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. Applicants are advised not to send any applications by post to VFS Global before completing an online application. Applicants residing within the CONSULAR JURISDICTION of the Embassy of India, Washington DC may contact VFS Global as per details given below:

    1025 Vermont Ave, N.W.  

    Suite 302, 3rd Floor

    Washington, DC 20005


    Helpline: +1-800-320-9693

3. Pursuant to this:

  • The Embassy will stop accepting direct visa applications w.e.f. 13 December, 2021 and the applicant will need to submit the visa application to VFS, details of which are available at
  • In view of ongoing Covid pandemic, while majority of visas have been restored, it has been decided that only a Single Entry Tourist Visa will be granted with validity for 120 days and a maximum stay permitted of 30 days within this 120 day period. In addition, Entry Visas are also being issued to US passport holders of Indian origin, subject to eligibility. The details of currently permitted categories are available at PERMITTED CATEGORIES FOR TRAVEL TO INDIA

4. 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.

5. Emergency Visa Service: VFS will accept in-person applications, with prior appointment, on working days as well as on weekends/holidays, from 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. Applicant within the consular jurisdiction of the Embassy of India, Washington DC may contact VFS as per details given below:

   From Monday – Friday: Between 9 AM to 4 PM


   Weekends and Holidays Only: Between 9AM to 4PM

   Tel: +1-202-666-8585

6. For US diplomatic and official passport holders, please contact the Special Issuance Agency of the Department of State for procedure/guidance. For any queries in this regard, please send an email at

7. 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. 

December 7, 2021