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Business Visa

Overview

A Business Visa is given those who are doing business in India such as making sales or establishing contacts on behalf of a company outside of India. Business visas may be valid for three months to one year or more with single or multiple entries. However, the period of stay in India (for each visit) under this category is limited to six months only.

Please note that the validity of the visa begins from the date of issue by the High Commission of India and not from the date of travel on your application form.

Those who are applying to work for an Indian company should apply for an Employment Visa.

Please note that the duration of the visa is at the sole discretion of the Issuing Authority. All visa fees once paid are non-refundable irrespective of the outcome of the visa application and duration granted.

Kindly ensure all the fields of the visa application form are completely filled before submitting including your UK and India referees. Please note if you going for tourism purposes and do not have Indian referees kindly attach a self undertaking that you will book your accommodation/ hotels on arrival in India.

It is important that each Letter from the company in India as well as the one in the UK must be addressed correctly – otherwise the application cannot be accepted.

If applying to the High Commission of India (London), both your Letters should clearly state the applicants Name and passport details and should be addressed only to:

To,

The High Commission of India,

India House, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4NA

If applying to the Consulate General of India (Birmingham), both your letters should clearly state the applicants Name and passport details and should be addressed only to:

To,

The Consulate General of India

20 Augusta Street, Jewellery Quarter

Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6JL

If applying to the Consulate General of India (Edinburgh), both your letters should clearly state the applicants Name and passport details and should be addressed only to:

To,

The Consulate General of India

17, Rutland Square

Edinburgh, EH1 2BB

Indian Missions/Posts will be granting Business Visa with 10 years validity and Multiple Entry facility to the Citizens of United States of America (USA), Canada, Japan, United Kingdom (U.K) and South Africa with stipulation that ‘Continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days and registration not required’.  However, in the case of USA, Canadian, Japanese, United Kingdom (UK) and South African nationals of Pakistan origin, Business Visa will be granted after prior clearance from competent authorities.

Visa Fees

Biometric enrolment is mandatory for issue of 5 years Business visa.

Service Charge and Visa Fee

The New Service fee for all regular visa applications will be £7.44 (inclusive of applicable VAT). All the applicants are requested to include the new service fee while organising their payments.

Mode of payment could be Online (if made an application online) Cash, Debit or Credit Card (except American Express Card), Postal Order or Bank Draft payable to "VF Services UK Ltd".

The fee in the table is inclusive of the £3 Consular Surcharge.

Visa Fees Chart (For British Passport Holders)
Type of Visa Validity Fees GBP (£) VFS Service Charge (£) Total (£)
Business Up to One Year (Single / Multiple entry) 167.00 7.44 174.44
Visa Duration Beyond One Year and Up to Five Years(Multiple entries) 493.00 7.44 500.44

The Business Visa fee for UK National for more than 1 year and up to 5 years is £497 Applicants are required to include the VFS service fee of £7.44 to the Visa fee.

The fee in the table is inclusive of the £3 Consular Surcharge.

Visa fees Chart (For Mozambican Passport Holders)
Type of Visa Validity Fees GBP (£) VFS Service Charge (£) Total (£)
Business Up to six months 3 7.44 10.44
Up to 1 Years (maximum stay of 180 days per visit) 3 7.44 10.44

The fee in the table is inclusive of the £3 Consular Surcharge.

Business Visa Fees
S. No. Country Name Visa Fees GBP (£) Up to
One Year
Visa Fees GBP (£) More
than One Year
Visa Fee Service Charge Total Visa Fee Service Charge Total
1. USA 98.00 7.44 105.44 173.00 7.44 180.44
2. Ecuador 165.00 7.44 172.44 219.00 7.44 226.44
3. New Zealand 91.00 7.44 98.44 173.00 7.44 180.44
4. Ukraine 91.00 7.44 98.44 173.00 7.44 180.44
5. France 116.00 7.44 123.44 173.00 7.44 180.44
6. Australia 149.00 7.44 156.44 203.00 7.44 210.44
7. Czech Republic 132.00 7.44 139.44 186.00 7.44 193.44
8. Iran 18900 7.44 196.44 243.00 7.44 250.44
9. Ireland 139.00 7.44 146.44 193.00 7.44 200.44
10. Philippines 152.00 7.44 159.44 206.00 7.44 213.44
11. Poland 101.00 7.44 108.44 173.00 7.44 180.44
12. Saudi Arabia 149.00 7.44 156.44 203.00 7.44 210.44
13. Thailand 139.00 7.44 146.44 193.00 7.44 200.44

14.

