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Public Notice on Visa Outsourcing to VFS

Consulate General of India

New York

Outsourcing of Visa Services to VFS Global

In continuation of our Public Notice dated 3 November, 2020 regarding the appointment of VFS Global as the new Outsourcing Service Provider for Visa, OCI, Renunciation, Passport, Global Entry Programme (GEP) and Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) services for the Consulate General of India, New York, it is informed that with effect from Monday, 13 December, 2021 (12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time), VFS Global will start accepting all visa applications. In addition to applicable Government of India fees for these services, a service fee of US$ 15.90 (inclusive of all taxes) per application will be charged by VFS Global.

2. Applicants will be required to fill Government of India visa form at https://indiainnewyork.gov and visit VFS Global website to pay fee etc. after creating an account on their website. Applicants are advised to ensure that they send only completed application to VFS Global Applicants residing within the consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, New York may contact VFS Global as per details given below:

145 West, 45 Street, 3rd Floor

New York 10036

Website: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind

Helpline: +1-800-320-9693

3. It may be noted that

  1. The Consulate will not accept direct visa applications w.e.f. 13 December, 2021 and the applicant will need to submit the visa application to VFS, details of which are available at https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind

  2. In view of the ongoing Covid pandemic, while a majority of visas have been restored, it has been decided that only a single entry Tourist Visa will be granted with a validity for 120 days and a maximum stay permitted of 30 days within this 120 day period. In addition, Entry Visas are also being issued to US passport holders of Indian origin, subject to eligibility. The details of currently permitted categories are available at PERMITTED CATEGORIES FOR TRAVEL TO INDIA 

4. Details of visa fees are available at Click here  In addition, the applicant will be required to pay US$ 3.00 on account of Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF), apart from the VFS service charge and for any value-added services, like courier, etc.

5. Emergency Visa Service: VFS will accept in-person applications, with prior appointment, on working days as well as on weekends/holidays, from US passport holders of Indian origin and their family members who are required to visit India due to a genuine family emergency, such as critical illness or death of a family member. Documentary evidence will need to be provided and the applicant will be charged an emergency service fee. Applicants within the consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, New York may contact VFS as per details given below to:

From Monday – Friday: Between 9 AM to 4 PM

Email: VFS_VisaNYC@vfsglobal.com

Weekends and Holidays Only: Between 9AM to 4PM

Tel: +1-929-866-2770

6. US diplomatic and official passport holders, may please send an email at visa.newyork@mea.gov.in for guidance on the procedure to be followed.

New York

December 9, 2021