After reading this article, you will be ready to visit India. The only thing standing between you and the land of profit is the paperwork (or sometimes it can be just passing a medical exam, hehe). Now, I may not be able to guide you in finishing all the paperwork you have, but what I can do is explain what you need to know about the visa. Before reading on, let me give you an overview of the article.
The article will explain each type of visa, the limitation of each, and answer some common questions. The India Visa system is more straightforward than the Chinese Visa, so this should not cause too much confusion.
An Indian Tourist Visa will normally grant a stay of six months or less. The time of stay depends on the country that you are from. Before coming to the country, you may have to prove your financial status. If you hold this type of visa, then work is not an option. Furthermore, you cannot extend your stay with a Tourist visa.
India also provides a Transit Visa, which lets the applicant pass through the country to travel to his/her final destination. The visa will be valid for a single/double journey and for entry within 15 days from the date issued. Moreover, the Transit Visa is valid for direct transit only for a maximum period of 3 days. One detail you have to remember is that "Change is not allowed."
The Student Visa allows multiple entries. The student's time of stay is determined according to the duration of the academic course or study, or up to five years. For example, it can be issued for one semester of a college school year or until you get a degree (and hopefully you can get a bachelor in 4 years).
The student visa also requires letters of admission from university or institute in India.
The Business Visa is valid for one or more years with multiple entries. Just so you know, a Business Visa is different from an employment visa. A Business Visa includes: board meetings, attending meetings, exhibitions, trade shows, consultation, technical support, etc. Even though the visa is valid for one or more years, each of your stays cannot exceed a period of six months.
A letter from the sponsoring organization should be supplied with the application.
As the name states, this visa is for journalists and photographers that come to India. The stay will be limited to a maximum of three months.
Applicants are required to contact the External Publicity Division of the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi or the Office of the Government of India's Press Information Bureaus beforehand.