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 eTourist Visa (eTV) scheme – The Government of India has launched eTourist Visa - enabled with Electronic Travel Authorization scheme on  November 27, 2014 for citizens of 43 countries, including the United States of America. Details of the scheme are available on the dedicated website created for this purpose: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html. The purpose of the visit may range from tourism, casual business visit, short term medical treatment or a visit to meet friends and relatives.

The eTV facility is in addition to the existing Visa services being provided through the Consulate General of India, Chicago.

2. The US Citizens can apply online for eTourist Visa (twice a year, each visit not exceeding 30 days, visa duration non-extendable) permission for which shall be granted through email. The applicant is expected to take a print of this email (which is the Electronic Travel Authorization for eTourist Visa) and can travel to India through 9 designated international airports (Bangalore, Chennai, Kochin, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram). The eTV scheme entails capture of biometric data of the visitor on arrival at the airport.

3. Applicants requiring help may call the helpline number (+91-11-24300666) or send an email to indiatvoa@gov.in for any queries in connection with applying for eTV.

      New Visa Announcements / New Tourist Visa norms for US nationals

With effect from April 15, 2015, the single category of Tourist Visa available to US nationals will be a 10 year, multiple-entry Tourist Visa, with a fee of US$ 100 (exclusive of service provider charges and Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) contribution). The actual duration of the visa will be at the discretion of the Consulate. 

  1. NOTE: All applications along with relevant documents and the requisite fee should necessarily be sent to COX and Kings Global Services, USA. The applications sent to the Consulate will not be entertained.

     

    Please note that with effect from July 1st 2014 processing of Visa applications has been outsourced to Cox & Kings Global Services. If you wish to apply for or seek any information regarding visa services, or if you wish to ascertain status of processing of your application, you must contact Cox & Kings Global Services. only.   Cox & Kings Global Services is located at :

    Cox & Kings Global Services,US

    19 South La Salle St,

    Suite 1003,

    Chicago, IL 60603

    Email: enquiriesusa@ckgs.com

    Website: http://www.in.ckgs.us/

    Helpline: 5162061483,6465890088

    Collection Timings: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CST (Monday to Friday)

    Submission timings - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST (Monday to Friday)

    NOTE:

    New Tourist visa rule (as of 2012 December)
    Government of India has decided to lift the restriction of two- month gap on re-entry of foreign nationals to India, with immediate effect, except in case of nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh origins and stateless persons.
     

    All Visa seekers desirous of traveling to India for a specific purpose of Tourism, conducting Business or attending Conference, Employment, Medical treatment etc. May please review the requirements for various Visa Categories to determine the type of visa most appropriate for their travel needs.

    Visa Categories:

     

    Tourist Visa | Entry Visa | Business Visa | Employment Visa | Student Visa | Conference Visa |Journalist (“J”) Visa | Medical Visa | Medical Attendant Visa | Research Visa | Missionary Visa |Transit Visa | Emergency Visa | Transfer of Tourist, Entry and Business Visa

     


    Regarding Visa Fee

     

    Visa fee for different categories of visa are mentioned on the Cox & Kings Global Services outsourcing website at http://www.in.ckgs.us/. Applicants are required to pay only the fee mentioned on Cox & Kings Global Services outsourcing website. Beware of any agent asking for additional payment over and above the prescribed fee.
     

    DIPLOMATIC/OFFICIAL/LAISSEZ-PASSERS PASSPORT HOLDERS:

    CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA, CHICAGO WILL RECEIVE AND SERVICE INDIVIDUAL VISA APPLICATIONS IN R/O DIPLOMATIC/OFFICIAL/LAISSEZ-PASSERS PASSPORT HOLDERS BUT OFFICERS GOING ON OFFICIAL ASSIGNMENT TO INDIA ARE REQUESTED TO APPLY ONLY WITH EMBASSY OF INDIA,WASHINGTON.

    The visa may be picked after 4 business days, if not ready due to administrative process, then the person will be intimated by phone/e-mail”.

