For Foreigners

For Foreigners


WHO IS A FOREIGNER

  • Any person holding a passport issued by a foreign country is a foreigner.
  • The immigration process consists of entry, stay, movement and exit of a foreigner.
  • A ready reckoner: Passport is an official document or authorization issued to a person by the Govt. of his country to travel abroad.
  • Visa is an official permission granted to a foreigner in the form of an official Mark or Seal or Sticker on the passport by the host country to enable the holder to visit/ Stay for a specified period in the country.

WHAT ABOUT PERSON OF INDIAN ORIGIN (PIO) ?

Every person of Indian origin, who is a citizen of another country will be eligible to apply for PIO Card if;

    • The person at any time held an Indian Passport OR
    • The person or either of his/her parents or grand parents or great grand parents was born in, and was permanently resident in India OR
    • The person is the spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin covered under (i) or (ii) above.

Here are the exceptions:
The above are not applicable if they were or are citizen(s) of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Pakistan or Srilanka.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR PIO CARD HOLDERS?

  1. PIO Card holder does not require a separate VISA to visit India. The card is valid for 15 years.
  2. PIO Card holder will be exempt from the requirement of registration if his stay on any single visit in India does not exceed 180 days.
  3. In the event of continuous stay in India of the PIO Card holder exceeding 180 days, he/she shall have to get himself/herself registered within 30 days of the expiry of 180 days with the concerned Foreigners Regional Registration Officer/Foreingers Registration Officer. For minor children, no registration is required on any type of Visa.
  4. The PIO card holder doesn’t require a student VISA for undertaking studies in India and similarly no Employment VISA will be required for taking up employment in India.
  5. The PIO Card holder shall enjoy parity with NRIs in respect of facilities available in economic, financial and education fields except in matters relating to acquisition of agriculture plantation/properties. However, no parity will be allowed in the sphere of political rights.

APPLICATION:
PIO Card is valid for 15 years and can be applied online at all Indian Missions/posts, where the applicant is ordinarily resident. The applicants already in India can make their online application (www.boi.gov.in) to FRROs, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Amritsar, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:

  1. Indian Passport/travel document of the applicant or either of his/her parents or grand parents or great grand parents
  2. Passport of foreign country indicating the place of birth of the applicant in India.
  3. Any other document satisfactorily proving the residence/nationality of the applicant as an Indian ex. Revenue records/domicile certificate/school, college leaving certificates, etc.

FEE:-
A fee of Indian Rs.15,000/- or equivalent in local foreign country shall be payable along with the application. The fee for a PIO Card for a minor child (upto 18 years of age) will be Rs.7,500/-
GRATIS PIO CARD:-
Gratis PIO Card may be issued to an exceptionally eminent person of Indian Origin who plays an important role in building bridges between India and the country of his/her adoption. A sworn statement before the officer of the Embassy/Mission by the “exceptionally eminent PIO” should suffice the purpose of grant of gratis PIO.
DUPLICATE PIO CARD:
In the event of the loss of PIO Card, a duplicate card may be issued after charging a fee of Rs.100 US$ or equivalent local currency.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP

Indian constitution does not allow dual citizenship i.e, holding of Indian Citizenship and Citizenship of foreign country simultaneously.

However, the Govt. of India decided to grant Overseas Citizenship of India to persons of Indian origin of certain category who migrated from India and acquitted citizenship of foreign country other than Pakistan and Bangladesh, as long as their home countries allow dual citizenship in some form or other under their local laws.

OVERSEAS CITIZENSHIP OF INDIA (OCI):

The following categories of persons can be registered as Overseas Citizen of India

Any person of full age and capacity:

  1. Who is a citizen of another country, but was a citizen of India at the time of or at any time after 26th January 1950;
  2. Who is a citizen of another country, but was eligible to become a citizen of India as on 26th January 1950;
  3. Who is a citizen of another country, but belonged to territory that became a part of India after the 15th day of August 1947. Or
  4. Who is a child or grand child of such citizen or
  5. Any person, who is a minor child of a person mentioned in clause

BENEFITS:

  1. A multiple entry, multi-purpose life long visa (U Visa) for visiting India.
  2. Exemption from registration with FRRO/FRO for any length of time.
  3. Parity with NRI’s in economic, financial and educational fields except in matters relating to acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties.

APPLICATION:

Any eligible person can submit an application online to the Indian Mission/Post of the country of applicant’s citizenship or where he/she is not in the country of citizenship, to the Indian Mission/Post of the country in which he/she is ordinarily resident (www.boi.gov.in). If the applicant is in India, he/she can apply to the FRRO at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Amritsar, CHIO, Chennai, or to the Under Secretary, OCI Cell, Foreigners Division, MHA, New Delhi.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:

  1. Proof of present citizenship
  2. Evidence of the applicant or his/her parents or grand parents being of Indian Origin ex:- copy of Pass port or domicile certificate issued by the competent authority or any other proof substantiating the request.
  3. Evidence of relationship of the applicant with his/her parents/grand parents, if their Indian origin is claimed as a basis of grant of OCI.

FEE:

US $ 275 or equivalent in local currency for each applicant, US $ 25 or equivalent in local currency for each PIO Card holder. The fee for issue of OCI Card to a minor, who is already holding a PIO Card is US $ 145.

DUPLICATE OCI CARD:

In the event of the loss of card, a duplicate card may be issued after charging a fee of Rs.100 US$ or equivalent local currency.

For re-issuance of the card in case of new passport, change of personal particulars, wrong filling of particulars, a fee of Rs. 25 US $ will be charged.


CHECKING INTO A HOTEL

As per the regulations, it is mandatory for the foreigners to show their Passport as identity proof for checking into a hotel.
All foreigners who stay at hotels, guest houses or places of such nature should furnish, on arrival, particulars for filling in the hotel register, sign therein, and also furnish the required particulars at the time of departure. They should also ensure filling-up of the online C-FORM by the manager of place of stay within 24 hrs of their check-in.
Particulars include the purpose of visit, date of arrival in India, Jurisdiction, local ref. No. Passport & Visa details, proposed period of stay, etc.

LOCAL TRANSPORT

Cab centers provide car rentals for all kinds of city taxi needs, railway station transfers and airport transfers.
Ola are registered cab services in Vijayawada City. Foreigners should prefer these registered cabs, instead of going for local un-registered cabs.
They can collect the details of the registered cabs from the Management of the hotel or institution, where they lodged or online.
List of important call taxi and radio centers in Vijayawada.
Ola cab – Phone No.: 0866-3355335.
Other cab services:
1. Ravi Travels, Labbipet, Ph.No. 0866 – 2475200, 9490089999, 8885438888
2. A.N. Cabs, Krishna Lanka.
3. Lucky Car Travels, Labbiept. Ph.No. 0866 – 6591234, 9494541234, 9553551234
4. Awesome Tours in Vijayawada, Ph.No.8499888819
5. New Wheels car Travels, R.R.Gudem, Vijayawada.

