Last Updated on Dec 19th, 2023 by Heena Ganotra, 9 comments
Have you been looking to know the process of applying emergency visa to India?
MyTicketsToIndia understands that urgencies back at home can’t be neglected and has, thus, compiled everything about the application for an emergency visa from USA to India. Right from the purposes that are valid to apply for an emergency entry visa to the process and fees, we have covered it all.
Let’s get started.
The Government of India has revoked the suspension on several categories of visas for travel to India, which include tourist visas, mountaineering visas, and more. While emergency visas have never been suspended, there was an update shared by the Indian Embassies in USA which stated that with effect from 13 December 2021, the outsourcing service provider – VFS Global – will start accepting ALL visa applications. This includes Emergency Visa applications to India from USA.
The only people permitted to apply for an emergency visa to India from the USA are US passport holders of Indian origin and their family members required to visit India due to –
**Please note that documentary evidence will need to be provided.
If submitted to VFS India Consular Application Centre –
|Entry Visa Fee
|Emergency Fee (WEEKEND AND EMBASSY HOLIDAY ONLY)
|VFS Service Fee
If you use VFS courier service for the return of your PASSPORT, you will need to add USD 15 as courier charges to the total amount mentioned above i.e. USD 218.90 which will make the total amount payable as USD 233.90 for emergency services applied on the Weekend and Embassy/Consulate Holiday.
However, if you prefer to use your own courier service, you won’t have to pay the extra USD 15, and your total amount payable will remain USD 218.90 (if you apply on a weekend or embassy holiday). But you will need to submit a prepaid courier label and envelope with your application.
The fee is to be paid via Money order/Banker check in the favor of “VFS Services (USA) Inc. Avoid personal checks as they are not accepted.
In case you are someone coming under the jurisdiction of any of the Indian Consulates or the Indian Embassies in USA who wishes to visit India owing to family emergencies, you will need to –
While filling out the application form, make sure you select Entry Visa.
The original checklist is to be printed, signed, and enclosed with the visa application.
You can download the Annexure A Form here, fill, and attach it with the emergency visa application.
Letter from the doctor/hospital in case of emergencies like critical medical condition/death in the immediate family.
Any one of the following documents will do – State Issued ID, Driving license, Utility Bills – Water, Gas, & Electricity (should be recent, no more than 3 months old), Valid Lease Agreement, Mortgage, Income Tax return, a letter from your institution on the institution letterhead explaining the exact address that you presently reside in – (if you are a college/university student living on campus in university housing/dormitories), Marriage Certificate in case the address is in spouse’s name or birth certificate of child in case of the minor applicant along with parent’s address proof, a notarized undertaking from parents with one of the copies of address proof as indicated (if the applicant is residing with parents/children/ relatives), Hotel bill – (if on L1/L3 staying in a hotel for a project for the past couple of months and don’t have the address proof or state ID).
**Please note that the driver’s license copy mustn’t be cut to a smaller size. Also, the PO BOX number is NOT ACCEPTABLE as valid Proof of address. The address must match with the present address as per application:
Original as well as a copy of passport (biographical pages only) is needed. Passport should have a minimum validity of six months and must have at least two blank pages.
If you ever held an Indian Passport, it is MANDATORY to provide proof of the Renunciation of Indian Citizenship along with your VISA application. One of the following MUST be produced as proof: – Certificate of renunciation issued by the Embassy/Consulate of India OR Deemed surrender certificate issued by the Embassy/Consulate of India (Both – Cancelled).
Please note that surrendered passport along with the copy of the Surrender/Renunciation Certificate would be needed for Indian passports surrendered after May 2010. If you do not have proof of renunciation, you’ll have to apply for renunciation before submitting the VISA application.
If the applicant was an Indian national, the Indian passport of the applicant will be needed.
If the applicant is a child of an Indian national, Person of Indian Origin, or OCI Cardholder, the birth certificate of the applicant together with the Indian passport or OCI Card of either parent will be needed.
If the applicant is the ‘Spouse of Foreign Origin’ of an Indian national, Person of Indian Origin or OCI Cardholder, marriage certificate of the applicant together with Indian passport or OCI Card of the spouse will be needed.
(a) Copy of Birth certificate of the applicant; (b) Original Parental Authorization Form (Annexure – B) duly signed by both parents and notarized; and (c) Copy of Passports and marriage certificates of parents; (d) Copy of US visa status documents of non-US national parents. If Indian parents do not hold valid US visa status, an explanation for the same may be provided.
Non-Indian origin applicants already owning property in India will require to provide proof of property in India in the applicant’s name.
To process the emergency entry visa application form, one has to upload a digital photograph of self along with the visa application. The digital photograph must meet the following guidelines –
All Minor applicants need to write their name or sign in the space provided on the first page of the application form below the photograph. Minor applicants below 5 years may put a left thumb impression on the space provided. Both parents should sign on the last page of the application. Both parents must sign on page 2 of the online application form below the minor’s signature/thumb Impression.
Here are the steps you’ll need to follow to get an emergency visa to India from USA –
Step 1 – Identify and collect all the documents you’ll need to apply for the visa application for an emergency. Complete the forms (Annexure A + B) and sign the documents wherever necessary (as shared above).
Step 2 – Apply for the visa application by creating a profile online on VFS Global. Please note that due to the spike in the number of COVID cases, the VFS stated the suspension of in-person applications for Indian Visas till further notice. However, for emergency visas, exemptions have duly been made.
Step 3 – Fill the Government Online Form by applying for – Entry Visa 6 Months Single/Multiple Entry with Emergency Fees. Date Format on all forms must follow DD/MM/YYYY format. Date of Birth cannot be corrected after issuance of the document and you would need to reapply again.
Step 4 – Submit your application.
(From Monday to Friday Between 9 AM to 4 PM)
Applicants requiring Emergency Visa to India from USA must contact VFS Global by sending an email only to schedule an appointment. On receiving the email, the VFS representative will contact the applicant on an expeditious basis. The email ids based on the jurisdictions one belongs to are as follows –
Between 9 AM to 4 PM.
Between 9 AM to 4 PM.
Applications sent via courier to VFS India application centers will only be received on working days. In cases of critical emergency on a weekend/HOLIDAY, please get in touch with Embassy of India / Consulate of India or VFS to submit your application in person.
Ans: Yes, a medical emergency letter for an Indian visa is needed as proof of emergency.
Ans: The Indian visa processing time is somewhere between 5 to 7 days.
Ans: To cancel the visa application, you will have to open the consulate website/embassy page from where you applied for the visa and look for the “Cancel Appointment” button.
Ans: Yes, Additional Particular Form is essential for visa application.
Ans: To get an emergency visa from USA to India, you need to follow the above-given guidelines.
Ans: Yes, a visa is needed mandatorily to go to India.
Ans: There is no suspension on Indian tourist visas and the same came into effect on 15 October 2021 for group tourism and on 15 November 2021 for individual travel.
That’s pretty much everything a US citizen who is in need of an emergency Indian visa needs to know!
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