Research Visa (R)
This visa is for professors and scholars who want to visit India for research purposes.
Approximate processing time:
Can be several months depending on the subject
Difficulty to get:
Usually valid up to three years, multiple entry, can be extended with approval
Maximum continuous stay:
Length of visa or 180 days
What you can do:
- Conduct research
What you cannot do:
- Visit restricted areas, especially those affected by terrorism, militancy and extremism
- Your approval is subject to the reputation of the institute sponsoring you, so it is advisable to go with a larger, recognizable name.
- Your research must be approved by the Ministry of Human Development, Department of Education. They will also approve any extensions.
- You will need to register at the FRRO when you arrive.
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