In recent weeks, several queries have been raised about the type of Visas issued by India to foreigners for work related visits. It is clarified that basically there are two (2) types of work related Visas, namely:
(i) Business Visa designated as ‘B’ Visa
(ii) Employment Visa designated as ‘E’ Visa
What is a Business Visa?
Business Visa is granted to a foreign national who wants to visit India to establish an industrial/business venture or to explore possibilities to set up industrial/business venture, or wants to purchase/sell industrial products in India. This Visa is granted subject to following conditions:
(i) The applicant is a person of assured financial standing and expertise in the field of the intended business.
Who are eligible for a Business Visa?
(i) Foreign nationals who want to visit India to establish industrial/business venture or to explore possibilities to set up industrial/business venture in India.
What is the duration of a Business Visa?
A Business Visa with multiple entry facilities is granted for a period upto 5 years or for a shorter duration as per the requirement. A stay stipulation may be prescribed for each visit by the concerned Indian Mission.
What documents are required to be submitted alongwith application for a Business Visa?
(i) The foreign national must have a valid travel document and a re-entry permit, if required under the law of the country concerned.
What is an Employment Visa?
Employment Visa is granted to foreigners desiring to come to India for purpose of employment, subject to following conditions:-
(i) The applicant is a skilled and qualified professional or person who is being engaged or appointed by a company, organization, industry, or undertaking, etc. in India on contract or employment basis at a senior level, skilled position such as technical expert, senior executive, or in a managerial position, etc.