A Digital Nomad’s Guide to Extending India Visa

For those in Goa

Nodal Officer for the problems faced by foreigners in Goa will be
Mr Amit Satija.
He is an IAS officer of 2008 batch presently posted as Commissioner of Excise and CEO, ESG, Goa
His email id is – ceo@iffigoa.org
& mobile number is – +918510065555

Update: Indian immigration is granting a FREE visa extension until April 30 considering the current scenario.

India Visa Extension

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Are you a digital nomad currently in India? Were you planning to do a visa run and explore our beautiful country for a few more months? With all e-visa’s suspended until April 15, there is no scope to get out of the country and get back in, even if your visa is valid for a few more months. Worry not, we are following up with authorities to get more clarity on how you can stay in India longer without having to do a visa run. Today, I received a response from the FRRO (Foreigner Regional Registration Office) regarding the same:-

 

Basically, this means you can apply for visa extension online in 2 cases:-

  1. If your tourist visa is expiring
  2. If your visa is valid but you have to do a visa run as you are running out of time for your current visit. (Indian e-visa offers 90/180 days’ stay each visit depending on your nationality)

 

What Documents Do I need?

The following are the documents you will need to proceed with the Visa extension.

  1. Passport and Visa (of-course!)
  2. Residence proof

It gets tricky here. If you are staying with a local family or in a homestay, ask the,m to get you Form-C. Most will not know how to go about it. direct them to https://indianfrro.gov.in/frro/FormC/menuuserreg.jsp and ask them to sign up to proceed with filling Form-C for you. As per rule, every host/hotel/hostel needs to fill Form-C for every foreigner that they host.

3. Photo

Photo needs to be in particular dimensions.

 

1: Visit the FRRO Site and create an account if you don’t have one already

2: Click on Fresh/New Online application Submission (Top left)

3: Choose Visa Extention under services

4: Visa type and sub-type

Most of you will have an e-tourist visa. In that case, choose, e-visa under VISA type and e-Tourist visa under sub-type.

There are also other options to choose from:-

If you need any help, NomadGao Team is there for you. Just message us on WhatsApp +91-8888618466 and we would be happy to help! We are based in Goa. If you are in Goa or planning to come here, hit us up 🙂

 

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