How long does an employment visa take to process?

#1 Sep 13th, 2008, 10:30
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So, I'm in India now and I've been offered a job so I need to fly back to Canada (my home country) to get the employment visa, then fly back here to start work. I've searched through every word on the embassy website but can not find out how long it takes to process an employment visa. I need to know this, as I need to book return tickets ASAP! I know I won't be able to find out the EXACT time, but a general idea of approximately how many weeks would be great!

I will be going back to Edmonton but the nearest Indian Embassy is in Vancouver so I will have to deal with them. Does anyone have any experience with them?

This may seem like a silly question, but is the processing time shorter if I go in person as opposed to mailing the application in? Or are all received applications added to the same pile?

Please help! I need to sort this out ASAP!

Thanks
#2 Sep 13th, 2008, 12:25
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This may seem like a silly question, but is the processing time shorter if I go in person as opposed to mailing the application in? Or are all received applications added to the same pile?
You will have to go in person. Usually they will ask you a couple of questions and then you can tell them to mail the passport back to you. Should be not more than 15 working days maximum.
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2017 Update

Hello, I am new here, but thought I would check out the scene for further insight into various (mostly visa) related matters.

I am currently awaiting my volunteer visa to be processed at the Indian Consulate in Vancouver. I have now been waiting a month, and I was told by an employee of BLS that it should not take more than 2 weeks.

I have been communicating with BLS and the consulate and they have told me that it has been with Home Affairs for the last few weeks. I am not sure why it is taking them so long....

I am not entirely familiar with visas to India as this is my first time traveling there. However, my understanding of the volunteer visa is that it was recently considered to be an employment visa - as of early 2017, and therefore will be processed like one.

Hope this helps anyone with a similar problem!
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Welcome to IndiaMike, charloux,

Thanks for the tip. I don't think that there is a generic time period for such a visa, and the BLS staff should have known better than to predict one. A lot will depend on the applicant's nationality, travel history, employment status and the nature of the employer/organisation in India.

Volunteers with NGOs have been required to get an Employment 'E' visa for at least the past few years, though Internship 'I' Visas have been introduced as a new category earlier this year (In April, I think).

Good luck with your visa, and do keep us updated when you do receive it!
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Originally Posted by GoanCanuck View Post You will have to go in person. Usually they will ask you a couple of questions and then you can tell them to mail the passport back to you. Should be not more than 15 working days maximum.
Do you know what kind of questions they shall ask?
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It might be helpful to call a visa agency and get their estimate of the time the process takes. I have had many problems with Travisa/Cox&Kings/CKGS, which the Indian Consulates in the US outsource their visa processing to. However, the experienced, savvy guys at A-Visa in NYC were able to sort out all my complex issues in getting a B-Visa. I cannot recommend them highly enough - or warn you away from Travisa intensely enough. By going through a GOOD visa agency your paperwork gets carefully tweaked for maximum acceptability. A-Visa was well worth their fees. Travisa was a huge mistake.
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