Oct. 16 – When applying for a long-term visa in India, there are a number of procedures and legal frameworks that must be understood. In this article, we discuss the documents necessary for a foreigner to work in India.
India provides two kinds of work-related visas: a business visa, also called a B visa, and an employment visa, also called an E visa. A multiple entry business visa can be granted for a period of up to five years, with the maximum allowable stay period per visit to be determined by the issuing Indian mission.
To acquire a business visa in India, the foreign applicant must have the following:
- A valid travel document and re-entry permit
- Documentation detailing the individual’s financial standing
- The foreign national shall comply with all other requirements such as the payment of tax liabilities
- The business visa must be issued from the country of origin or from the country of domicile
- Documentation outlining the intended business visit to India
Foreign applicants wanting to apply for an employment visa are subject to the following conditions:
- The applicant is a highly skilled and qualified professional, who is being engaged by a company in India on a contract or employment basis
- Employment visas shall not be granted for jobs in which qualified Indians are available
- The foreign national seeks to visit India for employment in an entity registered in India, or for employment in a foreign company engaged in a project in the country
- The foreign national must comply with all legal requirements such as the payment of tax liabilities