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PRESS RELEASE

Introduction of Mandatory Biometric Enrolment for Seven Visa Categories With Effect From August 19, 2016

This is to announce that Biometric enrolment will be mandatory with effect from August 19, 2016, for applicants applying for the following seven visa categories:

(i) Employment Visa
(ii)Journalist Visa
(iii) Research Visa
(iv) Student Visa
(v) Visit Visa (applicable for Pakistani nationals only)
(vi) Project Visa
(vii) Missionary Visa

The above Biometric enrolment will involve capture of facial and finger print data. Exemptions from Biometric enrolment will be allowed in the following cases only:

(i) Age of applicant is under 12 years or more than 70 years
(ii) Applicants with poor or no finger prints (in such cases facial traits would be captured)
(iii) Applicants with less number of fingers would be required to give Biometrics of existing fingers only

Biometric enrolment would be conducted during the process of submission of visa application at one of the 14 ‘Indian Visa Application Centres (IVACs) being operated by our sole service provider, VFS. A list of these IVACs is available on VFS website (http://www.vfsglobal.com/India/UK/).

Personal presence of applicants for the above seven visa categories would be mandatory at the time of submission of visa application at IVAC, with effect from August 19, 2016.

For further queries please contact our sole service provider VFS. Contact details are available on their website, http://www.vfsglobal.com/India/UK/.

August 05, 2016


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Press Release

The High Commission of India, London / Consulates General of India in Birmingham and in Edinburgh are pleased to announce the Outsourcing of Visa, OCI, Passport and select consular services to VFS effective 1st March 2015.

VFS will be opening 14 application centres across UK for the convenience of applicants for Visa, OCI, Passport and other consular services. 10 offices will be operational from 2nd March 2015 and remaining 4 offices will be operational from 14th March 2015.

VFS will introduce Online Appointment System for all services for the convenience of the applicants across the UK. All applicants will be required to book an appointment online to submit their applications at the respective India application centres, as per the jurisdictions below.No applications via post will be accepted at High Commission of India, and its respective consulates in Birmingham and Edinburgh or at the Applications Centres managed by VFS across UK from 14th March 2015.

Jurisdiction information

Applicants wish to submit their applications at any of the 3 offices in London (Goswell Road, Hounslow, Paddington),Bristol, Cardiff and Belfast must select UK- London as Jurisdiction, while filling the application form Online for Visa, OCI and Indian Passport Services.

Applicants wish to submit their applications at offices in Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester, Liverpool, Bradford and Newcastle must select UK- Birmingham as Jurisdiction, while filling the application form Online for Visa, OCI and Indian Passport Services.

Applicants residing in Scotland wish to submit their applications in Edinburgh or Glasgow must select UK-Edinburgh as Jurisdiction, while filling the application form Online for Visa, OCI and Indian Passport Services.

Services Available at Application Centres:

Multilingual Staffs, waiting Lounge, Photo Booth, Photo Copy, and Passport return by secured courier, Information helpdesk, and Internet Kiosk facilities.

Opening hours of the application centres:

08:30 -15:30 Hours (Monday to Friday, excluding Consular holidays)

For further details please visit VFS Website http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/ . The detailed information on the website about all services will be available from 23rd February 2015 onwards.

List of Application Centres - United Kingdom

 

City

Address of the offices

Opening Date

1

London - Goswell Road

142-148 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7DU

2nd March 2015

2

London - Hounslow

The Vista CentreFirst Floor - Part A Block50 Salisbury RoadHounslowTW4 6JQ

2nd March 2015

3

London- Paddington

Battleship Building, 179 Harrow Road, London W2 6NB

14th March 2015

4

Birmingham

5 -14 South Road, Smethwick, Birmingham, B67 7BN

2nd March 2015

5

Edinburgh

1 Rennie's Isle, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6QT

2nd March 2015

6

Manchester

1st Floor, 18-22 Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3AG, United Kingdom

