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 the validity of the visa is effective from the date of issue. 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
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Urgent Business Visa Under 'Fast Track System'
Urgent Business visas are issued to business travellers to travel to India on a short notice. These are strictly given to those who are doing business in India such as making sales or establishing contacts on behalf of a company outside of India or going for urgent business meetings, subject to eligibility.
Applicants other than Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan Passport Holders are required to apply on their British Passport.
Applicants from above countries are requested to apply on the passport of the country of origin if they are holding/ residing in UK on that Passport.
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.
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.