Only Emergency Passport and Visa will be accepted at the consulate

09:30-11:30 Hrs (On all business days, with ticket (travel within 48 hours) and proof of Emergency-Only Canadian Passport holders.

We may not be able to grant the service in certain cases.

General Visa Information

Consequent upon opening of 4 "Indian Visa & Consular Services Centers",  from  October 27, 2009 onwards applications for Visa, Passport, PIO,OCI, PCC etc should be submitted at;

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Vancouver Centre ( http://in.vfsglobal.ca)

Indian Visa & Consular Services Centres at Unit 604, 889 West Pender street,
Vancouver BC V6C 3B2

Submission of Application: 0800 - 1430 Hrs
Passport pickup: 1530 - 1900 Hrs Monday-Saturday

Help Line number:

Our Helpline number is +1 778 783 0766 you may call us between 8.00am - 7.00pm ( Monday - Saturday except designated Holidays)

You can also send us your queries via email at

 

 

OR  

Surrey Centre ( http://in.vfsglobal.ca)

Unit 100, 8140 Scott plaza, 120th Street
Surrey, BC V3W 3N3

Submission of Application: 0800 - 1430 Hrs
Passport pickup: 1530 - 1900 Hrs Monday-Saturday

Help Line number:

Our Helpline number is +1 778 783 0767 you may call us between 8.00am - 7.00pm ( Monday - Saturday except designated Holidays)

You can also send us your queries via email at  

 

OR 

Calgary Centre ( http://in.vfsglobal.ca)

Unit #5-145A, 4851 Westwinds Drive NE, Calgary, Alberta, T3J 4L4

Telephone for appointments: 1-403 5900207 (between 0800 hrs-1700 hrs]

Helpline number: 1 403 775 0536 (between 0800 & 1900 hrs]

 

OR

Edmonton Centre ( http://in.vfsglobal.ca)

Indian Visa and Consular services collection centre, Edmonton
Indian Visa And Consular Services Centre
#201-9252, 34 Avenue, NW,
Edmonton, Alberta
T6E 5P2

      92nd Streen NW & 34 Ave NW

This address is effective w.e.f. May 31st 2010

Telephone for appointments: 1-780 4655588 (between 0800 hrs-1700 hrs]

 Edmonton Helpline number: 1 780 628 6490 (between 0800 & 1900 hrs]

 

[To submit application, applicants are requested to make an appointment by calling +1-7804655588(Between 0800 hrs - 1700 hrs) ]  

 


You can also send us your queries via email at  

The Consulate-General is located at 201-325, Howe Street, Vancouver and the nearest skytrain station is ‘Waterfront’. Cross street is Cordova and Howe.

VFS Processing Charges:
A charge of CAD 19.25 (plus GST ) payable to VF Services (Canada) Inc. is applicable per passport Please note that the fees / processing charge is non refundable and non transferable

All the postal applications should be sent to the Vancouver  Indian Visa & Consular Services Office at West Pender Street.

For downloading forms and for further details please visit the website http://in.vfsglobal.ca  or https://cgivancouver.org/form.htm

Applications of Canadian nationals of Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi and Afghani origin may require extended processing time. 

Applications of Foreign Passport holders also require longer processing time of up to 10 working days

Please apply for visa well before your departure. However, booking of a flight MAY NOT guarantee issue of visa to an applicant.

The date of validity of visa begins from the date of issue of visa which may not have any bearing to the date of travel mentioned in the application.  

MEA Official Spokesperson on queries relating to Tourist Visa
In response to questions on the recent guidelines on Tourist visas, the MEA Official Spokesperson drew attention to Frequently Asked Questions Relating to Tourist Visa available on the website of Ministry of Home Affairs (link:http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/FAQ-TVisa311209.pdf) which inter alia clarifies as under:

Q: Whether the gap of two months between two visits would apply to all Tourist Visa holders?

Ans: The gap of two months between two visits would apply to all Tourist Visa holders.

Q: Whether the restriction of two months gap for re-entering India is applicable to PIO/OCI card holders and foreigners holding business,employment, student and other categories of visa?

