This report covers several key immigration-related developments in India in recent months.
On 14 November 2018, Indian Ministry of Home Affairs’ (“MHA”) Foreigners Division issued a press release1 summarising the various steps taken by the government to improve the immigration/visa process in India. In early 2018, India’s government issued detailed visa guidelines streamlining the visa application process and compliance procedures.2
With the updated 2018 guidelines, India simplified provisions, clarified “grey” areas, and undertook efforts to make visa applications and compliance easier.
Immigration counsel and global mobility managers should consider the movements of foreign nationals, employees, academics, and interns into India for whom they are responsible and establish policies and procedures that will help ensure compliance with India’s immigration rules. Tourists and other foreign nationals traveling to India for non-work purposes should stay informed of developments to foster their compliance as well.
India continues to undertake important efforts aimed at simplifying and streamlining the visa/immigration processes for foreign nationals. Introduction of electronic applications, approvals, clearances, and extensions, are consistent with the government’s aim of a digital India and its focus on “minimum government and maximum governance.”
1 See Press Information Bureau, MHA, “Liberalization of visa regime of India during the last one year,” (14 November 2018).
2 For details, please refer to “Government of India Issues Detailed Visa Guidelines (PDF 567KB),” in Tax News Flash (10 April 2018), a publication of the KPMG International member firm in India.
3 For details, please refer to the government of India’s “E-Visa” website.
4 Security clearance is only required if the participants are from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan origin, and stateless persons, or intend to visit protected or restricted areas.
5 Mumbai, Cochin, Mormugao, Chennai, and New Mangalore.
6 If the stay is for activities other than tourism, the stay is as an individual foreign tourist, the stay is at a place which is not open for tourism.
7 Business, employment, student, and research visa.
8 The foreign national is married to an Indian citizen/Person of Indian Origin/Overseas Citizen of India cardholder.
INR 1 = EUR 0.0123
INR 1 = USD 0.014
INR 1 = GBP 0.01106
INR 1 = AUD 0.0194
This article is excerpted, with permission, from “India Visa Regime Gets More Liberalised,” published in Tax News Flash (30 November 2018) by the KPMG International member firm in India.
* Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide any immigration services. However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.
The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in India.
© 2021 KPMG Assurance and Consulting Services LLP, an Indian Limited Liability Partnership and a member firm of the KPMG global organization of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Limited, a private English company limited by guarantee. All rights reserved.
KPMG (Registered) (a partnership firm with Registration No. BA- 62445) converted into KPMG Assurance and Consulting Services LLP (a Limited Liability partnership firm) with LLP Registration No. AAT-0367 with effect from July 23, 2020.
For more detail about the structure of the KPMG global organization please visit https://home.kpmg/governance.
Flash Alert is an Global Mobility Services publication of KPMG LLPs Washington National Tax practice. The KPMG logo and name are trademarks of KPMG International. KPMG International is a Swiss cooperative that serves as a coordinating entity for a network of independent member firms. KPMG International provides no audit or other client services. Such services are provided solely by member firms in their respective geographic areas. KPMG International and its member firms are legally distinct and separate entities. They are not and nothing contained herein shall be construed to place these entities in the relationship of parents, subsidiaries, agents, partners, or joint venturers. No member firm has any authority (actual, apparent, implied or otherwise) to obligate or bind KPMG International or any member firm in any manner whatsoever. The information contained in herein is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavor to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act on such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation.