Dudhsagar Falls

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As the cascading waters appear white like milk, the waterfall is called Dudhsagar, Doodh being the Hindi word for milk.

Legend has it that a beautiful princess lived in the forest (near present day Dudhsagar Falls) in a palace. She loved and enjoyed bathing in a lake nearby and used to drink “sweetened milk” from her “golden jug” after finishing with her bath. One day while enjoying her jug of milk she found herself being watched by a prince, who was standing amongst the trees. Red with embarrassment at her inadequate bathing attire, she poured the jug of milk in front of him to form an improvised curtain to hide her body while the maids rushed to cover her with her dress. It is said that it is that sweetened milk that cascades down the mountain slope as Dudhsagar Falls to this day as a tribute to the virtue and modesty of the princess.

Location and surrounding

The waterfall is located in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wild Life Sanctuary at Collem in South Goa in the western ghats. The waterfall is on the border of Karnataka and Goa states. The roads leading to it are maintained by the Goa Forest Department. A small resthouse is maintained in the forest by the Karnataka Forest Department and is the only place to stay there. The roads are closed in the rainy season of June to September as fast-flowing streams cross the roads and make them dangerous to drive. The roads are again opened in the month of October. At the base of the waterfall, there is a small pond. One can bathe in it only during non-rainy days, that too at one’s own risk. However, such a risk is not advisable. There are fish in the pond, the water is very cold and the pond is slippery.

The surrounding area is surrounded by a deciduous forest and many species of birds, insects, plants and animal abound here.

The waterfall

Dudhsagar is one of the world’s most exquisite falls. It lies high up in the Mandovi River’s watershed and so are not particularly spectacular during the dry season. During the monsoon season however, the falls are transformed into one of the most powerful falls in India. Dudhsagar Falls is listed as India’s fifth tallest waterfall and is 227th in the world at 310 m.  The water plummets hundreds of metres (over a thousand feet) in large volumes during the rainy monsoon season, forming one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in Goa. It is a major part of the Goa ecosystem. It is a four-tiered waterfall with a total height of 310 metres (1017 feet) and an average width of 30 metres (100 feet).

How to reach

The Waterfall can be reached both by road and rail. It can be reached by road from Panaji or Madgaon by National Highway NH4A and by train from Madgaon railway junction or Londa railway junction. There is a railway station called Dudhsagar Falls (station code DWF or DDS) where trains stop for a minute or so for technical reason (to test brakes while going downhill) but no tickets are issued to or from this station and it is not a commercial halt for trains. The next railway station is Collem (Kulem) on Madgaon-Castle Rock-Londa track, 13 km from the Falls. The railway route for reaching the falls from Goa is Madgaon-Collem- Dudhsagar Falls. One can reach the falls from Collem railway station by a much shorter 6 km long road. The other route is from Carambolim (Karmali Railway Station of Konkan Railways. The route is Carambolim-Old Goa-Ponda-Tiska-Mollem (total 50 km) – Dudhsagar Falls.

Ordinary cars are not suitable for the drive to the Falls and within the forest sanctuary. One should use a four-wheel drive vehicle (SUV) as the road is a jungle track that has fast-flowing streams criss-crossing it at several points. The motorable track stops a kilometre before the Falls and one has to walk one kilometre crossing over small paths carved through the rocks at the foot of the Falls.

The Falls can be reached by train from Karnataka state from Londa railway junction on Hubli-Madgaon-Vasco da Gama route. One can get down at Castle Rock station or Collem station and reach the Falls by road. However, one can get down at Dudhsagar Falls railway station itself (station code DWF or DDS) that lies between Castle Rock and Collem and walk the short distance to the falls. Then one can come back to the same station and take a freight train by requesting the guard and taking his permission. All the trains including freight (goods) trains stop at Dudhsagar Falls railway station while going towards Madgaon (but not while going in the reverse direction).

