Celebrations of 3rd IDY - June 2017 Journalist Visa

Journalist Visa

Journalist Visa is issued to a professional journalist, a press person, a film-person (other than commercial), a representative of a radio and television organization and similar personnel in the field of information such as travel writers, travel journalists, travel promotion photographers, television producers, advertising, commercial persons and those who write on fashion, costumes and sports.

1. General requirements:

1.1 Passport to be valid for a minimum period of six months.

1.2 Duly filled in and signed application form to be submitted in person or through an agent. Incomplete application will not be accepted.

1.3 Generally residents of Shanghai, Zhejiang & Jiangsu provinces in the Eastern China region may apply for visa at the Consulate General of India, Shanghai.

1.4 The normal processing time for a Visa application is 3 working days in case of Chinese Nationals and 5 working days in case of Non-Chinese, after the submission of requisite documents along with the Visa application form.

1.5 All applicants must first apply online and then submit the printout of the completed Visa application form. either at the Indian Visa Application Centre [For ordinary passport holders] and at the Consulate [For Diplomatic, Official and Public Affairs Passport holders].

2. Documents Required

  1. Visa Application form (No column to be left unfilled) duly signed along with photograph pasted at the designated space.
  2. Copy of the Passport.
  3. Copy of the Chinese ID (for Chinese Nationals)
  4. Proof of identity as a journalist.
  5. All relevant supporting documents for the assignment.

3. Procedure for submitting a VISA application:

3.1. Please visit the website https://www.cgishanghai.gov.in/. Go to “Consular Services” and choose “Visa Services” on the Home page of the website. After going through the general information & instructions, click on the type of visa you wish to apply. You will find all relevant information pertaining to the visa category selected therein. The online visa application form is available on http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/ .

3.2. When filing the Online Form, please do ensure that all details entered are correct. Once the form has been saved and printed, any detail cannot be altered. In such a case, a new form needs to be filled again.

3.3. On completion of the application form online, a Web Reference Confirmation Number will be generated. The completed Visa Application form will open up in PDF format at this stage. Print it, sign and present it along with the supporting documents and passport either at the Indian Visa Application Centre [For ordinary passport holders] and at the Consulate [For Diplomatic, Official and Public Affairs Passport holders].

3.4. Submission of all relevant documents mentioned in the checklist on the website is important for acceptance of the visa application at the Indian Visa Application Centre/Consulate.

3.5. It is a mandatory requirement to ensure that your photo is 2 inch x 2 inch (51mm x 51mm) in size with white background. Photos which do not meet this specification will not be accepted.

3.6. In case of any difficulty in filling up of visa application forms, applicants may please call our visa helpline numbers 021- 63808073; 021-63808077.

3.7. Information regarding Online Visa Application is also available at the website of India Visa Application Center, Shanghai - http://shanghai.blsindia-china.com/ .

4. Note:

  1. The applicants are required to contact on arrival in New Delhi, the External Publicity Division of the Ministry of External Affairs and in other places, the Office of the Government of India's Press Information Bureau, so that they could be given necessary assistance in various matters including planning their itineraries.
  2. There is no requirement for accreditation for journalists on brief professional visits to India, but temporary accreditation may be extended for journalists from reputed media organizations, if so requested by them. However, all journalists on long-term assignment in India are obliged to apply compulsorily for accreditation with Press Information Bureau (PIB), when they are based in Delhi. This can only be done after arrival in India.
  3. J visas are extendable after arrival in India, for representatives of established media organizations, on the basis of letters of nomination specifying the duration of assignment and provided they hold valid PIB accreditation. Extensions are issued for upto one year at a time. Visa extensions are issued by the FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office) in the city where the journalist is based.

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