If you are traveling to India for the purposes of doing business, you are most likely going to be applying for a B visa, or business India visa. These visas are given out by Indian embassies to foreign nationals intending to do business with an Indian company on behalf of a foreign organization. Note that this visa does not cover people who are visiting India for the purposes of money lending, petty trading, or full-time employment within the country.
Most Indian business visas are multiple-entry visas valid for up to five years. However, there are special visas offered only to citizens of the United States which are valid for a duration of ten years.
When you are applying for an Indian business visa, you will be required to present the following documents to the Indian embassy that holds jurisdiction over your area of residence:
- Your passport, which should have at least three blank pages and six more months of validity at the time of your application.
- A passport-sized photograph. This photo should be in color, 4 cm by 4 ch, featuring a full and unobstructed view of your face against a plain or off-white background, with your eyes open.
- A photocopy of your passport.
- A visa application form, downloaded off of the Indian government website and filled out in full.
- A letter of sponsorship from the company you represent.
- A letter of invitation from the Indian company that you are planning to do business with during your visit to the country. This letter should be addressed to the embassy, requesting that you be granted a business visa. This letter should also mention the purpose of your visit, as well as the period of time that your visit will cover.
- Evidence of a financial standing adequate enough to support yourself for the duration of your stay in India. For example, you might submit a bank statement from the past month.
- Evidence of your expertise in the field that you are planning to do business. For example, you might be expected to show a copy of the highest educational degree you have received in your field.
- Your visa fee.