Trekking

Trekking in Dudhsagar is a famous tourist attraction. There are two abandoned shelters for the refuge of trekkers (left to the falls and right side beside the railway track). They are available on the first-come-first-served basis. Medical and pure drinking water facilities are not available around Dudhsagar but one can approach the station master at Dudhsagar Falls railway station in emergency. There are 4 possible trek routes to reach Dudhsagar Falls, of which only two are accessible in monsoon.

Route 1 (Castle Rock Route)

This is the most famous route during the monsoon. Reach Castle Rock station and start a Scenic 14 km hike to Dudhsagar Water falls along the railway track. It normally takes 5–6 hours to reach. The route passes through a number of railway tunnels, a board reading “Welcome to Goa” and also a great views of the Valley. One has to be careful of trains while walking along the railway track.

Route 2 (Kulem Route)

This is equally scenic but less popular as compared to Route 1. One has to get down at Kulem (Collem) railway station(Station Code: QLM) and walk towards the falls which is about 11 km away. It normally takes 4–5 hours to reach. The famous photograph of Trains passing through before the waterfalls can be seen in this route and also the complete stretch of the falls will be visible while you hike towards the waterfalls.

Route 3 (Transport + Hike)

In Kulhem one can hire a 4X4 SUV to reach the foot of the Dudhsagar waterfalls. There is a taxi stand called ‘Dudhsagar Taxi stand’ where one can hire a vehicle and get dropped near the falls which is just 1 km hike from the dropping point. This is suitable for large groups with kids and ladies but it cannot be used during monsoon season.

Route 4 (Kuveshi-Dudhsagar)

This is the most adventurous route and cannot be attempted in monsoon since we have to cross Mondovi river during the hike. The hike starts from a village called Kuveshi around 10 km from Castle Rock railway station. The hike is through thick jungle and is difficult to complete without experience. By this route, one can reach Dudhsagar Railway station which is 1 km from the falls.

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Dudhsagar Waterfall is during October to December as the roads are dry and safe to travel on. However, if you want to see the falls in their full fury then a visit during the monsoon is ideal.

 

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Indian Visa for a Spanish Citizen

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Visas – Where to apply

All types of visas can be applied at:

Arke BLS Center 
Calle Cardenal Marcelo Spinola, 4, 1º dcha
Madrid 28016
Telephone: 91 768 2089 Fax: 91 384 5354
Email: arke@indiavisados.com
Web: www.indiavisados.com

Arke BLS Center, Barcelona
Calle Primero de Mayo, 9-11
Poligono Industrial Gran Via Sud
08908 – Hospitalet de Llobregat
Barcelona.
Telephone: 93 263 7848 Fax: 93 263 4540
(only for submission of visa application from residents in Catalunya)

For details please visit : www.indiavisados.com

Office is open from Monday to Friday.
Submitting of applications for a visa : 09:00 – 12:30
Delivery of passports with the visa : 09:00 – 12:30 and 16:00 – 17:00

OFFICE HOURS FOR URGENT VISAS
(at Arke BLS Center Madrid only)

You may submit urgent visas ONLY from 9 am to 12 pm, and they are delivered the same day from 4pm to 5 pm. For more information click here.

No applications for visa including those by post will normally be accepted at the Embassy except those for visas on Diplomatic/Official passports.

Only in exceptional circumstances, the visas may be applied for by residents of Catalunya and Canary islands respectively at:

Honorary Consulate General of India in Barcelona
C/Doctor Fleming, 21, Entrada B, local 1, 08017 Barcelona
Tel: 93 212 04 22 Fax: 93 212 03 54
E-mail: hcg.barcelona@embassyindia.es
Working hours: 11,00 to 14,00 hours
from Monday to Friday

Honorary Consulate General of India in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Villalba Heras 15, 1st floor
38002 Sta. Cruz de Tenerife
Tel. 922 24 35 03 – 922 24 14 16
Fax. 922 28 97 55
E-mail: gopemahtani@wanadoo.es

 

Visas – General Instructions

Please read these instructions carefully before applying to avoid any inconvenience:

The validity of the visa starts from the date of issue and not from the date of entry into India.

