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Business Visa

Overview

A Business Visa is given those who are doing business in India such as making sales or establishing contacts on behalf of a company outside of India. Business visas may be valid for six months or more with multiple entries. However, the period of stay in India (for each visit) under this category is limited to six months only. Please note the visa is valid beginning on the day it is issued

Business Visa

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Visa Fees

Your payment allows you to submit your application through the Indian Visa Application Centre. Your application can be accepted, refused or modified by the Embassy of India in its full right. Once service charges have been paid, they cannot be refunded, even in the case of a visa refusal or cancelling an application.

Important:

If sending your application by post, please do not forget to enclose the courier service charge to have your passport sent back to you by secure courier. Please refer to the below Fee Charge Table for details.

Nationality Validity No. of Entries Visa Fee Service Charge Consular Fee   SMS/Email-messaging Premium– Courier Delivery Total Amount
Unites States of America   Up to1 Year     Multiple 295 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 336.05
1 - 5Years Multiple 477 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 518.05
5 – 10 Years Multiple 481 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 522.05
Ecuador Up to 1 Year Multiple 430 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 471.05
1 - 5 Years Multiple 570 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 611.05
New Zealand Up to 1 Year Multiple 235 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 276.05
1 - 5 Years Multiple 441 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 482.00
Ukraine Up to 1 Year SGL/DBL/MULT 230 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 271.05
1 - 5 Years SGL/DBL/MULT 441 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 482.05
France Up to 1 Year Multiple 300 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 341.05
1 - 5 Years Multiple 441 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 482.05
Australia Up to 1 Year Multiple 385 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 426.05
1 - 5 Years Multiple 525 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 566.05
Czech Republic Up to 1 Year Multiple 340 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 381.05
1 - 5 Years Multiple 485 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 526.05
Iran Up to 1 Year Multiple 490 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 531.05
1 - 5 Years Multiple 635 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 676.05
Ireland Up to 1 Year Multiple 360 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 401.05
1 - 5 Years Multiple 500 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 541.05
Nigeria Up to 1 Year Multiple 441 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 482.05
Philippines Up to 1 Year Multiple 395 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 436.05
1 - 5 Years Multiple 535 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 576.05
Poland Up to 1 Year Multiple 265 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 306.05
1 - 5 Years Multiple 441 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 482.05
Saudi Arabia Up to 1 Year Multiple 385 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 426.05
1 - 5 Years Multiple 525 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 566.05
United Kingdom Up to 12 months Single/Multiple 427 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 468.05
1 - 5 Years Multiple 1280 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 1321.05
Same day visa SGL/DBL/MULT 385 (excluding visa fee depending on validity) 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 NA
Thailand Up to 1 Year Multiple 360 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 401.05
1 - 5 Years Multiple 500 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 541.05
U.A.E Up to 1 Year Multiple 740 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 781.05
1 - 5 Years Multiple 880 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 921.05
Sri Lanka Up to 31 Days Multiple 45 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 86.05
Up to 91 Days Single 48 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 86.05
Up to 91 Days Multiple 71 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 112.05
7 months Multiple 141 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 182.05
  2 years Multiple 141 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 182.05
  6 Years Multiple 212 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 253.05
Russia Up to 6 months Single 71 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 112.05
  Up to 6 months Double 159 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 200.05
  Up to 6 months Multiple 212 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 253.05
Pakistan Up to 6 months Multiple 5 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 46.05
Afghanistan, Argentina Up to 6 months Multiple 0 6.80+3.75* 0 2.50 25 38.05
1 Year Multiple 0 6.80+3.75* 0 2.50 25 38.05
5 Years Multiple 0 6.80+3.75* 0 2.50 25 38.05
All Other Nationals Up to 1 Year Multiple 220 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 261.05
1 - 5 Years Multiple 441 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25 482.05

*All payments to be made in CHF (Swiss Francs) only

* Please find below transactions fees applicable on various modes of payments, including applicable VAT:

  • Credit Cards: 3% on the total invoice amount
  • Debit Card: CHF 0.30 per transaction
  • Cash: No transaction fee applicable
  • Payment by Postal Order: CHF 3.75 per transaction

PAYMENT INSTRUCTION

  • Mode of Payment

    • Credit Cards (At Visa Centre): Visa & Master Card (Cards locally issued in Switzerland)
    • Debit Card (At Visa Centre)
    • Cash (At Visa Centre)
    • Payment by Postal Order

      Please make your payment in favor of "VF SERVICES (UK) Limited" Account Number 60-433764-4 at Swiss Post office outlets or via E-Banking (IBAN: CH89 0900 0000 6043 3764 4)

      Refund of Visa Application Fee

      If VFS is in breach of contract or negligent in relation to any visa application submitted, resulting in the visa not being granted or loss of applicants passport with valid visas, in each case, wherein the applicant has to apply for a new passport or cannot travel to India at the times stated by the applicant in his/her visa application, then VFS will refund to the applicant the amount of the visa application fee only.

