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  • Can foreign nationals already in India for executing projects on business visas be allowed to convert their business visas to employment visas without leaving the country?

    Business Visa shall be non-convertible to any other type of visa except in specific cases.

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  • What is the difference between single and multiple entry visas and e-visas?

    A single-entry visa allows you to visit India one time while the visa is valid whereas a multiple-entry visa allows you to enter India several times within the validity period of the visa. In case of e-tourist visa and e-business visa, multiple entry visa is granted with a validity of 1 year.

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  • If the Indian organization/entity sponsors an employment visa, does this mean that the Indian organization/entity has to necessarily be the legal employer of the person?

    No, it is not necessary for Indian organization/entity sponsoring an employment visa to necessarily be the legal employer of the person. 

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  • What is the Port of Arrival in India which is to be filled in the application frame?

    The port of arrival (POA), commonly called the port of entry (POE), is the location - typically name of the city - from where on the visitor lawfully enters India.

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  • Can a foreign company/organization that does not have any project office/subsidiary/joint venture/branch office in India, sponsor a foreign national/employee of a foreign company for employment visa?

    No, in case the foreign entity does not have any office in India, it cannot sponsor an employment visa. The visa can be sponsored by an Indian ‘host’ company,The visa can be sponsored by an Indian ‘host’ company subject to following conditions:

    • Ensure good conduct of the foreigner during stay in India and inform Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) or Foreigner’s Registration Officer’s (FRO) office in case of termination of business contract
    • Produce the foreigner in person at FRRO/ FRO office within 24 hours in case of withdrawal of undertaking for the good conduct of the foreigner.

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  • What is an e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) in India?

    e-Tourist Visa is a completely online application for which no facilitation is required by any intermediary/agents, etc. However, its validity is for 30 days and it is only valid for single entry into India. The e-Tourist visa allows for visa on arrival issuance only for arrival and departure from the airports in Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum and Varanasi.

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  • Which type of visa would be granted to senior management personnel and/or specialists employed by foreign firms who are relocated to India to work on specific project/management assignment?

    Senior management personnel and/or specialists employed by foreign firms, who are relocated to India to work on specific project/management assignment can apply for employment visa. 

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  • Is it conceivable that the visa allowed to me is for a lesser span than I initially connected?

    Visa issued by the Embassy or the Consulate is not a matter of right and is entirely up to the Competent Authority to decide on the issue of such visa. In some circumstances, visa may be issued for a period less than what was requested by the applicant.

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  • Can I undertake employment in India on a business visa?

    No, a foreign citizen cannot undertake employment on the basis of a business visa. Only on an employment visa can a foreign citizen undertake employment in India

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  • What is the eligibility criteria for Entry (‘X’) Visa in India?

    Entry (‘X’) Visa may be granted to a foreigner in the following cases :- 

    1. A Person of Indian Origin, who do not possess an OCI card, and may be granted ‘X-1’ Visa for five years at a time, with multiple entry facility.
    2. Spouse and children of an Indian citizen/ Person of Indian Origin/ OCI cardholder (other than those who are registered as OCI cardholder) may be granted ‘X-2’ visa for five years at a time, with multiple entry facility.

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