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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. 

  •  Copy of an employment contract signed by both parties. This should indicate minimum annual salary of US$ 25000 or equivalent. 
     Acceptance of liability to pay taxes in India. 
     Copy of registration certificate of the Indian company.
     Details of work experience/ curriculum vitae.
     Copy of Apostilled educational certificates. 


The requirement of minimum annual salary of US$ 25000 or equivalent does not apply to the following:
  •  Foreign specialist chefs/ ethnic cooks.
     Language teachers (other than English language) or translators.
     Staff working for a foreign Embassy/ High Commission in India.
     In case of foreign nationals being engaged by IITs, National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and central Universities for post of Assistant Professor and above for teaching faculty (not for Research positions or in specific areas determined by government from time to time), the limit of USD 25000/- per annum is reduced to USD 14000/- per annum only.
    Nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iran and Sri Lanka married to Indian nationals must draw a minimum salary of USD 14000/- per annum for being eligible for grant of Employment visa.
     Foreigners going to honorary work with NGOs registered in India. Such foreigners can draw honorarium only upto Rs. 10000/- (ten thousand only) per month.  

Persons residing in the Netherlands for less than two years are not eligible for Employment Visa. Non-Dutch nationals should provide proof of permanent residence. This condition does not apply to US nationals at senior positions in US companies. 

Employment Visa will not be granted for routine/ ordinary or clerical/ secretarial jobs. 

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