2nd March 2015

7

Belfast

55-59 Adelaide St Belfast BT2 8FE

2nd March 2015

8

Bristol

Suite 102A, QC30 Queen Charlotte Street, Bristol BS1 4HJ

14th March 2015

9

Bradford

Skipton Chamber 16-18 North Parade, Bradford, BD13HT

14th March 2015

10

Newcastle

Gunner House, Neville Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 5DF

14th March 2015

11

Cardiff

Temple Court - 13a Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HA

2nd March 2015

12

Liverpool

The Corn Exchange, Fenwick, Liverpool , L2 7QL                     

2nd March 2015

13

Leicester

Peepul's Centre, Leicester

2nd March 2015

14

Glasgow

2nd Floor, 134 Berkeley Street, Glasgow, G3 7HY

2nd March 2015

Consular Services for which applications are required to be submitted at VFS Centres

  1. Attestation of Documents (Birth/Death/Marriage/Educational Certificates etc.)
  2. Attestation of Commercial Documents/ Company Documents
  3. Attestation of Documents for Making Application for Allotment of Director Identification Number (DIN)
  4. Attestation of Documents for Making Application for Allotment of Permanent Account Number (PAN) in respect of UK  Based Companies or Individuals
  5. Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)
  6. NRI Certificate/ NRI Parity Certificate
  7. Attestation of Copy of Indian Passport or any Other Miscellaneous Certificate (s) based on Indian Passport
  8. Attestation of Sponsorship Letter for Visit of a Person from India to the UK
  9. Certificate for Transporting Human Ashes/ Human Remains to India.

Consular Services for which applications are required to be submitted in person at the Consular Section of the High Commission of India, London or CGI, Edinburgh or CGI Birmingham

  1. Attestation of Power of Attorney (PoA)/Affidavit (s) relating to Civil Matters
  2. Attestation of Power of Attorney (PoA)/Affidavit (s) relating to Property/ Financial Matters
  3. Execution of Will/ Gift Deed
  4. Life Certificate for Pension Purpose or for any Other Purpose
  5. Certificate for Transporting Dead Bodies to India
  6. Sworn Affidavit for Issuance of Passport to a Minor Child Residing in India
  7. Birth registration of Children eligible for Indian nationality
  8. Solemnization/Registration of Marriage under the Foreign Marriage Act, 1969

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Press Release

Introduction of Biometrics, Appointment for physical submission of application for Visa, Passport, OCI and Consular Services.

The Government of India is rolling out Biometric Data Collection for Indian Visa globally and has already implemented this in several countries. This is part of the larger IVFRT (Indian Visa and Foreigners Registration and Tracking) Programme.

With effect from March 14, 2015, All Applicants will be required to book an appointment online to submit their applications at VFS Application Centres (14). Applicants will be able to book an appointment on VFS Website www.in.vfsglobal.co.uk at the time of filing online application forms.

Biometric Data collection, including fingerprint data and facial imagery will be a mandatory requirement for all visa applicants soon. As a result, all visa applicants will need to first apply online and, thereafter, be physically present (mandatorily) at India Visa and Consular Services centres, by appointment, for submission of visa application and biometric data enrolment.

Diplomatic and Official passport holders, travelling on official purposes, are exempt from applying at India Visa and Consular Services centres and may lodge their applications directly at the High Commission of India in London or its Consulates General of India in Birmingham and Edinburgh, as per the Consular jurisdiction.

The new online appointment system will be applicable from 16th March 2015.

  1. With effect from 16th March 2015, all Visa , Passport, OCI, Consular Services at VFS Application Centres in London (Goswell Road, Paddinton and Hounslow), Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Bradford, Newcastle, Belfast, Cardiff, Bristol, Glasgow and Leicester will be granted on the basis of appointments only.
  2. Applicants must book an online appointment for all Services (Visa, Passport, OCI, and Consular Services) before visiting VFS Application Centres.
  3. Only one person/applicant is allowed per appointment. For family applications each applicant will be required to book a separate appointment.
  4. Appointment can be booked by visiting after completion of the Online Form via VFS website: http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/
  5. All applicants will be required to bring the printout of the appointment letter along with the application form at the time of submission. No applications will be accepted without appointment after 16th March 2015.
  6. All applicants must reach at the above VFS Application centres 15 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment.
  7. No applications will be accepted by post.

