Published On: Tue, Aug 15th, 2017

The Ins & Outs Of Starting A New Life In India

India is a country like no other; it’s vast, vibrant, and diverse. For a lot of people visiting this incredible country for the first time, it’s a huge culture shock. From the animals roaming free and the poverty to the chaotic driving and strange smells, India can be a huge shock to the system and can take some time to adjust to, as it’s such a different way of life.

Whether you have travelled to India before and fell in love with the country or are planning on heading there for the first time, the moving process can be a daunting one. It’s not just a case of deciding to move there; there is a process that needs to be followed and steps that need to be taken as part of this process. Bearing that in mind, let’s look at the ins and outs of starting a new life in India.

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Consider your options

Think carefully about what your options are. Do you want to live on a visa, renewing it every five years or so as it runs out? Or, would you prefer to apply for dual citizenship, so that you can reside in India without a visa and get all of the benefits that native born citizens get, such as Aadhar identification cards – you can get this printed or do an Aadhar download, depending on what works best for you. When choosing the best option for yourself and your family, research each carefully, before making a decision.


There will be a lot of paperwork

Moving to any country will come with a lot of paperwork, that’s just part of the process of moving abroad. Bearing that in mind, it’s best to ensure that plenty of time is left between when you start your paperwork, such as visas or citizen applications, and when you are due to move to your new country. Unless you have your paperwork in order, you can’t apply for jobs or rent or buy a house, so getting your papers in order as soon as possible, is vital.


Learn about the culture

A vital part of travelling to another country is learning about the culture. India is sure to be a culture shock, even if you take the time to learn as much about the country as possible, but researching about it will help to make the adaption process easier. The most important factors to research are things like what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour, including how you act, dress, and speak to other people. For instance, women are expected to dress (and act) more conservatively in India than in other countries.

To make a go of your new life in India, it’s vital that you are aware of what to expect in terms of the moving process, the culture, and the lifestyle. Moving abroad is never going to be an easy or straightforward process, but if you are clued up about the steps that need to be taken, you can make it slightly less stressful and more enjoyable.