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Emergency Visa Services on Weekends and Holidays

Posted on: May 01, 2020 | Back | Print


  1. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Government of India had suspended several categories of visa for travel to India. The Government has gradually revoked the suspension on several categories of visas. The details of currently permitted visa categories are mentioned in para 2 & 3.

  2. The Government of India has restored most of the visas, which had been suspended earlier. Below is the list of some of the categories, where in case the applicant has a valid regular paper visa (and not an electronic visa), there is no need for a fresh visa:-
    1. Entry (X) Visas
    2. Business (B) Visas
    3. Employment (E) Visas
    4. Student (S) Visas

  3. In addition, w.e.f. 30 March, 2021, the Government of India has opened e-visas for the following categories, the details of which are available athttps://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html
    1. eMedical Visa;
    2. eBusiness Visa;
    3. eConference Visa; and
    4. eMedical Attendant Visa

Applicants with e-visa for the above categories, which have been obtained on or after 30 March, 2021 will be allowed entry into India. It may also be noted that previous valid e-visas for these categories as well as for other categories, including e-Tourist Visa, will continue to remain suspended.  The applicants are also advised that the Consulate does not process the e-visas and any enquiries in this regard will need to be made directly on the e-visa portal.

4. Foreign nationals of Indian origin residing within the consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, Chicago (resident in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota) and requiring to visit India in family emergencies may note the following:-

i. Please visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in and apply for REGULAR/PAPER VISA APPLICATION and make an application for ENTRY VISA. Fill the application, upload the photo on the visa application, submit the application online, take a print-out of the visa application andsign the same/ paste the same photograph on the given space.

ii.  Thereafter, please send visa application with the following documents in PDF format by email to visa.chicago@mea.gov.in :-

(a) Signed Copy of Duly filled in online visa application form and Additional Particulars Form

(b) Self-attested copy of Renunciation certificate/cancelled Indian passport with endorsement that foreign nationality has been acquired (if previous nationality was Indian). If renunciation certificate has not been obtained earlier, please make an application withVFS (details available at https://services.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind/apply-for-renunciation) and enclose a copy of the fee receipt on submission of renunciation application along with your visa application.

(c) Eligibility: self-attested copy of documentation (letter from the doctor/hospital) regarding eligibility for getting Indian visa on account of emergencies like critical medical condition/death in the immediate family along, need to provide relationship proof also  OR copies of the Indian passports of the parents in case of minor applicant children of Indian citizens/OCI card holders. OR copy of Marriage Certificate and Indian passport (first page, last page) of the applicant’s spouse, in case the applicant is married to an Indian national;

(d) Self-attested copy of US address proof (State ID card/Driving License/utility bill/Rent Lease Agreement/bank mortgage document);

(e) self-attested copy of Birth Certificate (in case of minor applicant; age less than 18 yrs.)

 (f) self-attested copy of passport and existing Indian visa.

 (g) Notarized Parental authorization form, duly signed by both the parents, with copies of their passports (if the applicant is               under the age of 18 years)

5. Once the application has been checked, the applicant will be asked to send the above mentioned documents along-with the original passport, as well as the Visa Fee (to be conveyed) to the Consulate General of India, Chicago by Post/Courier for further process. Please do not visit the Consulate unless the visa has been approved.

6. Please note that it may take up to 5 business days (longer in certain cases) for processing of the visa, subject to complete submission of documents.  In-case of Medical Emergency or death in the family, visa services will be rendered in one working day/holiday on production of documentary proof including proof of relationship. 

In case of any additional queries, please send an email on the email ID: visa.chicago@mea.gov.in providing your particulars, US residence address and mobile phone number

8. The applicants are also advised to go through the guidelines for international travel to India available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals17022021.pdf.