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Frequently Asked Questions

Ans. Yes, all foreigners except for nationals of Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives, need a visa to enter India. With regard to Maldives' nationals, a visa is required if intended stay in India for longer than 90 days.

Ans. No, you must obtain a visa prior to taking a flight to India. Visa cannot be obtained on arrival in India and immigration authorities will not permit any foreigner to enter India without a visa.

Ans. You should apply for a Tourist Visa.

Ans. All applicants are required to apply in the prescribed visa application form along with two passport size photographs, passport in original, flight details / itinerary and the prescribed fee. Passport must be valid for a minimum period of six months and in cases of long term visas, at least till the duration of the visa requested for. For business visa, kindly provide an invitation letter from the Indian company.

Visa applications of persons not residing in Kuwait for a period of over 3 yrs or from people of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan origin and from select countries may take longer time. Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals are required to file special visa application forms.

Visa Section will contact the applicant about the time of delivery for such passports. Please note that each application is examined individually and the time taken for issuing visas may vary from case to case.

Specific visas are granted for a variety of purposes. The principal types of visas issued are Tourist Visa, Business visa, Student visa, employment visa and visit visa. Please contact the Embassy of India for further details if you are visiting India for purposes other than the above mentioned reasons such as journalism, conferences, medical treatment, voluntary work, expedition or others. The visa application form is, however, the same.

Ans. Payment of visa fee is accepted in cash and card.

Ans. To apply for a visit / residence visa for any of your family member, Kuwait Immigration needs the following documents duly attested by the Embassy of India, Kuwait

  • Marriage certificate (incase of spouse)
  • Birth certificate (incase of children)
  • Death certificate (incase of parents)

Personal presence of the applicant along with the valid passport in original with photocopy (first / last and valid visa page).

Ans. You should apply for an Entry Visa along with a copy of the offer letter stating the terms of internship. You may also be required to submit a copy of inter-university student exchange agreement if the proposed internship is a component of such agreement. You would be required to submit proof of financial standing to support your stay in India.

Ans. Visa fees are non-refundable once the visa application is accepted and cannot be refunded even if the visa is refused / not granted.

Service charges are also non-refundable even if the visa is refused / not granted.

Ans. Yes, However Diplomats and officials of foreign diplomatic Mission, UN and other international organization personnel who are eligible for Visa on "Gratis" basis must submit their printout of duly filled online visa application form.

Ans. The application for Business Visa and Employment Visa are to be filled online and hard copy to be submitted at any of the outsource centres.
FAQs clarifying details in respect of these types of visas can also be viewed either on the Embassy’s website or on Ministry of Home Affairs website: http://www.mha.nic.in/
In case of any difficulty relating to obtaining a visa, the applicant may contact the Embassy of India at E-mail address: cons.kuwait@mea.gov.in

Ans. Business Visa is granted to a foreign national who wants to visit India to establish an industrial/business venture or to explore possibilities to set up industrial/business venture, or wants to purchase/sell industrial products in India. This Visa is granted subject to following conditions:- 

(i) The applicant is a person of assured financial standing and expertise in the field of the intended business.   (ii) The applicant is not visiting India for the business of money lending or petty trading, or for a full time employment in India involving payment of salary in India etc.   (iii) The facility of Business Visa will also be extended to senior executives of firms, experts, tour conductors and travel agents, etc., visiting India in connection with work related to projects of national importance, including those undertaken by public sector undertakings, and conducting business tours of foreigners or business relating to it, etc.   (iv) A foreign national will have to comply with all other requirements like payment of tax liabilities etc.   (v) The grant of Business Visa is subject to any instructions issued by the Government of India on the basis of reciprocity with other foreign countries from time to time.

(v) The Business Visa must be issued from the country of origin, or from the country of domicile of the foreigner provided the period of permanent residence of that applicant in that particular country is for more than 2 years.

Ans. (i) Foreign nationals who want to visit India to establish industrial/business venture or to explore possibilities to set up industrial/business venture in India.  

(ii) Foreign nationals coming to India to purchase/sell industrial products or commercial products or consumer durables.  

(iii) Foreign nationals coming to India for technical meetings/discussions, attending Board meetings, general meetings for providing business services support.  

(iv) Foreign nationals coming to India for recruitment of manpower.  

(v) Foreign nationals who are partners in the Business and/or functioning as Directors in the company.  

(vi) Foreign nationals coming to India for consultations regarding exhibitions, for participation in exhibitions, trade fairs, business fairs, etc.  

(vii) Foreign buyers who come to transact business with suppliers/ potential suppliers at locations in India, to evaluate or monitor quality, give specifications, place orders, negotiate further supplies etc., relating to goods or services procured from India.  

(viii) Foreign experts/specialists on a visit of short duration in connection with an ongoing project with the objective of monitoring the progress of the work, conducting meetings with Indian customers and/or to provide some high level technical guidance.

(ix) Foreign nationals coming to India for pre-sales or post-sales activity not amounting to actual execution of any contract or project.  

