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All applicants must submit the following:

  1. A complete online application form filled, printed, signed and with a valid photo glued.
  2. Copy of payment must be attached to the Online application form if paid via bank transfer; or else you may pay via credit card at our office at the time of submission.
  3. Your passport must be valid for minimum 6 months from the date you arrive back from India. All Non-Norwegians (i.e. foreign passport holders) should submit the copy of their residence permit. If an applicant holds dual nationality, then he/she should submit preferably both the passports. If not, should atleast submit copy of the second passport. (First & last page, visa pages)
  4. Note that your passport at the time of submission must hold at least two empty adjacent pages.
  5. ttach the receipt of visa fees + postal charges to our bank account in order to send your ready visa by REK Post.

Please note that all incomplete applications will be returned at the expense of the applicant without processing, together with an informative document.

Processing Time:

Normally it takes minimum 3-6 working days to process visas for ethnic- Norwegian nationals and for applicants who are not ethnic Norwegian (i.e. are originally from another country, hold a previous nationality or born in a foreign land), an additional 5 working days processing time is required. Note that such applicants are to fill, Telefax for Visa Clearance in addition to the Online application form.

Following document checklist is also given for different type of visas

Surrogacy

Check Indian Embassy's website for the necessary information on the policies on surrogacy. The processing time depends on the Embassy of India, Oslo.

Any person seeking a visa to India for purpose of entering into a surrogacy arrangement must ascertain beforehand whether the law of that country permits surrogacy and will provide appropriate travel documents to the child for accompanying the surrogate parents. Entering into surrogacy arrangement under any other visa not sought for surrogacy is punishable under the Indian law. Applicants are advised to contact the Consular Section of the Embassy before making surrogacy arrangement.

Tourist Visa

Document Checklist for Tourist Visa
  1. Online visa application (printed and signed) Click here to fill online
  2. Passport (passport must be valid for minimum 6 months from the date you arrive back from India. Note that your passport at the time of submission must hold at least two empty pages).All Non-Norwegians (i.e. foreign passport holders) should submit the copy of their residence permit. If an applicant holds dual nationality, then he/she should submit preferably both the passports. If not, should atleast submit copy of the second passport. (First & last page, visa pages)
  3. Photograph (colored with white background and 50 * 50 mm in size) click here
  4. Telefax for visa clearance for non ethnic Norwegian (birth place in different country or holds previous nationality or has different nationality)
  5. Visa fees (you can pay by credit card at our office or a bank transaction receipt) click here
Double Entries

If you are travelling to any neighboring countries, you should enclose copy of the copies of the tickets with each application. If you are applying for Multiple entries, then a detailed letter addressed to the Embassy the reason behind applying for multiple entries.

Application for children
  1. Parent Declaration, which is listed in our website, should be signed be filled along with the applications of children below the age of 15.
  2. All children need their own passport and their own visa.
Journalists & professionals

Note that Journalists who apply for a tourist visa will have to fill in the visa type as Journalist Visa and mention the purpose of visit to be Tourism . The fee to be paid is Journalist Visa fee only. (We follow this as per the instructions of the Indian Embassy, Oslo.)

The applicants who are photographers, media professionals (other than journalists) and freelancers should also enclose an undertaking that the trip is only for tourism and will not take part in activities related to their profession, while applying for Tourist Visa. The format for this undertaking is also listed in our website.

Transit Visa

Document checklist for Transit visa
  1. Online visa application (printed and signed) Click here to fill online
  2. Passport (passport must be valid for minimum 6 months from the date you arrive back from India. Note that your passport at the time of submission must hold at least two empty pages). All Non-Norwegians (i.e. foreign passport holders) should submit the copy of their residence permit. If an applicant holds dual nationality, then he/she should submit preferably both the passports. If not, should at least submit copy of the second passport. (First & last page, visa pages)
  3. Photograph (colored with white background and 50 * 50 mm in size) click here.
  4. Telefax for visa clearance for non ethnic Norwegian (birth place indifferent country or holds previous nationality or has different nationality).
  5. Visa fees (you can pay by credit card at our office or a bank transaction receipt) click here
  6. Air tickets to the destination via India or Visa for the final destination.

