Menu
Business Visa

Who can apply?

Business Visas are normally issued to those applicants who intend to go to India for genuine business purposes. A letter each from the local employer and the sponsoring company in India stating the purpose of visit; places & organizations to be visited; and duration of visit is required to be submitted along with the Visa application. The invitation letter should contain the full name, address, and telephone, mobile no, and e-mail of the authorised signatory. Copy of HKSAR/Macau Business registration is also required.


Required Documents

Business Visa is granted to the persons who wish to visit India to establish an industrial/business venture or to explore possibilities to set up industrial/business venture in India; Persons coming to India to purchase/sell industrial products or commercial products or consumer durables; Persons coming to India for technical meetings/discussions, attending Board meetings, general meetings for providing business services support; Persons coming to India for recruitment of manpower; Persons who are partners in the Business and/or functioning as Directors of the company; Persons coming to India for consultations regarding exhibitions or for participation in exhibitions, trade fairs, business fairs, etc; Persons 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; 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 or to provide technical guidance; Persons coming to India for pre-sales or post-sales activity not amounting to actual execution of any contract or project;  Persons Trainees of multinational companies/corporate houses coming for in-house training in the regional hubs of the concerned company located in India; Persons coming as tour conductors and travel agents and /or conducting business tours of foreigners or business relating to it. Following documents are to be submitted along with visa application form:

  1. One printed copy of the online visa application form duly signed on both pages
  2. One recent photograph as per photo specifications
  3. Original passport with at least two blank pages and minimum 6 months validity
  4. Copy of profile page of passport. If applicant is holding dual/multiple nationality, copy of profile page of all passports
  5. Copy of Hong Kong/Macau ID for residents and copy of valid HK/Macau visa for non residents
  6. Recommendation letter from the company in Hong Kong/Macau clearly mentioning the profile of the company and applicant including passport number. It should mention exact purpose of visit(s) and dates/durations of the same
  7. Business card/Name card of the applicant
  8. Invitation letter from Indian company stating purpose  and duration of visit(s)
  9. Copy of the Hong Kong/Macau Business Registration certificate
  10. Copy of Certificate of Incorporation of Indian Company and/or PAN Card of Indian Company/ID Proof of signing authority of Indian invitation letter
  11. Self undertaking as per Form-II regarding use of satellite phone
  12. General self undertaking as per Form-III

Business Visa for dependents of person holding Business Visa
Dependents of business visa applicants can apply for business visa (Dependent). Documents required are as mentioned for Business Visa and proof of relationship and dependency

Business Visa for Sports

Business Visa for sports is issued to members of the sports teams visiting India to participate in the International sports competitions organized in India. Following documents are to be submitted along with visa application form:

  1. One printed copy of the online visa application form duly signed on both pages.
  2. One recent photograph as per photo specifications
  3. Original passport with at least two blank pages and minimum 6 months validity
  4. Copy of profile page of passport. If applicant is holding dual/multiple nationality, copy of profile page of all passports
  5. Copy of Hong Kong/Macau ID for residents and copy of valid HK/Macau visa for non residents
  6. Invitation from concerned sports association/authority in India
  7. Recommendation letter from concerned sports association in Hong Kong/Macau
  8. Permission letter from Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports of Government of India (GoI) to organizers of the sports event
  9. Political Clearance from Ministry of External Affairs of GoI
  10. Clearance from Ministry of Home Affairs of GoI (wherever applicable)
  11. Self undertaking as per Form-II regarding use of satellite phone
  12. General self undertaking as per Form-III

 

Processing Time

Processing time : For Non HK Passport holders Min 7-10 working days . For HK Passport holder 5-6 working days

 

Visa fee schedule

NOTE: At Indian Visa, Passport and Consular Services Hong Kong, We DO NOT ACCEPT 1000 (One Thousand) HKD NOTE.

Business Visa fee schedule

Business Visa fee schedule (Visas are normally issued for duration of 6 months/1 year with multiple entries, if requested in the business letters).

