India is a popular country in the Southern part of Asia. It is the
second most populous country in the world. The capital of India is New
Delhi but the largest city in India is Mumbai. The Indians are mostly
Hindus. The most spoken languages are Hindu and English.
India is known for its outstanding medical facilities and personnel. Little wonder why many individuals want to study in India.
India Visa Types
India visas are in two major categories. They are the long term and
short term visas. The short term visas are valid for 90 days from the
day of issuance, and the long term visas are for persons who are going
to stay for a longer time in India.
The short term visas are majorly for visitors, tourists, persons needing
medical attention or persons on short official visits. The long term
visas are for persons who intend to study or gain permanent residence in
The various types of short and Long term India visas include:
India Visitor Visa
This visa is for persons intending to travel to India for tourism, holidays, or to visit family members in India.
India Transit Visa
The India Transit visa is given to persons who are intending to
travel through India to another country. The visa is valid for 72
hours. A confirmed airline booking for the onward journey must be shown
when applying for the visa.
India Student Visa
The India visa is a long term visa that is issued to individuals who
want to study in India. The main document required is student
admission/registration papers from the institution. Student visas are
issued for up to five years, depending on the duration of the course.
The visas can also be extended.
India Employment Visa
The employment visa is for foreigners who have gotten a job offer at a
registered Indian Organization. There are several kinds of work visas
for both permanent and temporary employments. This visa is issued based
on applicant’s vocational qualification or a concrete offer of a
contract of employment.
India Business Visa
Business visas are available for people who wish to explore business
opportunities or conduct business in India. Business visa applicants
will require a letter from the organization that they intend to do
business with, stating the nature of the business, duration of stay,
places to be visited, and proof that expenses can be met. Business visas
are valid for up to five years, with multiple entries.
India Medical Visa
Medical visas are issued to individuals seeking urgent medical
treatment in India at recognized and specialized hospitals, and
treatment centers. Medical Attendant visas are usually issued to persons
accompanying the patient.
Entry X Visa
This visa is issued to persons who do not fall under any other visa category.
India Visa Requirements
There are certain requirements that should be in place before the
application process can be valid. Some of these requirements apply to
some specific visa types. All visa applicants need to get a valid
Nigerian passport if they don’t already have or renew the passport if it
The documents needed for an Indian visa application include:
- A properly filled and signed India visa application form.
- A valid Nigerian passport with two blank passport pages – valid for 6 months.
- A coloured copy of the data page of the international passport.
- Photocopies of the Nigerian Passport visibly showing the applicant’s passport number, picture and bio-data pages.
- One(1) recent passport-photograph of the applicant.
- Visa Processing fees.
- An Introduction letter
- Invitation letter from Indian host.
- Proof of Oral Polio and Yellow Fever vaccination
Applicants need to note that other supporting documents would need to
be presented. These documents vary according to the visa type.
India Visa Application
After certifying that you need an Indian visa, and you have gotten an international passport, follow the following steps.
Steps to Apply for an Indian Visa
- It is advised that you be very clear on your ‘purpose of travel’
- Download and fill the visa application form
- Affix your passport photograph
- Book an appointment
- Visit the Indian application center to submit your application form
and the other supporting documents at the Visa application center.
- Pay the visa application fee at the Visa application center.
- Provide your biometric information
- Track the application online
Where to Get an Indian Visa Application Form
India Visa application forms are available for download on the India
visa website. The form should be printed on two pages, and both pages
should be signed. The applicant must sign under the photo on the first
page, and at the bottom of the second page.
How and Where to Pay India Visa Fees
India visa fees can be paid at the Visa application center with cash or via debit cards.
It is important to note that the visa processing fee is non-refundable.
India Visa Processing Time
The India visa processing time is not always certain. However, it does not take too long.
Where to Collect India Visa upon Approval
If your Indian visa application is approved, you can collect your passport from the Visa Application Centre.
Address and Location of India Embassy in Nigeria
Indian High Commission, Lagos
15 Walter Carrington Crescent (formerly Eleke Crescent),
Indian High Commission, Abuja
364, Cadastrial Zone,
Central Business Area, (CBD), FCT Abuja