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With effect from July 25, 2011, Indian Embassy in Muscat has outsourced its Passport and Visa services through open bidding process to M/s. BLS International Services LLC-Oman. All the Passport and Visa applications are accepted and delivered only at the Indian Passport & Visa Service Centre of M/s. BLS International Services LLC-Oman located at: 4th Floor (C Block), Al Tamimah Building (Polyglot Institute) Way No 327, Building No 1340 Wattayah, Muscat Phone : 24568970, 24568971 Fax : 24568972. All Visa applications are to be filled online & the print out of the filled in form must be submitted along with the necessary documents, at the BLS Centre.


All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document with a minimum remaining validity of six months in the form of a national passport or any other internationally recognized travel document like UN Laissez Faire for establishing his/her nationality with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad. Nationals of Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives are however, exempted from this requirement.


Please ensure the following while submitting your application online at www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa


  • Passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months beyond the date of intended departure from India and should have at least two blank pages. Fee once paid is not refundable.
  • Passport in original and photocopy of the first five pages, visa page (non Omani nationals) and address page to be submitted.
  • Copy of Residence Proof / ID card issued by Oman Government to be enclosed.
  • Paste one photo and staple another on the application form at a specified place.
  • The application form should be filled in English only and ensure that all columns are filled neatly and correctly. Incomplete applications and those which lack details will be summarily rejected.
  • A supporting letter from the company/organization in which the applicant is working in case of all nationals other than those of Oman.
  • Confirmed return air ticket in original with a photocopy. In case the applicant does not have Oman residence visa, a reference will be made to their country of residence at an additional fee of R.O. 8/- with an additional processing time of minimum 5 working days.
  • Tatkal Services has to be applied between 8 am and 9 am on all working days
  • Special Visa application forms should be filled in by citizens of Pakistan (Total 4 copies with 5 photos).
  • Each visa application is considered on its merits and may ask for additional information at any stage during the processing of the application. Submission of application along with prescribed fee does not guarantee issuance of visa.
  • Applicants who are not citizens/residents of Oman and hold a tourist visa for Oman should normally apply for Indian visas in the countries of their permanent residence. In case of emergency or special circumstances, an application could be made at the Embassy. In addition to the relevant visa fee they should remit an additional Omani Rials 8.000 for reference to be made to the country of their original residence. The processing time in such cases is usually 5 working days.
  • Visa is given for a period for which passport is valid. For example, if a passport is valid until April 30, 2010 and an applicant is applying for 5 years visa on Oct. 31, 2007, the applicant will not be issued a 5 years visa as the passport expires before the 5 years visa.
  • Validity of all visas is counted from the date of the issue of visa and not from the date of entry into India.
  • Registration with the concerned FRRO/FRO is compulsory within 14 days of first arrival in India if such an endorsement appears on the visa.
  • The Visa fee rates are not applicable to the nationals of SAARC countries or where there is a bilateral agreement. Journalist visa fee will be charged according to the period of Visa.

Tourist Visa Please apply for visa online and take a print out of the filled in form and submit the same at the BLS Centre or its nearest mobile collection centre along with one recent passport size photograph, passport in original, a photocopy of its first five pages, and confirmed return air ticket in original along with its photocopy.


Tourist visa will be granted to a foreigner who does not have a residence or occupation in India and whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing or casual visit. No other activity is permissible on a Tourist Visa.


The Tourist visa is non-extendable and non-convertible.
Normally, tourist visa is issued for a period of 3 months with single entry.


Fee


R.O. 16.500/-


Application form link : www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa


Please note:


There should be a minimum gap of 2-months between two successive visits to India on Tourist Visa for the nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Iraq, Maldives, Pakistan, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan origin and Stateless persons. The restriction of 2-months gap for re-entering India does not apply if foreign nationals visit India on any other type of visa.

Applicant should submit the Visa form duly filled along with original passport and two photographs as per general guidelines.


Fee


1. US nationals can be issued Tourist visas up to 10 yrs subject to approval

R.O 24.200 (Including processing of application fees (RO.7.800)


2. 10 year Validity Tourist visa to US nationals

R.O. 58.900 (including processing of application fees RO.7.800)


Visa Application form link : www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa

  1. Citizens of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia and Republic of Korea shall be granted “Tourist Visa - on - Arrival”.
  2. Tourist Visa - on - Arrival shall be available only at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata Airports with a maximum validity of 30 days with single entry. The following terms and conditions apply for such categories of visas:
  3. The sole purpose of visiting India on tourist visa on arrival should be for recreation, sightseeing, casual visit, visit to meet friends or relatives etc. and no other purpose/activities.
  4. The applicant does not have a residence or occupation in India.
  5. The applicants' passport has minimum 6 months validity and a re-entry permit if that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant.
  6. The applicant should be of assured financial standing (the production of return ticket and availability of sufficient money to spend during his stay in India).
  7. The applicant is not a persona-non-grata to the Government of India.
  8. The citizens from the above named countries who would like to visit India for longer duration should approach Indian mission and would be granted visa by the Indian missions concerned.
  9. The facility shall not be available to citizens of above countries (Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore) if either of his/her parents or grandparents (paternal or maternal) was born in and was permanently resident in Pakistan. Such persons can visit India after obtaining appropriate visas from the Indian missions concerned.
  10. The tourist visa on arrival can neither be extended nor converted to any other kind of visa during applicant's stay in India except in the following circumstances with the prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs
  11. Tourist visa on Arrival of foreign nationals who fall ill after their entry into India and require specialized medical treatment may be converted to ‘Medical visa’. In such cases, tourist visa on arrival of the attendant may also be converted into medical attendant (Med‘X’) after submission of medical certificate from government/government recognized hospitals.
  12. A fee of US$ 60/- or equivalent amount in Indian rupees per passenger (including children), will be charged from each applicant for grant of Tourist visa on Arrival.
  13. Tourist visa on Arrival shall be allowed for a maximum of two times in a calendar year to a foreigner with a minimum gap of two months between each visit. Letter to be submitted explaining the circumstances under which re-entry is sought, mentioning the contact address & phone number etc in India and abroad
  14. This facility will not be applicable to holders of Diplomatic/official passports.
  15. Photocopy of passport, residence visa & long-term multiple entry tourist visa granted by Indian mission
  16. Copy of detailed itinerary