TIPPING ADVICE

On entry to Vijayawada, foreigners are advised to
Tipping is common only for bellboys and waiters in restaurants. Tipping is not expected by cab/auto drivers. In any case, tips need not exceed 4-5% of the bill. Tips to bellboys needn’t exceed Rs.100/-
However,
1) Avoid contacts with un-authorized persons or strangers.
2) Do not indulge in illegal activities like drug peddling, exchange of fake currency, etc.
3) Do not exchange foreign currency except in hotels or at authorized places like Western Union or local banks.
4) Collect and always keep with you a flyer issued by local police station. Ask for it at the hotel reception.
5) While boarding local cabs for travelling to other destinations, take the photograph of cab driver as a precautionary measure.
6) Download the local police App ‘4thLion’ in your mobile and use it extensively during your stay.

LOCAL CUISINE

There are manyideal destinations for business and leisure travelers visiting Vijayawada City to have a wholesome meal. The prices are very reasonable. However, if you are used to less spicy food, avoid some of the local delicacies which are too spicy. Ask the waiter before ordering.
Vijayawada is home to most of the typically Telugu cuisine. Although every district in Andhra Pradesh has its own specialty items of food, Vijayawada hosts all such specialties in various fine-dining restaurants.
A variety of spicy as well as soft vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are available. Indian food in general and Telugu cuisine in particular consists of well-cooked, spiced and garnished food. They are accompanied by freshly ground Chutneys, spicy powders, papads and pickles. Seafood is abundant, inexpensive and delicious. A typical platter (locally called ‘thaali’) will introduce you to the typical local meal. Local sweets such as Laddus, Bandar halwa and mysore-pak are very famous. There are many outlets selling quality local sweets and savories such as Swagruha, Sweet Magic etc.

LOCAL CULTURE EVENTS

Vijayawada: Situated on the banks of River Krishna amid arresting hills,the city has wonderful attractions to go around.The 4000 feet Prakasam Barrage built across the river has created a lake and its three irrigation canals run through the city enhancing its overall beauty. Vijayawada city is well connected to all parts of the country. The most important sites in and around the city are Kanaka Durga Temple, Prakasam Barrage, Bhavani Island, Gandhi Hill, Rajiv Gandhi Park, Victoria Museum, Mogalrajpuram caves, Gunadala St Mary’s Church, HazarathBal Mosque, Kondapalli Fort, Undavalli Caves, MangalagiriPanakalaSwamy Temple, Manginapudi Beach, HamsalaDeevi, TriveniSangamam, Kolleru Lake, Kuchpudi and PedanaKalamkari.

1. Kanaka Durga Temple: situated atop of Indra Keeladri Hill. The temple is very famous for Dasara celebrations. Devotees practice BhavaniDeeksha and offer Irumudies. 1 KM away from bus stand and railway station.

2. Prakasam Barrage: Built across river Krishna. Prakasam barrage created a panoramic lake adding natural attraction to the city. 1 KM away from bus stand and railway station.
3. Bhavani Island: this island is spread over in 133 acres on the Krishna river upstream Prakasam barrage. An attractive tourist spot and resort, the journey in tothe island by boat is very pleasant. An ideal spot for picnics. AP Tourism dept. has constructed a beautiful eco-friendly resorts. Stay in the island offers a wonderful view of the river. 2 KM away from bus stand and railway station.
4. Gandhi Hill (Gandhi memorial library):. The sound and light show on mahatma Gandhi’s life and a planetarium are worth watching and situated behind west side of railway station. 1.5 KM away from bus stand.
5. Victoria Museum: A place for archeology lovers. Victoria museum has carefully preserved collection of ancient sculptures, paintings, idols, weapons, cutlery and inscriptions. 1.5 KM away from bus stand.
6. Mary Matha Church: Situated on a hillock at Gunadala. A grand fair held every year in the month of February attracts people of different religions.5 KMs away from bus stand.
7. Rajeev Gandhi Park: Developed by VMC with great care and interest. This park welcomes tourists with impressive horticulture attractions. A mini zoo and water fountain are other attractions. 1 KM away from railway station and side away to bus stand.
8. HazarathBal Mosque: a holy relic of the prophet Mohmmad was kept here and is displayed for public view once a year. Muslims and non-Muslims join the celebrations.3 KM away from bus station and railway station.
9.Mogalrajpuram caves: These caves are excavated in 5th century AD. Idols of Lord Nata Raja, Vinayaka and Ardhanareeswara exists within.4 KM away from bus station and railway station.
10. VenkateswaraSwamy Temple at Labbipet: This temple is considered one of the old and famous temples of lord Venkateswara.
11. Kondapalli Fort: Situated 20 KMs away from Vijayawada. The fort on the hill was said to have been constructed in 7th century, witnessed the glory of many dynasties. The fort was once military training base for British rulers. Kondapalli is famous for toy making with a unique wood available on the hill forest.
12. Gannavaram Airport: situated 20 KMs away from Vijayawada. This airport facilitates flight journey to all major cities in the country.

13. Joseph Tambi shrine: located 30 KMs away from Vijayawada. This shrine is situated pedaavutapalli village. A grand fair held every year in the month of January attracts thousands of people from all religions.
14. Manginapudi Beach: located 70 KMs away from Vijayawada.Manginapudi beach is near to Machilipatnam. MaghaPurnima is celebrated every year considering the bath as holy.
15. PedanaKalamkari: Fabric printing with natural colors known as Kalamkari is famous in Pedana. Situated 70 KMs away from vijayawada.
16. Kuchipudi: located about 60 KMs away from Vijayawada. Kuchipudi is believed to be the birth place of Siddhendra Yogi, the originator of Kuchipudi dance form. Siddendra Kalakshetram a dance school, trains many students every year promoting the kuchpudi dance.
17. Kolleru lake: located 90 KMs away from Vijayawada. Kolleru fresh water lake spread in 300 square miles area. The lake attracts several species of birds pelicans fromcyberia can be seen during October and November every year. It is a great picnic spot for bird watchers and nature lovers.
18. Hamsala Devi: popularly known as TriveniSangamam. This place is located nearer koduru approximately 100 KMs away from vijayawada. The panoramic view of the place so fantastic and attracts nature loving people.
19. MangalagiriPanakalaSwamy Temple: located 12 KMs away from Vijayawada in Guntur dist. PanakalaSwamy Temple is famous for its deity Lakshmi NarasimhaSwamy. Dress material and sarees made from mangalagiri cotton are also extremely popular.
20. Amaravathi: located on the banks of Krishna river about 30 KMs away from Vijayawad in Guntur dist., The Govt. of Andhra Pradesh declared Amaravathi as capital city of Andhra Pradesh State and bhoomi pooja for the same was also done recently. Amaravathi is so famous for Buddist culture. Amaravathi previously called as Daranikota was capital of satavahanas. Amaralingeswaswamy temple in the banks of Krishna river is a famous pilgrim center.
21. Undavalli caves: located 5 KMs away from Vijayawada in Guntur dist. Undavalli caves aresituated on the banks of river Krishna close to Prakasam Barrage Seethanagar. The ancient four-story rock cut temples and caves are famous.
22.Haailand: situated 18 KMs away from Vijayawada.Haailand is famous amusement and theme park at chinakakaniin Guntur district. An ideal place for picnics and excursions children enjoyed water sports and games.
23. ManasaSarovaram: located 30 KMs away from Vijayawada NTR Manasasarovaram is a beautiful recreation center situated at Takkelapadu, Guntur dist., spread over an area of 55 acres Manasasarovaram has exotic landscapes with flower beds, lanes, ponds and small hillocks.

