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Important information

  • Time lines/processing times provided for all services are indicative, certain cases may take longer to be processed. Applicants are requested not to make any travel arrangements without having a valid visa/OCI or any other document needed for you to travel.
  • Important Notice for Travellers: The government of India has made changes on Non- UK Passport Holders Visa fee effective 31 March 2017; we are in the process of updating our systems. Thank you
  • Last date for submission of applications for registration as OCI cardholder by the erstwhile PIO cardholders has been extended till 31 December 2017. PIO card holders submitting their applications in our London, Hounslow, Birmingham and Edinburgh offices can do so until 31 December 2017, with a prior appointment, for all other India Visa & Consular application centres in UK the last date of submitting PIO to OCI application remains as 27 December 2017.
  • Press Release - Introduction of mandatory biometrics enrolment for specified visa categories with effect from 19 August 2016 – Applicants are requested to make appointments accordingly – Please click here for more details.
  • Important Notice for Travellers: our special Out of office hours’ service launched at selected offices only, no appointments required! Please click here for more details.
  • Longer wait times due to heavy call volumes.

    We are currently experiencing long wait times due to heavy call volumes. Applicants are requested to email their enquires to below email ID’s for the respective service:

  • Prior appointments mandatory to submit applications; except for Urgent Business Visa Applications – which is on First come First Served Basis at selected offices click here for more information
  • All applicants are advised to book their travel plan upon obtaining an appropriate Visa/OCI. VFS will not be responsible for any loss for any bookings made in anticipation of obtaining a Visa/OCI.
  • Please note Indian visas are valid / issued from date of issue not from Date of Travel.
  • The practice of accepting visa applications on handwritten or non-Machine Readable passports is hereby discontinued with immediate effect, except in cases requiring emergency visits to India. However, nationals of Afghanistan, applying on Afghan non-machine readable / handwritten passports are exempted from this requirement till 24 November 2017.
  • All applicants are requested to check the list of Consular Holidays before visiting the Centre
  • Beware of fraudulent job offers. For more details – click here