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Visas and Work Permits for Bangalore

Are you thinking of moving to Bangalore for an expat assignment? The “Silicon Valley of India” may pose unexpected challenges. The InterNations guide to Bangalore gives you basic info on climate, population, visa options and permits to help you prepare for your impending relocation.

Visa Applications

Everyone needs a valid visa for Bangalore. Visa applications are processed at all Indian overseas missions. If you are unsure as to where the nearest Indian mission is located, please consult the National Portal of India.

While there are no restrictions on skilled immigration (except for Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals), make sure you fulfill all formal requirements and submit the application in time. The Indian Embassy or Consulate should provide you with the correct application form and advice on any additional documents. If this information is not available online, call to request it.

Standard requirements for most visas are:

Visa fees include consular fees and, sometimes, a referral fee, which both vary according to visa type and duration of stay. Different types of visas require additional documentation.

Visas and Work Permits: Two for the Price of One?

The following two visa categories, which double as work permits, are the most common among expats:

Which Visa Do I Need if I Don’t Move for Work?

Apart from visas for tourists, medical tourists, and students, there are several other visa categories. Some of them might be relevant for expats too:

Keep in mind that visa requirements can differ depending on your nationality, reason for moving to Bangalore, and personal situation!


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