An India Intern visa permits the applicants traveling to India to get internships at educational institutes, companies, or NGOs/charities. Applicants should provide documentation from the involved institutions.

In this blog, we go over the details of the India Intern visa, eligibility, requirements, processing time, etc.

India Intern visa Eligibility

The Indian government has provided the opportunity to pass an Internship for foreigners in different fields. The eligible people need to:

  • Earn a minimum salary of INR 0.78 million per year for internships with an Indian company.
  • Only graduates/post-graduates who have graduated at most a year before can get the visa.

Note: The Intern visa will not include the nationals of Pakistan.

By Indian law, you may not receive an intern visa in the following fields or sectors:

  • Defense
  • Telecom
  • Construction/strategic infrastructure projects
  • Space
  • Technologies
  • Exploration
  • Mining
  • Civil Aviation
  • Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Nuclear energy
  • Private Security agencies
  • Human Rights
  • Environmental Issues
  • Dams

Who can and cannot apply for an India intern visa?

The following countries do not need to apply for a visa to travel to India:

  • Bhutan
  • Barbados
  • Dominica
  • Haiti
  • Hong Kong
  • Grenada
  • The Maldives
  • Montserrat
  • Nepal
  • Mauritius
  • Niue Island
  • The Grenadines
  • Saint Vincent
  • Samoa
  • Serbia
  • Senegal
  • Trinidad and Tobago

The following countries currently can not travel to India because of Covid-19:

  • Iran
  • France
  • Kuwait
  • Indonesia
  • UK
  • UAE
  • USA
  • Bahrain
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Qatar
  • Bangladesh
  • Maldives
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Oman

A few countries may not be allowed to travel to India under an Intern visa:

  • Bangladesh
  • Pakistan
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka

India Intern visa requirements

The requirements for an India film visa are as follows:

  • The passport, which is at least one year valid, including a minimum of three blank pages
  • Filled application form with signatures and the uploaded photo at both applications
  • Invitation letter of internship from Indian educational institutions, companies, and NGOs with the internship specified.
  • Entitlements on Internship trainee
  • Intern and Internship details (in original form)
  • Admission letters from Indian companies, educational institutions & NGOs ensuring the foreigner’s departure.
  • Organization undertaking
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Copy of graduate / post-graduate certificate diploma
  • Personal bank statements for the latest three months
  • In case you are your family’s dependent, you should attach a letter of responsibility for trip expenses
  • A copy of the birth registration/marriage certificate
  • Reserved flight ticket
  • Copied certificate of International Yellow Fever vaccination
  • Original bank deposit slip

How to apply for an India intern visa?

You need to apply online and fill the Indian visa application form. After that, you should take a copy of the filled application. Then you can wait to be informed of an interview and the India Intern visa issuance.

Occasionally, the processing time will last 2 weeks. However, it will take more time if there is a problem with your application. Registering under FRRO(Foreigners Regional Registration Officer) is obligatory within 14 days of arrival in India if you need to stay for more than 180 days.

India intern visa Fees

The India Intern visa fee depends on your nationality. You can go over the details on the concerned embassy site.

Please note that acceptance of a visa application does not automatically guarantee that you will receive the visa. The visa officials might accept, modify or reject the visa. It’s up to different factors.

India Intern visa processing time

The Indian Mission/Post requires at least three working days to process the case and issue a visa. ​​The period of an India Intern visa is restricted to the duration of the Internship program or one year, whichever is less.

Annual issuance limit

India’s missions overseas may grant, in each country, at most 50 Intern visas per year. For the countries where the “Indian nationals” population is more than 1 million, the maximum limit on Intern visas reaches 100 Intern visas per year.

Note: Internship with an NGO will take you a little longer, and the visa won’t be granted at the expected time.

India Intern visa exceptions

Earlier approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) would be required if the intern:

  • Is of a particular nationality
  • Intends to proceed with an internship with an NGO
  • The internship program involves visits to restricted, protected, and cantonment areas

The Intern visa is not issued for internships in specific strategic areas.

The income tax law of India will apply to the foreign national interns equally. The intern might need to register with the (FRRO)/(FRO) for tax rules if required.

What is the minimum salary of an Intern?

If the internship is in a company, the foreign national being sponsored for the internship should draw a minimum remuneration of Rs.7.80/- Lakhs per year. However, there will be no minimum salary limit in internships in Educational Institutions and NGOs.

The Intern Visa will be granted immediately after completion of Graduation / Post Graduation. Still, the gap between the completion of Graduation / Post Graduation and the commencement of the internship should not be more than one year.

​Visa should be granted based on a letter from the Indian company/ Educational Institution / NGO concerned, sponsoring the foreign national for the internship program and indicating the internship period.

Can you stay in India after completing your internship?

You cannot look for a job in India immediately after completing the internship program. You may not convert the Intern visa into an employment visa or any other type. If you receive any employment offer in India, you should return to your country of residence and apply for an employment visa from there.

Sum up

If you intend to participate in an Internship program in India to improve your career-related skills, you should apply for an India Intern visa. This visa will include a wide range of careers except for the ones we mentioned earlier. On the Visa Library website, you can learn about other Indian visitor visas like (employment visas and project visas) as well as ways to immigrate to other countries.

To know more about other types of India visas, visit the left sidebar.

You could also find out about other countries’ visas by going through the menu of the website.

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