On the occasion of New Year Holiday, BLS Centers in UAE will be closed on 1st January, 2022. The Application Centers shall reopen on 3rd January as per regular business hours.
Visa applications are accepted at BLS centres in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Norther Emirates locations. Please book appointment online or contact email@example.com for any assistance. Northern Emirates Visa applicants may walk-in to their nearest BLS centre.
Our Abu Dhabi center has been relocated to Shams Boutik Mall, Al Reem Island. Please click here for more information.
The Ministry will be observing "Passport Seva Divas" on 24.06.2021 and the event will be held from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm (IST), Click here for more information.
Police verification required passport applications are first referred to police authorities in India for verification and only after receiving clearance from police, passport applications are processed. This might take anywhere from 5 working days to up to 2 weeks' time. Tatkaal applications are processed within 2 working days after date of submission.
Important Notices & Latest news
Tourist Visa Applications are currently not accepted.
Please note, All Dubai and Northern Emirates Centers will be closed from 25th March to 7th April-2020.
To avoid the hustle and bustle at the main centre. Schedule an appointment at our Premium Lounge which offers privacy and personalize support.
Please note, ICWF (Indian Community Welfare Fund) fee has been revised in UAE for Passport and Visa Services, Revised Fee for Passport AED 8 and AED 12 for Visa.
New Abu Dhabi Call Center Number: 04 387 5667
Update: Registration of New Born Baby
Copy of application submitted online for Registration of Birth with original photograph of the child pasted & signature of parents at designated places in the printed form. Online Registration is a mandatory process and the file # is a mandatory document to be attached along with the application when submitting to BLS. The application is to be submitted online at either of the following link: https://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/ (click last bullet *Registration of birth of a minor child at an indian consulate under section 4(1) of the citizenship act,1955) OR https://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/ OR http://www.mha.nic.in/ The detailed instructions can be seen at: https://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/ Ic_GeneralInstruction_4_1.pdf
New Visa Guidelines
This is to inform that effective 1st April, 2017 there is a revision of fees for Indian Visa.
The applicantsfrom eligible countries* for Business visa are advised to apply for the 5 year multiple entry visaas a default option. This may involve an interview process at Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi or Consulate General of India, Dubai (as relevant).
Applicants from eligible countries, whoare not applyingfor a 5 year Business Visa,are advised to submit a declaration form (available with BLS counter dealing with the visa) along with the Visa application.
*The list of the countries is available with the BLS visa center.
48 Countries applying for Business and Employment Visa
As Instructed by Consulate General of India, Dubai effective from 29th Dec 2015 applicants from the below listed 48 countries applying for Business and Employment Visa to India the Visa fee will be Gratis : Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, , Central African republic, Chad, Comoros, Dem. Rep. of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Lao People's Dem. Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, , Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Rep. of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia
Entry Visa (Pakistan Origin Applicants)
Pakistan Origin applicants applying for Indian Visa need to submit their Renunciation Certificate Copy or Pakistan Origin Card or Overseas Pakistanis or Cancellation of Pakistan Citizenship letter from their respective Embassy or Consulate in UAE.
Visa for Surrogacy Purpose
As per the instruction from Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi and Consulate General of India, Dubai effective from 11/11/2015, Visa applications for foreign nationals travelling to India for Surrogacy Purpose will not be accepted.
Visa Application for Surrogacy - Effective from 11th November 2015
As per the instructions from Embassy of India Abu Dhabi and Consulate general of India Dubai no visa application will be accepted of any nationalities who are visiting India for the purpose of Surrogacy.
Signature on Visa Application – Instruction as per Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi effective from 7th November 2015
Applicants applying for India Visa to ensure that the signature on the application matches the signature on their passport.
Physical Presence at Center – Instruction as per Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi effective from 7th November 2015
Applicants from countries like Yemen, Jordan and Palestine will have to be physically present at the center while submitting their Indian Visa application.
Visa Processing Time: Effective 31st October, 2015 – Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi
The minimum processing time for Indian Visa is now 5 working days issued from Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi.
Effective from 2nd September 2015
Iran Nationals applying for Indian Visa having an UAE Residency visa will be a accepted as a Normal Case.
Iran Nationals applying for Business Visa who is having UAE Residency of less than 2 years or is a Non Resident in UAE, fax form will be required to be submitted.
Effective from 31st August 2015
In a situation where either of the spouse is a Pakistan National, the Indian Visa Application will be considered as a Reference Case.
For Pakistan origin if they want to apply for any type of visa they need to provide Renunciation certificate copyfrom Pakistan Consulate or Embassy.
For Indian origin if they want to apply for any type of visa they need to provide Surrender Certificate and Cancelled Indian passport copy.
Effective from 8th January, 2015
Physical Presence of the applicant is not mandatory in all BLS centers
PRO's can apply on behalf of the applicant in individual cases, by submitting their (PRO's) valid PRO Card
A family member can apply on behalf of the applicant in individual cases, by submitting their valid Emirates ID (EID) Card copy duly signed by the owner of the EID Card along with the visa application.
Members of Ruling family, Govt. functionaries, VIPs
Applications of members of Ruling families and Govt. functionaries that are accompanied by a Note Verbale, can be submitted by an authorized person
Family Members applying for visa, any one member of the family who is also travelling can apply on the behalf of the family e.g. Husband can apply for his Wife and his children. However his application also should be there for submission.
For all Tourist Visa applications if spouse/parents are of Indian National it is mandatory to attach their passport copy along with the applications.
If one or both parent of the applicant is Indian then the applicant should apply for Entry Visa. Documents to include applicant's Birth Certificate & Parents Passport Copy along with the visa application form.
For Minor applications both parents NOC is required.
For Chinese & HongKong Nationalities:
All type of VISAs to be accepted as reference case
Chinese Nationals holding E Type Passport can be accepted for Visa processing.
In case if applicant is going for short term course (for their own purposes) for one or two month, then they have to apply for ENTRY VISA with Original invitation letter from India.
In such cases prior approval is required from Consulate General of India, Dubai.
If Patient is Indian National or having valid Indian Medical Visa and currently residing in other country, attendants can apply for ENTRY VISA with medical patient's documents.
Only 2 Medical Attendants can apply for visa along with the Medical Patient.
In case if applicant is applying for Art Surrogacy Visa, Prior approval from Consulate General of India, Dubai is required.