Ans: No. The two months gap is applicable only to Tourist Visa holders

Q: FAQs relating to tourist visas  

Ans: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/FAQ-TVisa311209.pdf 

Q: FAQ relating to Business/Employment visas   

Ans: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/work_visa_faq.pdf

 

 

Important instructions for visa seekers

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All foreign nationals need visa to enter India.

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Visas can be issued only on passports and NOT on Travel Documents. The passports should be valid for a minimum period of 190 Days.

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Visa application should be in the prescribed format (posted on this website). Every column of the application should be complete in all respects. Incomplete applications will not be accepted/processed. Any delay on this account will be the responsibility of the applicant. Acceptance of visa application does not necessarily mean grant of visa. The High Commission/ Consulate General reserves the right to delay/refuse visa without assigning any reasons. Visas are issued subject to various checks and clearances. 'Landing paper is not required for visa applicants. Indian passport, should be submitted, only if it is valid.

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Fee once charged, will not be refunded even in cases where visa is refused or application withdrawn.

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THE VALIDITY OF VISA STARTS FROM THE DATE OF ISSUE. Visas are processed on receipt of the application, irrespective of the date of travel. Applicants seeking short term visa up to six months are, therefore, advised to apply nearer the time of their travel so as to be able to complete their trip within the validity of the visa. Applicant may be required to appear for a personal interview at the High Commission/ Consulate General of India at his/her own expense.

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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. AIDS test is required for persons aged 18 years to 70 years who stay in India for one year or more.

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Long Term Visa holders desirous of staying for more than 180 days are required to register at their nearest Foreigners Regional Registration office or District Superintendents of Police in districts.

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An applicant who desires to visit any RESTRICTED/ PROTECTED areas in India is required to submit an application on the prescribed proforma for issue of a Special Permit, in addition to the visa application. It takes about 10-12 weeks to process such an application. The form is available on our website. In cases of visa for Research, Missionary work, Journalism, travel document holders and Chinese nationals, separate rules apply. Persons who wish to apply for visa for Film shooting in India may please check on website www.mea.gov.in under the head Film Documentary Shooting.

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All visas are valid from the date of issue. Visas are processed on receipt of the application and visas issued immediately irrespective of the date of travel. Kindly check carefully that the intended stay is not beyond the expiry date on the visa.

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A list of closed holidays for this year is available on the website.

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Visas are issued and affixed on passports and, therefore, passports must be sent / Submitted with the application

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Two references known to the applicant both in India and in Canada should be written on the application form. This will enable authorities to contact the applicant in case of any emergency.

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Non-Canadian nationals are required to fill in the Additional Visa Reference Form (posted on this website

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Tourist Visas are issued for 6 months period only

   

PAKISTAN NATIONALS & PERSONS OF PAKISTANI ORIGIN

Special visa application is needed for Pakistani nationals. This can be downloaded from the section containing forms.

Foreigners of Pakistani origin who continue to hold dual nationality viz. Pakistani nationality as well as foreign nationality must apply for visa on their Pakistani passports with visa form meant for Pakistani nationals.
 

Processing of visa request by Pakistani as well as persons of Pakistani origin takes upward  of  3 months depending on response from competent authorities. The Consulate will promptly convey the decision on their application to the applicant as soon as it is received from the authorities.  "
 

Note: VF Services Canada will not accept applications of Pakistani nationals/origin. Please submit your visa applications directly at the Indian Consulate (201-325, Howe Street, Vancouver. Cross roads Howe and Cordova)

 

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SRI LANKAN NATIONALS

For Sri Lankan nationals and Canadian nationals of Sri Lankan origin, the re is no fixed time frame for issuance of visa. Therefore travel arrangements should only be made after issuance of visa. Visa is issued for 3 months, Single entry only..
 

An additional reference form is also required to be submitted. This can be downloaded from the section containing forms

BANGLADESHI NATIONALS

Special visa application is needed for Bangladesh nationals. This can be downloaded from the section containing forms. The processing time is about one month.

