VISA Types


STUDENT VISAS


  • S-1 For studies in regular courses in India in Colleges/ Universities etc. imparting higher education
  • S-2 For school education
  • S-3 Provisional Student Visas
  • S-4 For studies in short term courses.
  • S-5 For studies in Yoga, Vedic Culture and Indian Systems of Music and dance and for Buddhist studies
  • S-6 For those coming under Student Exchange Programs in terms of Agreements with various countries including trainees at a designated civilian or defence establishment
  • S-7 For students of South Asian University and Nalanda University
  • S-8 For Theological Studies and for Missionary students

Dependent Visas under student visa category:

  • S-1 X For dependents of those coming under an S-1 visa.
  • S-6 X For dependents of those coming under an S-6 visa.
  • NOTE: *For dependents of those coming under S-1 and S-6 Visas only. For other category visas, no dependent visa will be granted*

 


RESEARCH VISAS


  • R-1 Research scholar at a recognized Indian Institution
  • R-2 Visiting faculty at a recognized Indian Institution
  • R-3 Research Scholar on a bilateral exchange program
  • R-4 Members of Botanical, Scientific, Anthropological etc. expeditions

Dependent Visas under research visa category:

  • R-1 X For dependents of those coming under an R-1 visa
  • R-2 X For dependents of those coming under an R-2 visa
  • R-3 X For dependents of those coming under an R-3 visa

 


CONFERENCE VISAS


  • C-1 For participants of conferences organized by Government authorities including Public Sector Undertakings and Autonomous bodies under the Government
  • C-2 For participants of conferences organized by Non-Governmental agencies/ organizations

 


INTERN VISAS


  • I-1 Intern under the French VIE program
  • I-2 Intern with a business house, including those sponsored by AIESEC.
    For all those coming for internship in business houses earning some remuneration including those sponsored by AIESEC.
  • I-3 Intern with NGOs and Educational Institutions including those sponsored by AIESEC.
    For all those coming for internship with NGOs and Educational Institutions including those sponsored by AIESEC.
  • I-4 Intern with Foreign Media Organizations/ Indian Media Organizations in India

 

 


EMPLOYMENT VISAS


  • E-1 Short term remunerative employment up to 6 months
  • E-2 Long term remunerative employment beyond 6 months
  • E-3 For Intra-company transferees
  • E-4 For honorary work with NGOs
  • E-5 Staff/ Faculty in South Asian University and Nalanda University

Dependent Visas under employment visa category:

  • E-1 X For dependents of those coming under an E-1 visa
  • E-2 X For dependents of those coming under an E-2 visa
  • E-3 X For dependents of those coming under an E-3 visa
  • E-4 X For dependents of those coming under an E-4 visa
  • E-5 X For dependents of those coming under an E-5 visa

 


BUSINESS VISAS


  • B-1 Business visitors coming to attend business meetings, technical meetings etc. for a short period
  • B-2 Business visitors from small and medium businesses
    For all such business visitors from small and medium businesses [with turnover up to Rs.10 crore] who are required to visit India frequently in connection with their business activities.
  • B-3 Business visitors from large businesses
    For all such business visitors from large businesses [with turnover of Rs.10 crore and above] who are required to visit India frequently in connection with their business activities.
  • B-4 Business Visa for Investors
    For those who are eligible for a Business Visa in terms of the eligibility conditions prescribed for Permanent Residency Status.
  • B-5 Crew of non-scheduled airlines-chartered flights operated by such airlines and special flights.
  • B-6 Foreign academicians/ experts covered under GIAN
  • B-7 Foreign nationals who are partners in the business and/ or functioning as Directors of the company
  • B-8 Other miscellaneous categories eligible for Business Visa and not covered by above sub-categories
  • B-Sports Foreign nationals who are engaged in commercial sports events in India on contract (including coaches) with remuneration.

Dependent Visas under business visa category:

  • B-1 X For dependents of those coming under B-1
  • B-2 X For dependents of those coming under B-2
  • B-3 X For dependents of those coming under B-3
  • B-4 X For dependents of those coming under B-4

 


VISA PROVISION/POLICIES


Sl. NO. Type of Visa Period for which granted

Entry Single (S)
Multiple (M) Double(D)

Documents required with application Extendable while in India
1 Business Visa 5 years M Documents to prove bonafide purpose (Company letter etc.) YES
2

Employment Visa

1 year/ period of contract M Proof of employment (appointment document), terms and conditions YES
3 Student Visa/Research Visa Period of course/ 5 years M Proof of admission in Indian Institution YES
4 Intern Duration of the Internship or One year, whichever is less S/D/M Letter from the Indian company/educational institution/NGO concerned sponsoring the foreign national for the internship programme clearly indicating the period of internship. Non-extendable.

 


VISA EXTENSION


  • For certain visa types, it is possible to extend your visa while still residing in India. Extension of such visas can be done online through the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) portal.
  • Assistance for Visa extension shall be provided by the Office of International Relations (OIR )upon request.
  • The visa extension fee shall be borne by the foreigner
  • Documents to be provided by the institute shall be given by the OIR
  • A Visa extension request is to be made 60 days before the visa expiry.
  • The OIR is not responsible for any issues faced during visa extension if it is done directly by the foreigner without the knowledge of the OIR 
  • If not informed, the OIR office is not answerable to the FRRO in case of any overstay by the foreigner.