(x) Foreign Trainees of multinational companies/corporate houses coming for in-house training in the regional hubs of the concerned company located in India. 

(xi) Foreign students sponsored by AIESEC for internship on project based work in companies/industries

Ans. Ans. A Business Visa with multiple entry facilities is granted for a period upto 5 years or for a shorter duration as per the requirement. A stay stipulation may be prescribed for each visit by the concerned Indian Mission.

Ans. (i) The foreign national must have a valid travel document and a re-entry permit, if required under the law of the country concerned.  

(ii) Proof of financial standing and expertise in the field of intended business.

Ans. Yes, Employment Visa is granted to foreigners desiring to come to India for purpose of employment, subject to following conditions:-  

(i) The applicant is a skilled and qualified professional or person who is being engaged or appointed by a company, organization, industry, or undertaking, etc. in India on contract or employment basis at a senior level, skilled position such as technical expert, senior executive, or in a managerial position, etc.  

(ii) Employment Visa is not granted for jobs for which large numbers of qualified Indians are available.  

(iii) Employment Visa is not granted for routine, ordinary or secretarial/clerical jobs.

(iv) The Employment Visa must be issued from the country of origin, or from the country of domicile of the foreigner provided the period of permanent residence of that applicant in that particular country is for more than 2 years.  

(v) The Indian company/organization engaging foreign nationals for executing projects/contracts would be responsible for the conduct of the foreign national during their stay in India and also for the departure of such foreign national upon expiry of Visa.  

(vi)  A foreign national will have to comply with all other requirements like payment of tax liabilities, etc.

Ans. Subject to the conditions enumerated in Question B5 above, the following will be eligible for Employment Visa:-  

(i) Foreign nationals coming to India for execution of a project/contract [irrespective of the duration of the visit].  

(ii) Foreign nationals who are coming to India on short visits to customer location to repair any plant or machinery as part of warranty or annual maintenance contracts.  

(iii) Foreign engineers/technicians coming to India for installation and commissioning of equipments/machines/tools in terms of the contract for supply of such equipment/machine/tools.  

(iv)  Foreign experts coming to India for imparting training for the personnel of the Indian company.

 

(v) Foreign personnel deputed for providing technical support/services, transfer of know-how, services supplies for which the Indian company pays fees/royalty to the foreign company.

 

(vi) Foreign nationals coming to India as consultant on contract for whom the Indian company pays a fixed remuneration, (may not be in the form of monthly salary).

 

(vii) Foreign artists engaged to conduct regular performances for the duration of the employment contract given by Hotels, Clubs, other organizations.

 

(viii) Foreign nationals who are coming to India to take up employment as coaches.

 

 (ix) Foreign sportsmen who are given contract for a specified period by the Indian Clubs/organizations.  

(x) Self-employed foreign nationals coming to India for providing engineering, medical, accounting, legal or such other highly skilled services in their capacity as independent consultants.

Ans. Employment Visa is granted to foreigners desiring to come to India for purpose of employment, subject to following conditions:-  

(i) The applicant is a skilled and qualified professional or person who is being engaged or appointed by a company, organization, industry, or undertaking, etc. in India on contract or employment basis at a senior level, skilled position such as technical expert, senior executive, or in a managerial position, etc.  

(ii) Employment Visa is not granted for jobs for which large numbers of qualified Indians are available.  

(iii) Employment Visa is not granted for routine, ordinary or secretarial/clerical jobs.

(iv) The Employment Visa must be issued from the country of origin, or from the country of domicile of the foreigner provided the period of permanent residence of that applicant in that particular country is for more than 2 years.  

(v) The Indian company/organization engaging foreign nationals for executing projects/contracts would be responsible for the conduct of the foreign national during their stay in India and also for the departure of such foreign national upon expiry of Visa.  

(vi) A foreign national will have to comply with all other requirements like payment of tax liabilities, etc.

Ans. (i) The foreign national must have a valid travel document and a re-entry permit, if required under the law of the country concerned.  

(ii) The foreign national must submit proof of his/her employment or contract or engagement by the company/organization, etc. in India.  

(iii) The foreign national must submit documentary proof of his educational qualifications and professional expertise.

Ans. No. A foreign national coming for executing projects/contracts will have to come only on an Employment Visa.

Ans. No.

Ans. Indian Missions may grant an ‘X’ Visa [i.e. a Dependent Visa] to the family members of a foreign national granted a Business Visa at their discretion, subject to usual security checks provided the family members are otherwise eligible for grant of such a Visa.

Ans. In respect of family members of a foreign national who is granted ‘E’ Visa, Indian Missions may grant an ‘X’ Visa [i.e. Dependent Visa]. The validity of the ‘X’ Visa could be co-terminus with the validity of the Visa of the principal Visa holder or for such shorter duration as may be considered necessary by the Indian Mission, subject to usual security checks provided the family members are otherwise eligible for grant of such a Visa.

Ans. No,

Ans. Yes,

Ans. No,

Ans. Employment Visa.

Ans. Employment Visa.