Saturday, 6 January 2007

Moving to Mumbai? Get a Visa!

There are four main categories of Visas

Employment Visa: to be applied if you are coming to India as an employee. Can be accompanied by spouse and family

Business Visa: to be applied if you are coming to India on business. This is usually for short duration. Cannot be accompanied by family

Tourist Visa: as the name suggest, this is for tourist and is valid for a period of 180 days only. It cannot be extended and cannot be converted to another visa.

Any foreign national arriving in India with the appropriate visas and intents to stay over 180 days is required to register with the ‘Foreigners Regional Registration Office. Registration must be completed within 14 days of arrival, failure to do so will result in a fine of US30 dollars per person.

Spouse or dependent visa: this visa is for a spouse and other accompanying family member. Anybody holding this visa cannot be employed in India. If an accompanying spouse is interested in working they should have an employment visa however this is difficult.

Always apply for multiple entries Visa. You should make sure that the words multiple visa are on visa itself or at least the initials ‘MEV’. This is necessary for any travel outside India undertaken by employee and the family during the period of assignment in India.

A Visa Extension can be obtained from the embassy where the original Visa was issued, or from FRRO Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi.

It is highly recommended that prior to the expiry of your visa, you leave India and obtain a new one from abroad. Many expats go to Bangkok, or Dubai for few days just to get a new visa. It is acknowledged as being the quickest and easiest method.

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The name "Bombay" was derived from 'Bom Bahia' (The Good Bay),

.... a name given by Portuguese sailor Francis Almeida, in 1508 ....“Bounce back Mumbai” it is called by the locals, it is a city that has been through a lot in the recent past – floods, bomb blasts, riots – and come out stronger each time.

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