Our company in India operates from Bangalore, India.

Touted as one of the fastest growing economy in the world, India has remain unfazed by its recent slowdown. However, most organisations venturing into India face roadblocks that often make the processes we take for granted elsewhere a challenge here. Basic necessities like employment of a foreigner, administering of payroll, paying taxes are not that straightforward.

The Innovare Group provides a full contract management model in India specific to your requirements operating in multiple industries. We usually refer to this model as the Employee of Record (EOR) model. Some of the characteristics are elaborated below.

We are able to assist whether you or your consultant is an expatriate or local in India.

We have a team of payroll, immigration and compliance specialists ready to provide professional advice in terms of contracting.

How Innovare India can assist:

  • Immigration Services

  • Payroll Administration

  • Tax and Social Security Management

  • Other Employer Costs and Insurance

  • Statutory Benefits

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Immigration Services

Immigration laws in most countries in Asia Pac often hold a local entity responsible for the entry, wellbeing, good behaviour and eventual exit of the individual. This also ensures that local immigration and employment laws are adhered to. This host company will be the technical employer of the individual.

We assist with the sponsorship of the work visa. Please speak to your Innovare sales contact person who will determine the appropriate visa for you or your consultant.

Payroll Administration

Our India company will administer the payroll for locals as well as for sponsored expatriates.

Tax & Social Security Management

All income derived from work performed in India is subject to tax payment, regardless of payment location based on the reported monthly payroll. We shall deduct the respective tax amount each month accordingly and subsequently paid monthly to the India Tax Office.

India wages attract an employer social security premium of up to 16.75% of the total salary. Employee premium contribution is up to 13.75% of the salary as well. The quoted rates are dependent on the salary level.

Other Employer Costs and Insurance

Innovare’s insurance policy in India (subject to terms and conditions) includes Professional indemnity insurance and Public liability insurance and is inclusive in our management fee. Workman compensation insurance is charged at cost.

Needless to say, all Employee of Record consultants are required to have adequate medical insurance to cover them throughout the entire contract. While medical insurance covers for expatriates and locals, medical insurance is a must for expatriates working in India.

Statutory Benefits

At the point of initial discussions, your Innovare sales contact will provide you with a list of statutory benefits which the agency or the end client must provide in compliance to the India labour regulations.

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Travel and entry requirements:

  • Foreign nationals are permitted to enter India by water routes or by flights including those under the Vande Bharat Mission or ‘Air Bubble’ (Bilateral Air Travel Arrangements) Scheme or by any non-scheduled commercial flights as allowed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation:

    • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders and PIO cardholders holding passports of any country.

    • All foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose (including their dependents on appropriate category of dependent visa) except on Tourist Visa.

  • All existing visas that were previously cancelled are restored, except electronic visas (e-Visa), Tourist visa and Medical Visa, which remained suspended. If the eligible visas have expired, the foreign national may obtain a fresh visa of appropriate category/sub-category from the Indian Mission/Post.

  • Nationals of Nepal and Bhutan are permitted to come to India from any country (including any third country).

  • Travelers must submit self-declaration form at Air Suvidha portal ( before departure.

  • All travelers are required to provide a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled departure time. It must be uploaded at Air Suvidha portal.

  • Travelers from United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil shall be subjected to confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at their own expense and another test on 7th day.

  • All other travelers from Europe and Middle East (except United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil) shall be subjected to confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at their own expense.

  • Due to surge of COVID-19 in India, the following countries banned flights/issued guidelines for passengers travelling from India: Iran, Kuwait, Indonesia, France, UAE, USA, Israel, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Qatar, Bahrain, Maldives, Germany, Bangladesh, Italy, Oman, Malaysia, Philippines, Belgium, Thailand, Czech Republic, Malawi, Netherlands.

Quarantine and Health Requirements:

  • Travelers who have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test shall be allowed to leave the airport or take transit flights and will be required to self-monitor their health for 14 days.

  • Travelers from United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil are required to home quarantine for 7 days.

  • Travelers from Europe and Middle East (except United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil) are required to self-monitor their health for 14 days.

  • Passengers can only apply for exemption of COVID-19 RT-PCR test in case of 'Death in a Family'.

  • Travelers are required to download Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices upon arrival in India for contact tracing. It requires an Indian sim card.

  • Different states may consider additional requirements with regards to testing, quarantine and isolation as per their risk assessment.

Updated as at 27 April 2021:

Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19, there has been a constant change in terms of work permit process, timeline, travel restrictions, quarantine period, medical tests as well as insurance requirements etc. All these requirements can change by the respective authorities in both country of work and candidate’s home country from time to time. The process, timeline and costs that Innovare provides is a guideline and is subject to change if any process is being changed. While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure its accuracy at the time of communication, Innovare cannot guarantee nor be liable for such change in timeline or costs arising from any pandemic related factors so please take note of the potentially volatile situation during this period.

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