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VISA requirements for Foreign Nationals
Foreign nationals are advised to contact the Indian Embassy / High Commission / Consulate in their country in order to obtain a visa for entry into India. Please apply for your visa in good time. The conference organizers will be happy to provide invitation letter, after you are registered for the conference, to facilitate your visa application.

Foreign passengers should ensure that they are in possession of valid Indian Visa before they start their journey to India.

Passport and VISA requirements
You are advised to contact the Indian Embassy / High Commission / Consulate in your country in order to obtain a visa for entry into India. Please apply for your visa in good time. Your travel agent may also be able to help you.

Necessary security and political clearances from Ministries of Home Affairs and External Affairs, Govt. of India required for obtaining a “CONFERENCE VISA” have been obtained from relevant Ministries of Government of India:

1. Department of Agricultural Research & Education images-copy
2. Ministry of External Affairs images-copy
3. Ministry of Home Affairs images-copy
4. State Govt. Clearance images-copy

VISA Application Form
Visa application form is available at the Indian Mission in the country where the applicant resides. Visa form for nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh are generally different. Persons of Indian Origins and Non-Resident Indians who possess either OCI (Overseas Indian Citizenship) or PIO card don’t need to apply separately for an Indian Visa. OCI and PIO cards give them the freedom to visit India without visa within rules. However, those NRIs and PIOs who don’t have OCI or PIO card can apply for and get Indian visa.

VISA application requirements

  • Original passport valid for at least 6 months
  • Duly completed application form (Nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh must complete special application forms)
  • Two passport-size photographs. (Nationals of Pakistan will require five)
  • Visa fee
  • Supporting documents, where necessary
  • Stamped self-addressed delivery envelope for postal applications
  • Invitation letter: Letters of invitation from the organizer of the conference in India.

Applicable VISA

Visa Type : Conference Visa (Valid for any person attending Conference in India)
Period : For the duration of the conference or seminar

 

Additional information form:
Applicants from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistani origin and Stateless persons should fill out the Additional information form.

Documents required Checklist: Click Here

Important Information
As per Government of India rules, the visa process is different for nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Srilanka, Southern Sudan, Northern Sudan and foreigners of Pakistan origin. For delegates from these countries, the visa application process remains the same, but the conference organizers need to provide names and other information (like passport number, father’s name, etc.) to the relevant ministry in India, which will inform the Consulate suitably. Visas will be issued only after the Consulate has obtained clearance from the ministry.

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Frequently Asked Questions relating to Conference Visa

Disclaimer
The above is only for information. You are requested to contact the nearest Indian Mission (Embassy/ High Commission/ Consulate) or visit their websites for up-to-date information regarding visas, fees, procedures, etc.

Please feel free to contact us (a.chitikineni@cgiar.org), in the case we can be of any help!  

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