FAQs

FOREIGN INVESTOR RELATED
What is meant by Foreign Investment, Foreign Direct Investment and Foreign Portfolio Investment?

What is meant by Foreign Investment, Foreign Direct Investment and Foreign Portfolio Investment?

  1. Foreign Investment means any investment made by a person resident outside India on a repatriable basis in capital instruments of an Indian company or to the capital of an LLP.
  2. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is the investment through capital instruments by a person resident outside India (a) in an unlisted Indian company or (b) in 10% or more of the post issue paid-up equity capital on a fully diluted basis of a listed Indian company.
  3. Foreign Portfolio Investment is any investment made by a person resident outside India in capital instruments where such investment is (a) less than 10% of the post issue paid-up equity capital on a fully diluted basis of a listed Indian company or (b) less than 10% of the paid-up value of each series of capital instruments of a listed Indian company.

For further information, please refer to the link https://rbi.org.in/scripts/FAQView.aspx?Id=26#Q6

How can an Indian company receive foreign investment?

How can an Indian company receive foreign investment?

The routes under which foreign investment can be made is as under:

  1. Automatic Route: Foreign Investment is allowed under the automatic route without prior approval of the Government or the Reserve Bank of India, in all activities/ sectors as specified in the Regulation 16 of FEMA 20 (R).
  2. Government Route: Foreign investment in activities not covered under the automatic route requires prior approval of the Government. Procedure for applying for Government approval is given at http://fifp.gov.in/Forms/SOP.pdf

For further information, please refer to link https://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/faqview.aspx?id=26#Q1

Are foreigners allowed to invest in India?

Are foreigners allowed to invest in India?

A non-resident entity can invest in India, subject to the prevailing FDI Policy, except in those sectors which are prohibited. Foreign Institutional Investor (FII) and Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI) may invest in the capital of an Indian Company under the Portfolio Investment Scheme, subject to FEMA provisions. For further information, please refer to link https://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/faqview.aspx?id=26
Who is a Non-Resident Indian (NRI)?

Who is a Non-Resident Indian (NRI)?

Non-Resident Indian (NRI) is a person who has gone out of India or who stays outside India, in either case for or on taking up employment outside India, or for carrying on outside India a business or vocation outside India, or for any other purpose, in such circumstances as would indicate his intention to stay outside India for an uncertain period. Simply, it means a person resident outside India who is a citizen of India or is a Person of Indian Origin. (As per Notification No. FEMA 5/2000-RB dated May 3, 2000).

For further information, please refer to link https://dipp.gov.in/sites/default/files/Ready%20Reckoner%20For%20NRI_Final_2008.pdf

As per section 6 of the Income-tax Act, an individual is deemed to be resident in India in any previous year if he satisfies any of the following conditions: 

  1. If he is in India for a period of 182 days or more during the previous year; or
  2. If he is in India for a period of 60 days or more during the previous year and 365 days or more for 4 years immediately preceding the previous year.

For further information, please refer to link https://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/Pages/non-resident-indian.aspx

Are NRIs allowed to invest in sole proprietorship in India?

Are NRIs allowed to invest in sole proprietorship in India?

NRI or a person of Indian origin (PIO) can invest in sole proprietorship/partnership firm on a non-repatriable basis, except those in agricultural or plantation or real estate business, or in the print media sector. NRIs/PIO may seek prior permission of Reserve Bank for investment in sole proprietorship concerns/partnership firms with repatriation option.

For further information, please refer to link http://dipp.nic.in/sites/default/files/CFPC_2017_FINAL_RELEASED_28.8.17.pdf

Can a foreign investor invest in shares issued by an unlisted company in India?

Can a foreign investor invest in shares issued by an unlisted company in India?

Yes. As per the regulations/ guidelines issued by the Reserve Bank of India/ Government of India, an investment can be made in shares issued by an unlisted Indian Company subject to compliance with FEMA provisions such as pricing, reporting, etc.

For further information, please refer to link https://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/FAQView.aspx?Id=26

What are the regulations for a foreign company to set up business operations in India?

What are the regulations for a foreign company to set up business operations in India?

A foreign Company can set up business in India via Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) either by incorporating an Indian Company or foreign company or LLP under the Companies Act, 2013 or by setting up a Liaison Office, Project Office or a Branch Office of the foreign Company. Entry into India is however as per the provision of FDI policy and FEMA rules.

