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EMBASSY OF INDIA

PARIS

CONSULAR SERVICES

VISA

Important points to note before you apply

  1. When applying for an Indian visa, applicants are requested to disclose details of all passports (current/old) held by them. Failure to do so may result in rejection of their applications."
  2. When applying for a visa, the passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months or more. The passport must have at least three blank pages and should not be mutilated / damaged / tampered in any manner.
  3. Suppression of facts and information will not only result in delay/ or denial of visa applied for but may debar the applicant from applying under this system in future.
  4. Visa processing fees are not refundable. Fee should be deposited only after ascertaining that all correct and relevant details are entered in the application form.
  5. The acceptance of a visa application does not automatically guarantee grant of a visa.  The visa application may be modified or refused by the Embassy at its discretion. Decision of the Embassy of India, Paris on the matter shall be final.
  6. The practice of appending manual signature and affixing stamp on visa stickers have been dispensed with and the visa stickers now carry ‘ghost’ imaging and other security features.
  7. The duration and number of entries granted to the applicant will be solely at the discretion of Embassy. No claims and correspondences shall be entertained in this regard.
  8. Visa is valid from the date of issue and not from the date of travel.
  9. It is strongly advised that applicants do not make any travel arrangements before obtaining an Indian visa. The Embassy of India cannot, under any circumstance, be held responsible for visa not issued in time.
  10. All visa applications are being accepted only through VF Services (UK) Ltd. M/s VF Services (UK) Ltd has application collection centres in Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Strasbourg and Bordeaux. Details can be viewed at: http://www.vfsglobal.com/india/france/
  11. All Visa applicants including those applying for multiple entry Tourist and Business Visas are advised to give their biometrics at the time of submission of their applications.
  12. Applicants of all long term visas (2 to 5 years) will have to come to at the Embassy for a personal interview. The date and time of the interview will be conveyed to the applicant by the Embassy.
  13. FEES: Your payment allows you to deposit a visa application. The latter can be accepted, refused or modified by the Embassy of India in its full right. Once fees have been paid, they cannot be refunded, even in a case of a visa refusal or cancelling an application.

The price of your visa is made up of fixed service charges and variable consular charges. The consular charges depend on the type of visa requested and on your nationality, profession or origin. Please consult the fees chart below in order to calculate the total amount to pay.

Visa fee chart

TOURIST VISA

This category of visa will be applicable to foreign nationals whose sole objective of visiting India is for recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, attending a short term yoga programme, short duration medical treatment including treatment under Indian systems of medicine, short term courses on local languages, music, dance, arts & crafts, cooking, medicine etc. which should not be a formal or structured course/ programme (courses not exceeding 6 months duration and not issued with a qualifying certificate/ diploma etc.), and voluntary work of short duration (for a maximum period of one month, which do not involve any monetary payment or consideration of any kind in return). etc. and no other purpose/ activity.

Generally, the Embassy of India issues a visa valid for 6 months; however these are not given by default.  Applicants can be granted a lesser duration if a lesser duration is written on the application form and/if the consular services decide to do so. In such cases, visa fees remain unchanged. A longer duration 5 years, 2 years and 1 year visa is also available but each stay will not exceed 90 days Please note that the Tourist visa cannot be exchanged and cannot be extended in India.

Checklist for tourist visa

Applicants are requested to ensure details entered on the Visa application form must be exactly as in the Passport or else the visa application will be rejected.

Please note: the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the Embassy of India and not on the date of departure.

BUSINESS VISA

This category of visa will be applicable to foreign nationals who wish to visit India to/for:-

  • establish an industrial/business venture or to explore possibilities to set up an industrial/business venture, other than Proprietorship Firms and Partnership Firms, in India.
  • purchase/sell industrial products or commercial products or consumer durables.
  • technical meetings/discussions, attending Board meetings or general     

meetings for providing business services support.

