In September 2016, Indian government started the e-visa system, which has worked wonders for the country. Now, the government has gone a step ahead and introduced online visa services for foreign nationals living in India. Rajnath Singh, Home Affairs Minister of India, announced it on March 8, 2018.
At the press conference where Singh made the announcement, discussed the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act and also reviewed the e-visa system, which has been an enormous success. Singh said that FCRA schemes and e-visa by the foreign department of home ministry still need a lot of improvement. It was designed to be the most efficient and transparent service for Indian as well as foreign nationals and has proven to be so. India’s integrated online visa system is a part of the immigration, visa, foreigner’s registration and tracking project. It is just one of the many programs started. The e-visa system is operational at the 163 out of 178
There are several Indian Missions in the foreign countries. Another program that began part of the project, which is biometric enrollment and that, is functional in 115 Indian missions abroad.
India now also provides e-visa services for medical and business visa. Kazakhstan recently was granted permission to apply for the three types of e-visas. At the press conference, Singh also mentioned that FCRA website has been renovated and made more transparent and user-friendly. It is designed in such a way that it is easy to navigate and for customers to interact efficiently with the government.
All FCRA services will be provided online so that people can avail services from the comfort of their homes. And therefore, the government has integrated the Foreign Contributions and banks with the website for a hassle-free payment gateway. India’s e-visa system allows passport holders of 163 countries enter the country on an e-visa through five ports and 25 international airports.