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kev
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 09:01 on 18th Jan 2011

Joined: 17:06 on 4th Dec 2008
Posts: 279
Location: Walsall West Midlands
Fairly straightforward visit to visa office in Brum yesterday. Got there 8.15 (they open at 8.30 & there were already plenty in the queue). They processed them fairly quickly & i was out at 9.30.
Staff were helpful & courteous, not particularly bothered about my itineray just asked why i was flying into India & back home from Bangladesh.
Cost was £85.88 for 2 visas breakdown £30 visa fee + £6.90 service charge = £36.90 each + £5.91 lump sum for admin charges & £6.17 courier charge to get them posted back within 5 working days.
If anyone is using the courier service to have everything returned, it's monday-friday 8am-6pm & they won't deliver without a signature so i had them sent to my work address.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 12:58 on 18th Jan 2011

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2119
Location: Preston UK
kev Wrote:
Fairly straightforward visit to visa office in Brum yesterday. Got there 8.15 (they open at 8.30 & there were already plenty in the queue). They processed them fairly quickly & i was out at 9.30.
Staff were helpful & courteous, not particularly bothered about my itineray just asked why i was flying into India & back home from Bangladesh.
Cost was £85.88 for 2 visas breakdown £30 visa fee + £6.90 service charge = £36.90 each + £5.91 lump sum for admin charges & £6.17 courier charge to get them posted back within 5 working days.
If anyone is using the courier service to have everything returned, it's monday-friday 8am-6pm & they won't deliver without a signature so i had them sent to my work address.


Take it that was straightforward ( I use the term loosely) single entry visa then Kev ?
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kev
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 14:05 on 18th Jan 2011

Joined: 17:06 on 4th Dec 2008
Posts: 279
Location: Walsall West Midlands
blueandy1mac Wrote:
Take it that was straightforward ( I use the term loosely) single entry visa then Kev ?


Yes mate the fact that we aren't returning to India after Bangladesh certainly makes it easier. Just a quick explanation as to why we are flying into Kolkata & back home from Dhaka was all that was needed.
Having said that we put "Single entry" on our application forms but the guy crossed it out & put "multiple entry" instead. Not sure what the relevance of that is if any.... :?
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Hackney_Shire
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 18:01 on 18th Jan 2011

Joined: 08:08 on 23rd Apr 2008
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Big Harvey Wrote:
I picked up my double entry Indian visa today. It is endorsed "Valid for re-entry from Nepal ICC CWC 2011." Nepal has been crossed out, and "Bengladesh" (sic) clumsily handwritten above it.

It took over an hour and a half of queueing down the street just to pick it up. If you're planning on picking yours up in person, take a brolly. VFS are a disgrace. The Indian High Commission when you used to deal with them direct was a model of user-friendliness compared with this lot.


I have just picked up visas for myself and Ian...typically it wasn't simple. We had followed Harvey's advice on itinerary and taking a copy of the ticket receipts for Eden Gardens & Chittagong and then while we were at the appointment on Friday they asked us to write a letter in support of the double entry application (in which I said "cricket" and "ICC World Cup" a lot). Everything was copied for both applications and they were sent off together and I went to pick up today.

Queue was less than an hour, which was good, although I did have Naibob for company, but when I picked them up mine is a Double Entry with the endorsement "Re-Entry from Bengladesh [sic]" while Ian's is Double Entry with the endorsement "Stay during each visit not to exceed 180 days."

As I knew Harvey had had the re-entry point specified I queried the different endorsements at the enquiry desk - the bloke laughed at the spelling of Bangladesh on my visa and then sent me back upstairs to knock on a wooden door marked "Staff Only" to get them to resubmit Ian's. This turned out to be a popular door, all the people with mistakes, missing passports etc were there waiting for someone to answer the door. Eventually the manager came out and then she disappeared back inside before finally emerging, looking at the two visas and declaring that Ian would be fine, he could re-enter from anywhere including Bangladesh while I could only re-enter from Bangladesh.

Given the original comments from the enquiry desk (that they would resubmit Ian's application) I'm not wholly confident about this but she was the highest person to talk to there - what endorsements have other people got on their Double Entry visas? Should the re-entry point be specified?
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laffer4470
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 23:48 on 18th Jan 2011

Joined: 21:56 on 6th Jan 2011
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I'm having similar fun with a postal application. They sent mine back saying I didn't enclose an undertaking on headed notepaper saying I wouldn't be doing any media work while in India (I'm a journo).
The trouble was it was the second sheet of paper in the bundle I'd sent them. They obviously have trouble reading things.
I've got to send it back at a cost of another £10. I reckon it's cost me close to £100 to get this visa now as I have to pay extra for some reason because I'm a journo even though I'm still applying for a tourist visa.
Been to India 3 times now and I'm seriously getting fed up with the cost and hassle of the beaurocracy.
Probably taken about 4 hours of my life filling in forms, visiting post office and finding a place that takes the photos.
And I've got tickets for the Calcutta game !!! I sense more hassle lies ahead......
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Richhufc
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 02:34 on 19th Jan 2011

Joined: 20:35 on 14th May 2008
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Location: Hereford
After a week bumming round it's time for me to go and pick up my passport....hopefully with the double entry requested from Sri Lanka, not Bangladesh! Wish me luck.
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chimbo
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 12:37 on 19th Jan 2011

Joined: 11:36 on 28th Feb 2009
Posts: 48
Hi

Just completed the form and paid online, so the apps are now 'matched up',

However, just realised that I have missed out my home postcode and the referees postcode - presume the latter is not so important

Should I complete my postcode in black ink as it should all be online / printed format, or leave blank ?
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 12:40 on 19th Jan 2011

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2356
chimbo Wrote:

Just completed the form and paid online, so the apps are now 'matched up',

However, just realised that I have missed out my home postcode and the referees postcode - presume the latter is not so important

Should I complete my postcode in black ink as it should all be online / printed format, or leave blank ?


I think I'd be inclined to.
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kev
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 14:18 on 19th Jan 2011

Joined: 17:06 on 4th Dec 2008
Posts: 279
Location: Walsall West Midlands
chimbo Wrote:
Hi

Just completed the form and paid online, so the apps are now 'matched up',

However, just realised that I have missed out my home postcode and the referees postcode - presume the latter is not so important

Should I complete my postcode in black ink as it should all be online / printed format, or leave blank ?


Black ink should be ok mate. I took 2 forms to Brum office & before i went i noticed that George had missed a question & had written "NO" in black ink on the form. As he lives in Sunderland i wasn't about to take the form back to him to get it corrected so i just handed it in & they didn't notice/say anything.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 18:41 on 19th Jan 2011

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2119
Location: Preston UK
Received ours back today .... multiple entries, all present and correct.

Wait a minute, this can't be right, we did'nt supply a written itinerary, tickets, hotels or letter from anybody's Mum. Whats the catch, there's got to be something wrong here. We must be subject to some restrictions surely ?
Anyone else got one of these ?
Are you confident ?
How did you get it ?
Does it say anything else other than mutiple ?

Sorry, its just too good to be true, so I'm worried. :? :shock: :o
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