An Introduction to Immigration and other Visas to India
BAIS has offices in India, so if you are planning on traveling to India or are already in India, we are best placed to assist you. Indian immigration law requires all foreign nationals to apply for an Indian visa in order to enter the country.
All candidates who wish to relocate to India for any length of time, whether for a short visit or to immigrate to India on a permanent basis will need to apply for an Indian visa to do so.
As specialists in Indian visas and Indian immigration services, BAIS, provide a complete range of services from short-term Indian tourist visas through to more specialist routes including business visas, medical visas, and student visas.
We also assist with long-term options for permanent settlement in India and assist with applications for Indian citizenship as well as the Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) scheme and the Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) programme.
Our specialist team of qualified immigration lawyers, ex immigration-officials, and Indian immigration consultants is equipped to manage and monitor your Indian visa application throughout the process, providing guidance and support at every stage.
Types of Visa for India
Indian Tourist Visas
An Indian Tourist visa is usually granted for up to six months. Holders of this type of travel visa, or visit visa as they are often known, may not work during their stay in India and cannot extend their stay.
India also offers a transit visa, which permits applicants to transfer through India for a period of up to fifteen days en route to another, final destination.
Indian Business Visas
An Indian Business Visa can be valid for between three months to five years and requires a letter from a sponsoring Indian company to be submitted along with an introductory letter from the employer in the applicant’s country of residence.
Business visas can be granted as a single or multiple entry variant and are designed to allow applicants to travel to India in order to pursue business activities, excluding employment, such as attending meetings and business conferences.
Indian Work Permit
In India, work permits, or Indian employment visas as they are sometimes known, may be issued to skilled professionals or to applicants filling a specific role.
The requirements for working permits are loosely defined and remain a subjective area of Indian Visa Services, however, in order to live and work in India, all candidates must secure one.
Although work permits may be obtained by either the employer or employee, the ‘usual’ route is normally employer-led.
Indian Student Visa
Indian student visas can be issued either for the duration of the applicant’s course or for a maximum of five years. Study visa applications require an unconditional offer from a recognized Indian educational institute.
Indian medical visas, often known as ‘M’ visas allow those traveling to India for medical treatment to enter the country. Medical visas are granted for up to one year; however, they can be extended as necessary if medical evidence can be given to show that this is necessary.
Like tourist visas, medical visas are strictly a temporary route and will not provide a means to permanent residency in India.