Q. Is online visa application mandatory for all foreign nationals?
Ans: Yes, online visa application is mandatory for all foreign nationals
with effect from August 17, 2010.
Q. After registering online, where do I submit the visa application?
Ans:Bangladeshi nationals residing in Dhaka, Khulna, Barisal Divisions must apply at IVAC, Gulshan or IVAC, Motijheel and those residing at Sylhet Division and Chittagong divisions must apply at IVAC, Sylhet, those residing at Chittagong Division must apply at IVAC, Chittagong and those residing at Rajshahi Division must apply at IVAC, Rajshahi respectively. Other foreign nationals may apply at IVAC, Gulshan or IVAC, Chittagong.
Q . How many online applications and photographs are required to be
submitted by an applicant?
Ans: Only one application and one recent colour photograph are required
to be submitted.
Q- Do I have to submit the application at IVAC at the time given in
the online application or anytime between 0800 hrs to 1200hrs.
Ans: It is advisable that you submit the application at the time indiacted in
the online application. However, your application will be accepted any
time between 0800 hrs to 1200 hrs on the date of appointment.
Q. I made a mistake while filling up the online application. Is it
possible to make corrections online?.
Ans:. No, there is no possibility of making corrections online. You need to
Q. I registered online but could not get a date of appointment. What
should I do to get a date of appointment?
Ans:. Please try at a later date for getting appointment. For this, you must
log on to Reprint option on top right corner of the online application
Please fill in web file number and date of birth and choose the date of
Q. I registered online and took a date of appointment. But I could not
take a print out of the online application. How can I get a printout of the
Ans: Please log on to Reprint option on top right corner of the online
application. Please fill in web file number and date of birth and take a
print out of online application.
Q. I plan to travel to India, but am yet to firm up the dates. Can I apply
online for different dates?
Ans: Multiple bookings by the same individual hamper the prospect of
other applicants in getting date of appointment. If you do so without
sufficient reasons, it is possible that your application may be rejected.
Q. By mistake I selected Chittagong instead of Dhaka online. Can I
still submit the application at IVAC, Dhaka?
Ans: No, online applications registered in Chittagong cannot be accepted
in Dhaka and vice-versa.
Q. I could not submit the documents on the date of appointment. Can I
submit the documents anytime after the date of appointment?
Ans: No, You will have to submit the documents on the date of
appointment given in online application.
Q. Whom should I contact to know the status of my visa application.
Ans: Please get in touch with the IVAC where you had submitted the visa
application through telephone, fax or e-mail. You must mention your
Sticker No. or Passport Number while making enquiries. For contact
details of IVAC, please click here(On www.ivacbd.com).
Q 1. Is there any visa fee required to be paid by Bangladeshi Passport holders for travel to India?
Ans: No. However IVAC charges Visa Processing Fee(VPF) as per rate indicated under "General Information".
Q 2. . Is there any visa fee required for persons other than holders of Bangladeshi Passports?
Ans. Yes. Such persons are required to pay visa fee as per schedule of fee approved by Government of India for various nationalities, unless nationals of any country or countries are exempted from payment of visa fee as per bilateral agreements. To see the visa fee schedule, click here.
Q 3. How many visa applications are required to be filled up by an applicant?
Ans. Only one set of visa application form is required to be filled up by each applicant.
Q 4. Can the visa application of a person be submitted by another person?
Ans. Any member of the family is allowed to submit visa applications on behalf of other members of family subject to a maximum of five persons and subject to proof of identification. For the purpose family constitutes spouse, children and parents.
Visa applications of Hon'ble Members of Parliament and Judiciary; Chairman/ CEO/ Managing Director of established companies and members of their families; and persons above 70 years of age can be submitted through authorised representative carrying valid "E-token".
Q 5. Are there any special requirements for Bangladeshi defence /security personnel while applying for Indian visa?
