Dear Scholars in the H-Asia Forum,
My name is Reiko Kanazawa and I am a first year Medical History PhD at the University of Exeter. I am hoping to do field research in India next year as a Japanese national, so I wanted to ask the community if any research students have recently gotten a research visa and if so, how the process was?
From what I understand, the basic three steps are:
(1) You must first be affiliated with an Indian institution, which begins by contacting an academic or a research centre that might be interested in your project, making a case for your project and why you need to be in in India to do it, and receiving some official letter or certificate of affiliation.
(2) Then, you will begin the authorization process through the Education Department of the Indian Embassy in the country you are applying from. Depending on the type of project you are proposing, your personal information, project details and certificate of affiliation with an Indian institution may be sent for approval through a variety of Ministries. This stage can take up to 8 months.
(3) Finally, you will complete the actual online application form through Indian Visa Online. You can check the status of this application throughout.
Does this basic procedure more or less describe how researchers have gotten research visas in the past few years? Would anyone with recent experience in Indian research visa application care to share their experiences with the length of the process, difficulties getting approval from Government Ministries, etc?
Thank you for your time, I'd really appreciate any information.
University of Exeter