The below provides a high level summary of immigration requirements for India. Whether a traveler may enter as a business visitor or requires a work permit depends on the traveler's nationality, duration of stay and activities in the country.

Allowable Activities

  • Participate in business meetings to assess business opportunities, negotiate deals, or evaluate ongoing operations or existent contracts
  • Site visits, information gathering and exploratory visits to assess market opportunities
  • Attend a conference, seminar or workshop as an unpaid participant

Basic Requirements

The requirements for a business visitor visa include:

  • Must be a person who is employed abroad but who intends to visit India for short periods in order to undertake certain business related activities
  • Must have proof of adequate financial support while on the business visit
  • Must receive a salary from abroad; however, incidental expenses such as hotel room, cost of travel, and meals may be paid by the host company

Maximum Period Stay

Business visas are usually valid for entry for six or 12 months. US nationals may be issued business visas with a validity of 10 years. The maximum permissible duration of stay in India for a business visitor depends upon the endorsement on the visa but is usually either 90 or 180 days per entry.  The duration granted is at the discretion of the admitting officer.

Work Permit Types

The two main work authorization types in India are the Employment (E) Visa and the OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) Card .

Maximum Period Stay

The maximum period of stay for the Employment (E) Visa is one year initially. Extensions for up to a total stay of 10 years are possible. OCI Cards are generally valid indefinitely.