of Himachal Pradesh, Parts of Uttar Pradesh (now Uttaranchal), Parts of Jammu & Kashmir, Parts of Rajasthan and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You will need to obtain a restricted / protected area permit (RAP/PAP) to enter these areas.

    • Does the gap of two months between two visits apply to all Tourist Visa holders?

      The gap of visits of two months between two visits on a Tourist Visa will apply to Nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan origin and Stateless Origin.

    • Does the gap of two months between two visits apply to all OCI card holders and foreigners holding business, employment, student and other categories of visa?

      The gap of visits of two months between two visits on a Tourist Visa will apply to Nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan origin and Stateless Origin.

    • I have received my VISA and there is an error in the spelling of my name.

      In the highly unlikely event that any particulars have been printed incorrectly, spelling mistakes in your name, a wrong photo has been pasted, or a signature is missing on your Visa, CKGS will assist you in getting the same corrected.

      You will be required to send your Consular document that needs correction to the CKGS application center where you applied for originally, along with a letter, clearly stating the error/incorrectly printed information. You will also be required to send the correct document as a proof for verification or the correct photos in case of a wrong photo being pasted.

      There will be NO service fee or Consular fees payable for this correction. However, the cost of Return courier will have to be borne by the applicant. Please allow adequate time for the Mission to make the changes.

    • Can I apply for Visa and Renunciation together?

      Yes, you can apply for both together. Answer the questions displayed on the widget that will guide you through the VISA application process. Continue the process and along the steps you will be able to complete the Renunciation application and get the requirements, fees and document checklist. You can complete your full application process online and then submit your physical application along with the required forms and documents.

       

      Visa
      Renunciation

    • Code of Conduct for Unregistered Third Party Agencies

      • Third Party Agencies CANNOT submit their applications on behalf of the applicants UNLESS they are APPROVED by the Mission and thereafter REGISTERED with CKGS.
      • Third Party Agencies CANNOT submit the applications to CKGS through postal mode.  They have to submit the applications in person ONLY.
      • Third Party Agencies CAN only submit their applications through the CKGS Third Party Agency Module.

    • Rules for Chinese Nationals

      Chinese passport holders are requested to note that the visa will be issued only after clearance is received from the Indian Embassy in Beijing. Chinese Nationals applying from US are granted Tourist visas for a maximum of 3 months and Business Visas for a maximum of 6 months. It is important that you apply for the shortest duration.

    • Are Satellite phones allowed in India?

      All travelers to India are advised that the use of "Thuraya" Satphones and other such satellite phones is illegal in India.

      If any unauthorized use of such satellite telephone sets, such as Thuraya etc. is detected, with people including tourist, 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.

    • I am traveling to India and I want to know if it is permitted to import Indian rupees into India. I am able to exchange the currency at the airport here in the USA


      Please refer website of Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs on www.cbec.gov.in/ to know details on the rules applicable. The Guidelines for Baggage rule are given on link below
      http://www.cbec.gov.in/resources//htdocs-cbec/guide_for_travellers/trvler-guide_ason05feb2015.pdf;jsessionid=C44DBF8475E2598315EBC24F760F303F

    • Do I need to send my original passport along with the Visa application form?

      Yes, for an issuance of Visa, your Original Passport has to be sent along with the application form.

    • Who are granted short term visas?

      Short term visas (less than 10 years duration) are only granted to applicants who:

      • Have already applied for OCI and are awaiting process completion
      • Non US passport holders
      • Applicants applying for Emergency Visa
      • For Minors (5 years only)
        Any other category
        which the Consulate decides as per Government of India Regulations.

    • Do I need to go through you or can I go to the consulate directly?

      No, you cannot go directly to the Embassy / Consulate. CKGS is the only authorized Service Provider for the Embassy of India and its Consulates across the USA for VISA, OCI, and Renunciation effective from May 21, 2014.

    • I selected the wrong visa type on the application form.

      You will have to re-apply for a new application with the correct Visa type mentioned.

      It is very important that you apply on the CKGS website.

      Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application form. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.

       

      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy of India in USA. Simply fill in the widget and it will guide you through the entire application process.

       

      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your visa category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started


    • My visa is valid for another five years, can I travel or do I need to apply for a new visa?

      Yes you can travel as long as the visa is valid. Please ensure that your return travel from India should be before the expiry date of the Visa.

    • I am going on a cruise, do I need a visa?

      Yes, you need a visa to travel to India. If you are travelling on a cruise, then you may mention the port in India and attach the cruise itinerary along with it. If you are travelling on the Invitation of an Indian company, you need to provide a letter of incorporation of the Company in India.

    • My son is going to be 21. Can he travel on the same visa?

      Yes, he can travel as long as his Visa and Passport are valid.

    • Can I apply for a Visa, if I have applied for a Renunciation Certificate already?

      Yes, but you need to attach the Renunciation Certificate or the Receipt Copy of your renunciation application along with your Visa Application, if it is still under process.

    • Can I apply through a Third Party agent?

      Yes, you can apply for Visas through a reliable Third Party who has been approved by the Missions and then been registered with CKGS. Please note there is no extra expediting or urgency fees. The time taken for visas is uniform and is on a first-come first-serve basis. You should NOT be paying any urgency fees to your Third Party agent.

    • I have already purchased my ticket and wanted to know if I can go to the consulate directly and apply for the visa?

      No, you cannot go directly to the Missions. All applicants are advised to book their travel plans only when the 'Granted' Visa is in their possession. If you are making any arrangements please opt for arrangements where there is no liability if canceled. Neither the Missions nor CKGS will be liable for any charges.

    • Can I come to CKGS directly and get the visa?

      You can send your application via shipping or submit in person to the CKGS Application Center. Please do not go directly to the Consulate. It is highly recommended that you opt for the shipping facility as this helps avoid long driving hours, parking fees and waiting time at the application Center. The shipping option is built into the flow of the application process to make it easy for you.

      Please note: Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS) is a service company only. CKGS does not issue visas or in any way determine or control the issuance of, or terms and conditions of visas, or any fiduciary decisions all of which are determined and controlled solely by the Missions of the Government of India. CKGS is not and cannot be responsible for any determinations, acts or omissions by the Missions.

    • I am getting married and I have an Indian Visa? Do I Need a new visa?

      If you have not obtained a new passport, and you still have your non-expired passport with your PRIOR NAME and a valid visa issued in your PRIOR NAME, please travel with your marriage certificate OR proof of name change.

       If you have been issued a new passport in your new name and you still have your previously issued passport with a valid visa, please request a transfer of visa and submit a copy of your marriage certificate OR proof of name change.

      If you do not have your previously issued passport, please apply for a new visa with your new passport with your new name.

    • I am visiting India on the Fulbright Nehru Scholarship. Can you give me information on how to get my visa?

      Please click on the URL given below. Simply fill in the widget and you will get all the information of the visa / category including jurisdiction, fees, document, checklist, forms, etc. that you need.

       
      Visa for Fulbright Nehru Scholarship

    • My US passport has got less than 18 days validity so can I still send it for the visa?

      No, it will not be possible to get a visa. Your Passport must be valid beyond the date of your estimated return and the validity of the visa that you apply.

    • Do you work on Saturdays?

      No, we do not work on Saturdays or Sundays nor on holidays. The CKGS Application Centers are open Monday to Friday, except holidays. Please log on to (www.in.ckgs.us/application-centers) for more details.

    • What visa do I need to apply if it is an emergency?

      The Missions have an Emergency service ' to facilitate visits to India on account of any unfortunate incident of loss of life, accident or serious illness of parents, children, siblings and nearest relatives. There will be a Consular fee of USD 100 which will be in addition to your regular fees. Please visit our website: www.in.ckgs.us/visa/emergency-visa for further details.

    • I have applied for a visa for 10 years duration and have been granted a visa for only 6 months?

      The Visa issuance / rejection, the duration for which is granted and the number of entries permissible is the sovereign right of a Nation. Your Visa has been issued after due process by the Mission who has the sole right to decide the same. There will be no refund of any fees whatsoever for the difference of the fees for a visa duration and the corresponding fees of the visa duration granted.

    • I have already applied for renunciation and can I apply for a visa now?

      Yes you can apply for a Visa.

    • Can I apply for a PIO card?

      The PIO Card scheme has been withdrawn vide Gazette Notification No.25024/9/2014F dated 09 January 2015. All PIO cards issued till 09 January 2015 are deemed to be OCI Cards. It is highly recommended that you apply for an OCI card, click here for more details
      www.in.ckgs.us/oci. 31st December 2016 will be the last day to apply for OCI card in lieu of PIO card.

    • Now since the PIO card scheme is canceled and I already have a PIO card, can I travel on the same?

      Yes, you can. All PIO cards issued till 09 January 2015 are deemed to be OCI Cards. However, it is highly recommended that you apply for an OCI, click here for more details www.in.ckgs.us/oci. 31st December 2016 will be the last day to apply for OCI card in lieu of PIO card.

    • What is the duration and validity of a Tourist Visa?

      • The period of stay for each visit is maximum upto six months from the date of entry and Visa validity could be upto 10 years.
      • Validity of Tourist Visa commences from the date of visa issue.
      • Tourist Visa is generally issued with multiple entry endorsement.
      All applicants of Indian Origin with US Passports, may apply for a Tourist Visa for a longer term of 10 years duration.

  • Transferring Visa From Old Passport To New Passport

    • I have a valid India visa on an old passport that has been renewed or replaced. Can I travel to India with both passports, or should I apply for a new visa?

      Kindly note that it is optional to transfer your valid visa to a new passport.
      The validity of an existing visa does not expire if you acquire a new passport (if old passport has expired or is damaged), as long as your personal particulars and nationality have not changed. You, as the visa holder can travel carrying your old passport with a valid Indian visa along with your new passport. 

       
      However, if you wish to formally transfer the visa for the remaining period of duration onto the new passport and you know what type of transfer you need to apply for, please see table below:
       
       

    • I have got my new passport and my visa is on the new passport so can I travel?

      Yes you can travel as long as your visa and passport are both are valid.

    • My baby has a ten year visa in her expired passport. Is a transfer of visa mandatory?

      Transfer of visa is not mandatory, however it is recommended. The name on both passports must match.

                      For Transfer of Entry Visa requirements, please click on;

       
       

                        For Transfer of Tourist Visa requirements, please click on;

       

    • Can OCI / PIO be transferred from any foreign passport (e.g. Canada) to another (e.g. US)?

      No. OCI / PIO cannot be transferred from any foreign passport to another.

    • OCI is on my old passport and it has not been transferred to my new passport, can I travel?

      Yes, you may travel with both the new and old passports.

  • Applying for Family Members, Children or Co-Workers

    • Can I Apply In Person For My Family Members, Children or a co-worker?

      Yes, you can apply for immediate family members such as brother, sister, mother, father, spouse, children, or co-workers without them being present. You will need to provide:

      1. An ID such as an employee identification or pay stub
      2. Payment Receipt
      3. A letter from the applicant authorizing the representative to submit the application

    • Can I apply with my wife together or do I need to do it separately?

      Every individual has to apply for his / her application independently.

    • I am applying for an Employment or Student visa, what type of visa should my accompanying spouse or dependent family member apply for?

      Your spouse and dependent family members accompanying the applicant must apply for an ‘ENTRY VISA’ (NOT a Tourist visa), co-terminus with the period of the principal visa holder. This requirement applies regardless of origin of the principal visa holder.

      Please click on the URL given below. Simply fill in the widget, and you will get the information of the visa / category including jurisdiction, fees, document, checklist, forms, etc.

       

    • Does the application of a minor child need to be notarized even after both parents have signed the application?.

      For minor applicants, BOTH the parents have to sign the second page of the Visa application form. This has to be NOTARIZED.
      In case of single parent due to separation or divorce, the court document should clearly mention sole custody and permission to travel.
      In case of adoption, the adoption document should be enclosed. All other requirements for minor's application including parent’s passport copies must be attached with the application.

    • I am applying for a spouse or child of a person of Indian Origin, what type of visa should I request for them?

      Spouse and children of a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) traveling to India to visit family or for tourist related reasons have the option to apply for a Tourist Visa.

      Please click on the URL given below. Simply follow the process given on the website and you will get the information of the visa / category including jurisdiction, fees, document checklist, forms, etc.

       
       

  • Business Visa

    • What is a Business Visa?

      A Business Visa is granted to a foreign national who wants to visit India to establish an industrial/ business venture or to explore possibilities to set up industrial / business venture, or wants to purchase / sell industrial products in India.

      This Visa is granted subject to following conditions:

      • The applicant is a person of assured financial standing and expertise in the field of the intended business.
      • The applicant is not visiting India for the business of money lending or petty trading, or for a full time employment in India involving payment of salary in India etc.
      • The facility of Business Visa will also be extended to senior executives of firms, experts, tour conductors and travel agents, etc., visiting India in connection with work related to projects of national importance, including those undertaken by public sector undertakings, and conducting business tours of foreigners or business relating to it, etc.
      • A foreign national will have to comply with all other requirements like payment of tax liabilities etc.
      • The grant of Business Visa is subject to any instructions issued by the Government of India on the basis of reciprocity with other foreign countries from time to time.
      • The Business Visa must be issued from the country of origin, or from the country of domicile of the foreigner provided the period of permanent residence of that applicant in that particular country is for more than 2 years.

    • Who is eligible for a Business Visa?

      • Foreign nationals coming to India to purchase / sell industrial products or commercial products or consumer durables.
      • Foreign nationals coming to India for technical meetings / discussions, attending Board meetings, general meetings for providing business services support.
      • Foreign nationals coming to India for recruitment of manpower.
      • Foreign nationals who are partners in the Business and / or functioning as Directors in the company.
      • Foreign nationals coming to India for consultations regarding exhibitions, for participation in exhibitions, trade fairs, business fairs, etc.
      • Foreign buyers who come to transact business with suppliers/ potential suppliers at locations in India, to evaluate or monitor quality, give specifications, place orders, negotiate further supplies etc., relating to goods or services procured from India.
      • Foreign experts / specialists on a visit of short duration in connection with an ongoing project with the objective of monitoring the progress of the work, conducting meetings with Indian customers and / or to provide some high level technical guidance.
      • Foreign nationals coming to India for pre-sales or post-sales activity not amounting to actual execution of any contract or project.
      • Foreign Trainees of multinational companies/corporate houses coming for in-house training in the regional hubs of the concerned company located in India.
      • Foreign students sponsored by AIESEC for internship on project based work in companies / industries.
      • Foreign Nationals traveling to India as crew members for shooting feature films, reality shows, commercial TV serials in India are advised to apply for a Business Visa and not a Journalist Visa. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is the nodal Ministry to process requests for shooting of reality TV shows and Commercial TV serials in India.

    • What is the duration of a Business Visa?

      All Nationals (except of UK & Sri Lanka) have to apply for a minimum of 1 year validity. UK & Sri Lanka Nationals can apply for 6 months multiple entry duration.
      Issuance & Duration of issue of visa is completely at the discretion of the Embassy/ Consulate. A stay stipulation may be prescribed for each visit by the concerned Indian Mission.

    • What documents are required to be submitted along with application for a Business Visa?

      • The foreign national must have a valid travel document and a re-entry permit, if required under the law of the country concerned.
      • Click here for Business Visa: www.in.ckgs.us/visa/business-visa
      • Features films / Reality Shows/ Commercial TV serials: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is the nodal Ministry to process requests for shooting of reality TV shows and Commercial TV serials in India. These proposals may be processed as per the guidelines applicable for shooting of feature films listed in the Visa Manual. Those cleared by I&B Ministry to produce feature films in India should be issued ‘B’( Business) Visas.

    • Can foreign nationals coming to execute projects in India be granted Business Visas?

      No. A foreign national coming for executing projects / contracts will have to come only on an Employment Visa.

    • Can foreign nationals already in India for executing projects on Business Visas be allowed to extend their Business Visas beyond 31.10.2009?

      No. A foreign national who is already in the country on Business Visa and engaged in executing project / contract should leave the country by the date 31.10.2009.

  • Employment Visa

    • What is an Employment Visa?

      Employment Visa is granted to foreigners desiring to come to India for purpose of employment, subject to following conditions:-
      1. The applicant is a skilled and qualified professional or person who is being engaged or appointed by a company, organization, industry, or undertaking, etc. in India on contract or employment basis at a senior level, skilled position such as technical expert, senior executive, or in a managerial position, etc.
      2. Employment Visa is not granted for jobs for which large numbers of qualified Indians are available.
      3. Employment Visa is not granted for routine, ordinary or secretarial / clerical jobs.
      4. The Employment Visa must be issued from the country of origin, or from the country of domicile of the foreigner provided the period of permanent residence of that applicant in that particular country is for more than 2 years.
      5. The Indian company/organization engaging foreign nationals for executing projects / contracts would be responsible for the conduct of the foreign national during their stay in India and also for the departure of such foreign national upon expiry of Visa.
      6. A foreign national will have to comply with all other requirements like payment of tax liabilities, etc.

