Things to Keep in Mind While Moving to India
This guide is ideal for people who have researched all about India, and have made up their mind to move in the country. Once a person has decided upon moving to India, he needs to consider several other factors such as which city does he wants to move in, what type of work would be ideal for him, place to live, health and medical insurance, and lots more. We have compiled a list of all the essentials that one should know in order to make moving a smooth process.
Step 1: Deciding upon Visa
People looking for employment opportunities in India have to apply for Employment Visa. Business Visa is another relevant visa given to people who visit India to conduct work for a non-Indian company. The immediate dependents have to apply for Entry Visa in order to accompany the principal visa holder. For more information on Indian work visas, you can refer to http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/online/visaServices.
Step 2: Residence
It is extremely crucial to decide upon a place to live prior to moving. There are several factors ought to be considered before finalizing a place to move in, such as the location, budget, distance from work place, locality, etc. Room in the Moon is a great platform to help you find a most suitable place to stay. It offers a huge listing of rooms/ accommodations, of different price range, ideal for people to stay for short as well as long durations. Once you have decided upon the location, you can easily hunt down an accommodation to stay.
Step 3: Documentation to Start Working
If a person is staying in India for more than 180 days, he needs to register himself with the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO). Several supporting documents are required for the registration. You can have a look at – http://indianfrro.gov.in/frro/.
Step 4: Interconnectivity between cities and states
You might want to travel from one city to another or to another state in India. It is a wise decision to look for the reliable means of travel from one place to another in order to save time and avoid the last minute hassle. Though railway is an important means of transport in India, still buses (coaches) are the most preferred mode when it comes to reach the villages. Bus connectivity in India is extremely reliable and affordable. One can also book the bus services as per his budget, as there are Volvo coaches that are available on a bit higher end as well as regular government bus services that are comparatively cheaper. You can check the availability of railway tickets as well as price range at the IRCTC (Indian Railway catering and Tourism Corporation) website – www.irctc.co.in.
India is a big country in terms of land area, and it can take as much as 9-10 days (or even more) to travel from one corner to another via train. Hence, it is recommended to prefer air travel if travelling a larger distance as it saves a lot more time. There are several domestic flights, such as Kingfisher Airlines (www.flykingfisher.com), Spice Jet (www.spicejet.com), and Indian Airlines (www.airindia.com). Makemytrip (www.makemytrip.com) is an extremely popular online platform in India that helps you book domestic flights, coaches, and rail tickets at competitive prices.
Hiring a cab is yet another quick trick to save time. But a person should ensure hiring a reputed cab to avoid any future troubles. The cab company should have a registered license to operate, and the driver should have a commercial driving license. You can take a fair idea of the charges on taxiautofare.com by simply entering your present place and destination. The website helps a person know about the estimated fare one should pay while travelling in a cab/ taxi.
If travelling within a city, auto rickshaws are extremely famous. These three wheelers are the most common mode of transportation within a city in India. For more details about them, you can visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto_rickshaw. Besides, local buses, taxis, are also popular mediums of transport within cities. Few cities, like Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Kolkata, and Bangalore have metros for transportation whereas Mumbai is well connected internally through railway. You can purchase a metro card for day-to-day travelling within the metropolitan cities. These cards can be easily topped up at the metro stations whenever required. Whereas, if using bus or rail service on daily bus, you can opt for the bus pass/ railway pass. You can get these passes at the local bus stands or railway stations. A person has to renew the pass once in a while. These passes are not only convenient to use but also help in saving few extra bucks as one has to pay lesser for a journey if travelling through a pass.
Step 5: Health and Medication
India is known for its booming medical industry. The medical practitioners in India are talented, well educated, and extremely professional. The health and medication services in India are of utmost level, and one can get first-class health services at affordable prices. There are private as well as public hospitals where state-of-the-art infrastructures have been established. You can get your check up done by paying mere charges at any government hospital or dispensary.
Step 6: Permanent Account Number
It is important to own a valid permanent account number (PAN) in order to work in India. You should apply for a PAN card as soon you start working. This number helps the government in charging the right amount of taxes for a specific person. You can also apply for a PAN card online by visiting this link – https://tin.tin.nsdl.com/pan/form49AA.html. You need to submit certain documents, like photocopy of passport, PIO card, a utility bill, etc. This number serves as a national identification number, helping government keep track of all the monetary transactions and thus prevent tax evasion, if any.
