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Based in Fragomen’s Bengaluru office, Archana is the Assistant Director – Client Services and Practice Leader for India outbound programs. She has been with Fragomen India since its inception in 2007.

Archana has played a critical role in establishing Fragomen’s India-based Managed Services Program (MSP), which is a unique service designed to manage the immigration program from start to finish and offer worldwide immigration support for India outbound business travelers. Archana is also responsible for the relationship with one of the largest client users of the MSP.

In addition, Archana provides immigration strategies and solutions to clients and business leaders regarding consular relations and immigration process compliance. Her other focus areas include large-scale operations, business process reengineering, technology and automation of processes, and operational excellence and governance.

Archana is also responsible for driving business growth and operational efficiency across the organization. She has also been actively involved in quality assurance and mentoring initiatives for global teams at the firm.

Archana previously led the firm’s India inbound practice. She also worked in the U.S., where she managed the firm’s outbound consular program for expatriates traveling into India for U.S. clients.

Prior to joining Fragomen, Archana served as the Head of Immigration at the Bengaluru offices of one of India’s largest software companies, and worked at one of the world’s leading energy companies. She is also experienced in a variety of human resources functions.

Archana is a Certified ISO 9001:2015 internal auditor. She is trained in Six Sigma; Lean principles, tools and methodologies; and the Six Thinking Hats methodology.

Archana completed the following management development programs at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore: Embedding Leadership Excellence (2017) and Creativity, Reinvention and Self Development for Global Managers (2014).

Archana speaks English, Hindi, Kannada and Punjabi.

Education


Institute for Technology and Management, Southern New Hampshire University | M.B.A, 2011
Bangalore University | Bachelor of Commerce, 1996

Provided immigration advice and mobility solutions for Fortune 500 corporations, medium-size enterprises and start-ups

Participated in the preparation of a proposal that was submitted to the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs via an industry body and subsequently approved. Regulatory changes were implemented per the proposal, including the introduction of the Indian Internship visa and changes to minimum salary requirements for India employment visa holders.

Implemented new client service delivery strategies

Provided government relations services, including working closely with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Indian embassies and consulates overseas, and local FRRO/FRO authorities on an ongoing basis for various Indian immigration policy matters and client requirements

Performed proposal and contract negotiations, vendor relations management and operations management activities

Designed and optimized processes and audits to support operational excellence

Publications and Lectures

Moderator, “Keeping Your Business Travelers in Check.” Worldwide ERC India Global Mobility Summit, Bengaluru, India, October 2018.

Speaker, “Accompanying Expat Spouses/Partners in India: Immigration Solutions.” NetExpat Global HR Think Tank, Bengaluru, India, 2015.

Speaker, “Immigration Policy Updates and Changes – India and Singapore.” Lecture, Fragomen India 2014 Immigration Strategies to Manage Compliance and Competitiveness, Bengaluru, India, April 2014.