Student Visa

Document checklist for Student visa
  1. Online visa application (printed and signed) Click here to fill online
  2. Passport (passport must be valid for minimum 6 months from the date you arrive back from India. Note that your passport at the time of submission must hold at least two empty pages). All Non-Norwegians (i.e. foreign passport holders) should submit the copy of their residence permit. If an applicant holds dual nationality, then he/she should submit preferably both the passports. If not, should at least submit copy of the second passport (First & last page, visa pages).
  3. Photograph (colored with white background and 50 * 50 mm in size) click here
  4. Telefax for visa clearance for non ethnic Norwegian (birth place indifferent country or holds previous nationality or has different nationality)
  5. Visa fees (you can pay by credit card at our office or a bank transaction receipt) click here
  6. Admission letter signed by the Director, International Students Centre or by the International Students Advisor of a recognized Universities/institutions/ colleges in India along with duration of the academic course of study (scanned, fax and messages by e-mail are not accepted).
  7. Proof having deposited tuition fee.
  8. Proof showing that the applicant has a minimum amount of US $ 1000 if the duration of the course is less than one year and US $ 2000 if the duration of the course is one or more than one year, ready and available to meet his/her day to day expenses.

Research Visa

Document Checklist for Research Visa
  1. Online visa application (printed and signed) Click here to fill online
  2. Passport (passport must be valid for minimum 6 months from the date you arrive back from India. Note that your passport at the time of submission must hold at least two empty pages). All Non-Norwegians (i.e. foreign passport holders) should submit the copy of their residence permit. If an applicant holds dual nationality, then he/she should submit preferably both the passports. If not, should at least submit copy of the second passport. (First & last page, visa pages).
  3. Photograph (colored with white background and 50 * 50 mm in size) click here
  4. Telefax for visa clearance for non ethnic Norwegian (birth place indifferent country or holds previous nationality or has different nationality)
  5. Visa fees (you can pay by credit card at our office or a bank transaction receipt) click here
  6. Information on the following is essential: Synopsis of the topic, academic qualifications, details about your supervisor in Norway, period of stay in India, places to visit and also financial arrangements.
  7. Processing time : 2-4 months.>

Transfer of Visa

Document Checklist for Transfer of Visa from Old passport to the New passport
  1. Online visa application (printed and signed) Click here to fill online
  2. Passport (passport must be valid for minimum 6 months from the date you arrive back from India. Note that your passport at the time of submission must hold at least two empty pages). All Non-Norwegians (i.e. foreign passport holders) should submit the copy of their residence permit. If an applicant holds dual nationality, then he/she should submit preferably both the passports. If not, should at least submit copy of the second passport (First & last page, visa pages).
  3. Photograph (colored with white background and 50 * 50 mm in size) click here
  4. Telefax for visa clearance for non ethnic Norwegian (birth place indifferent country or holds previous nationality or has different nationality)
  5. Visa fees (you can pay by credit card at our office or a bank transaction receipt) click here
  6. The Old passport and New passport must be submitted at the time of registration.

Business Visa

Document Checklist for Business Visa
  1. Online visa application (printed and signed) Click here to fill online
  2. Passport (passport must be valid for minimum 6 months from the date you arrive back from India. Note that your passport at the time of submission must hold at least two empty pages). All Non-Norwegians (i.e. foreign passport holders) should submit the copy of their residence permit. If an applicant holds dual nationality, then he/she should submit preferably both the passports. If not, should at least submit copy of the second passport (First & last page, visa pages).
  3. Photograph (colored with white background and 50 * 50 mm in size) click here
  4. Telefax for visa clearance for non ethnic Norwegian (birth place indifferent country or holds previous nationality or has different nationality)
  5. Visa fees (you can pay by credit card at our office or a bank transaction receipt) click here
  6. An invitation letter from the Indian company mentioning the duration and purpose of travel.
  7. A Guarantee letter from the Norwegian company mentioning that the company will take care of the expenses arising out of the travels to India, as well with the duration of the visit.

Medical/Medical Attendant Visa

Document Checklist for Medical/Medical attendant Visa
  1. Online visa application (printed and signed) Click here to fill online
  2. Passport (passport must be valid for minimum 6 months from the date you arrive back from India. Note that your passport at the time of submission must hold at least two empty pages). All Non-Norwegians (i.e. foreign passport holders) should submit the copy of their residence permit. If an applicant holds dual nationality, then he/she should submit preferably both the passports. If not, should at least submit copy of the second passport (First & last page, visa pages).
  3. Photograph (colored with white background and 50 * 50 mm in size) click here.
  4. Telefax for visa clearance for non ethnic Norwegian (birth place indifferent country or holds previous nationality or has different nationality)
  5. Visa fees (you can pay by credit card at our office or a bank transaction receipt) click here
  6. Letter from the doctor on the hospital letterhead stating the purpose of your travel to India.
  7. Online Visa application form should be filled, printed, signed and with a valid photo of the applicant properly glued.

