The two most important things while travelling abroad are Passport and Visa. A passport enables you to travel overseas and the Visa enables you to stay abroad comfortably. Many countries provide visa on arrival or even visa-free entry to individuals of some countries depending on their diplomatic relations. In this article, let’s discuss how to check your visa status using the passport number.
How to check Visa status using the Passport Number?
Follow these steps to track the status of your visa application using your passport number:
- Visit the official website for visa of the country you are visiting
- Find the option to track the status of visa applications
- Enter Passport Number/ Acknowledgement Number and Date of Birth
- Enter captcha code and then click on submit
- The status of Visa will be displayed
Also Read: How to check passport status in India
Can I get my Visa status on the phone?
While you can use your passport number to track the status of your visa application, there are other methods as well to get timely updates. If you provide your mobile number and email address while filling the visa application form under a specific section to receive updates, you will receive periodic notifications when your application reaches the concerned authorities, is processed or reviewed along with the information about its approval/rejection and dispatch for delivery.
Passport VS Visa Validity: Passports come with a validity of 10 years which can be renewed later. Visas on the other hand have variable validities depending on its type. The visas are also granted on entry-exit basis i.e. you can use some visas for a single entry only while some are valid for multiple entries. You can choose between a paper based or the online e-Visa facility while applying for a Visa. Let’s understand the process of visa application in brief.
Visa Application Process
The Visa application process required submitting specific documents as per the requirements of the visa being applied for. These documents generally include identity, address and financial proofs along with other relevant documents. To apply for a visa, individuals can either visit the consulates or any outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. The specific details with respect to the type of visa and associated document checklist can be found on the official websites of the immigration department of the respective countries.
Visa Application Reference Number
Once you submit the visa application, an acknowledgement receipt number is provided which is also known as reference number or file number. This visa application reference number can be used to track the status of your visa both online or by calling the authorities.
The passport number can also be used to track the visa application status if you lose the reference number. Since, not all countries provide the facility of checking visa status using the passport number, reference number is used more widely. However, countries are integrating the use of passport numbers to track the visa status.
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Yes, you can submit a visa application without a prior appointment. However, you must have a valid reason for it or it must be an emergency.
The time taken to process a visa application varies depending on the type of visa that is applied for and the applicant’s nationality. Other factors considered by the authorities also play a part.
The visa application fee that is paid by the applicant is not refunded to him/her by the authorities, even though the application for the visa is rejected by them.
Yes, a request can be submitted to the authorities present at the Consulate Generals of India to expedite the visa processing time in case there is an emergency.
Yes, the status of the visa application can be checked after the application is successfully submitted to the concerned authorities.
The status of the visa application can be tracked using the acknowledgement number that is provided to the applicant at the time of submitting his/her application to the authorities. The number can be used online or by providing it to the visa application helpline desk.
Yes, an additional amount needs to be paid if the visa is applied for through any outsourcing and technology services specialist.
Yes, the visa application fee can be paid online. The fees can also be paid to the authorities present at the visa application centres.
The authorities do provide periodical updates on the status of the visa application, but only for important information pertaining to the application.
Yes, the status of the visa can be Tracked using the passport number. This feature comes in handy if the applicant misplaces the acknowledgement number provided to him.