How to Get a Work/Employment Visa for India

Indian Work/Employment Visas are issued for:


applicants traveling to India for the purpose of working in India for an Indian organization that is registered in India. Employment Visas are granted to employees or paid interns of an Indian company and to those traveling to India as Non-Profit or Charity Volunteers.

Get an Employment Visa to Work in India in Just 4 EASY STEPS:

Get an Employment Visa to
Work in India in Just
 
4 EASY STEPS:

Step 1:
Gather Documents

Step 2:
Complete Forms

Step 3:
Ship Documents

Step 4:
Place Order

Ready to Get Started? 

Getting a Visa to Work in India has never been easier!

UVC Step by Step India Employment Visa Help Guide 
 Easy to Follow Comprehensive Instructions
Detailed Application Requirements
Current Entry Information
Secure Online Ordering 
Downloadable Forms

STEP 1: INDIA WORK/EMPLOYMENT VISA


Carefully Review the Following Information & Gather Together the Required Documents

Passport


Your actual, currently valid & signed passport must be submitted with your India Work/Employment Visa Application.
The passport needs to have a minimum two blank side by side visa pages and must not be expiring 6 months or less from the date you return into the United States.

U.S citizens should note that the last six pages of your U.S. Passport cannot be used for entry/exit stamps or visa issuance. These are amendment pages specifically designated for US State Department use only.

If your passport does not meet current India Work/Employment Visa Requirements, UVC can process your Indian Visa Application and your application to Renew Your US Passport, to add Additional Passport Pages, or to Get a New US Passport back to back and in time for your trip.

 

Photo


Two passport photographs will be needed for your Indian Work/Employment Visa Application submission.
The photo's should be:

  • in color & not blurry;
  • 2×2 in size;
  • front view with body completely facing forward;
  • on a plain white background;
  • with no glasses or head wear;
  • not older than 90 days;
  • taken at a reputable facility such as Walgreen’s, CVS or Fed Ex.

Copy of ID


A clear color copy of your current and valid drivers license or state ID will be needed as proof of your residential address for your India Work/Employment Visa Application. This is to establish which consular jurisdiction you reside in.

If necessary, the Embassy of India & Indian Consulates will also accept a clear color copy of either a major utility bill (electric/gas/water/sewage) or a current valid lease containing both landlord and tenant signatures.

Important Note: The address on the whichever proof of residence you provide cannot be a P.O. Box and must match exactly what you input as "present address" on the India visa application form. In addition, the "Present Address" will be used as the return shipping address by the Embassy of India or Indian Consulate.

 

Business Letter


A business letter of responsibility is required with all India Work/Employment Visa submissions.

The letter should:

  • be typewritten on company letterhead and addressed to:
    Consulate General of India, Visa Section;
  • be signed by an officer of the company other than the applicant;
  • indicate who will be financially responsible for the applicant;
  • explain the exact nature of business to be performed;
  • provide name, address, email & phone number of reference to be visited in India;
  • state the type (business) and validity (10 year) of visa applied for. This must match the requested validity on the invitation letter & India business visa application form.

Important Note: A clear color scan of the business letter is acceptable, however, it is recommended to send the original signed business letter as the Consulate General of India reserves the right to ask for the original at any time.

 

Other Work/Employment Visa Requirements


Incorporation Certificate: A copy of the Certificate of Incorporation from the host company in India.

Appointment Letter: A letter provided by the applicants employer certifying that the applicant has been offered a position with the company and outlining the nature and duration of the position and salary. The salary must be a minimum of $25,000 (USD) per year.

Employment Contract: An official letter from the organization or company confirming your employment offer and signed by an appropriate officer of the company. The letter must include:

  • applicant position or title within the company or organization;
  • salary information;
  • date of employment offer;
  • applicants passport information.

Resume: A copy of the applicant's current resume.

Organization Registration: Proof that the organization is registered in India, provided by the Indian employer.

