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Submission of Entry Visa on emergency grounds (click here...)

The Consulate has outsourced its VISA services to BLS International Services Inc (BLS). 

  • If you are a minor applicant below 18 years of age, attach parents' consent form, copy of birth certificate (detailed/long one) of the minor and main pages of parents' passport.
    In case the parents of the minors are separated then a copy of the judicial custody from the court along with divorce papers will be required. 
  • If you are a Pakistani Citizen or a Person of Pakistan origin (Pak-Canadian or other foreign passport holder) please click here. Minimum processing time for visa application of a Pakistani citizen or a person of Pakistan origin is 7-9 weeks.

    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). 

Requirements and Process in brief :

  • Duly filled in visa application form (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/(Please use the latest version of browser which supports secured site).
  • Print and sign the application form at the places marked on application at its first and the second page.
  • Two recent colour passport size (2inch x 2inch) photographs with plain white background showing full frontal face to be pasted on the form.
  • Current valid passport of the applicant and address proof (Driving license can be considered as proof of address).
  • Attach the required documents, for details in respect of documents and visa process please visit BLS website through the link https://www.blsindia-canada.com/, and submit the application at the nearest BLS centre. You must ensure that all documents are attached as per the checklist as per the category of visa you seek. Incomplete application will be returned for re-submission.

Other useful information for VISA seekers :

  • Visa is normally issued on passport / Identity Certificate.
  • Validity of passport should be more than 190 days.
  • 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. 
  • Biometric is compulsory for issuance of visa
  • Long-term visa applicants who have held an Indian passport in the past have to submit proof of Immigration status at the time of arrival in Canada.
  • Former Indian passport holders, are required to submit their Canadian passport with Surrender Certificate or the surrendered Indian passport.
  • 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 + BLS service fee of C$ 7.40 (inclusive of applicable taxes).
  • 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.
  • Long Term Visa holders of staying for more than 180 days are required to register at their nearest Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) or District Superintendents of Police in districts in the prescribed form.
  • Visit to Restricted/Protected area in India requires a Special Permit. Please submit the application in the prescribed form. It takes at least 10-12 weeks to process such application. 
  • Separate rules apply in cases of visa for Research, Missionary work, Journalism and Travel document holders.
  • Visas are valid from the date of issue. Kindly check the validity of the visa while making travel plans.
  • Visas are issued and affixed on passports and therefore, passports must be submitted with the application.
  • Tourist visas cannot be extended.
  • The processing time for visa application submitted at BLS centres is 30 days and 45 days for tourist visa applications (excluding transit/delivery time from outsourced agency to and from the Consulate). However, you are advised to apply well in advance say three weeks before the date of travel.
  • If the passport on which visa has been endorsed is lapsed,the visa will still be valid if the old passport is carried along with the new passport.
  • Processing time of visa on travel documents is minimum 30 working days. Validity of visa on Travel Document is 30 days only (Persons of Tibetan origin on submission of copy of Certificate of Identity along with travel document apply for 3 months single entry tourist visa).


Please note that Non-Canadian nationals are required to fill in the additional Visa Reference Form.

 Warning: Satellite phones are not permitted in India.

Warning for fake/frauds websites for e-Tourist Visa

It has come to the notice of the Consulate that a number of fake visa websites are operating on the internet, claiming to provide Indian e-Tourist Visa service to visa applicants desirous of travel to India.


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