    • Who is eligible for Employment Visa?

      Subject to the conditions enumerated in the previous answer, the following will be eligible for Employment Visa:

      1. Foreign nationals coming to India for execution of a project / contract (irrespective of the duration of the visit).
      2. Foreign nationals who are coming to India on short visits to customer location to repair any plant or machinery as part of warranty or annual maintenance contracts.
      3. Foreign engineers / technicians coming to India for installation and commissioning of equipments / machines / tools in terms of the contract for supply of such equipment / machine / tools.
      4. Foreign experts coming to India for imparting training for the personnel of the Indian company.
      5. Foreign personnel deputed for providing technical support / services, transfer of knowhow, services supplies for which the Indian company pays fees / royalty to the foreign company.
      6. Foreign nationals coming to India as consultant on contract for whom the Indian company pays a fixed remuneration, (may not be in the form of monthly salary).
      7. Foreign artists engaged to conduct regular performances for the duration of the employment contract given by Hotels, Clubs, and other organizations.
      8. Foreign nationals who are coming to India to take up employment as coaches.
      9. Foreign sportsmen who are given contract for a specified period by the Indian Clubs / organizations.
      10. Self-employed foreign nationals coming to India for providing engineering, medical, accounting, legal or such other highly skilled services in their capacity as independent consultants.

    • What is the duration of an Employment Visa?

    • A foreign national coming to India for employment may initially be granted an Employment Visa by the Indian Embassy/Consulate up to one year.
    • The first extension, if necessary, would be granted by MHA.
    • Further extensions, if required, can be granted by concerned State Government / FRO up to maximum period of five years from the date of issue of the Visa.

    •      Note: Foreigners coming on an ‘Employment Visa’ are required to register with concerned FRRO/FRO within two weeks from the date of arrival.

    • What documents are required to be submitted along with application for Employment Visa?

      • The foreign national must have a valid travel document and a re-etry permit, if required under the law of the country concerned.
      • The foreign national must submit proof of his / her employment or contract or engagement by the company / organization in India.
      • The foreign national must submit documentary proof of his educational qualifications and professional expertise.

  • Emergency Service

    • What is the process for applicants from Washington D.C jurisdiction to apply for an Emergency Service for VISA?

      Emergency Service is available only for US passport holders of Indian Origin. Non US Passport holders are not permitted to apply.

      Emergency Service has a fee that the Embassy/Consulates charge to expedite the process. Applicants of Washington D.C jurisdiction have to apply for a ‘Tourist Visa 10 years Multiple Entry’. The duration of Visa granted by the Embassy will be at the Embassy’s discretion.

      Where to get started with the application
      Purposes to Apply for an Emergency Service
      • For medical emergency
      • For unfortunate incident of loss of life
      • To attend to legal matters concerning self
      Non - Acceptable Purposes to Apply for an Emergency Service
      • Wedding of self or attending wedding of family and friends
      • Religious purposes
      • Family Reunion 
      • Tourism purpose
      Visa Category

      Tourist Visa 10 years Multiple Entry with Emergency Fees

      Mode of Submission: In Person

      You must submit your application to CKGS Application Center in Washington DC at the address below:

      Washington DC
      CKGS Application Center

      (VISA / PIO / OCI / Renunciation Department)
      1250 23rd St NW,
      Suite 100-50,
      Washington, DC 20037.



      Timings

      Weekdays
      From Monday to Friday
      Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

      However, after 2:00 pm, depending upon the nature of emergency of the applicant, emergency applications may be accepted till 4:00 PM.

      Weekends
      No Emergency service on weekend
      Fees

      Fees to be paid on CKGS Website online

      Tourist Visa10 years Multiple Entry Fees
      $100
      ICWF Fees
      $3
      Emergency Fees
      $100
      CKGS Service Fees
      $17
      Total
      $220
      Documents Required
      • STANDARD DOCUMENTS
      • As per Tourist Visa Document Checklist
      • ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS
        For Adults
        Proof of Indian Origin
           Copy of Indian passport OR
           Copies of parents Indian passport
        Proof of Emergency
           Medical Note from Doctor / Hospital in India on their letterhead OR

           Copy of Death Certificate OR
           Legal Document if Emergency is Legal

        Flight tickets (if applicable)
        Proof of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship

        CKGS Payment Receipt

         
        For Minors

        All documents as per the Tourist Visa Document Checklist including:
        Parental Authorization Form
        OR
        Passport copies of both parents
        OR

        Copy of birth certificate
        AND
        Flight tickets (if applicable)
        Proof of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship

        CKGS Payment Receipt


      NOTE: Both parents’ signatures are required on the VISA form and it should be Notarized. DO NOT sign the documents on your own; the Notary Officer will require you to SIGN in his / her presence.
      Proof of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship is mandatory.

      IMPORTANT: The decision making of a VISA application for an Emergency Service rests solely and exclusively with the Embassy. The Embassy reserves the right to grant/deny an Emergency Service without assigning reasons and the decision of the Embassy is final and binding upon you. It is at the discretion of the Embassy to issue Emergency Service on a VISA. CKGS does not play any role in fiduciary decisions.

    • What is the process for applicants from Atlanta jurisdiction to apply for an Emergency Service for VISA?

      Emergency Service is available only for US passport holders of Indian Origin. Non US Passport holders are not permitted to apply.


      Emergency Service has a fee that the Embassy/Consulates charge to expedite the process. Applicants of Atlanta jurisdiction have to apply for a ‘Tourist Visa 10 years Multiple Entry’. The duration of Visa granted by the Consulate will be at the Consulate’s discretion.

      Step 1
      Applicants from Atlanta Jurisdiction must take prior approval for applying for Emergency Service ‘In Person’ from the Consulate between 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM, at the below address:
      Consulate General of India - Atlanta
      5549 Glenridge Drive NE,
      Atlanta GA 30342



      Step 2
      Submit the completely filled VISA application in person to CKGS VISA Application Center at the address given below:
      CKGS Application Center
      (VISA / PIO / OCI / Renunciation Department)
      5883 Glenridge Drive,
      Suite 180,
      Sandy Springs, GA 30328.


      Where to get started with the application
      Purposes to Apply for an Emergency Service
      • For medical emergency
      • For unfortunate incident of loss of life
      • To attend to legal matters concerning self
      Non - Acceptable Purposes to Apply for an Emergency Service
      • Wedding of self or attending wedding of family and friends
      • Religious purposes
      • Family Reunion 
      • Tourism purpose
      Visa Category

      Tourist Visa 10 years Multiple Entry with Emergency Fees

      Mode of Submission: In Person

      You must submit your application to CKGS Application Center in Atlanta at the address below:

      Atlanta
      CKGS Application Center

      (VISA / PIO / OCI / Renunciation Department)
      5883 Glenridge Drive,
      Suite 180,
      Sandy Springs, GA 30328.



      Timings

      Weekdays(CKGS/ Consulate)
      From Monday to Friday
      Time :- 10:00
      AM to 2:00 PM

      NOTE: In case of Emergency on Saturdays, please call consulate emergency number 404-941-7528

      Fees

      Fees to be paid on CKGS Website online

      Tourist Visa10 years Multiple Entry Fees
      $100
      ICWF Fees
      $3
      Emergency Fees
      $100
      CKGS Service Fees
      $17
      Total
      $220
      Documents Required
      • STANDARD DOCUMENTS
      • As per Tourist Visa Document Checklist
      • ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS
      • For Adults
        Proof of Indian Origin
                 Copy of Indian passport OR

                 Copies of parents Indian passport OR
                 Copy of Naturalization Certificate
        Proof of Emergency
                 Medical Note from Doctor / Hospital in India on their letterhead OR
                 Copy of Death Certificate OR
                 Legal Document if Emergency is Legal
        Flight tickets (if applicable)
        CKGS Payment Receipt
         
        For Minors
        All documents as per the Tourist Visa Document Checklist including:
        Parental Authorization Form
        OR
        Passport copies of both parents
        OR

        Copy of birth certificate
        AND
        Flight tickets (if applicable)
        CKGS Payment Receipt

      NOTE: Both parents’ signatures are required on the VISA form and it should be Notarized. DO NOT sign the documents on your own; the Notary Officer will require you to SIGN in his / her presence.
       

      IMPORTANT: The decision making of a VISA application for an Emergency Service rests solely and exclusively with the Consulate. The Consulate reserves the right to grant/deny an Emergency Service without assigning reasons and the decision of the Consulate is final and binding upon you. It is at the discretion of the Consulate to issue Emergency Service on a VISA. CKGS does not play any role in fiduciary decisions.

    • What is the process for applicants from Chicago jurisdiction to apply for an Emergency Service for VISA?

      Emergency Service is available only for US passport holders of Indian Origin. Non US Passport holders are not permitted to apply.

      Emergency Service has a fee that the Embassy/Consulates charge to expedite the process. Applicants of Chicago jurisdiction can apply for any of the following VISA categories:

      • Tourist Visa 10 years Multiple Entry
      • Entry Visa 6 Months OR 1 Year OR  5 Year Multiple Entry
       

      The duration of VISA granted by the Consulate will be at the Consulate’s discretion.

      Where to get started with the application
      Purposes to Apply for an Emergency Service
      • For medical emergency
      • For unfortunate incident of loss of life
      • To attend to legal matters concerning self
      Non - Acceptable Purposes to Apply for an Emergency Service
      • Wedding of self or attending wedding of family and friends
      • Religious purposes
      • Family Reunion 
      • Tourism purpose
      Visa Category
      • Tourist Visa 10 years Multiple Entry
      • Entry Visa 6 Months OR 1 Year OR  5 Year Multiple Entry
      Mode of Submission: In Person

      You must submit your application to CKGS Application Center in Chicago at the address below:

      Chicago
      CKGS Application Center

      (VISA / PIO / OCI / Renunciation Department)
      19 S La Salle Street,
      Suite 1003,
      Chicago, IL 60603.



      Timings

      Weekdays
      From Monday to Friday
      Between
      9:00 AM To 2:00 PM

      (In case of dire emergency after 2:00 PM, an application for Emergency Service will be accepted on case by case basis)

      Fees

      Fees to be paid on CKGS Website online

      Tourist Visa 10 years Multiple Entry Fees
      $100
      ICWF Fees
      $3
      Emergency Fees
      $100
      CKGS Service Fees
      $17
      Total
      $220

                                               OR                                  

      Entry Visa 6 months Multiple Entry Fees

      $100
      ICWF Fees
      $3
      Emergency Fees
      $100
      CKGS Service Fees
      $17
      Total
      $220
                                               OR

      Entry Visa 1 year Multiple Entry Fees

      $140
      ICWF Fees
      $3
      Emergency Fees
      $100
      CKGS Service Fees
      $17
      Total
      $260
                                               OR

      Entry Visa 5 year Multiple Entry Fees

      $220
      ICWF Fees
      $3
      Emergency Fees
      $100
      CKGS Service Fees
      $17
      Total
      $340
      Documents Required
      • STANDARD DOCUMENTS
      • As per the Document Checklist of the applied Visa Category:

        • Tourist Visa 10 years Multiple Entry OR
        • Business Visa 1 Year Multiple Entry OR
        • Entry Visa 6 Months OR 1 Year OR  5 Year Multiple Entry


      • ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS
      • For Adults
        Proof of Indian Origin
                 Copy of Indian passport OR
                 Copies of parents Indian passport OR
                 Copy of Naturalization Certificate
        Proof of Emergency
                 Medical Note from Doctor / Hospital in India on their letterhead OR
                Copy of Death Certificate OR
                Legal Document if Emergency is Legal
        Flight tickets (if applicable)
        CKGS Payment Receipt

         
        For Minors
        All documents as per the Document Checklist of the applied Visa Category including:
        Parental Authorization Form
        OR
        Passport copies of both parents
        OR
        Copy of birth certificate
        AND
        Flight tickets (if applicable)
        CKGS Payment Receipt

         
      NOTE: Both parents’ signatures are required on the VISA form and it should be Notarized. DO NOT sign the documents on your own; the Notary Officer will require you to SIGN in his / her presence.
       
      IMPORTANT: The decision making of a VISA application for an Emergency Service rests solely and exclusively with the Consulate. The Consulate reserves the right to grant/deny an Emergency Service without assigning reasons and the decision of the Consulate is final and binding upon you. It is at the discretion of the Consulate to issue Emergency Service on a VISA. CKGS does not play any role in fiduciary decisions.

    • What is the process for applicants from Houston jurisdiction to apply for an Emergency Service for VISA?

      Emergency Service is available only for US passport holders of Indian Origin. Non US Passport holders are not permitted to apply.

      Emergency Service has a fee that the Embassy/Consulates charge to expedite the process. Applicants of Houston jurisdiction have to apply for ‘Entry Visa 6 Months Multiple Entry’. The duration of Visa granted by the Consulate will be at the Consulate’s discretion.

      Where to get started with the application
      Purposes to Apply for an Emergency Service
      • For medical emergency
      • For unfortunate incident of loss of life
      • To attend to legal matters concerning self
      Non - Acceptable Purposes to Apply for an Emergency Service

      • Wedding of self or attending wedding of family and friends
      • Religious purposes
      • Family Reunion
      • Tourism purpose
      Visa Category
      Entry Visa 6 Months Multiple Entry with Emergency Fees
      Mode of Submission: In Person

      You can submit your application to CKGS Application Center in Houston at the address below: 

      Houston
      CKGS Application Center

      (VISA / PIO / OCI / Renunciation Department)
      1001 Texas Avenue,
      Suite 550 (Level 5),
      Houston, TX 77002.





      OR


      You can directly go to the Consulate to submit your application at the address below:

      Houston Consulate General of India

      4300 Scotland Street,
      Houston, TX 77007
      Tel: 713 - 626 - 2148 / 214

      Timings

      Weekdays
      From Monday to Friday
      Between
      9:00 AM To 2:00 PM

      Fees

      Fees to be paid on CKGS Website online

      Entry Visa 6 Months Multiple Entry Fees

      $100
      ICWF Fees
      $3
      Emergency Fees
      $100
      CKGS Service Fees
      $17
      Total
      $220
      Documents Required
      • STANDARD DOCUMENTS
        As per the Entry Visa Document Checklist.
      • ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS
      • For Adults
        Proof of Indian Origin
                 Copy of Indian passport OR
                 Copies of parents Indian passport OR

                 Copy of Naturalization Certificate
        Proof of Emergency
                 Medical Note from Doctor / Hospital in India on their letterhead OR

                 Copy of Death Certificate OR
                 Legal Document if Emergency is Legal
        Flight tickets (if applicable)
        CKGS Payment Receipt

         
        For Minors
        All documents as per the Entry Visa Document Checklist including:
        Parental Authorization Form

        OR
        Passport copies of both parents
        OR
        Copy of birth certificate
        AND
        Flight tickets (if applicable)
        CKGS Payment Receipt

      NOTE: Both parents’ signatures are required on the VISA form and it should be Notarized. DO NOT sign the documents on your own; the Notary Officer will require you to SIGN in his / her presence.

       
      IMPORTANT: The decision making of a VISA application for an Emergency Service rests solely and exclusively with the Consulate. The Consulate reserves the right to grant/deny an Emergency Service without assigning reasons and the decision of the Consulate is final and binding upon you. It is at the discretion of the Consulate to issue Emergency Service on a VISA. CKGS does not play any role in fiduciary decisions.

    • What is the process for applicants from New York jurisdiction to apply for an Emergency Service for VISA?

      Emergency Service is available only for US passport holders of Indian Origin. Non US Passport holders are not permitted to apply.

      Emergency Service has a fee that the Embassy/Consulates charge to expedite the process. Applicants of New York jurisdiction have to apply for ‘Entry Visa 6 Months Multiple Entry’. The duration of Visa granted by the Consulate will be at the Consulate’s discretion.


      Step 1
      Applicants from New York Jurisdiction must apply online on CKGS website for Emergency Service.
       
