Passport and Visa Info for trip to Oneness University in India
First thing to do as you plan for your trip to India
√ Travel Documentation:
Passport: You must have a passport showing an expiration date at least 6 months after your departure from India. If you do not have a passport or need to renew, you can get the forms at any post office. You may also download the forms from www.usps.com/passport. If you have more than 2 months before travel you may go through the passport/visa application process on your own. If you have less than 2 months before travel, you should request expedited service for a slightly higher fee.
Visa: You will need a Tourist Visa from the Indian government. You may do this online at https://www.in.ckgs.us/ (Takes about 2-3 weeks). If you live in a large city, there may be an Indian Embassy or Consulate where you can obtain a visa in person by appointment, however this is not the case in some large cities, you must go through an agency and they take your passport to the embassy to get the visa stamped. Please allow ample time to send in for a visa, as you will need to send them your passport, and you don’t want to be without that on your travel date!
Short term – 30 Day Visa
If you have less than 8 weeks before travel, it is safest to get a 30 day visa on arrival. This visa is handled completely online and you get the stamp in your passport when you arrive in India. The Visa is good for 30 days in India.
The application must be completed online. You must complete this process before 4 days prior to arrival in India. http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html. A second and well-recommended alternative for the online 30 day visa is indiavisa.org.in (they offer an easier streamlined online application process, for a reasonable extra fee.)
Notes on India Visa Application:
Be sure to write down your temporary #, or better yet take a photo of your screen with the number on it. Then you can access your application again if you are unable complete it all in one sitting.
- Have an official passport photo on your computer to upload onto the form.
- Visa Type: Tourist
- No of Entries: Multiple
- Place of Issue: USA or Canada
- Duration: 120 months
- Country Code: 001
- Local Contact in India: Narasimha Kumarji
Local Address: Varadaiahpalem, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh – 517 541
Contact Phone Number: +91 93-44-04047