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

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 visitor visas are usually valid for six or 12 months, but may be valid for up to 10 years. The maximum permissible duration of stay in India for a business visitor is usually 180 days per entry.  

Work Permit Types

The two main work permit types in India are the Employment (E) Visa and the OCI Card .

Maximum Period Stay

The maximum period of stay for the Employment (E) Visa can range from one to 10 years. OCI Cards are generally valid indefinitely.