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Old 06-06-2010, 11:38 AM
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Preparing for my trip to India in November. I was just wondering if anybody knows much about getting the travel visa? I called and they said the 10 year vs 5 year vs 6 month doesnt have any different requirements and I wouldnt be more or less likely to be rejected from any of them.

Just wondering how often an American have tourist visas turned down and for what reasons they could be for? I'm kind of nervous that my visa application would get rejected simply because I am really hoping to go. Anybody have any knowledge of what most look for in the application or for what reasons they would reject an applicant?
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:57 AM
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I've done it. India is not a cross-your-fingers visa place like Libya etc. so unless you've got something weird like recent travel to Pakistan it's a no-brainer, don't worry.

What you do is find a visa service company that handles India visas (google for 'em) then you send your passport in a certified envelope along with forms you filled out (can download from said visa service company) and a couple weeks later your passport returns with a shiny new full page visa stamp with date range it's good for. In fact the India one is very pretty it's pink & silver. The visa service will have taken it to the Indian consulate or embassy and had everything handled for you.

Then when you arrive the nice man at the airport will stamp an entrance stamp on opposing page, and you're off to enjoy mustache-land.

Have fun!
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:15 PM
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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If the Price is the same, I alway go for the longest visa that i can before my passport expires. May never use it again, but if its doent cost any why not.
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Old 06-06-2010, 02:28 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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It is pretty straightforward to get your visa issued directly by the nearest consulate, no need to pay the fees for the visa service. Those services are useful only if your itinerary needs visas for several different countries. India's application looks daunting, but they are routinely issued without any hitches. Ask in advance for permits to go to special areas like Sikkim and Meghalaya, just in case you want to go there. India used to require a police report, perhaps they still do. They will send the request themselves to the police in the city where you are applying (e.g., Chicago), and if they get no reply within a week, they consider it to be a positive report.

It's quite absurd. There were guys in Katmandu whose India visa had expired, and they were applying for new ones. They had been in India for the past 6 months, but the consulate still sent request to Houston for police reports on them before issuing fresh visas to go back.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:20 AM
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I have a business visa for India.

Might be a bit different, as I remember the 10 yr vs 5yr v 6month varies by price, the extended periods being more expensive. Basically, the only reason to be turned down is if you don't have your paperwork in order. Business is a bit different, you have to have a letter of introduction both from your company and the Indian business, but I won't bore you with those details.

Anyways, use a visa company (easier) or just simply go to your local Indian consulate (quicker). Either way you have to give them your passport until the visa is issued.
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