Indian consulate drops bank-statement requirement for most business visa applicants

10 Aug 15

INDIA, UNITED STATES

IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? The Indian Consulate in San Francisco is no longer requiring personal bank statements for most business visa applications.

What does the change mean? While personal bank statements will not be mandatory for most applicants, other supporting documentation including documentation providing details of travel plans, accommodations and intended activities will still be required.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Business visas.
  • Who is affected: S. nationals applying for business visas at the Indian Consulate in San Francisco.
  • Impact on processing times: Applicants may save some time by not having to provide bank statements; however, they should be sure to plan for the time required to provide other supporting documentation.
  • Business impact: In most cases, business travelers will not have to obtain and provide personal bank statements before submitting applications.

Background: As BAL reported in July, the Indian Consulate in San Francisco has focused on ensuring that business visa applicants provide clear and comprehensive information about their travel, including information about flight plans, accommodations and intended activities. While many additional documents are still required, personal bank statements are no longer required from most applicants. The consulate may follow up with requests on a case-by-case basis, especially when officials determine that proof of sufficient financial means is required. The majority of business visa applicants, however, will not be required to provide personal bank statements.

BAL Analysis: The change is welcome news to business travelers. However, applicants should be sure to leave enough time when preparing their applications to gather all other supporting documentation.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact your BAL representative.

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