Visa Application form link :www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa

Medical visa is admissible to all foreign nationals seeking Medicare in recognized specialty hospitals or treatment centers in India. Although non exhaustive, following illustrative list of serious ailments would be of primary consideration; neuro-surgery; ophthalmic disorders; heart related problems; renal disorders; organ transplantations; plastic surgery; joint replacement etc.


  1. General guidelines for visa application are applicable in this case also.
  2. However, additionally medical visa application form should be accompanied with a referral letter or preliminary medical advice from the Oman hospital, recommending specialized medical treatment abroad and a letter from the medical hospital in India, indicating appointment or showing willingness to undertake treatment.
  3. The visa is granted for a maximum period of one year or for the period of treatment whichever is less for seeking medical attendance only in reputed/recognized specialized hospitals/treatment centers in India.
  4. It is mandatory for the foreigners coming on Medical visa to get themselves registered well within the period of 14 days from the date of arrival with the concerned FRROs/FROs, in case the applicant is required to stay in India for more than 6 months for the treatment.
  5. Such visa will be valid for maximum three entries during one year.

Fee


R.O. 31.800/-


Visa Application form link : www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa

  1. General guidelines for visa application are applicable in this case also.
  2. Attendant/family members of the patient coming to India for medical treatment shall be granted medical attendant visa co-terminus with the 'Medical Visa' of the patient. Such visa may be granted to the spouse/ children or to those who have blood relations with the patient. Such a visa can be issued to a maximum of two persons in the family.
  3. Medical attendant visa holders are also required to get themselves registered within the period of 14 days of arrival in India with the concerned FRROs/ FROs, in case the applicant is required to stay in India for more than 6 months for the treatment.
  4. Such visa will be valid for maximum three entries during one year.

Fee


R.O. 31.800/-


Visa Application form link : www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa

Application in the prescribed form, which may be downloaded, supported by a letter from the sponsoring organization indicating nature of applicant’s business, probable duration of stay, validity of visa, places and organizations to be visited and also a guarantee to meet maintenance etc. and letter of invitation received from business houses or companies in India, along with two passport sized photographs, the passport in original and a photocopy of the first five pages of the passport should be submitted. The passport and resident visa should have at least six months validity left. If all documents are in order, the passport will be returned on the same day with visa stamped there on. While general guidelines for visa application are applicable in the case of business visa also specific requirements are as follows:


  1. A letter from the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, or from the sponsor company certifying that the applicant is employed in their organization and is proceeding to India on a business trip.
  2. Proof of financial standing and expertise in the field of intended business.
  3. An invitation letter from the company/ organization based in India inviting the applicant for this business trip.
  4. The passport should have Oman residence visa valid for two years.

Who is eligible for Business Visa:


  1. Business Visa is granted to a foreign national subject to following conditions:
  2. The applicant is a person of assured financial standing and expertise in the field of the intended business.
  3. The applicant is not visiting India for the business of money-lending or petty-trading, or for full time employment in India involving payment of salary in India etc.
  4. Business Visa is extended to senior executives of firms, experts, tour conductors and travel agents, etc., visiting India in connection with work related to projects of national importance, including those undertaken by public sector undertakings, and conducting business tours of foreigners or business relating to it, etc.
  5. A foreign national will have to comply with all other requirements like payment of tax liabilities etc.
  6. The grant of Business Visa is subject to any instructions issued by the Government of India on the basis of reciprocity with other foreign countries from time to time.
  7. The Business Visa must be issued from the country of origin, or from the country of domicile of the foreigner provided the period of permanent residence of that applicant in that particular country is for more than 2 years.
  8. Foreign nationals who want to visit India to establish industrial/business venture or to explore possibilities to set up industrial/business venture in India.
  9. Foreign nationals coming to India to purchase/sell industrial products or commercial products or consumer durables.
  10. Foreign nationals coming to India for technical meetings/discussions, attending Board meetings, general meetings for providing business services support.
  11. Foreign nationals coming to India for recruitment of manpower.
  12. Foreign nationals who are partners in the Business and/or functioning as Directors in the company.
  13. Foreign nationals coming to India for consultations regarding exhibitions, for participation in exhibitions, trade fairs, business fairs, etc.
  14. Foreign buyers who come to transact business with suppliers/ potential suppliers at locations in India, to evaluate or monitor quality, give specifications, place orders, negotiate further supplies etc., relating to goods or services procured from India.
  15. Foreign experts/specialists on a visit of short duration in connection with an ongoing project with the objective of monitoring the progress of the work, conducting meetings with Indian customers and/or to provide some high level technical guidance.
  16. Foreign nationals coming to India for pre-sales or post-sales activity not amounting to actual execution of any contract or project.
  17. Foreign Trainees of multinational companies/corporate houses coming for in-house training in the regional hubs of the concerned company located in India.
  18. Foreign students sponsored by AIESEC for internship on project based work in companies/industries.

Duration of the Business Visa


A Business Visa with multiple entry facilities is granted for a period ranging from one month upto 5 years depending on the assessment by the Indian mission Stay stipulation will be prescribed for each visit by the mission.


