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Intern Visa


An Intern Visa is granted to applicants travelling to India to pursue internship in Indian Companies, Educational Institutes or NGOs/Charities. Applicants will be requested to provide documentations from the concerned institutions. Please see the ‘Documents Required’ section for more details.

Please note that the duration of the visa is at the sole discretion of the Issuing Authority. All visa fees once paid are non-refundable irrespective of the outcome of the visa application and duration granted.

Please note that the validity of the visa begins from the date of issue by the High Commission of India and not from the date of travel on your application form.

Kindly ensure all the fields of the visa application form are completely filled before submitting including your UK and India referees. Please note if you going for tourism purposes and do not have Indian referees kindly attach a self-undertaking that you will book your accommodation/ hotels on arrival in India.

Visa Fees

Biometric enrolment is mandatory for issue of visas with duration of 5 years or above.

The fee in the table is inclusive of the £3 Consular Surcharge.

Please note the length of visa & number of entries to be granted, is at the sole discretion of the competent authorities issuing the visa.

Mode of payment could be Online (if made an application online) Cash, Debit Card (we do not accept credit cards), Postal Order or Bank Draft payable to “VF Services UK Ltd”

Please Note: All visa fee once tendered are non–refundable

Documents Required

Documents Required

  • Passport valid for a minimum of 180 days with at least two blank pages.
  • Please select Student Visa on the online application form & follow the list of documents advised below
  • Correct visa fee.
  • Two recent 50 mm * 50 mm size photographs. Please check the Photo Specification
  • Filled application form* and declaration (all the columns of the form are mandatory and must be filled). (Printed and duly signed)

    *All applicants are requested to make an appointment before visiting our centers to submit their visa applications. Applicants holding dual nationality, while filling up the online application form, should select the current nationality as the nationality of origin. Same nationality details need to be filled in the section B & British or the second nationality passport details to be filled in the field ‘Any other Passport/Identity Certificate held’, in the same section.

    In case you are unable to make an appointment kindly ensure:

    • you have allowed one working day before the making an appointment.
    • UK passport holder need to ensure that they have filled in the nationality correctly – as United Kingdom. Appointment system does not recognize the below nationalities

      1. UK British Dependant Territories Citizen
      2. UK British National (Overseas)
      3. UK British Overseas Citizen
      4. UK British Protected Person
      5. UK British Subject

    In case if the nationality has been chosen as any of the above, kindly fill up a new application form and make an appointment using the new application form reference number(GBR..).

    Note: Scholars, students or trainees who wish to travel to India for an internship as part of their curriculum, but have not completed their graduation/post-graduation should apply for a Student visa supporting their application with the documents advised on the Student Visa page.

    • Proof of graduation
  • Invitation letter from concerned authorities/organisations in India offering the paid/unpaid internships along with the letter from the college/university in the UK. Invitation letter should be addressed to the High Commission of India, London or its respective Consulates in Edinburgh or Birmingham & should have the below information:
    1. Name of company/institute/NGO in India
    2. Address
    3. Phone/Fax/Email
    4. Duration of internship in months
    5. Annual remuneration to be received in INR
  • Duly filled. Intern Visa Undertaking
  • Only GRADUATES are eligible to apply for this visa category

Please click here to know the additional documents required from persons holding a NON -UK Passport or Originating from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or China

For Minor Child (Under 16 Years of age)

  • A copy of the child’s birth certificate showing both the parents’ names.
  • Consent letter addressed to the HCI, London OR its respective consulates signed by both the parents
  • Photocopy of Parent’s passports along with the copy of their current Indian Visa, if already holding one. If parents are Indian citizens, copy of the resident status in the UK would be required.
  • In case of Divorce, Child Custody Letter from court in respect of the child is required.
  • In case of Single Parent, Solicitor’s Letter and Council Benefit letter will be required. In case of Minor’s Application/Declaration either of the parents can sign the application/declaration form

Photo Specifications

It is imperative that the photograph submitted at the time of application must fall within the specifications and sizes given below. Applicants can obtain the correct specification photograph from the coin operated vending machine available at the visa application centres. Unacceptable photographs, that do not meet the specifications, may not be accepted for submission.