For further information, you may refer to below links:

FDI policy: https://dipp.gov.in/foreign-direct-investment/foreign-direct-investment-policy

FEMA 20(R) provision: https://rbidocs.rbi.org.in/rdocs/notification/PDFs/MD11_04012018B4D0DB4E6DA04CC4B7AF62AA03D902BE.PDF

Can foreigners establish a partnership/proprietorship concern in India?

Can foreigners establish a partnership/proprietorship concern in India?

No, only NRIs are allowed to set up partnership/ proprietorship concerns in India on non-repatriation basis.

For further information, please refer to the link https://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/faqview.aspx?id=26#Q20

Who is a Foreign Venture Capital Investor (FVCI)?

Who is a Foreign Venture Capital Investor (FVCI)?

Foreign Venture Capital Investor (FVCI) refers to an investor incorporated and established outside India, which is registered under the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Foreign Venture Capital Investor) Regulations, 2000 {SEBI(FVCI) Regulations} and proposes to make an investment in accordance with FDI Regulations.

For further information, please refer to the link https://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/FAQView.aspx?Id=26

What are the possible sectors where FVCI can invest?

What are the possible sectors where FVCI can invest?

An FVCI can invest in an Indian company engaged in Biotechnology, IT related to hardware and software development, Nanotechnology, Seed research and development, Research and development of new chemical entities in pharmaceutical sector, Dairy industry, Poultry industry, Production of bio-fuels, Hotel-cum-convention centres with seating capacity of more than three thousand and Infrastructure sector.

For further information, please refer to the link https://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/NotificationUser.aspx?Id=10649&Mode=0

Which act governs foreign fund investments?

Which act governs foreign fund investments?

Foreign Investments and repatriation is governed by the Foreign Exchange Management Act.

For further information, please refer to the link https://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/Fema.aspx

How to commence business in India?

How to commence business in India?

A foreign investor can commence business in India as:

  1. Indian Company
  2. Foreign Company
  3. Limited Liability Partnership

For further information, please refer to the link https://www.investindia.gov.in/setting-up-business-in-india

How can one start Consultancy and/or Project Execution entity in India?

How can one start Consultancy and/or Project Execution entity in India?

One can explore the option of either opening:

  1. Liaison Office or
  2. Project Office

For further information, please refer to the link https://www.investindia.gov.in/setting-up-business-in-india

How to set up an import export unit in India?

How to set up an import export unit in India?

For an individual/ business unit to avail incentives under the Foreign Trade Policy, it must first register itself as an EXIM unit. Following are the broad steps to register as an EXIM unit:

  1. Incorporation of Company
  2. To open a current account
  3. Obtain Import export code/PAN
  4. Obtain registration cum membership certificate
  5. Get risk coverage policy

For further information, please refer to the link https://www.investindia.gov.in/exim

Are the investments and profits earned in India repatriable?

Are the investments and profits earned in India repatriable?

All foreign investments are repatriable (net of applicable taxes) except in cases where the investment is made or held on non-repatriation basis.

For further information, please refer to the link https://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/faqview.aspx?id=26#Q16

What is meant by investment on repatriation basis and investment on non-repatriation basis?

What is meant by investment on repatriation basis and investment on non-repatriation basis?

Investment on repatriation basis means an investment, the sale/maturity proceeds of which are, net of taxes, eligible to be repatriated out of India. The expression investment on non-repatriation basis may be construed accordingly.

For further information, please refer to the link https://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/faqview.aspx?id=26#Q17

Can a foreign investor invest in Rights shares issued by an Indian company at a discount?

Can a foreign investor invest in Rights shares issued by an Indian company at a discount?

There are no restrictions under FEMA for investment in Rights shares issued at a discount by an Indian company under the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013. The offer on rights basis to the person resident outside India shall be:

  1. In case of shares of a company listed on a recognized stock exchange in India, at a price, as determined by the company; and
  2. In case of shares of a company not listed on a recognized stock exchange in India, at a price, which is not less than the price at which the offer on right basis is made to resident shareholders.

For further information, please refer to the link https://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/faqview.aspx?id=26#Q21

FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT RELATED
What is to be done after the investment is made under the Automatic Route or with Government approval?

What is to be done after the investment is made under the Automatic Route or with Government approval?

On receipt of the foreign direct investment (FDI), the Indian company receiving the investment for issuing shares/ debentures should report the details to the Regional Office concerned of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) within 30 days from the date of receipt in the Advance Reporting Form. Steps for reporting of investment varies for shares, depository receipts and other instruments.

