Applying for a Visa in India



All foreigners coming to India need a valid passport and Indian visa, except nationals of Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives or those who carry PIO (Person of Indian Origin) and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India). Holders of PIO and OCI cards are only required to present their passports. Applying for an Indian Visa can take a very long time, sometimes longer than one month, so it is best to apply for one way ahead. 

A significant concern when applying for an Indian visa is making sure one fills out the right form. Forms for different types of visas are different for each country and filling out the wrong one can cause considerable delays and inconvenience. There are at least eight types of visas issued by the Indian Government, but the most fitting for those who want to work in this country is the Employment Visa. 

E-Visa or Employment Visa 

The E-Visa is issued to foreign nationals who will work for an Indian company or an international business that is based in India. It can be obtained either by the expat or his employer and once issued, will both serve as a visa and work permit. Foreign assignees who prefer to request for their respective visas should submit an application at the Indian Embassy/Consulate in their home country. The E-visa is usually valid from one to a maximum of five years or for the whole duration of the employee’s contract. Extensions can be filed at the local office of the Bureau of Immigration in India

Requirements for the Application 

Foreigners applying for the E-visa will need a passport that is valid for at least half a year with at least three blank pages, two passport-sized photos and two filled-out forms signed by the applicant. Those who come from countries with yellow fever risks need to present a yellow fever certificate indicating one has been vaccinated against the illness. Other relevant documents that are required during the application are: 

  • Several Passport-sized photos
  • Photocopy of the applicant’s passport
  • Copy of online filled application form
  • Appointment letter
  • Employment Contract
  • CV of the applicant
  • Sponsor letter from the employer in India
  • Justification letter from the Employer
  • Details of the applicant’s nature of work