Freelancing in India. Please HELP!

#1 Jul 4th, 2012, 19:54
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Hi!

I'm a foreigner married to Indian citizen. We have two kids and I've been in India for 7 years now. Recently I got a 6-month contract with a company in Mumbai and decided to take the job. And that's when the problems started for me. My passport and visa were about to expire (they eventually did!) but I've applied for a new passport months back. For some reasons, my embassy is delaying issuing me a new passport. But the trouble isn't this. My local FRRO harasses and blackmails me as they came to know I was in Mumbai and were working there. They don't let me to leave the town and demanded from the to report to them every second day! They even have sent police officers in uniform to check whether I was at home or not! I know that I am not allowed to work on an entry visa, but am I allowed to do any kind of freelancing (I was writing some courses for a company). And can the FRRO deport me because I was on a contract somewhere? I called few lawyers to ask, but they nicely quoted some CRAZY sums to answer!

All I want to know is being married to Indian for 7 years, am I allowed to do any paid freelancing or not? And can they deport me just because I did it?

Can someone suggest something? Or can someone answer? Thanks a lot in advance!
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Originally Posted by wayout View Post Hi!

All I want to know is being married to Indian for 7 years, am I allowed to do any paid freelancing or not? And can they deport me just because I did it?
Do you have a PIO? As the wife of an Indian citizen(and some other conditions) you could get one. That would allow you to work in India in most jobs.

You cannot work with an entry visa. Doesnot matter whether its steady employment or freelance.

In your sitch I would focus on getting my passport issue resolved first.
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Yep. PIO is the answer.
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My passport and visa were about to expire (they eventually did!) but I've applied for a new passport months back. For some reasons, my embassy is delaying issuing me a new passport. But the trouble isn't this. My local FRRO harasses and blackmails me as they came to know I was in Mumbai and were working there. They don't let me to leave the town and demanded from the to report to them every second day! They even have sent police officers in uniform to check whether I was at home or not!
Well, you can't blame them. Your visa had expired, so you didn't have a right to even be in the country after that, let alone take up any work.

If I were you, I would drop the work idea like a hot brick: it is adding illegality to illegality. You absolutely need to get FRRO on your side. Do you have any sort of paper from them allowing you to remain in India pending your new passport/visa? You need this. Is your registration with them up to date?

Obviously, the new passport issue is out of your control, so the priority has to be regularising your position here. If this is not done, then yes, the worst might happen. Also, future visa or PIO applications may be prejudiced.

Disclaimer: Although you are welcome to send me crazy sums, I am not a professional and can only advise on the basis of experience and opinion. I can be wrong. But then, hey, so can the professionals!
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Originally Posted by wayout View Post My passport and visa were about to expire (they eventually did!) but I've applied for a new passport months back. For some reasons, my embassy is delaying issuing me a new passport.
What passport do you hold ? Were you extending your Entry Visa regularly before the last expiry ? The devil is in the details.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post What passport do you hold ? Were you extending your Entry Visa regularly before the last expiry ? The devil is in the details.
I've extended just once since I had got a 5-year visa. I extended it till my passport lasted (that is for 2 years). Well, I found out that after the Headley case, it wasn't only the tourist visa rules that changed... they changed the rules for the entry visa too.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Yep. PIO is the answer.

If I were you, I would drop the work idea like a hot brick: it is adding illegality to illegality. You absolutely need to get FRRO on your side. Do you have any sort of paper from them allowing you to remain in India pending your new passport/visa? You need this. Is your registration with them up to date?

Yep, I've submitted them some application and letters from my embassy. Plus, my embassy said that they've written to the MHA and that MHA in its turn will write to local FRRO stating that I can stay till my passport is ready.

I guess the job idea has to be put off
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Originally Posted by wayout View Post I found out that after the Headley case, it wasn't only the tourist visa rules that changed... they changed the rules for the entry visa too.
How so ? Published reports said Headley came on a B visa.

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Originally Posted by wayout View Post Yep, I've submitted them some application and letters from my embassy. Plus, my embassy said that they've written to the MHA and that MHA in its turn will write to local FRRO stating that I can stay till my passport is ready.
How long ago was that ? and what is the turnaround time for a new passport to be issued ?

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