      Step 2
      Submit the completely filled VISA application in person to the Consulate General of India, New York, at the address given below:
      Consulate General of India
      3 East 64th Street (Between 5th and Madison Avenues)
      New York,
      NY 10065
      Tel: (212) 774-0600 
      Fax: (212) 861-3788

       
      Where to get started with the application
      Purposes to Apply for an Emergency Service
      • For medical emergency
      • For unfortunate incident of loss of life
      • To attend to legal matters concerning self
      Non - Acceptable Purposes to Apply for an Emergency Service
      • Wedding of self or attending wedding of family and friends
      • Religious purposes
      • Family Reunion 
      • Tourism purpose
      Visa Category
      Entry Visa 6 Months Multiple Entry with Emergency Fees
      Mode of Submission: In Person

      You must submit your application directly to the Consulate General of India in New York at the address below

      Consulate General of India
      3 East 64th Street (Between 5th and Madison Avenues)
      New York,
      NY 10065
      Tel: (212) 774-0600 
      Fax: (212) 861-3788



      Timings

      Weekdays
      From Monday to Friday
      Time :- 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Noon)
      Saturday
      Time :- 11 AM to 1 PM

      Fees

      Fees to be paid on CKGS Website online

      CKGS Service Fees
      $17
       

      Payment Directly to the Consulate in Cash

      Entry Visa 6 Months Multiple Entry Fees

      $100
      ICWF Fees
      $3
      Emergency Fees
      $100
      Total
      $203*
      Documents Required
      • STANDARD DOCUMENTS
        As per the Entry Visa Document Checklist.
      • ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS
        For Adults

        Proof of Indian Origin

           Copy of Indian passport OR
           Copies of parents Indian passport OR

           Copy of Naturalization Certificate

        Proof of Emergency

           Medical Note from Doctor / Hospital in India on their 
        letterhead OR
           Copy of Death Certificate OR
           Legal Document if Emergency is Legal
        Flight tickets (if applicable)

        CKGS Payment Receipt


        For Minors

        All documents as per the
        Entry Visa Document Checklist including:
        Parental Authorization Form

        OR

        Passport copies of both parents

        OR

        Copy of birth certificate

        AND

        Flight tickets (if applicable)

        CKGS Payment Receipt


      NOTE: Both parents’ signatures are required on the VISA form and it should be Notarized. DO NOT sign the documents on your own; the Notary Officer will require you to SIGN in his / her presence.

       
      IMPORTANT: The decision making of a VISA application for an Emergency Service rests solely and exclusively with the Consulate. The Consulate reserves the right to grant/deny an Emergency Service without assigning reasons and the decision of the Consulate is final and binding upon you. It is at the discretion of the Consulate to issue Emergency Service on a VISA. CKGS does not play any role in fiduciary decisions.

    • What is the process for applicants from San Francisco jurisdiction to apply for an Emergency Service for VISA?

      Emergency Service is available only for US passport holders of Indian Origin. Non US Passport holders are not permitted to apply.

      Emergency Service has a fee that the Embassy/Consulates charge to expedite the process. Applicants of San Francisco jurisdiction can apply for any of the following VISA categories:

      • Tourist Visa 10 years Multiple Entry
      • Entry Visa 6 Months OR 1 Year OR  5 Year Multiple Entry
      The duration of VISA granted by the Consulate will be at the Consulate’s discretion.

      Where to get started with the application
      Purposes to Apply for an Emergency Service
      • For medical emergency
      • For unfortunate incident of loss of life
      • To attend to legal matters concerning self
      Non - Acceptable Purposes to Apply for an Emergency Service
      • Wedding of self or attending wedding of family and friends
      • Religious purposes
      • Family Reunion
      • Tourism purpose
      Visa Category
      • Tourist Visa 10 years Multiple Entry
      • Entry Visa 6 Months OR 1 Year OR  5 Year Multiple Entry
      Mode of Submission: In Person

      You must submit your application to CKGS Application Center in San Francisco at the address below:

      San Francisco
      CKGS Application Center
      (VISA / PIO / OCI / Renunciation Department)
      225 Bush Street,
      Level 1,
      San Francisco, CA 94104.




      Timings

      Weekdays
      From Monday to Friday
      Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

      Fees

      Fees to be paid on CKGS Website online

      Tourist Visa Fees
      $100
      ICWF Fees
      $3
      Emergency Fees
      $100
      CKGS Service Fees
      $17
      Total
      $220
                                               OR

      Entry Visa 6 months Multiple Entry Fees

      $100
      ICWF Fees
      $3
      Emergency Fees
      $100
      CKGS Service Fees
      $17
      Total
      $220
                                               OR

      Entry Visa 1 year Multiple Entry Fees

      $140
      ICWF Fees
      $3
      Emergency Fees
      $100
      CKGS Service Fees
      $17
      Total
      $260
                                               OR

      Entry Visa 5 year Multiple Entry Fees

      $220
      ICWF Fees
      $3
      Emergency Fees
      $100
      CKGS Service Fees
      $17
      Total
      $340
      Documents Required

      • STANDARD DOCUMENTS
        As per the Document Checklist of the applied Visa Category:
            Tourist Visa
        10 years Multiple Entry
            Entry Visa 6 Months OR 1 Year OR  5 Year Multiple Entry
      • ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS
        For Adults:

        Proof of Indian Origin

           
        Copy of Indian passport OR

           
        Copies of parents Indian passport OR

           
        Copy of Naturalization Certificate

        Proof of Emergency

           
        Medical Note from Doctor / Hospital in India on their
        letterhead OR
           
        Copy of Death Certificate OR
           
        Legal Document if Emergency is Legal
        Flight tickets (if applicable)

        Proof of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship

        CKGS Payment Receipt


        For Minors

        All documents as per the Document Checklist of the applied Visa Category including:

        Parental Authorization Form

        OR

        Passport copies of both parents

        OR

        Copy of birth certificate

        AND

        Flight tickets (if applicable)

        Proof of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship

        CKGS Payment Receipt


      NOTE: Both parents’ signatures are required on the VISA form and it should be Notarized. DO NOT sign the documents on your own; the Notary Officer will require you to SIGN in his / her presence.

      Proof of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship is mandatory.

       
      IMPORTANT: The decision making of a VISA application for an Emergency Service rests solely and exclusively with the Consulate. The Consulate reserves the right to grant/deny an Emergency Service without assigning reasons and the decision of the Consulate is final and binding upon you. It is at the discretion of the Consulate to issue Emergency Service on a VISA. CKGS does not play any role in fiduciary decisions.

    • I am a Pakistani citizen; can I apply for an emergency visa?

      You cannot apply for an Emergency Visa from USA. Emergency Visa is only available to US Passport Holders and who were former Indian Nationals.

      You will have to apply on the CKGS website and follow the process as defined.

      Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.

      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy of India in USA. Simply fill in the widget and it will guide you through the entire application process.

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started

      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your visa category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

      There will be a Document checklist which lists the document requirements for your application.

      • Read the document checklist carefully which lists the documents, letters; whether originals / or copies are required; whether they need to be self-attested or notarized; and the number of documents needed to complete your Visa application before submission.
      • Review and check the forms and letters.
      • Print the forms as per your Document Checklist or you can print them later from the My Account’ page.
      • Sign the forms / letters where indicated.
      • Print 1 copy of the Document Checklist.

    • I am a Bangladeshi citizen; can I apply for an emergency visa?

      You cannot apply for an Emergency Visa from USA. Emergency Visa is only available to US Passport Holders and who were former Indian Nationals.

      You will have to apply on the CKGS website and follow the process as defined.

      Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.

      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy of India in USA. Simply fill in the widget and it will guide you through the entire application process.

         Visa Application – How to Apply?
         Visa Application – Get Started

      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your visa category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

      There will be a Document checklist which lists the document requirements for your application.

      • Read the document checklist carefully which lists the documents, letters; whether originals / or copies are required; whether they need to be self-attested or notarized; and the number of documents needed to complete your Visa application before submission.
      • Review and check the forms and letters.
      • Print the forms as per your Document Checklist or you can print them later from the My Account’ page.
      • Sign the forms / letters where indicated.
      • Print 1 copy of the Document Checklist.

    • I am a Prior Reference citizen; can I apply for an emergency visa?

      You cannot apply for an Emergency Visa from USA. Emergency Visa is only available to US Passport Holders and who were former Indian Nationals.

      You will have to apply on the CKGS website and follow the process as defined.

      Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.

       

      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy of India in USA. Simply fill in the widget and it will guide you through the entire application process.

         Visa Application – How to Apply?
         Visa Application – Get Started

      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your visa category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

      There will be a Document checklist which lists the document requirements for your application.

      • Read the document checklist carefully which lists the documents, letters; whether originals / or copies are required; whether they need to be self-attested or notarized; and the number of documents needed to complete your Visa application before submission.
      • Review and check the forms and letters.
      • Print the forms as per your Document Checklist or you can print them later from the My Account’ page.
      • Sign the forms / letters where indicated.
      • Print 1 copy of the Document Checklist.

  • Business Visa or Employment Visa

    • Can you give me information on a Business Visa and an Employment Visa and what are the differences?

      Work Visa or Employment Visa
      There are two (2) types of work related Visas:

    • I will be going to India for work/employment along with my family. Which visa should I apply for? Would my children be able to study in India?

      You must apply for an Employment Visa along with the requisite documents. Once your visa application is approved, your spouse and children may apply for Entry Visas in case they are accompanying you on your stay in India. Your children will be able to secure admission in schools/colleges in India once they have been granted Entry Visas. Kindly note that you have to undergo mandatory registration formalities at the nearest office of the FRRO/FRO within 14 days of your arrival in India, and if you are planning to stay in the country for a period longer than 180 days.

      Please click on the URL given below. Simply fill in the widget and you will get the information of the visa / category including jurisdiction, fees, document, checklist, forms, etc.

       
       

    • Can foreign nationals already in India for executing projects on Business Visas be allowed to convert their Business Visas to Employment Visas without leaving the country?

      No, they cannot convert their Business Visa to Employment Visa.

    • If the Indian organization / entity sponsors an Employment Visa, does this mean that the Indian organization / entity has to necessarily be the legal employer of the person?

      No, they do not have to be necessarily the legal employer of the person.

    • Which type of Visa would be granted to senior management personnel and / or specialists employed by foreign firms who are relocated to India to work on specific project / management assignment?

      ‘An Employment Visa’ would be the visa granted.

    • I am traveling as a paid intern or volunteer with a NGO, what type of visa should I apply for?

      Applicants traveling to India as a paid intern or for volunteer work with a NGO must apply for an Employment visa, NOT an Entry visa. For details, please visit:

      Employment Visa
      www.in.ckgs.us/visa/employment-visa

  • Conference Visa

    • Who are eligible for a Conference visa?

      Conference visa is granted to a foreigner:

      1. Whose sole objective of visiting India is to attend a conference / seminar or workshop being held in India;
      2. Who holds a valid passport, and a re-entry permit if that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant;
      3. Who is not a persona-non-grata to the Government of India;
      4. Who is not considered an undesirable person and is not the subject of a negative list or any warning circular or other restrictive list; and
      5. Who is a person of assured financial standing (the production of a return ticket and availability of sufficient money to spend during his stay in India may be considered sufficient for this purpose).
       

      Please click on the URL given below. Simply fill in the widget and you will get the information of the visa / category including jurisdiction, fees, document, checklist, forms, etc.

       

    • I have to participate in a Conference/Seminar/Workshop in India. Which visa should I apply for?

      You should apply for a Conference Visa to enable you to participate in the Conference/ Seminar/ Workshop. For details, please visit:

       

    • What is the duration of the Conference visa?

      Conference visa will be issued for the duration of the conference and the travelling time.   

      Please click on the URL given below. Simply fill in the questions and you will get the information of the visa / category including jurisdiction, fees, document, checklist, forms, etc.

       

  • Surrogacy in India

    • Can I get a visa for Commissioning Surrogacy?

      A Visa for Commissioning Surrogacy is NO longer permitted.

      "With effect from 3rd November, 2015, the Ministry of Home Affairs vide its Circular No.25022/74/2011-F.I(Vol.III) dated 3rd November, 2015 has conveyed WITHDRAWAL of granting Medical Visa to Foreign Nationals intending to visit India for commissioning of Surrogacy and the provisions applicable to OCI / PIO cardholders henceforth.

      1. No visa should be issued by the Indian Missions/Posts to foreign nationals intending to visit India for commissioning surrogacy.
      2. No permission should be granted by the Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRROs)/ Foreigners Registration Officers (FROs) to Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card holders to commission surrogacy in India.
      3. No exit permission should be granted by the FRROs/ FROs to the child/children to be born through surrogacy to foreign nationals including OCI cardholders. However, for child/children born through surrogacy already commissioned on or before issue of this Circular, exit permission will be decided by FRROs/FROs on a case to case basis.
      4. Visa, if any granted by Indian Missions/Posts to foreign nationals and permission, if any, Granted by the FRROs/FROs to OCI cardholders, for commissioning surrogacy in India, from the date of issue of this Circular and date of receipts of the Circular, will be canceled and the applicants will be informed of the position immediately.

    • I am a US National. Can I apply for Surrogacy visa?

      A Visa for Commissioning Surrogacy is NO longer permitted.

      "With effect from 3rd November, 2015, the Ministry of Home Affairs vide its Circular No.25022/74/2011-F.I(Vol.III) dated 3rd November, 2015 has conveyed WITHDRAWAL of granting Medical Visa to Foreign Nationals intending to visit India for commissioning of Surrogacy and the provisions applicable to OCI / PIO cardholders henceforth.

      1. No visa should be issued by the Indian Missions/Posts to foreign nationals intending to visit India for commissioning surrogacy.
      2. No permission should be granted by the Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRROs)/ Foreigners Registration Officers (FROs) to Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card holders to commission surrogacy in India.
      3. No exit permission should be granted by the FRROs/ FROs to the child/children to be born through surrogacy to foreign nationals including OCI cardholders. However, for child/children born through surrogacy already commissioned on or before issue of this Circular, exit permission will be decided by FRROs/FROs on a case to case basis.
      4. Visa, if any granted by Indian Missions/Posts to foreign nationals and permission, if any, Granted by the FRROs/FROs to OCI cardholders, for commissioning surrogacy in India, from the date of issue of this Circular and date of receipts of the Circular, will be canceled and the applicants will be informed of the position immediately.

    • I have a child/children born through surrogacy already commissioned on or before issue of this Circular.

      No, exit permission should be granted by the FRROs/FROs to the child/children to be born through surrogacy to foreign nationals including OCI card holders. However, for child/children born through surrogacy already commissioned on or before issue of this Circular, exit permission will be decided by FRROS/ FROs on a case to case basis.

    • I have child/children born through surrogacy and I am an OCI card Holder.

      No exit permission should be granted by the FRROs/FROs to the child/children to be born through surrogacy to foreign nationals including OCI card holders. However, for child/children born through surrogacy already commissioned on or before issue of this Circular, exit permission will be decided by FRROS/ FROs on a case to case basis.

  • Visas for Certain Professions

    • I am journalist affiliated with a media company going strictly for tourism. Should I apply for a Journalist visa or a Tourist visa and what other documents do I need to submit?

      All journalists, editors, writers and others in the media field should apply for a Journalist visa regardless of affiliation. You will be required to submit along with your application an Undertaking Letter and a Letter from your employer stating whether or not you will be going to India for journalism related purposes OR for tourism only.

      Please click on the URL given below. Simply fill in the widget, and you will get the information of the visa / category including jurisdiction, fees, document, checklist, forms, etc.

      Journalist Visa
       
       

    • Do I have to fill the journalist undertaking form?

      Yes, you do have to fill in the journalists undertaking form.

    • I am a freelance journalist going to India for tourism purposes. Do I really need to apply for a Journalist visa instead of a Tourist visa and what other document do I need to submit?

      A Journalist Visa should be applied for, even by freelancers going for strictly tourism activities. An Undertaking Letter will be required along with your application. Please click on below:

      Journalist Visa
       
       

    • I am a pilot / crew member, how long will my visa application take to process?

      Pilots and Crew members of all Chartered, Private jets, Cargo, Demonstration and Trainers Flights are in the category of Unscheduled Airlines and are treated needing prior clearance from competent authorities in India. The minimum time required for processing such Visa applications is five (5) weeks. No Visa will be issued without the mandatory clearance.

      Please click on the URL given below. Simply fill in the widget, and you will get the information of the visa / category including jurisdiction, fees, document, checklist, forms, etc.

      Pilot Visa
      www.in.ckgs.us/visa/pilot-visa
       

    • I am a pilot of scheduled cargo flights, not passenger flights. Does that exempt me from submitting additional documents?

      There are no exemptions to submitting a copy of your company's landing permit or permit to operate and a copy of your company’s Certificate of Incorporation from the respective Indian authorities as it applies to all pilots and crew, irrespective of the company or carrier type.

      Please click on the URL given below. Simply fill in the widget and you will get the information of the visa / category including jurisdiction, fees, document, checklist, forms, etc.

      Pilot Visa
      www.in.ckgs.us/visa/pilot-visa
       
       

    • I am a crew member for an airline. Do I need to submit special documents because of my profession?

      Yes, all crew members including pilots and flight attendants, are required to submit a copy of their company's landing permit or permit to operate and a copy of their company’s certificate of Incorporation from the respective Indian authorities.

    • I want to apply for a Volunteer Visa but there seems to be no such option available, what should I do?

      There is NO option for a Volunteer Visa for India from USA. Applicants that require a visa for this purpose can be advised to apply for an ‘Employment Visa’ as a substitute for a volunteer visa and attach a covering letter explaining the situation descriptively along with the related documents.

      Please click on the URL given below. Simply fill in the widget and you will get the information of the visa / category including jurisdiction, fees, document, checklist, forms, etc.

       

              Employment Visa

       

    • If I am a Pilot, can I apply for a Tourist Visa?

      Pilots / Crew going to India for Tourism purposes are required to submit a letter from their company stating that the applicant will be going only for Tourism purpose and shall not engage in any employment activity.

