EMERGENCY VISA GUIDELINES EMERGENCY VISA GUIDELINES

EMERGENCY VISA GUIDELINES

Consulate General of India

Atlanta

EMERGENCY VISA GUIDELINES

 

1. Government of India has restored most of the visas, which had been suspended earlier, except Tourist Visas (e-Tourist and regular Tourist Visa) issued before 6 October 2021 and e-Visas of all other types issued before 30 March, 2021. The details of currently permitted categories are available at PERMITTED CATEGORIES FOR TRAVEL TO INDIA.

2. Foreign nationals of Indian origin residing within the consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, Atlanta (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virgin Islands) and requiring a visit to India due to a family emergency may note the following:

(A) Please visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in, select REGULAR/PAPER VISA APPLICATION and make an application for ENTRY VISA. Fill the application, upload the photo, submit the application online, take a print-out of the visa application and sign the same.  In case of minor applicants, only the visa application and the additional particulars form can be signed by either parent, but the parental authorization will need to be signed by both the parents;

(B) Thereafter, please send the scanned copy of the following documents in PDF format by e-mail to cons.atlanta@mea.gov.in:

(i) Filled-in online visa application form duly singed with a photograph of 2” x 2” size having white background affixed

(ii)  Additional Particulars Form (pdf);

(iii)  Passport of the applicant (only biographical pages);

(iv)  Address proof (US Driver Licence, State Identification Card, Lease Agreement, Mortgage Deed, Income Tax Return or Utility Bills - Electricity, Water or Gas). For minor applicants, the address proof can be in the name of parents;

(v) Renunciation certificate/cancelled Indian passport with endorsement that foreign nationality has been acquired (if previous nationality was Indian). If renunciation certificate has not been obtained earlier, please make an application with VFS (details available at https://services.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind/apply-for-renunciation) and enclose a copy of the fee receipt on submission of renunciation application along with your visa application;

(vi) Eligibility:Copy of last-held Indian passport (first and last pages), OR birth certificate of the applicant together with copies of Indian passports of the parents, if the applicant was born abroad; OR copy of Indian passport of spouse and marriage certificate where the applicant is married to an Indian national; and Letter from the doctor/hospital in case of emergencies like critical medical condition/death in the immediate family. 

(vii) Additional documents in case of minor applicants (under age of 18 years): (a) Copy of Birth Certificate of the minor applicant; (b) Parental Authorization Form duly signed by both parents and notarized; and (c) Copies of passports and US visa of the parents.

(C)  Once the application has been approved, the applicant will be asked to send the application to the Consulate by post along with required documents and visa fees (to be conveyed on approval) for grant of visa. Please do not send the application or visit the Consulate unless the visa has been approved.  Please note that it may take up to 5 business days (longer in certain cases) for processing of the visa, subject to complete submission of documents. Applicants are advised not to finalize travel arrangements prior to issuance of visa.  In view of Covid pandemic, limited duration/limited entry emergency visas are granted currently.

3. In case of any additional queries and applications of other visa categories, please send an email to cons.atlanta@mea.gov.in..

4.  Applicants are also advised to go through the guidelines for international travel to India available at: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals17022021.pdf