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Employment (E) visa

Employment visa is given to foreign nationals going to work in India, whether it is paid or unpaid (voluntary) work. Employment Visa is generally granted to a person to be employed by an Indian company.

Employment visa covers the following categories:

  • Consultants on contract working for Indian company who are paid a fixed remuneration;
    Self-employed foreign nationals going to India for providing engineering, medical, accounting, legal or other highly skilled services in their capacity as independent consultants provided such services are permitted under law;
     Foreign artists going to work at hotels, clubs, etc.;
     Coaches of national/ state level teams or reputed sports clubs;
     Sportsmen given contract for a fixed period by Indian clubs/organizations;
     Engineers/ technicians going for installation and commissioning of equipment/ machines/ tools under contract for supply of such equipment/ machines/ tools;
     Foreign nationals deputed for providing technical support/ services for which the Indian company pays fees/ royalty to the foreign company; 
     Intern journalists going to work in India media organizations;
     Employees and managers of foreign media organizations going to India for non-journalistic activities within media organizations. Duration of Employment visa is generally upto one year only. Further extension up to 5 years from the date of issue of visa on year to year basis can be obtained from MHA/ FRRO in the concerned state in India as the case may be. Please note the validity of the visa is effective from the date of issue. 

Non-Dutch passport holders can apply for Employment Visa provided they are residing in The Netherlands for more than two years and registered with the local Gemeente. 


  •  Original passport valid for a minimum of 6 months and having at least 2 blank visa pages, 
     Two passport size photographs conforming to Indian Government norms as per specification mentioned on our website, 
     An Indian visa application form duly filled in, (www.indianvisaonline.gov.in),
     The application’s CV along with a copy of educational qualification certificate duly apostilled,
     Letter from employer in English providing details of the job explaining that the applicant is a highly skilled or qualified professional. The letter should also include details of remuneration to the effect that the employee draws a salary of Rupees 16.25 lakhs per annum. Furthermore, the letter from employer should assure that the applicant would comply with all legal requirements including tax liabilities, 
     The certificate of Incorporation of the Indian company or Registration Certificate of NGO. 

    (For more information, applicants could click on the link https://www.indianembassynetherlands.gov.in/eoi.php?id=Employment).

Time taken 

Processing of Employment visa may take upto a week in normal cases if all documents are in order. Applicants from Afghanistan, China, or of Pakistani origin are advised to apply two months in advance. 

Steel/ Power Projects
Foreign nationals going to work in steel or power projects in India shall apply for Employment Visa. Additional form is to be filled in such cases and may be obtained from the Embassy of India.

Note:For further procedural details, go to website of service provider, VFS Global,  
www.vfsglobal.com/india/netherlands . In case of any discrepancy between this website and the website of the service provider or any Government of India website, please bring the same to the attention of the Embassy at e-mail: consular.thehague@mea.gov.in