  • Long Term Residents

    • I am a U.S. citizen who lives in the United States, so I am a long term resident, right?

      No, a long term resident is a citizen of another country who has resided in the U.S.A. for a period of time exceeding 2 years.

    • I am not a US citizen but have not lived in my home country for many years. What address should I enter as 'Permanent Address' on the online visa application?

      Your permanent address in your home country is required, regardless of your visa status in the United States or how long you have been living outside of your home country. A relative's address may be used if you no longer maintain an address in your home country.

  • How to use the CKGS Website

    • What are the Technical Aspects to keep in mind?

      The CKGS website is best viewed in

      • Internet Explorer 9.x or higher.
      • Mozilla Firefox® 35.x or higher
      • Safari 5.1 or higher
      • Chrome 36 or higher or an equivalent browser software

      You must also have Adobe Acrobat Reader version 7.0 or higher installed on your PC in order to download and print the completed application form.

      Please verify that Java Script and cookies are enabled on your computer.

      Please check that the date / time on your computer are set correctly. If the date / time is set in the future, this can result in NOT being able to advance past the first page in some browsers.

    • I filled in all of the information earlier, why are you asking for this again?

      The Government of India has designed their visa form for over 180 missions around the world. It is very important that you apply on the CKGS website and follow the process as defined.

      Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.
       
      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy of India in USA.

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started

      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your visa category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

      There will be a Document checklist which lists the document requirements for your application.

      • Read the document checklist carefully which lists the documents, letters, whether originals / or copies are required and the number of documents needed to complete your Visa application before submission.
      • Review and check the forms and letters.
      • Print the forms as per your Document Checklist or you can print them later from the My Account’ page.
      • Sign the forms / letters where indicated.
      • Print 1 copy of the Document Checklist.

    • If I have completed the forms, but I did not print any hard copies, what should I do?

      Please note down the Web Reference Number as soon as it is generated when you fill the Government Online Visa form which you can use to retrieve your forms from our website and print them from the ‘My Account page as per your convenience.

    • Can I save my forms, and come back to it later?

      Please note down the Web Reference Number as soon as it is generated when you fill the Government Online Visa Form which you can use to retrieve your forms from our website and print them from the ‘My Account’ page as per your convenience.







    • Is there a different version of the Visa application that can be faxed or emailed to me?

      No. The VISA application form can only be filled online. The fields get auto-populated. Please note the Web Reference Number as soon as it is generated from Online Visa form, which you can use to retrieve your forms from our website and print them from the ‘My Account’ page as per your convenience. Handwritten application forms are not accepted.

    • Can I download the forms and fill them by hand or can I get an editable PDF?

      No, you must fill all the forms ONLINE. The forms and required letters get auto populated and saves you the time in refilling fields. No handwritten forms will be accepted.
      You can edit and correct these forms until you submit them to CKGS.

    • I made a mistake on the CKGS website whilst I was filling my Visa form?

      If you made a mistake in any of the forms on CKGS website, you can make changes before it is submitted to the Embassy /Consulate. Please note the Web Reference Number as soon as it is generated where you fill the VISA Online form on the Government site and which you can use to retrieve your forms from our CKGS website and edit them from the ‘My Account’ page as per your convenience.

    • I have completed the Visa process on your website, why do you need a physical copy?

      The Missions who are the Visa issuing authorities require the original Government of India VISA application form with applicant’s signature along with supporting documents in hard copy. Simply submitting the online application will not commence your visa application process.
      Remember that the processing of your application will ONLY commence when your physical application package is received by the CKGS Application Center, failing which the application cannot be processed.

    • I have completed the Renunciation Application process on your website, why do you need a physical copy?

      Renunciation issuing authorities require the original Renunciation form with the applicant’s signature along with the supporting documents in hard copy.

      Simply submitting the online application will not commence your renunciation application process. Remember that the processing of your application will ONLY commence, once your physical application package is received by the CKGS Application Center, failing which the application cannot be processed.

    • How secure is my info while making payment on your website?

      For payments you are redirected to independent gateways which are global payment processing companies. CKGS never stores your credit card / debit card data. Your online transaction is secure and processed over secure encrypted connections.

    • I have given my incorrect email address and want to know how to change it?

      Once you have entered your email address in the online visa application form on the Government of India website, you will not be able to change it on the form electronically. Once you print the visa application form, you may handwrite your correct email address on your application form before sending it to us or fill the new form again. Once CKGS gets your completed physical application, we shall update our records with the correct email address. We strongly recommend you to go to ‘My Account’ and add the alternate email address.

      Kindly note that during such time, emails from CKGS, if any, will be sent to the original email address on your application form. If you discover that your email address is incorrect on your form after you have sent us your physical application, please register your correct email address by updating your alternate email address using ‘My Account’.

      Also note that we may / may not be able to update our records immediately with the correct email address and all system generated emails may continue to be sent to the address listed on your application form.



    • Will my application be processed in USA?

      Typically your documents for Visas will be processed in the USA at the Mission of your jurisdiction.

    • Will my application be processed in Pakistan?

      Typically your documents for Visas will be processed in the USA at the Mission of your jurisdiction.

    • Will my application be processed in PRC?

      Typically your documents for Visas will be processed in the USA at the Mission.

  • Re-Entry Permit

    • I wish to visit India again within two months of my last departure. Do I need to apply for a Re-Entry Permit?

      Travelers on Tourist visas are no longer required to have a gap of at least 2 months between two separate visits to India. The exception being: Nationals of China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, foreigners of Pakistan and Bangladesh origin and stateless persons.

    • I am an Iranian National and I wish to visit India again within two months of my last departure. Do I need to apply for a Re-Entry Permit?

      There is no procedure for re-entry within 2 months for applicants from Iran. Your application will be referred to MHA for re-entry within 2 months. Please contact your local mission for further clarification.

    • I am an Iraqi National and I wish to visit India again within two months of my last departure. Do I need to apply for a Re-Entry Permit?

      There is no procedure for re-entry within 2 months for applicants from Iraq. Your application will be referred to MHA for re-entry within 2 months. Please contact your local mission for further clarification.

       

    • I am a Sudanese National and I wish to visit India again within two months of my last departure. Do I need to apply for a Re-Entry Permit?

      There is no procedure for re-entry within 2 months for applicants from Sudan. Your application will be referred to MHA for re-entry within 2 months. Please contact your local mission for further clarification.

    • I am an Afghanistan National and I wish to visit India again within two months of my last departure. Do I need to apply for a Re-Entry Permit?

      There is no procedure for re-entry within 2 months for applicants from Afghanistan. Your application will be referred to MHA for re-entry within 2 months. Please contact your local mission for further clarification.

    • I am a Bangladeshi National and I wish to visit India again within two months of my last departure. Do I need to apply for a Re-Entry Permit?

      There is no procedure for re-entry within 2 months for applicants from Bangladesh. Your application will be referred to MHA for re-entry within 2 months. Please contact your local mission for further clarification.

    • I am a Chinese National and I wish to visit India again within two months of my last departure. Do I need to apply for a Re-Entry Permit?

      There is no procedure for re-entry within 2 months for applicants from China. Your application will be referred to MHA for re-entry within 2 months. Please contact your local mission for further clarification.

  • Additional info for United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) funded Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship.

    • Additional info for United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) funded Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship.

      Applicable to Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship grantees and their dependents

      Application type

       Where?
      Fees?
      In person Directly to Embassy / Consulate depending on your jurisdiction No Fees to be paid
      By Postal CKGS application center depending on your jurisdiction Visa Fees – $0
      ICWF Fees – $0
      CKGS Fees – $17
      Return Courier – $15


      • Research Scholars will apply directly to Embassy of India, Washington DC or the Consulates General at Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York and San Francisco depending on the jurisdiction under which the Scholar's residential status falls.
      • Applications need to be submitted in person either by applicants themselves or by any designated nodal officer of the USIEF at the Embassy / Consulates during consular hours. The applications should be submitted at least one week in advance.
      • All Visa applications sent by Post shall be submitted only through Cox and Kings Global Services Pvt. Ltd. (CKGS). Postal applications shall not be accepted by the Embassy / Consulates directly.
      • No Visa fees shall be charged for issuance of Visas to Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship grantees and their dependents.

      The detailed procedure outlined below for implementing the gratis visa facility is:

      1.      Visa applications in person to be accepted at the Embassy / Consulates in the US directly. Visa applications sent by post shall be submitted only through CKGS.

      2.      Each visa application to be accompanied by the following two additional documents:
      Certificate issued by the USIEF:

      • Confirming grant of scholarship to the visa applicant
      • Details of scholarship
      • Details of Indian University / Institute to which the scholar would be affiliated
      • Details and duration of course / assignment
      • Details of dependents, if any

      Letter from the Indian University / Institute [to which the grantee would be affiliated]:

      • Confirming grantee’s affiliation to the University / Institute
      • Details and duration of course / assignment
      • The category of visa to be issued will continue as per the current practice.

  • New Visa / PIO Announcements from Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

    • New Visa / PIO Announcements from Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

      New Tourist Visa norms for US nationals:

      With effect from 15th April 2015, the single category of Tourist Visa available to be applied by a US national will be a 10 year, multiple entries Tourist Visa, with a fee of US$ 100 (exclusive of ICWF & CKGS service charges). The actual duration of the visa will be at the discretion of the Embassy / Consulate.

      IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR PIO CARD HOLDER

      Important Notice for PIO card holders: Applications for conversion of PIO cards to OCI cards shall be processed without Consular Fees until June 30, 2017.  ICWF Fees & CKGS Service Fees will continue.

      Until then, PIO cardholders can travel with their PIO card and US Passport.

      If you wish to apply for OCI card in Lieu of PIO card, you may visit the following links:

        How To Apply   https://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/how-to-apply
        OCI Application – Get Started   https://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/
        Frequently Asked Questions   https://www.in.ckgs.us/faq

      The above rules shall apply until further notification is received from the Embassy.

      Please visit the OCI section on our website http://www.in.ckgs.us/oci for more info.

  • Travelling to Neighboring Countries

    • Traveling to Neighboring Countries

      • No Permit is needed if the visa holder is also traveling to neighboring countries of India for tourism purposes on the same itinerary as long as the trip follows the itinerary exactly.
      • The visa holder must carry a copy of the detailed itinerary with Entry and Exit points to show to the Immigration Officer.

    • Do I need a permit to travel to neighboring countries along with my visit to India?

      • No Permit is needed if the visa holder is also traveling to neighboring countries of India for tourism purposes on the same itinerary as long as the trip follows the itinerary exactly.
      • The visa holder must carry a copy of the detailed itinerary with Entry and Exit points to show to the Immigration Officer.

  • Naturalization Certificate

    • Is it illegal to photocopy Naturalization certificate?

      One can photocopy a Naturalization Certificate for lawful purposes such as for proving proof of US citizenship to a foreign consular officer to obtain a visa or a lifelong visa such as an OCI for travel to India. You should not photocopy for unlawful purposes such as for misrepresentation or for fraud etc.

    • What is the process to be followed if notarization of copy of Naturalization is not possible?

      If notarization of a Naturalization Certificate is not possible, then applicant must note the following:

      • When you require a Certificate of Naturalization to be authenticated, be sure to use the term ‘Certified True Copy’.
      • Make an appointment with your local USCIS office by using the InfoPass Appointment Scheduler on infopass.uscis.gov/.
      • When you go for your appointment to your local USCIS office, be sure to take your Original Naturalization Certificate and a copy of it.
      • Also take another form of photo identification, such as a Driver’s license or Passport.
      • A USCIS officer will review the documents and may certify the copy, if the officer can confirm your identity and status as a naturalized citizen.
      This information has been procured from https://www.uscis.gov/tools/how-do-i-customer-guides/how-do-i-guides-us-citizens/how-do-i-obtain-certified-true-copies-certificate-naturalization.

  • Contact list of FRRO

    • Contact list for Foreigner Regional Registration Offices (FRRO)

      For an updated Contact List of FRRO, please click here

  • Government Online Visa Form

    • What can I do if I am having trouble completing the online visa application?

      Please check the following:

      • Verify that JavaScript and cookies are enabled on your computer.
      • Check that the date / time on your computer are set correctly. If the date / time are set in the future, this can result in not being able to advance past the first page in some browsers.
      • Avoid using your browser backward, forward and do not refresh buttons during the session, as this will result in the session expiration.
      • Avoid multiple logins in different browsers / tabs for the ‘SAME‘ application.

    • I have been redirected from the CKGS website to the Government of India website for my VISA application, how do I proceed?

      After being redirected to the Government website, you must select Regular Visa Application to continue your online Visa application process.

      Once you complete and print the Government VISA form, on the last page of the Government’s website, you must click on the ‘Appointment and Payment’ option so that you are redirected to the CKGS website where you need to complete the rest of the process.

    • I have already filled in the Government Online VISA form, so how do I proceed?

      If you have already filled the Government OnIine VISA application form, please log on to our website www.in.ckgs.us. On the home page of the CKGS website, click on the box which states ‘Already filled in Government Online Visa form’.

      You need to fill in the New Web Reference Number (not the temporary tracking ID) received from the Government site along with your passport number and your date of birth, to enter this link.

      There are chances that you’ve made mistakes while filling the form. Our system will check all the details on the form and if all the details are found to be correct, the application proceeds to the next step.

      If not, then the system shows an error and the entire process of application will have to be followed again. It is very important that you apply on the CKGS website and follow the process as defined.

      Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.

      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy of India in USA. Simply fill in the widget and it will guide you through the entire application process.

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started


      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your visa category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

    • I have completed filling out the visa application form on the Government of India website:

      1. How do I print the application from the Government of India website?
      Please follow the steps given below to print your application from the Government of India website:
      Step 1
      Go to https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html and click on Print Registered Application.


      Step 2

      Click on the Radio button towards the right of the Regular Visa option.

      Step 3
      Fill in your Application ID (received after filling the Government of India visa form) and all other details and then click on Reprint to print your application form in PDF format.

      Note: If you do not have your Application ID, you will have to fill a new application.

             B.   How do I return to CKGS website?
      Once you complete and print the Government VISA form, on the last page of the Government’s website, you must click on the ‘Appointment and Payment’ option so that you are redirected to the CKGS website where you need to complete the rest of the process.

    • I have completed filling out the visa application form on the Government of India website. How do I Return to CKGS website?

      Once you complete and print the Government VISA form, on the last page of the Government’s website, you must click on the ‘Appointment and Payment’ option so that you are redirected to the CKGS website where you need to complete the rest of the process.


       

    • Why am I not being allowed to check 'Yes' to Question 9 in the online application form?

      If you are a U.S. citizen, the correct answer is ‘No’ and therefore you are unable to check ‘Yes’ as an answer to this question.

    • Can I just submit the application online or do I have to send the application form?

      Visa issuing authorities require the ORIGINAL VISA application form along with your signature and with supporting documents in hard copy. Simply submitting the online application will not commence your visa application process.
      Remember that the processing of your application will ONLY commence once your physical application package is received by the CKGS Application Center, failing which the application cannot be processed.

    • The visa form allows me to enter any duration of Visa in months. What do I do?

      Please enter the number of months needed for the duration for your trip taking into account that the duration starts when your visa is issued and NOT when you enter India. If your trip is 3 months in the future, and the duration of the trip is 1 month, it's best to enter 6 months to give yourself extra time.

    • I have mentioned the incorrect tenure on the Government visa application form, so what can I do?

      You will have to re-apply and redo the whole process again. It is very important that you apply on the CKGS website and follow the process as defined.
      Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.

       

      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy of India in USA.

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started

      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your visa category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

      There will be a Document checklist which lists the document requirements for your application.

      • Read the document checklist carefully which lists the documents, letters, whether originals / or copies are required and the number of documents needed to complete your Visa application before submission.
      • Review and check the forms and letters.
      • Print the forms as per your Document Checklist or you can print them later from the My Account’ page.
      • Sign the forms / letters where indicated.
      • Print 1 copy of the Document Checklist.

  • Applying for an Indian Visa

    • I am a Bhutanese National. Do I need a visa to go to India?

      Nationals of Bhutan do not require a visa, if entering India from Bhutan. Bhutan nationals require a passport to enter India if coming from countries other than Bhutan. Nationals of Bhutan would need a visa should they enter India via China.

    • I am a Maldives National. Do I need a visa to go to India?

      Nationals of Maldives do not require a visa to enter India for a period up to 90 days.

    • I am a Nepali National. Do I need a visa to go to India?

      Nationals of Nepal do not require a visa, if entering India from Nepal only. Nepal Nationals require a passport to enter India if coming from countries other than Nepal. Nationals of Nepal would need a visa should they enter India via China.

    • I currently hold a blue book, issued by the Government of United States of America, what should I choose for my nationality?

      Holders of a ‘blue book’ issued by the US Government should select their nationality as ‘Travel Documents (USA)’.

    • I currently hold a yellow book, issued by the Government of India, what should I choose for my nationality?

      Holders of a ‘yellow book’ issued by the Government of India should choose their nationality as ‘Travel Documents (India)’.

