Emergency Visa Guidelines Consular Services

Emergency Visa Guidelines

Consulate General of India

New York


Emergency Entry Visa

With effect from 13 December, 2021 (12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time), all visa applications will be accepted only at the outsourcing service provider – VFS Global, including Emergency Entry Visa applications. Our advisory in this regard may be seen at (hyper link for public notice on visa outsourcing). No applications will be accepted at the Consulate after the above mentioned date.

The Emergency Entry Visa service is only for US passport holders of Indian origin and their family members required to visit India due to a genuine family emergency, such as critical illness or death of a family member. Documentary evidence will need to be provided and the applicant will be charged an emergency service fee.

In case of non-emergency, regular Entry Visa may be applied through VFS Global, without submission of any emergency documentation or reason for travel to India, subject to eligibility conditions. Processing of such applications will be as per normal procedures.

Applicants may also like to avail of e-Tourist Visa facility (free of charge) for a limited period as per details at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

Applicants residing within the consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, New York requiring Emergency Visa may contact VFS Global to schedule an appointment. On receipt of the first email, VFS representative will contact the applicant on an expeditious basis. The contact details of VFS Global are as under:

VFS Global India Consular Application Center

145 West, 45 Street, 3rd Floor

New York 10036

Website: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind

General Helpline: +1-800-320-9693

From Monday – Friday: Between 9 AM to 4 PM

Email: VFS_VisaNYC@vfsglobal.com

Weekends and Holidays Only: Between 9 AM to 4 PM

Tel: +1-929866-2770

In addition, applicants may contact the Consulate on its Emergency Visa Helpline +1-917-815-7066.

It may be noted that Emergency Visa will be granted subject to submission of complete documentation and the Consulate may seek additional documentation in certain cases. Applicants are also advised not to finalize their travel arrangements prior to issuance of visa.