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Indian Visa Requirements For LLM Students

There is a large number of international students choosing to study in India – and this number seems to be on the increase year on year. And it’s easy to see the reasons why. India is a vibrant and diverse country offering LLM students a good
education at a reasonable cost in a stunning and interesting location.

Number of International Students in India 

Number of International Students In India

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However, how easy is it to study in India as an international LLM student? Here we take a look at the Indian visa requirements for LLM students.

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Visa Application Process

Indian Visa Requirements For LLM StudentsThe visa application process for LLM students wishing to take up a place on a course in India is not particularly complicated. In fact, it is broadly similar to many other nations’ visa application processes and most international students will need to follow the same procedures, unless they are from Nepal or Bhutan. Student visas in India cost anywhere from $13 to $118 and payment should be included with your application. The cost depends on the length of your course. UK passport holders are required to provide only the basic documentation, although other nationals are sometimes required to supply additional information. 

Who Requires Student Visas? 

All LLM international students on full-time campus-based courses in India are required to get a student visa. Students from all countries, apart from Nepal and Bhutan, require student visas before they enter India to start their course. There are freedom of movement agreements in place between Nepal and India as well as Bhutan and India, and this means that students from these countries do not require visas. 

How To Apply 

The application process for a student visa in India is straightforward and all students initially apply online. Once the online application is made the Indian Bureau of Immigration will advise you on where you need to send your documentation to – which should be an Indian Mission, Visa Application Centre or Indian Embassy based in your home country. Alternatively, if you are unable to complete the application online, you can contact your local Indian Embassy and they will arrange to send you the necessary application form. 

When to Apply 

Examinations are often a part of the application process to law school and university in India. Because of this, there is a provisional student visa that allows potential international students to spend six months in India applying to courses. After the six month period students can convert their provisional student visa into a full student visa once they have been accepted onto a course through the Bureau of Immigration or return home and apply for a full student visa from there. If you enter India with a tourist visa to apply for courses, then you cannot apply for a student visa from within India. For those students who do not need to go to India to take examinations during the application process, apply for your student visa as soon as you are accepted onto your course and you have the funding in place. The Indian government advises that it takes about 10 working days to process a student visa application. 

Documentation Checklist

Different nationalities will require different documentation to obtain a student visa in India, but here’s a basic checklist of the information you will need to provide to get your Indian student visa.

X Evidence of the place on a full-time academic course at a recognised institution.

Evidence of financial support or funding to prove that you can pay for the tuition fees and to support yourself.

At least 6 months of validity on your passport

Photocopy of your passport

2 passports sized photos

Details of your university

Proof of your residential address in India

A 'No Objection Certificate' if you are attending a medical or healthcare related course.

Additional information is often required from international students who do not hold a UK passport, or have dual nationality, or have a passport from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or China. 

Potential Restrictions 

Student visas are issued for a maximum of five years or for the duration of the course whichever is the lesser amount of time. In addition to this, student, visas can be changed or extended while you are in India if you decide or need to stay for longer. International students in India on a student visa cannot work in paid employment while they are studying, however, this does not apply to international students of Indian origin. Once you have completed your course you should be able to change your visa and usually work for at least one year depending on the restrictions.

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