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Following suit with China and Brazil, India is now offering U.S. citizens visas that will be valid for 10 years. Contracted visa outsourcer Cox and Kings —the “Official Partner of Embassy of India Visa”—says on their website:
With effect from 15 April 2015, the single category of Tourist Visa available to be applied by a US national will be a 10 year, multiple entries Tourist Visa, with a fee of US$ 100. The actual duration of the visa will be at the discretion of the Embassy / Consulate.
My contact at Allied Passport and Visa, Steve Gempeler, added, “An India visa tends to be one of the most unpredictable visas to apply for, so it’s important to check the application requirements and immigration policies frequently, as they change often.”
Even with the 10-year visa in effect for tourists beginning April 15, 2015, it’s still a very difficult visa to obtain—the paperwork is notoriously finicky and India is extremely jurisdictional. Therefore, I’d recommend using a passport service like Allied Passport, which for the moment only processes India visas in Washington, D.C.’s jurisdiction.
Hopefully, as the 10-year visa takes effect and becomes more commonplace, its intense requirements will gradually fade.
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