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Employment Visa

Overview

Important Notice for all applicants applying for Employment Visa for India: High Commission of India and its respective Consulates in Birmingham and Edinburgh have introduced mandatory biometrics enrolment programme for specific visa categories with effect from 19 August 2016.

All applicants applying for Employment visa are mandatorily required to give Biometrics at the time of the applications at the designated application centres. Please click here for more details.

An Employment Visa is granted to those who are an employee of an Indian company / or those who intend to do honorary work (without salary) with Registered NGOs in India. The Embassy/Consulate may grant Employment visa valid for a limited validity 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.

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.

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.

  • Non-UK Nationals and Extension of Employment Visa

    • A Non- UK national who has been a resident of the UK for less than Two years should apply from the Country of Origin.
    • Extension of Employment Visa can only be done by the FRRO in India in the city where employed. High Commission of India and its consulates in the UK will not accept any applications for renewal of the Employment Visa

    Kindly look into the following Important Notices and Documents required section before submitting your visa application:

  • Renunciation/Surrender of Indian Passports

    Under the Indian law, people of Indian origin, who have acquired foreign nationality, are required to surrender their Indian passport (nationality) to the High Commission of India in London or at the respective Indian consulates at Birmingham and Edinburgh before submitting their visa applications.

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  • Import of Satellite Phones into India

    Due to the pertaining security reasons, the use and/or import of satellite phones being carried during your travel may be detained by the department of Telecommunication. Please follow through the rules and regulations before your travel.

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  • Medical Travel Advisory

    In view of the spreading of the Swine Influenza A (H1N1), all passengers are required to complete the Health Screening cards, either on arrival or before travelling to India.

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Visa Fees

Service Charge* - All the applicants are requested to include the service fee of £7.44 per application while organising their payments.

Mode of payment could be Online (if made an application online) Cash, Debit Card (we do not accept credit cards), Postal Order or Bank Draft payable to "VF Services UK Ltd".

UK Nationals
S.NO Country Up to 6 months (£) Up to one year (£) Above one year (£) VFS Service Charges
1 UK 314 341 406 7.44
Employment Visa Fees (Passports other than Russian, Sri Lankan, Japanese, Pakistani, Gratis Countries and Nationals Of Countries listed below)
Type of Visa Validity Fees GBP (£) VFS Service Charge (£) Total
Employment Up to six months 85 7.44 92.44
One year 139 7.44 146.44
Above one year 206 7.44 213.44

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.

Employment Visa Fees Chart
S. No. Country Up to 6 Months (£) Up to One Year) Above one year (£) VFS Service Charge(£)
1. USA 98 152 206 7.44
2. Canada 126 139 206 7.44
3. Ireland 126 139 206 7.44
4. France 126 139 206 7.44
5. Italy 85 139 206 7.44
6. Denmark 126 139 206 7.44
7. Portugal 85 139 206 7.44
8. Austria 85 139 206 7.44
9. Norway 85 139 206 7.44
10. Australia 138 152 206 7.44
11. New Zealand 126 139 206 7.44
12. Thailand 126 139 206 7.44
13. UAE 258 284 338 7.44
14. Turkey 85 139 206 7.44
15. Israel 640 704 758 7.44
16. Iran 172 189 243 7.44
17. Mozambique 3 3 3 7.44

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 Republic of Korea 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.

Fee Chart (Ukrainian Nationals)
Passport Validity Fees GBP (£) VFS Service Charge (£) Total(£)
Ukraine Up to six months 85 7.44 91.44
Up to one Year 139 7.44 146.44
Above one Year 206 7.44 213.44

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 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.

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 All Categories - Single Entry
All Categories - Double Entry
All Categories - Multiple Entry
110
110
110
10
10
10
7.44
7.44
7.44
127.44
127.44
127.44
Japanese Nationals All categories 9 0 7.44 16.44
Pakistani Nationals All Visa Categories 5   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 Multiple Entry 85 7.44 92.44

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

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

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

Documents Required

All applicants applying for Employment visa are mandatorily required to give Biometrics at the time of the application at the designated application centres. Please click here for more details.