Fee


Business Visa valid up to 1 Year (Except for certain countries mentioned at annexure A) R.O. 47.200

Business visa (over 1 year & up to 5 years) (multiple) R.O.78.000


Visa Application form link :www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa


Frequently asked questions relating to Business visa:


1 Q. Whether the Business visa can be converted to any other type of visa within the country?


Ans. Business visa shall be non-convertible and non extendable beyond 5 years from the date of issue. At time of issue of Business visa, India Missions/Posts must make it clear to the foreigner that a Business visa cannot be converted to any other kind of visa during his/her stay in India except in the following circumstances and with the prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs:


(i) Submission of a copy of registered Marriage certificate; and


(ii) Report from the FRRO/FRO concerned about their marital status which will inter-alia include his/her antecedents, confirmation about their living together and security clearance.


-Business visa in case of Persons of Indian Origin, who were otherwise entitled for ‘X’ (Entry) Visa but have entered into India on Business visa, can also be converted to ‘X’ Visa.


-Business visa of the foreigners who fall ill after their entry into India rendering them unfit to travel and require specialized medical treatment may be converted to Medical visa if they are eligible for grant of Medical Visa and medical certificate is obtained from government / government recognized hospitals. In such a case, ‘X’ visa of family members/ attendant accompanying the foreigner (whose ‘Business’ visa is converted into Medical Visa) may also be converted into Medical Attendant [Med X] visa co-terminus with the Medical visa of the foreigner.


2 Q. Can foreign nationals coming to execute projects in India be granted Business Visas?


Ans.: No. A foreign national coming for executing projects / contracts will have to come only on an Employment Visa.


3 Q. Can foreign nationals already in India for executing projects on Business Visas be allowed to extend their Business Visas?


Ans.: No.


4 Q. Can foreign nationals already in India for executing projects on Business Visas be allowed to convert their Business Visas to Employment Visas without leaving the country?


Ans.: No.


5 Q. Which category of Visa will be granted to family members of foreign nationals coming to India on Business Visa?


Ans. : Family members/dependants of a foreigner who is granted ‘Business visa’ visa may be granted `X visa subject to usual security checks provided the family members are otherwise eligible for grant of such a visa . Its validity should be co-terminus with the validity of the visa of the principal visa holder or for such shorter period as may be considered necessary by the Indian Mission.”

General guidelines for visa application are applicable in this case also. The maximum validity of Employment Visa is one year.


However, additionally, employment visa application form should be accompanied with


  1. Proof of contract / employment/ engagement of foreign nationals by the company or organization; and
  2. The employing company / organization should be registered in India and a copy of such registration should be submitted;
  3. Certificate by the employer mentioning the salary of the foreign national employed in India;
  4. The employing company / organization should certify that the nature of job is such that qualified Indian nationals are not available for that job;
  5. The applicant must submit proof of employment or contract or engagement by the company / organization in India and also submit copy of the agreement of the company approved by the Government of India;
  6. The applicant must submit documentary proof of his educational qualification and professional expertise;

Please note:


The Employment Visa can only be issued from the country of origin, or from the country of domicile (more than two years stay). Non-Oman passport holders applying for an Employment Visa must submit a copy of their Oman residence visa showing that they have been resident in Oman for more than two years.


Family members / dependents of an applicant who is granted ‘E’ (employment) visa will be granted ‘X’ visa provided the family members are otherwise eligible for grant of such a visa. The validity of such ‘X’ visa shall be co-terminus with the validity of the visa of the principal visa holder or for such shorter period as may be considered necessary by the Indian Mission.


Who is eligible for Employment Visa


  1. A highly skilled / skilled and qualified professional or a person who is engaged or appointed by a company, organization, industry, or undertaking in India on contract or employment basis at a senior level in skilled position such as technical expert, senior executive, or in a managerial position, etc.
  2. Foreign nationals coming to India as consultant on contract for whom the Indian company pays a fixed remuneration, (may not be in the form of monthly salary).
  3. Foreign artists engaged to conduct regular performances for the duration of the employment contract given by Hotels, Clubs, and other organizations.
  4. Foreign nationals who visit India to take up employment as coaches.
  5. Foreign sportsmen who are given contract for a specified period by the Indian Clubs / organizations.
  6. Self-employed foreign nationals coming to India for providing engineering, medical, accounting, legal or such other highly skilled services in their capacity as independent consultants.
  7. Foreign language teachers / interpreters.
  8. Foreign specialist chefs.
  9. For issuing of Employment visa to skilled/ highly skilled foreign workers in the IT software and IT enabled services sector (ITes), following two conditions must also be satisfied.
  10. The sponsor must declare that they are an IT / ITes company.
  11. sponsor must confirm that they are an Export Orient Unit (EOU) or an IT unit delivering services from an Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

Fee


Employment visa (1 year) (multiple) (Except for certain countries mentioned at annexure B) R.O. 47.200/-


Visa Application form link :www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa


Frequently asked questions relating to Employment visa


1 Q. What is an Employment Visa?


Ans.: An Employment Visa is granted to foreigners desiring to come to India for the purpose of employment, subject to fulfillment of the following conditions:


(i) The applicant is a highly skilled and/or qualified professional, who is being engaged or appointed by a company/ organization/ industry/ undertaking in India on contract or employment basis.


(ii) Employment Visa shall not be granted for jobs for which qualified Indians are available. Employment Visa shall also not be granted for routine, ordinary or secretarial/clerical jobs.


(iii) The foreign national seeks to visit India for employment in a company/ firm/organization registered in India or for employment in a foreign company/ firm/organization engaged for execution of some project in India.


