As per Indian government guidelines, those planning to travel to India for working as an employee in an India based company should obtain an Indian employment visa. Although you can apply for the same only through the Indian mission or post near your place of domicile because the Indian government doesn’t offer short term e-employment visa facility. Indian employment visa is basically issued to the foreign nationals who are seeking entry in Indian territory to conduct a temporary employment service. However, you should first present the necessary documents and information to obtain this work visa or work permit.
Once obtained, your employment visa will remain valid for up to three years if you are employed in the IT sector. This duration will extend to five years if you are a technical expert and your purpose of travel is to provide services as per the agreement between your native government and the Indian government. And if your purpose of employment is other than these, then your employment visa will be valid for only two years.
Having understood the details of what an Indian employment visa is, let’s jump onto the list of documents that are must to be able to obtain an employment visa.
You will need to access the Indian visa application through the Indian visa online portal. Also, you will have to fill the form on this online portal only and get it printed after having provided all the information. No downloaded or handwritten form will be accepted by the Indian mission, so make sure you only get the print of an online filled and signed application.
You should be a holder of an international passport that will represent the proof of your nationality. You will require to submit your original passport and a copy of passport with the Indian consulate. Also, remember that your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of departure from India and should contain at least two blank pages to be stamped by the immigration officer.
A 2×2 sized recently clicked photo is a must to be attached with the application form. The photograph must be with a white plain background, wherein you should not be wearing glasses or any type of headwear except that for religious purpose.
Proof of Residency :
A proof of residency is anything from a driver’s license to state issued ID, that states your address of residence in the native country. This, just like a passport, serves the purpose of proof of nationality.
Employment Related Document :
Applicants are required to provide their resume, and everything related to their employment in India. They must provide the letter of appointment that states the name of the company, job profile, duration of the job, nature of the job, salary. To ensure the employing company is registered with the Indian government, the Indian government asks for a Memorandum of Association or Article of Association of the company. In case of any default on the part of the applicant, the liability will be met by the employing company, hence a tax liability document is demanded to ensure the company will be able to meet that liability if required. A justification letter as a statement of the employer that the employed foreign national is skilled and qualified professional, technical expert, or a senior executive, is also a conducive document.
From passport to every document that signifies your employment, every document plays a vital role in getting an Indian employment visa, hence make sure you have all of them prepared before applying for an Indian visa for employment.