Types of India Visa

People have plan of visiting India should apply a visa before entering India to avoid the unexpected troulble during the trip. Depending on the purpose of stay, each people choose a different type of visa. We will introduce various kinds of Indian visas that are available for you to apply before you start your journey to india.


Tourist visas are issued to people who want to come to India to visit people and go sightseeing or attend a short-term yoga program. Although tourist visas can be granted for more than six months, depending on the applicant’s nationality, it’s not possible to remain in India for longer than six months at a time on a tourist visa.


This type of Visa is for the people of other countries who want to come over to India but do not come under any specific category for an Indian Visa applicant. Examples are volunteers, etc. There were some changes about who can apply or obtain this type of Entry X Visa. It is limited for the below types of visitors to the country:

  • A foreigner who is of Indian origin.
  • The above person’s spouse and kids or Indian citizen.
  • The spouse and dependent kids of a foreigner visitor on a long term Visa like Employment visa /Business Visa.


Employment visas are issued to foreigners who are working in India, for an organization registered in India. Foreigners doing long-term volunteer work in India are now granted employment visas (as opposed to X-visas previously). Special Project visas are issued to highly skilled foreigners coming to India to work in the power and steel sectors. Employment visas are usually for one year, or the term of the contract. They can be extended in India.

INTERN (I) VISA: New Category

Before April 1, 2017, it was necessary for foreigners pursuing an internship in an Indian organization to obtain an Employment visa. However, foreigners who meet certain conditions can now get an Intern visa. The gap between the completion of graduation or post graduation and the commencement of the internship should not exceed one year. The validity of the Intern visa is restricted to the duration of the internship program or one year, which ever is less. It can’t be converted into an Employment visa (or any other type of visa).


Business visas are available for people to explore business opportunities or conduct business in India. This type of visa differs from an Employment visa in that the applicant won’t be working for, and earning an income from, an organization in India. Business visa applicants will require a letter from the organization that they intend to do business with, stating the nature of the business, duration of stay, places to be visited, and intention to meet expenses.


Student visas are granted to people who wish to come to India and study long-term at an officially recognized educational institution. This includes the study of yoga, Vedic culture, and Indian system of dance and music. The main document required is student admission/registration papers from the institution. Student visas are issued for up to five years, depending on the duration of the course. They can also be extended in India.


Conference visas are issued to delegates who want to attend a conference in India that’s offered by an Indian government organization. Those who are attending a conference with a private organization in India should apply for a Business visa.


If you’re a professional journalist or photographer, you should apply for a Journalist visa. The main benefit of a Journalist visa is if you want access to a particular region or person. A Journalist visa is issued for three months. However, these visas can be notoriously difficult to get, so only apply if you really need to.

FILM (F) VISA: New Category

If you’re planning on making a commercial film or TV show in India, from April 1, 2017, you’ll need to apply for a Film visa. The visa application is reviewed and processed by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting within 60 days. It’s valid of up to one year.

Anyone shooting a documentary film or advertisement must apply for a Journalist visa.


Research visas are issued to professors and scholars who wish to visit India for research related purposes. This is another difficult category of visa to get. It’s restrictive and comes with a lot of requirements. Applications are sent to the Department of Education. Ministry of Human Resource Development for approval, which may take three months to be granted. Many people choose to apply for a Tourist visa instead, if they’re conducting research informally and not going to be in India for more than six months.


Visitors staying in India for less than 72 hours can obtain a Transit visa. Otherwise a Tourist visa is required. A confirmed airline booking for the onward journey must be shown when applying for the visa.


Medical visas are provided to those seeing long-term medical treatment in India at recognized and specialized hospitals, and treatment centers. The treatment should be significant in nature, such as neurosurgery, heart surgery, organ transplant, joint replacement, gene therapy, and plastic surgery. Up to two Medical Attendant visas will be issued for people to accompany the patient. If you’re only undergoing short-term treatment of up to 60 days, you can apply for a e-Medical visa.


Some other uncommon Indian visas are also available in certain circumstances. These include Sports visas, Mountaineering visas, Missionary visas, and Diplomatic visas.


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