    • I was a Bangladeshi passport holder and now I have my US passport and want to know whether I can apply for an Indian visa or not?

      Yes you can apply for an Indian Visa on your US Passport. Please visit our website www.in.ckgs.us which will give you the details you require to process your application.

  • Documentation

    • What documents do I need for visa?

      It is very important that you apply on the CKGS website and follow the process as defined.

      Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.
       
      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy of India in USA.

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started


      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your visa category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

      There will be a Document checklist which lists the document requirements for your application.

      • Read the document checklist carefully which lists the documents, letters, whether originals / or copies are required and the number of documents needed to complete your Visa application before submission.
      • Review and check the forms and letters.
      • Print the forms as per your Document Checklist or you can print them later from the My Account’ page.
      • Sign the forms / letters where indicated.
      • Print 1 copy of the Document Checklist.

    • Where can I get the forms?

      Please visit www.in.ckgs.us/visa/ and answer the questions for “Visa Application - Get Started”. You will be guided through the process flow and the result will give you the information you require, including the document checklist and necessary forms. The forms have to be filled online and are mostly auto-populated. They cannot be handwritten. As you go along the process flow, you will be guided into filling the various fields that are applicable to you. You can print these filled forms immediately or at the end after the transaction is complete from the 'My Account' page. Please see that you sign the forms on the relevant pages.


       
       

    • How can I get the documents notarized?

      A Notary can be found in Local Banks, Credit Union City Country Offices, Attorney Offices, UPS, FedEx locations. If you can't find anybody easily, search online for a ‘notary public’ with your city name.
      Please Note: DO NOT sign the documents on your own; the Notary Officer will require you to SIGN in his / her presence.

    • What are the modes of submission of my documents?

      Modes of submission of your Application to CKGS could either be by Shipping or Walk-in.

      SHIPPING:

      You will have to send your fully completed application (all documents & complete payment) through Shipping. It is recommended that you purchase your shipment through CKGS as this will save you the need to travel, parking charges, as well as waiting time at the CKGS Application Center.
      Applications must be sent to the CKGS Application Center of your jurisdiction. It must NOT be sent to the The Mission.

      Simply print the label which will automatically be addressed as follows: Please see the EXAMPLE below.

      Attn To: New ‘Visa’ Application
      CKGS Application Centre Name
      Visa Department
      CKGS Application Centre Address
      CKGS Application Centre Location
      CKGS Application Centre Zip Code

      Important Note on FedEx shipping through CKGS

      DO's

      • Find FedEx Office locations - www.fedex.com/locate/index.html?#start
      • Weight of the package should be less than 0.5Lbs.
      • Only 1 Application per package.
      • At FedEx, only use the envelopes (see picture below) to send with the shipping label provided by CKGS.



      DONT's
      • DO NOT request a pickup by FedEx as this is not included in the price.
      • DO NOT ship using any other FedEx packaging or any other packaging.
      • If more than one application is sent, then the application will be on hold.
      • Do not use a shipping label to submit an application outside of your jurisdiction.

      • Any extras charged by the Shipping provider for the four reasons mentioned above, your application will be put on hold until you reimburse the difference in the amount. You will have to log onto our shipping page and make an online payment for the same.

      Please note that the conditions of the Shipping provider are in addition to the Terms and Conditions of CKGS.

      Note on Prepaid/Own Shipping Label

      In case you use your own shipping label, ensure that you provide the AWB Number and Service provider’s details when you are prompted at the Shipping stage.
      This is Compulsory to avoid delays.
      If you have used your own label, we cannot take any responsibility of pick-up and delivery to you. The Shipping Service providers often do not acknowledge receipt of the envelopes. Nor will CKGS drop off your prepaid envelopes to your shipping service provider as you have not bought the shipping service from us.

      Note on FedEx Prepaid
      FedEx Prepaid Envelopes
      sent by you are NOT accepted. For Prepaid envelopes, CKGS will not be responsible to contact you, and if you ignore this point for any delay occurring will be your liability.

      Note on USPS Prepaid
      In case you wish to use your own USPS prepaid label, please use USPS Certified Mail® Service.  This service ensures that you can track when it was delivered or that a delivery attempt was made, and get the signature of the person who accepts the mailing when combined with Return Receipt.
      USPS on numerous occasions has left packages outside CKGS buildings / office or has delivered packages to neighboring offices or left them unacknowledged in the lobby. CKGS therefore does not take any responsibility of delivery of your USPS package from or to CKGS.
      Please note that USPS does not accept the packages if the Expected Date of Delivery on the Shipping Label has expired. This will cause delays in return of your passport/ documents. The time taken for complete processing of your Visa / OCI / Renunciation is completely at the discretion of the Embassy/ Consulate.  CKGS does not have any control on the turnaround time and CKGS will not be responsible for any delays.

      WALK-IN:
      If you had selected Walk-in as your submission option while filling the widget on https://www.in.ckgs.us/visa/ , you shall continue online to complete the ‘Appointment Process’.
      • Choose Your 'Appointment Date'
      • Select Your Time Slot
      • If the date / time slot is already booked, then the next available option will be displayed.
      • Get a confirmation of your appointment date and time booked from CKGS.
      • Come in person at the designated appointment date and time and submit your application at the CKGS Application Center.

    • How many applications can I send in one envelope?

      Please send only ONE application PER envelope. This applies even if you are sending your own prepaid envelope.

    • Can anyone submit the document at the center or does the applicant have to do that?

      The Applicant or your authorized representative may submit your application. Please carry the Payment Receipt or Order form, a state issued ID and in case of a representative an authorization letter from the applicant.

    • Do I need to get my child (minor) for the document submission?

      No, parents can submit the application on behalf of a minor.

    • My parents are dead and I don’t have their birth certificate, I want to know what needs to be done?

      In order to ascertain 'Proof of Origin', you may alternatively submit the below documents:-

      Visa for minors --
      If either one or both parents are dead, a notarized photocopy of the death certificate is required.If both parents are dead and the child is travelling with an adult who is NOT his/her parent or legal guardian, then the Mission cannot issue the visa without the permission of the legal guardian. It is imperative to provide the court order stating the person’s name who has legal custody of the child. The decision whether to accept this type of document will be made by the Missions and will be FINAL.

    • Can a foreign company / organization that does not have any Project Office / subsidiary / joint venture / branch office in India, sponsor a foreign national / employee of a foreign company for Employment Visa?

      No, they cannot.

    • Can an Indian company / organization which has awarded a contract for execution of a project to a foreign company that does not have any base in India, sponsor an employee of a foreign company for an Employment Visa?

      Yes, they can.

    • Can I still hold my Indian passport after acquiring Foreign Citizenship?

      The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does NOT allow dual citizenship.

      Holding an Indian passport or acquiring an Indian passport or traveling on an Indian passport after acquisition of foreign citizenship constitutes an offence under the Indian Passport Act, 1967 and attracts penalties.
       
      Person whose previous nationality was Indian before acquiring any foreign Nationality, are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship and obtain a surrender certificate.
       
      Please click on the URL given below. Simply fill in the widget and you will get all the information on Renunciation including your jurisdiction, fees, document, checklist, forms, etc.
       
       

    • Is Renunciation a mandate if I have to travel to India?

      A Renunciation document is NOT a travel document and is not required to travel to India. However it is mandatory to renounce your Indian Passport if you have acquired foreign citizenship. It is punishable if you deliberately violate this requirement.

    • Do I need to complete a separate application for a Renunciation Certificate if I am also applying for a Visa?

      No you can apply simultaneously. Answer the questions displayed on the widget which will give you the requirements for a Visa. You can complete the processing of your application online where you will also get the requirements for Renunciation. You can complete your full application process online. For details, please visit:

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started

    • Do San Francisco applicants need to complete a separate application for a Renunciation Certificate if they are also applying for a Visa?

      No, you can apply simultaneously. Answer the questions displayed on the widget which will give you the requirements for a Visa. You can complete the processing of your application online where you will also get the requirements for Renunciation. You can complete your full application process online. For details, please visit:

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started

      IMPORTANT:

      Do not worry if some documents seem like duplicates as there could be different departments dealing with VISA and Renunciation. 

    • How do I renounce my Indian Citizenship?

      Answer the questions displayed on the widget which will give you the requirements for Renunciation. You can complete the full application process online on the CKGS website and then submit your application as per the selected mode. 

       
       

    • Can I send my Renunciation forms to you along with my Visa application?

      Yes. Answer the questions displayed on the widget that will guide you through the VISA application process. Continue the process and along the steps you will be able to complete the Renunciation application and get the requirements, fees and document checklist. You can complete your full application process online and then submit your physical application along with the required forms and documents.

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started

    • Can San Francisco applicants send Renunciation forms to CKGS along with their Visa application?

      Yes. Answer the questions displayed on the widget that will guide you through the VISA application process. Continue the process and along the steps you will be able to complete the Renunciation application and get the requirements, fees and document checklist. You can complete your full application process online and then submit your physical application along with the required forms and documents.

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started


      IMPORTANT:

      Do not worry if some documents seem like duplicates as there could be different departments dealing with VISA and Renunciation. 

    • What if I do not have my Indian Passport? How do I renounce my Indian Citizenship?

      You may still formally renounce your Indian citizenship even if you have lost your Indian passport. Answer the questions displayed on the widget which will give you the full requirements for Renunciation including document checklist, fees and charges, processing time, jurisdiction. You can complete your full application process online and then submit your application as per the selected mode. For details, please visit:

       

    • Can I apply for Visa and Renunciation together?

      Yes, you can apply for both together. Answer the questions displayed on the widget that will guide you through the VISA application process. Continue the process and along the steps you will be able to complete the Renunciation application and get the requirements, fees and document checklist. You can complete your full application process online and then submit your physical application along with the required forms and documents.

      Visa
      Renunciation www.in.ckgs.us/renunciation


    • Can San Francisco applicants apply for Visa and Renunciation together?

      Yes, you can apply for both together. Answer the questions displayed on the widget that will guide you through the VISA application process. Continue the process and along the steps you will be able to complete the Renunciation application and get the requirements, fees and document checklist. You can complete your full application process online and then submit your physical application along with the required forms and documents.

      Visa
      Renunciation www.in.ckgs.us/renunciation
       
       
      IMPORTANT:

      Do not worry if some documents seem like duplicates as there could be different departments dealing with VISA and Renunciation. 

    • Can I send my renunciation and visa documents together?

      No. They must be in 2 separate envelopes even if you are sending your own prepaid envelope.

    • Is a Naturalization certificate necessary for the Renunciation?

      Yes. It is issued by the US state authority in the process of obtaining US passport.

    • Is it necessary to carry the Certificate of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship during travel to India?

      No, it is NOT necessary for travelers to carry a Certificate of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship during their travel to India.

    • Do I really need to send in my passport?

      The visa itself is a sticker that is placed on a page in your passport. The signed passport is required to be submitted to obtain a visa to India.

    • What kind of photos do I need?

           The specifications for photos are as follows:

    • Photographs cannot be the same photograph that is already in your passport.
    • 2 Recent Passport photos taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance.
    • 2 inches by 2 inches size (51mm x 51mm).
    • Check the checklist for the number of photographs.
    • Photographs NOT to be stapled.
    • Must be in color.
    • Must show full face, front view against white background.
    • Must be taken in normal street white background.
    • NO scanned / Color printed photograph
    • Photograph has to be an original and printed on GLOSSY PHOTO PAPER ONLY.
    • Uniform should not be worn in photograph except religious attire that is worn daily.
    • The photograph must be taken in a colored attire, for example, a medium blue shirt etc.
    • The attire should not be patterned / textured or pure white.
    • Do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline.
    • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles, they should be worn for your picture.
    • Dark glasses or non – prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required.
    • I do not have a valid state ID that reflects my true current address, is there an alternate method to prove my residency?

          The Proof of address must match with the present address of the application. Only one of the following will be required as proof.

      • Only State Issued – Driving license
      • NOTE: Do NOT cut your driver’s license copy down to a smaller size
                           OR
      • Utility Bill – Water
      •                   OR
      • Utility Bill – Electricity
      •                   OR
      • Utility Bill – Gas
      •                   OR
      • Valid lease signed by landlord and tenant.
      • For College / University students living on campus in University housing / dormitories - A letter from institution on the institution’s letter head explaining the exact address that one presently resides in.
           The following items are NOT ACCEPTED: cell phone bill, credit card statement, bank statement. The address cannot include a P.O. Box.

    • What should be submitted as proof of residence when the applicant is a minor?

      If the applicant is a minor, the proof of residence of the Parents is sufficient.

    • What should be submitted as proof of residence when the applicant is active duty military stationed overseas?

      If the Applicant is on active military duty stationed overseas, please submit a copy of his / her military identification card.

    • I am a student and my driver's license is not from the state that I am now currently studying / residing in. What other kinds of proof of address can I submit?

      A copy of your Student ID and a letter from your school / institute confirming that you are currently enrolled. The address that the school has on record of your dormitory or apartment should be on official letterhead with a signature from an authorized representative from the admissions office or student services department.

    • I am applying for my child's visa and both parents have signed the application. Does the signature from both parents need to be notarized?

      It is a requirement of the issuing authorities for both parents to sign the application together while in the presence of the notary. Parent's signatures on the application should accompany the notary stamp and seal.

      Please click on the URL given below. Simply fill in the widget and you will get the information of the visa / category including jurisdiction, fees, document, checklist, forms, etc.

       

    • Do I need to notarize my marriage certificate?

      No, only a photocopy is required which must be self-attested.

    • How do you want me to send you my documents?

      All applications with supporting documents and full payment can be shipped to the CKGS Application Center of your jurisdiction. As you go along the process flow you will be guided on how to book your shipping requests.

    • I have received a notification that some documents are pending and I want to check what documents are those?

      You will be advised whether the missing documents are 'original' or are 'copies'. An email notification will be sent with the list of documents which are still pending. If the documents are copies you can upload them on the CKGS website. If the documents are Originals, e.g. a Passport, then you must ship them to CKGS.


      PLEASE NOTE:
      • All ORIGINALS have to be SHIPPED
      • All COPIES with SELF ATTESTED and NOTARIZED have to be SHIPPED
      • All PHOTOCOPIES have to be UPLOADED
      • If you have a combination of BOTH COPIES and ORIGINALS then all of them have to be SHIPPED.

    • Does the minor have to give his / her thumb imprint on all the forms?

      If a Minor is below 5 years of age, his/her thumb impression is required on the relevant pages on the form instead of a signature. However if the Minor is above 5 years of age, then he/she has to sign on the relevant pages of the form.

    • Where do I get the documents notarized?

      Notary can be found in Local Banks, Credit Union City Country Offices, Attorney Offices, UPS, and FedEx locations. If you can't find anyone easily, search online for a ‘notary public’ with your city name.
      Please Note: DO NOT sign the documents on your own; the Notary Officer will require you to SIGN in his / her presence.

    • I need your help with the documents checklist.

      It is very important that you apply on the CKGS website and follow the process as defined.
      Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.

       
      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy of India in USA.

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started


      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your visa category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

      There will be a Document checklist which lists the document requirements for your application.

      • Read the document checklist carefully which lists the documents, letters, whether originals / or copies are required and the number of documents needed to complete your Visa application before submission.
      • Review and check the forms and letters.
      • Print the forms as per your Document Checklist or you can print them later from the My Account’ page.
      • Sign the forms / letters where indicated.
      • Print 1 copy of the Document Checklist.

    • How many sets of documents do I need to send?

      Please visit our website www.in.ckgs.us/visa/. Fill in the widget and the results will give you the document checklist along with other required information.

    • Do I need the order form?

      You will have to apply the whole process online. Once you finish filling in your application online, you can pay online or offline. If you pay online, you get a Payment Receipt. If you opt to pay offline later, then you get an Order form. Once your application with your full payment reaches CKGS, and once everything is verified, you will receive a Payment Receipt and then the processing of your application will commence.

    • I forgot to mention some of the details on my application form and want to check can I handwrite it?

      NO, handwritten forms are NOT accepted. You will have to reapply again. You will get a new Web Reference Number once you reapply.

    • How many forms do I need to send?

      Please visit our website www.in.ckgs.us/visa/. Fill in the widget and the results will give you the information about the necessary forms and document checklist. As you follow along the process flow, you will be guided into filling the various forms that are applicable to you. You can print these filled forms immediately or at the end after the transaction is complete from the 'My Account' pages. Please see that you sign the forms on the relevant pages.

    • How many photos do you need?

      Please visit our website www.in.ckgs.us/visa/. Fill in the widget that will guide you through the entire application process and the results will give you the number of photos required, mentioned in the document checklist along with other required information.

    • Can I staple all my forms and send it?

      It is preferable NOT to staple the forms.

    • For the name change can I send you my marriage certificate?

      Yes, the marriage certificate showing the name change (if the name was changed at marriage) should suffice.

      If you do not have this document, you may submit any of the following documents as proof of name change.