UAE

284.00

7.44

291.44

338.00

7.44

345.44

The fee in the table is inclusive of the £3 Consular Surcharge.
Applicants holding gratis Countries Passports please refer to the table below for applicable Visa fees.

Visa Fees Chart (Gratis countries Passport Holders)
S. No. Country Name Fees GBP (£) VFS Service Charge (£) Total(£)
1. Afghanistan 3 7.44 10.44
2. Argentina 3 7.44 10.44
3. Angola 3 7.44 10.44
4. Bangladesh 3 7.44 10.44
5. Benin 3 7.44 10.44
6. Bhutan 3 7.44 10.44
7. Burkina Faso 3 7.44 10.44
8. Burundi 3 7.44 10.44
9. Cambodia 3 7.44 10.44
10. Central African Republic 3 7.44 10.44
11. Chad 3 7.44 10.44
12. Comoros 3 7.44 10.44
13. Democratic People's 3 7.44 10.44
14. Dem. Rep. Of The Congo 3 7.44 10.44
15. Djibouti 3 7.44 10.44
16. Equatorial Guinea 3 7.44 10.44
17. Eritrea 3 7.44 10.44
18. Ethiopia 3 7.44 10.44
19. Gambia 3 7.44 10.44
20. Guinea 3 7.44 10.44
21. Guinea-Bissau 3 7.44 10.44
22. Haiti 3 7.44 10.44
23. Jamaica 3 7.44 10.44
24. Kiribati 3 7.44 10.44
25. Leo People’s Dem Republic 3 7.44 10.44
26. Lesotho 3 7.44 10.44
27. Liberia 3 7.44 10.44
28. Maldives 3 7.44 10.44
29. Mauritius 3 7.44 10.44
30. Madagascar 3 7.44 10.44
31. Malawi 3 7.44 10.44
32. Mali 3 7.44 10.44
33. Mauritania 3 7.44 10.44
34. Mayanmar 3 7.44 10.44
35. Mongolia 3 7.44 10.44
36. Mozambique 3 7.44 10.44
37. Nepal 3 7.44 10.44
38. Niger 3 7.44 10.44
39. Rwanda 3 7.44 10.44
40. Republic of Korea 3 7.44 10.44
41. Sao Tome and Principe 3 7.44 10.44
42. Senegal 3 7.44 10.44
43. Sierra Leone 3 7.44 10.44
44. South Africa 3 7.44 10.44
45. Solomon Islands 3 7.44 10.44
46. Somalia 3 7.44 10.44
47. South Sudan 3 7.44 10.44
48. Sudan 3 7.44 10.44
49. Timor-Leste 3 7.44 10.44
50. Togo 3 7.44 10.44
51. Tuvalu 3 7.44 10.44
52. Uganda 3 7.44 10.44
53. United Rep Of Tanzania 3 7.44 10.44
54. Uruguay 3 7.44 10.44
55. Vanuatu 3 7.44 10.44
56. Yemen 3 7.44 10.44
57. Zambia 3 7.44 10.44

The fee in the table is inclusive of the £3 Consular Surcharge.
Applicants holding Sri Lankan, Japanese and Pakistani Passports please refer to the table below for applicable visa fees.

Visa Fees Chart (Sri Lankan, Japanese and Pakistani)
Passport Validity Fees GBP (£) Additional Charges (£) VFS Service Charge (£) Total(£)
Sri Lankan Multiple Entry – 31Days
Multiple Entry – 91Days
Single Entry – 91Days
21:00
31
22
10
10
10
7.44
7.44
7.44
38.44
47.44
39.44
Japanese Nationals Transit Visa
All other categories
5.00
9.00
0
0
7.44
7.44
12.44
16.44
Pakistani Nationals All Visa Categories 5.00   7.44 12.44

The fee in the table is inclusive of the £3 Consular Surcharge.

Fee Chart (Russian Nationals)
Passport Validity(All Visa Categories) Fees GBP (£) VFS Service Charge (£) Total(£)
Russian Single Entry 31.00 7.44 38.44
Double Entry 65.00 7.44 72.44
Multiple Entry 85.00 7.44 92.44

The fee in the table is inclusive of the £3 Consular Surcharge.

