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Rampage
Post subject: Re: Potential Visa Pitfalls
PostPosted: 08:57 on 13th Jul 2012

Joined: 13:10 on 9th Apr 2012
Posts: 35
If people are worried about getting the correct sized photos you could take one yourself and use a specialist company to print them off for you. I've seen one website that only charges £2.50 for 4 photos. A quick google search will bring up a whole host of options.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Potential Visa Pitfalls
PostPosted: 08:15 on 13th Jul 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2367
Rampage Wrote:
If people are worried about getting the correct sized photos you could take one yourself and use a specialist company to print them off for you. I've seen one website that only charges £2.50 for 4 photos. A quick google search will bring up a whole host of options.


If you understand photography and printer software, it's perfectly possible to take them yourself and knock them out using your own printer, but make sure you carefully read the specifications first.
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kev
Post subject: Re: Potential Visa Pitfalls
PostPosted: 13:53 on 18th Jul 2012

Joined: 17:06 on 4th Dec 2008
Posts: 279
Location: Walsall West Midlands
Remarkably i've managed to find the spare 2 left over from the visa for the world cup 8-)
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peado
Post subject: Re: Potential Visa Pitfalls
PostPosted: 17:39 on 18th Jul 2012

Joined: 09:29 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 819
kev Wrote:
Remarkably i've managed to find the spare 2 left over from the visa for the world cup 8-)

Not sure how good their software is, but the passport office have ways of detecting if a photo is more than 6 months old, and will reject applications with 'old' photos.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Potential Visa Pitfalls
PostPosted: 17:05 on 18th Jul 2012

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2169
Location: Preston UK
kev Wrote:
Remarkably i've managed to find the spare 2 left over from the visa for the world cup 8-)


Took old pics from previous passport with me last year as well Kev. The one I used for my sim in Bangla was from my passport app 19 years before. He did look twice at it, but seemed to decide me being a foot taller than him was more important.
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invisibleman
Post subject: Re: Potential Visa Pitfalls
PostPosted: 17:33 on 8th Aug 2012

Joined: 13:02 on 27th Sep 2011
Posts: 52
Anyone know anything about the 'import of satellite phones into India' license from DOT - Department of India? Found this out on the vsf.global website under important news and information. Does it mean all mobile phones? Have tried the DOT website but cannot find any information.
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bobh
Post subject: Re: Potential Visa Pitfalls
PostPosted: 16:28 on 14th Aug 2012

Joined: 10:45 on 3rd Aug 2008
Posts: 16
More India visa pitfalls:
1. You fill in the visa application on-line. You are required to input your surname and given name. Although it says name, it means names. Make sure you include any 2nd name. It must tally exactly with what's written in your passport. Same goes when you enter your spouse's name. We've just driven to our local Indian Visa Application Centre and had our application refused because of this. In fact 3 of the 4 other applicants we met had hit the same problem. Refusal means you've got to start again from scratch completing the on-line form, though if you've pre-paid the fee the receipt is still accepted. It also means another visit to the Visa Application Centre.
2. You can request a double (or multiple) entry visa, which gets round the stipulation that you can't re-enter India for 2 months. The on-line application form allows you to select Single, Double or Multiple entry. For a double entry visa, you have to supply a "tentative itinerary". What the web-site doesn't tell you is that this must be an on-line itinerary. Our typed schedule listing all flight details and hotel bookings was refused. They advised me that any travel agent could supply me with an on-line schedule. The first we tried offered to make provisional flight bookings for us, duplicating our existing confirmed flights though not necessarily with the same airlines. Didn't like the sound of that. Phoned Trailfinders and they couldn't do this either. Their visa department said just to take printed copies of the email confirmations of the flights. This of course means a 3rd visit to the Visa Application Centre!
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Potential Visa Pitfalls
PostPosted: 17:10 on 15th Aug 2012

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2169
Location: Preston UK
bobh Wrote:
More India visa pitfalls:
1. You fill in the visa application on-line. You are required to input your surname and given name. Although it says name, it means names. Make sure you include any 2nd name. It must tally exactly with what's written in your passport. Same goes when you enter your spouse's name. We've just driven to our local Indian Visa Application Centre and had our application refused because of this. In fact 3 of the 4 other applicants we met had hit the same problem. Refusal means you've got to start again from scratch completing the on-line form, though if you've pre-paid the fee the receipt is still accepted. It also means another visit to the Visa Application Centre.
2. You can request a double (or multiple) entry visa, which gets round the stipulation that you can't re-enter India for 2 months. The on-line application form allows you to select Single, Double or Multiple entry. For a double entry visa, you have to supply a "tentative itinerary". What the web-site doesn't tell you is that this must be an on-line itinerary. Our typed schedule listing all flight details and hotel bookings was refused. They advised me that any travel agent could supply me with an on-line schedule. The first we tried offered to make provisional flight bookings for us, duplicating our existing confirmed flights though not necessarily with the same airlines. Didn't like the sound of that. Phoned Trailfinders and they couldn't do this either. Their visa department said just to take printed copies of the email confirmations of the flights. This of course means a 3rd visit to the Visa Application Centre!
:cry:


Aaaahhh memories.
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wickets
Post subject: Re: Potential Visa Pitfalls
PostPosted: 12:19 on 20th Aug 2012

Joined: 22:49 on 30th Apr 2008
Posts: 1026
Location: Swindon
When you re-enter India, even if you have a double entry visa, endorsed with where you are coming from......

.......it doesn't give you absolute right of entry as we found out when returning from Bangkok for the WC final.

One and a half hours sat in an immigration office having to deal with jumped up officious pricks was not my idea of "Welcome to India".

Just a thought.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Potential Visa Pitfalls
PostPosted: 12:15 on 20th Aug 2012

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2169
Location: Preston UK
wickets Wrote:
When you re-enter India, even if you have a double entry visa, endorsed with where you are coming from......

.......it doesn't give you absolute right of entry as we found out when returning from Bangkok for the WC final.

One and a half hours sat in an immigration office having to deal with jumped up officious pricks was not my idea of "Welcome to India".

Just a thought.


Aah but we know you sweet talked your way in again, you smooth silver tongued basket.
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