Do I need a visa for India?
In Mongolia, applying for a visa to India is mandatory. For this it is possible to go to the Indian Embassy in Mongolia.
The Indian Embassy in Mongolia is located in the Sukhbaatar district, which is proving to be a prestigious place. Indian nationals in need of embassy assistance can also visit the embassy. They are encouraged to contact the (consular) attaché every working day during business hours. The Indian Embassy still prefers to be informed in advance in order to avoid any inconvenience.
It is important to note that there are two options for Mongolians who wish to apply for a visa to go to India:
Apply to the embassy to obtain the visa in the passport
In this case, your visa application must be filed directly with the embassy. Your visa will be affixed to your passport.
There are several types of visas for India:
- The student visa;
- Medical visa
- Conference visa
- business visa.
Apply online on the Indian government website
In addition to the first possibility that the visa is supposed to be included in the passport, there is a second option. Thus, any Mongolian can also apply online on the Indian government website. How’s it going?
First, you must apply online, upload one of your photos in order to submit it and also download a passport page.
Then you have to pay the e-visa fee using a debit card or a credit card. Once you have passed this stage, an electronic travel authorization called E-visa will be emailed to you.
Finally, print the E-visa and present it at the immigration checkpoint where the e-visa will be stamped on the passport.
How do I get the India visa at the Mongolian embassy?
Before you travel to the embassy, you must gather a list of documents to provide for your visa application to be accepted by the Embassy.
Therefore, getting your visais conditional on following up on some simple steps.
Fill out the online form
First of all, you must go to the Indian government website to fill out a 3-page online form.In this form you will be asked for several information about your trip (duration of stay, city in which you will stay…). You will also need to upload a photo ID.
Compared to the photograph you must provide for your visa, you must present a photo that meets certain standards:
- The format of your photo should be in JPEG;
- The size of your photo should be between 10 and 300KB;
- The height of your photo should be equal to its width;
- Pixels for the height and width of your photo should be between 350 and 1000 pixels;
- The photo you present should allow you to see your full face and your eyes open, and this without glasses;
- The background of your photo should be clear and your photo should not have any borders or shadows.
It is necessary to complete the form by submitting a photo that meets the requirements just listed. Since any photo that does not meet these specifications will result in a refusal of your visa
Once the form has been completed, you must prepare all the documents to be provided.
Preparing the documents to be provided
After downloading and correctly filled out the visa application form with an appropriate photo, you must prepare documents.
So it’s all about providing:
- A copy of your round-trip airfare;
- A passport valid for at least one semester from the expected date of return from India with a photocopy of the first page;
- A recent bank statement showing a minimum balance of US$2,000 or the equivalent.
If the visa applicant is under the age of 18, it must be done differently. A letter of guarantee in connection with his trip to India must be provided. This letter must come from one of his parents or guardians. The visa in question becomes valid from the moment it is issued.
It is also necessary for all Mongolians to know that there are no visa fees to pay for them. However, it is important for all people wishing to have an emergency visa that there is a fee for them. This is the us$35 service fee.
If your stay in India is more than 6 months (180 days), you will need to make an additional request via the online portal FRRO: https://indianfrro.gov.in/eservices/userlogin.jsp?disclaimer=1. This procedure is mandatory when they will have a period of stay in India that exceeds six months.
In addition, visa applicants may, on the recommendation of the consular, present additional supporting documents.
No matter what case you are in, all types of visas are issued after a minimum of 3 working days.
Submit your visa application at the embassy
After preparing the documents that you must provide, you must report to the Indian Embassy. You must be there to physically confirm what you have already done online.
This step, although not important at first glance, is important enough because it initiates the visa-setting process.
Withdrawal of visa at embassy
After the steps of filling out online forms, preparing documents and depositing them at the embassy, all that is missing is the withdrawal.
Withdrawing your visa is the main goal for which all the preliminary steps have been completed. So, since you want to travel, you have to pick up your visa.
