Indian Visa Process for Citizen of France

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The India Visa Application Centre is the outsourced partner of the Embassy of India in France. In this capacity, the India Visa Application Centre is responsible for receipt of visa applications of all types for travel to India and visa fees, submission of applications at the Embassy of India in Paris, collecting the processed passports from the Embassy of India in Paris, and returning passports back to applicants. VF Services(UK) Limited is to be contacted for all information related to Visas. In addition to Paris, VFS has centres in Marseilles and Lyon, Drop in points at Bordeaux, Nice and Strasbourg. Contact details of these centres are available at VFS website.

CONTACT

VF Services (UK) Limited
Centre de Demande de Visa pour l’Inde
42-44 Rue de Paradis
75010 Paris
France

 

M7 –Poissonniere

RER B & RER D – Gare Du Nord

To call from within France: : 08 92 23 03 58

To call from outside France : + 1 214 257 1048

Website in French: http://www.vfs-in-fr.com

Website in English: http://www.vfs-in-fr.com

 Application of Visa for Diplomatic/ OfficiAL & UN Passport holders :

Application of Visa for Diplomatic/ Official and UN Passport holders are accepted at Consular Section, Embassy of India, 20-22, Rue Alberic Magnard,75016, Paris between 0930 – 1130 hours on all working days .

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS :

  1. Note-Verbale duly signed and issued on official letterhead.
  2. ONLINE INDIAN VISA FORM signed and complete in all respects.
  3. 2 photographs.( square, 5 cm * 5 cm)
  4. Passport of the applicant with six months validity.

 

For more information do visit http://www.ambinde.fr/consular-services/visa-services

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Indian Visa Process for United Kingdom Citizen

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FAQs RELATING TO WORK RELATED VISAS ISSUED BY INDIA 

Introduction

In recent weeks, several queries have been raised about the type of Visas issued by India to foreigners for work related visits. It is clarified that basically there are two (2) types of work related Visas, namely:-

1. Business Visa designated as ‘B’ Visa 
2. Employment Visa designated as ‘E’ Visa

Frequently asked questions with regard to the above issues and replies thereto are outlined below for information, guidance and compliance of all concerned:-

A

Q1. What is a Business Visa?

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.

(vi) 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.

Q2. Who are eligible for a Business Visa?

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

Q3. What is the duration of a Business Visa?

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.

Q4. What documents are required to be submitted alongwith application for a Business Visa?

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.

B

Q5. What is an Employment Visa?

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.

Q6. Who are eligible for Employment Visa?

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.

(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.

Q7. What is the duration of an Employment Visa?

A foreign national coming to India for employment may initially be granted an Employment Visa by the Indian Missions abroad upto one year. The first extension, if necessary, would be granted by MHA. Further extensions, if required, can be granted by concerned State Government/FRO upto maximum period of five years from the date of issue of the Visa. Foreigners coming on Employment Visa are required to register with concerned FRRO/FRO within two weeks from the date of arrival.

Q8. What documents are required to be submitted alongwith application for Employment Visa?

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.

C

Q9. Can foreign nationals coming to execute projects in India be granted Business Visas?

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

Q10. Can foreign nationals already in India for executing projects on Business Visas be allowed to extend their Business Visas beyond 31.10.2009?

Ans. No. A foreign national who is already in the country on Business Visa and engaged in executing project/contract should leave the country by 31.10.2009.

Q11. Can foreign nationals already in India for executing projects on Business Visas be allowed to convert their Business Visas to Employment Visas without leaving the country?

Ans. No.

Q12. Which category of Visa will be granted to family members of foreign nationals coming to India on Business Visas?

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.

Q13. Which category of Visa will be granted to family members of foreign nationals coming to India on Employment?

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.

Q15. 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.

Q16. 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.

Q17. 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.

Q18. Which category of Visa will be granted to the foreign language teachers/interpreters?

Ans. Employment Visa.

Q19. Which category of Visa will be granted to the foreign specialist Chefs?

Ans. Employment Visa.

Q20. 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.

