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17 April 2014:

Message regarding Phasing out of non- Machine Readable Passport

Phasing out of non-Machine Readable Passports , click here
 
 
 
28 February 2014:

Message from High Commission of India, Canberra

Visa fees fraud information, click here.
 
 
 
23 January 2014:

India Passport & Visa Services Centre (IPVSC) Sydney Office Relocation

This is to inform all concerned that the India Passport & Visa Services Sydney Centre will be relocating to Kent Street from Clarence Street on 10 February 2014.  The existing office at Level 1, 64 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 will be closed from 6th February and 7 February 2014, and no application will be accepted by the IPVSC during that period. 

The new office will be located at Suite 1A, Level 8, 189 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000. The IPVSC will reopen at its new location in Kent Street from 10 February 2014 at 8:30 am. The closest Train Station is Wynyard. Contact phone numbers and email addresses will REMAIN the same.

During the period that the IPVSC will be closed, those who need visa services in an emergency can contact the Consulate directly for the same on 0420 277 261(For NSW and SA only). Please note that this is only to cover emergencies and only for visas, not for any of the other services being offered by the IPVSC i.e. Passport, OCI and PIO cards, driving licence verifications and police clearance certificates.
 
 
 
6 November 2013:

The Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (RPBD) will be taking place in Sydney from 10-12 November 2013.
As the Consulate is involved in the organisation of the event, there will be temporary dislocation of Consular Services provided by this Consulate on Mon-Tue-Wed 11-13 November.
During this period, Consular Services of an emergency nature only will be provided as most of the staff will be on Conference duty.
The Consulate will remain closed on Thursday, 14 November due to Muharram.
The normal working of the Consulate will resume from Friday, 15 November.
This change will affect the processing times for applications submitted in Sydney and Adelaide only.

Any inconvenience caused on this account is highly regretted.
 
 
 
10 September 2013:

PCC applications will be only accepted, if applicant had been lived, worked in India or travelled to India within last 5 years from the date of application. Anyone who has lived, worked in India or travelled to India before 5 years will not be able to apply for PCC.
 
 
 
14 June 2013:

Applicants lodging their application through Brisbane centre kindly note that there could be delay in processing time due to technical issue at visa processing.
 
 
 
24 January 2013:

Technical issues with the Participating bank gateway have been resolved. All applicants who had called the contact centre using their credit card information during the period of 18 October 2012 and 21 December 2012 will have their payments processed in January 2013 for the duration they had used the contact centre services as these payments were unprocessed till now.
 
 
 
15 December 2012:

Due to technical issues with the Participating bank gateway, there will be delays in processing the refund of the unused funds from the initial pre-authorisation amount for the contact centre payments made by Credit Card. We expect issue to be resolved and refunds to be processed by 22/12/2012 latest.
 
 
 
11 December 2012:

"The provision relating to 2 months gap between two visits of a foreign national to India on a Tourist Visa has been reviewed by the Government. It has now been decided with the approval of the competent authority to lift the restriction of two month gap on re-entry of foreign national coming to India in general. However, mission reserve the right to have these conditions imposed on case to case basis. "
 
 
15 November 2012:

Chinese passport holder of Type-P Passport with number beginning with the Alphabet E can apply for Indian Visa from mainland China only.
 
 
15 November 2012:

This is with reference to foreign nationals intending to visit India for commissioning surrogacy. It is to clarify that such visas may be processed only if the following conditions are fulfilled:
 
  (i) The foreign man and woman are duly married and the marriage should have sustained at least for two years.
  (ii) A letter from the Embassy of the foreign country in India or the Foreign Ministry of the country should be enclosed with the visa application stating clearly that
    (a) The country recognises surrogacy;
    (b) The child/children to be born to the commissioning couple through the Indian surrogate mother will be permitted entry into their country as a biological child/children of the couple commissioning surrogacy
    (c) The couple will furnish an undertaking that they would take care of the child/children born thorough surrogacy
    (d) The treatment should be done only at one of the registered ART clinics recognised by ICMR.
    (e) The couple should produce a duly notarised agreement between the applicant couple and the prospective Indian surrogate mother.

If any of the above conditions are not fulfilled, the visa application shall not be processed and will be rejected. It may be noted that for drawing up and executing the agreement cited at para (ii) (v) above, the foreign couple can be permitted to visit India on a reconnaissance trip on Tourist visa, but no samples may be allowed from surrogate mother. Once the application is processed on the basis of production of all above documents, the appropriate visa category will be a medical visa.
 
