Visa to India from Spain

How to apply for your visa for India from Spain?

Any person residing in Spain and who wants to travel to India can request their visa in two ways: they can apply for a Visa India Spain online visa and receive their electronic visa by email; but you can also do it through the consulate of India in Spain, through the intermediary of VFS Global de España (Madrid-Spain) that we will see later in this guide.

In this guide we will talk about the following points:

How to apply for your visa, either electronically or from the Indian consulate in Madrid, Barcelona or Las Palmas?

What are the requirements to apply for the India Spain Visa?

When and where can I apply for the India Spain Visa?

What is the complete process from the reception of the visa until its arrival in India?

Important notes to keep in mind when applying for your visa to India in Spain.

The visa for India, as explained above, can be applied online or at the Indian consulate in Spain.

Before we begin, we must clearly define the entity that processes the physical visa application from Spain. This entity is the Global VFS of Spain (Madrid-Spain). The Global VFS is a trusted partner of the «Government of India» in Spain and administratively manages visa, passport, Indian OCI Visa, PIO applications and various Consular Applications processes.

The Global VFS keeps the passport of the person requesting the visa and returns it to its owner once the visa is issued. But it must be borne in mind that VFS Global cannot work on an application for a Visa India Spain with official passports.

Here we leave the addresses of VFS Global:

MADRID: Street of Cardinal Marcelo Spínola 2, Ground Floor, 28016 Madrid

BARCELONA: Carrer de Sardenya 229, 3rd Floor, Office No.1, 08013 Barcelona

LAS PALMAS: León y Castillo Street 177, 4th Floor, 35004 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

How to apply for your visa, either electronic (e-Visa India) or from the Indian consulate in Madrid?

Let’s start with the Indian electronic visa, as it is the fastest process.

To request your electronic visa India from Spain you just have to fill out the form on our website by clicking here. The electronic visa for India, as in any other country that allows you to request an electronic visa, is done through a website of an agency that offers this service. To visit our website and get more details, please click here. This type of visa allows multiple entries to India, which means that within 365 days you can enter and leave India once, as long as each continuous stay does not exceed 90 days.

What is the advantage of Indian electronic visa? The great advantage of the e-Visa India is that it can be requested from any place where there is Internet, it is cheaper and more convenient for travelers who do not have time to go to a VFS headquarters (which is the process to request a visa for physical way). It is also best for travelers who do not want to leave their passport at a VFS headquarters, or who want to spend 365 days in periods of stay of 90 days or less in India. If a traveler wishes to remain in India for a longer period, he must apply for a visa for India using the second option, the physical application, which we will see elsewhere in this article. Please note that this visa is valid only for air transport to India and is not valid for land transit. For more information, you can visit the electronic visa page to India.

Another option to request your Visa India Spain is through VFS, which we have defined a few lines above. The Indian Consulate and Visa Application Center (ICVAC) is the official partner of the Indian Embassy in Spain. For this purpose, the ICVAC is responsible for receiving visa applications to travel to India and visa fees, submitting applications at the Indian Embassy in Madrid, collecting passports processed by the Embassy of India in Madrid and the return of passports to applicants.

The ICVAC is managed by VFS Global España SL, which does not participate in the visa application evaluation process. The evaluation of visa applications is carried out by the Embassy of India in Madrid and the decision to grant or deny a visa for India is based on its own criteria. VFS Global España SL staff members have no role or influence in the outcome of an application.

Travelers can apply for any of the following categories of visas from Spain to India, but it is very important to know what category of Visa India Spain is going to be requested to enter India. This is a list of visa categories that can be requested from the VFS Global Spain.

What is an Indian OCI Visa card?

The Indian OCI Visa card is a multi-entry visa for life and entitles the holder to an unlimited number of trips and stays in India. If you change your passport, you must apply for a new Indian OCI Visa card corresponding to the new passport.

And who can apply for an Indian OCI Visa card?

A foreign national can apply for an Indian OCI Visa card if he / she:

He was able to become a citizen of India on 01/26/1950

Was a citizen of India or was, at any time after 01/26/1950

It belonged to a territory that became part of India after 08/15/1947

They are not eligible to apply for an Indian OCI Visa card in the following cases:

Younger children if both parents are Indian citizens

If he / she or his parents have been citizens of Pakistan or Bangladesh

People who work in Foreign Defense / Military / Police / ex-Defense and people who work with security agencies

The Indian OCI Visa card cannot be applied based on the Indian origin of the spouse

It is important to know that the payment allows you to make a request. This can be accepted, rejected or modified by the Embassy of India, in full right. Once the fees have been paid, the amount cannot be refunded under any circumstances, including the denial or cancellation of an application.

How to apply for a visa at the Indian Consulate and Visa Application Center (ICVAC) through VFS?

You can apply for a visa at the Madrid headquarters, Monday through Friday, at the address offered earlier in this article:

IN MADRID, the Visa Application Center and Indian Consulate of Madrid (ICVAC) allows you to:

Submit Your Application

Deliver / collect your passport / consular documents

Get specific information about your case

Working hours of the Madrid office:

From Monday to Friday from 9 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon for the “visa application submission”. From 3 in the afternoon to 5 in the afternoon for “collection of passport / consular documents issued”.

The payment methods accepted in the Madrid office are: cash and credit or debit cards. Please note that check or American Express is not accepted.

IN BARCELONA, the Visa Application Center and Indian Consulate in Barcelona (ICVAC) allows you to:

Submit Your Application

Get specific information about your case

The ICVAC in Barcelona, ​​like the Madrid office, is open from Monday to Friday. The visa application is submitted from 9 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon. Please take note that on certain occasions during the high season or after a holiday, you may experience a longer wait time. The Visa Application Center and Indian Consulate in Barcelona has the same payment methods as the Madrid office. And it does not accept checks, nor American Express.

IN LAS PALMAS, the Visa Application Center and Indian Consulate in La Palmas (ICVAC) allows you to:

Submit Your Application

Get specific information about your case

As in Barcelona, ​​the visa application is submitted from 9 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon and the payment methods are also the same.

You can also make your request by regular mail. It is very important to know that applications sent by mail take longer to process than applications submitted at the counter in Madrid. In the case of an imminent trip, it is recommended to submit your application directly at the window in our Madrid office. A minimum of 7 business days (excluding delivery delays) must be added to what is mentioned on our page regarding the minimum processing times (depending on the service requested).

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