India Eases Visa Restrictions For Select Professionals

The Government of India has decided to relax visa and travel restrictions for foreign businessmen, healthcare professionals, health researchers, engineers, and technical specialists. This is a step towards recognizing the difficulties faced by them and permitting them to come to India. 

Foreign nationals, falling under the below categories, must obtain a fresh Business visa or Employment visa, as applicable, from the Indian Missions/Posts abroad. Those holding a valid long-term multiple entry Business visas [other than B-3 visa for sports] should get the Business visa re-validated from the Indian Mission/Post concerned. Such foreign nationals would not be permitted to travel to India using any electronic visa obtained earlier. 

The specific categories are

  • Foreign businessmen coming to India on a Business visa (other than on B-3 visa for sports) in non-scheduled commercial/ chartered flights.
  • Foreign Healthcare professionals, health researchers, engineers, and technicians for technical work at Indian health sector facilities, including laboratories and factories. This is subject to a letter of invitation from a recognized and registered healthcare facility registered pharmaceutical company or accredited University in India.
  • Foreign Engineering, Managerial, Design, or other Specialists traveling to India on behalf of foreign business entities located in India. This includes all manufacturing units, design units, software, and IT units as well as financial sector companies (banking and non-banking financial sector firms).
  • Foreign Technical specialists and engineers traveling for installation, repair, and maintenance of foreign-origin machinery and equipment facilities in India, on the invitation of a registered Indian business entity. These could be for equipment installation or is under warranty, or for after-sales servicing or repair on commercial terms.

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