TYPES OF  VISAS AND FEE SCHEDULES (Excluding Service charges and taxes being levied by M/s. VFS Global

 

 

 

 

Types of visas                                                                                                                                    C$

 

 

 

 

1.       Tourist visa valid upto six months                        

-        $62

 

 

2.       Tourist visa valid upto one year                            

-      $100

 

 

(Valid for the period mentioned and meant for sight-seeing/holiday (non-extendable), change of purpose is not allowed.  Kindly note that Indo-Canadians are issued tourist visa for six months only. They will be issued only entry visa and not tourist visa for a period of one to five years as per visa fees mentioned under the Entry Visas)    

- Visa applications of minors must be signed by both parents, along with copies of their passport (photo page only)
- Foreign passport holders must attach proof of their status in Canada (Student permit/Work permit/PR card-copies)
-Applications for tourist visa to India will only be accepted after a period of 60 days after exiting India on the last Tourist visa.

 

 

 

 

4.       Transit visa (valid 15 days) single/double entry 

-       $31

 

(Valid for 15 days from the date of issue and meant for taking next connecting flight en route within 72 hours. Confirmed tickets for the journey are to be produced.  The visas are for maximum two entries and are non-extendable.

 

 

 

 

5.       Student visa (multiple entry)

-     $115

 

(For bonafide students to pursue studies in recognized educational institutions in India.  A letter from a recognized educational institution in India confirming admission of the applicant, duration of course and evidence of financial arrangements made for maintenance in India.  If admission is not confirmed, provisional admission letter may also be produced. Valid for duration of the course)  

- Documentation indication financial support

 

 

 

          6.       Entry/Conference/Volunteer Visas

 

- Indian origin applicants are elligible for a 5 year multi entry 'Entry-X' visa excluding them from the requirement    of the 60day period for rentry into India.
- Volunteer visa applicants are requested to submit a letter of invitation from the organisation, where they intend to volunteer along with details of the type of volunteering and Government clearance if any.
-All Conference visa applications should be submitted with the following clearances 

(a) Invitation letter from the organisers 

(b) Clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs for the Conference

 (c) Administrative approval from the nodal Ministry under whose perview the Conference falls 

(d) Clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs from the political angle and 

(e) Clearance from the State Governement to hold the Conference.

 

 

Upto six months                           

-     $123

 

 

Upto One year                             

-     $183

 

 

Upto five years

-     $306

 

 

Conference Visa fee for US passport holders

-     $174

 

 

 

 Business Visa

 

(For Business, Trade, Project, Scheme, Conference, Symposium etc. A letter from the applicants company /organisation in Canada as well as an invitation letter from India indicating the nature of applicants business, probable duration of stay, the places and firms in India to be visited.  

The type of cooperation between the Canadian and Indian company should be clearly stated, if any. The Canadian company should also state that all financial liability for the visit to India would be borne by the Canadian company.
 

All applicants are required to fill-in a Business Information Sheet.) 

 

 

Upto Six Months 

-     $123

 

 

Upto One year       

-     $183

 

 

Upto five years             

-     $306

 

 

 

         7.       Employment visa                                                            

 

(Employment Contract, (Additional form to be filled by Employment Visa Applicants) proof of registration of the company under relevant provisions of the Government of India Rules and a letter from the employer indicating nature of job, salary structure and duration of hire) 'Declaration by the Indian company that not more than 1% of the work force is being employed from abroad. Resume of the applicant along with proof of educational qualifications and certifications. The type of cooperation between the Indian and Canadian company should be clear in the letter of introduction. 

 

 

Upto six months

-     $230

 

 

Upto one year

-     $290

 

 

More than one year upto five years

-     $413

 

 

 

 

8.       Transit visa for Japanese nationals

-       $23

 

 

        All other types of visas for Japanese nationals

-       $33

 

 

 

 

9.       All types of visa fee for Russian nationals

-       $98

 

 

10.     All types of visa fee for Romanian nationals

-     $151

 

 

11.     One year Business visa for US nationals

-     $235

 

 

12.     Five Year/Ten year Business visa for US nationals

-     $387

 

 

13.     Ten year Tourist visa for US nationals

-     $250

 

 

14.     Restricted Area Permit (RAP)

-      No Fees Charged.