  • 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
  • Duly filled and signed application form* and declaration. (Printed and duly signed)

    *All applicants are requested to make an appointment before visiting our centers to submit their visa applications. Applicants holding dual nationality, while filling up the online application form, should select the current nationality as the nationality of origin. Same nationality details need to be filled in the section B & British or the second nationality passport details to be filled in the field ‘Any other Passport/Identity Certificate held’, in the same section.

    In case you are unable to make an appointment kindly ensure:

    • you have allowed one working day before the making an appointment.
    • UK passport holder need to ensure that they have filled in the nationality correctly – as United Kingdom. Appointment system does not recognize the below nationalities

      1. UK British Dependant Territories Citizen
      2. UK British National (Overseas)
      3. UK British Overseas Citizen
      4. UK British Protected Person
      5. UK British Subject

    In case if the nationality has been chosen as any of the above, kindly fill up a new application form and make an appointment using the new application form reference number(GBR..).

  • Duly filled additional form.
  • Duly filled Employment Visa Undertaking.
  • Copy of an employment contract signed by both parties. The contract should have a specific clause for payment of income tax in India.
  • Copy of the Registration papers of Company/Companies in India offering the Employment.
    • Copy of educational qualification documents
  • For foreigners intending to visit for honorary work (Without Salary) with Registered NGOs in India to apply for ‘Employment Visa’ are required to submit the following documents:
    • Proof of his/her Employment letter/ Invitation Letter for Voluntary Work from Registered NGO.
    • Name and Place of work in India and
    • Duration of the Voluntary Work.
  • For Employment in Journalism and the Media Sector:
    • Duly filled undertaking form from the Employer in India
  • For Company employing foreign workers in the IT software and IT enabled services sector :
    • Declaration from the Sponsor in its Letter Head duly signed that their Company is/are IT/ITeS Company.
    • Declaration/Confirmation from the Sponsor in its letter Head that the Company is/are Export Oriented Unit (EOU) or a Software Technology Park of India (STPI) unit. Registration Number is required.
    • High Commission of India and its respective Consulates in Birmingham and Edinburgh have introduced mandatory biometrics enrolment programme for specific visa categories with effect from 19 August 2016 Applicants whose applications fall under this requirement are requested to apply in person to submit their biometric details with prior appointments – Please click here for more details.
  • For foreign engineers/technicians coming to India for installation and commissioning of equipment/machines/tools in terms of the contract for supply of such equipment/machines/tools should be mentioned.
  • For foreign nationals deputed for providing technical support/services, transfer of know-how/services for which the Indian company pays fees/royalty to the foreign company should be mentioned.
  • Within the Employment Visa regime, a separate visa regime for foreign nationals coming to India for execution of projects in power and steel sectors, to be labelled as Project (‘P’) visa has been introduced. The Project Visa will cover only the POWER AND STEEL SECTORS initially. All the applicant applying under this category are required to fill the ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FORM, apart from the regular application forms. Please CLICK HERE for the detailed information on the same.

    As per the revised guidelines, a foreign national being sponsored for Employment Visa in any sector should draw a salary in excess of US$ 25,000/- per annum. However this condition is not applicable to:

    • Ethnic Cooks
    • Language teachers (other than English language teachers)
    • Translators and staff working for the concerned Embassy/High Commission in India
    • Voluntary workers going to India for honorary work.

(Details of the above information can also be accessed in the website of Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi- www.mha.nic.in)

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

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.

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.

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 additional documents if required.

Photo Specifications

It is imperative that the photograph submitted at the time of application must fall within the specifications and sizes given below.

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:

  • 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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Online Application Form

All the applicants are required to fill the online application form and submit the same at the preferred India visa application centre. Please click here to fill your application form online.

  Sample Application Form

Additional Form

  Additional form to be filled by Chinese passport holders
  Additional form to be filled by Sri Lankan passport holders
  Additional form to be filled by people of Pakistani origin or Pakistani passport holders