A visa is a certificate that is stamp marked on a person’s passport which gives the person the right to enter a country to stay for a temporary period. This is done by the immigration officials of that country by verifying the person’s credentials. A foreigner coming to India requires a passport and an Indian Visa. It is the Consular Passport and Visa Division (CPV) of the Ministry of External Affairs that issues the visa to the foreigners. Every country has Indian missions there which provide the facilities for issuing the visas. It is the High commission that decides the duration of the visa. The Visa to India is applied from the High Commission of India in the country of the person who wishes to travel to India. The applicant can either go in person or apply through post.
No visa is issued to any person after arriving India. That is there is no ‘Visa on Arrival’ facility in India. They have to hold a visa before starting their journey to India. No special fees are required at the immigration centers in Airports.
There are different types of Visas issues based on the purpose of a person’s visit to India. The different types of Visa are Tourist Visa, Business Visa, Journalist Visa, Conference Visa, Transit Visa, Entry Visa, Employment Visa, Student Visa, Missionaries Visa, Research Visa and Sports Visa.