Sample Photograph:

  • The photograph should be in color and of the size of 2 inch x 2 inch (50 mm x 50 mm).
  • The photo-print should be clear and with a continuous-tone quality.
  • It should have full face, front view, eyes open.
  • Photo should present full head from top of hair to bottom of chin.
  • Center head within frame.
  • The background should be a plain light colored background.
  • There should not be any distracting shadows on the face or on the background.
  • Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.
  • The expression on the face should look natural.
Photo Specifications

Do’s and Don’ts for a Proper photograph

  • The photo should capture full face, front view, with eyes open.
  • The head should be in the centre of the frame.
  • There should be no distracting shadows on the face or background.
    Photo Specifications
  • Make sure photo presents full head from top of hair to bottom of chin as shown above.
    Photo Specifications

Lighting on face and background

  • The light should be even and balanced to avoid shadows on the face.
  • Background behind the face should be properly illuminated to avoid shadows in the background.
    Photo Specifications

Photograph Print Properties

  • The photograph should be in size 2 inch x 2 inch (50 mm x 50 mm) and in color.
  • Print photo on thin photo paper.
  • Ensure the print is clear and has a continuous-tone quality.
  • Do not retouch or otherwise enhance or soften the photo.
    Photo Specifications

Resolution and Printing Quality/Contrast and Colour

  • High-resolution photography and printing are strongly recommended.
  • Both conventional and digital photography are acceptable, and conventional or digital printing methods may be used.
  • Resulting print should exhibit a continuous-tone quality regardless of the print method used (dye sublimation, ink jet, laser, etc.)
  • Digitally printed photos should be produced without visible pixels or dot patterns
  • Fine facial features should be discernible.
  • Brightness and contrast should be adjusted to present the subjectand background accurately.
  • Photos without proper contrast or color may obscure unique facial features.
  • Color should reproduce natural skin tones.
  • Fluorescent or other lighting with
  • Unbalanced color may cause unwanted color cast in the photo. Appropriate filters can eliminate improper color balance.
    Photo Specifications

Head & Eyes- Position and Background

  • Head should face the camera directly and should not tilt or turned (portrait style).
  • Photo must show both edges of the face clearly.
  • The eyes must be open, level and clearly visible and must not be covered by hairs or eyeglass frames.
    Photo Specifications


  • Glare on eyeglasses should be avoided with a slight upward or downward tilt of the head.
  • No tinted or dark glasses.
    Photo Specifications

Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.

Exposure and Lighting

  • There should not be any over-exposure or underexposure which results in an unusable photo.
  • There should be a three-point balanced lighting. Facial features should be clearly evident in the photo.
  • Lighting should be adjusted to avoid shadows on the face or background. Diffuse sources of light, such as umbrella lights, are preferable to point sources.
    Photo Specifications

Flexibility in Children’s photographs

  • Babies under one year do not have to have their eyes open.
  • As regards the photograph of the children under ten years of age, requirements can be somewhat relaxed in respect of height of the face and the position of the eyes in the photographs; and in case of babies and infants also, the position of the face, the facial expression, the eyes and the line of sight can have some relaxation. However, a frontal photograph with clarity is required for children.
  • It should show the child alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible) looking at the camera with a neutral expression and the mouth closed.
    Photo Specifications

Processing Time

Processing times vary from application to application at the sole discretion of the High Commission of India and its Consulates in the UK, and some applications may take longer than others to get processed. Hence, confirm your travel plans only after obtaining the visa

Applications in the following categories may take longer to be processed, when submitted in person at the centre:

  • Non-UK passport holders residing in the UK for less than two years. (Minimum 6-8working days).
    Where clearance from India is mandatory
  • Nationals or origin of Pakistan (Minimum 7-8 weeks)
  • Nationals of Sri Lanka, China, Bangladesh, Afghanistan & UK Travel documents. (Minimum 15 working days)
  • Regular Cases may take a minimum of 3 to 5 working days.

In addition, if the High Commission or the Consulate General requires an applicant to attend an interview, the India Visa Application Center will contact the applicant and inform the date and time of the interview accordingly.

Please note VFS is not involved in the process of assessment of visa applications, or their grant or refusal. The assessment of visa applications is carried out by the High Commission of India or its Consulates, and the grant or refusal of India visas is at their sole discretion.

The processing times for visas are estimates only. These are based on information and experience of the Indian High Commission and Consulates.

The processing of your application is subject to the procedures and timescales of the Indian High Commission and Consulates, over which we have no control.

"Please note that the validity of visa starts from the date of issue and not from the date of travel"

Postal Applications

Effective 16 March 2015 no postal applications will be accepted by VF Services UK for any services, applicants are requested to please visit the Visa & Consular Application Centres in person with prior

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