  • recruitment of manpower.
  • Foreign nationals who are partners in the business and/or functioning as Directors of the company.
  • consultations regarding exhibitions or for participation in exhibitions, trade fairs, business fairs etc.
  • transact business with suppliers/potential suppliers at locations in India, to evaluate or monitor quality, give specifications, place orders, negotiate further supplies etc., relating to goods or services procured from India.
  • Foreign experts/specialists on a visit of short duration in connection with an ongoing project with the objective of monitoring the progress of the work, conducting meetings with Indian customers and/or to provide technical guidance.
  • pre-sales or post-sales activity not amounting to actual execution of any contract or project.
  • Foreign trainees of multinational companies/corporate houses coming for in-house training in the regional hubs of the concerned company located in India.
  • Foreign nationals coming as tour conductors and travel agents and /or conducting business tours of foreigners or business relating to it, etc.
  • Foreign academicians/ experts coming under GIAN (Global Initiative for Academic Networks).
  • Crew members of scheduled/ non-scheduled flights operated by scheduled airlines, non-scheduled and chartered flights operated by non-scheduled airlines and special flights.
  • Foreign nationals intending to visit India to participate in cultural events/ activities with remuneration.
  • Foreign nationals who are engaged in commercial sports events in India on contract

Checklist for Business Visa

Applicants are requested to ensure details entered on the Visa application form must be exactly as in the Passport or else the visa application will be rejected.
Please note: the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the Embassy of India and not on the date of departure.

JOURNALIST VISA

This category of visa will be applicable to foreign nationals:-

  • who are professional journalists, photographers, documentary film producers or Directors (other than of commercial films), representatives of a radio and/or television organization, travel writers/ travel promotion photographers etc;
  • who are Journalists visiting India for any other purpose, such as attending a Conference, tourism, meeting relatives etc.

Checklist for Journalist Visa

Applicants are requested to ensure details entered on the Visa application form must be exactly as in the Passport or else the visa application will be rejected.
Please note: the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the Embassy of India and not on the date of departure.

FILM VISA

This category of visa will be applicable to foreign nationals who wish to visit India to shoot a feature film/ reality TV & Web Shows/Series, Commercial TV Serials/ Shows and Web Shows/ Series in India

Checklist for Film Visa

Applicants are requested to ensure details entered on the Visa application form must be exactly as in the Passport or else the visa application will be rejected.
Please note: the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the Embassy of India and not on the date of departure.

CONFERENCE VISA

This category of visa will be applicable to foreign nationals whose sole objective for visiting India is to attend a conference / seminar or workshop.

Checklist for Conference Visa

Applicants are requested to ensure details entered on the Visa application form must be exactly as in the Passport or else the visa application will be rejected.
Please note: the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the Embassy of India and not on the date of departure.

MEDICAL VISA

This category of visa will be applicable to foreign nationals whose sole purpose is to seek Medical treatment in established/recognized/specialized hospitals/treatment centres in India.

Checklist for Medical Visa

Applicants are requested to ensure details entered on the Visa application form must be exactly as in the Passport or else the visa application will be rejected.
Please note: the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the Embassy of India and not on the date of departure.

TRANSIT VISA

This category of visa will be applicable to foreign nationals whose sole purpose of enabling him/ her to travel through India to a destination outside India.

Checklist for Transit Visa

Applicants are requested to ensure details entered on the Visa application form must be exactly as in the Passport or else the visa application will be rejected.
Please note: the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the Embassy of India and not on the date of departure.

MOUNTAINEERING VISA

This category of visa will be applicable to foreign nationals whose sole purpose of visiting India is for mountaineering/trekking expeditions.

Checklist for Mountaineering Visa

Applicants are requested to ensure details entered on the Visa application form must be exactly as in the Passport or else the visa application will be rejected.
Please note: the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the Embassy of India and not on the date of departure.

MISSIONARY VISA

This category of visa will be applicable for foreign nationals whose sole objective of visiting India is Missionary work

Checklist for Missionary Visa

Applicants are requested to ensure details entered on the Visa application form must be exactly as in the Passport or else the visa application will be rejected.
Please note: the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the Embassy of India and not on the date of departure.

DIPLOMATIC/OFFICIAL VISA

Visa Applications for persons holding diplomatic / official / UN passports are accepted at the Consular Wing of the Embassy at:
20-22, Rue Albéric Magnard,
75016 Paris, FRANCE.
Metro: La Muette (Line no. 9)
Between 0930 hrs. to 1130 hrs. (Monday to Friday).

The following documents are required:-

  • Online visa application form duly filled in (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/ 
  • Passport with validity of not less than six months and must have at least three blank pages.
  • Note verbale from Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Embassy / Diplomatic Organisation.
  • Two passport size photos (2X2 inch)

Applicants are requested to ensure details entered on the Visa application form must be exactly as in the Passport or else the visa application will be rejected.