    Official/diplomatic passport holders also need to attach the following:

    1. Please complete the form on the following link . This Application Form is to be used by Official/Diplomatic/UN LP Passport holders only. It will not be accepted at Cox & Kings Global Services International Services Ltd.
    2. Letter from Department of State (Gale McCoy office of Passport Issuance Agency)
    3. Fill and attach the Additional information form 1 and Additional information form 2
    4. Letter of invitation from Indian agencies in case of bilateral visits

     

    General Guidelines :

     

    1. The passport should be valid for a minimum period of 180 days and must have 2 blank pages.
    2. The acceptance of visa fee does not automatically guarantee a visa as the Consulate General reserves the right to delay or refuse visa without providing a reason.
    3. The applicant(s) are advised not to purchase or make travel arrangements prior to receiving the visas.
    4. Processing time for all Visa categories is 5 business days. Emergency visa is fast tracked depending on the nature of emergency.
    5. It is mandatory for all applicants to fill the Additional Particulars Form and submit it along with their applications
    6. Online Visa Application Form: Online Visa Application Form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

     

    Condition and Exceptions:

     

    1.Applicants planning to travel in the following areas in India will need to apply for a special protected / restricted area permit. Arunachal Pradesh, Parts of Himachal Pradesh, Parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Parts of Rajasthan, Sikkim and Parts of Uttarakhand. A completedProtected Area Permit Form is required.

    2.Applicant holding Dual Citizenship: Applicants who have dual citizenship with the US and another country must apply on their US passport, if living in the US except for applicants who hold dual citizenship with Pakistan. Pakistani citizens who have also acquired US citizenship must apply for a visa on their Pakistani passport only.

    3. If there is a name change after or at the time of Naturalization, then Name Change Application, Name Change Deed along with the Court Order for such Name Change must be annexed with the documents.

    4. In case of those applicants who have not obtained their Renunciation Certificate earlier and are now applying for Renunciation along with their Visa Application, the time taken for processing of visa could be 2-3 weeks.

    5. Photograph: One recent color passport size 2 inches by 2 inches (2”x2”) photo on glossy photo paper, showing full frontal view of the applicants face against a white background to be pasted on the application form. Photograph should not be stapled, paper clips are fine.

    For Chicago Jurisdiction: All applicants who are applying for visa service and are born outside India need to provide passport copy or any other related documents showing parent place of birth as India if parents are born in India. Chicago Consulate requires these additional documents for easy and quick processing.

     

    WHERE TO APPLY (All these links have to be active)

    i. Online Visa Application Click here to fill online (Sample Online Visa Application Form)

    ii. Download Technical Additional Information Form for US Advanced Technology Workers

    iii. Download Checklist Business Visa V 1.2

     

    Table of Requirements

     

    MUST HAVE

    VISA APPLICATION FORM

    ADDRESS PROOF

    S.NO VISA TYPE PPT. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

    1

    TOURIST

    USA
    INDIA

    ADDRESS PROOF
    NAT. CERT.
    REN. CERT.
    OLD PPT.COPY

    2

    ENTRY

    INDIA
    USA

    PROOF OF INDIA CONNECTION
    MARRIAGE CERT. X' VISA OF SPOUSE/PARENT
    X' VISA OF SPOUSE/PARENT

    3

    BUSINESS

    ALL NATIONALS

    INVITATION LETTER FROM INDIA
    INVITATION LETTER FROM US
    ADD. PROOF

    4

    STUDENT

    ALL NATIONALS

    INSTITUTE LETTER FROM INDIA
    INSTITUTE LETTER FROM USA

    5A

    EMPLOYMENT

    ALL NATIONALS

    APPOINTMENT LETTER
    TAX LIABILITY LETTER
    JUSTIFICATION LETTER
    RESUME

    5B

    EMPLOYMENT(PILOT)

    ALL NATIONALS

    INCORPORATION CERTIFICATE
    ALL THE ABOVE + PILOT AGREEMENT
    AIRCRAFT CREW SUPPORT LETTER

     

    CONFERENCE

    ALL NATIONALS

    CONFERENCE INVITATION WITH TOPIC FROM INDIA
    INVITATION LETTER FROM US

    6A.

