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Visa Applicants need to apply online at signed print out of the application form, Please Submit at the BLS ( along with:

  • Two recent passport size photographs

  • Passport in original and a photocopy of the first five pages including UAE residence visa page (The foreign national must have a valid travel document and a re-entry permit, if required under the law of the country concerned).

  • A letter from the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, or from the sponsor company certifying that the applicant is employed in their organization and is proceeding to India on a business trip.

  • Proof of financial standing and expertise in the field of intended business.

  • An invitation letter from the company/ organization based in India inviting the applicant for this business trip.

The passport should have at least six months validity and UAE residence visa should have at least two year validity for issue of Business visa.


Business Visa is granted to a foreign national who wants to visit India to establish an industrial/business venture or to explore possibilities to set up industrial/business venture, or wants to purchase/sell industrial products in India. This Visa is granted subject to following conditions:

  • The applicant is a person of assured financial standing and expertise in the field of the intended business.

  • The applicant is not visiting India for the business of money-lending or petty-trading, or for a full time employment in India involving payment of salary in India etc.

  • The facility of Business Visa is also extended to senior executives of firms, experts, tour conductors and travel agents, etc., visiting India in connection with work related to projects of national importance, including those undertaken by public sector undertakings, and conducting business tours of foreigners or business relating to it, etc.

  • A foreign national will have to comply with all other requirements like payment of tax liabilities etc.

  • The grant of Business Visa is subject to any instructions issued by the Government of India on the basis of reciprocity with other foreign countries from time to time.

  • The Business Visa must be issued from the country of origin, or from the country of domicile of the foreigner provided the period of permanent residence of that applicant in that particular country is for more than 2 years.

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  • Foreign nationals who want to visit India to establish industrial/business venture or to explore possibilities to set up industrial/business venture in India.

  • Foreign nationals coming to India to purchase/sell industrial products or commercial products or consumer durables.

  • Foreign nationals coming to India for technical meetings/discussions, attending Board meetings, general meetings for providing business services support.

  • Foreign nationals coming to India for recruitment of manpower.

  • Foreign nationals who are partners in the Business and/or functioning as Directors in the company.

  • Foreign nationals coming to India for consultations regarding exhibitions, for participation in exhibitions, trade fairs, business fairs, etc.

  • Foreign buyers who come to transact business with suppliers/ potential suppliers at locations in India, to evaluate or monitor quality, give specifications, place orders, negotiate further supplies etc., relating to goods or services procured from India.

  • Foreign experts/specialists on a visit of short duration in connection with an ongoing project with the objective of monitoring the progress of the work, conducting meetings with Indian customers and/or to provide some high level technical guidance.

  • Foreign nationals coming to India for pre-sales or post-sales activity not amounting to actual execution of any contract or project.

  • Foreign Trainees of multinational companies/corporate houses coming for in-house training in the regional hubs of the concerned company located in India.

  • Foreign students sponsored by AIESEC for internship on project based work in companies/industries.


A Business Visa with multiple entry facilities is granted for a period up to 1 year/ 5 years or for a shorter duration as per the requirement. A stay stipulation will be prescribed for each visit by the concerned Indian Mission.

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Q.  Whether the Business visa can be converted to any other type of visa within the country?

Ans.: Business visa shall be non-convertible and non extendable beyond 5 years from the date of issue. At time of issue of Business visa, India Missions/Posts must make it clear to the foreigner that a Business visa cannot be converted to any other kind of visa during his/her stay in India except in the following circumstances and with the prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs:

  • Business visa can be converted to ‘X’(Entry) Visa if a foreigner who has come to India on Business visa marries an Indian national during the validity of his/her visa and does not intend to continue on Business Visa. Such conversion would be considered subject to fulfillment of following conditions:

 (i) Submission of a copy of registered Marriage certificate; and

(ii) Report from the FRRO/FRO concerned about their marital status which will inter-alia include his/her antecedents, confirmation about their living together and security clearance.

  •  Business visa in case of Persons of Indian Origin, who were otherwise entitled for ‘X’ (Entry) Visa but have entered into India on Business visa, can also be converted to ‘X’ Visa.

  • Business visa of the foreigners who fall ill after their entry into India rendering them unfit to travel and require specialized medical treatment may be converted to Medical visa if they are eligible for grant of Medical Visa and medical certificate is obtained from government / government recognized hospitals. In such a case, ‘X’ visa of family members/ attendant accompanying the foreigner (whose ‘Business’ visa is converted into Medical Visa) may also be converted into Medical Attendant [Med X] visa co-terminus with the Medical visa of the foreigner.

Please Note: On conversion of Business visa into ‘X’ visa / Medical visa/ ‘Med X’ visa, the following endorsement shall be made on the Passport / Residential Permit - “Employment/Business not permitted”.

Q. Can foreign nationals coming to execute projects in India be granted Business Visas?

Ans.: No. A foreign national coming for executing projects / contracts will have to come only on an Employment Visa.

Q. Can foreign nationals already in India for executing projects on Business Visas be allowed to extend their Business Visas?

Ans.: No.

Q. Can foreign nationals already in India for executing projects on Business Visas be allowed to convert their Business Visas to Employment Visas without leaving the country?

Ans.: No.

Q. Which category of Visa will be granted to family members of foreign nationals coming to India on Business Visa?

Ans. : Family members/dependants of a foreigner who is granted ‘Business visa’ visa may be granted `X' visa subject to usual security checks provided the family members are otherwise eligible for grant of such a visa . Its validity should be co-terminus with the validity of the visa of the principal visa holder or for such shorter period as may be considered necessary by the Indian Mission.”