Conference Visa is issued for attending conferences / seminars / workshops in India. A letter of invitation from the organizers of the conference is to be submitted along with the visa application. Issue of Conference visa is subject to approval conducting the event by concerned ministries. Delegates coming to attend conferences may combine tourism with attending conferences.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Who are eligible for a Conference visa?
Ans: A Conference visa is granted to a foreigner:
(i) whose sole objective of visiting India is to attend a conference/ seminar or workshop being held in India ;
(ii) who holds a valid passport, and a re-entry permit if that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant;
(iii) who is not a persona-non-grata to the Government of India;
(iv) who is not considered an undesirable person and is not the subject of a negative list or any warning circular or other restrictive list; and
(v) who is a person of assured financial standing (the production of a return ticket and availability of sufficient money to spend during his stay in India may be considered sufficient for this purpose).
Q. What is the procedure for grant of Conference Visa?
Ans : Indian Missions 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 or an organization owned and controlled by the Government of India or any State Government / UT, United Nations or its specialized agencies. Missions will process the cases for grant of visas and after satisfying themselves, grant visas to the participants of such events.
Q. What is the duration of the Conference visa?
Ans: Conference visa will be issued for the duration of the conference and the travelling time. However, the delegates coming to attend conference etc. in India can combine tourism with attending the conference. Missions can, at their discretion, grant visas for the required period. Such visa shall not exceed maximum validity of Tourist Visa or 6 months subject to usual conditions applicable for grant of the Tourist visa.