Source: Bureau of Immigration, Government of
Contact No: 011-26711384
The powers of Visa conversions and visa extensions to foreigners present in
India, vests with the Ministry of Home Affairs. For this purpose the foreigners
can approach the Foreigners Division, MHA, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New
Delhi between 10 AM to 12 AM on all working days (Monday to Friday). The change
of visa status from one category to another category is normally not allowed.
It can be considered by MHA only in extraordinary circumstances. For this
purpose, the foreigner should normally come in person to the office. In
exceptional cases and where allowed, a duly authenticated representative may be
sent. Foreigners not residing in Delhi may approach the FRRO/CHIO/FRO concerned
who would forward their case in MHA for approval. Applications for
extensions/conversions should be made well in advance.
For the convenience of the foreigners, however, the FRROs/CHIO/FROs are
empowered to make extensions / conversions for certain types of Visas without
referring the same to MHA. The details of such powers vested with FRROs etc.
In case of foreigners of Indian origin/foreigner married to Indian
citizen/foreigner staying in India for more than 20 years, extension can be
given on entry Visa by FRROs for a period of 5 years.
FRRO can extend the VISA for three months in case of Employment &
Business VISAs and forward the case for further extension upto 1 year, to MHA.
After obtaining approval from MHA, FRRO can extend that VISA for further four
years on year-to-year basis.
FRRO can convert visa and grant extension of stay to foreign students
studying upto 12th standard, whose parents are of Indian origin or
whose parents are Indian nationals on year-to-year basis.
Same facility is also available for children of foreigners residing in India on
long-term basis (studying up to 12th Standard) on valid visas such
as Employment, Business, Research, Entry Student etc.
FRRO can grant 15 days extension of stay on all types of visas on production
of confirmed ticket for departure.
For student VISA holders: - FRRO can extend the Student
Visa for duration of the course or for a maximum period of 5 years, whichever
is less, to bonafide students coming to India to join well-known institutions
subject to fulfillment of conditions prescribed. The visa
fee for a student for the duration of the course or for a maximum period of 5
years, whichever is less, is US$ 75, but it remains a one time fee for duration
of the course and all extensions within this duration are given free of
cost. An additional fee of US$ 75 has to be charged for
change in course/subsequent course. FRRO may allow change in
Institution/course (on payment of fee) provided the new institution and course
are also fully recognized/approved and are full-time proper
courses. In case of PG Courses, fee has to be charged
(except ICCR Scholars & students of gratis countries) for extension of visa
on the basis of bonafide certificates.
For Research VISA holders: FRRO can extend the VISA on the
accreditation of the Ministry of Human Resource Development till the completion
of Research work.
In case of Bangladeshi Nationals: FRRO can extend the short term
single journey Visa in case of non-tourists upto a maximum of 3 months on
For journalist VISA holder: FRRO can extend the VISA on the
accreditation of Min. of external Affairs
FRRO can condone overstay only upto 3 months, after charging overstay fees
of US $ 40 equivalent. Cases of overstay exceeding 3 months are decided by MHA.
FRRO can convert the category of the visa from Tourism to Entry visa in case
of foreigners of Indian origin and grant extension upto 5 years with multiple
entry facility. For other foreign nationals, only MHA is
empowered to convert the category of the visa.
The newly introduced visa fee charges for Hungarian nationals are:
38 US $
65 US $
150 US $
40 US $
Visa valid upto 6 months (Single Entry)
75 US $
Visa valid upto 6 months (Double entry)
180 US $
Visa valid upto 6 months (Multiple entry)
65 US $
Visa valid upto 1 year (Single entry)
180 Us $
Visa valid upto 1 year (Multiple entry)
180 US $
Visa valid more than a year
Express service (Same day service)
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR EXTENSION OF VISA
Following additional documents are also required in
Request letter from the company
Copy of contract with the company
Company registration with whom he/she is
Undertaking on the following lines:
UNDERTAKING We take full responsibility for the activities and conduct of
Mr./Mrs.___________________ national of________________ during his/her stay in
India. If anything adverse comes to notice during this period, we
undertake to repatriate him/her on our cost.
Signature of competent authority
Business related documents including request on letterhead of the company etc
with whom he/she is doing business.
Journalist Visa: Approval
letter from MEA.
Proof of Indian origin
Request from company that his/her VISA may be extended
co-terminus to his/her spouse (the spouse being on Employment Visa)
Bonafide certificate from school/college by the authorized signatory of the
institute mentioning the course being undertaken
PIO card scheme, 1999 has been revised. The new PIO Card
Scheme, 2002, is in operation since 15th September, 2002. According to the
revised scheme, the PIO Card is valid for 15 years and a fee of Rupees 15,000/-
charged for issue of the same. In the case of minor, i.e. below 18 years of
age, the fee is Rupees 7,500/- for 15 years validity card.
Authority to which application is to be made: -
(i) An application for issue of a PIO Card shall be
made to an Indian Mission in the country where the applicant is ordinarily
(ii) Applicants already in India on Long Term Visa
(more than one year) shall make the application for issue of a PIO Card to the
following authorities: -
(A) Those residing in: -
Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
Level-II, East Block-VIII, Sector-I, R.K. Puram,
Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
3rd Floor, Special Branch Building,
Badruddin Tayabji Lane,
Behind St. Xaviers College,
Joint Secretary (Foreigners), Ministry of Home Affairs, Ist
floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi - 110003.
Possession of a PIO card, entitles a foreigner to enter or
leave India without the requirements of any other VISA. Registration, however,
is required with the concerned FRRO/CHIO/FRO office for a PIO card holder also
if he stays in India for more than six months continuously like foreigners on
any other types of long-term Visa.
Nationals of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan,
Bhutan, Nepal and China are ineligible for grant of PIO card. Iranian nationals
of Indian Origin can be granted PIO card after MHA approval.
BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO A PIO CARD HOLDER
A PIO Card holder does not require a separate visa to visit
India. The PIO Card holders will not require "Student Visa" for
undertaking studies in India and similarly no "Employment Visa" will be
required for taking up employment in India. However, they will be required to
fulfill other pre-requisite conditions and other formalities in connection with
their studies/employment as prescribed by concerned authorities from time to
Separate counters for immigration are provided to PIO Card
holders at International airports in India.
Parity with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of
facilities available to the latter in economic, financial and educational
All facilities in the matter of acquisition, holding,
transfer and disposal of immovable properties in India except in matters
relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties.
Facilities like those available to children of NRIs for
getting admission to educational institutions in India including Medical
Colleges, Engineering Colleges, Institutes of Technology, Institutes of
Management etc. under the general categories.
Facilities available under the various housing schemes of
LIC, State Governments and other Government agencies.