Tax Liability Letter: A tax liability letter from the company in India which must certify that the Indian company accepts the responsibility for paying taxes on behalf of the applicant.
The  tax liability letter must certify the following details:

  • foreign workers being hired will not exceed 1% of total workforce;
  • within 1%, foreign workers nationals should not exceed more than 20 employees.

Justification Letter: A letter provided by the employer certifying that the applicant is a skilled and qualified professional, technical expert, senior executive or in a managerial position. This letter should also justify as to how these skills are not available in India.

 

Applicants for NGO or Charitable Organization


Applicants applying for NGO (Non Governmental Organization) or Charitable Organization Visa must provide a business letter of responsibility, an invitation (Sponsor) letter from the sponsoring organization and a copy of the host organizations certificate of registration.

The Business Letter should:

  • be typewritten on company letterhead and addressed to:
    Consulate General of India, Visa Section;
  • be signed by an officer of the company other than the applicant;
  • indicate who will be financially responsible for the applicant;
  • explain the exact nature of business to be performed;
  • provide name, address, email & phone number of reference to be visited in India;
  • state the type (business) and validity (10 year) of visa applied for. This must match the requested validity on the invitation letter & India business visa application form.

The Invitation Letter (Sponsor Letter) is for those intending to volunteer, work with charities or non-profit organizations.

The Invitation Letter should:

  • state the nature of the applicant's business;
  • provide the proposed duration of stay in India;
  • request desired visa validity (which must match validity requested on the visa application & business letter;
  • state the places and organizations to be visited in India;
  • guarantee sufficient financial support for the duration of the visit;
  • copy of host organizations certificate of registration

Processing Times

Processing Times for US Citizens and Legal Residents in the United States, average current processing times are 6-10 business days. Rush Service is currently unavailable. Please note that Applications for Indian Work Visas can be delayed in the approval process and processing time could possibly be two weeks and some cases may take longer.

Applicants without permanent residence status or have had it for less than two years normally have their applications referred back to India and can experience extended visa processing times (3 weeks or more).

 

More Important Instructions & Helpful Information

Effective August 2017: The new return shipping policy of the Indian Consulate General requires all passports to be returned directly by the Indian government to the applicant. Visa Expediting Services, including UVC, are unfortunately no longer able to pick up and return ship your passport on your behalf.
Once your visa has been issued and shipped, you will receive a confirmation email from "noreply.usa@ckgs.com " The Embassy of India & Indian Consulates will only return your documents to the address on your ID copy and "Present Address" on your visa application form (these must match exactly).


Employment Visas are granted to those who are an employee of an Indian company. The Embassy/Consulate may grant Employment visa valid for a year irrespective of the duration of the contract. Further extension up to 5 years could be obtained from MHA/FRRO in the concerned state in India. The validity of the Indian Work/Employment Visa starts on the day of issuance.


Naturalized U.S. Citizens are required to submit the following documents with their Indian Work/Employment Visa Application:

  • a clear color copy of the applicants naturalization certificate;
  • a clear color copy of the applicants birth certificate.

U.S. Nationals born outside the United States require an additional approval process by the Consulate which may add 20 days or more to the processing time.

Spouses and/or dependent family members cannot apply for a tourist visa but must apply for Indian Entry Visa if accompanying an Employment Visa applicant.


Applicants of Indian Origin are required to surrender their Indian citizenship. Those who have already renounced Indian citizenship must provide a copy of both their renunciation certificate & naturalization certificate. Persons of Indian origin who have not renounced Indian citizenship or cannot provide evidence of renunciation must apply for renunciation and/or Visa directly through CKGS.
UVC cannot assist with the Indian citizenship renunciation process.
All applicants of Indian Origin traveling to India for tourism on U.S. passports are required by the Indian Government to apply for a 10 year validity multiple entry India tourist visa only.


