About Us Visa on Emergency Grounds


Given the COVID19 situation, there are restrictions in place for obtaining visa for India. For the latest guidelines on visa and travel please see this link. In cases of emergency applicants are advised to apply for appointment at Sampark [???????] (cgitoronto.gov.in)Only cases related to death of an immediate family member (parent, child or sibling. Indirect family members are not included in this criteria) are considered emergency cases. IMPORTANT: APPLICANTS ARE REQUESTED TO REFRAIN FROM BOOKING TICKETS BEFORE OBTAINING A VISA. HAVING A TRAVEL TICKET WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED AN EMERGENCY AND YOU MAY LOSE MONEY IN THE PROCESS. The applicant should visit the Consulate for obtaining visa, only after the approval is given on SAMPARK portal.

Applicants covered under the following categories are eligible to apply for visa for India – 

  1. Foreign nationals who are minor children where at least either of their parents is an Indian citizen or an OCI cardholder; 
  2. Foreign nationals married to Indian citizens; 
  3. Foreign nationals who are single parents of minor children holding Indian passport or OCI Cards; 
  4. Students who are foreign nationals where at least one of their parent is an Indian citizen or an OCI Cardholder; 
  5. Dependent family members of foreign diplomats and official /service passport holding service staff accredited to foreign diplomatic Missions, Consular offices or accredited international organizations in India; 
  6. Foreign nationals who are persons of Indian origin, who wish to come to India on account of family emergencies like death of immediate family members. For this purpose, the person of Indian origin means someone who or any of whose parents had held an Indian passport or such parent(s) is/are or had been a citizen of India earlier. 
  7. Foreign nationals stranded in the close neighbouring countries and seeking to exit to their destination country through India; 
  8. Foreign nationals travelling to India on medical grounds for treatment in India (including one attendant, if so requested). 
  9. Other categories allowed are – Business, Employment and Journalist. However, such applicants should obtain specific prior approval by submitting the relevant documents to the visa officer at – visa.toronto@mea.gov.in 


Requirements and Process in brief: -  

  • Duly filled in Regular/Paper Visa Application form at the given link - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/  (Please use the latest version of browser which supports secured site). Please note your Tracking ID, in case you need it to complete your visa application. Once completed, save the pdf file and take a print out of your completed application and sign the application form at the designated places on the application on the first and the second page.
  • One recent colour passport size (2inch x 2inch) photographs with plain white background showing full frontal face to be pasted on the visa application form.
  • Current valid passport of the applicant;  
  • Address proof - Canadian driving licence, Gas, Electricity or landline telephone bill displaying applicant's address and House lease agreement.
  • Persons of Indian origin seeking visa for medical emergency or death of an immediate family member, in addition to the above, must submit previously held Indian passport; latest doctor certificate / hospital paper / death certificate of the family member in India who is sick or deceased; copy of Indian passport / ID proof of patient (to establish relationship); if grandparents, please provide ID of patient and parents passports to establish relationship. 
  • In case of minor child, in addition to above documents, applicant must submit birth certificate having both parents name; consent form (click here to download) signed by both parents; Indian passport copies of both parents or Canadian passport with OCI of one parent; marriage certificate of parents (if spouse name is not mentioned on Indian passport);
  • In case of medical visa for self,  in addition to above documents, the applicants must submit a letter from Canadian doctor recommending treatment in India; acceptance letter from the Indian hospital stating name, details, passport number of patient; 
  • In case of medical attendant – a letter from hospital stating requirement of medical attendant with name/details/passport number and relationship of the admitted patient with the attendant. Copy of passport of patient. 

Other useful information for VISA seekers :

  • Visa is normally issued on passport / Identity Certificate.
  • Validity of passport should be more than 190 days.
  • Given the COVID19 situation only 3 months valid visas are issued by the Consulate and the validity of the visas starts from the date of issue. Hence, applicants are advised to apply for visa nearer the date of their travel to India. 
  • The Consulate General of India reserves the right to delay / change the duration / refuse visa without assigning any reasons. Visas are issued after various verifications and clearances. Acceptance of visa application does not necessarily mean grant of visa. 
  • Former Indian passport holders, are required to submit their Canadian passport with Surrender Certificate or the surrendered Indian passport. If applicant intends to extend his/her stay in India beyond 3 months validity of visa, it is advisable that the applicant surrenders his/her Indian passport in Toronto itself if not done already. 
  • For further extension of visa, applicants may kindly contact the nearest Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in India - https://indianfrro.gov.in/eservices/home.jsp 
  • Fees once charged will not be refunded even in cases where visa is refused or application is withdrawn.
  • In addition to the prescribed fee, an applicant would be required to pay C$ 4 on account of Consular surcharge. 
  • For travel to India under COVID-19 situation, please see the Frequently Asked Questions -  https://www.cgitoronto.gov.in/docs/1601044857FAQs-%20Travel%20to%20india.pdf 
  • No vaccination is necessary for those traveling to India from Canada. However, persons coming from or passing through Yellow Fever infected areas are required to be in possession of a valid certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever before arriving in India.
  • Visa applications from Pakistani nationals or persons of Pak origin are not considered at present.  
  • Visas are issued and affixed on passports and therefore, passports must be submitted with the application form.
  • Tourist visas cannot be extended in India.
  • Visa on Emergency Grounds is normally processed on the same day at the Consulate, provided documents required for processing of visa are in order.