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What to Know About the Indian Embassy in Glasgow

One of the most populous and vibrant countries in the world, India has always fascinated travelers, students and business persons from across the world. 

All Indian missions in Scotland have been facilitating citizens of that country to visit India for various purposes. The Indian mission in Glasgow is no different. 

The Indian consulate in Glasgow mainly caters to travel enthusiasts from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Scotland citizens who own a house or who have a valid address proof from the above counties can apply for a visa for India in this mission. Read on to know more about the embassy and the services it offers. 

Is there an India Embassy in Glasgow?  

Yes, there is an Indian mission in Glasgow. At present, the Indian government has outsourced a part of its visa processing to a private visa agency (VFS Global). The Glasgow mission has been converted to an office of this agency and applicants from Edinburgh and Glasgow can use the facility to get an Indian visa

It is technically a visa application center and applicants can visit the center only after scheduling an appointment. 

It is to be noted that they have to start the application process online. After filling out the online application form, they have to upload the scanned copies of their passports’ information page, supporting documents and passport size photographs. 

Though they can use their smartphone cameras to take their pictures and scan the documents, applicants are encouraged to take the help of a professional. 

Travelers from Scotland who are opting for the visa application center in Glasgow should select Glasgow/Edinburgh-UK as their jurisdictions. Apart from Glasgow and Edinburgh the visa center also caters to applicants from Clackmannanshire, Bute, Argyll, Midlothian, East Dunbartonshire and Perth among others. 

Make sure to book appointments on line with the services required. The officials at the center may not be able to help applicants visiting them with wrong or incorrect service appointments. 

The center is located at the Central Chambers, 2nd floor, Suite 201-202 93 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6LD. The applicants can arrive at the center by road and rail and it is open from Monday to Friday during working hours. 

Note that the Indian visa and consular application center in Glasgow is temporarily closed because of ongoing maintenance work. 

Before Visiting the Center 

Applicants can arrive at the center only with a prior appointment scheduled as per the services required. At present, no walk-in visa services are provided at the center. The applicants can cancel an appointment by sending an email to the official mail address. They cannot reschedule their appointment. Instead, they can book a new appointment at a later time or date.   

The applicants have to carry a printout of their appointment confirmation letter issued by the visa center in Glasgow and should bring original copies of the documents required for the visa. 

They are also encouraged to bring self-attested copies of all the documents. 

If a group has applied for the visa, only a member of that group will be allowed in at a time. Even minor children above 14 years have to attend the document verification process.   

India Visa Application Centre 

On the day of appointment all applicants have to directly visit the center. They have to reach the center a few minutes earlier than the scheduled appointment time. 

They must bring a printout of the appointment confirmation letter. The security personnel at the consular application center will verify the letter and after confirming the details, the personnel will issue a token. 

The visa applicants are required to wait in the waiting area. They have to submit their documents and pay the fee at the designated counter at the center. After the verification of the documents, the applicants will be given a receipt and the status of their visa application will also be shared via a text message. 

All visa applicants need to submit biometric details like their fingerprints and their digital photographs at the center. 

Note that the photograph should cover their entire face. They cannot wear glasses or will be allowed to cover their heads unless because of religious reasons.

Children under 14 years of age do not need to attend the session as their biometric details are not required. Children between 14 years and 18 years will have to visit the center along with their adult guardians. 

Security search: The Glasgow consular visa application center of India follows very strict security protocol. At times, the security personnel conduct random searches of the applicants and their possessions. Intolerant and abusive behavior can cause the applicants to lose their visa.  

What to Bring to the Scheduled Appointment?

Before visiting the India mission in Glasgow applicants have to gather all the documents needed for the visa. Following is the list of the documents required:

  • Printout of the appointment confirmation letter
  • Printout of completed application form
  • A valid passport and its photocopy
  • Supporting documents and their self-attested photocopies

Additional Services

The visa service center in Glasgow offers additional services to the applicants. 

Courier: The applicants can get their documents delivered to their home if they pay a small fee at the center.

The center has an authorized courier service that delivers the documents anywhere in the UK. Applicants opting for this service can save time and multiple visits to the center.

They can also be assured of a fast and safe delivery.

Photograph: Applicants can get help from professional photographers at the Glasgow visa center. Though they are allowed to upload photos taken by themselves, hiring professionals will ensure that the image meets all the quality and aesthetic requirements set by the Indian government. The service is fast and affordable.  

Note that blurry and unclear photographs can result in visa denial.  

Photocopy services: Applicants can get high quality photocopies of the identification and supporting documents at the center for a small fee.

This way they can meet the quality standards set by the Indian government and can ensure that their valuable documents are not lost.

SMS: Visa applicants can get to know about the status of their application through SMS if they opt for it. The visa application center in Glasgow sends frequent and regular SMS updates to the number registered with them at all the key stages of the application process.  

Note that these SMS are available only in English as of now.  

OCI services: The Indian visa center at Glasgow also offers various services to OCI (Overseas citizens of India) card holders including attestation of power of attorney documents, issuance of birth and death certificates and registration of marriage. 

The consulate can be contacted at +442037938629 or 09057570045 from Monday to Friday during regular working hours. 

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