In case of Medical Emergency, applicants can visit the VFS application centres in person to submit the application without appointment, with documentary evidence and processing time will apply.
For further details please visit High Commission of India, London Website: www.hcilondon.in
List of Application Centres across - UK

 

City

Address of the offices

Launch Date

1

London - Goswell Road

142-148 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7DU

1st March 2015

2

London - Hounslow

The Vista Centre First Floor - Part A Block50 Salisbury RoadHounslowTW4 6JQ

1st March 2015

3

London- Paddington

Battleship Building, 179 Harrow Road, London W2 6NB

14th March

4

Birmingham

5 -14 South Road, Smethwick, Birmingham, B67 7BN

1st March 2015

5

Edinburgh

1 RENNIE'S ISLE, LEITH, EDINBURGH, EH6 6QT

1st March 2015

6

Manchester

1st Floor, 18-22 Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3AG, United Kingdom

1st March and will be moved to the new office by 14th March.

7

Belfast

55-59 Adelaide St Belfast BT2 8FE

1st March 2015

8

Bristol

Suite 102A, QC30 Queen Charlotte Street, Bristol BS1 4HJ

14th March

9

Bradford

Skipton Chamber 16-18 North Parade, Bradford, BD13HT

14th March

10

Newcastle

Gunner House, Neville Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 5DF

14th March

11

Cardiff

Temple Court - 13a Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HA

1st March

12

Liverpool

The Corn Exchange, Fenwick, Liverpool , L2 7QL                     

1st March 2015

13

Leicester

Peepul's Centre, Leicester

1st March 2015

14

Glasgow

2nd Floor, 134 Berkeley Street, Glasgow, G3 7HY

1st March 2015

All applicants are required to fill the valid online visa application form through the authorized website only and lodge their applications with our sole service partner M/s VF Services UK.Consulate General of India will not be responsible for transactions made with any other websites or agents.For more information, please visit: http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk.

Visa Services Information

1. Collection of visa applications and their delivery has been outsourced to VF Services UK Ltd. (http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk)

i. Consulate General of India, Edinburgh will accept visa applications only through VF Services UK Ltd. Only exception will be for diplomatic/official/UN passports.  The Diplomatic/Official/UN passport holders may submit their applications for visas to the Consulate General of India, Edinburgh directly on any working day from 10.00hrs to 12.30hrs.

ii. For this purpose, VF Services UK Ltd. has opened two India Visa Application Centres (IVACs) in Scotland whose addresses are as follows:

With effect from 23rd February 2015, Indian Visa Application Centre will move to their new location:
India Visa Application Centre
1 Rennie's Isle, Leith,
Edinburgh EH6 6QT

2.  India Visa Application Centre 
c/o Mel Milaap Anderson Centre
134 Berkeley Street
Glasgow G3 7HY

iii. Visa applications can be submitted to India Visa Application Centres, VF Services       
(UK) Ltd. in the following manner:

  • On-line applications along with passports/documents can be submitted in person.  Applicants may like to take prior on-line appointments.

Revision of Visa Fees with effect from 17 January 2013.
The rate for various types of visas will be revised with effect from 17 January 2013.
For revised rates of all types of visa refer to the web-site http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk

The VF Services (UK) Ltd. has been authorised to charge a service fee of GBP 07.44 (including VAT charges) (including VAT charges) per application over and above the normal visa fee of the Consulate General of India, Edinburgh. Postal/Bank/agency charges, wherever applicable, will be additional, to be borne by the applicant.

For details on visa applications, jurisdiction etc. please see link: http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk.

Visa applications can be submitted at the Visa Application Centre between 0830 hrs. to 1530 hrs (from 2nd March onwards).