INTERPRETER SERVICES

Foreigners visiting the city may need support of Interpreter & Translator services for awareness of local culture and language, life style, assistance to employees on career counseling, workplace mediation, organizational change, family relationship issues, legal and financial issues.
Particulars of these services located nearby their places of stay may be collected from the Management of the Hotel, where the foreigner is residing or from the place where he has been employed or studied.

ASKING FOR DIRECTIONS

Foreigners visiting Vijayawada should know the directions before they embark on a local journey. Collect the route from local route maps or Google maps or take them from the hotel.
In case you feel lost, just call 100 or use the App 4thLion to get immediate police help.
A.P. Tourism Development Corporation is operating special buses for various cultural/important tourist places in all directions in Vijayawada City. They may be contacted for any specific route/place at AP Tourism Development Corporation, Near PWD Grounds, Caven Plaza, MG Road. 0866 – 2571393.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE

Following are the important foreign currency exchange centres in Vijayawada City.
1) Sri Sanjith Enterprise, Benz Circle, Vijayawada
2) UAE, Financial Services and Exchange, Eluru Road, Vijayawada.
3) Manappuram Financial Services, located at Benz Circle, Governorpet, K.P.Nagar, Suryapet, Gunadala, M.G.Road, Eluru Road, Pulipativari Street, Vijayawada.
4) Muthoot Finance Corporation Ltd., Eluru Road, Vijayawada.
5) Cox and Kings Limited, Labbipet, Vijayawada.
6) Green Channel Travel Services, Labbipet, Vijayawada.
7) Thomas Cook India Ltd., M.G.Road, Vijayawada.
8) Bonvoyage Travels, M.G.Road, Vijayawada.
9) Western Union Money Transfer, located Buckingham pet head Post Office, Andhra Bank, SAS College, Canara Bank, MPF premises, e-Seva Cenres, Cirlces 1 & 2, Vijayawada.

SAFETY OF VALUABLES

Keep your valuables in safe custody. Use the small personal safe provided by the hotel or the cloak room. It is advisable to keep your original passport in the safe and carry a copy of it in your pocket.
In case you lose your passport, no need to panic. Call the police and inform them. They will guide you to obtain temporary travel permits.
Cloak rooms are available at Airport, Gannavaram, Railway Station and Central Bus Station in Vijayawada.

CALL/DIAL 100 OR EMERGENCY POLICE NUMBERS

Vijayawada City Police Control Room is located near City Bus Terminal. Any person in need of immediate Police help can ring up to control room through Dial 100. It works on the lines of 911 of the USA and the average response time is below 7 minutes. Once the first responders reach you, you are in safe hands. Control Room Works round the clock under direct supervision of an Inspector.
Further,Phone Nos. of other emergency services in Vijayawada City such as Fire, Revenue, Transport, Food Centres, Hospitals, etc., will be available at the hotels/restaurants and also in 4thLion App .

LOCAL SIM CARD RULES

Mobile shops are available across the city.SIM cards of all service providers like BSNL, Idea, Airtel, Reliance, Vodafone, Uninor and their company outlets are available in the City.For obtaining SIM card locally, every foreigner should submit Registration Certificate issued by local FRO, C-FORM issued by hotel management (residence proof), agreement, etc.

INTERNET Internet cafes and centers are available at all the important junctions in Vijayawada City. Foreigners can visit these centers showing their Passport/Registration Certificate as identity proof. To prevent online fraud they should be aware of software and virus protection and create strong passwords. Ignore emails from unknown senders. They should download files only from known sites.

Any clarifications with regard to the foreigners should be obtained from the ADCP, Special Branch in the premises of CP office. You may contact him on phone number: 9440906876


What needs to be done on arrival

Every foreigner entering India by air, land or sea is required to complete the Embarkation/Disembarkation Card (D/E Card) proforma (Form D of Registration of Foreigners Rules, 1992) at the port of Embarkation/Disembarkation itself.

HOTEL CHECK-IN FORMALITIES

All foreigners who stay at hotels, guesthouses or places of such nature should furnish, on arrival, particulars for filling in the hotel register, sign therein, and also furnish the required particulars at the time of departure.
They should also ensure the management of the hotel/guesthouse or place of such nature enter online C-Form regarding their arrival within 24 hours and submit the copy of the same to the local FRRO/FRO for verification.

TOURIST VISA

Tourist Visa is granted to a foreigner :

  • Whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends/ relatives.

 Who does not have a residence or occupation in India.
 Who holds valid passport and a re-entry permit required under the law of the country of the applicant.
 Who is not a persona non-grata to the Govt. of India.
 Who is not considered an undesirable person and not a subject of blacklist or any warning circular.
 Who is a person of assured financial standing
 Foreigners hailing from Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Maldives, Foreigners of Pak origin and Stateless persons (passengers traveling on documents issued by country other than his native country) possessing tourist visa are required to do registration, if they re-enter India within 60 days of their last departure and they are asked to register through special endorsement etc.,
 Tourist visa shall be non-extendable and non-convertible.
 However, Tourist Visa can be converted in the following circumstances with prior approval of MHA.
 ‘T’ visa may be converted to ‘X’ (entry) visa if foreigner who has come to India on a ‘T’ visa marries an Indian national during the validity of ‘T’ visa.
 ‘T’ visa of a person of Indian origin who was otherwise entitled for ‘X’ visa but has entered India on T visa.
 ‘T’ visa of foreigner who falls ill after entry into India rendering him/ her unfit to travel and requires specialized medical treatment. ‘T’ visa can be converted into Medical Visa.
TOURIST VISA ON ARRIVAL

 The Tourist Visa-on-Arrival facility will be provided only at designated International Airports viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Trivandrum, Kochi, Bangalore and Hyderabad and not at any other Immigration Check Post (ICP). Govt. of India has introduced Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVOA) scheme for the nationals of eleven countries viz. Japan, Singapore, Philippines, Finland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia. TVOA is valid for max. of 30 days with a single entry .
 Tourist Visa-on-Arrival shall also attract all conditions applicable to normal Tourist Visa. ie., it will be non-extendible and non-convertible under normal circumstances.
 Tourist Visa-on-Arrival may be allowed for a maximum of two times in a calendar year.
 This facility shall not be applicable to holders of Diplomatic/ Official passports.
 This facility provided only for the citizens of the above named countries for tourism purpose who are unable to apply for a visa at the Mission. However, foreigners desirous of coming to India for other purpose like Employment, Studies, Medical treatment etc should take appropriate Visa.
 A fee of USD 60/- equivalent to Indian currency per passenger (including children) will be charged from each foreigner for the grant of Tourist Visa-on-Arrival.

