Doing Business in India

India’s New Opportunity- 2020 Report

Synopsys:

The steam engine (and its successor, the internal combustion engine) heralded the industrial revolution that led to economic growth in the West. These engines required fuel – coal and petroleum. As the industrialised countries exhausted their own sources of supply they turned increasingly to other sources, which resulted in the economic growth of the supplying countries, such as the oil producing countries of the Middle East. This pattern is unfolding again. The growth paradigm of Western economies requires another kind of fuel – knowledge workers and skilled professionals. For example, U.S. growth rates of the 1990s are primarily attributed to productivity increases enabled by a highly skilled workforce. In the next two decades developed countries will face a shortfall of fuel (skilled professionals) and once again will have to look towards developing countries to make up the shortfall.

India has a distinct comparative factor advantage as a vast reservoir of skilled manpower. The demographic differentials reveal that over the next 20-30 years, India has distinct advantages in a population profile concentrated in the younger age group, where many new opportunities can be fully optimised.

What are the policies that would enable India to optimise these emerging opportunities and what should we as a nation do in concert so that we turn out to be winners and not losers?

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India Trade Policy and Global Trade Initiatives- Squire Patton Boggs

India’s Trade Policy and Global Trade Initiatives April 2015 – Squire Patton Boggs

Prime Minister Modi’s recentlyreleased foreign trade policy aims to, among other things:

Nearly double exports of merchandise and services from $465.9 billion in 2013-14 to $900 billion by 2019-20.

  • Increase India’s share of world trade from 2% to 3.5%.
  • Incentivize Special Economic Zones.
  • Boost “Make In India.”
  • Support services exports.
  • ncrease trade facilitation efforts.
Indian Embassy & Consulates in USA

The addresses of the Indian Diplomatic Missions in the U.S. are given below:

Indian Embassy, Washington DC

Jurisdiction: Bermuda, Delaware (DE), District of Columbia (DC), Kentucky (KY), Maryland (MD), North Carolina (NC), Virginia (VA), West Virginia (WV)

Address:
Embassy of India
Consular Wing
2536 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington DC 20008

Phone: (202) 939-9888
Fax: (202) 797-4693
Website: Embassy of India

Passport/PIO/OCI Services:
Assistant Consular Officer: (202) 939-9838
Attache (Consular): (202) 939-9832

Timings: 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Eastern

PIO Inquiry Email – [email protected]

OCI Inquiries:
(202) 939-9860 between 9:30 AM and 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday except duly notified holidays.
Email: [email protected] (Send any email only 12 weeks after OCI application.)

Timings:
Submission of documents: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM – Monday through Friday
Documents delivery: 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM – Monday through Friday

Payment:
Cash is accepted at the counter when you apply in person.

Warning:
Some agents are claiming to have been appointed by the Consulate General of India and are misleading the public by claiming so. With the exception of BLS International for Indian Passport and Cox & Kings Global Services for OCI, PIO, Visa and Renunciation, no other agents have been appointed by the Consulate and that the Consulate deals with members of the public directly.


Indian Consulate in Chicago

Jurisdiction: Illinois (IL), Indiana (IN), Iowa (IA), Michigan (MI), Minnesota (MN), Missouri (MO), North Dakota (ND), South Dakota (SD), Wisconsin (WI).

Address: Consulate General of India, Chicago
Consular Section: 455 N City Front Plaza Drive
NBC Tower Building Suite 850.Chicago, IL 60611

Getting there: Indian Consulate in Chicago is located in the NBC tower building.

Phone: (312) 595-0405
Fax: (312) 595-0417/18

Website: Indian Consulate, Chicago

OCI queries: Only between 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM


Indian Embassy, New York

Jurisdiction: Connecticut (CT), Maine (ME), Massachusetts (MA), New Hampshire (NH), New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), Ohio (OH), Pennsylvania (PA), Rhode Island (RI), Vermont (VT)

Address:
Consulate General of India, New York
Consular Section
3 East 64th Street,
New York, NY 10065

Phone: (212) 774-0600 (during office hours)
Phone: (212) 774-0699 (after office hours and holidays)
Fax: (212) 861-3788

OCI Cell:
Phone: (212) 774-0647
Fax: (212) 734-1595 or (212) 570-9581
Website: Indian Consulate, New York
Email: [email protected]

Passport Services:
Phone: (212) 774-0662
Fax: (212) 570-9581
Email: [email protected]

Inquiries:
Passport Status Inquiries: (212) 774-0641, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Passport Extension of Validity Status Inquiries: (212) 774-0641, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Legalization/Attenstation of Documents Status Inquiries: (212) 774-0667, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Duplicate Passport Status Inquiries: (212) 774-0641, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
OCI Card Status Inquiries: (212) 774-0605, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
PIO Card Status Inquiries: (212) 774-0666, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
General Consular Inquiries: (212) 774-0662, 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Payment:
Cash is accepted at the counter when you apply in person. However, currency bills higher than $50 are not accepted. Please insist on a receipt for any money paid at the counter and present the same for collection of documents.