All applicants will be required to book an appointment online to submit their applications at the Edinburgh & Glasgow Centres

 Applicants should make travel arrangements only after obtaining appropriate visa. The processing time for visas in normal cases will be 5 working days or more and in some cases it may take longer (for details refer 'processing time' for visas on web-site http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk).

Please note that the validity of visa starts from the date of issue and not from the date    of travel.
Please verify your particulars on the Visa after collection of your passport.
Link to India Visa Application Centres, VF Services (UK) Ltd. – http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk

Emergency Visa Notice

Emergency Visa is issued in cases of genuine emergency like death or serious illness of immediate family member (blood relation with proof of relationship) subject to production of supporting documentary evidence from India like death certificate/Hospital certificate duly signed and stamped.
Applications for Emergency Visa should be filled online (http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/onlineapplication.html) and submitted at the Consulate General of India, Edinburgh along with the print out of the online visa application form, passport valid for a minimum of 180 days with at least two blank pages, 2 photographs (50mm x 50mm) and fees in cash.
Application for Emergency Visa (with supporting documents from India like Death Certificate/Hospital/Doctor's certificate) can be submitted at the Consulate General of India, Edinburgh from 10.00 hrs to 15.00 hours on any working day.
Any suppression of factual information or providing false information will not only result in refusal of current visa but in future also. The decision of the Consulate General of India, Edinburgh in this matter shall be final.

FAQs PERTAINING TO WORK RELATED VISAS  

Introduction

In recent weeks, several queries have been raised about the type of Visas issued by India to foreigners for work related visits. It is clarified that basically there are two (2) types of work related Visas, namely:-

1. Business Visa designated as 'B' Visa
2. Employment Visa designated as 'E' Visa

Frequently asked questions with regard to the above issues and replies thereto are outlined below for information, guidance and compliance of all concerned:-

Q1. What is a Business Visa?

Ans. 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:-

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

(ii) 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.

(iii) The facility of Business Visa will also be 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.

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

(v) 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.

(vi) 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.

 

Q2. Who are eligible for a Business Visa?

Ans. (i) Foreign nationals who want to visit India to establish industrial/business venture or to explore possibilities to set up industrial/business venture in India.

(ii) Foreign nationals coming to India to purchase/sell industrial products or commercial products or consumer durables.

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

(iv) Foreign nationals coming to India for recruitment of manpower.

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

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

(vii) 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.

(viii) 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.

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

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

(xi) Foreign students sponsored by AIESEC for internship on project based work in companies/industries

 

Q3. What is the duration of a Business Visa?

Ans. A Business Visa with multiple entry facilities is granted for a period upto 5 years or for a shorter duration as per the requirement. A stay stipulation may be prescribed for each visit by the concerned Indian Mission.

 

Q4. What documents are required to be submitted alongwith application for a Business Visa?

Ans. (i) The foreign national must have a valid travel document and a re-entry permit, if required under the law of the country concerned.

(ii) Proof of financial standing and expertise in the field of intended business.

 

Q5. What is an Employment Visa?

Ans. Employment Visa is granted to foreigners desiring to come to India for purpose of employment, subject to following conditions:-

(i) The applicant is a skilled and qualified professional or person who is being engaged or appointed by a company, organization, industry, or undertaking, etc. in India on contract or employment basis at a senior level, skilled position such as technical expert, senior executive, or in a managerial position, etc.

(ii) Employment Visa is not granted for jobs for which large numbers of qualified Indians are available.

(iii) Employment Visa is not granted for routine, ordinary or secretarial/clerical jobs.

(iv) The Employment 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.

(v) The Indian company/organization engaging foreign nationals for executing projects/contracts would be responsible for the conduct of the foreign national during their stay in India and also for the departure of such foreign national upon expiry of Visa.

(vi) A foreign national will have to comply with all other requirements like payment of tax liabilities, etc.

 

Q6. Who are eligible for Employment Visa?

