The "Indian Mission" is the embassy or consulate that issues the traveler's visa, according to Cox & Kings Global Services. It is important to research and correctly identify the appropriate jurisdiction to efficiently and accurately process a visa application.
All individuals who are not citizens of India must possess a valid national passport and valid visa obtained from an authorized Indian embassy abroad in order to enter the country, states the government of India. The official government site offers an online application form but recommends that applicants also print two copies of the paper application, sign them, and submit them to their local embassy or consulate.
The government of India identifies 14 main categories of visas, as of 2015. Some of the categories are business and employment visas, diplomatic visas, student visas and tourist visas. The online application extends the main categories to include dependent and transfer visas, resulting in over 30 different options. At the discretion of the Indian government, and based on the type of visa requested and the amount of fees paid, visas are issued for six months, one year, five years or 10 years, reports Cox & Kings Global Services. As of 2015, the Indian government does not extend visas and requires that the visitor apply for a new visa if they need to remain in the country.