Step 7: Money and Costs
The Indian rupee (₹) is the official currency of India. Indian currency pleases most of the pockets, and does not bust the banks of the people visiting from different countries. The Indian rupee comes in ₹5, ₹10, ₹20, ₹50, ₹100, ₹500 and ₹1000 notes, and ₹1, ₹10, ₹2, ₹5, and ₹10 coins. You can operate http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/ to compare Indian rupee with your currency.
We have compiled a list of little basic expenditures that are required for day-to-day routine chores. Let’s have a look:
One of the most important things that you will need immediately when you land is a mobile phone connection. There are two types of connections popular in India – prepaid and postpaid. It is recommended to opt for the prepaid connection as the postpaid ones take a while to set off. There are different mobile companies that offer intuitive calling cards and plans, helping people save few extra bucks. You can compare the different plans and as per the analysis you can choose the one that suits you the best. Some of the popular mobile companies are:
You will have to submit certain documents to open a bank account, such as residence proof (an attested letter from the landlord or a utility bill), identification proof, passport copy, etc. You might want to check about the bank holidays in India prior to visiting a bank to avoid disappointment. There are two types of banks in India – private and public sector banks. You can check the list of the banks at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_banks_in_India. Some of the leading banks are State Bank of India (commonly known as SBI – www.sbi.co.in), ICICI Bank Limited (www.icicibank.com), CitiBank India (www.citibank.co.in), HDFC Bank Limited (www.hdfcbank.com), etc. Some of these banks require you to deposit a certain amount to open an account. You can look for the requirements on the respective bank websites.
As similar to living in any other country, you’ll have to pay the basic utility bills for the apartment, such as the electricity, water, and other amenities. Billing of cooking gas depends on the location you are staying in. If staying in metro cities, you’ll have to pay them monthly whereas if living in other parts of the country, you will have to book the connection. There are two prominent cooking gas providers in India – Indane (http://indane.co.in/) and Hindustan Petroleum (HP – http://www.hindustanpetroleum.com/En/ui/HPanytime.aspx). A person has to register to the company in order to avail their facilities.
Step 8: Market and Shopping
Grocery shopping is the next step when a person shifts to a new place. You can get an idea of the best supermarkets around the area from your property owner, or can also check online. To buy vegetables and fruits, you can either turn to the supermarkets or the local farmer markets. The concept of farmer’s market (commonly known as ‘Sabzi Mandi’ in India) is incredibly famous in India. A person can get fresh vegetables at much cheaper prices as compared to the supermarkets.
To buy non vegetarian food, you will have to head to the local butcher shops. These shops also sell fresh food at affordable rates. Alcohol is not available at the supermarkets in India. You can get them from the Taverns available in most of the cities in India. If moving to Gujrat, you should know that the buying and selling of alcohol is strictly prohibited there, and one may land up in a problem if found guilty.
Step 9: Entertainment
Local Markets and Spots: India is a land of cultural diversity. You will find a plenty of tourist spots in each city and state to look for. You can check out the local attractions and markets in your free time. Apart from this, you can also watch the latest Hollywood movies in the theatres as they are released in India right on time.
Films and TV: India itself has a big film industry, called Bollywood. You can also watch some Hindi movie, if interested. Television is yet another source of entertainment in India. Channels like Star world, Star Movies, Zee Café, BBC Entertainment, AXN, Fox Crime, are few of the famous English channels in India.
Cricket: Watching a live cricket match is an experience of its own in India due to the huge fan following of cricket. Indian citizens are die-hard fans of cricket, and make show incredible enthusiasm to support their team on crease. Every year India organizes Indian Premier League (IPL) where teams from different states participate. The cricketers from all over the world participate in it. You can enjoy the match in the area nearby and cheer for your favorite player.
Step 10: Job
The last but not the least is finding a job in India. Apart from contacting the local job agents, you can also register on the leading job portals in India. You need to prepare a strong resume showcasing your education, previous work experience, and achievements. Some famous online job portals are www.naukri.com, www.monsterindia.com, www.shine.com, www.timesjobs.com, and more.