India Global Prep Visa FAQ

Global Prep Visa FAQ

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What type of visa do I need?

You will be applying for an E-Tourist Visa to India.

How do I apply for the visa?

You will apply online, once you are instructed to do so by AFS USA. Generally, you must do so within 4-6 weeks of your departure date.

What documents will I need to collect in order to apply for the E-Tourist visa?

  • United States Passport, valid for at least six months after your return
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Additional information may be required

Do not begin collecting these documents until notified by AFS.

When do I apply for the visa?

You must apply for your visa 4-6 weeks before departure.

How much will the visa cost?

There are no fees associated with applying for the E-Tourist Visa. This is subject to change.

Are any of these costs covered in my AFS program fee?

No, your program fee does not cover any of the costs related to obtaining your passport or visa.

Can I travel before the start of my program?

You may travel before the beginning of your program.


Need more clarification on visa-related questions? Check out the General Visa FAQs.

IMPORTANT: Do not begin the visa application process until you are notified by AFS.

The information above is a general overview of your expected student visa or residence permit application process. The laws, fees, document requirements, and processes are subject to change at any time.

Additional student visa / residence permit application information and support will be posted as soon as it is available for your specific departure cycle. You will be notified by email as detailed support materials are posted for your program.

The visa application process, including requirements and fees, are determined by the government of your host country and are subject to change. AFS will support you as you apply for your travel documents but ultimately it is your responsibility to obtain legal permission to live and study abroad.

Fees and requirements are determined by each country’s immigration authorities and are subject to change at any time.