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  • 1 Do I need a visa to go to India?

    Yes. All foreigners except nationals of Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives need a visa to enter India.

    a) For Maldives nationals, a visa is required if intended stay in India would be longer than 90 days.
    b) For Nepalese nationals, a visa is required, if they enter India via China.
    c) For Bhutanese nationals, no passport or visa is needed for entering into India by land or air directly from Bhutan. A passport is mandatory if he/she is entering from a place other than Bhutan. However, he/she must have a passport and visa for India if he/she is entering in India from China.
    For diplomatic and official passport holders, many nationalities are exempted from the Indian Visa.
    The detailed list can be accessed at Link

  • 2 How long does it take to process an Indian visa (and e-VISA)?

    a) General visa: In case you are applying for visa other than tourist visa, it is recommended that you apply for your Indian visa 3 to 4 weeks before your travel date. Although as the visa may only take a few days to process, it is always advisable to add as much buffer time as possible in case any issues arise during the process.
    b) e-VISA: On receipt of the Visa Application through Indian Visa Application Center or directly, the Indian Mission/Post requires a minimum of 3 working days to process the case and issue a visa depending upon the nationality and excluding special cases.

    For further details please refer to Link

  • 3 Can I apply for India visa at the airport? What are other formalities at airport regarding visa?

    No, it is not possible to apply for an India visa at the airport. Eligible citizens traveling for leisure/tourism purposes have the option to apply for an Indian eTA visa online before they depart for India. Once visa is granted, citizens will have to get biometric information taken at the airport and the visa stamped on the passport on arrival in India.

  • 4 Where I can find more information on visas to India?

    More information on visa can be found on concerned Indian Mission and Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) as well as online visa portal (Link ). The instructions for filling the form and scheduling the appointment can be seen at Instructions for Regular Visa Application. Important technical information for filling online Indian visa application can be referred at Technical Instructions.

    The status of Visa Application can be seen on the link for Visa Enquiry: Link

  • 5 What activities are permissible under Tourist Visa?

    Tourist Visa can be granted to a foreigner whose sole objective of visiting India is limited to recreation, sight seeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, attending a short-term yoga programme, etc. with no other purpose/ activity.

    Please refer to Link for more information

  • 6 Can a foreign national holding ‘E’ visa coming for honorary work draw a salary?

    A foreign national coming as a volunteer for honorary work with the NGOs registered in the country may be paid a salary upto a ceiling of USD 154 per month. Please refer to Link for more information.

  • 7 What does the salary threshold limit of USD 25,000 per annum for employment visa include?

    The salary threshold limit of USD 25,000 per annum includes salary and all other allowances paid to the foreign national in cash. Prerequisites like rent free accommodation, etc. which are included in ‘salary’ for the purpose of calculating the income tax may also be taken into account for this purpose. However, prerequisites which are not included for working out the income tax should not be taken into account for working out the salary threshold limit of USD 25,000 per annum.

    The company / organisation concerned should clearly indicate in the employment contract:

    (i) The salary and allowances being paid in cash. 

    (ii) All other prerequisites like rent free accommodation, which would be taken into account for the purpose of working out the income tax payable by the employee. Such prerequisites should also be quantified and indicated in the employment contract.

    Please refer to Link for more information

  • 8 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?

    No, foreign nationals already in India on business visas are not allowed to convert their business visas to employment visas. He/she needs to go back to his/her home country and reapply for a fresh visa.

    Please refer to Link for more information

  • 9 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.

    Please refer to Link for more information

  • 10 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, employment visa has to be endorsed by an Indian “host” company.

    Please refer to Link for more information.
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  • 1 Can an OCI holder undertake research work in India?

    Yes, after getting prior approval/special permission from Ministry of Home Affairs, an OCI holder can undertake research work in India. Please refer to Link for more information

  • 2 If a person is already holding more than one nationality, can he/she apply for OCI?

    Yes, as long as the local laws of at least one of the countries allow dual citizenship in some form or other, he/she can apply for OCI.
    Please refer to Link for more information

  • 3 Are foreign military personnel eligible for OCI grant?

    No, foreign military personnel either in service or retired, are not entitled to receive the grant of OCI holder. Please refer to Link for more information

  • 4 What is the time taken for registration as OCI?

    If there is no adverse information available against the applicant within approximately 30 days of the application, OCI registration is done. If any adverse information is available, the decision to grant or otherwise is taken within 120 days. Please refer to Link for more information.

  • 5 Can a person registered as an OCI be granted Indian citizenship?

    Yes, as per the provisions of section 5(1) (g) of the Citizenship Act, 1955, a person who is registered as an OCI for 5 years and is residing in India for 1 year out of the above 5 years, is eligible to apply for Indian Citizenship. Please refer to Link for more information.

  • 6 Will foreign-born children of PIOs be eligible to become an OCI?

    Yes, foreign-born children of PIOs are eligible to become OCIs provided one of the parents is eligible to become an OCI. Please refer to  Link for more information

  • 1 Which Income of an international worker is subject to tax in India. Where I can get more information about various taxes applicable in India?

    In general, all income received or accrued in India is subject to tax.  The various types of taxable incomes are as follows:

    1) Employment income including perquisites and bonuses for which certain tax deductions and allowances can also be availed by employees.

    2) Self-employment and business income.

    3) Investment income: Dividends/Interest.

    4) Capital gains income.

    5) Taxation on employer-provided stock options.

    For more details, please refer to link

  • 2 Is tax applicable on stock based income?

    Yes, tax is applicable on stock-based income. A two-step taxation procedure is applicable in this case:

    1) At the time of allotment of shares, as compensation income.

    2) At the time of sale, as capital gains. Certain exemptions and/or concessional tax rates are available on the sale of shares listed on a recognized stock exchange in India, depending on the period of holding.