To know more about the detailed process of reporting, refer to section 2, Annexure 6 of the Consolidated FDI Policy, 2017 - https://dipp.gov.in/sites/default/files/CFPC_2017_FINAL_RELEASED_28.8.17.pdf

Are there any restrictions on the sectors for FDI in India?

Are there any restrictions on the sectors for FDI in India?

Yes, investments by non-residents can be permitted in the capital of a resident entity in certain sectors/activity with entry conditions. Such conditions may include norms for minimum capitalization, lock-in period, etc. as per the latest FDI policy.

Please refer to the given link (Page 22 onwards) for FDI policy: https://dipp.gov.in/foreign-direct-investment/foreign-direct-investment-policy

100% FDI is permitted in case of trading companies for the following activities:

  • Exports
  • Bulk imports with ex-port/ex-bonded warehouse sales
  • Cash and carry wholesale trading

Other import of goods or services provided at least 75% is for procurement and sale of goods and services among the companies of the same group and not for third-party use or onward transfer/distribution/sales.

For further information, please refer to the link https://dipp.gov.in/investors/Investor%20Guidance/frequently-asked-questions

What is the FDI limit in Chemical sector?

What is the FDI limit in Chemical sector?

100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is allowed under the automatic route in the Chemicals sector.

For further information, please refer to the link:

https://dipp.gov.in/foreign-direct-investment/foreign-direct-investment-policy

What amount of Foreign Direct Investment is permitted in streets and parkways?

What amount of Foreign Direct Investment is permitted in streets and parkways?

100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is allowed under the automatic route in the Road and Highways sector.

For further information, please refer to the link:

https://dipp.gov.in/foreign-direct-investment/foreign-direct-investment-policy

What is the institutional framework governing FDI in India?

What is the institutional framework governing FDI in India?

FDI in India is regulated under Schedule 1 of Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident Outside India) Regulations, 2000 (Original notification is available at https://rbi.org.in/Scripts/BS_FemaNotifications.aspx?Id=174)

Subsequent amendment notifications are available at https://rbi.org.in/Scripts/BS_FemaNotifications.aspx.

Besides the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), 1999, FDI is also subject to other regulations as per Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and DPIIT. DPIIT is the nodal agency entrusted to formulate FDI Policy. It issues press notes to make amendments in the existing policy and issues consolidated FDI Policy on an annual basis.

Please refer to the given link (Page 4 onwards):

https://dipp.gov.in/foreign-direct-investment/foreign-direct-investment-policy

Is cash a permissible mode of payment for making foreign direct investment in Indian company?

Is cash a permissible mode of payment for making foreign direct investment in Indian company?

No, the amount of consideration for transfer of capital instruments between a person resident in India and a person resident outside India should be received from abroad or remitted from India, as the case may be, through banking channels in India or paid out from or received in, as the case may be, NRE/ FCNR(B)/ Escrow accounts maintained in accordance with the Foreign Exchange Management (Deposit) Regulations, 2016.

Please refer to Para 7.13 of Master Direction-Foreign Investment in India.

For further information, please refer to the link https://www.rbi.org.in/Scripts/BS_ViewMasDirections.aspx?id=11200

What is the concept of downstream investment and Indirect Foreign Investment?

What is the concept of downstream investment and Indirect Foreign Investment?

Downstream investment is an investment made by an Indian entity which has total foreign investment in it or an Investment Vehicle in the capital instruments or the capital, as the case may be, of another Indian entity. If the investor company has total foreign investment in it and is not owned and not controlled by resident Indian citizens or is owned or controlled by persons resident outside India then such investment shall be “Indirect Foreign Investment” for the investee company.

For further information, please refer to the link https://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/faqview.aspx?id=26#Q29

What is meant by FDI linked performance conditions?

What is meant by FDI linked performance conditions?

FDI linked performance conditions are the sector-specific conditions stipulated in regulation 16 of FEMA 20(R) for companies receiving foreign investment.

For further information, please refer to the link https://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/faqview.aspx?id=26#Q19

Will the foreign investment be classified as FDI or FPI based on the schedule under which the investment is being made?

Will the foreign investment be classified as FDI or FPI based on the schedule under which the investment is being made?

No, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI) are agnostic from the point of view of the schedule under which investment has been made. An investor may be allowed to invest below the 10% threshold and this can be treated as FDI subject to the condition that the FDI stake is raised to 10% or beyond within one year from the date of the first purchase. The obligation to do so will fall on the company. If the stake is not raised to 10% or above, then the investment shall be treated as foreign portfolio investment (FPI). In case an existing FDI falls to a level below 10%, it can continue to be treated as FDI, without an obligation to restore it to 10% or more. In a company, an investor can hold the investments either under the FPI route or under the FDI route, but not both.