Warning:
Some agents are claiming to have been appointed by the Consulate General of India and are misleading the public by claiming so. With the exception of BLS International for Indian Passport and Cox & Kings Global Services for OCI, PIO, Visa and Renunciation, no other agents have been appointed by the Consulate and that the Consulate deals with members of the public directly.

Timings:
Submission of documents: 9:15 AM to 12:15 PM – Monday through Friday
No application is received after 12:15 PM, except in case of emergencies, such as death or illness in the family.
Documents delivery: 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM – Monday through Friday


Indian Embassy, San Francisco

Jurisdiction: Alaska (AK), Arizona (AZ), California (CA), Guam (GU), Hawaii (HI), Idaho (ID), Montana (MT), Nevada (NV), Oregon (OR), Utah (UT), Washington (WA), Wyoming (WY)

Address:
Consulate General of India, San Francisco
Consular Section
540 Arguello Boulevard,
San Francisco, CA 94118

Getting There:
Indian Consulate is located at the intersection of Geary and Arguello. The Consulate does not have any parking facilities. You can park your car at a public or metered parking.

For security reasons, personal belongings such as laptops, cellphones, backpacks, briefcases and other such items, ladies handbags, baby strollers, plastic carry bags, food or drink etc., are not allowed inside the Consulate premises. The Consulate does not have any facility to store these items either. If you bring any of these items with you, you will have to leave them outside at your own risk.

Timings:
The Consulate is open to the public from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on all working days from Monday through Friday for accepting documents for consular services. The Consulate is not open on weekends and on American and Indian holidays.

Serviced documents are delivered on all working days from 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM.

Consular Timings are different from the working hours of the Consulate.

Phone: (415) 668-0662 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, and 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (Extension 170 for OCI)
Fax: (415) 668-2073

Website: Indian Consulate, San Francisco

Emails:
General information: [email protected] or [email protected]
Status of pending application: [email protected]
OCI or PIO card: [email protected]

Many people experience that when they try calling the consulate, either the phone call does not go through or no one picks up the hpone. The Consulate receives a high number of phone calls every day. Therefore, whenever possible, it is best to send an email to them. Consulate endeavors to answer all emails within 24 hours.

Warning:
Some agents are claiming to have been appointed by the Consulate General of India and are misleading the public by claiming so. With the exception of BLS International for Indian Passport and Cox & Kings Global Services for OCI, PIO, Visa and Renunciation, no other agents have been appointed by the Consulate and that the Consulate deals with members of the public directly.

Consular Camps:
Some Indian Consulates conduct camps at various locations where the persons can go and get their needs taken care of such as passport, visa etc. However, the Indian Consulate in San Francisco does not organize any such camps anywhere.

Fee Payment:
In addition to other means of payments, the Consulate accepts Debit Cards with a service charge of $3.00 (three) at the counter.

Cash is NOT accepted at the counter.


Indian Embassy, Houston

Jurisdiction: Arkansas (AR), Kansas (KS), Louisiana (LA), Oklahoma (OK), Texas (TX), New Mexico (NM), Colorado (CO) and Nebraska (NE)

Address:
Consulate General of India, Houston
Consular Section
4300 Sctoland Street
Houston, TX 77007

Telephone PABX: (713) 626-2148, (713) 626-2149, (713) 626-2355
Consul General: (713) 626-3153
Consul (Consular): (713) 407-6678
Vice Consuls deadling with consular serviecs: (713) 629-1491, (713) 626-3252, (713) 626-3154
Commercial section: (713) 626-2825
Administration: (713) 626-2956
Fax: (713) 626-2450, (713) 627-2034, (713) 993-9347
Website: Indian Consulate, Houston

OCI Cell:
Phone: (713) 871-1727 Between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM only.
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

PIO Card:
Email: [email protected]

Miscellaneous Services:
Email: [email protected]

Commerical Section:
Email: [email protected]

General:
Email: [email protected]

Consul General’s office:
Email: [email protected]

Warning:
Some agents are claiming to have been appointed by the Consulate General of India and are misleading the public by claiming so. With the exception of BLS International for Indian Passport and Cox & Kings Global Services for OCI, PIO, Visa and Renunciation, no other agents have been appointed by the Consulate and that the Consulate deals with members of the public directly.

