Understanding the Visa Process

US citizens and foreign nationals residing in the United States intending to stay in India for more than 60 days or for purposes other than tourism must obtain a visa. In this comprehensive guide, we'll take you through the process of applying for an Indian visa from the USA.

Applying Through the Indian Embassy in Washington DC, USA

To initiate the application process through the Indian Embassy in Washington DC, follow these steps:

Step 1: Schedule an Appointment

Before visiting the Indian Embassy in Washington DC, it is essential to schedule an appointment. You can do this by calling +1 (202) 939-9865 or +1 (202) 939-7000, or by emailing

Step 2: Complete the Visa Application Form

Fill out the Indian visa application form online, ensuring accuracy. Upload your passport's bio-data page and a recent photo on the same platform. Don't forget to pay the visa fee.

Step 3: Submit Your Application

Visit the Embassy of India in Washington DC at 2536 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, to submit the filled-out form and all supporting documents.

Step 4: Attend Your Visa Interview

If you receive an invitation for a visa interview, be present at the appointed date and time.

Step 5: Wait for Processing

Patience is key as your visa processing will take up to five business days.

Applying for an Indian e-Visa from the US

Follow these steps for an online application for an Indian electronic visa (e-Visa):

  1. Register on the Indian e-Visa Application Portal
  2. Fill Out the Online Form : Provide necessary details, upload a recent photo, and submit an electronic copy of your passport's bio-data page.
  3. Make Online Payment: Use a valid credit/debit card or a payment wallet to pay the visa fee online.
  4. Wait for Processing: Processing takes a maximum of 72 hours, and upon approval, you'll receive an electronic travel authorization via email.

Processing Time and Document Requirements

Most Indian visa applications from the United States are processed within five business days. To avoid delays, ensure accurate information on the form and timely submission of all supporting documents.

Required Documents for an Indian Visa from the USA

Regardless of the purpose of your visit, you'll need a valid American passport and two passport-size photos. Ensure your passport has at least two blank pages, and the photos have a white background and are recently taken.

Visa Fees for India from the USA

The cost of an Indian visa from the United States varies based on the type of visa:

  • Tourist Visa (Up to one year, Single or multiple entry): $134
  • Tourist Visa (One to five years, Single or multiple entry): $402
  • Employment/Project Visa: $383
  • Student Visa: $190
  • Transit Visa: $73

Please note that visa fees are subject to change and should be verified at the time of application.

Successfully navigating the Indian visa application process requires meticulous attention to detail, adherence to guidelines, and timely submission of required documents. By following these steps, you can secure your Indian visa and embark on your journey with confidence.