  1. BLS service charges: HKD 47
VISA FEE SCHEDULE FOR ALL NATIONALITIES OTHER THAN AS SPECIFIED BELOW IN S.NO.  14 to 28
SN Type Duration Entries Visa Fee in HKD (including ICWF HKD24/-)
1 Business upto 1 Y S/M 950
1Y to 5Y M 1953
2 Missionary upto 6 M S/M 642
6M to 1 Y M 950
1Y to 5Y M 1567
3 Mountaineering upto 6 M S/M 642
6M to 1 Y M 950
4 Film upto 1 Y S/M 850
5 For Afghanistan, Argentina (restricted to tourist, business and transit visa only) , Bangladesh, DPR Korea, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, South Africa and Uruguay (restricted to tourist visa only)  nationals:
  All types of visa (except restiction as mentioned above) 24
6 For Pakistani nationals:
  All types of visa 35
7 For Singapore nationals:
  For all other types of visas, general visa fee will be applicable
8 For Japanese nationals:
  All other types of visa for Japanese nationals 86
9 For UK nationals:
  Business visa- up to one year (single/multiple) 1891
  Business visa- up to five years (multiple) 5624
  Business visa issued same day (excluding visa fee) 1683
  Emergency visa charges 687
10 For Nigerian nationals:
  All types of visa 1953
11 For US nationals:
  Compulsory additional visa application fee for all types of visa (except Tourist and Business visas) 155
  Business visa fee  up to 10 years (S/M entry) 1259
12 For Ukrainian nationals:
  Business visa- up to one year (S/D/M entry) 1027
  Business visa- up to five years (S/D/M entry) 1953
  All other visas (entry, conference, journalist etc.)
  Up to 6 months 680
  Up to 1 year 1027
  less than 5 years 1567
  Emergency visa fee 656
13 For Russian nationals: All types of visa
  Single Entry 333
  Double Entry 719
  Multiple Entry 950
14 For Sri Lanka Nationals
Business Visa 30 days (Multiple entry) 217
90 days (Single entry) 233
90 days (Multiple entry) 333
6 months (M entry) 642
1 year (Multiple entry) 642
5 years (Multiple entry) 650
15 For Mozambique Nationals
  Business Visa/ Employment Visa 24
All other types visas (Except Transit and Student) up to 6 months 1721
up to 6 months ( in Emergency) 2338
up to one year 2338
up to one year (in Emergency) 2338
Up to 5 year 2338
up to 5 year (in Emergency) 2338
16 Seychelles (all types except Employment/ Work Visa) 24
17 Myanmar nationals (all types of visa) 0
18 Business visa fee for nationals of following countries  
Country Name up to 1yr up to 5yrs  
Australia 1683 2300  
Czech Republic 1494 2107  
Ecuador 1876 2493  
France 1297 1953  
Iran 2146 2763  
Ireland 1567 2184  
New Zealand 1027 1953  
Philippines 1721 2338  
Poland 1143 1953  
Saudi Arabia 1983 2300  
Thailand 1567 2184  
UAE 3225 3843  
USA 1104 1953  

 


Applicants who are not residents or who have not completed two years of residence in HK or Macau are required to fill in the Personal Particulars Form in addition to the Visa Application Form

Remarks

Applicants who are not residents or who have not completed two years of residence in HK or Macau are required to fill in the Personal Particulars Form in addition to the Visa Application Form

Business Visa FAQs

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
Q.1. What is a Business Visa?
Q.2. Who are eligible for a Business Visa?
Q.3. What is the duration of a Business Visa?
Q.4. What documents are required to be submitted alongwith application for a Business Visa?
Q.5. Can foreign nationals coming to execute projects in India be granted Business Visas?
Q.6. 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?
Q.7. Which category of Visa will be granted to family members of foreign nationals coming to India on Business Visas?

Ans.1 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.

Ans.2

  • (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.3 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.4

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


Ans.6 No


Ans.7 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.


TOP