Research Visa (Student Visa)
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Research Visa is granted to those desiring to go to India for undertaking some Research work. Usually the Research Scholars applying for Research Visa have their case sponsored by the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute which is a body jointly set up by India and Canada to promote research. If your research work is sponsored by some other institute or university or yourself, then also the procedure remains the same.

Note: Research visa has been clubbed with student visa. All applicants are advised to obtain High Commission of India Ottawa's approval as per procedure given below. On receipt of approval from High Commission, Ottawa apply for Student Visa (S-5) at BLS.

Requirements and Application procedure :

  • Duly filled in, signed and printed online visa application form (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/).
  • Additionally, download and fill Research Visa Information form (Click here).
  • Forward a copy of duly filled and signed Research Visa information form via email to 
    cons1.ottawa@mea.gov in with the subject line "Approval for Research visa".
  • Submit the complete application along with the approval recieved in email to the closest BLS centre. 

Please note that you have to apply for Research Visa even if you hold a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card or Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card issued by the Government of India.

Processing Time :

Once you get the approval, the visa application will be processed within 5-7 regular business days.





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