      • Official Court Order for the name change.
                            OR
      • Endorsement of name change during naturalization process.
      • If in case your middle name was changed to an initial, then a notarized statement letter is required.

    • My driving license has got my old address. Can I still apply for a Visa?

      Indian Embassy / Consulate will only accept a state issued ID with the same address as in your visa application form.
      You may choose to submit a Utility Bill for Water, Electricity or Gas bill that carries your name and the same address as you have mentioned in your application form.

    • I just want to check whether you have received the pending documents that I sent?

      You will get an acknowledgment once we receive the required documents at the CKGS Application Center. You can check the status on www.in.ckgs.us/trackandtrace. Post verification of the documents, you will get a further update informing you which documents are complete or still incomplete.

    • In how much time do I have to send the pending documents?

      As soon as you receive intimation on pending documents, please send them to the CKGS Application Center where you have applied. Ideally, for timely processing you must send your pending documents within 7 days from the date such communication is sent by CKGS.  If the additional documents are not received up to 21 days from the date of receiving intimation, we will close your file. Please refer to www.in.ckgs.us/abandonment-policy for more details.

    • I have sent the documents to the wrong jurisdiction? What do I do?

      The Embassy / Consulate will not entertain applications which do not pertain to their jurisdiction. You will have to reapply for a new application with the correct jurisdiction and send the new application with complete documentation and complete fresh payments to the Correct Jurisdiction. In case you have submitted your application to the wrong jurisdiction, you will have to still pay CKGS the service fee and courier fee to return your document and this will be deducted from your refund. Alternatively, if you have provided a prepaid envelope, CKGS will use this envelope to return your documents to you after deducting the service fee.

    • I am unable to fill the additional particulars and other forms online so can I take a print out and handwrite the form?

      NO, it has to be done online. The application process flow is designed in such a way that you are guided to fill your form online.

    • My name has changed after I got married but my passport is still in my maiden name. What do I do?

      As long as your full name is in the application form and your Passport is valid and the proof of address is the same, you can apply on the passport with your maiden name.

    • I forgot to mention the address of the place where I am going to stay in India and it is not allowing me to enter the details now. What do I do?

      You will have to re-apply for a new application and repeat the whole process. You will get a new Web Reference Number once you complete the Government online form.



       

      It is very important that you apply on the CKGS website and follow the process as defined.

       

      Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.

       

      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy of India in USA.

       

      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your visa category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started


       

    • What will happen with my documents after you get it back from the Indian Embassy?

      We will return your documents back to you in the envelope purchased by you through CKGS and the shipping address will be the same address as given by you.

    • What is the address for your VAC?

      Please visit our website www.in.ckgs.us/application-centers. You will get the list of CKGS Application Centers, the addresses, how to get there and the submission and collection timings.

    • Can I go before the document collection time mentioned on your website and collect my passport?

      No, it will not be possible to collect the passport before collection timings.

    • I have not received a notification about my document collection from the center yet.

      It may be possible that your passport has not been returned from the Consulate. Log on to www.in.ckgs.us/trackandtrace. You will get the latest status of your application. In case you are unable to get the information you are looking for, please fill your details in the feedback form on www.in.ckgs.us/feedback/. You will get a reply within 24 hours.

    • Will someone sign for the documents that I am sending?

      You will get an acknowledgment by email of the receipt of the required documents once CKGS receives the documents and verifies the same at the CKGS Application Center. You can also check www.in.ckgs.us/trackandtrace. Post verification of the documents, you will get a further update informing you whether the documents are complete or incomplete.

    • I am going to be a bit late for my appointment. Is that okay?

      If you arrive late for your appointment, you will fall into the status of a 'Walk-in'. Emergencies and applicants who have prior appointments will always be given first preference. You will have to wait depending on the availability of the counter staff. As a walk-in, be prepared for the waiting time. It's advisable to ship your documents instead.

    • I am too old to fill all the forms, so can I go to the center directly and will someone help me with the forms?

      Yes, you can. Please refer to the 'How to Apply' listed below and Document Checklist and Forms section so that you carry all the required documents to fill your forms without any delay and multiple visits OR you may ask your family, relatives or friends to help you out. Log onto: www.in.ckgs.us/visa/how-to-apply

    • Will someone check my documents if I go to submit my documents in person?

      Yes, your application will be checked at the time of submission. It is advisable that you book an appointment few days in advance before submitting your application at the CKGS Application Center. If applicants walk-in without a prior appointment, there will be a delay in providing service as it will be based on a first come first serve basis and on the availability of time with the submission officers. Emergencies and applicants who have appointments will always be given first preference.

      Applications without appointments will be only accepted in limited numbers between specified timing at the Application Centers. Hence, we strongly urge applicants not to wait till the last minute to book your appointment as you may face inconvenience in obtaining an appointment as per your preferred date and time. Kindly refer to the walk-in submission timings on the website for more details for your respective Application Center.

    • At what time generally do you dispatch the passports from the center?

      The passports are dispatched within 24 hours of receipt from the Consulate / Embassy. Once they are returned by the Embassy / Consulate to CKGS, they are dispatched to the CKGS sorting facility. You can collect your documents the following business day or if you have opted for shipping, then the documents will be dispatched by shipping the next business day.

    • I do not want to pay for the return courier and want to check whether I can collect it from the center directly?

      Yes, you can opt for collection in person. Once the documents are returned by the Embassy / Consulate, they are sent to the CKGS sorting facility. You can collect your documents the following business day or if you have opted for shipping, then the documents will be sent by shipping the next business day.

    • I have got the confirmation about the appointment that I have booked, however, the time and date is not mentioned?

      Please log on to www.in.ckgs.us/feedback and fill in the form. You will get a reply within 24 hours.

    • Can anyone else collect the document on my behalf?

      Yes you can send a representative. Please make sure that he / she carries (1) the Payment Receipt (2) A state Govt ID like a driving license. (3) An authorization letter signed by you.

    • What additional documents do I need to provide?

      Please note that you are free to provide any additional documents over and above the documents required as a part of the application procedure that you feel may strengthen your case for grant of appropriate Visa. For example, if you are travelling on cruise then you may mention the port in India and attach the cruise itinerary along with it. If you are traveling on the Invitation of an Indian company, you may provide a letter of incorporation of the company in India.

    • Do I have to submit my original documents during initial submission of OCI application?

      No, you need not submit your original documents during the initial submission of OCI application.

    • What shall I do if I do not get the witness of valid green card holder if asked to fill in the application?

      This is mandatory to provide.

  • Application Status Check

    • I want to enquire regarding the status of my application. Is the online status check accurate?

      Yes. You can check the status of your application via Track My Application on the website. Alternatively, you can use ‘My Account’ to track the status of the application.

    • What shall I do when application status is not available on website?

      Please check the status on CKGS website - www.in.ckgs.us/trackandtrace. If it is not available, then click on www.in.ckgs.us/feedback and fill in the form. We will get back to you within 24 hours.

  • Processing Time and Fees

    • How long will it take to get my visa?

      Processing times vary based on visa type and nationality of passport. It is very important that you apply on the CKGS website.Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.

       

      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the supplementary documents, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy of India in USA. Simply fill in the widget and it will guide you through the entire application process.

      Visa Application – How to Apply?
      Visa Application – Get Started

      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your visa category, type, duration, nationality of passport, fees and help avoid errors. The results will give you all the information of the visa / category and processing time. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

    • Is it possible to get a refund of Visa fees?

      Visa Fees and all other charges, once paid to the Mission will not be refunded under any circumstances.

    • How do I make the payment for my visa application?

      Payments can be made Online:-

      * Payments can be made by Credit Card / Debit Card online.
      * You can also make your payment at VAC by Credit Card / Debit Card.

      Note:
      Payment has to be made separately for each applicant, even minors.
      Convenience charges will apply for Credit / Debit Cards.
      Do not send cash along with your application.
      Personal checks will NOT be accepted.
      If Fees are not paid in full, CKGS will not be responsible for any delays and consequential charges that you may incur.

    • I paid for renunciation and the penalty yet you are asking me to pay more?

      Please go to our website www.in.ckgs.us/feedback and fill in the form. Give us your first name, last name, Web Reference Number, Passport, Date of Birth, Payment receipt or Order Number. We will revert to you within 24 hours.

    • I made the payment and got a confirmation of a lesser amount?

      Please go to our website www.in.ckgs.us/feedback and fill in the form. Give us your first name, last name, Web Reference Number, Passport, Date of Birth, Payment receipt or Order Number. We will revert to you within 24 hours.

    • I have made the payment that is mentioned on the website, however you still asking me to pay more?

      Please go to our website www.in.ckgs.us/feedback and fill in the form. Give us your first name, last name, Web Reference Number, Passport, Date of Birth, Payment receipt or Order Number. We will revert to you within 24 hours.

    • I sent you the money order, why am I still receiving reminders about sending the payment?

      Please go to our website www.in.ckgs.us/feedback and fill in the form. Give us your first name, last name, Web Reference Number, Passport, Date of Birth, Payment receipt or Order Number. We will revert to you within 24 hours.

    • I made the payment online and mentioned an incorrect passport number. What do I do?

      You will have to cancel this transaction and we will refund your fees. Please send us the request to cancel the current transaction by logging on to www.in.ckgs.us/feedback/ where you can fill in the form. We will revert to you within 24 hours. Then, you need to make a fresh application as the Web Reference Number on the Government of India form will change. Please take care that you fill the correct passport details. You will have to make fresh payments.

    • I have received the payment receipt but my name is incorrect on it. How can I correct it?

      The details in the receipt are as per what you have mentioned on the Government of India Visa Online Form. You will have to redo the complete process again. You have to re-apply and fill out a new application form and fill in your correct name which must be exactly the same as mentioned in your passport. You will have to make a fresh payment for this application. In the meantime send us your details (i.e. Web Reference Number, first name, Last Name, service type, payment receipt number) and we will refund the original amount. Please log on www.in.ckgs.us/feedback, fill in the form and we will revert within 24 hours.

    • Can I use my Amex card for the payment?

      Yes, you can use your Amex Credit or Debit Card for making payments online or offline. A convenience fee will be charged for such transactions.

    • When do I need to make the payment?

      If you pay online, it will be immediately. If you are paying Offline you will have to make the full payment by Credit / Debit Card for submission in person at the CKGS application center or by shipping. A convenience fee will be charged for transactions by credit and debit cards.

    • Can I pay at the CKGS Application Center?

      Yes, you can pay at the CKGS Application Center by Credit / Debit Card. A convenience fee will be charged for transactions by credit and debit cards.

    • Can I use my credit card to make the payment at the CKGS Application Center?

      Yes, you can use your credit card to make payments at the CKGS Application Center. A convenience fee will be charged for such transactions.

    • Do you accept personal checks?

      No, personal checks are NOT accepted.

    • What does ICWF fee stand for?

      ICWF stands for 'Indian Community Welfare Fund' and USD 3 per applicant is charged by the Mission.

    • I am an Afghan citizen and it says that the fee is $0, so what do I need to pay?

      You need not pay any Consular fees for the selected service. You are only required to pay for the CKGS Service Fee, the ICWF (Indian Community Welfare Fund) fees and Shipping fees if applicable.

    • Do I need to pay a biometric fee?

      Biometrics are not available at this point in time.

    • Can I get my fee back if my application is rejected by the consulate?

      No, there are NO refunds in case an application is rejected by the Missions.

    • Can I make the payment for all my family's applications through one money order?

      No, you will have to send individual payments for each applicant including minors. If fees are not paid in full, CKGS will not be responsible for any delays and any consequential charges that you may incur.

    • Do I need to send a separate check if I am applying for 2 services?

      You can send one payment for 2 services, if it’s a visa with a renunciation. But if it’s an OCI application and a Visa Application, then we require 2 separate checks. Personal checks are not acceptable.

    • What will happen in case I lose my payment receipt?

      You can re-print your payment receipt from the 'My Account' page on the CKGS website.

    • Can I use the company's check? I used that in the past and why can't I use it now?

      No, we do not accept Company or Personal issued checks.

    • Can I use anybody else's card to make the payment?

      Yes, you can.

    • What will happen if I send the check and if gets lost before it reaches you?

      Please directly claim your refund from the service provider who shipped your package / check. In case the payment is lost, you will have to send us our full payment fees as processing of your application will not be possible without any fees. If fees are not paid in full, CKGS will not be responsible for any delays and any consequential charges that you may incur.

  • General OCI Questions

    • What is an OCI Card?

      The Constitution of India does not allow Dual Citizenship. You cannot be a citizen of India and a citizen of another foreign country at the same time. Government of India decided to register a Person of Indian origin and issue Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card based on the registration made.

      ELIGIBILITY
      A foreign national can apply for an OCI Card:

      • Who was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after 26th January, 1950; OR
      • Who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26th January, 1950; OR
      • Who belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15th August, 1947; OR
      • Who is a child or a grandchild or a great grandchild of such a citizen; OR
      • Who is a minor child of such persons mentioned above; OR
      • Who is a minor child and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India is eligible for registration as OCI cardholder; OR
      • Who is a spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Card holder.
      Please Note: A couple needs to be married for 2 years prior to the submission of the OCI application. In case of dissolution of marriage or deceased spouse, he/she must notify and return the OCI Card to the Embassy/Consulate.

      INELIGIBILITY
      If you or either of your parents or grandparents or great grandparents is/has been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, you are not eligible to apply for an OCI Card.
      The following table enlists the exceptions for OCI Eligibility

      Sr No. Applicant Demographic Eligible Not Eligible
      1a Foreign military personnel (Armed Forces / Para-military / security / Police / Intelligence) either in service or retired X
      1b Children of Foreign military personnel (Armed Forces / Para-military / security / Police / Intelligence) either in service or retired (Former Indian/ Foreign) X
      1c Spouse of Foreign military personnel (Armed Forces / Para-military / security / Police / Intelligence) either in service or retired (Former Indian / Foreign) Former Indian Foreign National
      2 Civil Govt. servant working in Ministry of Defence as IT engineers / civil contractors X
        - Children of Civil Govt. servant working in Ministry of Defence as IT engineers / civil contractors (Former Indian / Foreign) Once they turn 18 Below 18 years of age
        - Spouse of Civil Govt. servant working in Ministry of Defence as IT engineers / civil contractors (Former Indian / Foreign) Former Indian Foreign National
      3 Former Bangladesh / Pakistan Nationals X
      4 Children of Parents / Grandparents / Great grandparents who are of Bangladesh / Pakistan Origin (one or both, mother or father, of any descent) X
      5 Step Children or adopted children X
        - Foreign born children with one parent Indian and the other one foreign X
        - Foreign born children with both parents Indian Nationals X
        - Foreign born children with both parents as former Indian Nationals X
        - Children who had an Indian passport Once they turn 18 Below 18 years of age
      6 Child of Single Parent whose other parent’s personal particulars (Nationality) are not available X
        - Foreign born children with one parent Indian and the other one foreign X
        - Foreign born children with both parents Indian Nationals X
        - Foreign born children with both parents as former Indian Nationals X
      7 Minor foreigners who are born out of live-in relationships and their parents subsequently either got married or continued with live-in relationship X
        - Foreign born children with one parent Indian and the other one foreign X
        - Foreign born children with both parents Indian Nationals X
        - Foreign born children with both parents as former Indian Nationals X
      8 Surrogate baby X
        - Foreign born children with one parent is Indian, one is foreign X
        - Foreign born children with both parents Indian Nationals X
        - Foreign born children with both parents as former Indian Nationals X
      9 Foreign Spouse whose, Indian spouse has deceased X
      10 Foreign Spouse who have separated X
      11 Foreign born children whose one parent is Indian, one is foreign and the Indian parent has deceased X
      12 Foreign born children whose one parent is Indian, one is foreign and parents are divorced X
      13 Applying on basis of Spouse
        - Naturalized Indian Spouse is not an OCI cardholder
        - Indian Spouse does not hold an Indian Passport presently
      X
      14 Applying on basis of Spouse and if marriage has not been registered and / or subsisted for a continuous period of two years immediately preceding the presentation of the OCI application X
      15 NON US Passport Holders holding temporary visa such as B1 / B2 X

      OCI CATEGORIES
      The OCI categories that one can apply for depending on age and nationality are listed as follows:
      • New OCI Card
      • New OCI Card for Foreign Spouse of Person of Indian Origin
      • OCI in lieu of PIO card
      • OCI in lieu of lost PIO card
      • OCI Re-Issue with New Passport
      • OCI Re-Issue for Lost / Damaged OCI Card
      • Renunciation of OCI Card

    • How do I apply for an OCI Card?