Consular Camps:
This Consulate routinely organizes the camps where people can avail their passport and visa services.

Timings:
Submission of documents: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM – Monday through Friday (Token will be issued up to noon only.)
Documents delivery: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Monday through Friday

Miscellaneous services application submitted at the Counter are serviced and delivered normally on the same day except in cases where prior references are required.

Application status inquiries must be made between 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM only.

Getting There:
The Consulate is located in the uptwon/Galleria area of the Houston, close to Loop 610 and Westheimer Street. The Consulate is located in one of the black tall buildings opposite to Double Tree Hotel.

Free 30 minutes parking is available in front of the building.

Driving Directions:
When travelling on Memorial Drive towards Downtown:
On Memorial Drive, take a ‘U’ turn at Waugh Drive. Take a right turn onto Jackson Hill St. and the next left onto Scotland St.
For Consular Services entrance, take a right turn onto Snover Rd, followed by a right turn onto O Reilly St.


Indian Embassy, Atlanta

Jurisdiction: Alabama (AL), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Mississippi (MS), Puerto Rico (PR), South Carolina (SC), Tennessee (TN) and Virgin Islands (VI)

Address:
Consulate General of India, Houston
Consular Section
5549 Glenridge Drive NE,
Atlanta GA 30342

Phone: (:(404) 963 5902
Website: Indian Consulate, Atlanta

Email:
[email protected]

Timings:
Consular Hours: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Monday to Friday) – for miscellaneous services

Consular Pick-up Hours : 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM (Monday to Friday)

All hours are in Atlanta time – Eastern Standard Time in USA

U.S. Embassy & Consulates

Contact Persons & Designation: Mr. Richard Verma (Ambassador)

Address: Embassy of the United States of America Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
City: New Delhi -110 021
Telephone: 91-11-24198000
Fax: 91-11-24190017
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/

American Center
24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi – 110001
Tel: 011-91-11-2347-2000

Nonimmigrant Visas Support: [email protected]
Immigrant Visas support: [email protected]
American Citizens Services: [email protected]
General: [email protected]
Webmaster: [email protected]


Contact Person & Designation: Thomas L. Vajda (Consul-General)

Address: C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex Bandra East, Mumbai
Phone: (22) 26724000
City: Mumbai – 400 051
Telephone: 91-22-2672 4000
Fax: 91-22-2672 4786
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Web: http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov

American Center:
C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai 400051
Phone: (22) 26724000
Email: For American Center Public Affairs related queries [email protected]


Contact Persons & Designation: Helen LaFave (Consul-General)

Address: Consulate General of the United States of America , 5/1, Ho Chi Minh Sarani
City: Kolkata – 700 071
Telephone: 91-33-22823611/ 39842400
Fax: 91-33-22822335
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Web: http://calcutta.usconsulate.gov, kolkata.usconsulate.gov

American Center
38/A, Jawahar Lal Nehru Road, Kolkata – 700071
Tel: 91-33-2288-1200


Contact Persons & Designation: Phillip A. Min (Consul-General)

Address: Consulate General of United States of America, Gemini Circle, No. 220, Anna Salai
City: Chennai – 600 006
Telephone: 91-44-28574242/ 4000
Fax: 91-44-28112020/ 28112027
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Web: http://chennai.usconsulate.gov

American Center
No. 220, Anna Salai, Chennai – 600006
Tel: 91-44-2857-4000


Contact Persons & Designation: Mr. Michael Mullins (Consul-General)

Address: Hyderabad Consulate General Paigah Palace, 1-8-323 Chiranfort Lane, Begumet
City: Hyderabad – 500003, Andhra Pradesh
Telephone: 91-40-27905950

2015 Investment Climate Statement - India

BUREAU OF ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
May 2015
Report

Synopsis:
While the government has managed to push through a number of investor-friendly reforms, including an increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) limits in insurance to 49 percent, on others, such as land acquisition, it has failed to muster sufficient political support. On still other long-awaited reforms—the Goods and Services Tax, labor law reforms, and subsidies reform among them—as of April 2015, the government had yet to put a program before Parliament. Thus, while the outlook has improved considerably, objective conditions for doing business in India remain similar to years past.

Opportunities in the current scenario are manifold. Indian conglomerates and high technology companies are generally equal in sophistication and prominence to their international counterparts. Certain industrial sectors, such as information technology, telecommunications, and engineering are globally recognized for their innovation and competitiveness. Foreign companies operating in India highlight that success requires a long-term planning horizon and a state-by-state strategy to adapt to the complexity and diversity of India’s markets.

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Source: U.S. Department of State

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