Visa requirements

Student Visa (s)

Student visas are granted to people who wish to come to India and study at an officially recognized educational institution.

Eligibility

Indian Missions/Posts grant a student visa for a period of five years or for the duration of the course of study, whichever is less, to the below:

To foreigner students coming to India to pursue regular and full time academic studies in India.

For foreigner students coming for Industrial training, summer project and internship.

Provisional student visa valid for six months for the students exploring admission or taking admission tests.

Applicant should possess the proof of admission to a full time regular academic course in a reputed/recognized educational institution in India and evidence of financial support.

The applicant should also possess a “No Objection Certificate” from the Ministry of Health in case of admission in medical or Para-medical course.

Spouse and dependent family members accompanying the applicant must apply for an Entry Visa (Not Tourist Visa. Its termination date will coincide with the period of the principal Visa holder.

Validity

Student visas are issued for up to five years, depending on the duration of the course. They can also be extended in India.

Entry Points

Passengers having valid Student visa can enter India from any desired port of immigration check post (Airport, Seaport).

Fee For Student Visa

Visa fees for student visa is different for all the countries. It ranges from $13 to $118.

Form

The visitors are required to fill online visa Application by visiting website http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/ and visit their nearest embassy with printout of the online filled application and required travel documents.8.

Required Documents

Passport with 6 month validity

Passport size photographs

Photo copy of passport

Proof of residential address

Copy of online filled form

University admission letter

University details

Registration of Foreign Nationals

A brief description of the registration etc. of foreign nationals is available below but please carefully read the details at https://boi.gov.in/content/general-instructions-registration-foreigners

All foreigners (including foreigners of Indian origin) visiting India on long term (more than 180 days) Student Visa, Medical Visa, Research Visa and Employment Visa are required to get themselves registered with the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO)/ Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) concerned having jurisdiction over the place where the foreigner intends to stay, within 14 days of arrival.

However, all Pakistan nationals are required to register within 24 hours of their arrival. All Afghan nationals are required to register with the FRRO/FRO concerned within 14 days of arrival.

Registration is also required in the case of visa less than 180 days and if there is special endorsement “for registration required”.

If any certificate of registration, issued under these rules is lost or destroyed, the foreigner to whom it was issued, shall make or send to the Registration Officer of the district of his registered address a report of circumstances in which it was so lost or destroyed together with an application in writing a copy of police report in order to issue a duplicate copy of the certificate of registration.

Instructions for online filing of Registration by the Foreigners

Please visit the following link: https://boi.gov.in/sites/default/files/efrro-steps-boi.pdf

P.S.: Other than Pakistan Nationals, all the applicants are eligible for scheduling the appointment. Pakistan nationals shall have to register with the Police station within 24 hours of arrival in India.

Documents required for Registration

Please visit the following link: https://boi.gov.in/sites/default/files/efrro-steps-boi.pdf

Applicant’s Photo

Photo Page, Page indicating validity, Page bearing arrival Stamp of Indian Immigration, Visa with endorsement

Letter from the Institution confirming accommodation in the hostel

Form S / Bonafide certificate

(Additional supporting documents may be asked for the verification by the FRRO/FRO.)

Departure Formalities

Every registered foreigner who is about to depart finally from India shall surrender his/ her certificate of registration either to the Registration Officer of the place where he/ she is registered, or of the place from where he/ she intends to depart, or to the Immigration Officer at the port/ check post of exit from India. If the certificate is surrendered to any authority other than the Immigration Officer of the post or check post of exit, a receipt indicating such surrender of the document may be obtained and shown to the Immigration Officer.

Extension of Visa

The below mentioned documents are required in 2 sets:

(Additional supporting documents may be asked for the verification by the FRRO/FRO.)

Original valid Passport and Visa.

Bonafide certificate from School, College or institute for the academic year mentioning nationality.

Four passport size photographs (4 cm x 4 cm colour photo with white background, ears distinctly visible, without spectacles and caps).

Bank remittance i.e. bank statement showing that the applicant can support himself/herself financially during his/her stay of one year in India.

Marks sheet or Examination passing certificate for the exams passed in the last academic year.

Copies of Passport (photo page) and (page indicating validity), page bearing arrival stamp of Indian immigration.

Copy of Indian visa.

Attendance proof or certificate for regularly attending classes in case of application for extension Course fees receipt.

Admission/eligibility certificate from the University/college/educational institution

In case of change of University/college/educational institution, NoC from the previous University/ college/ educational institution

Proof of Residence of the applicant i.e. copies of Electricity bill/ Telephone Bill/Leave & licence agreement/company accommodation proof.

Penalties for late registration, overstay and visa violations:

The foreign students must careful read the instructions on the following links and ensure that they follow the rules and regulations during their stay in the country:

https://boi.gov.in/sites/default/files/Important%20Information.pdf,

https://indianfrro.gov.in/eservices/Financial_Penalty.pdf

The information in this section has been obtained from the website of Bureau of Immigration, MHA, GoI.