      It is very important that you apply for your OCI card on the CKGS website ONLY and follow the process as defined.
      Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.
      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the documents checklist, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy/Consulates of India in USA. Simply fill in the widget and you will be guided through the entire application process.
      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your OCI category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

      OCI – How to Apply?
      OCI Application – Get Started

      It is recommended that you read the OCI – How to Apply carefully before processing your OCI Application.
      Once you are ready with the important documents listed on the website, you proceed to the next stage which is OCI Application – Get Started on https://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/
      • Fill the forms with your correct details.
      • Review and check the forms and letters.
      • Print the forms as per your Document Checklist or you can print them later from the ‘My Account’ page.
      • Enclose a Notarized Affidavit in Lieu of Originals letter stating that you possess the original true copies of all the documents submitted and that they can be provided if required by the Embassy/Consulate.
      • Sign the forms / letters where indicated. The Notarized Affidavit will have to be signed in the presence of a Notary.
      • Print 1 copy of the Document Checklist and keep one for your reference.
      At the appropriate step you will be guided to fill your online form/s on the Government of India website via the CKGS website.

      On the Government of India OCI website, you will be required to:
      1. Keep scanned copies of your documents ready as given in the Document Checklist.
      2. Fill out the Government OCI Form
      3. Upload your Photo and Signature
      4. Upload a scanned copy of your Documents on the Government website as indicated.
      5. Print and Sign the Form.
      6. Affix your photo on the Government OCI Form.
      Once you complete and print the Government OCI forms, return to CKGS website on www.in.ckgs.us/oci Click on the box which states ‘Already filled in government form’ to complete the OCI Application process.

    • Who is Eligible to apply for an OCI Card?

      A foreign national can apply for an OCI Card:

      • Who was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after 26th January, 1950; OR
      • Who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26th January, 1950; OR
      • Who belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15th August, 1947; OR
      • Who is a child or a grandchild or a great grandchild of such a citizen; OR
      • Who is a minor child of such persons mentioned above; OR
      • Who is a minor child and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India is eligible for registration as OCI cardholder; OR
      • Who is a spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Card holder.
      Please Note: A couple needs to be married for 2 years prior to the submission of the OCI application. In case of dissolution of marriage or deceased spouse, he/she must notify and return the OCI Card to the Embassy/Consulate.

    • Who is not eligible to apply for an OCI Card?

      If you or either of your parents or grandparents or great grandparents is/has been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, you are not eligible to apply for an OCI Card.
      The following table enlists the exceptions for OCI Eligibility

      Sr No. Applicant Demographic Eligible Not Eligible
      1a Foreign military personnel (Armed Forces / Para-military / security / Police / Intelligence) either in service or retired X
      1b Children of Foreign military personnel (Armed Forces / Para-military / security / Police / Intelligence) either in service or retired (Former Indian/ Foreign) X
      1c Spouse of Foreign military personnel (Armed Forces / Para-military / security / Police / Intelligence) either in service or retired (Former Indian / Foreign) Former Indian Foreign National
      2 Civil Govt. servant working in Ministry of Defence as IT engineers / civil contractors X
        - Children of Civil Govt. servant working in Ministry of Defence as IT engineers / civil contractors (Former Indian / Foreign) Once they turn 18 Below 18 years of age
        - Spouse of Civil Govt. servant working in Ministry of Defence as IT engineers / civil contractors (Former Indian / Foreign) Former Indian Foreign National
      3 Former Bangladesh / Pakistan Nationals X
      4 Children of Parents / Grandparents / Great grandparents who are of Bangladesh / Pakistan Origin (one or both, mother or father, of any descent) X
      5 Step Children or adopted children X
        - Foreign born children with one parent Indian and the other one foreign X
        - Foreign born children with both parents Indian Nationals X
        - Foreign born children with both parents as former Indian Nationals X
        - Children who had an Indian passport Once they turn 18 Below 18 years of age
      6 Child of Single Parent whose other parent’s personal particulars (Nationality) are not available X
        - Foreign born children with one parent Indian and the other one foreign X
        - Foreign born children with both parents Indian Nationals X
        - Foreign born children with both parents as former Indian Nationals X
      7 Minor foreigners who are born out of live-in relationships and their parents subsequently either got married or continued with live-in relationship X
        - Foreign born children with one parent Indian and the other one foreign X
        - Foreign born children with both parents Indian Nationals X
        - Foreign born children with both parents as former Indian Nationals X
      8 Surrogate baby X
        - Foreign born children with one parent is Indian, one is foreign X
        - Foreign born children with both parents Indian Nationals X
        - Foreign born children with both parents as former Indian Nationals X
      9 Foreign Spouse whose, Indian spouse has deceased X
      10 Foreign Spouse who have separated X
      11 Foreign born children whose one parent is Indian, one is foreign and the Indian parent has deceased X
      12 Foreign born children whose one parent is Indian, one is foreign and parents are divorced X
      13 Applying on basis of Spouse
        - Naturalized Indian Spouse is not an OCI cardholder
        - Indian Spouse does not hold an Indian Passport presently
      X
      14 Applying on basis of Spouse and if marriage has not been registered and / or subsisted for a continuous period of two years immediately preceding the presentation of the OCI application X
      15 NON US Passport Holders holding temporary visa such as B1 / B2 X

    • What is an OCI Card holder not entitled to?

      An OCI card holder is not entitled:

      • To vote
      • To be a member of a Legislative Assembly or of a Legislative Council or of the Parliament of India
      • To hold Indian constitutional posts such as that of the President, Vice President, Judge of the Supreme Court or High Court etc.
      • He/she cannot normally hold employment in the Government.

    • What are the different OCI categories?

      The OCI categories that one can apply for depending on age and nationality are listed as follows:

      • New OCI Card
      • New OCI Card for Foreign Spouse of Person of Indian Origin
      • OCI in lieu of PIO card
      • OCI in lieu of lost PIO card
      • OCI Re-Issue with New Passport
      • OCI Re-Issue for Lost / Damaged OCI Card
      • Renunciation of OCI Card

    • What are the benefits of an OCI?

      The following benefits will be allowed to an OCI card holder:

      • Multiple entry, multi-purpose life long visa to visit India
      • Exemption from reporting to Police authorities for any length of stay in India
      • Parity with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.

    • I want to get an OCI Card for my child. How do I do this?

      It is very important that you apply for your OCI card on the CKGS website ONLY and follow the process as defined.
      Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.
      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the documents checklist, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy/Consulates of India in USA.
      You need to select Minor on the widget and fill in the rest of the details on the widget. You will be guided through the entire application process from the widget.

      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your OCI category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

      OCI – How to Apply?
      OCI Application – Get Started

      It is recommended that you read the OCI – How to Apply carefully before processing your OCI Application.
      Once you are ready with the important documents listed on the website, you proceed to the next stage which is OCI Application – Get Started on https://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/
      • Fill the forms with your correct details.
      • Review and check the forms and letters.
      • Print the forms as per your Document Checklist or you can print them later from the ‘My Account’ page.
      • Enclose a Notarized Affidavit in Lieu of Originals letter stating that you possess the original true copies of all the documents submitted and that they can be provided if required by the Embassy/Consulate.
      • Sign the forms / letters where indicated. The Notarized Affidavit will have to be signed in the presence of a Notary.
      • Print 1 copy of the Document Checklist and keep one for your reference.
      At the appropriate step you will be guided to fill your online form/s on the Government of India website via the CKGS website.

      On the Government of India OCI website, you will be required to:
      1. Keep scanned copies of your documents ready as given in the Document Checklist.
      2. Fill out the Government OCI Form
      3. Upload your Photo and Signature
      4. Upload a scanned copy of your Documents on the Government website as indicated.
      5. Print and Sign the Form.
      6. Affix your photo on the Government OCI Form.
      Once you complete and print the Government OCI forms, return to CKGS website on www.in.ckgs.us/oci Click on the box which states ‘Already filled in government form’ to complete the OCI Application process.

    • I am a spouse of an OCI card holder. How do I apply for my OCI Card?

      It is very important that you apply for your OCI card on the CKGS website ONLY and follow the process as defined.
      Do not go directly to the Government of India website to fill the online application. You must go via the links on the CKGS website provided below. You will be guided to the Government of India website to fill your online form/s at the appropriate step via the CKGS website.
      For USA applicants, the CKGS website has been customized so that the documents checklist, forms and letters requirements are as per the instructions of the Embassy/Consulates of India in USA.
      You need to select Spouse on the widget and fill in the rest of the details on the widget. You will be guided through the entire application process from the widget.

      The rules on the CKGS website will identify your OCI category, type, duration, fees and help avoid errors. Further to assist you, many forms and letters that have repetitive information will get auto populated and you only have to fill in the missing fields.

      OCI – How to Apply?
      OCI Application – Get Started

      It is recommended that you read the OCI – How to Apply carefully before processing your OCI Application.
      Once you are ready with the important documents listed on the website, you proceed to the next stage which is OCI Application – Get Started on https://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/
      • Fill the forms with your correct details.
      • Review and check the forms and letters.
      • Print the forms as per your Document Checklist or you can print them later from the ‘My Account’ page.
      • Enclose a Notarized Affidavit in Lieu of Originals letter stating that you possess the original true copies of all the documents submitted and that they can be provided if required by the Embassy/Consulate.
      • Sign the forms / letters where indicated. The Notarized Affidavit will have to be signed in the presence of a Notary.
      • Print 1 copy of the Document Checklist and keep one for your reference.
      At the appropriate step you will be guided to fill your online form/s on the Government of India website via the CKGS website.

      On the Government of India OCI website, you will be required to:
      1. Keep scanned copies of your documents ready as given in the Document Checklist.
      2. Fill out the Government OCI Form
      3. Upload your Photo and Signature
      4. Upload a scanned copy of your Documents on the Government website as indicated.
      5. Print and Sign the Form.
      6. Affix your photo on the Government OCI Form.
      Once you complete and print the Government OCI forms, return to CKGS website on www.in.ckgs.us/oci Click on the box which states ‘Already filled in government form’ to complete the OCI Application process.

    • Is there any condition to be met to apply under 'New OCI Card for Foreign Spouse of Person of Indian Origin'?

      If you are of Indian Heritage or held an Indian Nationality, then you are eligible to apply under Adult and NOT through your Spouse.
      If you are a Foreign Spouse of a Person of Indian Origin, you must provide the following documents:

      • Copy of Marriage Certificate
        • Marriage should be registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than 2 years preceding the OCI application.
      • Self Attested Joint Statement signed by the couple stating:
        • That in case of dissolution of marriage or deceased spouse, you must notify and return your OCI Card to the Embassy / Consulate.

    • How do I ensure that there is no rejection to my application?

      Some of the common errors of rejection are listed below:

      1. Failure to submit proof of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship.
      2. Failure to apply for a Renunciation Certificate along with OCI application.
      3. Missing Indian Passport.
      4. Failure to submit proof of Name Change, if name is different on Indian passport and US passport.
      5. Failure to submit Proof of Address. Please note that the acceptable Proof of Address should be a copy of a State issued ID such as Driver’s License OR a photocopy of a latest Utility Bill (Water, Gas, Electricity or Sewage).

    • Give me tips on what I should keep ready before filling in my application.

      Keep these details handy before you fill your OCI application form:

      • Your Current US / Foreign Passport. Passport should be valid for minimum 8 months from date of application:
        • Passport number
        • Date of Issue
        • Date of Expiry
      • Details of any other Valid Passport / Identity Certificate held:
        • Country of Issue
        • Passport / Certificate Number
        • Date of Issue
        • Place of issue
        • Nationality described therein
      • Details of current citizenship
      • Family Details as per the document checklist
      • Existing OCI card number (in case of applying for Miscellaneous OCI Services)

    • What is the OCI Matchup process?

      Once the OCI Card is ready for Match Up, the applicant needs to send his/her current Passport for matchup. You must refer to the MatchUp Process on the How to Apply page, https://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/how-to-apply.
      The MatchUp Process is briefly outlined as follows:

      1. Arrival of printed OCI cards to Indian Embassy / Consulate
      2. Notification to the applicants to send US / Foreign Passport to CKGS for match-up.
      3. Dispatch of US / Foreign passport from applicant to CKGS
      4. US / Foreign Passport sent to Embassy / Consulate for match-up by CKGS
      5. Match up of OCI Card with your Current Passport at Embassy / Consulate
      6. OCI Card & US / Foreign Passport received at CKGS Centre.
      7. Return of OCI Card & US / Foreign passport to the applicant.
        The second part of the OCI process commences when the Embassy/Consulate informs CKGS that they have the OCI card in their possession. Then, CKGS will notify the applicant to start the Matchup Process.
      CKGS will advise the applicant by email to log onto: http://www.in.ckgs.us/ocimatchup/ to start the OCI MATCH UP process. You must enter the following details and fill in the MATCH UP Form:
      • New Web Reference Number (received from the Government site)
      • CKGS Web Reference Number
      • Date of Birth
      • Current USA Passport number


      You can print your Matchup form from here or from the ‘My Account’ page. Make sure that you have signed the form. You will now have to submit your package via shipping option to the CKGS Application Center as per the Jurisdiction of your application.
      Arrange your US / Foreign Passport along with your MATCH UP form in the envelope.
      Tick off the boxes on the MATCH UP form confirming the documents that are enclosed in the envelope for submission.

      Remember that the processing of your application will continue ONLY once your physical package is received by us at the CKGS Application Center, failing which your application cannot be processed further. You will receive an e-mail from CKGS advising you of the progress made on your application.

      CKGS will submit your US / Foreign Passport post verification to the respective Mission of your jurisdiction. The Missions have the right to ask for additional documentation. In the event you would like to withdraw your passport because of an urgent requirement to travel elsewhere, click on https://www.in.ckgs.us/withdraw-my-passport/ and follow the process.

      Once your OCI Card is ready, it will be sent to CKGS from the Mission, where it will be sorted and dispatched within 24 hours.

    • Where can I get my status updates on my OCI Application?

      You can check the status of your application via Track My Application https://www.in.ckgs.us/trackandtrace/ on the CKGS website.

    • Can a person registered as an OCI be granted Indian citizenship?

      Yes. As per the provisions of section 5(1) (g) of the Citizenship Act, 1955, a person who is registered as an OCI for 5 years and is residing in India for 1 year out of the 5 years, is eligible to apply for Indian Citizenship.

    • OCI application is in process on my passport, meanwhile can I travel on the same passport?

      Yes, you can travel on the same passport provided you already have a valid visa for the respective country you are traveling to.

    • Are there any rules regarding re-issue of OCI Card?

      The following are the rules in case an applicant wishes to apply for Re-issue of OCI Card:

      • 20 years of age or younger:
        OCI card must be RE-ISSUED EACH TIME A NEW PASSPORT is issued up to the completion of 20 years of age in view of biological changes in face of the applicant.
      • 21 to 49 years of age:
        Re-issuance of OCI registration certificate (OCI card) is NOT mandatory each time a new passport is issued between 21 to 49 years of age. However, if the applicant wishes to avail this service, he / she can request re-issue of OCI to update the new passport number. It is also sufficient if the cardholder carries the OCI registration certificate (OCI card), old passport and the current valid Passport while traveling to India.
      • 50 years of age or older:
        For applicants whose OCI cards were issued before 50 years of age, OCI must be re-issued ONCE after the issuance of a new passport after completing 50 years of age in view of biological changes in face of the applicant.
        If the OCI card is issued for the first time after the age of 50 years, then there is no need for re-issuance of OCI. It is also sufficient if the cardholder carries the OCI card, old passport and the current valid Passport while traveling to India.

    • I am over 50 years of age can I travel on the same OCI card?

      You will have to apply for reissue of OCI card only if your OCI card was issued to you before you turned 50 or the passport number in your OCI card is different from your latest valid passport. If you got your first or reissued OCI card after you turned 50, then you can travel on the same OCI card.

    • My son is going to be 21. Can he travel on the same OCI?

      Yes he can travel as long as his OCI and Passport are valid.
      Vide circular No. 26011/06/2015-OCI dated 29th January, 2015 of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, all immigration authorities in India will not insist on production of the foreign passport containing the 'U' Visa Sticker in the case of OCI Cardholders while they enter/exit India and the immigration clearance will be granted based on production of the 'OCI CARD ONLY'.
      However, applicants must note the new OCI travel advisory – Re-issue of OCI Card (On getting a New Passport)

      • 20 years of age or younger:
        OCI card must be RE-ISSUED EACH TIME A NEW PASSPORT is issued up to the completion of 20 years of age in view of biological changes in face of the applicant.
      • 21 to 49 years of age:
        Re-issuance of OCI registration certificate (OCI card) is NOT mandatory each time a new passport is issued between 21 to 49 years of age. However, if the applicant wishes to avail this service, he / she can request re-issue of OCI to update the new passport number. It is also sufficient if the cardholder carries the OCI registration certificate (OCI card), old passport and the current valid Passport while traveling to India.
      • 50 years of age or older:
        For applicants whose OCI cards were issued before 50 years of age, OCI must be re-issued ONCE after the issuance of a new passport after completing 50 years of age in view of biological changes in face of the applicant.
        If the OCI card is issued for the first time after the age of 50 years, then there is no need for re-issuance of OCI. It is also sufficient if the cardholder carries the OCI card, old passport and the current valid Passport while traveling to India.

    • What are the Technical Aspects of the CKGS Website to keep in mind?