MEDICAL/MEDICAL ATTENDANT VISA

Medical Visa is granted to a foreigner :
 Whose sole purpose is to seek medical treatment in established/ recognized/ specialized hospitals in India.
 Who holds an valid passport and re-entry permit under the law of the country of the Nationality.
 Who is not persona-non-grata to the Govt. of India
 Whom is not the subject of the blacklist or warning circular.
 Who is a person of assured financial standing.
 Who has submitted medical documents establishing the need for and the bonafides of taking medical treatment in India.
 The visa can be extended upto a period of one year from the initial validity of the visa by the FRRO/ State Govt.
 Any further extension by MHA only.

EMPLOYMENT VISA

Employment Visa is granted to a foreigner :
 who desires to come to India on Employment.
 Who holds a valid passport and a re-entry permit if that is required under law of the country of the Nationality.

 Who is not a persona-non grata to the Govt., of India.
 Who does not figure in blacklist or warning circulars.
 Applicant is highly skilled or qualified professional, engaged or appointed by a company/ organization/ industry undertaking in India on contract or employment basis.
 Visa will not be granted for jobs for which qualified Indians are available.
 Not granted for routine ordinary or secretarial/ clerical jobs.
 Must comply with all legal requirements like payment of tax liabilities etc.,
 Must submit proof of employment or contract or engagement by the company.
 Must submit documentary proof of educational qualification and professional expertise.
 If visa is valid for more than 180 days registration is required within 14 days of arrival. Registration is also required for visas less than 180 days if there is any special endorsement viz. “Registration required”.
 Foreign nationals on ‘E’ visa should draw salary in excess of USD 25,000 per annum. This does not apply to Ethnic Cooks, Language Teachers (other than English), Embassy/ HC staff, honorary work in NGOs (Rs. 10,000/-).
 Foreign nationals engaged by Indian Institute of Technologies, National Institute of Technologies and Central Universities for post of Assistant Professor and above for teaching faculty minimum income criteria is reduced to USD 14, 000 (upto 31.12.2015).
 ‘E’ visa can be extended by State Govts/ FRROs/ FROs beyond the initial visa validity upto a total period of 5 yrs from the date of issue of ‘E’ visa on year to year basis subject to submission of necessary documents including IT returns.
 A foreigner who wishes to come to India for honorary work (without salary) with NGOs registered in India may be granted a multiple entry ‘E’ Visa with special endorsement on his/ her ‘E’ Visa – To work with NGO (Name of the NGO & place of work) for one year initially.
 Employment Visa can be converted in the following circumstances with prior approval of MHA.
 ‘E’ visa may be converted to ‘X’ (Entry) visa if foreigner who has come to India on a ‘E’ visa marries an Indian national during the validity of ‘E’ visa.
 ‘E’ visa of a person of Indian origin who was otherwise entitled for ‘X’ visa but has entered India on ‘E’ visa.
 ‘E’ visa of foreigner who falls ill after entry into India rendering him/ her unfit to travel and requires specialized medical treatment. ‘E’ visa can be converted into Medical Visa.

PROJECT VISA

Project Visa granted to a foreigner coming to India for execution of projects in the power and steel sector subject to :
 Visa project specific.
 Specific endorsement indicating name of project and location of project.
 Period of Visa initially for a period of one year or for the actual duration of the project which ever is less.
 Registration is mandatory within 14 days of arrival if the validity of visa is more than 180 days.
 Extension only with an approval of MHA.

BUSINESS VISA

 Business Visa is issued to foreigners who want to establish Industrial/ Business venture, purchase/ sell industrial, commercial products, consumer durables, to recruit man power, to attend board meetings, to visit in connection with ongoing projects, AIESEC interns in companies etc.,
 Generally on Business Visa Registration is required only if continuous stay exceeds 180 days.
 In case B visa is granted for less than 5 years the same can be extended max upto 5 years. However first extension on B visa is granted by MHA. Further extensions on a year to year basis can be granted by State Govt. / FRROs/ FROs. The period of extension should not be beyond 5 years. For extension the gross sale/ turnover from business activities should not be less than Rs. 1 crore per annum (to be achieved within 2 years of setting up of business).
 B’ visa for Chinese national is only extended by MHA.
 Business Visa is non-convertible and non-extendable beyond 5 years from date of issue except in following cases.
Conversion:
 ‘B’ visa may be converted to ‘X’ (Entry) visa if foreigner who has come to India on a ‘B’ visa marries an Indian national during the validity of ‘B’ visa.
 ‘B’ visa of a person of Indian origin who was otherwise entitled for ‘X’ visa but has entered India on ‘B’ visa.
 ‘B’ visa of foreigner who falls ill after entry into India rendering him/ her unfit to travel and requires specialized medical treatment. ‘B’ visa can be converted into Medical Visa.

STUDENT VISA

 Student Visa is issued to foreigners whose sole objective of visiting India is to pursue regular and full time academic studies in reputed/ recognized educational institutions.
 ‘S’ Visa is also issued to foreigners for joining in private institutions viz. NIIT, APTECH, Tata Infotech, Software Technology Group for the duration of the course or one year whichever is less.
 ‘S’ Visa can be granted for max 5 yrs or for the duration of the course, whichever is less.
 If visa is valid for more than 180 days registration is required within 14 days of arrival. Registration is also required for visas less than 180 days if there is any special endorsement viz. “Registration required”.
 A max of 3 entries per academic year may be allowed to foreign students to facilitate them to visit their home countries. In emergent situations additional entries may be granted by State Govt./ FRROs /FROs.
 State Govt./ UT Administrations/ FRROs/ FROs are also empowered to grant permission to change the course or educational institution/ extend ‘S’ Visa.
 Foreign students who fail to qualify a course within the prescribed time limit for completion of the course may also be granted an extension of visa as along as the concerned university permits a student to complete a course. However student is expected to complete a course within three attempts and any permission beyond three attempts is to be approved carefully after thorough examination of documents and valid reasons for inability to complete the course.
 First extension for Chinese nationals on ‘S’ visa is given after prior approval from MHA. Subsequent extensions upto the duration of the course can be granted by State Govt./ FRROs. State Govt./ FRROs may seek approval of MHA, in case there is change in institution/ course/ place of registration of a Chinese student.

RETURN VISA:

 Return visa issued only for visiting home country. In case of any foreigner intending to visit other country they have to submit a copy of residential permit of the visiting country of both self & parents.

 Return visa will be granted for 90 days only in a calendar year in a single journey or double journey.

