- India is the largest democracy in the world.
- More than a million Indians are millionaires, yet most Indians live on less than two dollars a day.
- India experiences six seasons: summer, autumn, winter, spring, summer monsoon, and winter monsoon.
- India has the world’s largest movie industry.
- Every major world religion is represented in India. Additionally, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism all originated in India.
Are you planning to emigrate to India? If so, there is plenty to do in preparation. You will probably need to arrange a new home and a school for your kids. You may have questions, such as: Who will guide you through the immigration process? What cultural aspects should you be familiar with? And do you know a handyman that can help you settle in to your new house by assembling furniture or hanging paintings?
Eurohome Relocations has more than 20 years of experience in relocating expats and people moving to other countries for a variety of reasons. Our local relocation specialists know India well.
For example, we are fully familiar and aware of all the strict immigration regulations as well as the typical Indian cultural habits such as taking off your shoes when entering an office building, vegetarian food at lunchtime, and what you may or may not say about cows in public.
We can advise you about documentation as well as the Indian way of life so you quickly settle in, acclimate and feel at home in this big country.
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What should you take into consideration when relocating to India?
- You can apply for a tourist visa online, which is a relatively quick process. If you would like to stay for a longer period of time, you will need to apply for a work permit. This is much more difficult to obtain. This application is not available online and you will need to personally go to the embassy. Without the help from an experienced expert, this process can be time-consuming.
- If you would like to emigrate to India together with your partner, this is only possible if you are married. Living together as an unmarried couple is forbidden in India. Therefore, the best advice for couples is to get married before you move there.
- In India, English is widely spoken and you can get along well in nearly all situations using English. Learning one or more of the many Indian languages is not necessary.
- Living in India is relatively cheap. With a western income, you can live well in India. But be aware that living in an expat gated community is just as expensive as in other countries and the price of gasoline is as expensive as in western countries.
- Expats that move to India almost always experience a culture shock. This is caused by the heat, the crowdedness, the traffic and the smells all around. Cultural training is therefore advised. Attending this kind of training will help you understand and adjust to the different ways in India.
- If you invite Indian people to visit you, always be sure to serve vegetarian food. There are very few Indians who eat meat, and you will not see meat on menus in restaurants either. Similarly, alcoholic drinks are uncommon and drinking in public is inadvisable.
- The Indian caste system is complex. In Indian companies, this plays a role, but in international companies it does not. Foreigners are not expected to understand the nuances of this system.
- To get to your office, it is advisable to arrange an Uber taxi as this is safer and more reliable than getting a taxi on the street. Public transportation is difficult for foreigners as it is often very crowded and there is no English translation available. Walking, cycling and driving are also not the best options to get around the large cities. For expats, it is sometimes preferable and affordable to arrange a private chauffeur.
- If you hire an Indian person to work in your company, don’t only look at his or her education level. Many Indian people are highly educated, but that does not necessarily indicate their work level. For instance, an Indian that comes from a rich family is often well-educated but lacks work experience.
- If you would like to thank someone, do not buy a bottle of wine, but rather a box of candy instead.
Eurohome and relocation to India
Eurohome is active on a global scale and handles a full range of services in each country. Our professional staff’s main priority is to make the difference between standard service and a successful new start. We do this by taking a proactive approach and having the right skills to take care of you through the entire relocation process. Our experienced relocation specialists personally meet with you and your family to provide valuable local information and answer all your questions.
Relocation is so much more than moving your belongings from point A to point B. That’s why Eurohome thinks of everything that is involved with a move. Our expert staff coordinate your move from A to Z and help you to feel at home in your new environment. Our motto is: Wherever you go, we will be there with you!
Thanks to our participation in international relocation networks, such as ERC (Employee Relocation Council) and EuRA (European Relocation Association), we can assist you with your relocation no matter which country you are relocating to.