For further information, please refer to the links https://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/faqview.aspx?id=26#Q8 and http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=105783

For an FPI investment, once the investment is classified as FDI (basis total holding), if the FDI holding comes back to <10%, will the holdings be classified as FPI again?

For an FPI investment, once the investment is classified as FDI (basis total holding), if the FDI holding comes back to <10%, will the holdings be classified as FPI again?

Foreign investment of 10% or more through eligible instruments made in an Indian listed company would be treated as FDI. All existing foreign investments below the threshold limit made under the FDI Route shall, however, continue to be treated as FDI. In case an existing FDI falls to a level below 10%, it can continue to be treated as FDI, without an obligation to restore it to 10% or more.

For further information, please refer to the link http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=105783

Is any approval required for an entity which has received foreign investment under automatic route and subsequently the sector was brought under approval route?

Is any approval required for an entity which has received foreign investment under automatic route and subsequently the sector was brought under approval route?

The foreign shareholding in the entity remains the same and there is no corporate action pursuant to the sector being brought under the approval route, no additional approvals are required.

For further information, please refer to the link https://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/faqview.aspx?id=26#Q10

Is FDI permitted in limited liability partnerships (LLPs) in india?

Is FDI permitted in limited liability partnerships (LLPs) in india?

Yes, FDI in LLPs is permitted subject to the following conditions:

  1. FDI is permitted under the automatic route in Limited Liability Partnership (LLPs) operating in sectors/activities where 100% FDI is allowed, through the automatic route and there are no FDI-linked performance conditions.
  2. An Indian company or an LLP, having foreign investment, is also permitted to make downstream investment in another company or LLP in sectors in which 100% FDI is allowed under the automatic route and there are no FDI-linked performance conditions.
  3. FDI in LLP is subject to the compliance of the conditions of LLP Act, 2008.

For further information, please refer to the link https://dipp.gov.in/sites/default/files/CFPC_2017_FINAL_RELEASED_28.8.17.pdf

What are the type of instruments that can be used for FDI?

What are the type of instruments that can be used for FDI?

Indian companies can issue the following instruments subject to pricing guidelines/valuation norms prescribed under FEMA regulations:

  1. Equity shares
  2. Fully, compulsorily and mandatorily convertible debentures and
  3. Fully, compulsorily and mandatorily convertible preference shares

Optionality clauses are allowed in the above-mentioned instruments under FDI scheme, subject to conditions stipulated in Annexure 2 of FDI policy 2016.

Please refer to Annexure-2 of consolidated FDI policy at: 

https://dipp.gov.in/sites/default/files/CFPC_2017_FINAL_RELEASED_28.8.17.pdf

Which are sectors prohibited for foreign investment in India?

Which are sectors prohibited for foreign investment in India?

FDI is prohibited in:

  1. Lottery Business including Government/private lottery, online lotteries
  2. Gambling and Betting including casinos
  3. Chit funds
  4. Nidhi company
  5. Trading in Transferable Development Rights (TDRs)
  6. Real Estate Business or Construction of Farm Houses ‘Real estate business’ shall not include the development of townships, construction of residential /commercial premises, roads or bridges and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) registered and regulated under the SEBI (REITs) Regulations 2014.
  7. Manufacturing of cigars, cheroots, cigarillos and cigarettes, of tobacco or of tobacco substitutes

 

Please refer to section 5.1 of Consolidated FDI Policy at:

https://dipp.gov.in/sites/default/files/CFPC_2017_FINAL_RELEASED_28.8.17.pdf

EXTERNAL COMMERCIAL BORROWINGS RELATED
What is meant by External Commercial Borrowings (ECBs)?

What is meant by External Commercial Borrowings (ECBs)?

External Commercial Borrowings (ECBs) are commercial loans raised by eligible resident entities from recognised non-resident entities conforming to parameters such as minimum maturity, permitted and non-permitted end-uses, maximum all-in-cost ceiling, etc.

For more information: https://m.rbi.org.in/Scripts/BS_ViewMasDirections.aspx?id=11510#2

 

What is the ECB Framework?

What is the ECB Framework?