Applicants of Pakistani Origin or that have held a Pakistani passport must make a personal appearance to apply for an Indian visa at the Indian Embassy / Consulate. UVC is unable to assist in the visa process for any applicants that are Pakistan nationals or of Pakistani origin.


Applicants of Sri Lankan Origin nationals and nationals of Sri Lanka must complete and sign two copies of the Additional Information Form for Sri Lankan Nationals.


Applicants of Bangladeshi Origin and nationals of Bangladesh must complete and sign two copies of the Additional Information Form for Bangladeshi Nationals.

 

STEP 2: INDIA WORK/EMPLOYMENT VISA


Carefully Complete the Following Required Forms

India Work/Employment Visa Application Form


Fill out completely, then print & sign two copies of the Indian Governments
Online India Work/Employment Visa Application Form.

The application should be printed on two separate sheets of paper and not double sided on a single sheet. This should be send to UVC along with all supporting documents.

It is highly recommended to use our easy to follow India Work/Employment Visa Application Help Guide with step by step instructions. Print and refer to it as you fill in the Online Application.

 

India Extra Particulars Form


Fill out completely, then print & sign two copies of the
India Extra Particulars Form.

 

STEP 3: INDIA WORK/EMPLOYMENT VISA


Select Your Preferred Shipping Method 

Shipping Fees

Shipping Fees for Your
Indian Work/Employment Visa


FedEx Return Shipping FedEx Logo
Continental USA Only Price
Overnight - Next Business Day $38.00
2 Day - 2nd Business Day $28.00
Saturday Delivery $48.00
Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, USVI Price
Next Day / 2 Day (No Saturday Delivery) $48.00
International Price
Call UVC for Prices (Varies by Location) Varies

Once your order has been completed, your passport with visa will be returned to you with the shipping option you choose. It is highly recommended all documents be shipped using FedEx.

If you are sending a pre-paid return label or will be using a FedEx or UPS account, you can supply that information when placing your order.


 

Where to Ship

Where to Send Your Application for an
Indian Work/Employment Visa


Residents of the following U.S. states must apply for a visa in Atlanta :

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virgin Islands

Attn: US Visa Connection - Atlanta

510 Earls Court Drive
Katy, TX 77450
877-847-2362
(Click Here for Ship Label)


Residents of the following U.S. states must apply for a visa in Chicago :

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin

Attn: US Visa Connection - Chicago
1 East Erie Suite 525
Chicago, IL 60611
877-847-2362
(Click Here for Ship Label)


Residents of the following U.S. states must apply for a visa in Houston :

Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas

Attn: US Visa Connection - Houston
510 Earls Court Drive
Katy, TX 77450
877-847-2362
(Click Here for Ship Label)


Residents of the following U.S. states must apply for a visa in New York :

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

Attn: US Visa Connection - New York
450 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10165
877-847-2362
(Click Here for Ship Label)


Residents of the following U.S. states must apply for a visa in San Francisco :

Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Guam

Attn: US Visa Connection - San Francisco
870 Market St, Suite 888
San Francisco, CA 94102
877-847-2362
(Click Here for Ship Label)


Residents of the following U.S. states must apply for a visa in Washington, DC :

Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Bermuda

Attn: US Visa Connection - Washington DC
2228 Decatur Place NW
Washington, DC 20008
877-847-2362
(Click Here for Ship Label)

STEP 4: INDIA WORK/EMPLOYMENT VISA


Place Your order

Place Your Order

Order Your
Indian Work/Employment Visa


Complete the US Visa Connection US Visa Connection Order Form.

The Order Form provides us with your contact, payment, and return shipping information as well
as the level of service needed to meet your intended travel date.


Have Questions? Need Assistance?

Call the Doc!  877-VISADOC (847-2362) 

 

STEP 1: INDIA WORK/EMPLOYMENT VISA


Carefully Review the Following Information & Gather Together the Required Documents

Passport


Your actual, currently valid & signed passport must be submitted with your India Work/Employment Visa Application.
The passport needs to have a minimum two blank side by side visa pages and must not be expiring 6 months or less from the date you return into the United States.

