Information on the Newly Launched Project Visas by India

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This document provides information on the newly launched Project Visas by the Indian Government. With an eye on the large number of projects employing expats, especially Chinese workers, the government has introduced a special category of visas for workers coming into India.

The government had tightened visa rules after it found a large number of Chinese nationals coming into the country on business visas in a flagrant violation of India’s visa norms.

It had then enforced the visa norms and asked Chinese workers and others to return with valid work visas. To regulate the number of Chinese workers, the government had also put a ceiling of 20 foreign nationals who could get work visas in a single project or company.

But with work visas taking a long time to be processed and approved, concerns have been increasing about delays in a large number of projects, particularly power projects, which employ Chinese workers. In fact, a number of power projects have fallen behind schedule with expats returning to their countries and failing to secure a work visa. China, according to government figures, is undertaking $25 billion worth of infrastructure projects in India including the projects in the power sector. In the wake of these concerns, an internal debate had been raging within the government on a way out of the logjam. Project Visa, is that way out

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