(iv) Grant of Employment visa to skilled/highly skilled workers in the IT Software and IT enabled Services sector will be further subject to the condition that the foreign personnel sponsored for the Employment Visa draws a salary in excess of US $ 25,000 per annum


(v) The foreign national must comply with all legal requirements like payment of tax liabilities etc.;


(vi) The Employment Visa must be issued from the country of origin or from the country of domicile of the foreigner provided the period of permanent residence of the applicant in that particular country is more than 2 years;


(vii) The documents/ papers pertaining to the proposed employment, like the registration of the company under the Companies Act, proof of registration of the firm in the State Industries Department or the Export Promotion Council concerned, or any recognized promotional body in the field of industry and trade etc will be thoroughly checked to decide the category of visa that may be issued to the foreigner;


2 Q. What are the other categories of foreign nationals who are eligible for Employment visa?


Ans.: Subject to the fulfillment of the conditions, the following categories of foreign nationals will also be eligible for Employment visa:-


(i) Foreign nationals coming to India as consultant on contract for whom the Indian company pays a fixed remuneration (this may not be in the form of a monthly salary);

(ii) Foreign artists engaged to conduct regular performances for the duration of the employment contract given by Hotels, Clubs, and other organizations;


(iii) Foreign nationals who are coming to India to take up employment as coaches of national /state level teams or reputed sports clubs;


(iv) Foreign sportsmen who are given contract for a specified period by the Indian Clubs/organizations;


(v) Self-employed foreign nationals coming to India for providing engineering, medical, accounting, legal or such other highly skilled services in their capacity as independent consultants provided the provision of such services by foreign nationals is permitted under law;


(vi) Foreign language teachers/interpreters;


(vii) Foreign specialist Chefs;


(viii) Foreign engineers/technicians coming to India for installation and commissioning of equipment/machines/tools in terms of the contract for supply of such equipment/machines/tools;


(ix) Foreign nationals deputed for providing technical support/services, transfer of know-how/services for which the Indian company pays fees/royalty to the foreign company.


3 Q. What is the duration of an Employment visa?


Ans.: Validity of an Employment visa will be as follows:


(i) A foreign technician/expert coming to India in pursuance of a bilateral agreement between the Government of India and the foreign government, or in pursuance of a collaboration agreement that has been approved by the Government of India, can be granted an Employment visa for the duration of the agreement, or for a period of five years, whichever is less, with multiple entry facilities.


(ii) In the case of highly skilled foreign personnel being employed in the IT software and IT enabled sectors, the Missions/Posts can grant Employment visa with validity up to 3 years or the term of assignment, whichever is less, with multiple entry facility;


(iii) A foreigner coming to India for employment not covered in (i) or (ii) above can be granted Employment visa with validity up to two years or the term of assignment, whichever is less, with multiple entry facility;


(iv). In the case of Employment Visa issued for a period of 180 days or less, registration is not required with FRRO/FRO. The Missions/Posts may issue multiple entry Employment Visa for a period of 180 days or less;


(v) However, if the Employment visa is valid for a period of more than 180 days, it should carry an endorsement to the effect that the E-visa holder must register with the FRRO/FRO concerned within 14 days of arrival;


(vi) On registration, the FRRO/FRO concerned may issue Residential Permit for the validity of the visa period. However, if there is any change in the residential address, the foreign national concerned shall immediately report the change of address, in writing, to the FRRO/FRO concerned;


(vii) The Employment visa may be extended by the State Governments / Union Territories / FRROs / FROs beyond the initial visa validity period, up to a total period of 5 years from the date of issue of the initial Employment Visa, on an year to year basis, subject to good conduct, production of necessary documents in support of continued employment, filing of Income Tax returns and no adverse security inputs about the foreigner. The period of extension shall not exceed five years from the date of issue of the initial Employment visa.


4 Q. Which category of visa will be granted to family members of foreign nationals coming to India on Employment?


Ans.: Family members/ dependents of a foreigner who is granted `Employment visa’ shall be granted `X visa' subject to usual security checks provided the family members are otherwise eligible for grant of such a visa. Its validity shall be co-terminous with the validity of the visa of the principal visa holder [or for such shorter period as may be considered necessary by the Indian Mission]


5 Q. Whether Employment visa can be converted to any other type of visa within the country


Ans.: Employment visa cannot be converted to any other kind of visa during the stay of the foreigner in India except in the following circumstances and with the prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs:


a) Employment visa can be converted to ‘X (Entry) Visa’ if a foreigner who has come to India on Employment visa marries an Indian national during the validity of his/her visa and does not intend to continue on Employment visa. Such conversion would be considered subject to fulfillment of following conditions:


(i) Submission of a copy of registered Marriage certificate; and


(ii) Report from the FRRO/FRO concerned about their marital status which will, inter-alia, include his/her antecedents, confirmation about their living together and security clearance;


b) Employment visa in case of Persons of Indian Origin, who were otherwise entitled for ‘X (Entry) Visa’ but have entered into India on Employment visa, can also be converted to ‘X Visa’;


c) Employment visa of the foreigners who fall ill after their entry into India rendering them unfit to travel and require specialized medical treatment can be converted to Medical visa if they are eligible for grant of Medical Visa and medical certificate is obtained from government/government-recognized hospitals. In such a case, ‘X visa’ of family members/ attendant accompanying the foreigner (whose ‘Employment’ visa is converted into Medical Visa) can also be converted into Medical Attendant [Med X] visa co-terminus with the Medical visa of the foreigner.


Note: On conversion of Employment visa into ‘X’ visa / Medical visa/ ‘Med X’ visa, the following endorsement shall be made on the Passport /


Residential Permit - “Employment/Business not permitted”.


6 Q. Whether a foreign company/organization that does not have any Project office/ subsidiary / joint venture/branch office in India can sponsor a foreign national/employee of a foreign company for Employment visa?


