India has its own process for issuing visas and specific requirements depending on your purpose of stay. If you intend to work or do business in India, you must ensure you have the appropriate visa for your time in the country.
India eBusiness Visa
The Indian eBusiness Visa is one type of eVisa offered by the Indian government. It is intended for visitors who wish to visit India to conduct business activities such as making sales or meeting with contacts on behalf of a company outside of India.
The visa is valid for one year from the date of issue, is multiple entry, with a maximum stay of 180 days from the first date of entry. Foreign visitors can apply online for the eBusiness visa up to 120 days before their expected arrival date in India. For this type of visa, visitors can stay in India for business purposes.
The eBusiness Visa is available to citizens of 169 countries meaning that many applicants can obtain the necessary authorization to visit India for business purposes online.
The eBusiness holder must arrive through one of the 28 designated airports or 5 designated seaports. If you decide to enter India through a port of entry that is not a designated eVisa port, you will need to obtain a visa from an embassy or consulate in your home country.
The eBusiness visa is granted to foreign nationals for the following purposes:
- Establishing an industrial/business venture
- Attending technical meetings or provide business support
- Recruiting manpower
- Attending exhibitions, trade or business fairs
- Conducting tours
In addition to the information required for all eVisas, for the eBusiness visa the applicant must submit either their business card or a business letter from the company stating the purpose of travel.
Step 1: Apply and submit documents through the Government of India’s eVisa website.
Step 2: Pay eVisa fee
Step 3: Receive Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) online.
Step 4: Travel to India – Present ETA to Immigration where eVisa will be stamped on passport.
India Employment Visa
The Employment or E visa is issued to foreign employees or paid interns of a company based in India or employees working for a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). As E visas are only available to employees of organizations registered in India, applicants must hold an offer of employment and employment contract before applying for the Employment Visa.
The applicant should be a skilled/qualified professional and have an annual salary of at least U.S. $25,000USD, however this does not apply to language teachers, ethnic cooks, staff working for the embassy/high commission in India.
Employment Visas are valid for one year, irrespective of length of contract. The visa can be extended up to 5 years on a year to year basis through the MHA/FRRO in the relevant state in India.
The E visa application process differs depending on the applicant’s country of origin and the nature of work in India. Generally, required documents include:
- Valid passport – Valid for at least one year, containing at least three blank pages
- Two passport-sized photos
- Copy of Employment Contract – The contract must be signed by the employer and employee, state the salary in Indian Rupee and detail the payment of income tax in India.
- Visa application form – Completed online and signed
- Additional visa application form – Completed, signed and submitted with the original application.
- Tax liability details
- CV in English
- Copies of academic qualifications and other supporting documents related to professional competencies.
Applicants that are transferring to an Indian branch of a foreign company should provide a business letter on company letterhead providing details of the applicant’s job in India. Other documents may also be required for submission, depending on nationality and the nature of employment.
- Fill in online application form online through the India Visa Online website here.
- Submit Application and Documents to Embassy in home country.
- Collect Visa once approved.
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