The framework for raising loans through ECBs comprises of two options:

  1. Foreign Currency (FCY) denominated ECBs: 

For FCY denominated ECBs, forms of ECBs comprise of loans including bank loans; floating/ fixed-rate notes/ bonds/ debentures (other than fully and compulsorily convertible instruments); Trade credits beyond 3 years; FCCBs; FCEBs and Financial Lease.

  1. Indian Rupee (INR) denominated ECBs:

For INR denominated ECBs, forms of ECBs include preference shares (other than fully and compulsorily convertible instruments) and plain vanilla Rupee denominated bonds issued overseas, which can be either placed privately or listed on exchanges as per host country regulations.

For more information, please refer to https://m.rbi.org.in/Scripts/BS_ViewMasDirections.aspx?id=11510#2

Which entities are eligible to raise funds through ECBs?

Which entities are eligible to raise funds through ECBs?

  1. FCY denominated ECB: All entities eligible to receive FDI are eligible to raise funds through ECBs. Port trusts, units in SEZs, SIDBI, EXIM Bank of India are also eligible to raise funds through ECBs.
  2. INR denominated ECB: All entities eligible to raise FCY ECB, registered entities engaged in micro-finance activities, viz., registered Not for Profit companies, registered societies/trusts/ cooperatives and Non-Government Organisations.

For more information, please refer to https://m.rbi.org.in/Scripts/BS_ViewMasDirections.aspx?id=11510#2

 

What is the procedure for raising an ECB?

What is the procedure of raising an ECB?

ECBs can be raised under the automatic route if they conform to the parameters prescribed under the framework. For approvals through the automatic route, borrowers can approach the RBI with an application in the format prescribed (Form ECB) for examination through their AD category I bank.

For more details, please log onto https://m.rbi.org.in/Scripts/BS_ViewMasDirections.aspx?id=11510#2

What is the average Minimum Average Maturity Period (MAMP) for ECBs?

What is the average Minimum Average Maturity Period (MAMP) for ECBs?

The Minimum Average Maturity Period (MAMP) is 3 years. Manufacturing companies may raise ECBs with MAMP of 1 year for ECB up to US$ 50 mn or its equivalent per financial year. If the ECB is raised from foreign equity holder and utilised for working capital purposes, general corporate purposes or repayment of Rupee loans, MAMP will be 5 years. The call and put option, if any, shall not be exercisable prior to completion of minimum average maturity.

For more details, please log onto https://m.rbi.org.in/Scripts/BS_ViewMasDirections.aspx?id=11510#2

What is the limit of raising a loan through an ECB?

What is the limit of raising a loan through an ECB?

All eligible borrowers can raise ECB up to US$ 750 mn or equivalent per financial year under the automatic route.

  • In case of FCY denominated ECB raised from direct foreign equity holder, ECB liability-equity ratio for ECBs raised under the automatic route cannot exceed 7:1. However, this ratio will not be applicable if the outstanding amount of all ECBs, including proposed one, is up to USD 5 million or equivalent.

For more details, please log onto https://m.rbi.org.in/Scripts/BS_ViewMasDirections.aspx?id=11510#2

VISA RELATED
Do I need a visa to go to India?

Do I need a visa to go to India?

Yes, all foreign nationals, require a valid visa authorised by an Indian representative abroad, except:

  • Nepal and Bhutan passport holders entering India by road or air from Nepal. If a citizen of Nepal or Bhutan is entering India from China, Macau, Hong Kong, Pakistan or Maldives, visa is required.
  • Maldives passport holders are required to have a visa if the intended stay in India is longer than 90 days.

For diplomatic and official passport holders, many nationalities are exempted from the Indian Visa.

The detailed list can be accessed at http://mea.gov.in/bvwa.htm

How long does it take to process Indian visa (other than eTA)?

How long does it take to process Indian visa (other than eTA)?

In case you are applying for Visa other than tourist visa, it is recommended that you apply for your India visa 3 to 4 weeks before your travel date. Although the visa itself may only take a few days to process, it is always advisable to add as much of buffer time as possible in case any issues arises during the process. 

For Tourist visa (eTA), upon receipt of the Visa Application through Indian Visa Application Center or directly, the Indian Mission/ Post requires a minimum of three working days to process the case and issue a visa depending upon the nationality and excluding special cases.

Please refer to https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html for more information

Can I apply for India visa at the airport? What are other formalities at airport regarding visa?

Can I apply for India visa at the airport? What are other formalities at airport regarding visa?

No, it is not possible to apply for an India visa at the airport. Eligible citizens traveling for leisure/tourism purposes have the option to apply for an Indian eTA visa online, before they depart for India. Once visa is granted, citizens will have to get biometric information taken at the airport and the visa stamped on the passport on arrival in India.