Ans.: No.


7 Q. Whether an Indian company/organization which has awarded a contract for execution of a project to a foreign company that does not have any base in India, can sponsor employee of foreign company for Employment visa?

Ans. : Yes


8 Q. If the Indian organization/entity sponsors an Employment visa, does this mean that the Indian organization/entity has to necessarily be the legal employer of the person?


Ans.: No.


9 Q. Which category of visa will be granted to the foreign language teachers/interpreters?


Ans.: Employment visa


10 Q. Which category of visa will be granted to the foreign specialist Chefs?


Ans.: Employment visa.

11 Q. Which type of Visa would be granted to senior management personnel and/or specialists employed by foreign firms who are relocated to India to work on specific project / management assignment?


Ans.: Employment visa.


Please Note:


Following category of applicants will be eligible for Business visa and not Employment visa:


(a) Foreign nationals visiting India on short visits to customer’s locations to repair plant or machinery as part of the warranty or annual maintenance contracts.


(b) Foreign engineers/technicians visiting India for installation and commissioning of equipments/machines/tools in terms of the contract for supply of such equipment/machine/tools.


(c) Foreign experts visiting India for imparting training to the personnel of an Indian company.


(d) Foreign personnel deputed for providing technical support/services, transfer of know-how, services and supplies for which the Indian company pays fee/royalty to the foreign company.

A letter of approval or No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Ministry of Health in case of admission to medical or para-medical course is also to be submitted with the application. The letter of approval or NOC can be obtained from the college/institute where admission has been confirmed.


  1. Foreign Students are allowed to study in recognized graduate and post graduate level medical, Para-medical, engineering and Technical institutes in India. Foreign students intending to pursue regular academic courses in India should apply for Student Visa.
  2. General guidelines for visa application are applicable in this case also. However, additionally the visa application form should be accompanied with- a firm proof of admission to a recognized University/educational institution and a letter from the Ministry of Higher Education, Sultanate of Oman, should accompany the application.
  3. Further, a letter of approval or No Objection Certificate from Ministry of Health, Government of India (GOI) in case of admission to medical or Para-medical courses and from Ministry of Human Resources Development (Department of Education) (GOI) in case of Engineering and Technical courses is required. This letter of approval can be obtained from the college/institute where admission has been confirmed.
  4. Satisfactory evidence of financial support with a bank guarantee for R.O.500/.
  5. The student visa is issued for the period of study (Maximum period of validity is five years) in India.

Fee


R.O. 29.900/-


Visa Application form link :www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa

There might be some cases where the applicants do not have firm letters of admission from the college/institute because of the procedure which requires admission tests etc. Such students may apply for Provisional Student Visa on the basis of Provisional Admission Certificate issued by the university/institute.


Visa in such cases will be limited to a period of six months. Further renewal of student visa can be done through the State Government/Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) who are empowered to grant a regular student visa for the duration of the course or a period of 5 years, whichever is less.


Fee


R.O. 29.900/-


Visa Application form link :www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa

Journalist visa is issued to professional journalists and photographers visiting India. The applicants are required to contact the External Publicity Division of the Ministry of External Affairs and in other places, the Office of the Government of India's Press Information Bureau on arrival in New Delhi.


Foreign journalists visiting India on long term assignments (i.e. to be based in India), have to fill up the online form http://pibaccreditation.nic.in under category New users – select option – “I am applying through Indian Mission abroad) for issuance of PIB cards simultaneously with submission of their “J” visa application, in order to facilitate timely issuance of PIB cards.


Fee


R.O. 31.900/-


Visa Application form link :www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa

Conference visa is issued for attending conferences / seminars / workshops in India. A letter of invitation from the organizers of the conference is to be submitted along with the visa application. Issue of Conference visa is subject to approval of conducting the event by the concerned Ministry of Central/ State governments of India. Delegates visiting attend conferences may combine tourism with attending conferences.


Who is eligible for a Conference visa?


Conference visa is granted to a foreigner:


(i) Whose sole objective of visiting India is to attend a conference/ seminar or workshop being held in India.


(ii) Who holds a valid passport, and a re-entry permit if that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant;


(iii) Who is not a persona-non-grata to the Government of India;


(iv). Who is not considered an undesirable person and is not the subject of a negative list or any warning circular or other restrictive list; and


(v) Who is a person of assured financial standing (the production of a return ticket and availability of sufficient money to spend during his stay in India may be considered sufficient for this purpose).


Fee


R.O. 31.900/-


Visa Application form link : www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa


Frequently asked questions:


1 Q. What is the procedure for grant of Conference Visa?


Ans: Indian Missions are authorized to issue Conference visas to delegates on production of an invitation to a conference/seminar/workshop being organized in India by a Ministry or Department of the Government of India, State Governments or UT administrations, Public Sector Undertakings, Central Educational Institutions, Public Funded Universities or an organization owned and controlled by the Government of India or any State Government / UT, United Nations or its specialized agencies. Missions will process the cases for grant of visas and after satisfying themselves, grant visas to the participants of such events.


2 Q. What is the duration of the Conference visa?


Ans: Conference visa will be issued for the duration of the conference and the travelling time. However, the delegates coming to attend conference etc. in India can combine tourism with attending the conference. Missions can, at their discretion, grant visas for the required period. Such visa shall not exceed maximum validity of Tourist Visa or 6 months subject to usual conditions applicable for grant of the Tourist visa.

A transit visa is granted for the sole purpose of enabling the holder to travel through India to reach his/her ultimate destination. Change of purpose is not allowed. The visa will ordinarily be valid for a single/double journey and for entry within 15 days of date of issue. The transit visa is valid for direct transit only for a maximum period of 3 days. Confirmed air ticket for onward journey and valid visa for final destination are required. For a stay in India beyond 3 days, an appropriate visa should be obtained.