Time Taken: Applications received at the ARKE BLS Centre, when complete in all respects, are normally processed in five working days. The processing time for visas on Non- Spanish Passports is seven working days. It may take longer for Visas other than tourist /business that may require prior approval from the authorities in India. Passports can be collected during working hours. For collection of passports the cash receipt must be produced. The applicants are advised to refrain from making telephonic/written inquires about the status of the application. Such enquiries may delay the grant of visas. However, the progress of the application may be tracked on- line on the web site of ARKE BLS Centre (www.indiavisados.com ).

Grant of Visa can be refused without assigning any reason irrespective of the fact that the application has been duly submitted by the applicant. Visa fee once received is not refunded even if the visa application is withdrawn or visa not granted. The Embassy has the final decision regarding the duration of the visa to be granted to the applicant.

Change of purpose of visit to India is not permitted once you have reached India. You must apply for the correct visa category depending on the nature of your journey.

Cash is accepted only at the Counter.

No urgent visa service is available for non-Spanish/non-Andorran passports.
Who is a Person of Pakistan Origin?

1. A person who was holding Pakistani nationality at any given time.

2. If any one or both of the parents or grandparents (both paternal and maternal) was/were holding the nationality of Pakistan at any time.

Visa Application Form for persons of Pakistan origin:

In addition to the normal visa application form, all persons of Pakistan origin are required to fill and submit an additional form – [Click here to download form]

Visa to persons of Pakistan origin:

A person of Pakistan origin will be issued a visa for a maximum of 3 months validity with single entry only.

Note: All persons of Pakistan origin are advised to submit their application form well in advance (45 days) before the planned date of trip to India.
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Any passenger to India carrying a satellite phone in the Cargo or in any other baggage should declare the same at Customs at the point of entry.

 

Visas – Visa Fee Structure

(Please note that in addition to the normal visa fee and other charges indicated below, a service charge of Euros 11.20 (Eleven Euros and twenty cents only) is payable to ARKE BLS Center.)

The visa fee for (I) Spanish and Andorran Nationals and; (II) Non-Spanish, Non-Andorran Nationals is as follows:

I. VISA FEE FOR SPANISH and ANDORRAN NATIONALS (updated on 26th October 2012)

VISA FEE FOR SPANISH and ANDORRAN NATIONALS

TOURIST VISAS

up to six months €53
up to one year €83
up to five years €163
BUSINESS VISAS and ENTRY VISAS
up to six months and up to one year €148
up to five years €243
EMPLOYMENT VISAS (including Project visa for steel and power sectors)
up to six months €98
up to one year (maximum possible) €148
OTHER TYPES OF VISAS
Student/ Research visa (for the duration of the course or 5 years, whichever is lesser) €93
Journalist visa for up to three months €98
Conference visa upto 3 month duration €98
Transfer of Visa €9
Transit Visa (15 days, single/double entry) €28

II. Visa Fees for Non-Spanish/Non-Andorran Nationals

Since visa fees are fixed on the basis of reciprocal arrangement/or special agreements between governments, the fees could differ for citizens of different countries.

In view of bilateral agreements/arrangements, all types of visas will be granted gratis to the nationals of Afghanistan, Argentina (applicable only to tourist and transit visas), Bangladesh, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Germany (German national married to an INDIAN NATIONAL and their children), Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, South Africa, and Uruguay. However, a fee of € 25 would be charged as processing fee.

The current schedule of visa fees for non-Spanish and non-Andorran nationals is given below.

