India outsources visa processing in the US and has gone from provider to provider. In 2013 the much-praised Travisa was switched to the much-criticized BLS. The situation got so bad that the Times of India reported a switch, effective May 21, 2014, to Cox & King Global Services Ltd.
The Embassy of India in Washington, D.C. has issued two press releases. The first confirms the switch and provides details for those with in-process applications. The second lists contacts for the new process, which can be found at the new Cox & King India visa website.
The Cox & King India visa offices are:
Washington DC– Suite 100, 1250, 23rd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
New York– 2nd Floor, 235 West, 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011
Chicago- Suite 1003, 19 S, La Salle Street, Chicago, IL 60603
San Francisco– 1st Floor, 225 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
Houston– Suite 550, 1001 Texas Avenue, Binz Building, Houston, TX 77002
Atlanta– 1st Floor, Suite 180, 5883 Glenridge Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 32328
Cox & King exclusively handles visa applications, so working with other visa agencies just adds a middleman and fees.
There have been reports that India will begin Visa on Arrival for US citizen tourists sometime late in 2014, though it is not finalized and any launch date should be taken with skepticism.
Until then, for frequent visitors, there is a bilateral agreement that provides for 10-year, multiple-entry tourist visas for US citizens, which is $150 plus fees compared to $60 plus fees for the standard 6-month, multiple-entry tourist visa.