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:
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:
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:
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.
Biometric enrolment is mandatory for issue of visas with duration of 5 years or above.
The fee in the table is inclusive of the £3 Consular Surcharge.
Please note the length of visa & number of entries to be granted, is at the sole discretion of the competent authorities issuing the visa.
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”
Please Note: All visa fee once tendered are non–refundable
Biometric enrolment is mandatory for issue of 5 years Business visa.
*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:
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
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..).
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
Documents required for Urgent Business Visa
In addition to the above documents, below listed documents are required.
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.
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.
Do’s and Don’ts for a Proper photograph
Lighting on face and background
Photograph Print Properties
Resolution and Printing Quality/Contrast and Colour
Head & Eyes- Position and 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.
Exposure and Lighting
Flexibility in Children’s photographs
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:
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"
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
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.
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