Public Notice regarding Consular Services Public Notice regarding Consular Services

Consulate General of India
Houston

Public Notice regarding Consular Services

1. The Consulate will accept online applications for OCI, Renunciation of Indian Citizenship, Passport, GEP,PCC(Indian Nationals Only) and Visa applications only through the Service Provider, VFS Global. Applicants would need to complete the applications on their website and send duly filled applications by post to the address given below:

https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind

Address: VFS Global, 1001 Texas Ave, Suite #550, Houston, TX 77002

(For above services,VFS has also commenced limited in-person appointments on their website )

2. Visas: The Government of India has decided to issue fresh tourist visas with effect from 15 October, 2021 for group tourism and from 15 November, 2021 for individual tourist travel. It may be noted that existing valid e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa, issued before 6 October 2021, will continue to remain suspended and travel on such visas is not permitted. The process of obtaining e-Visa(Tourist, Business ,Medical, Medical Attendant, Conference) may be accessed at the following links:

E-Visa - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

The applicant may note that the Consulate does not process e-visas and any enquiries in this regard will need to be made directly on the e-Visa portal.

Regular Tourist Visa through VFS Global with effect from 13 December, 2021- https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind

3. Miscellaneous Consular Services: Request for Miscellaneous services [Attestation, Power of Attorney, PCC (Foreigners only) etc.] can be sent to the Consulate only through regular Post/ Mail. For details regarding the procedure for completing the application for Miscellaneous services visit :

https://cgihouston.gov.in/pages/Mjk

4. OCI: Rules for reissuance of OCI has been relaxed/ waived as below:

  • i). Person registered as OCI cardholder before age of 20 needs reissuance only once after crossing the age of 20
  • ii). Person registered as OCI cardholder after the age of 20 do not need reissuance

However, certain documents would be needed to be uploaded from time to time as per details at

https://cgihouston.gov.in/pages/MjYx

5. Help lines: Please contact us for any query or assistance on the following help lines:

Helpline number: +1-713-626-2148

Emergency helpline number: +1-713-626-2149(for emergencies only)

Email: info.houston@mea.gov.in

Website: cgihouston.gov.in

 

Houston
December 20 ,2021