    For more details, please refer to link

  • 3 Are there exemptions on income for Non-resident Indian (NRI)?

    Following incomes are exempt from tax in the hands of a Non-resident Indian (NRI):-
    1) Interest on notified savings certificates issued before 01 June 2002 by the Central Government if it is subscribed in convertible foreign exchange remitted from a country outside India.
    2) Interest on notified bonds (notified prior to 01 June 2002) purchased in foreign exchange (subject to certain conditions).
    For more details, please refer to link

  • 1 What is FRRO registration?

    The Foreigner Registration Office is the primary agency to regulate registration, movement, stay, departure and also for recommending the extension of stay in India. Nodal ministry for FRROs/ FROs across India is Ministry of Home Affairs. Various powers have been delegated to the FRROs/FROs which are available on Click here. Please refer to Link 1 and Link 2 for more information.

  • 2 Who needs to register with FRRO?

    Foreign nationals visiting India on student visa/research visa/ medical visa/ employment visa/ business visa/ entry visa valid for more than 180 days or foreign national visiting India for more than 180 days are required to register with FRRO within 14 days of arrival. It is mandatory to register for all the foreign nationals visiting India typically for more than 180 days.

    Please refer to Link and online portal of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) Services. For more information Link

  • 3 Who is exempted from FRRO registration?

    Foreign nationals visiting India are not required to register if their duration of stay in India is less than 180 days. Other than that, those foreigners will not be required to get themselves registered who have entered India on a long-term visa provided their continuous stay in India does not exceed 180 days. Please refer to Link for more information

  • 4 What if one can’t register within 14 days?

    A penalty in Indian currency equivalent to USD 30 in case of late registration is charged. This fee may be revised from time to time.

    Please refer to Link for more information.

  • 5 What should one do with the certificate of registration, when finally departing from India?

    Foreign nationals when leaving India shall surrender his certificate of registration either to the registration office of the place where he/she is registered or the immigration office at the post/check exit at the time of final departure from India.

    Please refer to Link for more information.

  • 6 Is it possible to get duplicate FRRO registration?

    If the certificate is lost or destroyed, the foreigner to whom it was issued can make or send a report of circumstances in which it was so lost or destroyed along with an application in writing and a copy of police report for issuance of a duplicate copy registration certificate to the registration officer of the registered address of the district.

    Please refer to Link for more information 

  • 7 I lost my passport in India, what should my next steps be and who should I reach out to?

    The following steps are to be taken in case of loss of passport:
    1) Report it to the nearest Police station and take First Information Report (FIR) copy.
    2) Contact the FRRO/FRO where the foreigner is registered with the copy of the FIR and do the necessary formalities.
    3) Contact the embassy of the foreigner’s Nationality country with FRRO report and do the necessary formalities.
    4) Foreign students should report it to the concerned institution/university to which student is associated.

    Further details can be accessed at Link

  • 8 Where can I raise my complaint regarding my visa application and FRRO registration?

    For any queries related to visa matters and PIO , the VISA SUPPORT CENTRE may be contacted through below mentioned phones /e-mails. Phone No.-91-11-22560198/22560199, E-mail- visasupport@nic.in
    For queries related to OCI:E-mail- helpdesk-oci@gov.in

    FRRO contact list can be accessed at: Link

  • 1 What are the norms for import of foreign exchange/currency?

    Any person can bring foreign exchange without any limit into India from abroad. However, declaration of foreign exchange/currency is required to be made in the prescribed currency declaration form in the following cases:

    a) Where the value of foreign currency notes exceed USD 5,000 or equivalent.

    b) Where the aggregate value of foreign exchange (in the form of currency notes, bank notes, traveller cheques etc.) exceed USD 10,000 or its equivalent.

    These norms are regulated by the Foreign Exchange Management Act Regulations, 2015. Further details can accessed at Link

  • 2 What are the norms for the import of Indian currency?

    Importing Indian currency is prohibited. However, in the case the passenger is a resident of India who is returning from overseas, import of Indian currency upto USD 385 is allowed. These norms are regulated by the Foreign Exchange Management Act Regulations, 2015.

    Further details can accessed at Link

  • 3 Who can bring jewellery as baggage?

    As per the Baggage Rules 2016, a passenger residing abroad for more than 1 year, on return to India, shall be allowed clearance free of duty in his bona fide baggage of jewellery up to a weight as follows:

    a) 20 grams with a value cap of USD 770 for a male passenger.

    b) 40  grams with a value cap of one INR 1 lakh (USD 1541) for a female passenger.


    For more information, please refer to Link

  • 4 What are the norms for the import of alcoholic drinks/cigarettes as baggage?

    Following quantities of alcoholic drinks and tobacco products may be included for import within the duty free allowances admissible to various categories of incoming passengers:

    a) Alcoholic liquor or wine upto 2 litres.
    b) 100 Cigarettes or 25 Cigars or 125 grams of Tobacco.
    The Customs Tariff Act 1975 enlists the rate of duty over and above the mentioned quantities.

    It can be accessed at Link.

  • 5 What goods are prohibited for import to India?

    Some of the goods prohibited for import in India are:
    1) Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances.
    2) Pornographic material.
    3) Counterfeit and pirated goods and good infringing any of the legally enforceable intellectual property rights.
    4) Antiquities
    5) Firearms and ammunition (more than 50 cartridges etc.) 

    For more details, please refer to link

  • 6 What is detained baggage?

    A passenger may request the Customs to detain his baggage either for re-export at the time of his departure from India or for clearance subsequently on payment of duty. The detained baggage would be examined and full details will be inventoried. Such baggage is kept in the custody of the Customs and a Detention Receipt is issued.

    Please refer to Link for more information.