Work after study in India
Work after study in India: India is, perhaps, one of the most attractive destinations in South Asia for students who not only want to pursue their educational dreams but also explore work opportunities in the country. With Indian companies steadily strengthening their positions internationally, working in India has not only become an attractive proposition but also a lucrative one.
Here we bring you the rules guiding foreign students who want to work in India after their studies.
Why should you work after study in India?
While it is true that Indians are known to explore work opportunities across the world, in recent times, there have many stories where expats moved back to India mainly to explore the increasing opportunities in the country. Here are some reasons why you should work after study in India:
It is economical: Unlike many countries, the lifestyle in India is economical. Your monthly expenses can be covered with a small budget of Rs. 10,000 (USD150) and even much lower, excluding rent. What more, even entertainment does not have to be a luxury in India with food and movies ticket hardly costing you Rs.1000 (USD15).
It is growing: India has witnessed a sudden spurt of start-ups in the last few years, thanks to government initiatives and a growing interest in entrepreneurship among its youth. The result? A massive growth of employment opportunities in these start-ups. Best part is that many of these young organisations look to hire international students to create a more diversework environment. Also many international brands also have their offices in India, which gives you an opportunity to explore international work cultures.
No language issues: India is one of the few countries in the world with such a multitude of official languages. However, no matter how many languages local Indians speak, English is generally understood in most places, especially in the urban areas. This is a big reason why you should work after study in India. In fact, most of the newspapers, billboards, menus are all in English. So, whichever country you are from you can easily adjust in India if you can at least speak English.
Diverse culture: It is not just the working aspect that attracts international students to work in India. Working in India gives international citizens access to its diverse and vibrant culture. Every Indian state and very city has its own flavour and there are countless places to explore.
Can foreign students work in India after completion of their programmes?
While India limits foreign students from exploring work opportunities during their studies, it does not restrict them from working in the country after the completion of their programmes. However, you cannot extend your stay in India and work on your student visa. The Indian student visa does not carry any work related right. However, you can work in the country under the employment visa scheme. Before we take you through the registration process for a work visa, here are some points from the guidelines for foreign students who want to work after study in India.
International students cannot work on a student visa in India. They have to get an Employment Visa
Employment visas are usually given for a year or for the term of the contract
Having a degree from an Indian university does not necessarily give international students an edge while applying for an employment visa
International students who work after studying in India should be holding good executive or managerial level positions
How to get an employment visa?
Registration form for employment is available online in the Indian Visa Online platform. As mentioned above, it is issued for a year or the term of your contract with the employer. Employment visa applicants have to first satisfy some requirements to be eligible. They are:
The visa applicants should be earning salary in excess of USD25,000 or Rs.16 lakhs
He/she should be highly skilled and holding a senior position may be an executive or managerial level position
He/ she should be earning a fixed remuneration; not necessarily in terms of monthly salary
Documents required for an employment visa:
Photocopy of passport
Copy of online filled form
Resume of applicant
Tax liability letter
Passport size photographs
Sponsor letter from organisation
Justification letter from employer
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