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Comply with Indian visa laws and obtain the correct work permits for employees working in India using our expert PEO Services. 

Expanding into India, while an exciting step for your business, comes with a host of administrative and logistical challenges. One of these is obtaining Indian work permits for your employees. 

India has its own process for distributing visas, a process that, like in other countries, can be complex and costly. 

Our Indian PEO services help to take the liability of sourcing work visas from your shoulders as our expert team help you to obtain the correct documentation and compliantly apply for the most appropriate visa. With an expert team dedicated to securing work permits, you can be assured that your employees working in India have the correct visas while you focus on growing your business. Read on to find out all you need to know about Indian work visas and how our PEO services can help you navigate each step. 


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What are the types of Indian work visa?

As is the norm in the majority of countries, Indian's visa system is broken down into job roles and also country of origin. However, the main type of work visa is called an Employment Visa, most commonly referred to as an E Visa. 

While the Employment Visa is the most common Indian work visa, it is important that you know this visa will cover your needs in order to ensure full compliance when employing people in India. 

How do I apply for an Indian work visa?

Firstly, E visas are only available to employees of companies registered in India. Therefore, a visa application cannot be started until an employee has an employment contract and your company has a registered entity, or PEO, in India. 

Employees and employers should also check that an Employment Visa is the correct type to allow you to live and work in India. 

Each Indian visa application may need to provide additional, unique details. However, as a minimum applicants will need to provide:

  • A valid passport 
  • Two passport style photographs
  • Completed visa application form
  • An additional information form signed and submitted along with your visa application form
  • An employment contract detailing terms of employment - this must be written in English
  • Fingerprints and facial biometrics

As well as applications varying by visa type, they also vary depending on the employee's home country and whether an employee is travelling with family or dependents.

While the visa application is submitted online, applicants must also take a signed and printed copy and submit it at the Indian Visa Application Center or at Indian Mission. You can find out more about Indian visa application process on the Indian government website.

How much does an Indian visa cost?

As with most international visas, the cost of Indian work permits largely depends on how long your visa needs to last and your country of origin. However, a rough estimate for Indian visas is about $100-180. This is of course before we take into account the cost, resource and time used to process this visa as well as the cost of any non-compliance or denied applications. 

Why use a PEO partner to obtain an Indian work permit?

Applying for an Indian work permit is a complex process that can result in non-compliance; in turn this can put your expanding business at risk of fines and can jeopardise your overall expansion. Meanwhile, visa applications are one of many required tasks when expanding your business. Companies will also need to dedicate time and resources to payroll, tax, national insurance contributions, recruitment and employment contracts to name but a few. 

By working with a PEO to obtain Indian work permits, all of this can be taken from your shoulders, allowing you to focus on your company's expansion knowing that visa applications and employee management are taken care of compliantly. If you want to find out more about how our PEO Services in India can support your global expansion, call our experts today on +44 (0) 1625 537 555 or email [email protected].

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