 
15 November 2012:

Under the instructions of High Commission of India, Canberra, any person who has availed any of the following service (Visa / OCI / PIO) after 1 June 2010 from any of the Indian missions in Australia will be able to show a copy of the availed service as a proof, as an option to existing other options listed on the checklist under “Proof of Renunciation of your Indian Citizenship”.
 
 
15 October 2012

Consulate General of India, Sydney is relocating from Level 10, 190 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000 to Level 3, 109 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000 effective 22/10/2012. This may result in delayed processing of applications for Consular services. Applicants are advised to plan their travel dates accordingly
 
 
05, October 2012
 
Please note that consular fee for selected services have been increased with effect from 1 October 2012. VFS systems will reflect the updated fee from 05/10/2012 8.30 AM AEST. As mandated by Government of India, applicants who have already submitted their applications on or after 1 October till 04 October 2012 will be contacted to pay the difference between the fees. For updated fees, please check the fee calculator under the service required.
 
 
March 31, 2012
 
Effective 1 April 2012, PCC / IDLV application service charges have been changed to $7.70 (Inclusive of GST). This rate will be applicable to all applications accepted at IPVSC centres on or after 1 April regardless of the date of completion or payment Online. In another update, return of all applications of PCC / IDLV will be done by overnight courier only.
 
 
February 27, 2012
 
Please note that Online application will be down on 29/02/2012 from 3.30 AEST to 7.30 AEST due to regular maintenance
 
 
February 27, 2012
 
Consulate General of India, Perth will start its consular services from 1 March 2012. From this date, all applicants residing in Western Australia and Northern Territory needs to select Perth consulate as their submission centre and submit / post their applications to India Passport and Visa Services centre in Perth. Applications filled in prior to 01st March 2012 (starting with code AUSC) can only be accepted till 28th March 2012 at Perth centre regardless of the service type I.e OCI, Passport, Visa etc. Any un-submitted applications (starting with code AUSC) will need to be re-entered by applicant before submission either by post or in person at Perth centre.
 
 
February 15, 2012
 
Consulate General of India, Perth will start its consular services from 1 March 2012. From this date, all applicants residing in Western Australia and Northern Territory needs to select Perth consulate as their submission centre and submit / post their applications to India Passport and Visa Services centre in Perth. For address details, please visit http://www.vfs-in-au.net/submityourapplication.html
 
 
February 08, 2012
 
Consulate General of India, Perth will be operational from 27 February 2012. From this date, all applicants residing in Western Australia and Northern Territory needs to select Perth consulate as their submission centre and submit / post their applications to India Passport and Visa Services centre in Perth. For address details, please visit http://www.vfs-in-au.net/submityourapplication.html
 
 
January 26, 2012
PCC and IDLV Online Application Form unavailable due to System Upgrade.
 
The service will be down from 26 January midnight.
Regular forms and online services will be available from 30 January 2012
 
 
August 29, 2011
India Passport & Visa Services Centre (IPVSC) Brisbane Office Relocation

This is to inform all concerned that the India Passport & Visa Services Centre will be relocating to Spring Hill from Fortitude Valley on 12 September 2011. There will be no closure period during the relocation, applications in person can be accepted at the existing office at Shop 6, 37 Kennigo St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 until 3:00pm on Friday 9 September 2011.

The new office will be located at Level 3, 490 Upper Edward St, Spring Hill QLD 4000. The IPVSC will open at its new location in Spring Hill on 12 September 2011 at 8:30am. The closest railway station is Central Station. There is also a free shuttle bus ‘Spring Hill Loop’ departing every 10 minutes from the CBD stopping adjacent to the office building on Little Edward Street. For more transport information, please visit Translink ( www.translink.com.au).

Postal applications will not be affected. Please note that all postal applications must be posted to IPVSC, Unit 2, 20 Allara St, Canberra City ACT 2601.

We look forward to serving you soon from our improved facilities
 
 
August 08, 2011
Discontinuation of Issuance of Short Validity Passport/ Emergency Passport
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

In compliance with the regulations of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), only machine readable printed passports are now to be accepted for international travel. The High Commission of India and Consulates in Sydney and Melbourne will hence no longer entertain any request for issue of Short Validity Passport/Emergency Passport. If there is a case of extreme emergency, a one way Emergency Certificate can be issued to enable Indian nationals to travel to India to attend to the emergent situation. For the return journey, they would need to contact the nearest Passport Issuing Authority to obtain a new passport.
 
