Miscellaneous Indian Consular Services


In Australia

Conference Visa


Who can Apply?

Conference Organized by Government Department etc.:

A Conference visa is granted to a foreigner:

Whose sole objective of visiting India is to attend a conference /seminar or workshop being held in India, Mission/Posts are authorized to issue Conference visas to delegates on production of an invitation to a conference/seminar/workshop being organized in India by a Ministry or Department of the Government of India, State Governments or UT administrations, Public Sector Undertakings, Central Educational Institutions, Public Funded Universities (list of such institutions are Available on the website and the websites of the University Grants Commission and Association of Indian Universities), or an organization owned and controlled by the Government of India or any State Government/ UT, United Nations or its specialized agencies.

Conference Organized by NGOs:

In case of Conference being organized by NGOs the following would be the requirement for issue of Conference Visa:

  1. Approval from Nodal/ Line Ministry of the Central Government or;
  2. Approval from Nodal/ Line Ministry of the State Government and
  3. Invitation for Conference from the organizer.

However, Ministry’s approval would be required for all conference visas to foreigners participating in conferences/ seminars/ workshops etc. in the following cases:-

  1. Participants from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistani origin and Stateless persons; and
  2. Participants of conferences/seminars/workshops who are required to visit 'Restricted' or 'Protected' areas in India,

    areas affected by terrorism, militancy and extremism etc. viz. Jammu & Kashmir and the North Eastern States. 

Fees and Charges


Click on the Fee Calculator Icon to calculate fees applicable.

Credit/Debit card surcharge of 1.95% applicable for card payments. Only Master card or Visa cards issued in Australia are acceptable

Emergency Processing Fees:

Issued for Business travellers, requiring to travel in an emergency or in the case of travel required for an urgent medical condition /death of a close relative a Consular Emergency fee of $141 + VFS Global Emergency Processing Fee of $88 (inclusive of GST) is applicable over an above standard fees.

Payment Instructions:

Preferred mode of payment
At the application centre by Credit Card/EFTPOS
At the application centre in Cash

Other Payment modes

Fees can be paid by Money Order/Postal Order, in favour of, “VFS Services Australia Pty Ltd” or you may fill in the Credit Card Authority form and send along your postal application.

For all type of applications, same day pick up requests will incur an additional VFS Global Emergency Processing Fee of Au$88.00 (inclusive of GST) including interim/complete withdrawal cases.

Photo Specifications

Photographs should be in color and strictly as per the specifications below.

  • Un-mounted - 2 inch x 2 inch in size.
  • Face should cover about 70 to 80% of the photo area.
  • Frame Subject with Full Face, Front view, Eyes open
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance.
  • The photographs must be clear, well defined and taken against a plain white or light-coloured background.
  • Appropriate brightness and contrast showing your skin tones naturally
  • Even lighting (no shadows across or behind the face)
  • Face must be square to the camera with a neutral expression, neither frowning nor smiling and with your mouth closed.
  • If you must wear a head covering for religious reasons, make sure your full facial features are not obscured.
  • Non-tinted prescription glasses are allowed as long as your eyes are clearly visible. Make sure that the frame does not cover any part of your eyes. Sunglasses are not acceptable.
  • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
  • Photograph for Child/babies - The photograph should show the baby or child awake, looking straight at the camera with mouth closed and nothing covering the mouth. It should also show both edges of the face clearly (no toys, blankets, chair backs or other people visible) and no hair across the eyes.

Please Note:

There is one self-service Photo-booth available at each of our centres in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. The photo-booth is a self operating standard Adult photo facility and cannot be adjusted to assist with Infant, Children or Special Needs applicants’ photographs.

Processing Time

Strictly do not finalize travel plans before receiving the service applied for. Processing times below are average processing times. Please plan your travel accordingly.

VFS Global/Government of India would not be responsible for any inconvenience/problems faced as a result of finalizing travel plans before obtaining the relevant service.

Applicants sending their documents by Post/Courier are requested to ensure that they are completed and meet requirements. Processing times mentioned do not include transit time by post/courier. Transit times by Courier are generally 1-3 days on average and may be higher in remote or rural areas.

Incomplete applications will lead to an increase in processing time and applicants will need to comply with any changes in the procedure that may occur during this time. As a part of Processing Incomplete applications are returned and Courier Return fees will apply. See terms and conditions for further details

  • For Visas: Turnaround times for Complete Visa Applications.
  • Average of 5 Working Days: For Applications submitted in Canberra and Brisbane.
  • Average of 5 Working Days: For Applications submitted in Melbourne.
  • Average of 5 Working Days: For Applications submitted in Sydney and Adelaide.
  • Average of 3 Working Days: For Applications submitted in Perth.

Most visa applications for Australian nationals and permanent residents of Australia would be processed with in the above mentioned period after submission of application except for below categories.

  • A minimum of 45 days but could take more time
    Nationals of Pakistan or any applicant (irrespective of current nationality) who previously held Pakistani nationality
  • 10th working day
    Non-Australians from countries other than Afghanistan, China, Macau, Taiwan, Hong Kong, DPRK, Iran, Pakistan
  • A minimum of 4 weeks but could take more time
    Nationals of Afghanistan, China, Macau, Taiwan, Hong Kong DPRK, Iran OR any applicant (irrespective of current nationality) who was previously a national of any of these countries
  • A minimum of 45 days but could take more time
    Applicants applying for conferences/seminars/workshops visa who are/ were Nationals of Afghanistan, China, Macau, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Pakistan (irrespective of current nationality)


    Participants of conferences/seminars/workshops who are required to visit 'Restricted' or 'Protected' areas in India, or areas affected by terrorism, militancy and extremism etc. viz. Jammu & Kashmir and the North Eastern States.

Checklist and Application Forms

The checklist for the application category that you apply for will provide details on which specific forms you may need to download. In some instances, there may be more than one form.

Complete a separate checklist and application form/s for each person applying. Ensure the documents are completed accurately and signed where needed.

Book An Appointment
  • Click on the Apply Now button to complete the application form online on government of India website.
  • Print the application form and return to this page for booking an appointment.
  • Click on Book An Appointment button to schedule/reschedule/cancel an appointment
  • Appointment for all the services is mandatory for applicants submitting their application in person at any of the India Passport and Visa Services Centre.
  • Applications sent by Post/Courier do not require scheduling an appointment.

Mandatory collection of Biometric Data from the visa applicants has been deferred until further notice

  • Incomplete applications or applications with incorrect photographs specifications cannot be accepted and will be returned. Refer to Application and Service Terms

Please refer to the following table to select the correct Indian Mission for your city when filling out your online Visa Application Form:

Your Residential State Indian Mission to be Selected
New South Wales
South Australia
Australia – Sydney
Australia – Melbourne
Australian Capital Territory
Australia – Canberra
Western Australia
Northern Territory
Australia – Perth