RESEARCH VISA:

 Research Visa is issued to foreigners who desire to undertake research in India subject to production of admission letter from the Indian institutes.
 R Visa can be granted for max 3 yrs or for the duration of the course, whichever is less.
 If visa is valid for more than 180 days registration is required within 14 days of arrival. Registration is also required for visas less than 180 days if there is any special endorsement viz. “Registration required”.
 FRROs/ FROS are competent to extend R visa for the duration of the project as approved by the institute or 5 years whichever is less. Another extension upto 6 months as last and final extension even after completion of the project can be granted to enable the research scholar to complete final formalities of the Research project.
 For foreign students who are already in India and who wish to pursue Research programs after completing their studies in India, the local FRRO/FRO would convert a ‘S’ visa into a ‘R’ visa on production of documentary proof of admission in Research program and of adequate financial resources.
 Referral by FRRO/FRO to MHA and MEA would be required in case the foreigner is from prior reference countries (Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Foreigners of Pak origin and Stateless persons) or if research work involves visit to ‘Restricted or Protected areas in India or areas affected by terrorism , militancy and extremism etc. viz. Jammu & Kashmir and North Eastern States (other than the states of Manipur , Mizoram and Nagaland) or involves politically and socially sensitive subjects.
 OCI/PIO card holders require special permission to undertake research work in India.
 Family members/ Dependents of a foreigner on Student / Research visa shall be granted X visa, its validity should be co-terminus with principal visa holder.

ENTRY VISA:

 Entry Visa is issued to persons of Indian Origin and Foreign Spouses of Indian Nationals and family members of foreigners coming on long term visas like Student/ Research/ Employment/ Business Visa. Indian origin
 He should not have served in any defence or security agency of a foreign govt.
 Registration is required if intended to stay more than 6 months continuously on the visa.
 If Further extension required beyond 5 years the proposal has to be referred to MHA for clearance. MHA would grant extension for one year after the expiry of initial period of 5 yrs. Subsequent extensions if any may be granted upto a total 5 years by State Govt.s/ FRROs .
 Extension will be granted subject to nothing adverse reported and no local objection.
 The foreigner shall not engage in business or employment
 Name of the foreigner shall not figure in any Ration card or Electoral Rolls.
A foreigner of Indian origin means :
 A person who at any time held an Indian Passport
 A person who or either of his/ her parents or grand parents was born in and was permanently resident in India, provided neither was at any time a citizen of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka or any other country that may be specified by the Govt. of India from time to time or
 A person who is the spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin covered under (i) or (ii) above.

JOURNALIST VISA:

 Indian Missions/ Posts can issue Journalist Visa (J) valid upto six months to professional journalist, press persons, film persons (other than commercial), representatives of radio and television organization and similar personnel in the field of information such as travel writer, travel journalist, travel promotion photographers, Television producers, advertising, commercial persons and those who write on fashion, costumes and sports as per clause ® of sub section (1) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

CONFERENCE VISA:

 Indian Missions/ Posts can grant a Conference (C) Visa to foreign delegates to attend the International conferences, seminars etc. which are held by Govt. bodies Public Sector Undertakings or Govt. aided bodies and NGO’s.
 If the conference/ seminar/ workshop is being organized in India by private companies, foreigner should apply for the shortest duration Business Visa available. If approved ,a three month single entry Business Visa will be granted.

TRANSIT VISA:

A transit visa is granted to a foreigner for the sole purpose of enabling him/ her to travel through India to a destination outside India.
 Transit Visa valid for single journey or two journeys and valid for entry within 15 days from date of issue specified by Indian Mission.
 Duration of stay during each visit by foreign nationals passing through India should not exceed 3 days. The applicant should possess through/ confirmed ticket to his destination beyond India.

MISSIONARY VISA:

 A missionary visa is granted to foreigners whose sole objective of visiting India is missionary work not involving proselytization.
 Who is not visiting India to work in border or tribal area or restricted/ protected areas, or areas affected by terrorism, militancy, extremism etc.,
 Visa shall not be granted to preachers and evangelists who desire to come India on propaganda campaigns whether on their own or at the invitation of any organization in India.


CATEGORISATION OF FOREINGERS:

Wherever a Visa is granted to foreigner, an indication of the purpose of visit should be made in the visa endorsement. This can be done by indicating the specified letter for different categories of visa in the appropriate space provided in the visa sticker as indicated below:

Diplomats – D
Business Visa – B
Officials – O
Missionary Visa – M
Entry Visa – X
Mountaineering Visa – MX
UN official – UD
Conference/ Seminars Visa – C
Transit Visa – TR
Research – R
Tourist Visa – T
Medical Visa – MED
Employment Visa – E
Medical Attendant Visa – MED X
Project Visa – P
Journalist Visa – J
Student Visa – S
Universal Visa – U (for OCI Card holders)

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT FOR EACH CATEGORY

Foreigners who needs to get registered should apply online and submit the copy of the print-out at FRO/FRRO office.

EMPLOYMENT VISA REGISTRATION

 

  • Application form
  • Recent Passport Photograph
  • Request letter addressed to FRRO (Only in case of Delay / Overstay)
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo-page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration)
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notarized lease agreement or copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner or letter from hostel/hotel or copy of ‘C’ form
  • Copy of the appointment letter and employment contract
  • Proof of annual income (USD 25,000 & above paid in cash with the details of their components from company in prescribed format. Any income /salary component paid in kind by the company is not considered for calculation of minimum salary of USD 25,000 per annum.)
  • For increase in salary, undertaking from the company for income-tax compliance of increased salary amount from the date of increase.
  • If employed by NGO, monthly salary/stipend certificate from the NGO for honorary work to be submitted with ID
  • proof such as PAN card, Passport of the authorized signatory of the salary certificate (in prescribed format).
  • Fee payable, if any (to be submitted as Demand Draft after approval of application)
  • Those arriving as interns on VIE Programme, letter from the company specifying the period of such program subject to maximum one year.
  • Any other supporting document

    EMPLOYMENT VISA REGISTRATION

  • Application form
  • Recent Passport Photograph
  • Request letter addressed to FRRO (Only in case of Delay / Overstay)
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo-page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration)
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notarized lease agreement or copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner or letter from hostel/hotel or copy of ‘C’ form
  • Copy of the appointment letter and employment contract
  • Proof of annual income (USD 25,000 & above paid in cash with the details of their components from company in prescribed format. Any income /salary component paid in kind by the company is not considered for calculation of minimum salary of USD 25,000 per annum.)
  • For increase in salary, undertaking from the company for income-tax compliance of increased salary amount from the date of increase.
  • If employed by NGO, monthly salary/stipend certificate from the NGO for honorary work to be submitted with ID
  • proof such as PAN card, Passport of the authorized signatory of the salary certificate (in prescribed format).
  • Fee payable, if any (to be submitted as Demand Draft after approval of application)
  • Those arriving as interns on VIE Programme, letter from the company specifying the period of such program subject to maximum one year.
  • Any other supporting document.

