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Indian Visa Application Process for US Citizens

June 13
16:09 2022

India has made quite good progress in the digital world and with this, it has launched electronic (eVisa) or ETA. The transition is quite good and is helping citizens of many countries around the globe. It has allowed US citizens to apply for online visa applications (known as eVisa or ETA). This has allowed the movement of hundreds of thousands of citizens residing in the US to visit or take a trip to India without waiting for a long period and filing an application by visiting the Indian Embassy or Local Indian Mission.

If you’re a citizen of the United States, this method is going to be the most convenient, time-saving, and efficient way to apply for an Indian visa and obtain it.

India issues this electronic visa (eVisa) or Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) in several categories and a few aspects decide whether you can visit the country or not.

These aspects are as follows:

1. You must have the US Nationality/Citizenship/Country of Origin, and

2. Valid and True Intent/Reason/cause/purpose of visit to the country

Intent Criteria for Indian Visa Online

If you’re visiting India for the following intentions and activities, you can apply for an eVisa online under the “Indian Tourist Category”. It is valid for 1 month, 1 year, or up to 5 years.

Visiting for sightseeing

Visiting for recreation

Visiting to meet family members or relatives

Visiting to meet friends

Visiting to attend a Yoga Programme

Visiting to attend a course not exceeding 6 months and the course does not provide a degree or diploma certificate.

Visiting for volunteering for up to 1 month of durations.

If you’re visiting India for the following intentions and activities, you can apply for an eVisa online under “Business Category”. It is valid for up to 12 months or 1 year.

Visiting to set up an industrial complex

Visiting to initiate, mediate, complete or continue with a business venture.

Visiting to sell an item or service or any product in India.

Visiting to engage in trading activity or to get a product or service from India or intend to purchase or procure something from India.

Visiting to hire staff or manpower from India.

To attend an exhibition, trade fairs or trade shows, business conferences, or business summits or Act as a specialist or expert in an ongoing project in India.

To conduct tours in India

To deliver a lecture

Eligibility or Criteria for Visiting or traveling to India for the United States Citizen

1. Valid Passport with at least validity of six months ahead at the time of your entry into the country

2. Valid ETA (eVisa)

3. Clear intent/purpose/cause/reason for visiting India

4. Government of India may also ask you to provide or present your job description, the status of a fund or financial status, proof of purpose or return ticket, or eligibility to buy a return ticket.

Process of applying and obtaining an Indian eVisa for the US citizens

1. Indian eVisa can be applied from the online government portal, you need your personal information, and passport information and you must declare your intent/reason/purpose behind the visit to the country. Currently, the Indian eVisa portal offers more than 135 payment options and you can choose from them. Japanese citizens are fast-forwarded as Japan was a joint launcher of eVisa with India.

2. Once applied, you can obtain your eVisa by email provided. It takes generally 3-4 days but may take up to 7 days (1 week), more than expected. It is advised to print your eVisa (ETA) and attach two plain white papers although showing you a digital visa on a mobile phone also works but you must carry a copy of your eVisa in case your phone dies at the time of entry.

Media Contact
Company Name: USA VISA Application ONLINE
Contact Person: Richard Thompson Smith
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Phone: +442076925088
Address:Albany House, 324-326 Regent St.
City: London W1B 3HH
Country: United Kingdom