Conference Visa

Document Checklist for Conference Visa
  1. Online visa application (printed and signed) Click here to fill online
  2. Passport (passport must be valid for minimum 6 months from the date you arrive back from India. Note that your passport at the time of submission must hold at least two empty pages). All Non-Norwegians (i.e. foreign passport holders) should submit the copy of their residence permit. If an applicant holds dual nationality, then he/she should submit preferably both the passports. If not, should at least submit copy of the second passport (First & last page, visa pages).
  3. Photograph (colored with white background and 50 * 50 mm in size) click here
  4. Telefax for visa clearance for non ethnic Norwegian (birth place indifferent country or holds previous nationality or has different nationality)
  5. Visa fees (you can pay by credit card at our office or a bank transaction receipt) click here
  6. Invitation letter from the host conducting the conference must mention the duration of the stay and description of the conference.

Entry Visa

Document Checklist for Entry Visa
  1. Online visa application (printed and signed) Click here to fill online
  2. Passport (passport must be valid for minimum 6 months from the date you arrive back from India. Note that your passport at the time of submission must hold at least two empty pages). All Non-Norwegians (i.e. foreign passport holders) should submit the copy of their residence permit. If an applicant holds dual nationality, then he/she should submit preferably both the passports. If not, should at least submit copy of the second passport (First & last page, visa pages).
  3. Photograph (colored with white background and 50 * 50 mm in size) click here
  4. Telefax for visa clearance for non ethnic Norwegian (birth place indifferent country or holds previous nationality or has different nationality)
  5. Visa fees (you can pay by credit card at our office or a bank transaction receipt) click here
  6. Letter from 'Business' or 'Employment' visa holder's company requesting for visa to the family members. In case the 'Business' or 'Employment' visa is already issued then copy of visa is also needed.
  7. For sports teams and sports persons: Letter from the sponsoring sports authority holding the sport event in India.
  8. Study of Yoga, Vedic culture, Indian system of music and dance etc.: Invitation letter (Note that we do not accept messages by emails) from a recognised Indian Institution mentioning the purpose and duration of your stay in India.

Journalist Visa

Document Checklist for Journalist Visa
  1. Online Visa application form should be filled, printed, signed and with a valid photo of the applicant properly glued.
  2. Journalist Visa for filming of documentaries provided under ' Extra Applications' Form filled, printed and signed and soft copy of the documents sent to cons.oslo@mea.gov.in
  3. Guarantee letter from the Norwegian company, introducing the applicant with a mention to his purpose and duration of stay in India.
  4. Passport. All Non-Norwegians (i.e. foreign passport holders) should submit the copy of their residence permit. If an applicant holds dual nationality, then he/she should submit preferably both the passports. If not, should at least submit copy of the second passport. (First & last page, visa pages)

The processing time is strictly at the discretion of Embassy.

Journalists on tourism to India should also apply only for Journalist Visa only. The processing time however in this case will be same as any normal tourist visa applications.

Employment Visa

Document checklist for Employment visa
  1. Online visa application (printed and signed) Click here to fill online
  2. Passport (passport must be valid for minimum 6 months from the date you arrive back from India. Note that your passport at the time of submission must hold at least two empty pages). All Non-Norwegians (i.e. foreign passport holders) should submit the copy of their residence permit. If an applicant holds dual nationality, then he/she should submit preferably both the passports. If not, should at least submit copy of the second passport (First & last page, visa pages).
  3. Photograph (colored with white background and 50 * 50 mm in size) click here
  4. Telefax for visa clearance for non ethnic Norwegian (birth place indifferent country or holds previous nationality or has different nationality)
  5. Visa fees (you can pay by credit card at our office or a bank transaction receipt) click here
  6. A complete signed contract with the Indian company including salary (which should not be less than $25000) and other benefits.
  7. An invitation letter from the Indian company as well as a brief profile of the company.
  8. RBI permission in order to establish business/office in India.