    STUDENT VISA REGISTRATION

  • Application form
  • Recent Passport Photograph
  • Request letter addressed to FRRO (Only in case of Delay / Overstay)
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration)
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notarised lease agreement or copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner or letter from hostel/hotel or copy of ‘C’ form
  • Original bonafide certificate from the educational institutions – bonafide certificate in given format only acceptable
  • Study in seminaries and other theological institution, undertaking from applicant and his/her sponsor that foreigner will not be engaged in Missionary activity or any other occupation paid or unpaid.
  • Financial sustenance – bank letter or copy of passbook, for minors, bank letter or copy of passbook of applicants father/mother.
  • For change of college/course prior permission from the FRRO & letter for cancellation of admission/NOC from previous institution.
  • Fees payable, if any (to be submitted as Demand Draft after approval of application) Any other supporting document.

    JOURNALIST VISA REGISTRATION

  • Application form.
  • Recent Passport Photograph.
  • Request letter addressed to FRRO (Only in case of Delay / Overstay).
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration).
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notarised lease agreement , copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner , letter from hostel/hotel or copy of ‘C’ form.
  • Fees payable, if any, (to be submitted as DD after approval).
  • Any other supporting document.

    MISSIONARY VISA REGISTRATION

  • Application form.
  • Recent Passport Photograph.
  • Request letter addressed to FRRO (Only in case of Delay / Overstay).
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration).
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notarised lease agreement or copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner or letter from hostel/hotel or copy of ‘C’ form.
  • Fee payable, if any (to be submitted as DD after approval).
  • Any other supporting document.

    BUSINESS VISA REGISTRATION

  • Application form.
  • Recent Passport Photograph.
  • Request letter addressed to FRRO (Only in case of Delay / Overstay)
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo-page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration).
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notarised lease agreement or copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner or letter from hostel/hotel or copy of ‘C’ form.
  • Letter addressed to FRRO by Business firm about the nature and duration of the Business.
  • Letter from AIESEC in case of internship/project based work shop.
  • Letter from the AIESEC to show that the company would pay the subsistence allowance or arrange for boarding and lodging.
  • Fees payable, if any (to be submitted as DD after approval of application).
  • Relevant documents from the concerned authority according to the business activity such as Technical meeting/board meeting/manpower recruitments/pre & post sales activity etc.
  • Any other supporting document.

    PIO CARD REGISTRATION

  • Application form
  • Recent Passport Photograph
  • Request letter addressed to FRRO (Only in case of Delay / Overstay)
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo-page, page indicating passport validity, original PIO card and copy of
  • PIO card, and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration)
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notarised lease agreement or copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner or letter from hostel/hotel or copy of ‘C’ form
  • Fees payable, if any (to be submitted as DD after approval of application)
  • Undertaking to be furnished that the PIO card holder is not having ration card and voter ID card. Any other supporting document.

    MEDICAL VISA REGISTRATION

  • Application form
  • Recent Passport Photograph
  • Request letter addressed to FRRO (Only in case of Delay / Overstay)
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration)
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notarized lease agreement or copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner or letter from hostel/hotel or copy of ‘C’ form
  • Medical report from recognized/specialized hospital/ treatment centre specifying the period of treatment with patient details. Treating doctor’s name and signature with hospital seal and nature of illness
  • Fees payable, if any (to be submitted as DD after approval of the applicant) Any other supporting document

    MEDICAL ATTENDANT (MED-X) VISA REGISTRATION

  • Application form
  • Recent Passport Photograph
  • Request letter addressed to FRRO (Only in case of Delay / Overstay)
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo-page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration)
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notorizsed lease agreement or copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner or letter from hostel/hotel or copy of ‘C’ form
  • Medical report from recognized/specialized hospital/ treatment centre specifying the period of treatment of patient, nature of illness and medical attendant details, treating doctor’s name and signature with hospital seal (if registering separately – not accompanying the patient)
  • Fees payable, if any (to be submitted as DD after approval of application)
  • Any other supporting document

    RESEARCH VISA REGISTRATION

  • Application form.
  • Recent Passport Photograph
  • Request letter addressed to FRRO (Only in case of Delay / Overstay)
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration)
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notarised lease agreement or copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner or letter from hostel/hotel or copy of ‘C’ form
  • Bona fide certificate from the educational institute (in the prescribed format only). It should indicate duration of the Research and name of Professor/Guide
  • Fee payable , if any (to be submitted as DD after approval of application) Any other supporting document

    X/ENTRY/DEPENDENT VISA REGISTRATION

  • Application form
  • Recent Passport Photograph
  • Request letter addressed to FRRO (Only in case of Delay / Overstay)
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration)
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notarised lease agreement or copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner or letter from hostel/hotel or copy of ‘C’ form
  • Copy of Marriage Certificate duly solemnized /registered in India (if married in India). If married abroad, marriage certificate to be authenticated/certified by concerned Indian Mission abroad/Apostille
  • If parents, spouse on employment/ business, letter from the company/firm
  • Indian Origin proof wherever applicable
  • Copy of parents passport/visa and residential permit if parents are registered with this office
  • If own property in India (a) copy of RBI clearance for purchase wherever applicable, (b) copy of registration certificate of property
  • For training in military establishment (a) letter from the local defense training establishment, (b) letter from the
  • Ministry of Defence.
  • For social community work in NGO sponsored by AIESEC under exchange program, a letter from AIESEC to show that NGO would pay the substance allowance or arrange for boarding and lodging, (b) proof of registration of NGO, (c) letter from NGO
  • Fees payable, if any (to be submitted as DD after approval of the application) Any other supporting document

    PROJECT VISA REGISTRATION

  • Application form
  • Recent Passport Photograph
  • Request letter addressed to FRRO (Only in case of Delay / Overstay)
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration)
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notarised lease agreement or copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner or letter from hostel/hotel or copy of ‘C’ form
  • Copy of the invitation/appointment letter and project contract
  • Fees payable, if any (to be submitted as DD after approval of application)
  • Any other supporting document

    TOURIST VISA REGISTRATION

  • Application form
  • Recent Passport Photograph
  • Request letter addressed to FRRO (Only in case of Delay / Overstay)
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration)
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notarized lease agreement or copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner or letter from hostel/hotel or copy of ‘C’ form
  • Letter from airport/Letter from the foreigner regarding travel itinerary, if certificate from airport is not available
  • (tourism cases)
  • Copy of permission from concerned foreign mission (re-entry) wherever applicable. Fees if applicable, if any (to be submitted as DD after approval of application)
  • Any other supporting document

