It is essential to apply for an Indian Student Visa when the institute sends a final admission letter to the student.

Indian Missions/Posts under the Government of India will grant the Indian Student Visa to foreign nationals who would pursue the following:

  • Regular, full-time, structured courses at educational institutes duly recognised by the statutory regulatory body in India
  • Short-term courses and student exchange programmes.

The Indian Research Visa is granted to scholars who would pursue research at a recognized Indian institute.

Validity of the Visa

Student Visa is granted to a student for a maximum period of 5 years, or for the duration of the selected course, whichever is lesser.

On the other hand, a Research Visa is granted to a scholar for a maximum period of 3 years, or for the duration of the research project, whichever is earlier.

*Please note – If a student changes the course midway, the period of validity of the visa will be accounted for from the initial date of issue of the visa.

Fee for the Visa

The processing charges costs around $13, while the visa fees may range from $50 to $150, based on the category of the Student Visa provided.

Applying for the Visa

Students need to complete an online application here. Visit your nearest Indian embassy for further details.

For more details on visas granted to international students, follow the link.

You may also visit this website to know more.