Visitor Visa

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A visitor visa will be issued to you in case you are visiting India to meet relatives or friends or for any other legitimate purpose at their invitation.

Applicants traveling on a visitor visa are expected to stay with their relatives/friends in India.

The following documents needs to be submitted for a visitor visa:

Documents from India:

1) Sponsorship Certificate: (for format please click here) (for any one place to be visited): This certificate should also be countersigned by any of the following Indian government officials (DM/ SP/SDM/ Tehsildar/ BDO/ SHO/ Groups A officer of State and Central Government/ Principal of a Government college and Principal / headmaster of a Government School), who will certify that they personally know your Indian sponsor. Sponsorship certificate is mandatory for all visitor visa cases.

Note: The INDIAN VISA DOCUMENTS REQUIRED sponsor giving such sponsorship certificate should furnish a copy of the sponsorship certificate to the FRO concerned immediately after he/she has dispatched the same to the Pakistani national applying for visa.

2) The Indian government official should also attach a self-attested copy of their photo identity card along with his/her contact number (landline preferable) along with the sponsorship certificate.

3) Any two of these documents of the Indian invitee: passport (preferred), copy of electricity bill, telephone bill, ration card, election card, clearly mentioning the address and contact numbers.

Documents from Pakistan:
1) Copy of NADRA Card along with its English translation and the translated copy should be notarized.

2) Copy of any one utility bill, such as electricity bill/ gas bill/ landline telephone bill (as address proof)

3) In case you are employed, any one of the following:

  • For Government employees: A letter from the Head of the Department or copy of the clearance received from the competent Government authority.
  • For private sector employees: A letter from the Organisation giving the details of designation, duration of service and address of the applicant
  • For self employed: A copy of the registration of the business establishment by the Government of Pakistan with English translation.

4) Valid Polio Vaccination Certificate.

Guidelines for filling the visa application form
Online Application Form for Individual Case
Online Application Form for Group Case

You can apply for a maximum of 5 (five) specified places. For this you would need a sponsorship letter from at least one place. You do not need a separate invitation / sponsorship certificate for each city.

In addition to sponsorship certificate, you do not need a separate invitation from the same person.

How early should I apply for visitor visa?

You should apply at least 45 days prior to the proposed date of visit. It is therefore, advisable that INDIAN BUSINESS VISA FOR US CITIZENS are submitted well in advance, in order to avoid any inconvenience later.

You can apply for a visitor visa for a maximum stay period of 3 months. However, duration of visa issued will be decided by the High Commission based on the merits of each case.

What should be the gap between two visits to India?

If you are a holder of a visitor visa, then between two visits, there should be a minimum gap of 2 months from the date of exit from India to the date of re-entry into India on the next visit.

In case you intend to enter India from one Immigration Point and exit from another, then the same should be mentioned while filling the online visa application from.
In case you and your family will be visiting India together, then in such a case you need to submit only one sponsorship certificate, which will have names and photographs of all the members of the family.