Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.
Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.
Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).
Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.
Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.
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Available for births after April 1, 1970. Birth certificates are issued by the Municipal Authority or any office authorized to issue birth and death certificates by the Registrar of Births & Deaths. Under the Registration of Births and Deaths Act of 1969, births are required to be registered in almost all of the States and Union Territories of India. Prior to April 1, 1970, the reporting of births was voluntary.
If an individual born after April 1, 1970 is unable to obtain a birth certificate, a certificate of non-availability is generally available from local authorities...
In cases in which a birth certificate from authorities is unavailable or contains insufficient information regarding the birth or the parents, the following documents could be accepted as secondary evidence in lieu of the birth certificate:
Available. Prior to April 1, 1970, reporting of deaths was voluntary. Where no official record exists, a sworn affidavit by a close relative of the deceased giving a detailed account of the circumstances of the death is acceptable.
Since April 1, 1970, Death Certificates are issued by appropriate state authorities. Certificates of Death issued by hospital authorities are acceptable.
Records of burial are available from the State Registrar General of Births and Deaths or from cemetery officials/municipal corporation officials.
Available. All marriages in India can be registered with the appropriate government authority. While Hindus and Muslims do not always register marriages, marriages by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, or Sikhs may be voluntarily registered under the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955. This Act does not apply to Muslims, Parsis, Jews, or Christians, who may register their marriages under the Special Marriage Act of 1954 or the Christian Marriage Act. Marriage certificates for marriages registered under these Acts may be obtained from the offices of Government Registrar of Marriages, which are located in the headquarters of each district. The certificate will be issued by the Registrar only if the bride and groom personally appear before the official and pay the required fee.
A certificate of marriage between Muslims is usually issued by the officiant (“Kazi”) who performed the ceremony. The document is in the Urdu language, and a certified English translation is acceptable. Certificates of marriages between Christians are usually obtainable from church records, which are also acceptable.
Note: A document termed as "Marriage Agreement" or "Deed of Marriage" to live as man and wife (under the Registration Act of 1908) is not confirmation of a marriage solemnized legally under the Indian Marriage Acts now in force. Such a document does not confer upon the contracting parties’ legal marital status under the law.
Same-sex marriages are not legally recognized in India.
Available. Certified copies of divorce decrees of Christian, Hindu, Parsi, and Sikh divorces can be obtained from the courts of jurisdiction. A certificate from the Kazi or the head of the Jamaat must document divorce between Muslims.
Note that some Hindu communities practice divorce by mutual consent outside of the judicial system, resulting in a “divorce deed.” However, only a final “divorce decree,” obtained through a court, is proof of final dissolution of a Hindu marriage.
Available. An adoption must conform to the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act (HAMA) of 1956 or the Juvenile Justice Act of 2000 (JJA) in order to be valid. The Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act of 1956 permit adoptions only to Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains. It should be noted that families with a natural child or children may not legally adopt another child or children of the same gender under HAMA. An “Adoption Deed” on stamped paper, signed by the natural parents and adoptive parents, and registered at the Registrar’s office may be accepted under HAMA. A court order issued by the Indian court is required for all adoptions finalized under the Juvenile Justice Act of 2000 (JJA).
For detailed information regarding country specific adoption, please refer to http://adoption.state.gov.
The Government of India issues an Identity Certificate or “IC” to many members of the Tibetan community living in India. The ICs are issued by the Regional Passport Office in New Delhi, which is the sole authorizing entity in all of India for this travel document. The IC is a valid travel document in which to place a U.S. visa and is valid for 10 years. ICs may also be issued to other stateless individuals in India. Older ICs were paper booklets with a pasted photograph; the latest version (produced since 2007) is yellow in color and bears a digital photo.
Indian Police Clearance Certificates should be obtained as follows:
Available. A person who has been incarcerated may obtain a prison record from the State Inspector General of Police, from the Police authorities of Mumbai, Kolkata, or Chennai, or from the Superintendent of the jail in which the sentence was served.
Unavailable. Upon discharge, retirement, or resignation from military service, however, a discharge certificate is issued to such personnel.
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New Delhi, India (Embassy) -- All Visa Categories
Shantipath, Chanakyapuri 110021
Tel: (91) (11) 2419-8000
Fax: (91) (11) 2419-0017
Chennai, India (Consulate General) -- Nonimmigrant Visas ONLY
220 Anna Salai
Gemini Circle, 600006
Tel: (91) (44) 2811-2000
Fax: (91) (44) 2811-2027
Hyderabad, India (Consulate General) -- Nonimmigrant Visas ONLY
1-8-323 Chiran Fort Lane
Begumpet, Secunderabad 500 003
Tel: (91) (040) 4033-8300
Fax: (91) (040) 4033-8301
Kolkata, India (Consulate General) -- Nonimmigrant Visas ONLY
5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, 700071
Tel: (91) (33) 2282-3611 through 2282-3615
Fax: (91) (33) 2282-2335
Mumbai, India (Consulate General) -- All Visa Categories
C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex,
Bandra (East), Mumbai 400 051.
Tel: (022) 2672-4000
Fax: (022) 2672-4755
States, Union Territories, and other.
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Union Territory)||Chennai|
|Arunachal Pradesh (Union Territory)||Kolkata|
|Bhutan (country)||New Delhi|
|Chandigarh (Union Territory)||New Delhi|
|Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Union Territory)||Mumbai|
|Daman and Diu (Union Territory)||Mumbai|
|Delhi (Union Territory)||New Delhi|
|Himachal Pradesh||New Delhi|
|Jammu and Kashmir (disputed territory - those under de facto control of India)||New Delhi|
|Lakeshadweep (Union Territory)||Chennai|
|Mizoram (Union Territory)||Kolkata|
|Pondicherry (Union Territory)||Chennai|
|Uttar Pradesh||New Delhi|