Fee


R.O. 8.800/-


Visa Application form link :www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa

Single entry visa valid for the duration approved by the Government of India is issued. Three copies of the letter from the sponsoring organization indicating intended destination in India, expected length of stay, and nature of work to be discharged should be attached along with a guarantee for applicant’s maintenance while in India.

(Note: Processing of application for a Missionary Visa may take up to 3 months.)


Fee


R.O. 31.900/-


Visa Application form link: www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa

Approval of Ministry of Human Resources Development (Department of Education), New Delhi, should accompany the visa application. The validity of the visa would coincide with the research period.


Fee


R.O. 31.900/-


Visa Application form link: www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa

Pakistani nationals resident in Oman may submit 6 sets of prescribed application form duly filled in with 12 recent passport sized photographs, present and all previous passports, a photocopy of the first five pages and visa page and the address page of the current passport and documentary evidence as may be required. Visitor visa is granted to Pakistani nationals, to meet relatives or friends in India or for any other legitimate purpose, and documentary proof in support thereof should be furnished.


  1. The document should provide a complete verifiable address of the relative in India with the relationship.
  2. Application should be complete in all respects and should in particular, indicate port of arrival as well as details of previous visits to India, If any.
  3. However, Applications for business visa should be supported by a letter from the Chamber of Commerce & Industry/sponsor and invitations from companies in India and the invitation should have been attested by the Chamber of Commerce concerned.

Fee


The visa fee is Omani Rials 0.200 (Two hundred baiza) plus R.O. 1/- as service charge.


Visa Application form link: www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa

Applications of Pakistan origin persons for visa of all categories will be dealt with according to concerned Ministry guidelines issued from time to time. Applicants holding dual nationality of Pakistan (including Pakistan origin card) and some other country should apply only on their Pakistan passport, if they are still holding valid Pakistani passport. Visa for foreign nationals of Pakistani origin will be issued only for a period of 3 months with single entry. Photocopy of visa in case of previous visit if any.


Additional information sheet incorporating details of Pakistan origin should be filled up by all visa applicants.

  1. Three photographs and passport copy.
  2. Two references in Oman along with telephone numbers and one or more references in India along with contact number.

Fee


General Visa application and Fee as applicable to the type of visa requested


Visa Application form link: www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa

The applicant may submit a certified copy of his/her updated bank statement along with the application form, original passport, a copy of the passport and two photographs.


Fee


Gratis


Indian Community Welfare Fund: R.O. 1/-


Visa Application form link: www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa

Sr. No. Type of Visa Validity Visa Fee
1 Tourist Visa (double entry) 30 days 6.800
2 Tourist Visa (Single entry) 90 days 6.800
3 Tourist Visa (double entry) 90 days 10.700
4 Tourist Visa (double/multiple entry) 180 days 10.700
5 Entry Visa (multiple entry) 1 year 10.700
6 Business Visa (multiple entry) 30 days 10.700
7 Business Visa (single entry) 90 days 11.400
8 Business Visa (multiple entry) 90 days 16.400
9 Business Visa (multiple entry) 180 days 31.800
10 Business Visa (multiple entry) 1 year 31.800
11 Business Visa (multiple entry) 5 years 47.200
12 Transit Visa (single entry) Upto 15 days 4.900
13 Employment Visa (multiple entry) 1 year 61.500
14 Student Visa (for institutions covered by bilateral agreement) 1 year 17.600
15 Student Visa (for institutions covered by bilateral agreement) More than 1 year 32.200
16 Student Visa (for institutions not covered by bilateral agreement)   32.200

Diplomatic Visa & Official Visa for official purposes would be given gratis provided the application is submitted along with a Note Verbale from the concerned Embassy/Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oman clearly mentioning the purpose of visit. The applicant should submit the application form at the Embassy between 9 am and 12.30 pm on Embassy working days. All such visas will be valid for an initial stay of three months/two months in India.


Fee


Gratis


Visa Application form link: www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa


Further a list of exemptions of visa for Diplomatic and official passport holder of certain countries is as under.


S. No. Country Category of passport exempted Period of stay Signed on Remarks
1 Argentina Diplomatic & Official 90 days    
2 Armenia Diplomatic only 90 days 31.10.2003 w.e.f. 24.08.2004
3 Bangladesh Diplomatic only 30 days    
4 Belarus Diplomatic & Official Not specified    
5 Bhutan All passports Not specified    
6 Brazil Diplomatic & Official 90 days 20.01.2004 w.e.f. 17.11.2004
7 Cambodia Diplomatic & Official 60 days    
8 Chile Diplomatic & Official 90 days 24.04.2003 w.e.f. 17.08.2004
9 Colombia Diplomatic & Official 90 days    
10 Croatia Diplomatic & Official 30 days 19.09.2007 w.e.f. 08.04.2008
11 Cyprus Diplomatic & Official 90 days 25.05.2007 w.e.f. 01.05.2008
12 Denmark Diplomatic & Official Not specified    
13 Ecuador Diplomatic & Official 30 days   w.e.f. 18.08.2008
14 Germany Diplomatic only 90 days   w.e.f. 01.01.1991
15 Guyana Diplomatic & Official 90 days 04.02.2003 w.e.f. 03.01.2005
16 Hong Kong @ Diplomatic & Official     Those assigned to @
17 Hungary Diplomatic & Official 90 days 04.11.2003 w.e.f. 01.04.2005**
18 Indonesia Diplomatic & Official 30 days   w.e.f. 01.8.2008@
19 Israel Diplomatic & Official 90 days 09.09.2003 w.e.f. 20.10.2004
20 Japan Diplomatic only 90 days 12.11.2007 w.e.f. 01.01.2008
21 Kazakhstan Diplomatic & Official 30 days 17.08.1999 w.e.f 20.11.2000
22 Laos Diplomatic & Official 30 days 06.11.2002 w.e.f. 01.04.2005@**
23 Malaysia Diplomatic & Official 90 days 14.05.2001 w.e.f. 01.10.2001
24 Maldives All passports 90 days    
25 Mauritius Diplomatic & Official 90 days    
26 Mexico Diplomatic & Official 90 days 21.10.2005 w.e.f. 23.02.2006
 