Ans. Subject to the conditions enumerated in Question B5 above, the following will be eligible for Employment Visa:-

(i) Foreign nationals coming to India for execution of a project/contract [irrespective of the duration of the visit].

(ii) Foreign nationals who are coming to India on short visits to customer location to repair any plant or machinery as part of warranty or annual maintenance contracts.

(iii) Foreign engineers/technicians coming to India for installation and commissioning of equipments/machines/tools in terms of the contract for supply of such equipment/machine/tools.

(iv) Foreign experts coming to India for imparting training for the personnel of the Indian company.

(v) Foreign personnel deputed for providing technical support/services, transfer of know-how, services supplies for which the Indian company pays fees/royalty to the foreign company.

(vii) Foreign artists engaged to conduct regular performances for the duration of the employment contract given by Hotels, Clubs, other organizations.

(viii) Foreign nationals who are coming to India to take up employment as coaches.

(ix) Foreign sportsmen who are given contract for a specified period by the Indian Clubs/organizations.

(x) Self-employed foreign nationals coming to India for providing engineering, medical, accounting, legal or such other highly skilled services in their capacity as independent consultants.

 

Q7. What is the duration of an Employment Visa?

A foreign national coming to India for employment may initially be granted an Employment Visa by the Indian Missions abroad upto one year. The first extension, if necessary, would be granted by MHA. Further extensions, if required, can be granted by concerned State Government/FRO upto maximum period of five years from the date of issue of the Visa. Foreigners coming on Employment Visa are required to register with concerned FRRO/FRO within two weeks from the date of arrival.

 

Q8. What documents are required to be submitted alongwith application for Employment Visa?

Ans. (i) The foreign national must have a valid travel document and a re-entry permit, if required under the law of the country concerned.

(ii) The foreign national must submit proof of his/her employment or contract or engagement by the company/organization, etc. in India.

(iii) The foreign national must submit documentary proof of his educational qualifications and professional expertise.

 

Q9. 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.

 

Q10. Can foreign nationals already in India for executing projects on Business Visas be allowed to extend their Business Visas?

Ans. No. A foreign national who is already in the country on Business Visa and engaged in executing project/contract should leave the country before expiry of his visa.

 

Q11. 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.

 

Q12. Which category of Visa will be granted to family members of foreign nationals coming to India on Business Visas?

Ans. Indian Missions may grant an 'X' Visa [i.e. a Dependent Visa] to the family members of a foreign national granted a Business Visa at their discretion, subject to usual security checks provided the family members are otherwise eligible for grant of such a Visa.

 

Q13. Which category of Visa will be granted to family members of foreign nationals coming to India on Employment?

Ans. In respect of family members of a foreign national who is granted 'E' Visa, Indian Missions may grant an 'X' Visa [i.e. Dependent Visa]. The validity of the 'X' Visa could be co-terminus with the validity of the Visa of the principal Visa holder or for such shorter duration as may be considered necessary by the Indian Mission, subject to usual security checks provided the family members are otherwise eligible for grant of such a Visa.

 

Q14. Whether a foreign company/organization that does not have any Project Office/subsidiary/joint venture/branch office in India can sponsor a foreign national/employee of a foreign company for Employment Visa?

Ans. No.

 

Q15. Whether an Indian company/organization which has awarded a contract for execution of a project to a foreign company that does not have any base in India, can sponsor employee of foreign company for Employment Visa?

Ans. Yes.

 

Q16. If the Indian organization/entity sponsors an Employment Visa, does this mean that the Indian organization/entity has to necessarily be the legal employer of the person?

Ans. No.

 

Q17. Which category of Visa will be granted to the foreign language teachers/interpreters?

Ans. Employment Visa.

 

Q18. Which category of Visa will be granted to the foreign specialist Chefs?

Ans. Employment Visa.

 

Q19. Which type of Visa would be granted to senior management personnel and/or specialists employed by foreign firms who are relocated to India to work on specific project/management assignment?

Ans. Employment Visa.

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