Revision of Visa Fees with effect from 15 December 2012

The rate for various types of visas will be revised with effect from 15 December 2012. The Tourist visa fees remain unchanged.

For revised rates of all types of visa refer to the web-site http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk

1. With effect from May 29, 2008, collection of visa applications and their delivery has been outsourced to VF Services UK Ltd. (http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk) in a phased manner as per details below:-

  1. From May 29, 2008 onwards High Commission of India, London will accept visa applications only through VF Service UK Ltd. Only exception will be for diplomatic/official/UN passports;
  2. For this purpose, VF Service UK Ltd. has opened three India Visa Application Centres (IVACs) whose addresses are as follows:-
    1. 60-62 Wilton Road, Victoria, London SW1V 1DE; and
    2. 142-148 Goswell Road, London EC1V 1DE.
    3. 1-3 Canalside, Uxbridge Road, Hayes UB4 0JN
  3. Visa applications can be submitted to India Visa Appliction Centres, VF Services (UK) Ltd. in the following manner:-
    1. On-line applications (passports/documents can be sent later by post or submitted in person by taking on-line appointments;
    2. Postal applications, other than those falling under the jurisdiction of Consulates General of India, Birmingham and Edinburgh, may be addressed to India Visa Application Centre, VF Services (UK) Ltd., 1-3 Canalside, Uxbridge Road, Hayes UB4 0JN); [For jurisdiction list, please see]
    3. Walk-in applicants (may like to take prior on-line appointments) at any of the three centres mentioned above;
    4. Through Travel Agents.

Visa : info.inuk@vfshelpline.com 

2. Birmingham

The India Visa Application Centre (IVAC) at Birmingham has become operational with effect from June 6, 2008. All visa applications under the jurisdiction of Consulate General of India Birmingham will be accepted through VF Services (UK) Ltd. The location of IVAC at Birmingham is :

India Visa Application Centre
VF Services (UK) Ltd.
No.20-21 Pemberton Street,
Jewellery Quarter, Hockley
Birmingham B18 6NY

For details on visa applications, jurisdiction etc. please see Link : http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk

Edinburgh

The India Visa Application Centre (IVAC) at Edinburgh has become operational with effect from 1st July, 2008. All visa applications under the jurisdiction of Consulate General of India, Edinburgh, will be accepted through VF Servicess (UK) Ltd. The location of IVAC at Edinburgh will be :

India Visa Application Centre
VF Services (UK) Ltd.
66 Hannover Buildings, Rose Street
Edinburgh EH2 2NN
Tele.: 0131-2263035

For details on visa applications, jurisdiction etc. please see link http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk

3. The Diplomatic/Official/UN passport holders may submit their applications for visas to the High Commission of India, London and its Consulates General in Birmingham and Edinburgh directly.

Applications for Diplomatic/Official/UN visas are accepted directly in the Visa Wing, High Commission of India, London on all working days from 10.00hrs to 12.30hrs.

Documents required:

  • Official Note Verbale
  • Print out of the online Visa Application Form : 
    http://www.indianvisaonline.gov.in duly filled in and signed
  • 2 Photographs of size 50mmX50mm
  • Passport of the Applicant valid for at least the next six months.

4. The VF Services (UK) Ltd. has been authorised to charge a service fee of GB Pounds 06.90 plus prevailing VAT charges @15% per application over and above the normal visa fee of the High Commission. Postal/Bank/agency charges, wherever applicable, will be additional, to be borne by the applicant.

5. Applicants should make travel arrangements only after obtaining appropriate visa. The processing time for visas in normal cases will be 2- 3 working days and in some cases it may take longer ( for details refer ‘processing time’ for visas on web-sitehttp://in.vfsglobal.co.uk ).

