Jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, San Francisco: Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah,
Washington, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Idaho and California.
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL VISA APPLICANTS:
1. Passport in original valid for a minimum of six months should accompany visa applications.
2. Paste/staple TWO 2”x2” passport size photograph at the space provided on the front page (right top corner).
3. Foreigners holding other than United States passports should submit proof of long- term (at least three years)/ permanent residence (copy of
green card) in the United States. For citizens of other countries, who do not normally stay in U. S. , a reference has to be made to their country
of residence for which an additional $20 fee is applicable and will involve five to seven days processing time (see also (a) to (e)). Please refrain
from making inquiries about the status of application during this time.
4. For citizens of other countries, who are visitors in USA please also submit the Clearance form.
5. Payment of Fees: All fees should be paid either in cash (accepted only at the counter) or through money orders, bank drafts or cashier
checks (by Mail) drawn in favor of Consulate General of India, San Francisco, WE DO NOT ACCEPT PERSONAL CHECKS,
COMPANY CHECKS AND CREDIT CARDS. If such payments are sent the application cannot be processed and it will only delay the
service. Please do not send any cash by mail as cash is accepted only at the counter. It must be noted that fees once received cannot be refunded
under any circumstances, even if the application is withdrawn by the applicant or services are not provided to the individual as his case does
not qualify for that particular service. This amount may be combined with the fees and only one draft/money order/cashier check could be sent.
Please Note: Visas are issued valid from the date of Issue, for period applied for by the applicant. It is the responsibility of the applicant to
apply in time and for validity as per their requirement.
RECEIPT AND DELIVERY OF PASSPORTS THROUGH MAIL:
For return of passports by mail, please add the under mentioned charges to the fees, depending on your choice:
i) By Overnight Mail (Recommended): The best option is to send a self-addressed stamped Express Mail envelope of the US Postal Service
OR include $15.00 with the fees (total of fees + mail back charges can be paid together through a single money order or cashier’s check in
favour of Consulate General of India, San Francisco).
ii) By Certified Mail: include $7.00 in case of a single passport and an extra $1 for every additional passport with a self addressed envelope
without stamps (no stamps to be affixed). (total of fees + mail back charges can be paid together through a single money order or cashier’s
check in favour of Consulate General of India, San Francisco). Consulate will not take any responsibility for late delivery or loss of mail sent
by Certified Mail. Hence sending of passports etc. by certified mail or requesting for return of passports by certified mail is not recommended.
Applications sent through Certified mail may take 2-3 weeks for processing and return of the passports after grant of visa. Hence enquires
regarding visa applications sent by Certified mail may be made only after 3 weeks from the date of mailing.
Note: It is not advised to use FedEx as a return service, since FedEx is not picking up any mail from this office. The Consulate shall not be
responsible for any delay on this account.
PROCESSING DURATION: Applications received at the counter between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. will be processed the same day and
serviced passports can be collected at the counter between 4:00 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. Applications sent by mail will take 5 to 10 working days to
process. This time schedule does not apply to services where prior approval is required from the authorities in India, or embassies in case of
applicants not residing in US. Applicants are advised to refrain from making telephonic / written /e-mail inquires about status of application.
Applicants would be informed if additional documents are required. The Embassy/Consulate is not responsible for documents lost in mail.
Please Note:1)Applications are accepted at the counter from 9:00am to 12:00pm (Mon.-Fri.) ONLY | 2) Application submitted at the counter
must be picked up at the counter (and are not mailed) with receipt, which was handed out at the time of submission of the application.
TYPES OF VISAS:
Tourist Visa: Is issued for 6 months, 1 year and 10 years. The period of stay in India (for each visit) is 6 months only. Registration is NOT
Entry Visa: Entry visas are issued only to people of Indian origin. Entry visa allows continues stay for duration of the visa period without the
requirement for leaving the country. Such visas are valid for 6 months, 1 year or 5 years. Registration is required within 14 days of arrival.
Business Visa: i)Valid for 6 months/one year with multiple entries. A letter (on company letterhead) from Sponsoring Organization indicating
the nature of applicant's business, probable duration of stay, places and organizations to be visited incorporating therein a guarantee to meet
maintenance expenses, etc. should accompany the application. ii) Long term Business visas for ten years (multiple entries) in case of US
Citizens and five years (multiple entries) for other nationals are available only to those who have set up industrial/business joint ventures in
India. This fact, along with the details of joint venture in India must be mentioned in the sponsorship letter.
Student Visa: Valid for six months to one year with multiple entries for bona fide students to pursue regular studies at recognized institutions
in India. A letter confirming admission from such an institution along with evidence of financial arrangements for stay in India should
accompany application. In case of admission in medical or para-medical courses in India, a letter of Approval or "No Objection Certificate"
from Indian Ministry of Health is also required. Likewise, for admission in graduate or post -graduate courses in Engineering or Technical
institutions in India, a letter of approval or a No Objection Certificate from Ministry of Human Resources Development (Department of
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