What is an e-Tourist Visa (e-TV)?

What is an e-Tourist Visa (e-TV)?

e-Tourist Visa is a completely online application for which no facilitation is required by any intermediary/agents, etc. However its validity is 30 days and it is only valid for single entry into India. The e-Tourist visa allows for visa on arrival issuance only for arrival and departure from the airports in Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum and Varanasi. If arriving or departing by land, by sea, or from any other airport or port of entry, please apply for a traditional Indian visa.

Please refer to https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html for more information

Where I can find more information on visas to India?

Where I can find more information on visas to India?

More information on visa can be found on concerned Indian Mission and Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) as well as online visa portal (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html). The instructions for filling the form and scheduling the appointment can be seen at Instructions for Regular Visa Application. Important technical information for filling online Indian visa application can be referred at Technical Instructions. The status of Visa Application can be seen on the link for Visa Enquiry (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/VisaEnquiry.jsp).

What is the Port of Arrival in India which is to be filled in the application form?

What is the Port of Arrival in India which is to be filled in the application form?

The port of arrival is the location at which you first enter India. Your port of arrival is the name of the city where you initially enter India.

What is the difference between single and multiple entries?

What is the difference between single and multiple entries?

A single entry visa allows you to visit India one time while the visa is valid. A multiple entry visa allows you to enter India several times within the validity period of the visa. The e-Visa is valid for one single entry, and for a maximum stay of 30 days. A traditional Indian visa normally allows multiple entries, and a stay of up to 90 days.

What activities are permissible under Tourist Visa?

What activities are permissible under Tourist Visa?

Tourist Visa can be granted to a foreigner whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sight seeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, attending a short-term yoga programme, etc. and no other purpose/ activity.

Please refer to http://mha1.nic.in/pdfs/MaterialTV_02062016_01.pdf for more information

How long will my application be available online?

How long will my application be available online?

You can print your Visa Application Form within 30 calendar days of completing it online. To access your completed online application, you are required to note your Web Reference number before you exit. An Email with this information will also be sent to your valid email id, if provided.  If your application is not submitted for processing within this time, the information will be purged out/deleted from the system and you will need to commence enter your details afresh. Visa Fees will not be refunded in this situation.

I made a mistake while filling up the online application. Is it possible to make corrections online?.

I made a mistake while filling up the online application. Is it possible to make corrections online?.

No, there is no possibility of making corrections online once you submit your application form. However, before you submit it you can make the necessary changes. You can apply at the following link https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/info1.jsp

Is tourist visa valid from the date of my arrival in India?

Is tourist visa valid from the date of my arrival in India?

Tourist visas are valid from the date of issue, not from the date when you arrive in India.

Is it possible that the visa granted to me is for a lesser duration than I originally applied?

Is it possible that the visa granted to me is for a lesser duration than I originally applied?

Visas are issued at the Embassy’s or Consulate’s discretion. In some circumstances, visas will be issued for a period of time that is less than what was requested.

I would be changing flights/airports in India in order to travel to my final destination (say Nepal, Thailand, etc.) Do I need a visa to change flights/airport terminals?

I would be changing flights/airports in India in order to travel to my final destination (say Nepal, Thailand, etc.) Do I need a visa to change flights/airport terminals?

You need to apply for a Transit Visa if you are going to change from the International Terminal to the Domestic Terminal of any Indian Airport or if you are going to stay in an airport hotel even for a few hours. 

In case you remain within limits of the waiting area reserved for International Transit Passengers of the Indian Airport and are not going to cross Immigration Controls at any time, you do not need a transit visa. Please note: the maximum period of stay in India permitted for a Transit Visa is 72 hours/3 days for each entry and is issued only when Transit/Travel is by Air. The Transit Visa is valid for 15 days only.

Please visit http://boi.gov.in/content/transit-visa for more information

Can a foreign national holding ‘E’ visa coming for honorary work draw a salary?

Can a foreign national holding ‘E’ visa coming for honorary work draw a salary?

A foreign national coming as a volunteer for honorary work with the NGOs registered in the country, may be paid a salary up-to a ceiling of INR 10,000 per month

Please refer to http://mha1.nic.in/pdfs/ForeigD-ClarifEmpVISA-Guid.pdf for more information

What does the salary threshold limit of USD 25,000 per annum for employment visa include?

What does the salary threshold limit of USD 25,000 per annum for employment visa include?