Visa and Immigration


Visa & immigration requirements and challenges can vary greatly depending on Countries and situations. Rai & Associates helps employees through lengthy visa or work paper processing for their global assignments, providing expert resources to reduce hassle, frustration, and paperwork, allowing employees to remain relaxed and focused. Let us put our specialized knowledge to work for your company and employees whenever you need to secure required permits anywhere in the world.

How We Can Help You In Your Visa & Immigration

Rai & Associates has provided assistance to numerous clients on various issues pertaining to work permits, tourist visa, medical visa, and business visa for foreign nationals coming into India. The lawyers in the firm keep the clients abreast of changes in the immigration regulations; provide all the requisite knowledge of the alternative visa options available to the client.

We assist on various immigration and non-immigration related issues, advisory relating to the nationality law as far as foreign nationals are concerned, issues of citizenship, temporary visa and work permits and residency permits are also dealt with. The objective of immigration is gaining citizenship or nationality in a different country. In India, the law relating to citizenship or nationality is mainly governed by the provisions of the Constitution. The Constitution of India provides for single citizenship for the entire country.

Our Visa & Immigration attorneys experience benefits you in several key areas. We:

  • Assistance in application and documentation required to obtain Indian citizenship under various grounds as per the Indian Citizenship Act.
  • Proficient in documentation process and compliance related work, preparation and submission of the complete documents with the concerned authorities.
  • Assistance in the application and filing of Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cards, long term visa, EB-5 visa, visitor visa, ‘x’ visa, dependant visa, exchange visa, medical visa, entry visa, student visa, tourist visa, spouse visa, fiancée visa, medical representative visa, employment visa, work permit ,multi entry visa, business visa and many more.
  • Providing opinions in cases of visa frauds and lapses.
  • Issues related to family or employee based naturalization and immigration sponsorship.
  • Draft, review and finalization of applications and petitions before various courts, commission, forums and other authorities/bodies for the registration of OCI persons, responding to queries on the immigration laws in India.
  • Representations before all courts, forums and competent authorities for immigration matters.
  • Advisory/opinions on all immigration related queries, visa refusals and many more.

Visa & Immigration Attorney Experience & Responsiveness that Makes a Difference. Our Attorney Pledge:

  • 100% focused on processing your documentation and case quickly & successfully.
  • Strong Visa & Immigration lawyer experience & deep knowledge of immigration in India.
  • Best in class service and a commitment to open, responsive communication.
  • Outstanding level of visa & immigration Lawyer service at an affordable FLAT rate.
  • To discuss your case call: (415)-693-9131 or Mail Us.

Something very important you may want to know

Frequently Asked Questions

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    I currently have an India visa. However, my name has changed. Do I need a new visa?

    If you have not obtained a new passport, and you still have your non-expired passport with your prior name and a valid visa issued in your prior name, you can travel with your marriage certificate or other proof of name change. If you have received a new passport and your valid visa is still in your previous passport, you can submit a request for transfer of visa and submit a copy of your marriage certificate or other proof of name change. Alternatively, you can simply travel with both passports and a proof of name change. If you do not have a previously issued passport, simply apply for a new visa with your new passport.

  2. 2
    Can an NRI or a PIO or a foreign national of non-Indian origin hold any immovable property in India acquired through inheritance from a person resident outside India?

    With specific approval from the RBI , a resident outside India may hold an immovable property in India acquired through inheritance from a person resident outside India, provided the owner had acquired such property in accordance with the regulations of the foreign exchange law in force at the time of acquisition or should be under FEMA guidelines.

  3. 3
    Can a person resident outside India hold any immovable property in India acquired by way of inheritance from a person resident in India?

    Yes. A person resident outside India can hold immovable property acquired by way of inheritance from a person resident in India as per the provisions of Section 6(5) of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999.

  4. 4
    Can an NRI/PIO acquire residential/commercial property by way of gift under the general permission available?

    Yes. Under the general RBI guidelines, NRI/PIO may acquire residential/commercial property by way of gift from a person resident in India or an NRI or a PIO.

  5. 5
    Can a foreign national of non-Indian origin acquire residential property on a lease in India?

    Yes. A Foreign National of non-Indian origin including a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh or Sri Lanka or Afghanistan or China or Iran or Nepal or Bhutan can acquire residential properties on lease in India. If the lease does not exceed five years, he/she does not require any prior permission from the RBI.

  6. 6
    Do NRIs require consent of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to buy immovable property in India?

    No, NRIs don’t require consent from the RBI to buy an immovable property in India, provided the property is residential or commercial in nature.

  7. 7
    What is meant by a person resident in India?

    As per India’s Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) 1999, a person resident in India is a person residing in India for more than 182 days during the course of the previous financial year (April-March) and who has come to or stays in India either for employment, business or for any other vocation.

  8. 8
    Are there Any Tax Benefits For Non-Resident Indians buying properties?

    No tax benefits are available for NRI’s unless you file your returns and subsequently become eligible to avail the tax benefits.


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