India to issue five-year business visas to UAE citizens, residents

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Starting April 1, citizens and residents of the UAE will be “issued as routine” five-year multiple-entry business visas to India by Indian missions in the UAE, India’s ambassador to the UAE announced on Thursday.

Navdeep Singh Suri made the announcement at the Indian Consulate in Dubai during a wide-ranging discussion with the media.

  • The five year multiple entry visas will be made available to any bona fide businessman or his representative from the UAE.

The UAE nationals had stringent visa requirements to visit India and many of them are used to visa on arrival facility in many western countries and the visa restrictions had affected many business visas.

Improving bilateral trade

“As a continuation of improving bilateral trade and investment between India and the UAE multiple entry business visas will be available from April 1, 2017 onwards.

“It will be open to GCC nationals and nationals from a number of countries,” the ambassador said in Dubai, adding that the details will be announced soon.

Implementation from April 1, 2017

“It will take a little bit of time to put in place the biometric sampling system and other requirements needed. I am pretty confident that in addition to five years multiple entry business visas, multiple entry tourists visas to tourists. We are waiting for the implementation of the new system from April 1, 2017 onwards,” Suri told Khaleej Times.

He said “technically, citizens and residents in all GCC countries” are eligible to apply for the five-year multiple-entry business visa. However it was up to the Indian missions in the other five GCC countries to announce when they will be ready to issue such visas, Gulf News quoted Suri as having said.

Business visas are given to foreign nationals who intends to establish a business or industrial venture or to explore possibilities of setting up industrial business ventures in India.

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It is issued to business people of strong financial standing and specialized expertise in the intended field of business. The visa facility is not issued to business people who are indulged in money laundering or petty trade, according to the Indian Embassy.

The business visa referred to by Suri costs around Dh1,500, a consulate official said during the event.

Published on 3 March 2017

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