STUDENT VISA

This category of visa allows you to travel to India to study at a university or technological institute, take part in an academic exchange program, follow a course in Yoga, Vedic culture, Indian systems of dance and music, professors or scholars intending to conduct research work in India and applicants intending to pursue internship in an Indian Company/Educational Institution/NGO, Foreign Missions/Posts and foreign government organizations in India.
SUB CATEGORIES OF STUDENT VISA:

  • S-1: For higher education (including in South Asian University and Nalanda University), provisional student visa, for short term courses and those coming under Student Exchange Programme.
  • S-2: For school education
  • S-3: For studies in Yoga, Vedic culture and Indian systems of Music and Dance and Buddhist studies
  • S-4: For Theological studies and for Missionary students
  • S-5: For Research scholar, visiting Research faculty, research scholar on bilateral exchange programme, members of Botanical, Scientific, Anthropological etc expeditions
  • S-6: For those coming for internship in India (including those coming under French VIE programme).
  • S-1X/S-3X/S-5X: For dependents of those coming under S-1 and S-3 and S-5 visas.

Applicants intending to pursue internship in India are required to meet the following conditions:

  • The Internship Visa will be granted at any time during the course of study; or immediately after completion of graduation/ post-graduation (masters level) but the commencement of the internship should not be more than two years.
  • Visa will be granted only on the basis of a letter from the Indian Company/Educational Institution/NGO, Foreign Missions/Posts in India and foreign government organizations concerned sponsoring the applicant for the internship programme and clearly indicating the period of internship.
  • In case of internship in a Company, the applicant being sponsored for internship should draw a minimum remuneration of Rs.3.60 Lakhs per annum. There will be no minimum salary limit in case of internship in Educational Institutions, NGOs, Foreign Missions/Posts in India and foreign government organizations.
  • Earnings from internship of the applicant with Indian companies/Educational Institutions/NGOs will be subject to the Indian Income Tax regulations.
  • Under no circumstances, the intern will be allowed to take up employment in India immediately after completion of the internship programme.

All applicants for internship sponsored by AIESEC will have to meet the above mentioned conditions.
Note: 

  • Issuance of intern visa will be subject to internal evaluation.
  • Issuance of intern visa to applicants intending to pursue internship in an NGO and applicants holding passports of other than French may take more than 2 months from the time of submission of the visa application.

Checklist for Student Visa

Applicants are requested to ensure details entered on the Visa application form must be exactly as in the Passport or else the visa application will be rejected.
Please note: the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the Embassy of India and not on the date of departure.

ENTRY VISA

This visa category is for applicants who is/are:-

  1. A person of Indian origin (X-1).
  2. Spouse and children of a person of Indian nationality or origin (X-1).
  3. Applicants coming to join Auroville Foundation / Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry / Missionaries of Charity, Kolkata / similar approved organizations, temples and foreign Buddhist monks coming to join Buddhist Monasteries/other Buddhist organizations for charity work (X-2).
  4. Foreigners owning property in India (X-Misc).

Checklist for Entry Visa

Applicants are requested to ensure details entered on the Visa application form must be exactly as in the Passport or else the visa application will be rejected.
Please note: the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the Embassy of India and not on the date of departure.

EMPLOYMENT VISA

This visa allows you to travel to India to work for an Indian company, to become an expatriate in an international company or organisation, NGO and for Intra company transfer.
Sub-categories of Employment visa:-
E-1: All cases of employment (except intra company transferees and NGOs)
E-2: For intra company transferees
E-3: For employment in NGOs
E-4: For those coming to execute projects in Power & Steel sectors
E-1X/E-2X/E-3X/E-4X: For dependents of Employment visa holders

THE FOLLOWING PERSONS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR EMPLOYMENT VISAS:

  • Non-French passport holders who have not been resident in France for more than 24 months (proof required)
  • Minors
  • Business partners or directors managing a company set up in their name and/or majority share holders in a company.

Generally, the Embassy of India issues a visa valid for 6 months or 1 year. It is obligatory for any visa extension or renewal of Employment visa to be requested in India at the FRO (Foreigner's Registration Office in Delhi) or the FRRO (Foreigner's Regional Registration Office). This visa permits unlimited stay during the validity of the visa but any stay exceeding 6 months requires a registration at the FRO/FRRO within 14 days of your arrival in India. Persons of Indian origin/spouse/children can apply for employment in India with prior information to FRO/FRRO 10 days before taking up the employment.

Checklist for Employment visa

Applicants are requested to ensure details entered on the Visa application form must be exactly as in the Passport or else the visa application will be rejected.

Please note: the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the Embassy of India and not on the date of departure.