    TIBETAN REFUGEES REGISTRATION

  • Application form
  • Recent Passport Photograph
  • Request letter addressed to FRRO (Only in case of Delay / Overstay)
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration)
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notarised lease agreement or copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner or letter from hostel/hotel or copy of ‘C’ form
  • Tibetan entering on special entry permit (valid special entry permit with proper immigration stamp of entry of the check-post with one photocopy,
  • Recommendation letter from Tibetan Reception Centre/Tibetan Settlement Officer/ CTA or any other authority so designated by Central Govt. If student, document as per Student Visa, If employed, document as per Employment Visa)
  • Tibetan born in India:
  • Birth certificate issued by Tibetan Welfare Office/Tibetan Settlement Officer
  • Registration certificate of both parents along with recommendation letter from Tibetan Centre/Tibetan Settlement officer/CTA or any other authority designated by the Central Govt.
  • Fees payable, if any (to be submitted as DD after approval of application)
  • Any other supporting document

    CONFERENCE VISA REGISTRATION

  • Application form
  • Recent Passport Photograph
  • Request letter addressed to FRRO (Only in case of Delay / Overstay)
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration)
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notarised lease agreement or copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner or letter from hostel/hotel or copy of ‘C’ form
  • Copy of invitation to the conference/workshop

    RETURN VISA APPLICATION

  • Application form
  • Recent Passport Photograph
  • Request letter addressed to FRRO (Only in case of Delay / Overstay)
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo-page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration)
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notarised lease agreement or copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner or letter from hostel/hotel or copy of ‘C’ form
  • Copy of onward/return ticket (within 90 days of departure from India) Copy of RC/RP
  • Copy of acknowledgement for Visa extension under consideration, wherever applicable
  • Fees payable, if any (DD )
  • Any other supporting document

    FOR DUPLICATE RP

  • Application forms
  • Recent Passport size Photographs – Two Nos.
  • Request letter addressed to the FRRO.
  • Original passport and Copy of Passport – Photo page, page indicating passport validity, Visa Page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration, copy of RP if available, and acknowledgement for police complaint on loss of RP.
  • Any other supporting document.

    FOR ARRIVAL ON TRANSFER

  • Application form
  • Recent Passport size Photographs – Two Nos.
  • Request letter addressed to the FRRO.
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian Immigration, original and copy of RP
  • Invitation letter/ Transfer letter from company for Employment/ Business visa holders
  • For students a) Bona fide certificate from new institution, b) Letter of cancellation of admission from the previous institution
  • Any other supporting document.

    FOR CHANGE OF ADDRESS & OTHER INFORMATION

  • Application form
  • Recent Passport size Photographs – Two Nos.
  • Request letter addressed to the FRRO.
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian Immigration
  • New address proof – copy of valid and notarized lease agreement copy of copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill and a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner or letter from hostel/hotel or copy of C form
  • Any other supporting document

    EXIT FOR ALL VISA

  • Application form
  • Recent Passport Photograph
  • Request letter addressed to FRRO (Only in case of Delay / Overstay)
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian immigration)
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notarized lease agreement or copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner or letter from hostel/hotel or copy of ‘C’ form
  • If employed, letter from the employer and up to date tax paid details with copy of PAN card
  • If on Business, letter from the Business firm and up to date tax paid details with copy of PAN card
  • If on Student visa, no due certificate from the educational institution
  • For loss of passport (a) new passport or emergency travel document issued by the concerned foreign missions and one photocopy , (b) letter from the concerned foreign missions, (c) police report about the loss/stolen passport (in Loss certificate or FIR)
  • For child born in India, (a) copy of passport or emergency travel document, (b) letter from the concerned foreign mission, (c) copy of birth certificate, (d) copy of passport/visa and RP of parents (if parents are registered)
  • For surrogacy case, (a) copy of notarised agreement between the applicants, surrogate mother and doctor, (b) a copy of Surrogacy agreement (c) letter from treating doctor, (d) a certificate from the registered ART clinic (recognized by ICMR) concerned to the effect that the child/children have been duly taken custody of by the foreign parents and that liabilities towards the Indian surrogate mother have been fully discharged as per the agreement, (e) infant’s birth certificate (without Indian mother’s name), (f) copy of Infants passport, (g) copy of passport, visa and RP of parents (if parents are registered) & (h) undertaking from surrogate mother for compliance of receipt OF payment
  • Fees payable (Demand draft)
  • Police report (In case of Overstay etc) wherever required, except minor
  • Any other supporting document

    PIO SCHEME APPLICATION / REGISTRATION

  • Prescribed application form are available on website www.immigrationindia.nic.in . Please download and fill manually
  • Applicants residing within the jurisdiction of Bangalore City Police Commissionerate and Bangalore Rural district only shall apply for issue of a PIO Card at FRRO Office, Bangalore
  • Applicant must have a valid passport and valid Indian visa with minimum remaining validity of 6 months and 3 months respectively
  • The following documents are required for PIO card application in Two sets
  • Filled in Application form
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian Immigration
  • Copy of present valid visa, if it is extended
  • Copy of Registration Certificate/Residential Permit/ Stay visa issued by FRRO Bangalore office. e) Proof of Indian Origin (Required documents)
  • Applicants Birth Certificate, Parent’s marriage certificate and Indian Passport (in case of minor) and
  • applicant’s Indian Passport (valid/cancelled or surrender certificate, if held)
  • Marriage certificate and valid Indian Passport/ holding Indian Origin proof of Spouse
  • If cases of difference in name of applicant in Indian passport, Gazette copy of change of name or copy of
  • Deed Poll for name change
  • Employment/business documents of the applicant, if he/she is employee in India or having business in India h) School/College/University certificate, if the applicant is studying in India
  • Address proof – copy of valid & notarised lease agreement or copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner such as PAN card/Electoral ID
  • Two passport size photographs (35 mm X 35 mm), 2 stamp size photographs (with clear background, ears clearly visible, no spectacles and caps)
  • Demand Draft of Rs.15,000/- for adult & Rs.7,500 for minors (below 18 years) in favour of DDO, Bureau of
  • Immigration , Bangalore” along with 1 xerox copy of the DD, issued within last 15 days of submission of application. DD shall be taken separately for each application

    OCI MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES

  • Application form for OCI and miscellaneous services can be filled online and downloaded from the website of the
  • Ministry of Home affairs (www.ociindia.nic.in) and printout taken
  • The following documents are required for OCI misc application in duplicate (application along with documents):
  • Filled application form
  • Copy of New and old passport (photo page, page indicating passport validity, ‘U’ visa page, and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian Immigration)
  • Copy of the applicant’s OCI card (photo page, page indicating applicant’s address details (Page No.1 and
    No.4)
  • In case of loss of OCI card/passport, FIR copy to be submitted
  • Address Proof : (a) copy of valid & notarised lease agreement or (b) copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner such as PAN card/Electoral ID
  • Two photographs of 51mm X 51 mm size without border on light coloured background (Not on white or off-white background) with ears clearly visible, no spectacles and caps)
  • Demand Draft of Rs.1,400/- in case of issuance of new OCI card for new Passport and Rs.5,500/- for loss/damage. The DD to be drawn in favour of “Pay & Accounts Officer (Secretariat), MHA payable at New Delhi” (along with 1 xerox copy of the DD), issued within last 15 days of submission of application. DD shall be taken separately for each applicant
  • NOTE : OCI registration certificate and ‘U’ visa shall be re-issued by availing this service, each time a new passport is issued up to the completion of 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age. In case of loss/damage of OCI document(s), the personal interview is mandatory for re-issue.