27 Mongolia Diplomatic & Official 90 days 23.12.2005 w.e.f. 02.02.2006
28 Myanmar Diplomatic & Official 90 day s 02.11.2003 w.e.f. 15.03.2005
29 Nepal All passports Not specified    
30 Nicaragua Diplomatic, official & service 90 days 10.06.2008 w.e.f. 01.10.2008
31 Paraguay Diplomatic & Official 90 days    
32 Peru Diplomatic & Official 90 days 03.06.2003 w.e.f. 16.09.2004
33 Philippines Diplomatic & Official 30 days 05.10.2007 w.e.f. 24.04.2008
34 Republic of Korea(South Korea) Diplomatic & Official 90 days 01.08.2005 w.e.f. 03.10.05
35 Romania Diplomatic only 90 days 31.01.2004 w.e.f. 06.02.2008
36 Russia Diplomatic & Official 90 days 03.12.2004 w.e.f. 15.02.2005**
37 Singapore Diplomatic & Official Not specified    
38 South Africa Diplomatic & Official 90 days 22.02.2008 21.05.2008
39 Tajikistan Diplomatic only 30 days 14.11.2003 w.e.f. 19.08.2005**
40 Thailand Diplomatic & Official 90 days 09.10.2003 w.e.f. 01.03.2004
41 Turkey Diplomatic only 90 days 08.02.2008 w.e.f. 01.05.2008
42 Uruguay Diplomatic & Official 30 days    
43 Venezuela Diplomatic & Official 90 days 31.08.2005 w.e.f. 18.11.2005
44 Vietnam Diplomatic & Official 90 days    

**       Those employed by international organizations require visa.


@       Those assigned to mission require visa

The practice regarding grant of a diplomatic and official visa to a foreign diplomat and official assigned to India is based on the principle of reciprocity.The applicant should submit the application form at the Embassy between 9 am and 12.30 pm on Embassy working days


Fee


Gratis


Visa Application form link: www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa

The holder of an official passport is not entitled to an official gratis visa when the visit is not in connection with official business.


Fee


Fee as applicable to the type of Visa requested for


Visa Application form link: www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa

Sr. No. Description R.O
1 Transit visa (Single/double) valid for 15 days 8.800
2 Tourist visa (6 months) (multiple) 16.500
3 Business Visa valid up to 1 Year (Except for certain countries mentioned at
47.200
4 Business visa (over 1 year & upto 5 years) (multiple) 78.000
5 Medical (X category visa) (upto 6 months) (multiple) 31.800
6 Student visa (6 months/1 year/5 years) (multiple) 29.900
7 Provisional Student visa ( 6 months ) 29.900
8 Research visa (valid upto 6 months ) 31.900
9 Missionaries (valid upto 6 months ) 31.900
10 Conference visa ( valid upto 6 months ) 31.900
11 Journalist visa ( valid upto 6 months ) 31.900
12 Long term visa (over 1 year and upto 5 years) (multiple) 78.900
13 Employment visa (1 year) (multiple) (Except for certain countries mentioned at

Rates for Employment Visa for 16 specified countries

Sr. No.

Country

Upto 6 months (R.O.)

Upto 1 Year (R.O.)

1

USA (including visa application fee)

46.300

61.700

2

Canada

57.800

73.200

3

Ireland

61.600

77.000

4

France

52.000

67.400

5

Italy

40.500

55.900

6

Denmark

48.200

63.600

7

Portugal

43.700

50.100

8

Austria

32.800

48.200

9

Norway

34.700

50.100

10

Australia

69.300

84.700

11

New Zealand

55.900

71.300

12

Thailand

61.600

77.000

13

UAE

144.400

159.800

14

Turkey

38.500

53.900

15

Israel

385.000

400.400

16

Iran

90.500

105.900

47.200
14 Tourist visa for US nationals valid up to 6 months 24.200 Including processing of application fees (RO.7.800)
15 10 years Validity Tourists visa to US nationals 58.900 Including processing of application fees (RO.7.800)
16 Visa fee for UK nationals for all types of visas

Visa Fees for UK Nationals

Sr. No.

Type of Visa

Validity

Visa Fee

1

Tourist Visa

Up to 6 months

50.700

2

Tourist Visa

Up to 2 years

172.000

3

Tourist Visa

Up to 5 years

314.800

4

Transit Visa

Up to 3 months with up to 15 days stay

34.900

5

Student Visa

Up to 5 years

89.200

6

Medical Visa

Up to 1 year

50.700

7

Business Visa

Up to 6 months

66.500

8

Business Visa

Up to 2 years

172.000

9

Business Visa

Up to 5 years

314.800

10

Employment Visa

Up to 6 months

178.100

11

Employment Visa

Up to 1 year

193.500

12

Employment Visa

More than 1 year

230.900

13

Transfer of visa

 

65.300

14

Research visa

Up to 3 years or duration of course (whichever is earlier)

89.200

15

Additional payment for emergency visas in addition to the applicable visa fee

Business Visa

Other Visas

82.800

34.300

17 Visa for Bangladeshi nationals (Gratis) 9.000 (telex charges only)
18 Visa fee for Sri Lankan nationals for specific types of visas

Visa Fees for Srilankan Nationals

Sr. No.

