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Major visa issue - be warned

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Major visa issue - be warned

I have just returned from Delhi airport after a 41 hour return trip that has ruined my 2 week holiday.

We obtained the visa through the london office of the Indian embassy visa department.

We arrived yesterday after a flight from the UK via Dubai to DElhi only to be told when we arrived there was a problem with my visa and I was not allowed in. My Fiancee's visa was fine even though I got these at the same time

After 5 hours in Delhi I was escorted like a criminal back onto a flight back to Dubai. I was not allowed my passport and at Dubai after an hour of discussion I was eventually given my passport and boarding ticket back to the UK.

My 2 week tour fully paid for is wasted and even though the visa was looked at in Manchester and Dubai, there were no issues mentioned.

I was at the London visa office, paid for both visa's and it is clear some clerical person messed my visa up and this has now cost me dearly.

I am more than annoyed with the situation and though my holiday is ruined and the last 2 days has been a nightmare I think everyone should be warned of this.

Apparently the Indian system has so many problems that this does happen and it is a joke that nothing could be done to sort the problem out at the airport.

I am never going to forget this and just want it to be a warning to everyone. Check, re check and check again your visa to make sure you are 110% sure it is correct as I would not wished what me and my fiancée have had to go through to anyone

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1. Re: Major visa issue - be warned

Sorry to hear about the spoiled holiday. What a bummer.

Some specifics would be very useful please, what *was* the problem with the visa?

As you know, thousands of people arrive daily, and I have not yet heard this sort of thing from anyone here before, I've been on these forums for a long time now.

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2. Re: Major visa issue - be warned

Apologies, was more tired than I thought.

The problem was that my visa was only a 3 month visa whereas they had issued my fiancee a 6 month visa.

The documents were handed in together in London, together with the iteinerary and return flights. I remember discussing the 6 month visa to the clerk. I received my passport though the post a few days later with the visa in.

I looked at the visa and seeing one for the first time meant that I did not notice the visa expiry date being incorrect. My fiancée visa arrived and that was fine.

I have spoken to everyone from friends, family, tour operators and even emirates and virtually no one says that they check the visa so this could have happened to anyone.

The clerk in London messed up and as I going to London in a few days I will be going to the visa centre and have word.

In Manchester the person who checked the bags looked at the visa and didn't say anything nor did the person at Dubai so it was at the immigration office in Delhi where it was picked up.

They advised all I had to go was go back to the UK, apply for the correct visa, get back back on a flight and it would be fine.......easy.

I am not doing that as have had enough of airports, planes and visas for long time.

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3. Re: Major visa issue - be warned

So by the time you came into India your visa had expired?

Deepa

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4. Re: Major visa issue - be warned

This is an horrific story, I feel very sorry for you. It doesn't make sense that you were given a 3 month visa and your fiancee a 6 month one. As you say, some clerical person has messed up big time. I assume you applied throughVFS?, they do "mess up" quite frequently. Read the Goa forums for visa horror stories, although I have not read one as bad as this before.

I would also post this on the Goa forum as a warning to other travellers.

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5. Re: Major visa issue - be warned

Dear Woodentom,

First let me express my regrets and apologies for the stupidity of my fellow countrymen sitting in London High-commission's office.

Very sad and sorry to hear such a story. I can imagine how one feels when one is all of a sudden treated like a criminal and "escorted" back to the aircraft to be just dispatched like unwanted sack of waste. It is very annoying and insulting.

Kindly take up the matter in writing to the High Commissioner's Office in London, Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, Prime Minister of India, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. Please put up a demand in writing for compensation for

1. Actual expenses paid for the trip

2. Air fare to and fro

3. Humiliation caused at the airport for no mistake on your part

4. Defamation

Also take up the matter with the Government of U.K. their Ministry of External Affairs requesting them to intervene in the matter and have an official dialogue for humiliating an innocent British Citizen. After all you are a respectable guest of this country. The Motto of the Ministry of Tourism in India says "Atithi Devo Bhav" means treat your guest as if they are God. Here they have treated you inhumanly.

here is a site for MEA

http://www.mea.gov.in/

http://tourism.gov.in/

http://pmindia.nic.in/

Please write all details, material facts etc. so that investigation by these authorities would be easy for them.

I am not sure whether you will receive any actual payment but let every authority involved understand the silly errors made at lower level and its implications and troubles made to be suffered by innocents.

I request you to take the matter as early as possible. Also seek whether any legal steps also can be taken in London against the Indian High Commissioner for compensation etc. simultaneously.

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6. Re: Major visa issue - be warned

Hello Sanjiv,

Thank you for taking an interest in Tom's case. I have posted on another thread about the Indian Visa experience which is not easy, mainly because the web site is of poor design and confusing. I have written to the Indian High Commission to try get them to improve the visa process because it can cause tourists not to visit India.

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7. Re: Major visa issue - be warned

dont think you will get a lot of joy simon thay aint to botherd,,, and more reson to use a visa agent dont you think,,,,,

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8. Re: Major visa issue - be warned

This isn't the first time this has happened, I'm wondering if tom did take Sanjiv's advice and write to the High Commissioner, probably not as he was so angry about the situation and wanted to put it behind him but it would've been interesting to hear what they had to say.

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9. Re: Major visa issue - be warned

There has been a post on this forum in the past about this problem. Fortunately for previous posters the error was spotted and rectified before departure. I am very surprised this was not picked up at check in as normally my visa scrutinised carefully at check in and hardly looked at upon arrival.

I think sanjiv their get out clause would be that no travel arrangements should be finalised until issue of visa and they entitled to issue visa of any duration. Terribly sorry of your problems Tom.

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10. Re: Major visa issue - be warned

Sorry just noticed this is an old post.