Visa to India

Third in our new “recipes” series: the Visa to India

  • Original Passport (must have at least 2 blank visa pages).
  • One original signed visa application.
  • One copy of Austrian ´Meldezettel’.
  • 1 recently taken passport photo (51mm x 51mm against a light background, maximum head size 3.5cm).
  • 2 Letters of Invitation.
  • Conference Organiser Clearance letter.
  • Conference Organiser Clarification letter.
  • Endorsement Letter from US employer on company letterhead.
  • Copy of 3 months of bank statements.
  • Copy of CV or resume.
  • Flight and Hotel confirmations.
  • Visa fee of 101.20 Euros in cash – no credit cards. Please bring extra cash.

Print all the above on 36 pages in A4 format, mourn the loss of a tree, then get psychologically ready to spend some time in a waiting room, at least twice.

Interesting that obtaining a visa to attend a conference is way more complex than a tourist visa.

Enjoy!

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By Paolo Belcastro

Paolo is a modern nomad: after Italy, France, and Switzerland, he now lives in Vienna, Austria from where he works on Automattic's Jetpack and .blog products. Passionate photographer, he also dedicates his free time to his family, cats, and hobbies. Working remotely since 1994, managing distributed teams since 1998, he firmly believes that remote work is the key to peaceful coexistence for 10 billion humans.

2 comments

  1. Interesting! Why couldn’t you get a tourist visa for that conference? That’s what I got last time I traveled to India for a conference. The tourist visa is great, it’s as simple as filling in the ESTA form when travelling to the US.

    1. This is a very good question. Probably the fact that give we are organizing a .blog launch party, the stakes are a bit high and the visibility too. We can’t afford any glitches along the way, so better invest the time beforehand.

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