Indian Visa Types

Types of Indian Visa

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Types of Indian Visa

The Indian Government issues various types of visa for foreign nationals, depending on the purpose of travel to India. In this article, we look at the different types of Indian visa.

Business Visa

Indian business visa is provided to foreign nationals travelling to India for business purposes like exploring business opportunities, incorporation of Indian company, attending meetings, etc., Business visa is initially granted for a period of six months to one year, five year or ten year – based on the requirement of the visa applicant. Anyone travelling on a business visa to India can only stay for a maximum of six months for each visit. To obtain a Indian business visa, a letter from the sponsor is required, indicating the nature of the applicant’s business, duration of stay and a guarantee to meet maintenance expense.

Tourist Visa

Indian tourist visa is provided for travellers visiting India for exploring places or visiting family members or friends. Tourist visa can be issued with a validity of six months to ten years. The maximum amount of stay permitted in each visit is six months, irrespective of the visa duration.

Employment Visa

Employment visa is granted for those applicants who wish to work in India. Application for employment vis must be accompanied by an appointment letter, employment contract and proof of registration of company / entity in India. Employment visa’s are provided for a period of one year, with provision for extension. The maximum period for employment visa is five years from the date of issue of visa.

Student Visa

Student visa is granted for students wishing to pursue education in India. To obtain student visa, a letter conforming admission from educational institution in India is required. However, for admission to medical or paramedical courses and for admission to graduate or post-graduate courses, a letter of approval or a “no objection” certificate from the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Human Resources Development is required.

Research Visa

Research visa is provided to travellers engaged in research and development activities. To obtain a research visa, the application must be made with an approval from the Ministry of Human Resources Development. Research visas are provided  with a validity as required to complete the research or development activities in India.

Other Visa

The above are the major types of visas issued by the Indian Government. Other types of visas include:

Transit Visa: Visa for short transit to travel through India to reach an ultimate destination in another country.

Journalist Visa: Visa for professional journalists and photographers to stay in India for upto three months.

Conference Visa: Visa for attending international conference or conference held in India on certain subjects.

Missionaries Visa: Visa granted exclusively for missionaries.

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