ELIGIBILITY

Criteria for a Tourist Visa

A Tourist Visa can only be granted to a foreigner who does not have a residence or occupation in India and whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sight seeing, casual visit to meet friends and relatives etc. No other activity is permissible on a Tourist Visa. The Tourist Visa is non-extendable and non-convertible.

There shall be a gap of at least 2 months between two visits to India on a Tourist Visa subject to following guidelines:-

  1. Some foreign nationals holding Tourist Visas, after initial entry into India, plan to visit another country largely on account of neighbourhood tourism and need to re-enter India within 60 days, before finally exiting. Such persons may be permitted up to three entries (need based) by the Indian Missions/Posts subject to their submission of a detailed itinerary and supporting documentation (ticket bookings). If the foreign national is already outside his/her country of origin, he/she can also get such an endorsement on his/her passport from the nearest Indian Mission/Post.
  2. The Immigration authorities in all the Immigration Check Posts in the country may also allow such foreign nationals on Tourist Visas arriving in India without the specific authorization from the Indian Missions/Posts (as mentioned in sub-para (I) above) to make maximum three entries into the country (need based) subject to production of travel itinerary and supporting documentation (ticket bookings).
  3. Once such a foreign national finally exits the country after availing the facility of three entries (within the visa validity period or the stay stipulation period), there shall be a gap of at least 2 months from the date of final exit before he/she can come again to the country.
  4. If any foreign national falling in the category as mentioned above is required to visit India again within a period of 2 months after his/her last departure availing the facility of three entries due to any exigent situation, such foreign national should obtain special permission from the Mission/Post for a re-entry. Such re-entry within the stipulated gap of two months may be permitted by the Missions/Posts only in emergent situations like death/serious illness in the family, non-availability of connecting flights to return to his/her country of origin or travel to another country using India as a transit point or any other exigent situation which can be duly justified with proper documentation to the satisfaction of the Mission/ Post granting the permission subject to the following conditions:-
    1. The applicant should furnish an undertaking on the following lines:-
      1. That the purpose of his/her visit is because of emergency situation.
      2. That he is not engaged in Business activities, nor in Employment or pursuing studies/research etc. in India.
    2. In all such emergent cases the foreign national shall register with the FRRO/FRO concerned within 14 days of arrival. This registration may be done with the FRRO/FRO concerned preferably at the first place of entry.
Criteria for a Business Visa
  1. Foreign nationals who want to visit India to establish industrial/business venture or to explore possibilities to set up industrial/business venture in India.
  2. Foreign nationals coming to India to purchase/sell industrial products or commercial products or consumer durables.
  3. Foreign nationals coming to India for technical meetings/discussions, attending Board meetings, general meetings for providing business services support.
  4. Foreign nationals coming to India for technical meeting/discussions, attending Board meetings, general meetings for providing business services support.
  5. Foreign nationals who are partners in the Business and/or functioning as Directors in the company.
  6. Foreign nationals coming to India for consultations regarding exhibitions, for participation in exhibitions, trade fairs, business fairs etc.
  7. Foreign buyers who come to 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.
  8. 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 some high level technical guidance.
  9. Foreign nationals coming to India for pre-sales or post-sales activity not amounting to actual execution of any contract or project.
  10. Foreign Trainees of multinational companies/corporate houses coming for in-house training in the regional hubs of the concerned company located in India.
  11. Foreign students sponsored by AIESEC for internship on project based work in companies/industries.
  12. Foreign nationals who are coming to India on short visits to customer location to repair any plant or machinery as part of warranty or annual maintenance contracts.
  13. Foreign engineers/technicians coming to India for installation and commissioning of equipments/machines/tools in terms of the contract for supply of such equipment/machine/tools.
  14. Foreign experts coming to India for imparting training for the personnel of the Indian Company.
  15. Foreign personnel deputed for providing technical support/services, transfer of know-how, services supplied for which the Indian company pays fees/royalty to the foreign company.
  16. Foreign nationals coming as tour conductors and travel agents and/or conducting business tours of foreigners or business relating to it, etc.

Employment visa

"The Employment Visa would be issued from the country of origin, or from the country of domicile of the foreigner provided the period of permanent residence of the applicant in that particular country is for more than 2 years."