Fee Chart (Ukrainian Passport Holders)
Passport Validity* Fees GBP (£) VFS Service Charge (£) Total(£)
    Ukraine 1 Year to 5 Years* 173.00 7.44 180.44
    Ukraine 0days to 1 Year1* 91.00 7.44 98.44

The fee in the table is inclusive of the £3 Consular Surcharge.

Visa Fees Chart (Nigerian Passport Holders)
Passport Validity* Fees GBP (£) VFS Service Charge (£) Total(£)
Nigeria As per instructions to the competent authority 173.00 7.44 180.44

The fee in the table is inclusive of the £3 Consular Surcharge.

*Please note the length of visa and number of entries to be granted, is at the sole discretion of the competent authorities issuing the visa.

Additional Charges (in addition to the Visa Fee)
Type of Charge Type of the Applicant Fees GBP (£)
Additional Charge American nationals 13

Visa Fees Chart for all other passports (Passports other than Russian, Sri Lankan, Japanese, Pakistani, Gratis Countries and Nations of Countries listed above)

Type of Visa Validity Fees GBP (£) VFS Service Charge (£) Total(£)
Business Up to one year (maximum stay of 180 days per visit) 85 7.44 92.44
Over 1 Year up to  5 years (maximum stay of 180 days per visit) 173.00 7.44 180.44

The fee in the table is inclusive of the £3 Consular Surcharge.

*A Surcharge of 1.98% - 2.05% will be applicable on all credit card payments, depends on the type of credit card used.

Please Note: All visa fee once tendered are non–refundable

Documents Required

Biometric enrolment is mandatory for issue of 5 years Business visa.

  • Passport valid for a minimum of 180 days with at least two blank pages.
  • Correct visa fee.
  • Two recent 50 mm * 50 mm size photographs. Please check the Photo Specification
  • Filled application form and declaration (all the columns of the form are mandatory and must be filled).(Printed and duly signed)
  • One original signed letter from the company in UK & one Letter of invitation from an Indian Company Both the letters need to contain the below information:

    • Addressed to High Commission of India or Consulate General of India, Birmingham, or Consulate General of India, Edinburgh.
    • Letters need to on the company’s headed paper
    • Letters need to be signed by authorised signatory of the company, proxy signature are not acceptable
    • Purpose of Visit
    • Applicants Name
    • Passport number
    • Start & Expiry date of the passport
    • Duration of stay in India (per trip -if applicable). .

Please click here to know the additional documents required from persons holding a NON -UK Passport or Originating from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or China.

Certain professions may require additional documentation, please click here for details.

Important Note: Applicants are requested to submit/send the photocopies of the supporting documents (not the originals) unless originals are requested.

For Person whose previous nationality was Indian before acquiring foreign nationality

  • Copy of Surrender Certificate and Copy of the Cancelled Indian Passport (Self-Attested) OR
  • lf travelled to India before, please provide your previous Passport with Indian Visa.

Documents required for Urgent Business Visa

In addition to the above documents, below listed documents are required.

  • Letter from the parent sponsoring organisation in UK on company's letter head indicating the nature of the applicant's business, reasons for Urgent Business Visa, probable duration of stay, validity of visa applied for, places and organisation to be visited and a guarantee to meet maintenance expenses.
  • Letter from the sponsoring organization in India on company letterhead indicating the nature of applicant's business, reasons for Urgent Business Visa, probable duration of stay, validity of visa applied for, places and organisation to be visited and a guarantee to meet maintenance expenses.
  • Two years residence proof in UK (i.e. utility bill-water, gas, electricity, council tax or Indefinite stay stamp or Agreement papers if staying as tenant] in the case of applicants applying on their country of Origin Passport

Please Note: 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.

Please Note:That this list is not exhaustive and does not guarantee a visa. The High Commission of India or its Consulates reserve the right to ask for further documentation where necessary.

Photo Specifications

It is imperative that the photograph submitted at the time of application must fall within the specifications and sizes given below. Applicants can obtain the correct specification photograph from the coin operated vending machine available at the visa application centres. Unacceptable photographs, that do not meet the specifications, may not be accepted for submission.

