About Us Public Notice on visa outsourcing to VFS

Consulate General of India

Outsourcing of Visa Services to VFS Global

In continuation of our earlier Public Notice, regarding the appointment of VFS Global as the new Outsourcing Service Provider for Visa, OCI, Renunciation, Passport, Global Entry Programme (GEP), and Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)services for the Consulate General of India, Chicago, it is informed that with effect from 13 December 2021 (12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time), VFS Global will start accepting visa applications. A service fee of US$15.90 (inclusive of all taxes) per application will be charged, in addition to applicable Government of India fees for these services. 

2. Applicants are advised not to send any applications by post to VFS Global before completing an online application. Applicants residing within the CONSULAR JURISDICTION of the Consulate General of India, Chicago may contact VFS Global as per details given below:

180 N Stetson Avenue,
Suite # 2075
Chicago, IL 60601
Website: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind
Helpline: +1-800-320-9693/+1-800-320-9625

3. Pursuant to this:

  1. The Consulate General of India, Chicago will stop accepting direct visa applications w.e.f. 13 December 2021 and the applicant will need to submit the visa application to VFS, details of which are available athttps://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind
  2. In view of ongoing Covid pandemic, while majority of visas have been restored, it has been decided that only a Single Entry Tourist Visa will be granted with validity for 120 days and a maximum stay permitted of 30 days within this 120 day period.  In addition, Entry Visas are also being issued to US passport holders of Indian origin, subject to eligibility. The details of currently permitted categories are available at PERMITTED CATEGORIES FOR TRAVEL TO INDIA

4. Details of visa fees are available at Revised visa fees for USA nationalsIn addition, the applicant will be required to pay US$3.00 on account of Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF), apart from the VFS service charge and for any value-added services, like courier, etc.

5. Emergency Visa ServiceVFS will accept in-person applications, with prior appointment, on working days as well as on weekends/holidays, from US passport holders of Indian origin and their family members required to visit India due to a genuine family emergency, such as critical illness or death of a family member. Documentary evidence will need to be provided and the applicant will be charged an emergency service fee. Applicant within the consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, Chicago may contact VFS as per details given below:

From Monday – Friday: Between 9 AM to 4 PM

Email: VFS_VisaCHI@vfsglobal.com

Weekends and Holidays Only: Between 9 AM to 4 PM

Tel: +1-312-871-0130

6. For US diplomatic and official passport holders, please contact the Special Issuance Agency of the Department of State for procedure/guidance. For any queries in this regard, please send an email at visa.chicago@mea.gov.in

7. Applicants residing in the consular jurisdictions of Embassy of India and Consulates General of India at Washington, DC, Atlanta, Houston, New York, and San Francisco, may please visit the websites of the respective Embassy/Consulate for information on these services. 

December 8, 2021