Criteria for Employment Visa
  1. The applicant is a highly skilled/skilled and qualified professional or person who is being engaged or appointed by a company, organization, industry, or undertaking, etc. in India on contract or employment basis at a senior level, skilled position such as technical expert, senior executive, or in a managerial position, etc.
  2. Employment Visa would not be granted for jobs for which large numbers of qualified Indians are available. Furthermore, Employment Visa would not be granted for routine, ordinary or secretarial/clerical jobs.
  3. The foreign national should be coming for employment in companies registered in India.
  4. The foreign national must hold a valid passport, and a re-entry permit if that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant, or country of domicile, as applicable.
  5. The foreign national will have to comply with all other requirements like payment of tax liabilities etc., and is advised to acquaint himself/herself with these before reaching India.
  6. The foreign national must submit proof of his/her employment or contract or engagement by the company/organization, etc. in India.
  7. The foreign national must submit documentary proof of his/her educational qualifications and professional expertise.
Detailed Documents Checklist for Employment Visa
  1. Online Visa application form should be filled out in English.
  2. One passport-sized colour photograph is to be pasted on visa application form.
  3. Contract of Employment.
  4. Visa support letter from the employer company mentioning:
    1. Total number of existing employees
    2. Number of foreigners employed
    3. Profile of the company
  5. Copy of the Certificate of Incorporation under the Companies Act or proof of registration of the firm in the State Industries Department or the concerned Export Promotion Council, any recognised promotional body in the field of industry and trade etc. of the Employer company/institution.
  6. Copy of the Memorandum & Article of Association of the employer company under Companies Act
  7. In case of a foreign MNC, copy of the RBI permission to establish business/office in India.
  8. Documents, which prove that the employer company is actually functional on ground.
  9. Documents, which prove that the applicant is genuinely qualified for the job offered. Employment visa applications to work with proprietary concerns, shops and partnership firms are normally not accepted.
  10. In case of Pilots, copy of security clearance and valid flying license are also required
  11. Copy of Degree/Diploma. English translation of diploma/degree is also required.

In addition to above the applicant deputed to India for the execution of a project/contract need to furnish following additional documents/information:

  1. Copy of the contract between Indian and the Norwegian company.
  2. Visa support letter from the Indian company which shall also be responsible for the conduct of the foreign national during his stay and also for his departure upon expiry of visa.
  3. Visa support letter from the foreign company. If an existing employee of the foreign company is deputed for the execution of the contract/project then it should be clarified in the visa support letter. Alternatively, if the applicant is engaged only for the

execution of the contract/project then copy of the Employment Contract may be provided.

Entry Visa ('X' Visa)

Entry Visa for the family members of those who are going on long term Business visa or Employment Visa

  1. Online Visa application form should be filled out in English.
  2. One passport-sized colour photograph is to be pasted on visa application form
  3. Letter from 'Business' or 'Employment' visa holder's company requesting for visa to the family members. In case the 'Business' or 'Employment' visa is already issued then copy of visa is also needed.

Entry Visa for sports teams and sports persons:

  1. Online Visa application form should be filled out in English.
  2. One passport-sized color photograph is to be pasted on visa application form
  3. Letter from the sponsoring sports authority holding the sport event in India.

Entry Visa for Study in YOGA, VEDIC CULTURE, INDIAN SYSTEM OF MUSIC, DANCE, ETC

  1. Online Visa application form should be filled out in English.
  2. One passport-sized colour photograph is to be pasted on visa application form
  3. Invitation (messages by e-mail are not accepted) from recognized Indian Institutions

Conference Visa

Visa to attend conference/seminar/workshop can be issued if it is being organized in India by a Ministry or Department of the Government of India, State Governments, Public Sector undertakings, Central Educational Institutions, Public funded Universities or an organization owned and controlled by Government of India State Governments, United Nations or its specialized agencies.

The conference/seminar/workshop sponsored by a NGO will subject to further scrutiny.

Documents to be attached with each visa application for Conference Visa

  1. Clearance from nodal/line ministry concerning that Central/State Government has cleared /approved the Conference/Seminar/Workshop.
  2. Invitation from the organization hosting the Conference/Seminar.
  3. Visa support letter from the institute/ organization where the applicant is employed. (Original)
  4. Online visa application form should be filled out in English.
  5. One passport-sized color photograph is to be pasted on visa application form

 

Issuance of visa is subject to the clearance from the Indian Mission in the applicant's native country.

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