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Document Requirements

These requirements are applicable for US Citizens applying for an India Tourist visa in Houston

New Return Shipping Policy:

Effective August 2017: The Consulate General of India now requires all passports be shipped directly back to the applicants "Present Address" listed on your visa application form.

The address listed on your application as "Present Address" is the only option for return shipping the Indian Government now offers.

Your passport will be returned directly by the Indian government to you, TDS can no longer collect and return your passport on your behalf.

Once your visa has been issued you will receive a shipping confirmation email from " "

Due to this change in policy we strongly recommend applying for an Indian e-Visa if possible.

The information on this page outlines the requirements, fees, processing times and process to apply for a traditional stamped Indian visa. The Indian government offers a lower cost e-Tourist Visa option outlined below.

The Indian e-Tourist visa is an excellent alternative to a traditional stamped visa. If you do not have enough time to apply for a stamped visa or you only intend to enter India twice. 
The traditional stamped visa option takes an average of 1-2 weeks to be completed if you are running close to your U.S. departure date the e-Visa takes only 1-4 days to be issued. 
Indian e-Visas are only valid for 120 days from date of issue for a double entry up to 60 day stay, it's a great low cost alternative to the stamped visa method.


Please send TDS your current valid and signed passport. It must not expire within 6 months and must have at least two blank side by side visa pages. Foreign Embassies cannot issue a visa on a page not labeled as a Visa page. Ammendment and Endorsement pages in the back of the passport cannot be used for issuance of a visa.
A visa cannot be stamped on a page even if only one Small Stamp is on the visa page. If you do not have at least two blank side by side visa pages in your passport, TDS can assist you in applying for additional pages. If your passport expires within 6 months, you must renew your passport and then we will secure your visa with the new passport.


Please send 2 recent professional passport-type photographs.
Digital and non-passport photographs are not acceptable.
No eye glasses are to be worn for passport photo.
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Proof of residential address in the United States:

Please submit a clear copy of applicant's Driver’s License.
Major Utility Bill (Water, Gas, Electric. Sewage).
Copy of a valid / current lease containing both the landlord and tenant signatures.

One of the items above must be submitted as proof of residence in the Embassy's area of jurisdiction, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas.

The address on the document cannot include a P.O. Box and Must Match "present address" on the visa application form. The Present Address will be used as the return shipping address by the Indian Embassy.

The following items are NOT accepted as proof of residence: Cell Phone Bill, Phone Bill (landline), Credit Card Statement, Bank Statement, Cable Bill.


If you are a U.S. citizen who was born overseas, you must provide a Consular Report of Birth Abroad Certificate.

Persons of Indian origin are required to surrender Indian citizenship. Those who have already renounced Indian citizenship must provide a copy of a renunciation certificate AND naturalization certificate. Persons of Indian origin who have NOT renounced Indian citizenship or CANNOT SHOW PROOF of renunciation must first apply for renunciation directly through CKGS:
CKGS does not accept renunciation applications from travel agencies, visa services or other third parties.
Applicants are required by the Indian Government to apply for the 10 year validity Tourist visa.
All applicants of Indian Origin with US Passports applying for Tourist Visas are required by the Indian Government to apply for 10 year Multiple Entry visa only.


Pakistan: Applicants of Pakistani origin or that have held a Pakistani passport must make a personal appearance to apply for an Indian visa at the Indian Embassy / Consulate, Travel Document Systems is unable to assist in the visa process for any applicant that is of Pakistani origin.

Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan nationals and persons of Sri Lankan origin must complete and sign one.
Additional Form for Sri Lankan Nationals.

All applicants MUST complete and sign one Additional Particulars Form.



Click Here for a guide to filling in the Online Indian Application, TDS strongly recommends printing this guide and refer to it as you fill in the Online Application.

Please complete the Indian Governments online application form. (Note you are not applying online, only completing the application). When you have completed the application please print and sign before sending to TDS along with supporting documents.

Please Note: The application must be printed on TWO sheets of paper, the Embassy/Consulate will NOT except applications on a single sheet back to back.

All Religious applicants MUST complete the Religious Undertaking Letter.



Photocopy of a Birth Certificate is required for Minors aged 0 - 17 along with copies of the information page of both parents passports, however the embassy reserves the right to ask for a copy of the applicants Birth Certificate from adults aged 18 and above at their discretion.

Minors can sign the on the 1st page of the application but if the minor is younger than 5 years old a right thumb print is required, on the 2nd page of the application both parents must sign the application and it must be notarized.

The Additional Particulars Form must be signed by both parents.

BOTH parents must complete and sign a notarized Parental Authorization Form.



Please Note: U.S Citizens who require a reference have a minimum processing time of one to two weeks and some cases may take longer.

Important: Travelers must leave India on or before the expiration of their visa. Travelers who remain in India beyond the validity of their visa could face detention and significant penalties. If your intended length of stay in India exceeds the validity of your existing visa, you must apply for a new visa.

The actual length of validity will be decided by the visa office on a case by case bases, some applictants will receive less than 10 year visa.
Embassy requirements and fees are subject to change without prior notice.


Shipping Instructions

Please forward a printed copy of your order confirmation for an India Tourist visa for US Citizens and all required documents to:

Travel Document Systems, Inc.
5444 Westheimer road
Suite #1000
Houston, TX 77056

Local Phone Number: 866-797-2600

Urgent applications for an India Tourist visa should be shipped to TDS using only the FedEx Company.

Please use FedEx Priority Overnight. Do NOT ship "First Overnight." This will delay the delivery of your package.

Once your order is complete, your Passport with the visa sticker/stamp will be returned to you via FedEx Overnight.

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Continental USA Only Price
Next Business Day - up to 3 passports $36.00
Next Business Day - 4 or more passports $39.00
Saturday Delivery $41.00
Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, USVI Price
Next Day Letter (No Saturday Delivery) $39.00
International Price
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