:: Passport valid for at least 180 days
:: Two blank visa pages in passport
:: Two recent passport photographs
The photographs must measure 50x50mm. We can adjust your standard passport photographs for an additional fee. Please see our Services page or contact us for further information.
:: Application form, completed online
The application form must be completed online. Please ensure all questions are answered in full, and all names and details exactly match those in your passport. Once you have completed the online form, print it out twice, then sign and date both copies (making sure your signature stays within the box provided), ready to submit to us along with the other application requirements. Please do not process any payment or book an appointment; we will handle both on your behalf.
Please note, the online form only remains valid for 14 days after it’s completed. If your documents are not submitted to the Indian High Commission within this period, you will have to start the process again.
:: Proof of residence
Please submit a colour photocopy of either your UK residence card (both sides), indefinite leave to remain stamp or current UK visa.
:: Proof of stay
If you have been resident in the UK for more than two years, please supply a current utility bill (no more than one month old) and a bill for the same utility which is 24-30 months old, both to show your name and UK residential address. Acceptable utility bills are gas, electricity, water, council tax, a landline telephone or a tenancy agreement. Bank statements will not be considered as proof of stay.
If you have been resident in the UK for under two years, you must complete a non-resident form and pay an additional fee (£10). Your application will be referred and processing may take longer.
:: Signed declaration form
:: Authorisation letter
Please provide a signed letter authorising us to submit and collect your application.
:: Bank statement
Applicant must submit the most recent bank statement from their current account.
:: Business introduction letter
The letter of introduction from your UK employer must be an original document on company letterhead, addressed to the High Commission of India in London (or the relevant consulate if you are applying in Birmingham or Edinburgh). It must be signed by an authorised signatory of the company – a proxy signature is not acceptable. The letter must include your full name, passport number, start and expiry date of passport, purpose of trip and duration of stay in India (per trip, where applicable). It should include details of the organisation(s) to be visited in India, and accept moral and financial responsibility for your trip.
Self-employed applicants should instead provide a chartered accountant’s certificate. Applicants who are unemployed or on disability benefits must submit a letter confirming this status.
:: Letter of invitation
The letter of invitation must come from a business or organisation in India. It must be an original document, written on official company letterhead, addressed to the High Commission of India and signed by an authorised signatory, as before. The letter must include your full name, passport number, start and expiry date of passport, purpose of trip and duration of stay in India (per trip, where applicable).
:: Biometric information, if applicable
All travellers applying for a 5 year multiple-entry visa are required to provide biometric information in person at the Indian visa processing centre on the day of application. The provision of biometrics is compulsory and applications from travellers who refuse to give their fingerprints will automatically be rejected.