India has gone much farther than most Countries when it comes to Education.
Many foreign Students Immigrate to India every year, in order to get enrolled in any Educational Institution in India.
For you to Study in India, you must possess the Indian Student VISA, this will enable you to pass the Indian border and study in any accredited Schools in the Country.
The Indian Student VISA allows its holders (foreign students) to enter India and study in any of their preferred School.
Before applying for the VISA, you (applicant) must have an admission offer from your preferred School.
This serves as a precondition for application. If you are not admitted in your preferred School, then you might not be eligible to apply for the India Student VISA.
India Student VISA
The Indian Student VISA is for the following sets, and also their eligibility for application;
- Foreign Students coming to India to pursue regular and full-time academic studies in India.
- Foreign Students coming for Industrial training, summer project and Internship.
- Provisional Student VISA valid for six months for the students exploring admission or taking admission tests.
- Applicant should possess the proof of admission to a full time regular academic course in a reputed/recognized Educational Institution in India and evidence of financial support.
- The applicant should also possess a “No Objection Certificate” from the Ministry of Health in case of admission in medical or Para-medical course.
- Spouse and dependent family members accompanying the applicant, must apply for an Entry VISA (Not Tourist VISA). Its termination date will coincide with the period of the principal VISA holder.
Required Documents For The India Student VISA
- Passport with 6-month validity
- Passport size photographs: You must provide two color, passport-type photographs that meets the following criteria:
- Be taken within the last three months and printed on high-quality photo paper
- Be taken against an all-white background
- Be two inches by two inches
- Provide the full-frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression
- You may wear neither eyeglasses nor headwear except for religious purposes
- Your photos should not be affixed to your application and it may not display evidence of adhesive tape or staples
- Glasses cannot be worn in photographs.
- Photo copy of passport
- Proof of residential address
- Copy of online filled form
- University Admission Letter
- University details
- Proof of your financial support: You must prove that you have enough fund to cover your stay in India.
You must fill your application online via India Online VISA website.
Make sure you provide accurate information and avoid fake information.
After you have finished filling the form, Gather your documents alongside with the VISA application form.
You will have to Lodge your application at the Indian Embassy or Consulate or any authorized VISA processing center in your Home Country.
Book an appointment with them, attend the VISA interview and pay your VISA fee.
The India Student VISA fee is from $13 to $118.
Student VISAs are issued for up to five years, depending on the duration of the course. They can also be extended in India.
Since the Student VISA is a long-term stay, you will need to get an Indian residence permit once you arrive.
India Residence Permit
Foreigners entering India for a stay longer than 180 days are required to register with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO), or with the superintendent of the Local Police Station under whose jurisdiction they propose to stay.
You need to register within 14 days of your arrival in India, irrespective of your length of stay.
Pakistan Nationals are required to register within 24 hours of their arrival in India, and Afghanistan Nationals are required to register within 7 days.
Children under 16 years of age are exempt from registration. No registration fee unless you register late, which of course you will be charged Rs1,400.
Keep In Mind
The date of registration has no impact on the time you are allowed to stay in India, this depends only on your VISA.
If you desire to stay in India longer, you will need to apply for a VISA renewal or a VISA extension.
If you register at a Police Station in a smaller city you might want to bring an Indian friend: quite often the Officers who deal with foreigner registrations do not speak English.
It will take several visits to the Police Station and a lot of patience to complete your registration.
To apply for the Resident Permit, you need to provide your passport, a copy of your passport and VISA, four passport photos, proof of Address and a letter from the School or Company you’re working at.
Indian Scholarship holders take the ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) certificate. Students without a Scholarship need proof of sufficient funds.
You must check your air/train fare for your flight/train number, as you might need to show them as well.
For registration, you need to fill in 3 copies of FORM ‘A’+1. Remember to come alongside with your pen and a book to read while you wait!
After all your documents have been processed, your address will be verified by a Police Officer.
And then, you will be given a certificate of registration, which you have to keep in your passport at all times, since you may be asked to show it by Police Officers.
It is best to make several copies of the certificate of registration and the passport since they can be really helpful in case you lose the originals.
As soon as you receive your certificate of registration, you can apply for a residence permit which you need to legally work in India.
In order to apply for the residence permit, you must first get a PAN Card (Personal Account Number Card). Then, take your PAN Card and your certificate of registration to the FRRO/Police Station and you will get your residence permit.