Eligibility :- A Business visa is granted to a foreigner for the following purposes –
(i) Foreign nationals who wish to visit India to establish an industrial/business venture or to
explore possibilities to set up an industrial/business venture, other than Proprietorship
Firms and Partnership Firms, 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 or 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 of the
(vi) Foreign nationals coming to India for consultations regarding exhibitions or 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 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 nationals coming as tour conductors and travel agents and / or conducting
business tours of foreigners or business relating to it, etc.
(xii) Foreign academicians/ experts coming under GIAN (Global Initiative for Academic
(xiii) Crew members of scheduled/ non-scheduled flights operated by scheduled airlines, nonscheduled and chartered flights operated by non-scheduled airlines and special flights.
(xiv) Foreign nationals intending to visit India to participate in cultural events/ activities with
remuneration. [Such foreign nationals intending to visit India to participate in cultural
events/ activities for short duration without remuneration may be granted Entry (X-Misc.)
(xv) Foreign nationals who are engaged in commercial sports events in India on contract
(including coaches) like Indian Premier League, Indian Soccer League, etc. with
remuneration. They may be granted ‘B-Sports’ Visa with multiple entry facility for
appropriate period. Such a foreign national shall comply with all the statutory obligations
like payment of taxes, etc