 
July 01, 2011
Consular Fee Changes effective 1 July 2011
 
Dear Industry Partner,

The High Commission of India, Canberra wishes to notify Industry stakeholders of a change in Consular fees effective 01-July-2011.

All revised fees will be available on 01-July-2011 through www.vfs-in-au.net under the fee section for any category.
 
 
April 18, 2011
Application Centre in Melbourne is being Relocated.
 
New Address: Suite 4, Level 12, 55, Swanston Street, Melbourne – 3000
Application Centre will remain closed from the 21st April’2011 to 26th April 2011
Application Centre will resume operations on the 27th April 2011 at the new Location.
 
 
 
April 08, 2011
India Passport & Visa Services Centre (IPVSC) Office Relocation
 
This is to inform all concerned that the India Passport & Visa Services Centre will be relocating to Swanston Street from Docklands on 27th April 2011.  The existing office at Suite 9.18- 9.19, Level 9, 401 Docklands Drive, Docklands, Victoria 3008 will be closed from 21st April to 26th April 2011, and no application will be accepted by the IPVSC during that period. 

The new office will be located at Part 4 Suite, Level 12, 55 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000.  The IPVSC will reopen at its new location in Swanston Street from 27th April 2011 at 8:30 am.  The closest Train Station is Flinders Street. The closest Tram Station is at the junction of Collins St / Swanston St.  Contact phone numbers and email addresses will REMAIN the same.

During the period that the IPVSC will be closed, those who need passport and visa services in an emergency can contact the Consulate directly for the same on 0430020828.   Please note that this is only to cover emergencies and only for passports and visas, not for any of the other services being offered by the IPVSC i.e. OCI and PIO cards, driving licence verifications and police clearance certificates.
 
 
January 14, 2011
Brisbane Office resumes its regular operations from 8:30 am – 3.00 pm today.

 
Any changes due to weather condition will be updated accordingly at this section.
 
 
January 12, 2011
The Visa Application centre in Brisbane will continue to remain closed until further notice.

 
Applicants in Queensland and Northern Territory seeking to lodge their applications may send in the same to PO Box 936, Civic Square, ACT 2608
Applications that have been processed are being held in a secure location and all applicants will receive an update on the procedure for collection.
 
 
January 11, 2011
Due to Extreme weather conditions
The Visa application centre in Brisbane will remain closed.
This section will be updated on a regular basis to keep the applicants informed.
 
 
November 20, 2010
Tourist or Entry Visa Choice for Persons of Indian Origin
 
A person of Indian Origin now has the choice to apply for a tourist or an entry visa, which was until this date restricted only to an entry visa. However it is important for applicants to note the differences between the two visas and the conditions attached. It remains the applicant’s responsibility to review the conditions and make an informed choice.
 
Type Tourist Entry
Who can Apply Any Foreigners as well as Persons of Indian Origin, their spouse and dependents.

Persons of Indian Origin, their spouse and dependents, visiting India for tourism, to meet friends & relatives and for non business purposes.

  Visiting India for tourism, to meet friends & relatives and for non-business purposes Members of a family of a person on employment, business or any long term visa in India are also eligible.
    Sports persons and sports groups for a sporting event.
Conditions    
1
Duration: Normally issued for 6 months, non extendable, non convertible.  Single entry visa will be issued unless otherwise requested for  (see 2 and 3 below) Duration: Normally issued for 6 months for single or multiple entries, as desired.  May also be issued for 1 year and extendable, based on nationality. 
2
If a person desires to enter India more than once within a 60 days period during the validity of the visa, he/she should apply for a multiple entry visa and provide an itinerary showing dates of re-entry and details of travel.  A maximum of three entries per visa are permitted and on final exit, re-entry permit condition, as indicated below applies. No Re-entry restrictions apply.
3
Re-entry Permit : If after a visa is issued, and the applicant needs to re-enter India within two months of exit, a Re-entry Permit is required (even for a multiple entry visa holder).   No Re-entry restrictions apply.
4
If an applicant applies within 1 month of expiry of the previous tourist visa, processing time will be a minimum of 45 days.  
5
Persons of Indian Origin, Spouse and dependents must ensure their Indian passport is officially cancelled and pay an appropriate renunciation fee if the passport is not officially cancelled. This is also applicable for any Visa type applied including OCI and PIO. Persons of Indian Origin, Spouse and dependents must ensure their Indian passport is officially cancelled and pay an appropriate renunciation fee if the passport is not officially cancelled. This is also applicable for any Visa type applied including OCI and PIO.
 