U.S citizens should note that the last six pages of your U.S. Passport cannot be used for entry/exit stamps or visa issuance. These are amendment pages specifically designated for US State Department use only.

If your passport does not meet current India Work/Employment Visa Requirements, UVC can process your Indian Visa Application and your application to Renew Your US Passport, to add Additional Passport Pages, or to Get a New US Passport back to back and in time for your trip.

 

Photo


Two passport photographs will be needed for your Indian Work/Employment Visa Application submission.
The photo's should be:

  • in color & not blurry;
  • 2×2 in size;
  • front view with body completely facing forward;
  • on a plain white background;
  • with no glasses or head wear;
  • not older than 90 days;
  • taken at a reputable facility such as Walgreen’s, CVS or Fed Ex.

Copy of ID


A clear color copy of your current and valid drivers license or state ID will be needed as proof of your residential address for your India Work/Employment Visa Application. This is to establish which consular jurisdiction you reside in.

If necessary, the Embassy of India & Indian Consulates will also accept a clear color copy of either a major utility bill (electric/gas/water/sewage) or a current valid lease containing both landlord and tenant signatures.

Important Note: The address on the whichever proof of residence you provide cannot be a P.O. Box and must match exactly what you input as "present address" on the India visa application form. In addition, the "Present Address" will be used as the return shipping address by the Embassy of India or Indian Consulate.

 

Business Letter


A business letter of responsibility is required with all India Work/Employment Visa submissions.

The letter should:

  • be typewritten on company letterhead and addressed to:
    Consulate General of India, Visa Section;
  • be signed by an officer of the company other than the applicant;
  • indicate who will be financially responsible for the applicant;
  • explain the exact nature of business to be performed;
  • provide name, address, email & phone number of reference to be visited in India;
  • state the type (business) and validity (10 year) of visa applied for. This must match the requested validity on the invitation letter & India business visa application form.

Important Note: A clear color scan of the business letter is acceptable, however, it is recommended to send the original signed business letter as the Consulate General of India reserves the right to ask for the original at any time.

 

Other Work/Employment Visa Requirements


Incorporation Certificate: A copy of the Certificate of Incorporation from the host company in India.

Appointment Letter: A letter provided by the applicants employer certifying that the applicant has been offered a position with the company and outlining the nature and duration of the position and salary. The salary must be a minimum of $25,000 (USD) per year.

Employment Contract: An official letter from the organization or company confirming your employment offer and signed by an appropriate officer of the company. The letter must include:

  • applicant position or title within the company or organization;
  • salary information;
  • date of employment offer;
  • applicants passport information.

Resume: A copy of the applicant's current resume.

Organization Registration: Proof that the organization is registered in India, provided by the Indian employer.

Tax Liability Letter: A tax liability letter from the company in India which must certify that the Indian company accepts the responsibility for paying taxes on behalf of the applicant.
The  tax liability letter must certify the following details:

  • foreign workers being hired will not exceed 1% of total workforce;
  • within 1%, foreign workers nationals should not exceed more than 20 employees.

Justification Letter: A letter provided by the employer certifying that the applicant is a skilled and qualified professional, technical expert, senior executive or in a managerial position. This letter should also justify as to how these skills are not available in India.

 

Applicants for NGO or Charitable Organization


Applicants applying for NGO (Non Governmental Organization) or Charitable Organization Visa must provide a business letter of responsibility, an invitation (Sponsor) letter from the sponsoring organization and a copy of the host organizations certificate of registration.

The Business Letter should:

  • be typewritten on company letterhead and addressed to:
    Consulate General of India, Visa Section;
  • be signed by an officer of the company other than the applicant;
  • indicate who will be financially responsible for the applicant;
  • explain the exact nature of business to be performed;
  • provide name, address, email & phone number of reference to be visited in India;
  • state the type (business) and validity (10 year) of visa applied for. This must match the requested validity on the invitation letter & India business visa application form.

