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Job visas only for the highly skilled, says home ministry

business Updated: Oct 20, 2010 23:59 IST

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In an attempt to prevent foreigners filling non-technical jobs, India has made it clear that they would be taken in only for highly-skilled work and provided they draw a salary of not less than $25,000 a year.

In an order, the Home Ministry nullified a Labour Ministry circular that capped foreign workforce to one per cent of the total strength in any project, with a minimum of five and maximum of 20 people. The nullification of restriction on numbers would help power and steel projects in particular.

“An employment visa is granted to a foreigner if the applicant is a highly skilled and/or qualified professional, who is being engaged or appointed by a company/organisation/ industry/undertaking in India on contract or employment basis,” according to the Home Ministry guidelines.