    OCI SCHEME FOR APPLICATION/ REGISTRATION

  • Application of OCI card (can be filled online and downloaded from the website of the Ministry of Home affairs (www.ociindia.nic.in) Form XIX, Part ‘A’ can be filled online and printout taken, Form XIX, Part ‘B’ has to be filled by hand after the printout is taken)
  • Applicant’s valid passport and valid Indian visa with minimum remaining validity of 6 months and 1 month respectively
  • The following documents in duplicate are required for OCI application:
  • Filled Application form
  • Original passport and copy of passport (photo page, page indicating passport validity, visa page and page indicating arrival stamp of Indian Immigration
  • Copy of Registration Certificate/ residential permit/ Stay visa issued by FRRO/FRO office, if held d) Indian Passport (valid/cancelled or surrender certificate)
  • In case of minor, copy of Applicant’s birth certificate, parent’s marriage certificate, Parent’s Indian passport
    (valid/cancelled/ surrender certificate), Foreign passport and OCI card (if held) or
  • Applicant’s birth certificate, parent’s passport and their birth certificate and marriage certificate, grandparent’s Indian Origin proof (if applied on the basis of grandparent’s Indian Origin proof)
  • In cases of difference in name of applicant in Indian passport,
  • Gazette copy for change of name or acknowledged copy of petition for name change or copy of Deed Poll for name change.
  • Employment/business documents of the applicant, if he/she is employee/engaged in business in India
  • Copy of School/College/University certificate, if the applicant is studying in India
  • Address Proof : (a) copy of valid & notarised lease agreement or (b) copy of recent electricity bill or telephone bill along with a letter from house owner & ID proof of the owner such as PAN card/Electoral ID
  • Two passport size photographs (51 mm X 51 mm), without border on light coloured background (not on white or off-white) , ears clearly visible, no spectacles and caps)
  • Demand Draft of Rs.15,000/- for each applicant drawn in favour of “Pay and Accounts Officer (Secretariat) MHA payable at New Delhi”. Those already hold PIO card may submit DD of Rs.1,400/- for Adult and Rs.8,000/- for Minor (along with 1 Xerox copy of DD), issued within last 15 days of submission of application. DD shall be taken separately for each
  • All public documents like marriage certificate / birth certificate which are issued outside India

A foreigner can apply online from the website www.vijayawadapolice.org for availing of visa services in the office of the FRO, Vijayawada for registration. The following process shall be followed.

i. Applicant shall select the “Foreigner” option and then click on “Apply Online” (http://indianfrro.gov.in/frro/menufrrodoc.jsp?t4g=4E12FAQO) option. Then Applicant will be directed to Preliminary page where you should select Nationality, Andhra Pradesh for “State” option and Vijayawada for “City/Dist.” option and then applicant shall select “Service” option for his required service/s and click on submit option.

ii. Then Applicant will be directed to online application page. Applicant should fill all the mandatory columns of online application. If filling of application is completed, applicant shall select “save and continue”. Once the application form is filled and submitted, a unique Registration number is generated by the system and will be directed to photo & documents upload page where they have to upload all required documents for his service.

iii. After uploading the photo and required documents applicant should schedule his/ her appointment on the “get appointment” option.

iv. Once the appointment is scheduled successfully, a pdf. File (filled application) shall be generated by the system. Applicant is required to take the print out of the application and the requisite supporting documents for interview at the registration office (FRO/Commissioner of Police Office, Vijayawada).

v. Applicants are requested to go through the regulations and instructions mentioned above in order to ascertain their eligibility and procedures involved in the process.

vi. Note: Online application page will expired within 30 minutes from its opening. If filling of application is not completed within 30 minutes, the applicant is advised to click on “Temporary Save & Continue” option and note down the unique application ID generated by the system which can be used for resume your application next time.

Important Note: Other than Pakistan Nationals, all the applicants are eligible for scheduling the appointment. Pakistan nationals shall have to register with the concerned FRO within 24 hours of arrival in India.

vi. On receipt of the application, system generated acknowledgement will be given to the applicant at the Office of FRO, Vijayawada.

vii. Police verification will be done and the applicants should be present at their respective given addresses for verification so as to complete the process early.
viii. After Police verification only, necessary permission/papers will be given to the foreigners and they should collect the papers at FRO office, Vijayawada.


How to apply online for Registration & Residential Permit, VISA conversion, VISA extension, exit permit, other VISA services and etc.:

Instructions for online filing of Registration by the Foreigners

A foreigner can apply online from the website (http://www.vijayawadapolice.ap.gov.in) for availing of visa services in the office of FRO, Vijayawada. The following process shall be followed:

i. Applicant shall select the “Foreigner” option and then click on “Apply Online” (http://indianfrro.gov.in/frro/menufrrodoc.jsp?t4g=4E12FAQO) option. Then Applicant will be directed to Preliminary page where you should select Nationality, Andhra Pradesh for “State” option and Vijayawada for “City/Dist.” option and then applicant shall select “Service” option for his required service/s and click on submit option.

ii. Then Applicant will be directed to online application page. Applicant should fill all the mandatory columns of online application. If filling of application is completed, applicant shall select “save and continue”. Once the application form is filled and submitted, a unique Registration number is generated by the system and will be directed to photo & documents upload page where they have to upload all required documents for his service.

iii. After uploading the photo and required documents applicant should schedule his/ her appointment on the “get appointment” option.

iv. Once the appointment is scheduled successfully, a pdf. File (filled application) shall be generated by the system. Applicant is required to take the print out of the application and the requisite supporting documents for interview at the registration office (FRO/Commissioner of Police Office, Vijayawada).

v. Applicants are requested to go through the regulations and instructions mentioned above in order to ascertain their eligibility and procedures involved in the process.

vi. Note: Online application page will expired within 30 minutes from its opening. If filling of application is not completed within 30 minutes, the applicant is advised to click on “Temporary Save & Continue” option and note down the unique application ID generated by the system which can be used for resume your application next time.

Important Note: Other than Pakistan Nationals, all the applicants are eligible for scheduling the appointment. Pakistan nationals shall have to register with the concerned FRO within 24 hours of arrival in India.


EMERGENCY CONTACTS

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1 Police Control Room, Vijayawada 100
2 Crime Stopper Cell,VIJAYAWADA 1090
3 City Special Branch, Vijayawada 0866-2491001
4  Foreigners Cell, Vijayawada  0866-2488220
5 S.I., Foreigners Cell (IVFRT), Vijayawada 9849103767
6 ACP, City Special Branch, Vijayawada 9440627033
7 Addl.DCP, City Special Branch, Vijayawada 9440906876