The Invitation Letter (Sponsor Letter) is for those intending to volunteer, work with charities or non-profit organizations.

The Invitation Letter should:

  • state the nature of the applicant's business;
  • provide the proposed duration of stay in India;
  • request desired visa validity (which must match validity requested on the visa application & business letter;
  • state the places and organizations to be visited in India;
  • guarantee sufficient financial support for the duration of the visit;
  • copy of host organizations certificate of registration

Processing Times

Processing Times for US Citizens and Legal Residents in the United States, average current processing times are 6-10 business days. Rush Service is currently unavailable. Please note that Applications for Indian Work Visas can be delayed in the approval process and processing time could possibly be two weeks and some cases may take longer.

Applicants without permanent residence status or have had it for less than two years normally have their applications referred back to India and can experience extended visa processing times (3 weeks or more).

 

More Important Instructions & Helpful Information

Effective August 2017: The new return shipping policy of the Indian Consulate General requires all passports to be returned directly by the Indian government to the applicant. Visa Expediting Services, including UVC, are unfortunately no longer able to pick up and return ship your passport on your behalf.
Once your visa has been issued and shipped, you will receive a confirmation email from "noreply.usa@ckgs.com " The Embassy of India & Indian Consulates will only return your documents to the address on your ID copy and "Present Address" on your visa application form (these must match exactly).


Employment Visas are granted to those who are an employee of an Indian company. The Embassy/Consulate may grant Employment visa valid for a year irrespective of the duration of the contract. Further extension up to 5 years could be obtained from MHA/FRRO in the concerned state in India. The validity of the Indian Work/Employment Visa starts on the day of issuance.


Naturalized U.S. Citizens are required to submit the following documents with their Indian Work/Employment Visa Application:

  • a clear color copy of the applicants naturalization certificate;
  • a clear color copy of the applicants birth certificate.

U.S. Nationals born outside the United States require an additional approval process by the Consulate which may add 20 days or more to the processing time.

Spouses and/or dependent family members cannot apply for a tourist visa but must apply for Indian Entry Visa if accompanying an Employment Visa applicant.


Applicants of Indian Origin are required to surrender their Indian citizenship. Those who have already renounced Indian citizenship must provide a copy of both their renunciation certificate & naturalization certificate. Persons of Indian origin who have not renounced Indian citizenship or cannot provide evidence of renunciation must apply for renunciation and/or Visa directly through CKGS.
UVC cannot assist with the Indian citizenship renunciation process.
All applicants of Indian Origin traveling to India for tourism on U.S. passports are required by the Indian Government to apply for a 10 year validity multiple entry India tourist visa only.


Applicants of Pakistani Origin or that have held a Pakistani passport must make a personal appearance to apply for an Indian visa at the Indian Embassy / Consulate. UVC is unable to assist in the visa process for any applicants that are Pakistan nationals or of Pakistani origin.


Applicants of Sri Lankan Origin nationals and nationals of Sri Lanka must complete and sign two copies of the Additional Information Form for Sri Lankan Nationals.


Applicants of Bangladeshi Origin and nationals of Bangladesh must complete and sign two copies of the Additional Information Form for Bangladeshi Nationals.

 

STEP 2: INDIA WORK/EMPLOYMENT VISA


Carefully Complete the Following Required Forms

India Work/Employment Visa Application Form


Fill out completely, then print & sign two copies of the Indian Governments
Online India Work/Employment Visa Application Form.

The application should be printed on two separate sheets of paper and not double sided on a single sheet. This should be send to UVC along with all supporting documents.

It is highly recommended to use our easy to follow India Work/Employment Visa Application Help Guide with step by step instructions. Print and refer to it as you fill in the Online Application.

 

India Extra Particulars Form


Fill out completely, then print & sign two copies of the
India Extra Particulars Form.

