Applying for an Indian Visa? Here are some basic info that may help Note: For the latest information, please refer to the Consultate General of India, San Francisco website www.cgisf.gov Email Rishi: rishi<at> rishikumar.com if you have any questions
How can I ask consulate staff a question? ENQUIRIES - contacting the consulate Consulate General of India, SanFrancisco.Linkwww.cgisf.gov Address540 Arguello Boulevard, SFO, CA 94118 Enquiriesbetween 2pm to 4pm ONLYTel. 415-668-0662/0683 Consulate follows both India and USA holidays The Embassy of India has outsourced many components of their services to Cox and Kings You can also contact Cox & Kings Global ServicesSan Franciscolink : www.in.ckgs.usfor details. CKGS Email:firstname.lastname@example.org.Helpline: Tel nos:e (516)206-1483 & (646)589-0088
Do I need to surrender my Indian Passport to get a Visa? Yes you do Details here Certificate for Renunciation of Indian Citizenship / Surrender of Indian Passport
I have heard of "Visa on Arrival" - what is it? Eligible when sole objective of visiting India is recreation , sight seeing , casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit. May apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 30 days. Non-Refundable fee US $60 per passenger. For any assistance call 24 * 7 Visa support center at +91-11-24300666 or send email to email@example.com For details refer linkhttps://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
How can I process an Emergency Visa? Visa applicants holding US passports (only those born in USA or with Indian origin are eligible) can apply for EMERGENCY VISAS at the Cox & Kings Global Services San Francisco Centre located at 1st Floor 225 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94104OR AT CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA, SAN FRANCISCO.These Emergency Visa applications (for any type of Visa, provided they are accompanied by adequate / necessary documents and mandatory fees) shall be accepted even without an appointment, on a WALK-IN basis and are normally processed under high priority.
Should I get an OCI card or PIO card? Just apply for a OCI card The cards have been merged. Appropriate notification under issue by GOI. Applicationhas to be made to Cox & Kings Global ServicesSan Franciscoat:www.in.ckgs.us PIO cards, congrats you are now a OCI holder moving forward. As per vide Gazette Notification No.26011/01/2014IC.I dated 09 January 2015; all PIO cards issued till 09 January 2015 are deemed to be OCI cards." Source: http://www.in.ckgs.us/index.shtml
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