Work visas in India
If you intend to take up employment in India, you must hold a valid visa corresponding to your professionnal situation, or in accordance with the purpose of your trip to India. Work visas are numerous and include, among others: the standard work visa, the business visa, the journalist visa etc. The full list of visas available for India is detailed at http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/ for UK citizens.
Note that VFS operates in many different countries. Browse the web to find the VFS website servicing in your area.
Procedures for obtaining a work visa in India somehow differ from procedures established in other countries. In other words, the procedure requires that in addition to papers certifying the identity of the candidate, an employment contract duly signed by an employer in India must be provided. Other documents such as copies of diplomas and passport-sized photos are required. The full document's checklist is available on the VFS website at http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/.
The spouse and/or children of a holder of a work visa in India must apply for entry visa for India.
VFS is the body that deals with processing applications for work visas, which costs vary may vary from one country to another. Fees for UK applicants are detailed at http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/.
VFS websites are very comprehensive, and you will find there all relevant information regarding your visa application, requirements, documents to provide etc. You also have the possibility to track your visa application online.
If you have any doubts, please contact VFS at the following address:
VF Services (UK) Limited
5 Lower Belgrave Street,
London, SW1W 0NR.
The visa is valid from the date of issuance. It is advisable to proceed to your visa application in time, but not too soon.
The visa is valid for the prescribed duration only. A visa extension can directly be processed in India at the foreigner's Regional Registration Office. Note however, that the procedure may be long and fasitidous.
Good to know:
If you change jobs in India, you will also have to apply for another visa.
Once your visa is issued:
Once your visa is issued, you are officially allowed to settle to India. If your stay exceeds 6 months in India, do not forget to register with the Foreigner's Regional Registration Office within 14 days after arrival.
Do not forget to apply for a PAN Card. You can find more information on Pan Card under the article "Tax in India".
Indian Embassies worldwide
Indian Bureau of Immigration
Indian Customs - Information for Travelers
Guide section: Visas
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