 
August 06, 2010
Relocation of premises for Consulate General of India, Melbourne.
 
The Consulate General of India, Melbourne will be relocating from their current office premises at 1/15 Munro Street, Coburg to 344 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC - 3000 on 01 September 2010. To accommodate this move, the Consulate will be closed for all Consular and Visa processing activities on 30 and 31 August 2010. Applicants are here by requested to note there will be an increase in processing time for their applications due to these non-working days.
 
 
July 07, 2010
Renunciation / Surrender Certificate Guidelines
 

The renunciation / surrender certificate procedure and fee structure is based on the date, the Person of Indian Origin, has acquired Australian/Foreign Citizenship.
Please review the detail checklist on www.vfs-in-au.net on the effective date.

If the Date of Australian / Foreign Citizenship is on or before 31-May -2010 If the Date of Australian / Foreign Citizenship is after 31- May - 2010


If the Indian Passport is not cancelled or is lost/damaged and not in possession ( the applicant will need to provide a statutory declaration attested by a JP): For OCI/PIO/VISA Applications $24 cancellation fee is payable and a cancellation certificate will be issued along with the requested service. If the Indian Passport is cancelled the applicant will need to submit a photocopy proof of the bio page of the cancelled passport and no cancellation fee will be applicable. If the Indian Passport is not cancelled or is lost/damaged and not in possession ( the applicant will need to provide a statutory declaration attested by a JP): For OCI/PIO/VISA Application $147 is payable along with the submission of the OCI/PIO/VISA application and the surrender certificate will be issued along with the requested service. If the surrender certificate is already acquired only a copy of the same needs to be submitted and no additional fee will be applicable.

 
 
June 21, 2010
Employment Visa Update:
  1. Who Can Apply?

    Employment visas are issued to AUSTRALIAN PASSPORT HOLDERS or AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS (provided the period of residence in Australia is for more than 2 years and subject to the conditions hereunder: Employment visa’s can be applied for upto 6 months, upto 1 year and up to 5 year. Please review the checklist on www.vfs-in-au.net

    1. The applicant is a highly skilled/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 would not be considered for jobs for which large number of qualified Indian Nationals are available. Furthermore, Employment Visa application would not be considered at all for routine, ordinary or secretarial/clerical jobs.
    3. The salary of the applicant proposed to be employed should not be less than US$ 25,000 per annum.
    4. The applicant should be coming for employment in companies registered in India.
    5. The applicant will have to comply with all other requirements like payment of tax liabilities etc.
    6. The applicant must submit proof of his/her employment or contract or engagement by the company/organization, etc. in India
    7. The applicant must submit documentary proof of his educational qualifications and professional expertise –  “ Resume copy”.

  2. Other categories of applicants eligible for Employment visa

    The following categories of applicants may also be eligible for Employment visa subject to the fulfilment of the general conditions mentioned above.
    1. Applicants coming to India as consultants on contract, for which the Indian company pays a fixed remuneration, (may not be in the form of monthly salary).
    2. Foreign artists engaged to conduct regular performances for the duration of the employment contract given by Hotels, Clubs, and other organizations.
    3. Foreign nationals who are coming to India to take up employment as coaches.
    4. Foreign sportsmen who are given a contract for a specified period by the Indian Clubs/organizations.
    5. 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.
    6. Foreign language teachers/interpreters.
    7. Specialist Chefs.
    8. Foreign nationals visiting India for voluntary work with NGOs.

  3. Duration of Employment Visa

    An Employment Visa will be valid for entry and stay into India within the period of its validity unless specified otherwise and subject to conditions specified. Validity of an Employment visa will be as under:-

    1. A foreign technician/expert coming to India in pursuance of a bilateral agreement between the Government of India and a foreign government, or in pursuance of a collaboration agreement that has been approved by the Government of India, may be granted an Employment visa for the duration of the agreement, or for a period of five years, whichever is less with multiple entry facilities.
    2. A foreigner coming to India for employment not covered in (i) above (and also other than those being employed in IT software and IT enabled sectors) may be granted Employment visa with a validity up to two years or the term of assignment, whichever is less with multiple entry facility.
    3. In the case of highly skilled/skilled foreign personnel being employed in the IT software and IT enabled sectors, the Missions/Posts may grant visa with validity up to 3 years or the term of assignment, whichever is less with multiple entry facility.
    4. In case of Employment Visa issued for a period of 180 days or less, registration is not required with FRRO/FRO. The Missions/Posts may issue multiple entry Employment Visas for a period of 180 days or less.
    5. However, if the Employment visa is valid for a period of more than 180 days, Employment-visa holder must register with the FRRO/FRO concerned within 14 days of arrival. Further extension could be given by authorities in India.

