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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India
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Hello,

Since I am married to my husband who lives in India, is there a visa or a card that I can get to travel ? or do I always have to get an Evisa with a stay of 60 days or a visa for 6 months? I am asking because if we are denied for him to come here, then I plan to move.... 

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20 minutes ago, Cg2008 said:

Hello,

Since I am married to my husband who lives in India, is there a visa or a card that I can get to travel ? or do I always have to get an Evisa with a stay of 60 days or a visa for 6 months? I am asking because if we are denied for him to come here, then I plan to move.... 

You can apply for OCI after 2 years of marriage otherwise you can request a 10 year tourist visa, but you cant stay longer then 6 months each time.

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22 minutes ago, Cg2008 said:

Hello,

Since I am married to my husband who lives in India, is there a visa or a card that I can get to travel ? or do I always have to get an Evisa with a stay of 60 days or a visa for 6 months? I am asking because if we are denied for him to come here, then I plan to move.... 

I have the older non e-Visa in my passport.  It shows good for stays up to 180 days.  It is the tourist visa.


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2 hours ago, Cg2008 said:

Hello,

Since I am married to my husband who lives in India, is there a visa or a card that I can get to travel ? or do I always have to get an Evisa with a stay of 60 days or a visa for 6 months? I am asking because if we are denied for him to come here, then I plan to move.... 

If you are of Indian origin, you can get OCI card and then you won't need Visa.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: India
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You have a few options -

evisa - easy/cheap to apply but limited duration

10 year tourist visa - only allows stays up to 6 months 

OR if you are married to an Indian then I believe you can apply for an ‘entry visa’ if you are spouse of person of Indian origin but I am not 100% clear on the duration

 

Like others mentioned, you aren’t eligible for OCI card until after being married 2 years. 

 

check visa details here and make sure you apply for Indian visa only through that official site. You can also contact cox & king for more info and to understand details of which visa would be best. 

 

https://www.in.ckgs.us/visa/entry-visa 

 

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On 7/2/2019 at 5:28 PM, Cg2008 said:

Hello,

Since I am married to my husband who lives in India, is there a visa or a card that I can get to travel ? or do I always have to get an Evisa with a stay of 60 days or a visa for 6 months? I am asking because if we are denied for him to come here, then I plan to move.... 

Pretty sure you can stay longer than 180 days, you may just have to register your presence there if you intend to.

 

 

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On 7/11/2019 at 1:59 AM, saladboye said:

Pretty sure you can stay longer than 180 days, you may just have to register your presence there if you intend to.

 

 

The correct visa for a spouse of an Indian citizen is an Entry Visa (the visa code is X-2). If you apply at American embassy with a valid Indian marriage certificate they should grant you a 5 year visa. This allows staying in India over 180 days if you can register. However, the FRRO is notoriously difficult to work with and denies what are otherwise valid requests regularly. I just looked at the requirements this week for registration and they are sort of funny about who is financially supporting foreigners (ie they don't allow you to work, do business activities and they want to see the Indian spouse is financially sound to support a foreigner). Anticipate needing to take a few days out of India every 6 months. The incoming immigration agents at the border have never questioned me about this and I've been staying in India regularly for over a year.

 

This said, I recommend avoiding a 10 year tourist visa if your spouse is Indian because the border agents going out of India do ask questions sometimes if you are a tourist on a long stay. 

 

I'm sure you know this already but living in India is very tough. Take care of yourself. Try to take some out of country vacations with husband to clear your mind when it gets hard. If you're waiting for a green card for him, be patient and try to take a trip or two back to home country for yourself. 

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