As per the Government of India instructions no visa will be issued by the Embassy to foreign nationals intending to visit India for commissioning surrogacy with immediate effect (06.11.2015)
For child/children born through surrogacy already commissioned on or before issue of above notice, exit permission will be decided by Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRROs) on a case to case basis.
1. Group Tourist Visa
Foreign tourists in groups of four or more, arriving by air or sea, sponsored by Indian Travel Agencies approved by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and with a pre-drawn itinerary may be granted collective landing permit for a period not exceeding 60 days, with multiple entry facility to enable them to visit a neighbouring country. In order to avail of this facility, the tourist or travel agency concerned shall mandatorily fill in the application online on website www.indianvisaonline.gov.in. A complete list of group members along with printed visa applications and their itinerary should be submitted by the tourist or travel agency to the FRRO/FRO concerned, 72 hours in advance. The travel agency shall also give an undertaking to conduct the group as per the itinerary and extend a further assurance that no individual would be allowed to drop out from the group at any place.
Tourist visa is for the sole objective of visiting India for sightseeing, recreation and casual visit to meet family and friends. No other activities are permissible on a tourist visa.
-Establishing or exploring industrial/business ventures.
-Meetings/discussions with Indian companies.
-Recruitment of manpower.
-Visiting Indian companies in which they are partners/ directors.
-Consultations for trade exhibitions/fairs.
-Coming as partners/directors of companies in India.
-Coming as a tour conductor/travel agent and/or conducting business tours.
-Foreign students sponsored by AIESEC for internship on project based work in companies/industries.
· Invitation letter from the Indian business counterpart, with name of applicant, purpose and dates of visit. Or a letter of support from National/Regional Chamber of Commerce.
· Letter of support from a reputed Swedish business chamber
-For taking up employment in India.
-A foreigner visiting India under the French International Internship Program (VIE).
-A foreigner who wishes to come to India for honorary work/ without salary/ with NGOs registered in India. Foreigner who are eligible for honorary work with NGOs may be paid honorarium upto Rs. 10,000/- per month.
· The foreign national sponsored for an employment visa in any sector should draw a salary in excess of US $25000 per annum. This condition of annual floor limit on income will not apply to : (a) Ethnic cooks (b) Language teachers (other than English language teachers) (c) Staff working for the concerned Embassy/High Commission in India.
To bonafide students who want to pursue regular studies at recognized institutions in India.
· Document showing financial support for the tuition fee and stay in India.
Changing flights and travelling to another country. Transit should be the sole purpose and stay should not be misused for work or business. Change of purpose is not allowed for Transit Visa.
A person who desires to make two entries into India in the course of the same journey can be granted a transit visa valid for two entries and for stay in transit for a period not exceeding 3 days for each journey.
7. Research (R)
To pursue research through Indian Universities.
-All foreign journalists, regardless of the purpose of their visit, should apply for a “J” (journalist) visa, for up to three months' stay in India. “Journalists” for this purpose would include a professional journalist, columnist, cartoonist, editor, photographer, film producer or director (other than that of commercial films), a representative of a radio and/or television organization, travel writer/travel promotion photographer etc or any professional journalist/owner working for an association or a company engaged in the production or broadcast of audio visual news or current affairs programmes through the print, electronic or any other electronic form. All such applicants are required to apply along with a letter from their organization describing clearly the job title of the applicant and the nature of their work and whether they are travelling on work or as tourists.
Correspondents/Journalists of foreign newspapers, news agencies, going to India as resident representatives should apply for a single entry ‘J’ visa valid for initial stay of three months in India. A letter from the organization which the applicant is going to represent should also be provided clearly stating the status of the applicant (whether permanent full time employee or not) and name of the person whom the applicant is going to replace in India office of the organization. Such a journalist is required to contact OSD(PR)/XP division in the Ministry of External Affairs upon first arrival in India. No change of employer is permitted while the journalist is still in India. In case the foreign journalist intends to change his/her employer, he/she is required to return to the country of origin and re-apply for issue of fresh “J” visa.
Applications for full time courses in journalism in educational institutes/universities recognized by Government of India should apply for student visas.
9. Medical (M)
To seek medical treatment for serious ailments in established /recognised specialized hospitals/treatment centres including under the Indian traditional systems of medicine.
· An undertaking that they would take care of the child/children born through surrogacy.
· A duly notarized agreement between the applicant couple and the prospective Indian surrogate mother.
· A letter from the Embassy of the foreign country in India or the Foreign Ministry of the country should be enclosed with the visa application stating clearly that;
(b) The child/children to be born to the commissioning couple through the Indian surrogate mother will be permitted entry into their country as a biological child/children of the couple commissioning surrogate.
· The treatment should be done only at one of the registration Assisted Reproductive Technology clinics recognised by the Indian Council of Medical Research.
· If any of the above conditions are not fulfilled, the visa application will be rejected.
Attendants/family members accompanying medical cases. Maximum two persons for each case.
12. Conference (C)
Attending a conference /seminar or workshop.
13. Entry (X) visa
-Entry (X) Visa can only be granted to the following persons:-
(a) A foreigner of Indian origin, who wishes to come to India for visiting relatives, holiday etc.
(b) Spouse and children of a foreigner of Indian origin
(c) Spouse / dependents of foreigners coming to India on any other type of valid visa like Student/Business/Employment/Research
It is also granted for a specific purpose (short term courses and unpaid interships) or other non-business related purposes. An invitation letter is required from concerned organisation/authorities in India.
For Sport Events
· All foreign participants for international sports events in India are requested to attach clearance of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports along with their application.
The applicant produces adequate proof that he/she will have sufficient financial sources at his/her disposal to meet the cost.