  4. Visa to family members of a foreigner granted Employment visa.

    Family members/dependants of a foreigner who is granted Employment visa shall be granted `Entry' visa provided the family members are otherwise eligible for grant of such a Visa. Its validity shall be co-terminus with the validity of the visa of the principal visa holder or for such shorter period as may be considered necessary by the Indian Mission.

    In the case of applicants from China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and foreign nationals of Pak origin (Pakistan nationals not eligible for employment visa) prior clearance of Government of India would be required to issue an Employment Visa.
 
 
 
May 26, 2010
Indian Community Welfare Fund levy effective June 1st 2010:
 
With effect from 1st June 2010, an additional fee of $2/- is to be paid towards Indian Community Welfare Fund per passport/ visa/ consular service per person. Applications received at VFS offices across Australia after this date will be subject to the ICWF levy.
 
 
May 26, 2010
Tourist Visa Update
 
Who Can Apply?

A tourist visa can only be granted to a foreigner (other than a person of Indian origin) who does not have a residence or occupation in India and whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sight seeing, casual visit to meet friends and relatives etc . No other activity is permissible on a tourist visa. A tourist visa may be issued normally for six months with multiple entries and is non extendable and non convertible. The duration of the visa is the sole discretion of the Authority. Foreigners applying for voluntary work in NGO’s must apply for an employment visa.

If an applicant applies for Tourist visa within one month of expiry of previous visa, the processing would take longer i.e. up to 45 days.

Tourist visa can also be issued for a period of 5 years to the nationals of France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico but stay at each visit in India should not exceed 180 days. Tourist visas are non-extendable and non-convertible. A 10 year tourist visa is available to US Nationals only.

The visas are not issued from the future date to match applicant’s itinerary for inward and outwards journey to/from India and are effective from the date of issue.
 
 
May 26, 2010
Business Visa Update
 
Who Can Apply?

Business Visa: Eligibility Criteria.

Australian National

Or

Non - Australian National but residing in Australia for 2 years of more. If the above eligibility criteria cannot be met, the applicant needs to visit a Visa Application Centre in person for scheduling an interview to be conducted by the High Commission/ Consulate prior to the acceptance of the application. Interview appointments are available between 10.0 am – 12.0 noon only.

For Emergency/Urgent Business Visa Applications, applicants/representative must visit a Visa Application centre where the case will be presented to the High Commission/Consulate for urgent processing/issuance of Visa. If approved applicants/representative will be informed and an Emergency fee will be applicable. Urgent issued Visas can be given for a short validity with limited number of entries.

Business Visas are normally granted for up to 6 months but for certain applicants it is for minimum period of 1 year. Applicants are required to provide a letter/ invitation from the Indian company / trade partner or alternatively a letter from the Australian company (the employer) explaining the purpose of the visit. 5 year business visas can be issued to CEOs, entrepreneurs and businessmen who have Joint Venture/MOU or similar long-term business commitments in India requiring frequent visits over extended periods.
 
 
May 25, 2010
Specific Nationality Criteria changes
 
Pakistani nationals and dual nationals of Pakistan are eligible for Entry Visa and Business Visa Only. Ex Pakistani nationals not holding dual nationality of Pakistan may apply for any Visa category.
 
 
May 05, 2010
Import and use of Satellite Phones into India.
 
As per existing guidelines issued by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Inmarsat Satphones excluding BGAN system can be used the Government, Corporate Houses, members of the Mountaineering Expedition and other such categories with prior permission from DoT.

Thuraya Satellite service is not permitted in India. Any one using any telephonic device including Satphone unauthorisedly violates provisions of Indian Telegraph Act, 1855 and hence liable for punishment under the said Act. Satellite phones brought to India without permission of DoT would be confiscated till the time the holder of the Satellite phone is able to produce a license issued by the DoT.

(N.Dorjee Khangserpa)
      Second   Secretary (Consular) 
03.04.2010

 
 
April 22, 2010
Changes in Requirements for a Conference Visa (Government / Ministry related Conferences).
 
