Is it possible for an Irish girl to get a work visa for india?

#1 Jan 18th, 2013, 03:07
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I met my boyfriend in Udaipur last summer and we've been in a long distance relationship ever since. I'm still in college studying to be a social worker. I complete my course in 2014. I'm going back to India this summer for a holiday. So basically I've been trying to figure out how my boyf and me are going to be together.
I don't want to have to chose between love and my career. So I'm wondering is there any possible way of me working as a social worker in India? Or can I only do this after we are married?
#2 Jan 18th, 2013, 03:50
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I am not sure of the market for social workers in India. In the US it was recently described as the 2nd worst major and one of the most likely to be retail (Kiplinger). However, I know of a college in Ahmednagar that does this so there is something. Generally they restrict work permits to those making a substantial amount. You might search under "work permit" here for that amount. Its a challenge but maybe you can do accent training. A majority of that market has left India for the Phillipines though..
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@Jellybaby,

More particularly you need an employment visa if you are going to do any work at all.

http://www.indianembassy.ie/consular...vices#visa-148
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post I am not sure of the market for social workers in India. In the US it was recently described as the 2nd worst major and one of the most likely to be retail (Kiplinger). However, I know of a college in Ahmednagar that does this so there is something. Generally they restrict work permits to those making a substantial amount. You might search under "work permit" here for that amount. Its a challenge but maybe you can do accent training. A majority of that market has left India for the Phillipines though..
Although I love the Irish accent, especially the southern irish, not sure if that is suitable for india.

As for your social work qualification, I am 99% sure that it will not be enough, as many people have a MSW Masters in Social Work. Sorry to be so negative.:-(
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It's like any market: if you want to sell, you must bring something that is in demand and your price must compete with others. It is not a free market, though, because visa regulations mean you can only compete at the higher end and, outside of management of larger NGOs, the salaries may not qualify.

I can imagine other problems. Sorry, but imagining problems tended to be my speciality in management meetings: someone has to!

The first is language, which, especially for working in poorer/problem areas of society, you would have to master to a deep level of understanding of the fine (and not-so-fine) nuances of idiom and slang.

The second is the society in which you'd find yourself working. It's different. Different problems --- or, at least, a different take on them.

Now let's look at another, very fundamental, issue. I don't know if you have addressed this, or might have mentioned it elsewhere? Are you expecting to live with your boyfriend in India? If so, how do you expect this to work from the visa/immigration standpoint? The short answer is that, unless you can come and go as a tourist twice a year, you will have to get married.

Once you do get married, the first (X-visa) year will be problematic for employment, but you are on a path towards the PIO card, which will allow you tolive, work, study, come and go as you please. More answers on all that in the marriage/visas section of the forum.

I've finished "imagining problems." . In the long term, I do not see why you should not spend a lifetime working with people in India. There are many NGOs, and I'm sure you'd find scope for your qualifications and abilities somewhere, not to mention acquiring new ones. Much of the work, though, may be voluntary or low paid --- but were you ever going to get rich as a social worker in Ireland, anyway?
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Originally Posted by Jellybabymcclean View Post So I'm wondering is there any possible way of me working as a social worker in India? Or can I only do this after we are married?
You are posting all over the map I think people may have said in many different ways. BSW is least marketable - Maybe MSW is a bit better; however, you self answered your question.

You could try opening a "Mulligans" or an Irish pub like "Kennedys" in Udaipur Did you know that there is a company in Dublin, that ship two container loads of (or is it 4) pre made authentic Irish Pub interior including the graffitti carving on the bar counter saying "Molly + Ian"
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post You could try opening a "Mulligans" or an Irish pub like "Kennedys" in Udaipur Did you know that there is a company in Dublin, that ship two container loads of (or is it 4) pre made authentic Irish Pub interior including the graffitti carving on the bar counter saying "Molly + Ian"
There is a company in Hong Kong that ships "Chinese restaurants" in that fashion!
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Originally Posted by wonderwomanusa View Post There is a company in Hong Kong that ships "Chinese restaurants" in that fashion!
Excellent. I guess kind of like the Ikea of restaurants.

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