VISA FEES FOR NON-SPANISH/NON-ANDORRAN NATIONALS

United States passport relevant visa fee + € 50
Singapore passport €33 (only for Tourist visa up to 6 month multiple entry) + €25 For other types of visas, fees as indicated for Spanish nationals + €25.
Sri Lankan passport Transit visa: €8 + €25

Employment/Tourist/Student/Business visas for 6 months, single entry €8 + €25

Employment/Tourist/Student visa up to 6 months, multiple entry €13 + €25

Business Visa 6 months/1 year, multiple entry €23 + €25

Japanese passport Transit Visa: €5 + €25
All other types of visas: €13 + €25
Passports of all other nations relevant visa fee (as for Spanish and Andorran nationals)+ € 25

Business Visa Fee for the following countries’ passports is:

S.No. Country Up to one year
More than one year up to Five year
1. USA

168 + 50

263 + 50

2. Ecuador

288 + 25

383 + 25

3. New Zealand

158 + 25

253 + 25

4. Ukraine

238 + 25

333 + 25

5. France

198 + 25

293 + 25

6. Australia

258 + 25

353 + 25

7. Czech Republic

228 + 25

323 + 25

8. Iran

328 + 25

423 + 25

9. Ireland

238 + 25

333 + 25

10. Nigeria

348 + 25

438 + 25

11. Philippines

263 + 25

358 + 25

12. Poland

178 + 25

268 + 25

13. Saudi Arabia

258 + 25

353 + 25

14. U.K.

188 + 25

283 + 25

15. Thailand

238 + 25

333 + 25

16. U.A.E.

493 + 25

588 + 25

Employment Visa Fee for the following countries’ passports is:

S.No. Country Up to 6 months
Up to one year
More than one year up to Five year
1. USA

123 + 50

168 + 50

263 + 50

2. Canada

183 + 25

228 + 25

323 + 25

3. U.K.

503 + 25

553 + 25

643 + 25

4. Ireland

193 + 25

238 + 25

333 + 25

5. France

163 + 25

213 + 25

303 + 25

6. Italy

128 + 25

178 + 25

268 + 25

7. Denmark

153 + 25

198 + 25

293 + 25

8. Portugal

113 + 25

158 + 25

253 + 25

9. Austria

103 + 25

153 + 25

248 + 25

10. Norway

113 + 25

158 + 25

253 + 25

11. Australia

218 + 25

263 + 25

358 + 25

12. New Zealand

178 + 25

223 + 25

318 + 25

13. Thailand

193 + 25

238 + 25

333 + 25

14. UAE

448 + 25

493 + 25

588 + 25

15. Turkey

123 + 25

168 + 25

263 + 25

16. Israel

1178 + 25

1233 + 25

1318 + 25

17. Iran

283 + 25

328 + 25

423 + 25

 

Visas – Tourist Visa on arrival for certain countries

A Tourist holding valid passport of the following eleven countries will be issued a Tourist Visa on-arrival valid for up to 30 days with single entry at Delhi/Mumbai/ Chennai/ Kolkata airports. From August 15, 2013 this facility has been extended to four additional airports viz. Trivandrum, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kochi.

These countries are: Finland, Luxemburg, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines and Vietnam.

The Tourist Visa on-arrival will be issued subject to the following conditions:

  • A tourist of the above 11 countries, whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends/relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business, etc.
  • who does not have residence or occupation in India,
  • who holds a passport with a minimum validity of six months (and reentry permit, if required under the law of his/her country),
  • who has return air ticket and sufficient funds to meet his expenditure during the trip.
  • who or either of his/her parents or grandparents (paternal/maternal) was not born in, or was resident in Pakistan.
  • who is not a persona-non-grata to the Government of India,
  • who is not considered an undesirable person and is not the subject of a black list or any warning circular or other restrictive list.
  • A fee of US$60/- will be charged from each person, including children,
  • Tourist visa on-arrival shall be non-convertible and non-extendable.
  • Tourist visa on-arrival will be issued to a tourist for a maximum of two times in a calendar year, with a gap of minimum two months between the visit.

It may be noted that ‘Tourist-visa-on-arrival’ is only a facility for the citizens of the above named 11 countries, who were unable to apply for a visa at the Indian Embassy for some reason. Therefore, those nationals of these 11 countries who apply for visa at the concerned Indian Embassy will be issued appropriate visa, if otherwise eligible. Those whose purpose of visit is other than that at (i) above and those who intend to stay in India for a longer period should invariably obtain appropriate visa from the Indian Embassy concerned.