Type of Visa

Validity

Visa Fee

1

Tourist Visa (double entry)

30 days

6.800

2

Tourist Visa (Single entry)

90 days

6.800

3

Tourist Visa (double entry)

90 days

10.700

4

Tourist Visa (double/multiple entry)

180 days

10.700

5

Entry Visa (multiple entry)

1 year

10.700

6

Business Visa (multiple entry)

30 days

10.700

7

Business Visa (single entry)

90 days

11.400

8

Business Visa (multiple entry)

90 days

16.400

9

Business Visa (multiple entry)

180 days

31.800

10

Business Visa (multiple entry)

1 year

31.800

11

Business Visa (multiple entry)

5 years

47.200

12

Transit Visa (single entry)

Upto 15 days

4.900

13

Employment Visa (multiple entry)

1 year

61.500

14

Student Visa (for institutions covered by bilateral agreement)

1 year

17.600

15

Student Visa (for institutions covered by bilateral agreement)

More than 1 year

32.200

16

Student Visa (for institutions not covered by bilateral agreement)

 

32.200

19 Visa for Pakistani nationals 1.200
  Visas for other nationalities Non-Omani nationals holding Omani Tourist or Short Term Visa, should submit an additional amount of R.O. 8.000 for reference to be made to the Indian Mission in their country of origin/permanent residence. Processing time for Tourist visa is 3 working days. M.l  
  Note : The above mentioned rates are not applicable to the nationals of SAARC countries or where there is a bilateral agreement. Journalist visa fee will be charged according to the period of Visa.  
Sr. No. Country Upto 6 months (R.O.) Upto 1 Year (R.O.)
1 USA (including visa application fee) 46.300 61.700
2 Canada 57.800 73.200
3 Ireland 61.600 77.000
4 France 52.000 67.400
5 Italy 40.500 55.900
6 Denmark 48.200 63.600
7 Portugal 43.700 50.100
8 Austria 32.800 48.200
9 Norway 34.700 50.100
10 Australia 69.300 84.700
11 New Zealand 55.900 71.300
12 Thailand 61.600 77.000
13 UAE 144.400 159.800
14 Turkey 38.500 53.900
15 Israel 385.000 400.400
16 Iran 90.500 105.900
Sr. No. Type of Visa Validity Visa Fee
1 Tourist Visa Up to 6 months 50.700
2 Tourist Visa Up to 2 years 172.000
3 Tourist Visa Up to 5 years 314.800
4 Transit Visa Up to 3 months with up to 15 days stay 34.900
5 Student Visa Up to 5 years 89.200
6 Medical Visa Up to 1 year 50.700
7 Business Visa Up to 6 months 66.500
8 Business Visa Up to 2 years 172.000
9 Business Visa Up to 5 years 314.800
10 Employment Visa Up to 6 months 178.100
11 Employment Visa Up to 1 year 193.500
12 Employment Visa More than 1 year 230.900
13 Transfer of visa   65.300
14 Research visa Up to 3 years or duration of course (whichever is earlier) 89.200
15 Additional payment for emergency visas in addition to the applicable visa fee Business Visa Other Visas 82.800 34.300
Sr. No. Type of Visa Validity Visa Fee
1 Tourist Visa (double entry) 30 days 6.800
2 Tourist Visa (Single entry) 90 days 6.800
3 Tourist Visa (double entry) 90 days 10.700
4 Tourist Visa (double/multiple entry) 180 days 10.700
5 Entry Visa (multiple entry) 1 year 10.700
6 Business Visa (multiple entry) 30 days 10.700
7 Business Visa (single entry) 90 days 11.400
8 Business Visa (multiple entry) 90 days 16.400
9 Business Visa (multiple entry) 180 days 31.800
10 Business Visa (multiple entry) 1 year 31.800
11 Business Visa (multiple entry) 5 years 47.200
12 Transit Visa (single entry) Upto 15 days 4.900
13 Employment Visa (multiple entry) 1 year 61.500
14 Student Visa (for institutions covered by bilateral agreement) 1 year 17.600
15 Student Visa (for institutions covered by bilateral agreement) More than 1 year 32.200
16 Student Visa (for institutions not covered by bilateral agreement)   32.200

Events

Inauguration of Indian Calligraphy Exhibition by His Excellency Mr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al Rowas, Advisor to His Majesty Sultan for Cultural Affairs on 20th March 2017. The exhibition will remain on display till 25th March 2017 at Omani Society for Fine Arts during visiting hours from 9 am to 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm to 8 pm. All are requested to visit.

 

FESTIVAL OF INDIA IN OMAN CONCLUDES WITH INDIAN FOOD FESTIVAL AT GRAND HYATT (15-19 MARCH 2017): The much-awaited Indian Food Festival in Oman was inaugurated on 15th March 2017 evening at Grand Hyatt in a ceremony full of Indian instrumental music, classical and folk dance, ghazals and Bollywood songs. His Excellency Salim bin Mohammed bin Said Al Mahrooqi, Under Secretary for Heritage, Ministry of Heritage and Culture of Oman, was the Chief Guest. The Opening ceremony was also attended by HE Nasser Mohammed Khaleefa Al Busaidi, Chief of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, HE Sheikh Hilal Marhoon Salem Al Ma’amari, Chief of West Asia Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and HE Saif Mohammed Al Ruzaiqi, Adviser Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Over 300 prominent Omanis, including businesspersons and officials, Ambassadors, members of diplomatic corps, expatriates and members of Indian community were present at the opening ceremony. The Indian Food Festival at Grand Hyatt will conclude on 19th March, 2017.