It is mandatory for an international student to get an Indian Student Visa. Ph.D. students must obtain a Research Visa. UoH sends the letter offering admission to the prospective international students, which can be used to obtain Student/Research Visa at the nearest Indian Consulate.
Student Visas are issued for the duration of the academic course of study or for a period of five years (whichever is less), on the basis of confirmed admission to Universities in India. During this period you will not be permitted to change the purpose of your stay or your institution.
Research visas are given to Ph.D. students and Research Professor or Scholars and participants attending research conferences/seminars/workshops. Applicants are requested to apply at least 6 weeks before the date of their departure to India and Visas will be valid for entry into India after four weeks of issue. Validity would coincide with the research period. Spouse and dependant family members accompanying the applicant must apply for an Entry Visa (NOT Tourist Visa). The applicant should apply with the subject of their research project, details of places to be visited, previous visits, whether the scholar has secured admission and evidence of financial resources. While applying, the applicant must submit the original letter of admission. Emails or photocopies of admission letters will not be accepted.
It may take up to three months after the submission of application to get a Visa.
To apply/be eligible for a Student/Research Visa, please keep in mind the following conditions:
If you are not having confirmation letters of admission you can get Provisional Student Visa by the Indian missions abroad, on the basis of provisional letters of admissions. However Provisional Student Visa is valid only for 3 months. Within these 3 months, your admission needs to be confirmed otherwise you will have to leave India.
One can apply for a visa from any of the Indian Embassies/High Commission. To view the list of Indian Embassies/High Commission. www.mea.gov.in
Yes, while applying for the visa you need to keep in mind the following regulations: