FAQ for the High Commission in New Delhi, India

What kind of visa should I apply for?

The categories of visas issued include Official, Business, Tourist or Visit for single or multiple entry. You should apply for that which suits the purpose of your travel.

How do I apply for the visa?

Visit the High Commission between 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Monday to Friday to pick up the visa forms.

Do I need to apply in person?

No you may submit your application through courier or a Third Party. Read the instructions and procedures carefully. If you utilize a Third Party, e.g. travel agent, please note that the High Commission is not responsible for additional delays in processing which may be caused by the Third Party.

What is the normal duration of the visa?

Duration varies from one month to six months. The High Commission does not normally issue long term visas, these should be obtained from Immigration Division, Trinidad and Tobago.

How long does it take to process the visa application?

Currently it takes from 3 to 21 days. The applicant may wish to leave the application pending and withdraw the passport if they require the passport for other uses while the visa application is being processed.

How can I check the status of my visa application?
You can call the High Commission at (11) 4600-7500 during the hours of 10:00 am to 12:00 pm or send an email to consular@hctt.net with the application details.
Can I get the visa on arrival?

No.

As I have to travel frequently to Trinidad can I get the visa for longer durations?

The High Commission does not normally issue visas with a validity of more than 6 months. You should approach the Immigration Division while in Trinidad and Tobago for such a visa.

I am going for business related issues for my company for more than 30 days, do I need to apply for the work permit?

Yes. Your company should obtain a work permit from the Ministry of National Security before you apply for the visa.
Is it mandatory to provide references if I am travelling to Trinidad and Tobago to see business opportunities available and I don't have any invitation letter?

Yes. Provide information about the organizations on the form or additional paper of which you intend to meet with. It is recommended that you to setup confirmed appointments and have these people issue invitation letters or letter of confirmation of appointment that you could enclose with your visa application.

I am going as a tourist and I don't have any references, what should I do?


Where can I extend my visa duration when I am in Trinidad and Tobago?

Visit the nearest Immigration Division office. See www.immigration.gov.tt for a list of locations.

Can I take a visa in advance as I have to travel to other countries before reaching Trinidad and Tobago?

Yes. Make sure your visa application includes a travel itinerary with your entire travel plans indicating the date of arrival in Trinidad and Tobago.

Is it mandatory to submit financial documents of the references in Trinidad and Tobago even though I am supporting myself financially?

Yes.

Is my visa fee refunded if my visa application is refused?

No. It is a visa application fee.

What are the visa requirements for nationalities other than Indians?

The same as Indian nationals.

If I submit all the documents listed for the visa application, can I get the visa?

Visa issuance are subject to the Immigration Division in Trinidad and Tobago.

If my travel plans change after I obtain the visa and I intend to arrive in Trinidad and Tobago after the expiry of the visa can I obtain an extension of the visa at the High Commission?

No. You would need to obtain a new visa. You should re-submit a visa application at the High Commission together will all supporting documents and fees.

Can I get a visa for the West Indies?

No. There is no country called the West Indies therefore there is no visa available. The West Indies is a term applied to the Caribbean region which includes many independent countries with their own visa rules.

Can I get a CARICOM visa?

No. The CARICOM Visa is no longer available. It was a temporary visa regime put in place to facilitate visitors to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007.

Where can I get a visa for other countries in the Caribbean e.g. Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia?

You should check that country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or contact their nearest embassy/high commission.

My Indian visa is about to expire, how can I get it extended?

The India visa can be extended by approaching the Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in your city. If there is none you should see the Senior Police Officer at the nearest police station. In some cases it can be done at your city, in other cases you must travel to New Delhi to get it done. Once in New Delhi you are to go to Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreigners’ Division, Jaisalmer House, Mansingh Road to submit your application in the morning and return in the evening for the written response which then has to be taken to the Foreign Registration Office in RK Puram for the visa to be endorsed.

Contact the High Commission for further guidance as early as possible at (11) 4600-7500 or consular@hctt.net.

You should note that a visitor cannot stay in India on an expired visa, the penalty for this is arrest and jail according to the Indian law. If the visa expires before an extension is obtained you must get exit clearance if his/her India visa expires before exit from India.

My Indian visa is about to expire, and was told I cannot leave India. What do I do?

You must obtain approval to exit, also called an exit clearance, which is a stamp endorsed in your passport. To do this you should approach the Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRRO) closest to your location. If there is none you should see the Senior Police Officer at the nearest police station. In some cases it can be done at your location, in other cases you must travel to New Delhi to get it done. Once in New Delhi you are to go to Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreigners’ Division, Jaisalmer House, Mansingh Road to submit your application in the morning and return in the evening for the written response which then has to be taken to the Foreign Regional Registration Office in RK Puram for the visa to be endorsed.

Contact the High Commission for further guidance as early as possible at (11) 4600-7500 or consular@hctt.net.

A visitor cannot stay in India on an expired visa, the penalty for this is arrest and jail according to the Indian law.

I need to change the type of Indian visa that I have, how do I do it?

If you are on a T category visa, you cannot change the type of visa while you are still in India, you would have to leave the country. For other visa categories you would have to approach the Foreign Registration Office (FRO) at your location. If there is none you should see the Senior Police Officer at the nearest police station. In some cases it can be done at your location, in other cases you must travel to New Delhi to get it done. Once in New Delhi you are to go to Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreigner’s Division, Jaisalmer House, Mansingh Road to submit your application in the morning and return in the evening for the written response which then has to be taken to the Foreign Registration Office in RK Puram for the visa to be endorsed.

Contact the High Commission for further guidance as early as possible at (11) 4600-7500 or consular@hctt.net.

I am on a scholarship to India, where do I get my Goverment of Trinidad and Tobago bursaries?

You should contact the High Commission to discuss how you can access the funds as it would depend on where in India you are. Contact the High Commission for further guidance as early as possible at (11) 4600-7500 or consular@hctt.net.

I am a Trinidad and Tobago pensioner living in India, how can I get the annual LIC (Treasury) and NIS forms done?

You must visit the High Commission and have the forms endorsed by one of the Officers. It is advisable to make an appointment to have this done.

I am getting married in India. What formalities do I need to complete?

As a T&T national getting married in another country you must provide a Certificate of Fact stating you are not married in your native country. This document is to be obtained from the Ministry of Legal Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago prior to getting married. Afterwards, the marriage must be registered in the relevant Court and endorsed as such for it to be recognised in Trinidad and Tobago.

I got married in India. Will the marriage be recognized in Trinidad and Tobago?

The marriage is only recognised in Trinidad and Tobago if the marriage in India was registered with the relevant Court and endorsed as such.

I had a child in India. What documentation do I need to carry the child to Trinidad and Tobago?

Firstly, ensure that you obtain the proper Birth Certificate from the medical institution. Secondly, you need to obtain a passport for the child to travel with. See the FAQs on Passports and the Downloads section for the instructions on how to obtain a Trinidad and Tobago passport. Lastly, you need to obtain exit clearance from the Indian government which is a stamp endorsed in the child’s passport.

I am an employee of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago who is in India and have fallen ill. Can you assist in notifying my line ministry?

Yes. You would have to submit an original letter and medical certificate to us for onward transmission to Trinidad and Tobago. To save time ensure that the medical certificate is clearly written, is dated and mention’s the doctor’s name and Medical Board Registration Number.

If a Trinidad and Tobago national dies in India, what assistance can you provide?

The High Commission can provide assistance in preparing the documentation required for repatriating the body to Trinidad and Tobago, including liaising with the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs in Port of Spain. Other assistance is determined on a case by case basis.

Contact the High Commission for further guidance as early as possible at (11) 4600-7500 or consular@hctt.net.

Does India recognize dual citizenship?

No, the Government of India does not provide dual citizenship.