Public Notice on visa outsourcing to VFS Public Notice on visa outsourcing to VFS

Embassy of India

Washington DC


Outsourcing of Visa Services to VFS Global

   In continuation of our Public Notice dated 3 November, 2020 ( regarding the appointment of VFS Global as the new Outsourcing Service Provider for Visa, OCI, Renunciation, Passport, Global Entry Programme (GEP) and Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) services for the Embassy of India, Washington DC, it is informed that with effect from 13 December, 2021 (12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time), VFS Global will start accepting visa applications. A service fee of US$ 15.90 (inclusive of all taxes) per application will be charged, in addition to applicable Government of India fees for these services. 

2.   The Embassy has stopped accepting direct visa applications w.e.f. 13 December, 2021. Applicants residing within the CONSULAR JURISDICTION of the Embassy of India, Washington DC may apply for Indian visas through the application link : and completed visa applications may be either sent by post or submitted in-person after taking appointment, as per details given below:

VFS Global

1025 Vermont Ave, N.W.  

Suite 302, 3rd Floor

Washington, DC 20005


Helpline: +1-800-320-9693

3.   Details of visa fees are available at Revised Visa fees for USA nationals. In addition, the applicant will be required to pay US$ 3.00 on account of Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF), apart from the VFS service charge and for any value-added services, like courier, etc.

4.   Emergency Visa Service: 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, will be able to obtain emergency visa services. Applicant within the consular jurisdiction of the Embassy of India, Washington DC may please visit the link: for further information

5.   For US diplomatic and official passport holders, please see visa information and procedure at the following link:

6.   Applicants residing in the consular jurisdictions of Consulates General of India at Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York and San Francisco, may please visit the websites of the respective Consulate for information on these services.


April 6, 2022