However, it is important to read all the information on your visa, once you receive it in order to check that there are no errors:
- Your first name/first name;
- Your name
- Your passport number
- Your photo ID
- The type of your visa: it can be a tourist visa, a medical visa, business, work or job, study or student. It can also be a researcher’s visa in an institution, or a scientific program, a journalist visa or others;
- The date your visa is issued by the embassy
- Information related to your length of stay
- The number of times you can enter the country that is India;
- Your visa expiry date.
In addition to this information, you should be aware that your visa is withdrawn every Thursday and Friday between 16:00 and 17:00.
Now you know a lot, both in terms of the procedures for obtaining your visa and the types of visas. Because, as listed above, there are several types of visas. But what is the right choice you have to make? Which visa to choose for India?
Which visa to choose for India?
It is important here to recall the different types of visas for India that exist so that you can decide which one you should choose from. Thus, we count with regard to India:
- The tourist visa;
- Student visa
- Journalist’s visa
- Work visa
- Medical visa
- Business visa;
- Visa conference.
And many more.
To choose the one that’s right for you, find out what one of these visas is.
The tourist visa
This is the type of visa that allows you to spend your holiday in India. It can also allow you to attend an event in India, visit or even change your mind.
The Indian Embassy usually issues tourist visas for a period of six months. However, this period is not a standard period because the embassy may grant visas with longer or shorter durations.
Tourist visas cannot be exchanged in India or even extended there. Thus, the end of the duration on the visa must correspond to the end of its validity. This leads visa holders to leave India if they are still there.
The Embassy does not routinely accept visa applications, even if all application conditions are met. It has the right to accept, refuse or amend it if it deems it necessary. It may require additional checks if it finds it necessary to issue a visa.
As a result, it is forbidden to buy a plane ticket before you get your visa for fear that you will not get it at the time you want.
Please note that not all categories of people obtain this type of visa, due to the purpose of their trip.
The student visa
The student visa allows you to travel to India for the purpose of studying at a school or university institute. In addition, thanks to this visa, you can take courses in music, live art or music. This visa is therefore subdivided into subcategory. These include:
(l) A higher education visa for short courses or student exchange programs;
(e.g., a visa for the education of adolescents (whose visa is obtained as a result of a letter of parental authorisation);
a visa for studies based on theology, discovery and meditation of historical books;
a visa to complete a degree or certification internship in India after obtaining a degree (minimum master’s degree).
The journalist visa
This type of visa, although called a journalist visa, does not only include visas for journalists. The journalist visa refers to visas for a category that includes sectors such as tourism or professional activity.
As a result, it is anyone who works in a sector such as the media, the newsroom, the press or the cinema or the audiovisual sector. Apart from these sectors of activity, there are still others that require obtaining a journalist visa.
Thus, the Indian Embassy can issue visas for this case, with a validity of 3 months. In addition, it issues visas that do not have the option of being exchanged or renewed in India.
One of the important things to note is that any journalist with a tourist or personal purpose must apply for a visa. He must apply for a journalist visa and no tourist visa. He must therefore make it clear that he will not practice his profession once he is in India.
As in previous cases, the Embassy of India is not required to issue a visa to anyone who requests it. It can therefore initiate multiple procedures to verify certain aspects of the application.
Your visa only becomes valid when it is issued by the Indian Embassy.
The work visa
This visa is issued to anyone who is called upon to work for an organization in India. It is also issued to a person who must work on a cooperative project between India and Mongolia.
This visa is a revolving visa because of the length of work that the person who applies for it will do. However, this visa is not granted to a person who is a minor or who works on behalf of his own company.
The medical visa
It is a visa that allows the applicant to be able to get medical treatment in India. To qualify for this visa, you must provide a stack of necessary documents.
However, like any type of visa, some people are not eligible. These include people who want to learn about certain Indian practices for well-being or others. This category of people must apply for a tourist visa.
