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India Tightening up its Immigration Laws

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In the backdrop of the David Headley case, security has tightened and  the Indian Union Home Ministry  has now introduced several changes to its immigration and compliance requirements of employing foreign nationals. Most of the measures introduced are protectionist and make it more difficult for Indian employers to hire foreign workers. 

Some of the major changes introduced are visa requirements for foreign nationals, undertakings from employers with respect to foreign nationals hired in the company, including responsibility for the foreign national’s tax liability, an attestation by the employer that the foreign nationals hired will not exceed one percent of the total workforce and with a cap of twenty employees. So a company exceeding the cap could face extra scrutiny and/or delay. Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor has questioned the tightening of Indian visa rules asking, “ whether India would allow  terrorists to make it a ‘less welcoming’ destination”.

The effect of the changes are yet to be seen on employers and foreign nationals alike. We will keep our readers posted.

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Written by MithrasLaw

January 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm

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