 

STEP 3: INDIA WORK/EMPLOYMENT VISA


Select Your Preferred Shipping Method 

Shipping Fees

Shipping Fees for Your
Indian Work/Employment Visa


FedEx Return Shipping FedEx Logo
Continental USA Only Price
Overnight - Next Business Day $38.00
2 Day - 2nd Business Day $28.00
Saturday Delivery $48.00
Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, USVI Price
Next Day / 2 Day (No Saturday Delivery) $48.00
International Price
Call UVC for Prices (Varies by Location) Varies

Once your order has been completed, your passport with visa will be returned to you with the shipping option you choose. It is highly recommended all documents be shipped using FedEx.

If you are sending a pre-paid return label or will be using a FedEx or UPS account, you can supply that information when placing your order.


 

Where to Ship

Where to Send Your Application for an
Indian Work/Employment Visa


Residents of the following U.S. states must apply for a visa in Atlanta :

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virgin Islands

Attn: US Visa Connection - Atlanta

510 Earls Court Drive
Katy, TX 77450
877-847-2362
(Click Here for Ship Label)


Residents of the following U.S. states must apply for a visa in Chicago :

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin

Attn: US Visa Connection - Chicago
1 East Erie Suite 525
Chicago, IL 60611
877-847-2362
(Click Here for Ship Label)


Residents of the following U.S. states must apply for a visa in Houston :

Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas

Attn: US Visa Connection - Houston
510 Earls Court Drive
Katy, TX 77450
877-847-2362
(Click Here for Ship Label)


Residents of the following U.S. states must apply for a visa in New York :

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

Attn: US Visa Connection - New York
450 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10165
877-847-2362
(Click Here for Ship Label)


Residents of the following U.S. states must apply for a visa in San Francisco :

Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Guam

Attn: US Visa Connection - San Francisco
870 Market St, Suite 888
San Francisco, CA 94102
877-847-2362
(Click Here for Ship Label)


Residents of the following U.S. states must apply for a visa in Washington, DC :

Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Bermuda

Attn: US Visa Connection - Washington DC
2228 Decatur Place NW
Washington, DC 20008
877-847-2362
(Click Here for Ship Label)

STEP 4: INDIA WORK/EMPLOYMENT VISA


Place Your order

Place Your Order

Order Your
Indian Work/Employment Visa


Complete the US Visa Connection US Visa Connection Order Form.

The Order Form provides us with your contact, payment, and return shipping information as well
as the level of service needed to meet your intended travel date.


Have Questions? Need Assistance?

Call the Doc!  877-VISADOC (847-2362) 

 

How soon do you need your
Work/Employment Visa to India?

$99.00

Regular
8-10 Business Days

$125.00

Rush
5-7 Business Days

Regular Processing
8-10 Business Days

UVC Fee: $99.00


Below are the Consular Fees charged by the Indian government for issuing a Work/Employment visa.
The fees are per person per visa.

Type Entry Fee Max stay Validity Processing Time
Regular Single/Multiple $202.90 180 Days Up to 10 Years 8-10 Business Days

A postal money order is required by the Embassy/Consulates of India.
The Consular Fees above include an additional $5.00 for UVC to obtain the money order.

Important Note: The processing times above are the normal average processing times of the Indian Embassy/Consulates.
Visa processing times are subject to change at the discretion of the Indian Government.

Rush Processing
5-7 Business Days

UVC Fee: $125.00


Below are the Consular Fees charged by the Indian government for issuing a Work/Employment visa.
The fees are per person per visa.

Type Entry Fee Max stay Validity Processing Time
Rush Single/Multiple $202.90 180 Days Up to 10 Years 5-7 Business Days

A postal money order is required by the Embassy/Consulates of India.
The Consular Fees above include an additional $5.00 for UVC to obtain the money order.

Important Note: The processing times above are the normal average processing times of the Indian Embassy/Consulates.
Visa processing times are subject to change at the discretion of the Indian Government.

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