Project Visa


Project Visa may be granted to Chinese / foreign nationals coming to India for execution of projects in the power and steel sectors, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Project visa will be issued only to highly skilled / skilled persons and not to semi-skilled/un-skilled workers.
  1. A Project Visa holder cannot engage in another project either of the same company or of a different company.
  1. Employment / Work of the Project visa holder would be restricted to the location of the project.
  1. Validity of visa would be initially for the duration of the project/contract with multiple-entry facility. It cannot exceed one year.
  1. A person coming for Project Visa cannot take employment in the same Indian company for a period of two years from the date of commissioning of the project.
  1. Project Visa would be issued based on the submission of the relevant documents clearly establishing that the project / contract has been assigned to the particular foreign company by the Indian company / organization concerned.
  1. Project Visa can be issued to 2 chefs and 2 interpreters per project.
  1. Indian company engaging the foreign national for executing the project / contract would be responsible for the conduct of the foreign national during his / her stay in India and also for the departure of such foreign national upon expiry of visa.
  1. Project Visa holder would have to register with the FRO/FRRO concerned within 14 days of arrival if the validity of visa is more than 180 days.

Sector Specific Ceilings on the Maximum number of Project Visas allowed for each project in Steel and Power Sectors:

A. Power

No. of Units No. of permissible foreign personnel in case of BTG Project No. of permissible foreign personnel in case of EPC Project **Additional personnel in case FGD is also sourced from foreign OEM
2 Units of 660 MW & above (considered as 1 project) 50-70
(on case to case basis)
(on case to case basis)
2 + 1 additional unit 105 187 37
2 + 2 additional units 132.01 219 44
2 + 3 additional units 140 250 50
2 + 4 additional units 157 281 56

**In case, Flue Gas Desulphurization System (FGD) is also sourced from a foreign supplier, there is provision for additional number of foreign personnel as indicated above.
For additional units to qualify as a separate project at the same location, there should be a gap of minimum one year in the date of award of contract between two such projects

B. Steel Sector

Green Field Projects:           10% of the total skilled manpower deployed per mln tonne capacity or 300, whichever is lower

Brownfield Projects:             5% of the total skilled manpower deployed per mln tonne capacity or 150, whichever is lower

Total Manpower requirements of the project should be determined at the stage of conceptualization of the project by the sponsoring authority with a flow-chart.

For the purpose of determining the capacity of the Unit, it would be the approved capacity as certified by the Ministry concerned of the Government of India in respect of PSUs. In respect of private sector steel units, the basis of capacity may be as per the financial disclosure statement of a Scheduled Bank or RBI-approved NBFC duly authenticated and certified.

Jurisdiction of Embassy of India, Beijing

Provinces Municipalities Autonomous Regions
  1. Anhui
  2. Gansu
  3. Guizhou
  4. Hebei
  5. Heilongjiang
  6. Henan
  7. Hubei
  8. Jiangxi
  9. Jilin
  10. Liaoning
  11. Qinghai
  12. Shaanxi
  13. Shandong
  14. Shanxi
  1. Beijing
  2. Tianjin
  3. Chongqing
  1. Inner Mongolia
  2. Ningxia
  3. Tibet
  4. Xinjiang

Required Documents

Applicable to applicants (skilled and highly-skilled) going for execution of projects in POWER & STEEL Sectors.

  1. Visa Application form (No column to be left unfilled) duly signed along with photograph pasted at the designated space
  2. One copy of the passport (the personal data page and signature page) and one copy of residence permit or work permit in case of foreign nationals (signature on the passport should be in ink and not with pencil)
  3. Letter from the Indian company awarding the contract to the foreign company specifying following details:
    1. Name of the foreign company
    2. Registered address of the foreign company
    3. Name of the project awarded as per the tender document
    4. Location of the project in India (village/town/district/state)
    5. Duration of the contract (number of days)
    6. Total number of foreign workers likely to be sent by the foreign company (category wise)
    7. Highly skilled
    8. Skilled technician with diploma/polytechnic degree
    9. Skilled workers with school level education
  4. Letter from the Indian company addressed to the Indian Mission explicitly:
    1. It guarantees the conduct of the foreign company and the foreign personnel involved in the execution of the project/contract.
    2. It would be responsible for ensuring that the applicant (name of the applicant, passport number and date of birth shall be mentioned) will abide by Indian rules and regulations.
    3. It will be liable to ensure departure of the applicant from India upon expiry of Visa.
    4. Letter from the foreign employer providing brief description of the nature of its project in India and a brief description of the job which the applicant is required to perform in India
  5. Copy of the qualifying educational certificates with English Translation
  6. Professional expertise Certificate
  7. CV of applicant
  8. Registration Certificate of the employing company under the companies' act/proof of registration of the firm in the State industries department or the Export Promotion Council.
  9. No-Criminal Record Certificate issued by PSB/Police and duly attested by Notary.
  10. Duly filled in Reference Sheet (in soft MS Word format by email)
  11. Copy of the Chinese ID Card (both sides)



All Payments are accepted in cash and Alipay only. Payment through bank cards will not be acceptable at the India Visa Application Center.

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