Ans. Serving /retired defence/police/security personnel have to submit a proforma in the prescribed format along with the visa application form for Bangladeshi Passport holders.
Q 6. What is restricted or protected area?
Ans. There are certain places/regions in India that are designated as Restricted or Protected areas to which access is limited and requires a special permit. Visa applicants who wish to visit a restricted/protected area are required to fill an additional form. The processing of such applications can take up to four weeks and, in some cases, even longer.
Q.1. Whether any fee is required to be charged for making the requisite endorsement on the Passport.
Ans: Miscellaneous Consular Service fee may be charged for making an endorsement.
Q.2. How will medical tourists who return regularly to India for onward treatment be handled?
Ans: For persons coming for medical treatment, there is a separate category of Medical Visa. Foreign nationals coming for medical treatment will have to come only on Medical Visa and not on Tourist Visa.
Q.3. How will the family members of diplomatic households who do not qualify for diplomatic visas (e.g. older children or domestic partners) be handled?
Ans: The family members of diplomatic households who do not qualify for diplomatic visas may have to come on an "Entry(X)" Visa if eligible. If they come on Tourist Visa, the restrictions as laid down will be applicable.
Q.4. How will individuals who come to India to volunteer for various charity organizations be treated? Many of them travel around the region while volunteering in India for extended periods on tourist visas.
Ans.: Tourist Visa is not the appropriate visa in such cases. A person coming for voluntary work can apply for "Entry (X)" Visa.
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:-
A 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. :- 2 -:
(v) 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.
Q.2. 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. :- 3 -:
(xi) Foreign students sponsored by AIESEC for internship on project based work in companies/industries
Q.3. 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.
Q.4. 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.
Q.5. 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. :- 4 -:
(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.
Q. 6. 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.
(vi) Foreign nationals coming to India as consultant on contract for whom the Indian company pays a fixed remuneration, (may not be in the form of monthly salary).
(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. :- 5 -:
(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.
Q.7. 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.
Q.8. 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.
Q.9 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 beyond 31.10.2009?
Ans. No. A foreign national who is already in the country on Business Visa and engaged in executing project/contract should leave the country by 31.10.2009. :- 6 -:
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?
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.
Q15 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?
Q16 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?
Q17 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. :- 7 -:
Q.18 Which category of Visa will be granted to the foreign language teachers/interpreters?
Ans:. Employment Visa.
Q19 Which category of Visa will be granted to the foreign specialist Chefs?
Ans:. Employment Visa.
Q.20 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.
Q.1. Is there any special arrangement for applicants requiring medical visas?
Ans: A dedicated Medical Help Desk at IVAC Gulshan accepts only emergency medical visa applications even before their scheduled appointment date.
Q.2.How many medical attendants are allowed with a patient?
Ans: Upto three medical attendants can be issued visa with a patient.
Q.3. Is medical treatment allowed on Tourist Visa.
Ans: Under normal circumstances, medical treatment on Tourist Visa is not permissible and may result in refusal of visa subsequently. However, in case of any emergency, Tourist Visa should be converted into Medical Visa for medical treatment.
Q.4. I travelled to India on Tourist Visa and had to undergo medical treatment in urgency. Now, I want to apply for medical visa. What should I do?
Ans: While submitting your application for medical visa, please submit all the documents, including of your previous treatment in India.
Q.5. What are the documents required for medical visa in addition to the general documents?
(i) Medical certificate, in original, from recognised hospitals/ doctors indicating in detail the medical condition of the patient; (ii) Recommendation from the attending doctor for availing treatment abroad in case of first visit; (iii) recommendation from the attending doctor in India in case of continued treatment in India; (iv) In case of hospitalisation or long term treatment, proof of financial resources.
Q.6. My patient is already in India. I want to apply for a medical attendant visa.
Ans: Medical Attendant visas are issued alongwith patient only.
Q.7. Is it necessary that Medical Attendants should be blood relative of the patient?
Ans: No, there is no such requirement.