      The CKGS website is best viewed in

      • Internet Explorer 9.x or higher
      • Mozilla Firefox® 35.x or higher
      • Safari 5.1 or higher
      • Chrome 36 or higher or an equivalent browser software
      You must also have Adobe Acrobat Reader version 7.0 or higher installed on your PC in order to download and print the completed application form.
      Please verify that Java Script and cookies are enabled on your computer. Please check that the date / time on your computer are set correctly. If the date / time is set in the future, this can result in NOT being able to advance past the first page in some browsers.

    • How will CKGS communicate with me?

      Communication flow   Modes
      From CKGS to Applicant Emails We will communicate by auto-generated emails. To make sure you receive our alerts/updates, add noreply.usa@ckgs.com to your White list / Approved / Safe Senders list.
      Tracking Messages We provide timely updates in the form of Tracking messages, which can viewed from Track My Application and My Account pages on our website.
      From Applicant to CKGS Emails In order to get in touch with us, you can fill out the feedback form at www.in.ckgs.us/feedback/. This is the most recommended way.
      Phone You can also contact us on 516-206-1483 / 646-589-0088 (Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm EST except Holidays)

  • Government Online OCI Form

    • What can I do if I am having trouble completing the online OCI application on the Government website?

      If you are having trouble completing the online OCI application on the Government website, please check the following:

      • The Government of India OCI Application Website works best with Firefox, Chrome, IE-8 and above.
      • Verify that JavaScript and cookies are enabled on your computer.
      • Check that the date / time on your computer are set correctly. If the date / time are set in the future, this can result in not being able to advance past the first page in some browsers.
      • Avoid using your browser backward, forward and do not refresh buttons during the session, as this will result in the session expiration.
      • Avoid multiple logins in different browsers / tabs for the ‘SAME ‘application.
      Applicants must note that CKGS has no control over the Government of India OCI Application Website. Hence, we will be unable to answer any questions if you contact our call center.

  • New Visa / PIO Announcements from Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

    • New Visa / PIO Announcements from Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

      New Tourist Visa norms for US nationals:

      With effect from 15th April 2015, the single category of Tourist Visa available to be applied by a US national will be a 10 year, multiple entries Tourist Visa, with a fee of US$ 100 (exclusive of ICWF & CKGS service charges). The actual duration of the visa will be at the discretion of the Embassy / Consulate.

      IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR PIO CARD HOLDER

      Important Notice for PIO card holders: Applications for conversion of PIO cards to OCI cards shall be processed without Consular Fees until June 30, 2017.  ICWF Fees & CKGS Service Fees will continue.

      Until then, PIO cardholders can travel with their PIO card and US Passport.

      If you wish to apply for OCI card in Lieu of PIO card, you may visit the following links:

        How To Apply   https://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/how-to-apply
        OCI Application – Get Started   https://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/
        Frequently Asked Questions   https://www.in.ckgs.us/faq

      The above rules shall apply until further notification is received from the Embassy.

      Please visit the OCI section on our website http://www.in.ckgs.us/oci for more info.

  • Naturalization Certificate

    • Is it illegal to photocopy Naturalization certificate?

      One can photocopy a Naturalization Certificate for lawful purposes such as for proving proof of US citizenship to a foreign consular officer to obtain a visa or a lifelong visa such as an OCI for travel to India. You should not photocopy for unlawful purposes such as for misrepresentation or for fraud etc.

    • What is the process to be followed if notarization of copy of Naturalization is not possible?

      If notarization of a Naturalization Certificate is not possible, then applicant must note the following:

      • When you require a Certificate of Naturalization to be authenticated, be sure to use the term ‘Certified True Copy’.
      • Make an appointment with your local USCIS office by using the InfoPass Appointment Scheduler on infopass.uscis.gov/.
      • When you go for your appointment to your local USCIS office, be sure to take your Original Naturalization Certificate and a copy of it.
      • Also take another form of photo identification, such as a Driver’s license or Passport.
      • A USCIS officer will review the documents and may certify the copy, if the officer can confirm your identity and status as a naturalized citizen.
      This information has been procured from https://www.uscis.gov/tools/how-do-i-customer-guides/how-do-i-guides-us-citizens/how-do-i-obtain-certified-true-copies-certificate-naturalization.

  • Contact list of FRRO

    • Contact list for Foreigner Regional Registration Offices (FRRO)

      For an updated Contact List of FRRO, please click here

  • Documentations

    • Do I have to submit my original documents during initial submission of OCI application?

      No, you are required to submit a Notarized Affidavit in Lieu of Originals. However, you may have to provide original documents as listed on the Document Checklist for the processing of your OCI application during Verification or Passport Matchup stage or as requested by the Embassy/Consulate.

    • How can I get the documents notarized?

      A Notary can be found in Local Banks, Credit Union City Country Offices, Attorney Offices, UPS, FedEx locations. If you can't find anybody easily, search online for a ‘notary public’ with your city name.
      Please Note: DO NOT sign the Affidavit in Lieu of Originals on your own; the Notary Officer will require you to SIGN in his / her presence.

    • How many applications can I send in one envelope?

      Please send only ONE application PER envelope. This applies even if you are sending your own prepaid envelope or applications of family members. Every application is processed separately and hence needs to be sent in an individual envelope.

    • I have completed the OCI process on your website, why do you need a physical copy?

      OCI issuing authorities require the Original OCI application form with the applicant’s signature along with a Notarized Affidavit in Lieu of Originals and copies of supporting documents in hard copy. Simply submitting the online application form will not commence your OCI application process.

      Remember that the processing of your application will ONLY commence once your physical application package is received by the CKGS Application Center, failing which the application cannot be processed.

    • Will my documents for OCI be sent to India?

      Yes, currently the process is that your OCI application will be sent from the Indian Missions from USA to India for further processing.

    • Can I apply for OCI and Renunciation together?

      Yes, you can apply for OCI and Renunciation together. Answer the questions displayed on the widget that will guide you through the entire OCI application process. Continue the process and along the steps you will be able to complete the Renunciation application and get the requirements, fees and document checklist. You can complete your full application process online and then submit your physical application along with the required forms and documents.

    • I have got my OCI card in the UK and have got a valid UK passport. I also have a US passport. Can I travel or do I need a visa?

      You can travel using your OCI card along with both the Passports.

    • OCI is on my old passport and it has not been transferred to my new passport, can I travel?

      Yes, you may travel with both the new and old passports.

    • How do I make the payment for my OCI application?

      Payments must be made by Credit Card / Debit Card online or at the CKGS Application Center.
      Note:

      • Payment has to be made separately for each applicant, even minors.
      • Convenience charges will apply for Credit / Debit Cards.
      • Do not send cash along with your application.
      • Personal checks will NOT be accepted.
      • If Fees are not paid in full, CKGS will not be responsible for any delays and consequential charges that you may incur.

  • Photo and Signature Specifications

    • What are the OCI Photo specifications for Adults?

      General Photo guidelines for OCI are as follows:

      • Photograph for OCI cannot be the same photograph that is already in your passport
      • Recent Passport photo taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance
      • Photograph to be affixed on the application should be square shaped OR 2 inches by 2 inches size (80% coverage of face)
      • Photographs NOT to be stapled and must NOT be adhesive taped.
      • Must be in color, against white background and must show full face, front view.
      • Must be taken in normal street attire, preferably taken in colored attire, for example, a medium blue shirt etc.
      • The attire should not be patterned / textured or pure white.
      • Photograph has to be an original and printed on GLOSSY PHOTO PAPER ONLY.
      • Uniforms should not be worn in photographs except religious attire that is worn daily.
      • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles, they should be worn for your picture.
      • Dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required.
      • Glare on eyeglasses should be avoided with a slight upward or downward tilt of the head.
      • Do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline. Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.

      Click here for more photo specifications.

      PHOTO UPLOAD
      • It should be in JPEG/JPG format only
      • Max size should 200kb
      • Height and width must be equal
      • The minimum dimensions are 200 pixels (width) x 200 pixels (height) OR
      • Square shape of size not less than 51mm x 51mm or 2inches x 2 inches (with 80% coverage of face)
      • The maximum dimensions are 900 pixels (width) x 900 pixels (height)

    • What are the OCI Photo specifications for Minors?

      General Photo guidelines for OCI are as follows:

      • Photograph for OCI cannot be the same photograph that is already in your passport
      • Recent Passport photo taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance
      • Photograph to be affixed on the application should be square shaped OR 2 inches by 2 inches size (80% coverage of face)
      • Photographs NOT to be stapled and must NOT be adhesive taped.
      • Must be in color, against white background and must show full face, front view.
      • Must be taken in normal street attire, preferably taken in colored attire, for example, a medium blue shirt etc.
      • The attire should not be patterned / textured or pure white.
      • Photograph has to be an original and printed on GLOSSY PHOTO PAPER ONLY.
      • Uniforms should not be worn in photographs except religious attire that is worn daily.
      • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles, they should be worn for your picture.
      • Dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required.
      • Glare on eyeglasses should be avoided with a slight upward or downward tilt of the head.
      • Do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline. Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.

      Click here for more photo specifications.

      PHOTO UPLOAD
      • It should be in JPEG/JPG format only
      • Max size should 200kb
      • Height and width must be equal
      • The minimum dimensions are 200 pixels (width) x 200 pixels (height) OR
      • Square shape of size not less than 51mm x 51mm or 2inches x 2 inches (with 80% coverage of face)
      • The maximum dimensions are 900 pixels (width) x 900 pixels (height)

    • What are the OCI Signature specifications for Adults?

      All forms and letters on the CKGS website have to be signed by the applicant where indicated.
      The following sections of the OCI Application Form must be Duly Signed:

      • OCI PART A (Uploaded Signature must be legible on a plain white background).
      • OCI PART B
      NOTE - If the signature is OUTSIDE of the boxes provided, the application will be REJECTED. If the signature isn’t clear after it is uploaded, they need to be uploaded again or the applicant has to sign in the application form again.

      SIGNATURE UPLOAD
      • It should be in JPEG/JPG format only
      • Max size should 200kb
      • The height and width of the Signature Photo must have aspect ratio 1:3
      • The minimum dimensions are 200 pixels (width) x 67 pixels (height)
      • The maximum dimensions are 900 pixels (width) x 300 pixels (height)

    • What are the OCI Signature specifications for Minors?

      The following are the general signature guidelines to be followed for Minor applicants:

      • For child of 5 years and above, signature/name of the minor child should be in the signature box under their photo on the first page of the OCI Application Form.
      • Uploaded Signature/Thumb impression must be legible on plain white background.
      • For child less than 5 years of age thumb impression of the minor child should be in the signature box under their photo using only a BLACK or BLUE inkpad. (Use Left Thumb impression for Boys & Right Thumb impression for girls).
      • Parents cannot sign on behalf of the child under any circumstances on the PART A of the OCI Application Form.
      • Applications should contain BOTH PARENTS signature on the PART B ONLY AND DULY NOTARIZED.
      • Minors DO NOT SIGN PART B of the OCI Application form.
      • Wherever parent’s sign, the signature must match with the passport signature. Applications will be put on hold and a new application will be asked for if parent’s signature does not match with the passport signature.
      • Wherever documents need to be self-attested, both parents must sign.
      NOTE - If the signature is OUTSIDE of the boxes provided, the application will be REJECTED. If the thumbprint/signature is not clear after it is uploaded online, it needs to be uploaded again or minor has to sign in the application form.

      SIGNATURE UPLOAD
      • It should be in JPEG/JPG format only
      • Max size should 200kb
      • The height and width of the Signature Photo must have aspect ratio 1:3
      • The minimum dimensions are 200 pixels (width) x 67 pixels (height)
      • The maximum dimensions are 900 pixels (width) x 300 pixels (height)

  • Renunciation of Indian Citizenship

    • Can I still hold my Indian passport after acquiring Foreign Citizenship?

      The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does NOT allow dual citizenship.

      Holding an Indian passport or acquiring an Indian passport or travelling on an Indian passport after acquisition of foreign citizenship constitutes an offence under the Indian Passport Act, 1967 and attracts penalties.

      Person whose previous nationality was Indian before acquiring any foreign nationality, are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship and obtain a surrender certificate.

      Please click on the URL given below. Simply fill in the questions and you will get all the information of the visa / category including jurisdiction, fees, document, checklist, forms, etc.

       

    • If I apply for OCI and Renunciation together, can I collect my renunciation certificate once it is ready or I need to wait for the OCI to be ready?

      Yes, you may collect the renunciation certificate, once the status is shown as ready for collection. You will have to arrange for 2 return shipping envelopes - click on http://www.in.ckgs.us/shipping to order the same.

    • I am a student and my driver's license is not from the state that I am now currently studying / residing. What other kinds of proof of address can I submit?

      A copy of your student ID and a letter from your school confirming that you are currently enrolled, the address that the school has on record of your dormitory or apartment, on official letterhead and with a signature from an authorized representative from the admissions office or student services department.

    • Is it necessary to carry the Certificate of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship during travel to India?

      No, it is not necessary for travelers to carry Certificate of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship during their travel to India.

    • I have received my Renunciation Certificate and there is an error in the spelling of my name.

      In the highly unlikely event that any particulars have been printed incorrectly, spelling mistakes in your name, a wrong photo has been pasted, or a signature is missing on your Renunciation Certificate, CKGS will assist you in getting the same corrected.
      You will be required to send your Consular document that needs correction to the CKGS application center where you applied for originally, along with a letter, clearly stating the error/incorrectly printed information. You will also be required to send the correct document as a proof for verification or the correct photos in case of a wrong photo being pasted.
      There will be NO service fee or Consular fees payable for this correction. However, the cost of Return courier will have to be borne by the applicant. Please allow adequate time for the Mission to make the changes.

    • Do I need to complete a separate application for a Renunciation Certificate if I am also applying for a Visa?

      No, you can apply simultaneously. Answer the questions displayed on the widget which will give you the requirements for Visa. You can complete the processing of your application online where you will also get the requirements for Renunciation. For details, please visit:

       

    • How do I renounce my Indian Citizenship?

      Answer the questions displayed on the widget which will give you the requirements for Renunciation. You can complete the full application process online and then submit your application as per the selected mode. For details, please visit:

       

    • Do I need to renounce my Indian Citizenship?

      All former Indian Nationals who have become naturalized US / Non US Citizens will have to renounce their Indian Citizenship. Instructions on the renunciation process can be found on the Renunciation page.

    • Can I send my renunciation forms to you along with my visa application?

      Yes. Answer the questions displayed on the widget which will give you the requirements for VISA. Continue the process on the website where you will be able to complete the Renunciation flow and get the requirements, fees and document checklist. You can complete your full application process online. For details, please visit:

       

    • What if I do not have my Indian Passport?

      You may still formally renounce your Indian citizenship even if you have lost your Indian passport. Answer the questions displayed on the widget which will give you the full requirements for Renunciation including document checklist, fees and processing time. You can complete your full application process online and then submit your application as per the selected mode. For details, please visit:

       

    • Can I apply for Visa and Renunciation together?

      Yes, you can apply for both together. Answer the questions displayed on the widget which will give you the requirements for VISA. Continue the process on the website where you will be able to complete the Renunciation flow and get the requirements, fees and document checklist. You can complete your full application process online.

      Do not worry if some documents seem like duplicates as there could be different departments dealing with VISA and Renunciation. For details, please visit:

    • Can I apply for OCI and Renunciation together?

      Yes, you may. Answer the questions displayed on the widget which will give you the full requirements for Renunciation including document checklist, fees and charges, processing time, jurisdiction. You can complete your full application process online and then submit your application as per the selected mode. For details, please visit:

       

    • Is Naturalization certificate necessary for the Renunciation?

      Yes. It is issued by the US / Non US state authority in the process of obtaining US / Non US passport.

  • Naturalization Certificate

    • Is it illegal to photocopy Naturalization certificate?

      One can photocopy a Naturalization Certificate for lawful purposes such as for proving proof of US citizenship to a foreign consular officer to obtain a visa or a lifelong visa such as an OCI for travel to India. You should not photocopy for unlawful purposes such as for misrepresentation or for fraud etc.

    • What is the process to be followed if notarization of copy of Naturalization is not possible?

      If notarization of a Naturalization Certificate is not possible, then applicant must note the following:

      • When you require a Certificate of Naturalization to be authenticated, be sure to use the term ‘Certified True Copy’.
      • Make an appointment with your local USCIS office by using the InfoPass Appointment Scheduler on infopass.uscis.gov/.
      • When you go for your appointment to your local USCIS office, be sure to take your Original Naturalization Certificate and a copy of it.
      • Also take another form of photo identification, such as a Driver’s license or Passport.
      • A USCIS officer will review the documents and may certify the copy, if the officer can confirm your identity and status as a naturalized citizen.
      This information has been procured from https://www.uscis.gov/tools/how-do-i-customer-guides/how-do-i-guides-us-citizens/how-do-i-obtain-certified-true-copies-certificate-naturalization.

  • Contact list of FRRO

    • Contact list for Foreigner Regional Registration Offices (FRRO)

      For an updated Contact List of FRRO, please click here