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#1 Aug 19th, 2009, 13:23
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If you are travelling to India on an employment visa, with your family, looks like your spouse will have to be content with being an old-fashioned housewife (or husband). Even if both offered a job by the same company, employment visas are unlikely to be granted for both partners. This from The Economic Times is an excellent review of the situation:
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Visa norms crush Indian job dream for expat spouses

In August last year, when Miranda Green’s husband, Drew, got an offer from Shell to relocate to India on an intra-company transfer with full international terms, the Dutch couple was ecstatic. It helped that the energy company promoted dual-career ... ... ... Things seemed to be going according to plan for the couple until they applied for work visas (called employment, or ‘E’ category, visas) at the Indian embassy in the Netherlands in February this year. While Drew, 46, got his, Miranda’s was refused on the grounds that as an expatriate’s (expat’s) wife she is not eligible to work in India.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Even if both offered a job by the same company, employment visas are unlikely to be granted for both partners.
From that article, it seems that the decision by the Netherlands was a bizarre one off, and that there is no actual rule that says that if someone happens to be married to a person already working in India, that they cannot apply in their own country for an Indian employment visa in their own right on the basis of their own specialist skills.

Of course, if the wife is a shop assistant for instance, she is unlikely to qualify for an employment visa in her own right, but that's nothing new.

Annoying of course that only spouses with particular skills get gain employment, I'm sure it puts a lot of people off working in India.
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Isn't that true for most other spouse visas as well?
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if someone happens to be married to a person already working in India, that they cannot apply in their own country for an Indian employment visa in their own right on the basis of their own specialist skills.
I got the impression that, whilst that is the case, it was quite likely to be viewed less favourably than an individual application. Was I wrong?
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I got the impression that, whilst that is the case, it was quite likely to be viewed less favourably than an individual application. Was I wrong?
I got the impression that spouses were generally viewed less favourably because they were seeking more "ordinary" jobs.

I don't think either of us is wrong per se; the article is not entirely clear and the majority of the reports are hearsay, so interpretation plays a big part.

Certainly it is a concerning situation, and one that should be addressed. I doubt that many people would object to the implementation of reciprocal arrangements for family work visas.
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Eyeball catching title, thats all. Quite common in most of the countries.
Even in US, the spouse of an nonimmigrant visa holder (eg. H1B) is not allowed to work. The spouse has to qualify by herself/himself to get another visa so that she/he work. It is common all around..
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The point about USA is made in the article, or maybe it was in a box, and I'm not sure if that was with the online version. However "common all round" is moot. For some other countries, including UK, it claimed that it was easy for the spouse of a foreigner with a work permit to also get one, so, internationally, a mixed bag.
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The Shell case is bizzare. Both qualified, both Shell employees. Shell should have intervened.
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Bizzare thouhg it is, the point of the articel, and of the organisation which is trying to negotiate changes with the Indian government, it was represented as not being unusual
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post The Shell case is bizzare. Both qualified, both Shell employees. Shell should have intervened.
Especially as they had an appropriate job vacancy for her.
Last edited by federica; Aug 20th, 2009 at 17:03.. Reason: it's too hot today, got mixed up between vacancy and vacation... maybe need the second one.
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Interesting article. Pity spouses who qualify in their own right are being kept out due to visa issues Sounds like a policy with no real winners whether it's the applicants/job seekers or the country involved (India in this case).

Something like this would definitely have put us off too as I have a standing job offer at an Indian university and if my spouse couldn't work we'd say "buh bye & see ya, India" for sure. I'm so pleased hubby & I no longer have to worry about all that thanks to PIO & OCI but clearly not everyone has that option.
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From experience I can tell that it is very difficult to get an employment visa as a spouse in NL. Even if you are qualified and have a good profile for the job. It is some personal problem that the Indian embassy in NL has with the NL embassy in Delhi. It is not that difficult for most other countries.
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I circumvented this by not marrying my girlfriend. I can strongly recommend it.
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Originally Posted by Groovemeister View Post I circumvented this by not marrying my girlfriend. I can strongly recommend it.
The downside to this approach is that if an unmarried partner does not manage to secure a job which entitles them to an employment visa in their own right, their only option is to travel to India on a tourist visa.

While that may well work for the short term, the authorities are clamping down on people using back to back Indian tourist visas as a back door way of living in India.
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Originally Posted by Haylo View Post The downside to this approach is that if an unmarried partner does not manage to secure a job which entitles them to an employment visa in their own right, their only option is to travel to India on a tourist visa.

While that may well work for the short term, the authorities are clamping down on people using back to back Indian tourist visas as a back door way of living in India.

Yeah - this could have been a problem - luckily she also found a job without too much bother. May not be the case for everyone though.
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