A recent announcement by the Indian consular posts in Canada indicate a continuing movement by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs to implement an online visa application form requirement in most consular posts. Visa applications filed on and after August 1, 2011 with the Indian Consulate in Vancouver must be electronically-filled forms.  The Indian consular posts will no longer accept previous versions or handwritten forms. Online application has been in place with the Indian Consulate in Toronto since July 25, 2011.

The online visa application form (http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/) submitted to most Indian consular posts are not administered directly by the consulates.  Indian consular posts utilize private visa and immigration service centers (e.g., Travisa Outsourcing in the U.S., VFS Global in the Americas, Asia and Europe) as a portal to the form.  These centers also review visa application packages prior to submitting them to a consular post. Upon completing the online application form, most consulates will require a completed paper form to be printed and signed by the applicant.  In the U.S., Indian consular posts will accept application forms 30 days after being submitted online.  Please note that an application is not “made” with a consular post until the consulate has physically verified an application package.

Applicants submitting Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Card and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) visa applications should check with their local Indian consular post regarding procedures for completing the appropriate application forms. 

Indian consular posts in Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland and UK have implemented, or are in the process of implementing, online application requirements.  Clients are advised to review with their Pro-Link GLOBAL immigration specialist the appropriate consular application requirements or can confirm of any online application by contacting their nearest Indian consular post by using the following locator:   http://meaindia.nic.in/mystart.php?id=8700.