A 5 year Indian visa allows you to work, live and study in India for up to 180 days per year (for each of the five years) without the need to renew your visa every 6 months. It’s valid from when you enter the country, so you don’t have to renew it or report to an immigration office during that time! The only thing you need to do is make sure you leave the country before it expires or else you’ll be subject to fines and deportation. You can extend it up to 10 years but you need to first apply for the 5 YEAR INDIAN VISA.
Why do you need an Indian visa?
We all know that to visit India, you need a visa from a VFS Global location. There are two types of visas you can apply for: an e-Tourist visa and a regular visa. The e-Tourist visa is valid for 60 days with multiple entries within that period. For example, if you decide to go on an excursion around India for 30 days and want to return at any point during your stay in India, you’re more than welcome to do so with your original e-Tourist visa. However, if you plan on staying longer than 60 days, then you should get a regular visa. This allows you to enter and exit as many times as necessary within five years. It also gives you more freedom since it isn’t attached to your passport electronically like an e-Tourist visa is; therefore, it doesn’t require biometric information like fingerprints or iris scans.
How to Get A 5 Year Tourist / Business Visa (and why)
To start, you should know that there are two types of visas available to tourists visiting India—the single entry visa (valid for 3 months) and a multiple entry visa (valid up to 1 year). What if you want to live in India long-term? Here’s where things get more complicated. If you’re planning on living in India, or working there in any capacity, you’ll need to get an employment visa before entering.
What the application process looks like
The application process is pretty straightforward. You’ll first need to decide which visa category you fall under. According to India’s Ministry of Home Affairs, there are five categories of visas available to expats: visitor, business, medical treatment, employment and permanent residency. This guide focuses on four different types of visas: visit (both single-entry and multiple-entry), business, employment and permanent residency (for either a family or partner). You can view a full list of eligible visas here. Once you know what type of visa you need, it’s time to gather your documents together… URGENT INDIAN VISA
Applying Online in India
A foreign national wishing to enter India can apply directly at his/her nearest Visa Application Centre (VAC) in India. Applications from foreign nationals who are already in India may be made either online or offline. For offline applications, visit your nearest VAC to fill out an application form and submit supporting documents and fees. Foreigners entering India on long-term employment or student visas are permitted to stay back after expiry of their visa and continue with their current employment or studies subject to certain conditions, as per Government of India guidelines issued under Section 13(1)(e) of The Foreigners Act 1946.
Applying from outside India
Getting a five-year tourist visa from outside India can be difficult. Typically, you’ll need to apply through an authorized visa agent—and that means paying hundreds of dollars in application fees. But what if we told you that there’s a way to get a five-year tourist visa with no special agents or extra costs? That may sound too good to be true, but it is possible and we can prove it! And while these are not officially approved government channels, they do work. If you’re ready to save some money on your passport renewals—and perhaps get your own permanent address in India—read on for our step-by-step guide on how to get your very own five-year tourist visa.