This visa has a validity related to the approximate duration of medical treatment that will be performed. However, it may have a validity period much longer than that assumed for treatment.
The business visa
For various reasons, the visa business may be issued by the Indian Embassy. These include:
Human resources management;
International business fairs;
l The provision of training or coaching in business;
follow-up training in India.
This type of visa is not tradable and is not automatically issued by the Indian Embassy if it wishes to carry out checks.
The visa conference
This visa allows you to attend any conferences in India. These may be seminars, master classes or other.
People who wish to attend a conference related to their company are not eligible to obtain this visa.
Also, it should be noted, the embassy does not provide visas instantly.
The e-visa for India
If you are unable to travel or cannot travel back and forth between your residence and the embassy, there is another option. Thus, Mongolian women are eligible for this type of visa. This is the electronic e-visa. But what is the e-visa?
The e-visa is the visa you get after doing all the application and visa application online.
Thus, obtaining an electronic e-visa is conditional on filling certain conditions.
Conditions to be fulfilled to obtain your e-visa
As a simple visa, to apply for and obtain an e-visa, you must meet requirements. It’s:
- Provide a recent front photo with a white background of you;
- fill out a form on which you will provide your personal information. You can list your name, date of birth, and many other things;
- download another document depending on the type of electronic visa you want. You need to use common sense and therefore provide a clear photo that complies with the site’s requirements.
In addition, an e-visa fee applies if you are not Mongolian. In addition to these fees, there is a 2.5% bank transaction fee. All of these fees are paid at least 3 or 4 days before your scheduled travel date, otherwise your application cannot be processed.
It is necessary to clarify that the fees you pay are fees used to analyze your e-visa application. These fees do not guarantee whether or not your application will be accepted.
The electronic visa applicant, must have a copy of the electronic travel authorization when he is about to travel.
Details of your application are entered into immigration as soon as you arrive in India. Your India visa cannot be exchanged or converted and does not allow you access to certain protected or restricted access areas. As a result, visiting such areas is subject to the request for civil authorization. Due to factors such as network connection, it may take several hours to update your payment status. You have permission to reseed your application about 2 hours later. When you find that, despite your fees being deducted, your status has not changed, click the link to verify the payment.
When this aspect is finally resolved, you must travel with a valid and valid passport: this is the one for which you have requested your e-visa.
Similarly, the documents you provide must be in English in order for your application to be properly validated.
Like the other type of visa, the e-visa has several categories.
Different types of e-visa
We can, as part of e-visas, have:
- The tourist e-visa;
- Student e-visa;
- Medical e-visa;
- e-visa conference.
No matter what type of e-visa you choose, a scanned biometric page of the passport that shows your photo and other details must be displayed.
The Indian Embassy in Mongolia
The Indian Embassy was established in Mongolia following initial diplomatic contacts between these countries in 1955. The Indian Embassy was opened in Ulaanbaatar, India, on 22 February 1971.India’s Ambassador to Mongolia is Mr. P Singh.
First, the Indian Embassy‘s role is to provide consular, cultural and trade-related services. That is, it provides passports, visas for different categories in order to go to India and also for Indians residing in Mongolia.
Second, it aims to strengthen trade relations between India and Mongolia. Since Mongolian traders can benefit from contacts from Indian suppliers in order to establish business links.
Finally, culturally, these two countries are close in that some religions of India are found in Mongolia. Whether it’s dance, singing or dress style, Mongolia is very close to India.
In short, there is a strong link between the two countries of Mongolia and India. The visa can be easily obtained by any Mongolian wishing to take a short tour in India. And even if, it is not possible to go to the embassy, there is a possibility of applying and obtaining an electronic visa.
Indian Embassy in Mongolia
Beijing Street-8, 7th Khoroo, Sukhbaatar Duureg (District)
Ulaanbaatar-14190, Post Box 691,Mongolia
Telephone: 0976-11-329522 / 24; Fax: 0976-11-329532;