How do I transfer my Emploment visa to another company?

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I'm not getting a straight answer out of my FRO here in Kolkata... I just agreed to move to Gurgaon from here to join another company. I have used 11 months of my 12 month Employment visa which was sponsored by the company in Kolkata.

The new company wants me to send them my passport and they'll handle on their end, but I'm a bit particular about handing that little blue book over to anyone for any length of time, especially if I don't know anything about the procedure.

The first person I spoke to at the FRO said that I would have to leave the country and apply from the outside; the second person, who I am hoping is right said all I need is my signed offer letter and a form for an extension to my employment visa. He did not know where to get this form because he had never processed one...go figure...urban myth?

I couldn't pursue this further as I was already late to pick up my son from school. Does anyone know the procedure, costs and time frame for this? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for any assistance/feedback. :-)

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#2 May 27th, 2008, 11:49
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You cant transfer your visa to another company, what you need is a whole new visa because the visa is tied to your employer (the company name will be written on the visa), so if you quit your job your visa becomes invalid. Unfortunately this means you have to go apply for a new one outside the country. Im looking at doing the same sort of thing, so Id be interested to know how you get on
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Originally Posted by ** jeanneleez ** View Post The first person I spoke to at the FRO said that I would have to leave the country and apply from the outside;
That's also my understanding of what's required - but not based on personal experience.
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Originally Posted by ** jeanneleez ** View Post the second person, who I am hoping is right said all I need is my signed offer letter and a form for an extension to my employment visa. He did not know where to get this form because he had never processed one...go figure...urban myth?
The fact that he didn't know where to get the "form" and that he'd never processed one should tell you something - namely, that he apparently doesn't know what he's talking about. I believe the first person you spoke to was correct, unfortunately.
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So what do you recommend?

Should I hand over my passport to my new company and hope for the best? I don't think they've dealt with Americans in India before. They are an Indian subsidiary of a UK firm. They've dealt with foreigners in all sorts of countries, but I think I'm their first here... and of course, India has its own "special" bureaucracy. :-)

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Wow, I think I'd quiz them a little first - like asking them if they know whether you have to leave the country and get the employment visa from back in your home country. They may be clueless if they haven't done this before. And if your current employment visa is about to run out, you don't want to be without your passport (floating around in the "bureaucracy", aka black hole, of some company you're not even working for yet!) if you have to make a quick departure, in the event you can't actually stay in the country and get the new visa within India.
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Originally Posted by ** jeanneleez ** View Post Should I hand over my passport to my new company and hope for the best? I don't think they've dealt with Americans in India before. They are an Indian subsidiary of a UK firm. They've dealt with foreigners in all sorts of countries, but I think I'm their first here... and of course, India has its own "special" bureaucracy. :-)

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Do not hand over your passport to the new company. I also worked for an indian subsidiary of a UK firm, and they also thought that they could deal with my passport/visa. The truth is they dont actually know, but assume that they can. They cant. And if somehow they do have a very high up connection in the MHA and can do it... please can you pass on my CV?
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Agree with all of this.

Unless they are very used to employing ex-pat staff and have extraordinary contacts, they probably do not know what they are talking about.

Most Indians have no knowledge of their country's immigration rules. Why should they have? The same is true of most everybody else in the world: I only got to know some of the detail of my own country's procedures because I married a non-Brit!
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Asking a stupid question, but what is the MHA? Haven't heard of that before...
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Ministry of Home Affairs.
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The MHA: http://mha.gov.in/
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End of the story?

Hi All,

I have an employment visa and I am planning to change job.
Did you figure out what is the exact process in this case?

- Can I transfer my visa to the new company without going out of India?
or
- Do I have to apply to a new employment visa from outside India? Does it have to be from my country or can I just go to Sri Lanka for instance?

Thanks for your answer
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End of the story...

Okay, Here's a link to my blog post on how to do the visa extension: http://american-in-delhi.blogspot.co...-known-as.html

Here's what happened to us. We brought everything with us, did all the interviews and waiting, came back, waited some more, only to find out that they could have easily told us right at the beginning that NO. If you are here on an Employment visa, it clearly states the name of the company on your visa. If you or the company decide to part ways, your visa is no longer valid. Period. We had 48 hours to leave the country before our visas expired, and believe me, that's another nightmare I can tell you after listening to the grumbling of some of the people in that room who let it happen.

We left the country the next day and touched down in NYC on Monday morning. I had all the exact same papers with me, so we went directly to the visa place (it's not the embassy - they outsourced it). We had our visas by 4PM the same day. We hung out in NYC for a week, then flew back to Delhi.

Now, I hear from a few people that you can hire someone to do this for you, but if they "guarantee" it, don't waste your money. It will probably cost you the same amount of money as the round trip home in "service fees" and other "handouts" (shall we call them bribes? Up to you.) Unless you work for a large MNC with an expat services group who handles things for you, you're just a small voice in a crowded room.

Good luck and tell how you manage it. :-)

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