Simple Information regarding Indian Consular Services

Shri_passportHonorable Prabhu Dayal, Consulate General of India, New York, visited India Center to address ISW community on recent Indo-US relations and meet ISW community on March 12, 2012. During his visit he addressed lot of question that relates to all of us. If you didn’t attend this event, you may be benefited from the following questions and answers. If you feel that you have more questions and want a similar seminar again, please send me email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We will try to arrange
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Q. What is the first source of Information for consulate issues?

A. The first source of information is www.indiacgny.com. The visa service has been outsourced to
Travisa outsourcing Inc. (https://www.indian-visa.com/homepage). In near future passport services will
be outsourced too.

Q. In case we have an issue where can we get help?

Based on the issue, you can send email to any of the following address to get answers:

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If your issue is still not resolved you can send email to Consulate General at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . His
Excellency will respond you within 24 hours (may be delayed on weekend).

If you still don’t get response, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will try to expedite
your request.

Q. Should you go to New York for consulate services?

A. No. You are highly encouraged to get visa, OCI, passport, etc. by mail. In case you have fear of
losing document in mail, they say nothing has ever got lost. Also please note that Consulate Office has
limited phone service due to unavoidable reasons. Therefore, email is the recommended method of
communication.

Q. What is the response time of tourist visa, in case you go to New York?

A. If you drop your application before 11 AM, then most probably you will get the visa same day. The
outsourced visa company takes some time in application processing. Then it sends it for visa stamps to
the consulate. There are 3 shuttle route before noon time and last shuttle route at 2PM. If visa load is
less, then you may get the visa on same day. But sometime it may not be possible. There is no need to
arrive at the visa service section before 9:00AM. Please get the latest information on website.

Q. What is the best option for you, OCI, PIO or tourist visa?

A. If you are US Citizen of India Origin, you should get OCI which is a lifetime visa. With this you can
enter and exit India at any time. If you are not of India Origin, you may be able to get PIO (15 year). For
temporary visits you can get tourist visa for 6month -10 years. But remember that you can’t re-enter
India 2nd time within 2 months. There are several other rules also that you have to follow with tourist
visa. For those who have tourist visa and have to reenter the country before 60 days due to some family
emergency, there is a provision to apply for special permission in the Consulate office.

For people of Indian Origin, a new visa called “Entry Visa” is available. With this visa you can re-enter
India any time.

Q. If you have OCI and renewed your US passport, do you have to carry old passport with you?

A. Your old passport has visa stamp. So either it should be transferred to new passport or you should
carry with it. If you carry the old passport, then please make that your appearance didn’t change much.
The photo in passport should be good enough to relate to the person. Just consider if you took OCI for a
3 year old, then by next passport face will considerably be changed. So it is better to get the visa stamp
to transfer to new passport.

Q. Do you need to surrender (renunciation) your passport once you become US Citizen?

A. Yes. India doesn’t allow dual citizen. You must surrender your passport. Actually, now a days
you can’t get visa or OCI without surrendering your passport. Please check on website: https://
indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com/renunciation/guidelines. I have never got into any problem. But
as per website we should all have it. There is fee of $35 for who got Citizenship before June 1 st 2010.
After this date the fee is 190 dollars. There is penalty of $250 in some cases which is waived if you got
naturalized before 2005. If you lost your passport then you can use your US naturalization certificate to
get the surrender certificate.

Q. Who can buy property in India?

A. Anyone who has money can buy property in India except agricultural land.

Disclaimer: The above information is the interpretation of my understanding from the meeting. Nothing
mentioned above is official and can be completely wrong. You follow these advises at your own risk. –
Shri Garg, President, ISW.