 

 

 

All types of visas, including visa transfer, are issued gratis to the nationals of Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Democratic People of Republic of Korea, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, South Africa, Uruguay  and Mongolia.  

A REFERENCE FEE OF C$20 IS PAYABLE AS REFERENCE CHARGES FOR ALL NON-CANADIAN PASSPORT HOLDERS SEEKING ANY TYPE OF VISAS, THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE LISTED VISA FEES.

 

 

 

BUSINESS VISA FEES TO BE CHARGED FROM NATIONALS OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES (For Business, Trade, Project, Scheme, Conference, Symposium etc. A letter from the applicants company/organization in Canada as well as an invitation letter from India indicating the nature of applicants business, probable duration of stay, the places and firms in India to be visited.  All applicants are required to fill-in a Business Information Sheet.)

 

 

 

 

Country

Visa fee

Visa fee for

 

 

upto One year

more than one year

 

 

(in C$)

upto five years

 

 

(in C$)

Ecuador

388

510

New Zealand

220

342

Ukraine

326

449

France

273

395

Australia

350

472

Czech Republic

311

433

Iran

441

564

Ireland

326

449

Nigeria

464

587

Philippines

357

479

Poland

242

365

Saudi Arabia

350

472

U.K.

258

380

Thailand

326

449

U.A.E

655

778

 

*Note: In case Visa fee is not mentioned country-specific, in that case the fee for Canadian passport holders will be applicable for them as well plus C$ 20/- processing fee

 

EMPLOYMENT VISA FEES TO BE CHARGED FROM NATIONALS OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES ON RECIPROCAL BASIS (Employment Contract, Additional form to be filled by Employment Visa Applicants, proof of registration of the company under relevant provisions of the Government of India Rules and a letter from the employer indicating nature of job, salary structure and duration of hire. Employment visa for Pilots should invariably be enclosed with a Security clearance letter from Directorate General of Civil Aviation India.)

 

 

 

 Country

Revised visa fee  (in C$)

 

For six months    Upto One year     More than one year

                                                          Upto five years                  

 USA

173                            235                                 357

 U.K.

671                            732                                854

 Ireland

265                            326                                449

 France

227                            288                                411

 Italy

181                            242                                365

 Denmark

212                            273                                395

 Portugal

158                            220                                342

 Austria

150                            212                                334

 Norway

158                            220                                342

 Australia

296                            357                                479

 New Zealand

242                            304                                426

 Thailand

265                            326                                449

 UAE

594                            655                                778

 Turkey

173                            235                                357

 Israel

1550                          1612                            1800

 Iran

380                              441                              564

Emergency Services 

Applications for Emergency Visa will continue to be received at the Consulate, at 201 – 325 Howe Street, Vancouver. 
Emergency Visa is granted ONLY for genuine medical and humanitarian emergencies. 

Emergency visa is normally valid for 1 month and is for single entry only.

 Applicants may be requested to appear for an interview.


Requirements: 
1. Filled in form – Please fill all columns
2. 2 recent colour passport size (indicated on form) photographs with white/light background
3. Original confirmed air ticket and a copy of the same 
4. Bank draft/Money order for a total of C$ 178.00 payable to Consulate General of India Vancouver
On working days:
· Applications are received in person at Consulate between 9-11 am 

and passports are returned between 3-4 pm upon production of original receipt of payment.
· Tourist visa CANNOT be applied under emergency procedure. 
On Saturdays only:
· Applicants are advised to call the following telephone numbers 604 662 8811
There will be no emergency visa service on Sundays and holidays. "

 

 

 

*Note: In case Visa fee is not mentioned country-specific, in that case the fee for Canadian passport holders will be applicable for them as well plus C$ 20 processing fee  

    

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