Conference visa:

As per revised procedure for issue of Conference visa (CV) for attending International Conference/Seminar/Workshop etc in India, the following documents are needed for processing CV:

Letter of invitation: Letters of invitation from the organizer of the conference in India as well as from the organization in Australia which nominated the applicant to attend the conference. An invitation to attend a conference/seminar/workshop being organized in India by a Ministry/Department of the Government of India, State Governments, Public Sector Undertakings, Central Educational Institutions, Public Funded University or an organization owned and controlled by the Government of India or State Government, UN or its specialized agencies and reputed NGOs. For business conferences please apply for Business Visa.

Ministry of Home Affairs clearance: A clearance letter from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

Ministry of External Affairs clearance: A clearance letter from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

State Govt./UT clearance: A clearance letter from the State Government/Union Territories.

Nodal Ministry clearance: A clearance letter from the Ministry that holds jurisdiction over the conference. For example, an education conference needs a clearance letter from the Ministry of Human Resources Development.
 
 
April 14, 2010
Impromptu Holiday Notification
 
The High Commission of India in Australia and the Consulate General in Sydney and Melbourne have declared 14th April 2010 as a holiday due to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti.

The India Passport and Visa Service Centres will continue to remain open to accept applications. Processing times for applications submitted prior to, or during this week will be impacted and will take an extra working day for the Authority (the High Commission of India and the Consulate General in Sydney and Melbourne) Applicants are advised to plan their travel in accordance.
 
 
April 02, 2010
Tourist Visa on Arrival: High Commission of India- Notice
 
Tourist Visa on Arrival is available to applicants of five countries, namely Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore.

Tourist Visa on Arrival would be valid for 30 days with a single entry and would be available only at airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.

Tourist Visa on Arrival is allowed for a maximum of two times in a calendar year, with a minimum gap of two months between each visit.

A fee of US$60/-or equivalent in Indian rupees would be charged from each of the applicants including children.

It should be noted that the Tourist Visa on Arrival should not be resorted to as a matter of routine. It is only for applicants of these countries, who are unable to apply for a regular visa at an Indian Mission due to some reason. As far as possible, the usual Tourist Visa should be applied for.
 
 
April 01, 2010
Number of Entries for cruise ship passenger: High Commission of India- Notice
 
Cruise ship passengers who are likely to visit more than two ports in India are advised to obtain multi entry visa.
 
 
March 31, 2010
Re-entry Permit
 
According to information contained in MHA’s FAQ on Tourist visa, in addition to Mission /Posts, immigration authorities may also issue re-entry permit to multiple entry tourist visa holders on production of relevant documents such as itinerary and ticket bookings etc.
 
 
February 24, 2010
Employment Visa Advisory
 
Update on Eligibility Criteria
Employment visas are issued to AUSTRALIAN PASSPORT HOLDERS or AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS (provided the period of residence in Australia is for more than 2 years) for a period up to 6 months initially. Employment visa can be considered if the person has a contract in India with an Indian organization.
OR
Has been posted / deployed to work in India for short/long term by the parent company based in Australia. Extensions, if required, can be granted by the concerned authorities in India (MHA/ State Governments/ FROs). Applicants are required to provide proof of employment, i.e. copies of contract and the terms & conditions with the company in India & Australia. Spouses and children accompanying the applicant are granted entry visas on request for the duration of the assignment.
 
 
February 24, 2010
Business Visa Advisory
 
Update on Eligibility Criteria
Australian National or
Non-Australian national but residing in Australia for 2 or more years. If the above Eligibility criteria cannot be met, the applicant needs to visit a Visa Application Centre in person for scheduling an interview to be conducted by the High Commission/ Consulate prior to the acceptance of the application. Interview appointments are available between 10.0 am – 12.0 noon only.
 
 
February 15, 2010
Tourist Visa Advisory
 
"This is for information that there should be a gap of at least 2 months between two visits to India on a Tourist Visa".

In case of requirement to visit India within 2 months, permission should be sought from the High Commission of India (for applicants from Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) / Consulate General of India- Sydney (for applicants from New South Wales and South Australia) / Consulate General of India – Melbourne (for applicants from Victoria and Tasmania) .

This should be done directly without going through the India Passport & Visa Services Centre where permission is accorded by respective mission in such cases, registration with the local FRRO/FRO would be required within 14 days of arrival in India .

The re-entry permit will be granted on discretionary basis by the Mission, and on the basis of exact itinerary submitted by the applicant. A Fee of $25 will be applicable.

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