Sample Photograph:

  • The photograph should be in color and of the size of 2 inch x 2 inch (50 mm x 50 mm).
  • The photo-print should be clear and with a continuous-tone quality.
  • It should have full face, front view, eyes open.
  • Photo should present full head from top of hair to bottom of chin.
  • Center head within frame.
  • The background should be a plain light colored background.
  • There should not be any distracting shadows on the face or on the background.
  • Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.
  • The expression on the face should look natural.
Photo Specifications

Do’s and Don’ts for a Proper photograph

  • The photo should capture full face, front view, with eyes open.
  • The head should be in the centre of the frame.
  • There should be no distracting shadows on the face or background.
    Photo Specifications
  • Make sure photo presents full head from top of hair to bottom of chin as shown above.
    Photo Specifications

Lighting on face and background

  • The light should be even and balanced to avoid shadows on the face.
  • Background behind the face should be properly illuminated to avoid shadows in the background.
    Photo Specifications

Photograph Print Properties

  • The photograph should be in size 2 inch x 2 inch (50 mm x 50 mm) and in color.
  • Print photo on thin photo paper.
  • Ensure the print is clear and has a continuous-tone quality.
  • Do not retouch or otherwise enhance or soften the photo.
    Photo Specifications

Resolution and Printing Quality/Contrast and Colour

  • High-resolution photography and printing are strongly recommended.
  • Both conventional and digital photography are acceptable, and conventional or digital printing methods may be used.
  • Resulting print should exhibit a continuous-tone quality regardless of the print method used (dye sublimation, ink jet, laser, etc.)
  • Digitally printed photos should be produced without visible pixels or dot patterns
  • Fine facial features should be discernible.
  • Brightness and contrast should be adjusted to present the subjectand background accurately.
  • Photos without proper contrast or color may obscure unique facial features.
  • Color should reproduce natural skin tones.
  • Fluorescent or other lighting with
  • Unbalanced color may cause unwanted color cast in the photo. Appropriate filters can eliminate improper color balance. Photo Specifications

Head & Eyes- Position and Background

  • Head should face the camera directly and should not tilt or turned (portrait style).
  • Photo must show both edges of the face clearly.
  • The eyes must be open, level and clearly visible and must not be covered by hairs or eyeglass frames. Photo Specifications

Eyeglasses

  • Glare on eyeglasses should be avoided with a slight upward or downward tilt of the head.
  • No tinted or dark glasses. Photo Specifications

Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.

Exposure and Lighting

  • There should not be any over-exposure or underexposure which results in an unusable photo.
  • There should be a three-point balanced lighting. Facial features should be clearly evident in the photo.
  • Lighting should be adjusted to avoid shadows on the face or background. Diffuse sources of light, such as umbrella lights, are preferable to point sources. Photo Specifications

Flexibility in Children’s photographs

  • Babies under one year do not have to have their eyes open.
  • As regards the photograph of the children under ten years of age, requirements can be somewhat relaxed in respect of height of the face and the position of the eyes in the photographs; and in case of babies and infants also, the position of the face, the facial expression, the eyes and the line of sight can have some relaxation. However, a frontal photograph with clarity is required for children.
  • It should show the child alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible) looking at the camera with a neutral expression and the mouth closed. Photo Specifications

Processing Time

Processing times vary from application to application at the sole discretion of the High Commission of India and its Consulates in the UK, and some applications may take longer than others to get processed. Hence, confirm your travel plans only after obtaining the visa

Applications in the following categories may take longer to be processed, when submitted in person at the centre:

  • Non-UK passport holders residing in the UK for less than two years. (Minimum 6-8 working days).
    Where clearance from India is mandatory
  • Nationals or origin of Pakistan (Minimum 7-8 weeks)
  • Nationals of Sri Lanka, China, Bangladesh, Afghanistan & UK Travel documents.  (Minimum 15 working days)
  • Regular Cases may take a minimum of 3 to 5 working days.

In addition, if the High Commission or the Consulate General requires an applicant to attend an interview, the India Visa Application Center will contact the applicant and inform the date and time of the interview accordingly.

Please note VFS is not involved in the process of assessment of visa applications, or their grant or refusal. The assessment of visa applications is carried out by the High Commission of India or its Consulates, and the grant or refusal of India visas is at their sole discretion.

The processing times for visas are estimates only. These are based on information and experience of the Indian High Commission and Consulates.

The processing of your application is subject to the procedures and timescales of the Indian High Commission and Consulates, over which we have no control.

"Please note that the validity of visa starts from the date of issue and not from the date of travel"

Postal Applications

Effective 16 March 2015 no postal applications will be accepted by VF Services UK for any services, applicants are requested to please visit the Visa & Consular Application Centres in person with prior

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