      Loss or damage to passports and other travel documents.

      VFS takes every reasonable precaution while handling an applicant's passport & documents, and if due to any breach of contract or negligence on the part of VFS, the applicant's submitted passport or documents are lost or damaged beyond a useable condition, then VFS will pay to the applicant the amount of the fees charged by the government of the applicant's home country, for the replacement of the lost or damaged passport or other documents through their normal replacement procedure, and VFS will assist the applicant with the same within its capacity. Such payments will be made by VFS to the applicant on the presentation of the payment receipt issued by the government of their respective home country for the replacement of such lost or damaged passport or documents.

Documents Required

PDF image Printable Application Checklist for Postal Applications

  • Printed Visa Application Form: An Indian Government visa application form completed online. Your form should be printed signed in the box under the photograph on page 1. You should validate the data on your form and accept the declaration on page 2 by signing at the bottom of the page.
  • Passport: Original passport valid for a minimum of 180 days (or for the validity requested, if greater) and containing at least 2 blank visa pages
  • Passport Photos: Two photographs conforming to Indian Government norms (50 mm x 50 mm). Please note: Standard Swiss passport photos are not the prescribed format and will not be accepted. Detailed specifications can be found under on our Photo Specifications Page. One photo should be pasted to the form on page 1 in the box provided and the second attached with paper clip. A photo booth is available in our Office in Geneva as well.
  • Residence Permit/Referral Form: Non-Swiss/Liechtenstein Nationals are required to submit a photocopy of their valid Residence Permit category B, C or L (G and F category permits will not be accepted). Additionally, such cases are required to complete the General Referral Form.
    • Sri Lankan Nationals and Swiss Nationals of Sri Lankan origin. Additional Referral Form for Sri Lankan Nationals and SwissNationals of Sri Lankan origin.
    • Pakistani nationals and Swiss Nationals of Pakistani origin. Four sets of specific application forms for Pakistani nationals and Swiss Nationals of Pakistani origin with one identical photo on each form. Additionally, four completed copies of “Additional Information Form
    • Swiss Nationals of the following origins will also be required to fill out the referral form and pay the additional 25CHF referral fee: Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia and China.
  • Travel Itinerary: Flight Reservation, E-Ticket or travel plan. Note: Although a confirmed booking is not necessary, a detailed itinerary showing arrival and departure dates as well as flight details is compulsory. Please include one copy per application.
  • Invitation Letter by the Indian Company (on company letterhead) stating the purpose of visit and the duration of the visit as well as requested duration of visa validity. Please insure this letter is in ENGLISH.
  • Business Introduction Letter IN ENGLISH by the firm in Switzerland (on company letterhead) which is sending the individual to India outlining the following details:
    • Designation/Status of the applicant in the Firm.
    • Nature of business in India and expected duration of the visit as well as requested validity of visa.
    • Name and address of the receiving organization in India.
    • In case the application is visiting offices of Central and/or State governments, details of the same.

Long-Term Business Visa (over 12 months) requests must include copies of previous business visas when not in current passport

  • Requisite Fee: Postal Applications: Please review our visa fees and make your payment in favor of "VF SERVICES (UK) Limited" Account Number 60-433764-4 at Swiss Post office outlets or via E-Banking (IBAN: CH89 0900 0000 6043 3764 4) Attach the original payment confirmation or printout with your application and retain a copy of your payment confirmation for your records. All applications submitted at our application centre must be paid for at time of submission via Credit or Debit Card

LIST OF ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS

If the applicant is a minor (under 15 years of age):

  • Visa Application Form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Photocopy of ID or passport from parent or legal guardian as well as an authorization letter for a minor to travel alone signed by parent or legal guardian.

If requesting double or multiple entry: Flight reservation showing visit to neighboring countries or 2nd reservation for later date if intending to travel to India again within the validity of your visa. NOTE: This does not guarantee a multiple entry visa will be granted

Photo Specifications

It is imperative that the photograph submitted at the time of application must fall within the specifications and sizes given below.

Unacceptable photographs, that do not meet the specifications, may not be accepted for submission.