 

Visas – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS RELATING TO BUSINESS VISA

Business Visa

Q.1: Who are eligible for a Business Visa ?
Ans: A Business visa may be granted to a foreigner for the following purposes:-

  • Foreign nationals who wish to visit India to establish or explore possibilities to set up industrial/ business venture in India
  • Foreign nationals coming to India to purchase/sell industrial products or commercial products or consumer durables.
  • Foreign nationals coming to India for technical meetings/discussions, attending Board meetings or general meetings for providing business services support.
  • Foreign nationals coming to India for recruitment of manpower
  • Foreign nationals who are partners in the business and/or functioning as Directors of a company.
  • Foreign nationals coming to India for consultations regarding exhibitions or for participation in exhibitions, trade fairs, business fairs, etc.
  • 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.
  • 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 technical guidance.
  • Foreign nationals coming to India for pre-sales or post-sales activity not amounting to actual execution of any contract or project.
  • Foreign trainees of multinational companies/corporate houses coming for in-house training in the regional hubs of the concerned company located in India.
  • Foreign students sponsored by AIESEC for internship on project based work in companies/industries.
  • Foreign nationals coming as tour conductors and travel agents and / or conducting business tours of foreigners or business relating to it, etc.

Q.2: What are the conditions to be fulfilled for grant of a Business visa?
Ans.: The conditions to be fulfilled for grant of a Business visa are as follows:-

  • The foreign national must have a valid travel document, and a re-entry permit if required under the law of the country of the applicant.
  • The foreign national should be a person of assured financial standing. The foreigner must submit proof of his/her financial standing and documentation in support of intended business visit to India.
  • The foreign national should not be visiting India for the business of money lending or for running a petty business or petty trade or for full time employment in India, etc
  • The foreign national shall comply with all other requirements like payment of tax liabilities etc.
  • The Business Visa must be issued from the country of origin. (or from the country of habitual domicile of the foreigner provided the period of residence in that particular country is more than 2 years)
  • 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.

Q. 3: What are the documents to be submitted along with application for a Business Visa?
Ans.

  • The foreign national must have a passport with at least six months validity, and a re-entry permit if required under the law of his/her country.
  • Proof of financial standing and expertise in the field of intended business.
  • Invitation letter from an Indian company/Chamber of Commerce/Industry Organisation/Export Promotion Council; Recommendation letter from leading Chamber or Industry organization in Spain in respect of well-established Spanish industrialists/businessmen.
  • Payment of prescribed visa fee and service charge, and seur charges if any.

Q.4: What is the duration of a Business Visa ?
Ans: A Business Visa with multiple entry facility is granted for a period up to one year. During each visit on business visa, the maximum stay in India should not exceed six months or the date of expiry of visa, whichever is earlier.
However, leading industrialists/businessmen or those who set up joint venture/industry/business in India may be granted business visa with multiple entry for a period of five years. Such US nationals can be granted Business Visa with validity up to 10 years.

Q.5 : Which category of Visa will be granted to family members of foreign nationals coming to India on Business Visa?
Ans : Family members/dependants of a foreigner who is granted ‘Business visa’ visa may be granted ‘X’ visa subject to usual security checks provided the family members are otherwise eligible for grant of such a visa . Its validity should be co-terminus with the validity of the visa of the principal visa holder or for such shorter period as may be considered necessary by the Indian Mission.

