Complex visa procedure discourages foreign investors

Date: 15 Mar 2019
Location: Pavilion Hall
Address: Kathmandu

KATHMANDU: Various visa related complications have deterred foreign nationals into investing in Nepal, according to a study revealed at a program by the Institute for Strategic and Socio-Economic Research (ISSR) at the Pavilion Hall, Durbarmarg today.

Dr. Govinda Nepal presented a paper on issues involving complications on visa procedures faced by foreign investors at the program.

He presented a number of visa related problems that foreign investors other than Indian nationals face in Nepal. Of the problems, he noted that visa procedure is long, tedious and complex.


The procedure involves a lot of paper work requiring one to sign documents as many as 32-38 times. Besides, the rules and acts governing visa are unclear thereby confusing a stakeholder and delaying the visa procedure, according to Dr. Nepal who is also the Acting Chairperson of Pavilion Group.

Another major issue facing visa issue is the time length. While the minimum time period involved in visa processing is 6 weeks, the maximum time for the same is 32 weeks.


Likewise, complexity surrounding visa has complicated the recruitment of skilled employees (by 100 percent) thereby adversely affecting the investment decision, said Dr. Nepal.

Dr. Nepal suggested among many other measures, in shorting out the visa related problems by initiating online visa processing system and a one window policy in issuing visa and work permits.


“The government will definitely consider these issues and work towards easing visa issuance procedures through coordination among concerned ministries,” remarked Gokarna Bista, Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security.