6. Please Note that validity of visa starts from the date of issue and not from the date of travel.

7. Please verify your particulars on the Visa after collection of your passport.

8. Link to India Visa Application Centres, VF Services (UK) Ltd. – http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk

Urgent Business Visa Notice

The Government of India has decided to issue ‘Urgent Business Visa‘ under ‘Fast Track System‘ to business travellers and business houses to enable them to travel to India at a short notice with effect from 15th March, 2010. Urgent Business Visa is strictly given to those who are doing business in India such as making sales or establishing contacts on behalf of a company outside of India or going for urgent business meetings. Applications would be accepted on all working days (except Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays) from 0830 to 1100 hours only at the following designated India Visa Application Centres (IVACs) viz. (a) Goswell, 142-148 Goswell Road, London- EC1V7DU; (b) Birmingham, 20-21 Pemberton Street, Birmingham, B18 6NY; and (c) Edinburgh, 66 Hanover Buildings, Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2NN. Under this system, ‘Urgent Business Visa’ will be issued on the same day after 1700 hours subject to eligibility for a normal Business Visa. Fee for urgent application for Business visas will be – Normal prescribed Business Visa fee + £75/- as urgent processing fee for HCI/CGIs + £25/- as VFS Service charges + VAT on £25/- only.

Documents required for Urgent Indian Business Visa may be accessed at http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk

Since reference are required to be made to concerned authorities in respect of Non-UK residents for less than 2 years and Pakistani nationals/Pakistani origin applicants, this facility of same day Urgent Visa is not available to them. They may apply in normal course.

Suppression of facts and information will not only result in denial of visa applied for but will also debar the applicant from applying under this system in future. Decision of the Consular Officer in the matter shall be final. Visa fee once tendered is not refundable.”

Emergency Visa Service

Emergency Visa is issued in cases of genuine emergency like death or serious illness of immediate family member (blood relation with proof of relationship) subject to production of supporting documentary evidence from India like death certificate/Hospital certificate duly signed and stamped.

Applications for Emergency Visa may be filled online (http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/onlineapplication.html) and submitted at the High Commission along with the print out of the online visa application form, passport valid for a minimum of 180 days with at least two blank pages, 2 photographs (50mm x 50mm) and fees in cash.

Application for Emergency Visa (with supporting documents from India like Death Certificate/Hospital/Doctor’s certificate) can be submitted at the High Commission of India, Aldwych, London, from 1000 hrs to 1830 hours on any working day and from 1000 hours to 1700 hrs during Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Any suppression of factual information or providing false information will not only result in refusal of current visa but in future also. The decision of the High Commission in this matter shall be final.

 

Tourist Visa-on-Arrival

1. In order to facilitate bonafide foreign tourists who plan their tours at a short notice, the Government of India had introduced “Tourist Visa-on-Arrival Scheme” with effect from 1 January 2010 for citizens of five countries viz. Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore.

2. Under the Scheme, citizens of these five countries are issued “Tourist Visa-on-Arrival” with a maximum validity of 30 days with Single Entry facility from the Immigration Officer at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata only. The said “Tourist Visa-on-Arrival” can neither be extended nor converted to any other kind of visa during his/her stay in India except in certain exceptional circumstances.

3. Currently, a Tourist Visa-on-Arrival is being granted to citizens of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand or Singapore who fulfil the following conditions:

  1. Whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives etc and no other purpose/activity;
  2. Who does not have a residence or occupation in India;
  3. Who holds a passport with minimum six months validity, and a re-entry permit if that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant;
  4. Who is a person of assured financial standing (the production of a return ticket and availability of sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India may be considered sufficient for this purpose).
  5. Who is not a person-non-grata to the Government of India;
  6. Who is not considered an undesirable person;
  7. This facility shall not be available to the citizens of above-named countries if the person or either of his/her parents or grand parents (paternal or maternal) was born in, and was permanently resident in Pakistan. Such persons can visit India after obtaining appropriate visa from the Indian Mission/Post concerned.

4. Additionally Government of India have decided to extend the Tourist Visa on Arrival Scheme to citizens of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar and Indonesia under the existing terms and conditions.

Fee for Tourist Visa-on-Arrival

A fee of US$60/- or an equivalent amount in Indian rupees per passenger (including children) will be charged from each foreigner for the grant of Tourist Visa-on-Arrival.

Repeat Visit

Please refer to “Tourist visa advisory-reentry restrictions

 

 

Application Form: http://www.hcilondon.in/application.html