Business Visa Explained

    When you are travelling to another country for business then there are a few requirements you will have to fulfil to get a visa. This is a short guide on business visas and how to obtain them in India and Canada.

    What can you do with a business visa?

    Any business-related activity that needs to be conducted in a different country requires a business visa to be obtained. You can apply for this visa if you are visiting to attend:

    • Seminars
    • Workshops
    • Business-related exhibitions
    • Corporate event
    • Conference
    • Meetings
    • Trade fairs

    Everything listed above is valid for a business visa. However, do not confuse this visa with finding employment. For example, if you applied for a job in another country and you got accepted then a business visa is not applicable in this case.

    Such a scenario requires a completely different process and visa. This is because you can only visit the country temporarily for work or business-related purposes with this visa. Many countries offer a variety of different business visas and it depends on the country you are planning to visit.

    A business visa for any country can be obtained in multiple ways. You can either receive it electronically, by mail or through the embassy of the country you have applied in. Once your process is complete, you can visit the country with no problems and conduct business there.

    Let’s explore how you can obtain a business visa in India and Canada.

    India Business Visa

    India offers only one type of business visa which is known as the 1 Year Visa.  Under the 1 year visa plan the traveller is given acced to multiple entries, and you can stay in India for a maximum of 180 days at one time. The 1 year visa plan is valid for a term of 1 year from the date of issuance.

    As of now, India is a booming hub for many businesses and many people are now travelling there solely for this reason. If you also want to travel to India for business purposes then you need to fill out their application form. Once this is filled you will be given a reference number. This reference number can then be used to keep a check on the status of your visa application.

    Almost all business visas are approved in a few days so you will easily get your visa without any problems once you have fulfilled all the requirements. Here is what you will need to apply for an Indian Business Visa:

    • Photograph
    • Credit card
    • A business card issued by your company
    • Valid passport for the next six months at least
    • Photo of passport and all its pages that show the travellers personal information
    • Proof of return travel or continuing travel

    Once your visa is approved, here is everything you will need once you arrive in India:

    • Proof of sufficient funds to cover expenses while staying in India
    • At least two empty pages with no stamps on your passport
    • Printed document of approved business visa
    • Proof of continuing travel or of return

    This is everything you will need or have to show during your application process or while you are applying for your visa. Once everything is in order you can visit India for conducting any sort of business you might have there. This visa covers:

    • Business fairs and exhibitions
    • Ongoing projects of specialists or experts
    • Anyone managing a tour
    • If you are a part of GIAN Initiative and you want to deliver a lecture.
    • Trading of goods
    • Setting up a business venture
    • Recruiting people for work
    • Business commitments and meetings

    As long as you fill the criteria, you can apply. Residents of any country can apply for this visa online with the exception of Pakistan. A Pakistani national will have to get an Indian business visa approved from the consulate as they are not eligible to apply online.

    Once you have applied and your visa is approved, you can visit India for business and side by side enjoy everything it has to offer as well!

    Canadian Business Visa

    To be eligible for a Canadian Business Visa, you have to provide:

    • A valid passport
    • Good health
    • No immigration or criminal convictions
    • Employment details
    • Home address
    • Finances
    • Any previous visits to Canada you may have had

    Once you have everything you need you can apply for the visa by filling out their online form. You will get an ETA approval within fifteen minutes. However, it may take 2 – 3 days for you to receive an email confirmation of your approved ETA. Note that for any short-term travellers to Canada, be it tourism or business-related visit, one needs and ETA and not a visa.

    After an approval from ETA you will be allowed to stay in Canada for business-related purposes for up to 6 months. However, immigration officers at the time will let you know how long you can stay. The business ETA will only be valid for 5 years and it will be electronically linked to your passport so you will not have to carry a separate document.

    Even if you are travelling somewhere else for a business-related visit and you have a layover in Canada, you will need to have an ETA to avoid any problems. Once you have followed all the instructions you can easily enter Canada!

    With this guide, you will have no problems travelling when it comes to Business visa!


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