Q. 6 : Whether the Business visa can be converted to any other type of visa in India?
Ans: Business visa shall be non-convertible, except in the following circumstances and with the prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs:

  • Business visa can be converted to ‘X'(Entry) Visa if a foreigner who has come to India on Business visa marries an Indian national during the validity of his/her visa, subject to fulfillment of following conditions:
    • submission of a copy of registered Marriage Certificate , and
    • report from the FRRO/FRO concerned about their marital status which will inter-alia include his/her antecedents, confirmation about their living together and security clearance.
  • Business visa in case of Persons of Indian Origin, who were otherwise entitled for ‘X’ (Entry) Visa, can be converted to ‘X’ Visa.
  • Business visa of a foreigner who falls ill after his entry into India rendering him unfit to travel and require specialized medical treatment can be converted to Medical visa if otherwise eligible for grant of Medical Visa and medical certificate is obtained from government/government-recognized hospitals. In such a case, ‘X’ visa of family members/ attendant accompanying the foreigner (whose Business visa is converted into Medical Visa) can also be converted into Medical Attendant [Med X] visa, co-terminus with the Medical visa.

Q. 7: Can a foreign national coming to execute projects in India be granted Business Visa?
Ans: No. A foreign national coming for executing projects /contracts will have to come only on an Employment Visa.

 

 

Visas – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT VISA

 

Employment Visa

Q.1 : What is an Employment Visa?
Ans: An Employment Visa is granted to foreigners desiring to come to India for the purpose of employment, subject to the following conditions:

  • The applicant is a highly skilled and/or qualified professional, who is being engaged or appointed by a company/ organization/ industry in India on contract or employment basis.
  • Employment Visa shall not be granted for jobs for which qualified Indians are available. Employment Visa shall also not be granted for routine, ordinary or secretarial/clerical jobs.
  • Minimum salary, excluding perks in kind such as housing and travel entitlements, should not be less than US$ 25,000 per annum. However, this condition of annual floor limit on income will not apply to: (a) Ethnic cooks, (b) Language teachers (other than English language teachers) / translators, and (c) Staff working for the concerned Embassy/High Commission in India.
  • The foreign national must comply with all legal requirements like payment of tax liabilities, etc.
  • 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 the applicant in that particular country is more than 2 years.
  • The name of the sponsoring employer / organization shall be clearly stipulated in the visa sticker.

Q.2: What are the categories of foreign nationals who are eligible for Employment visa?
Ans: Subject to the fulfillment of the conditions enumerated in Question 1, the following categories of foreign nationals will be eligible for Employment visa:

  • Foreign nationals coming to India as consultant on contract for whom the Indian company pays a fixed remuneration (this may not be in the form of a monthly salary).
  • Foreign artists engaged to conduct regular performances for the duration of the employment contract given by Hotels, Clubs and other organizations.
  • Foreign nationals who are coming to India to take up employment as coaches of national /state level teams or reputed sports clubs.
  • Foreign sportsmen who are given contract for a specified period by the Indian Clubs/organizations.
  • 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 provided the provision of such services by foreign nationals is permitted under Indian law.
  • Foreign language teachers/interpreters.
  • Foreign specialist Chefs.
  • Foreign engineers/technicians coming to India for installation and commissioning of equipment/machines/tools in terms of the contract for supply of such equipment/machines/tools.
  • Foreign nationals deputed for providing technical support/services, transfer of know-how/services for which the Indian company pays fees/royalty to the foreign company.

Q.3 : What is the duration of an Employment Visa?
Ans : Validity of an Employment visa will be as follows:

  • A foreigner coming to India for employment can be granted Employment visa with validity up to two years or the term of assignment, whichever is less, with multiple entry facility.
  • A highly skilled foreign personnel being employed in the IT software and IT enabled sectors can be granted Employment visa by the Embassy with validity up to 3 years or the term of assignment, whichever is less, with multiple entry facility.
  • A foreign technician/expert coming to India in pursuance of a bilateral agreement between the Government of India and the foreign government, or in pursuance of a collaboration agreement that has been approved by the Government of India, can be granted an Employment visa for the duration of the agreement, or for a period of five years, whichever is less, with multiple entry facility.
  • The Employment visa may be extended, on year to year basis, by the State Governments / UTs / FRROs / FROs up to a total period of 5 years from the date of issue of the initial Employment Visa, subject to good conduct, no adverse security inputs, production of documents of continued employment and filing of Income Tax returns.

