Work and study in India: With nearly 30,000 international students in India, the country is steadily climbing the ladder of one of the preferred study destinations, at least for students from Asian and African countries. While India offers a wide range of education opportunities to international students, many students also come looking for work opportunities in India -- both during and after studies.

In this article, we answer some frequently asked questions of foreign students who want to work and study in India.

Can foreign students work and study in India?

A lot of foreign students who come to study in India also explore work opportunities in the country. While the Indian government does not allow international students to work during study in India, it exempts NRI, OCI and PIOs from this bracket. Here are points on the work opportunities in India for international students:

  1. Foreign passport holders are not allowed to work during their study period in India.

  2. Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) are exempt from this rule and can work and study in India.

  3. International students are allowed to take up internships and training in India. However, that has to be part of the programme that they are pursuing.

  4. In most cases, the internships and training to be taken up by international students in India are unpaid.

  5. OCIs and PIOs have to take permission from the university or institute they are enrolled with before taking up any part-time jobs.

  6. There is no hourly limit on jobs for OCI and PIO students who want to work and study in India.

  7. Internships and training taken up by foreign students have to be relevant to the programme they are studying.

  8. India does not have any provision for work permit for international students studying in the country. However, students who want to explore work opportunities after study can be given work permits provided they fulfil the required criteria demanded by the immigration office and have been hired for a paid job by an organisation.

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Who are NRI, OCI and PIO students?

Non-Resident Indians (NRI), Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) are either Indian citizens or foreign nationals who are of Indian origin.  Many Indian institutes reserve 10-15% of their seats for NRI, PIO and OCI students while offer seats on a supernumerary basis. Since, students in these categories are of Indian origin, they have an edge over other foreign nationals in terms of finding work while studying in India. However, these students have to submit certain documents to be admitted under these categories. They are:

  • Academic transcripts of the previous level of study

  • Employers Certificates of parents issued by the employer with full details of the designation of the parents/parent.

  • Valid passport and visa documents of the student

  • Passport and visa documents of parents

  • Migration certificate

  • Sponsorship letter from parents/parent

  • Letter from the branch manager of the bank branch in which the student is holding NRE/NRO account.

  • No objection certificate( wherever required)

  • Scanned copy of PIO card (for PIO students)

  • Scanned copy of OCI card (for OCI students)

  • Letter from the Indian Embassy, where parents are working, indicating the NRI status of the parent. (for NRI students)

Can you work after your studies in India?

Unlike the restrictions in work during study in India, international students can definitely work in India after the completion of their programmes provided they are offered employment. Employment visas are usually granted for a year and can be extended. Students can take up a variety of jobs under the visa scheme and can also work on a contract basis. However, there are two major limitations to the employment visa -- First, the foreign national has to be employed at a skilled position i.e., as a senior executive or at a managerial position. Second, the visa holder should be earning at least USD $25000 annually or over Rs. 16 lakhs.


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