Sample Photograph:

  • The photograph should be in color and of the size of 2 inch x 2 inch (50 mm x 50 mm).
  • The photo-print should be clear and with a continuous-tone quality.
  • It should have full face, front view, eyes open.
  • Photo should present full head from top of hair to bottom of chin.
  • Center head within frame.
  • The background should be a plain light colored background.
  • There should not be any distracting shadows on the face or on the background.
  • Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.
  • The expression on the face should look natural.
Sample Photo 1

Do’s and Don’ts for a Proper photograph

The photo for each applicant submitted must measure:

  • The photo should capture full face, front view, with eyes open.
  • The head should be in the centre of the frame.
  • There should be no distracting shadows on the face or background.
  • Sample Photo 2
  • Make sure photo presents full head from top of hair to bottom of chin; height of head should measure 1 inch to 1-3/8 inches (25 mm to 35 mm). Make sure eye height is between 1- 1/8 inches to 1-3.
  • Sample Photo 3

Lighting on face and background

  • The light should be even and balanced to avoid shadows on the face.
  • Background behind the face should be properly illuminated to avoid shadows in the background.
  • Sample Photo 4

Photograph Print Properties

  • The photograph should be in size 2 inch x 2 inch (50 mm x 50 mm) and in color.
  • Print photo on thin photo paper.
  • Ensure the print is clear and has a continuous-tone quality.
  • Do not retouch or otherwise enhance or soften the photo.
  • Sample Photo 5

Resolution and Printing Quality/Contrast and Color

  • High-resolution photography and printing are strongly recommended.
  • Both conventional and digital photography are acceptable, and conventional or digital printing methods may be used.
  • Resulting print should exhibit a continuous-tone quality regardless of the print method used (dye sublimation, ink jet, laser, etc.)
  • Digitally printed photos should be produced without visible pixels or dot patterns
  • Fine facial features should be discernible.
  • Brightness and contrast should be adjusted to present the subject and background accurately.
  • Photos without proper contrast or color may obscure unique facial features.
  • Color should reproduce natural skin tones.
  • Fluorescent or other lighting with
  • Unbalanced color may cause unwanted color cast in the photo. Appropriate filters can eliminate improper color balance.
  • Sample Photo 6

Head & Eyes- Position and Background

  • Head should face the camera directly and should not tilt or turned (portrait style).
  • Photo must show both edges of the face clearly.
  • The eyes must be open, level and clearly visible and must not be covered by hairs or eyeglass frames.
  • Sample Photo 7

Eyeglasses

  • Glare on eyeglasses should be avoided with a slight upward or downward tilt of the head.
  • No tinted or dark glasses.
  • Sample Photo 8

Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.

Exposure and Lighting

  • There should not be any over-exposure or underexposure which results in an unusable photo.
  • There should be a three-point balanced lighting. Facial features should be clearly evident in the photo.
  • Lighting should be adjusted to avoid shadows on the face or background. Diffuse sources of light, such as umbrella lights, are preferable to point sources.
  • Sample Photo 9

Flexibility in Children’s photographs

  • Babies under one year do not have to have their eyes open.
  • As regards the photograph of the children under ten years of age, requirements can be somewhat relaxed in respect of height of the face and the position of the eyes in the photographs; and in case of babies and infants also, the position of the face, the facial expression, the eyes and the line of sight can have some relaxation. However, a frontal photograph with clarity is required for children.
  • It should show the child alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible) looking at the camera with a neutral expression and the mouth closed.
  • Sample Photo 10

Processing Time

Average processing times vary as explained below. Please finalize your travel arrangements only after you obtain an appropriate visa. VFS / Embassy of India, Bern will not be responsible for any inconvenience/problems faced as a result of finalizing travel plans before obtaining your appropriate visa.

Normal Applications

Normal Tourist / Business visas up to a period of 6 / 12 months can be issued within 5 - 7 working days for foreign nationals, but visa requested in exceptional cases for a duration of 1 year or more, will take a minimum of 7 - 10 working days .

Most Tourist / Business visas up to a period of 6 / 12 months for Swiss and Liechtenstein nationals would be processed within 2-3 working days after submission of application except as detailed below

  • Employment, research, student , Volunteers visa may take up to 3 weeks or more
  • Processing time for the below mentioned nationalities will take a minimum 7- 10 working days.
    • Nationals of Bangladesh or any applicant (irrespective of current nationality) who previously held Bangladeshi nationality
    • Sri Lankan nationals or Swiss Nationals of Sri Lankan Origin

Postal applications need a minimum of 10 - 12 working days to be processed. This does not include the period they are in transit. Please note that the above mentioned times are dependent on the Embassy of India, Bern and will not be same for all visa cases.

Same Day Visa Service

Effective 01st April 2014 the Embassy of India will no longer process same day (Urgent) visa applications.

Please note: The processing times for visas are estimates only. We do not guarantee the visa will be issued same day. Non-Swiss nationals and Swiss nationals who require a reference have a processing time of 7-10 working days. These are based on information and experience of the Embassy of India, Bern.

The processing of your application is subject to the procedures and timescales of the Embassy of India, Bern, over which we have no control

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