Q.4 : Whether Employment Visa holder is required to register with FRRO/FRO?
Ans: Yes, within 14 days of arrival of the foreigner in India if the Employment Visa is valid for more than 180 days. On registration, the FRRO/FRO concerned may issue Residential Permit for the validity of the visa period. If such a foreign national changes his/her residence, he/she shall immediately report the change of address in writing to the FRRO/FRO concerned.

Q.5 : What documents are required to be submitted along with application for Employment Visa?
Ans:

  • The foreign national must have a valid passport, and a re- entry permit if required under the law of his/her country.
  • The foreign national must submit proof of his/her employment contract or engagement by a company / organization, etc. in India.
  • The foreign national must submit documentary proof of his educational qualifications and professional expertise.

Q.6 : What is the type of visa granted to foreigners wishing to work with NGOs registered in India?
Ans: A foreigner who wishes to come to India for honorary work (without salary) with NGOs registered in India may be granted Employment Visa with special endorsement on his/ her E Visa “TO WORK WITH NGO- (Name of the NGO and place of work) subject to usual checks and formalities on the following conditions:

  • The foreigner must submit proof of his/her employment with the NGO registered in India.
  • The foreigner may be granted a multi- entry employment visa for one year initially. The Employment visa may be extended, on year to year basis, by the State Governments / UTs / FRROs / FROs up to a total period of 5 years from the date of issue of the initial Employment Visa, subject to good conduct, no adverse security inputs, production of documents of continued employment and filing of Income Tax returns.
  • All registration formalities as per rules, after his/her arrival in India, shall be strictly complied with and the registration must be done with the FRRO/FRO within 14 days from the date of his/her arrival.

Q.7 : Which category of Visa will be granted to family members of foreign nationals coming to India on Employment?
Ans: Family members/ dependents of a foreigner who is granted ‘E’ visa shall be granted `X’ visa subject to usual security checks provided the family members are otherwise eligible for grant of such a Visa. Its validity shall be coterminus with the validity of the visa of the principal visa holder [or for such shorter period as may be considered necessary by the Indian Mission].

Q.8: Whether Employment visa can be converted to any other type of visa within the country?
Ans: Employment Visa cannot be converted to any other kind of visa during the stay of the foreigner in India except in the following circumstances and with the prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs:

  • a) Employment visa can be converted to ‘X’ (Entry) Visa if a foreigner who has come to India on Employment visa marries an Indian national during the validity of his/her visa and does not intend to continue on Employment Visa, subject to fulfillment of following conditions:
    • (i) submission of a copy of registered Marriage Certificate , and
    • (ii) report from the FRRO/FRO concerned about their marital status which will inter-alia include his/her antecedents, confirmation about their living together and security clearance.
  • b) Employment visa in case of Persons of Indian Origin, who were otherwise entitled for ‘X’ (Entry) Visa, can also be converted to ‘X’ Visa.
  • c) Employment visa of the foreigner who falls ill after his entry into India rendering him unfit to travel and require specialized medical treatment can be converted to Medical visa if otherwise eligible for grant of Medical Visa and medical certificate is obtained from government/government-recognized hospitals. In such a case, ‘X’ visa of family members/ attendant accompanying the foreigner (whose ‘Employment’ visa is converted into Medical Visa) can also be converted into Medical Attendant [Med X] visa, co-terminus with the Medical visa.

Q.9 : Whether a foreign company/organization that does not have any Project office/subsidiary/joint venture/branch office in India can sponsor a foreign national/employee of a foreign company for Employment visa ?
Ans: No.

Q.10 : Whether an Indian company/organization which has awarded a contract for execution of a project to a foreign company that does not have any base in India, can sponsor employee of foreign company for Employment visa?
Ans : Yes

Q.11: If the Indian organization/entity sponsors an Employment Visa, does this mean that the Indian organization/entity has to necessarily be the legal employer of the person?
Ans: No.

Q.12: Which type of Visa would be granted to senior management personnel and/or specialists employed by foreign firms who are relocated to India to work on specific project/management assignment?
Ans: Employment Visa

 

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