    MEDICAL

    ALL NATIONALS

    BANK ACCOUNT
    LETTER FROM INDIAN HOSPITAL

    6B.

    MEDICAL (SURROGACY)

    ALL NATIONALS

    BANK ACCOUNT
    LETTER FROM INDIAN HOSPITAL
    USA PERMIT
    SURROGATE MOTHER'S AGREEMENT

    8

    JOURNALIST

    ALL NATIONALS

    LETTER FROM CONCERNED MEDIA AGENCY
    INVITATION LETTER FROM INDIA
    JOURNALIST ID CARD
    DETAIL LIST OF EQUIPMENT BEING CARRIED
    DETAILS OF STAY - PLACE & DURATION
    LETTER FROM CURRENT EMPLOYER
    GOING FOR STILL PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO SHOOT/FILM/DOCUMENTARY/WRITING

    9

    RESEARCH

    ALL NATIONALS

    ADMISSION LETTER
    RESEARCH PERFORMA
    IN CASE OF PROFESSORS/SCHOLARS: APPLICANT SHOULD HAVE AN INVITATION FROM EDUCATION INSTITUTION OR PUBLICLY FOUNDED STATE UNIVERSITY

    10

    MISSIONARY

    ALL NATIONALS

    SPONSORSHIP LETTER FROM MISSION VISITING IN INDIA
    LETTER FROM US MISSION
    LETTER OF RESPONSIBILITY FROM INDIA

     

    S.NO VISA TYPE PPT. DURATION VISA FEES ICWF Fee Service Fee Total Fee

    1

    TOURIST

    USA

             

     

     

     

    10 YR

    $100.00

    $3

    $17.00

    $120.00

    2

    ENTRY

    USA

    6M

    $104.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $124.00

     

     

     

    1YR

    $140.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $160.00

     

     

     

    5YR

    $220.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $240.00

    3

    BUSINESS

    USA

    6M

    $160.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $140.00

     

     

     

    1YR

    $160.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $180.00

     

     

     

    5YR & 10YR

    $240.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $260.00

    4

    STUDENT

    USA

    1YR

    $95.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $115.00

    5

    EMPLOYMENT

    USA

    6M

    $120.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $140.00

     

     

     

    1YR

    $160.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $180.00

    6

    CONFERENCE

    USA

    3M

    $100.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $120.00

    7

    MEDICAL

    USA

    6M

    $100.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $120.00

     

     

     

    1YR

    $140.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $160.00

    8

    MISSIONARY

    USA

    6M

    $100.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $120.00

     

     

     

    1YR

    $140.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $160.00

     

     

     

    5YR

    $220.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $240.00

    9

    JOURNALIST

    USA

    3M

    $100.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $120.00

    10

    RESEARCH

    USA

    1YR

    $140.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $160.00

    11

    TRANSFER OF TOURIST, BUSINESS & ENTRY VISA

     

     

    $25.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $45.00

    12

    TRANSIT

     

     

    $40.00

    $3.00

    $17.00

    $60.00

    Visa Fees

     

    Additional Charges (If Applicable) Fee

    Issue of Restricted Area Permit

    $30

    All grantees of United States- India Educational Foundation (USEIF) funded Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship and their dependents may note that:
    1. They can submit their visa applications directly at the Consulate General of Chicago.
    2. All Visa applications sent by Post shall be submitted only through COX and Kings Services Pvt.LTD. Postal applications shall not be accepted by the Consulate General of Chicago directly.
    3. No Visa fee shall be charged for issuance of Visa to Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship grantees and their dependents.”
    4. Letter of invitation from Indian agencies in case of bilateral visits