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  1. Do I need a visa to go to India?
    Yes, all foreigners except for nationals of Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives, need a visa to enter India. With regard to Maldives' nationals, a visa is required if intended stay in India for longer than 90 days.

  2. Can I get a visa to enter India on arrival?
    No, you must obtain a visa prior to taking a flight to India. Visa cannot be obtained on arrival in India and immigration authorities will not permit any foreigner to enter India without a visa.

  3. I wish to visit India for tourism. Which visa should I apply for?
    You should apply for a Tourist Visa. .

  4. I have to go for internship/training in a University/institute/Company in India for a short period. Which visa should I apply for?
    You should apply for an Entry Visa along with a copy of the offer letter stating the terms of internship. You may also be required to submit a copy of inter-university student exchange agreement if the proposed internship is a component of such agreement. You would be required to submit proof of financial standing to support your stay in India.

  5. I will be going to study in India for one semester/trimester in an IIT/IIM/IISc./Indian University. Which visa should I apply for?
    You should apply for a Student Visa along with an original copy of the admission letter from the Institute/University confirming your acceptance as a student. You would also be required to submit proof of bank guarantee of SAR 7000 /- In the name if Embassy of India, Riyadh and financial standing to support your stay in India.

  6. I applied for a visa for India but I have changed my mind about going to India. Can I claim a refund of visa fee?
    Visa fees are non-refundable once the visa application is accepted and cannot be refunded even if the visa is refused/not granted.

    Service charges are also non-refundable even if the visa is refused/not granted.

  7. My application and passport have been submitted and it has been a while, how can I enquire about the status of my application?
    You can trace your application on line by visiting our website www or by calling our helpline.

  8. How do I know when my passport is ready for collection from the India Passport & Visa Application Centre?
    Please track your passport either by logging on the website or you can even call our helpline number (01)to check the status of your passport.

  9. Can I collect my passport from the Consulate General of India, Riyadh?
    No. The passport has to be collected from the place where the application was made.

  10. Do I have to submit my passport and visa application with the India Visa Application Centre only?
    Yes, However Diplomats and officials of foreign diplomatic Mission, UN and other international organization personnel who are eligible for Visa on "Gratis" basis must submit their visa application directly to the Embassy of India, Riyadh.

  11. How do I pay for the visa charges and service charges?
    Visa fee and services charges need to be paid in cash at the Indian Passport/Visa Application Center, Riyadh in person.

  12. Is a Temporary Resident with less then 1 year stay considered a Non-Resident for purpose of issue of visa?
    Yes, But the applicant would need to pay additional referral charges to the tune of SAR 100 and will take 4 working days.
  1. Where can I find information related to Passport services?
    Please click here for information related to passport services

  1. What is a ECR passport?
    1. The Emigration Act regulates emigration of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers as well as certain professionals such as ‘Nurses’, notified from time to time, for employment abroad in 18 specified countries including Saudi Arabia.
    2. Persons whose passports contain “Emigration Clearance Required” (ECR) stamp and who intend to take up employment abroad in these 18 countries need to obtain emigration clearance from Protector of Emigrants (POE).
    3. The workers who have not obtained clearance from POE are liable to be stopped at the Immigration.
  2. Who are eligible for a non-ECR (previously ECNR) passports?
    1. All persons possessing educational qualification of matriculation (Class 10) and above are normally eligible for non-ECR passports, except those having POE-notified professions such as nurses who require emigration clearance irrespective of their educational qualifications.
    2. Apart from these, persons who have worked abroad for more than 3 years three years in one stretch or split stretches, minor children (below 18 years), persons over the age of 50 years, income tax payers with established income from regular profession/business, etc., are also eligible for non-ECR passport.
  3. How do I know if a passport is a ECR or non-ECR (previously ECNR)?
    1. If a passport (old booklet type) does not contain ECR stamp (normally the stamping is done on page 3 of the passport), it is a non-ECR passport.
    2. In the new type of passport booklet, ‘Emigration Check Required’ is printed just above the Name of father / Legal Guardian column on the last page of the booklet.
    3. If there is no stamping or printing of ECR status on the passport booklet, then the passport is a non-ECR passport (previously ECNR).
  4. Is it true that ECR passport holders are being stopped at Indian airports?
    1. (i) The Emigration Act prohibits travel to ECR countries by persons holding ECR passports for employment purpose without Emigration Clearance from Protector of Emigrants. Such persons may not be allowed to travel to ECR countries including Saudi Arabia by Bureau of Immigration check points located at Indian airports.
    2. Those travelling on visit/vacation to India on ECR passport are subject to the above unless accompanied with copy (alongwith translation) of Residence Permit and Exit – reentry visa.
  5. I am holding an ECR passport. How can I convert it to a non-ECR (previously ECNR) passport?
    If you fulfil any of the eligibility criteria for a non-ECR passport (Q2), you can apply for reissue of your passport at the Passport Issuing Authority (PIA) of your jurisdiction in India or abroad. The Embassy of India in Riyadh and Consulate General of India in Jeddah are the Passport Issuing Authorities in the KSA. If you are in KSA, you may submit your applications at the nearest VFS Passport Application Centres. In case of change in status of passport holder from ECR to non-ECR (previously ECNR), a new passport has to be issued; endorsements are not allowed.