EXTENDING YOUR STUDENT VISA


The powers of Visa conversions and visa extensions to foreign students present in India, vests with the Ministry of Home Affairs. For this purpose the foreign students can approach the Foreigners Division, MHA, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi The change of visa status from one category to another category is normally not allowed. It can be considered by MHA only in extraordinary circumstances.


For extending student VISA : - FRRO can extend the Student Visa for duration of the course or for a maximum period of 5 years, whichever is less, to bonafide students coming to India to join well-known institutions subject to fulfillment of conditions prescribed.  The visa fee for a student for the duration of the course or for a maximum period of 5 years, whichever is less, is US$ 75, but it remains a onetime fee for duration of the course and all extensions within this duration are given free of cost.  An additional fee of US$ 75 has to be charged for change in course/subsequent course.  FRRO may allow change in Institution/course (on payment of fee) provided the new institution and course are also fully recognized/approved and are full-time proper courses.  In case of PG Courses, fee has to be charged (except ICCR Scholars & students of gratis countries) for extension of visa on the basis of bonafide certificates. 


Visa Fees

Rs. 3490/- (US$ 75)

Student visa (valid for the duration of the course or for a period of five years, whichever is less-multiple entry)


Documents required for extension of VISA

  • Extension Form
  • One photograph


Following additional documents are also required:

Bonafide certificate from school/college by the authorized signatory of the institute mentioning the course being undertaken