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My daughter of Brit and French nationality, is married to a PIO, and they live permanently in India. I have Brit nationality and am retired. I am financially independent and have international medical coverage. My daughter and husband are urging me to join them and live with them permanently in Bangalore. Any of you knowledgeable people out there have comments/advice on this? I believe that obtaining a visa for such a venture is pretty difficult? They have been advised in India that I would have to obtain a VisaX from within Canada where I currently reside. Anybody tried this? Thanks in advance for any info forthcoming.
#2 Jun 23rd, 2008, 09:54
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In all my reading around about visas, I've never seen anything to indicate that a UK citizen parent of a PIO by marriage can get an entry (X) visa that would allow the UK citizen to stay in India permanently, or even long term. Maybe there is some such category, but if it exists, it certainly isn't publicized.
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Thank you for response. I have noticed, mostly from various postings on different sites about living in Goa, that retirement in India of Brit nationals is not high on the priority list, if on any list, of the Indian government. Given the vast Indian population living in UK and I may be wrong but do not believe there is a problem in UK for Indian nationals wishing to join their families there, I believe there should at least be some sort of reciprocal arrangements in family cases, but I know I shouldn't hold my breath!
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Whereas I'd tend to agree that the PIO card scheme wouldn't have been intended to embrace bringing-the-family, i still wouldn't give up on this one without trying!

On the reciprocity thing, though, I'm afraid that it is far from true that there is no problem in Indians joining their famillies in UK. Would never be a rubber-stamp job, and can be very difficult.
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Originally Posted by pandora View Post Thank you for response. I have noticed, mostly from various postings on different sites about living in Goa, that retirement in India of Brit nationals is not high on the priority list, if on any list, of the Indian government. Given the vast Indian population living in UK and I may be wrong but do not believe there is a problem in UK for Indian nationals wishing to join their families there, I believe there should at least be some sort of reciprocal arrangements in family cases, but I know I shouldn't hold my breath!
As Nick notes, getting long-term visas for **extended family** (such as father, mother, brother, sister)is a big problem. Getting visa for spouses and children is easier, and this is also true for India.

In most cases of extended family, you have to show that the person (say mother) is alone and has no one else other than the person in UK/Canada/US to take care of her. There may be a clause equivalent to the above for India as well.
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There may be a clause equivalent to the above for India as well.
There probably isn't. India's immigration laws are prety thin, because India does not really have an immigration system.

There is nothing equivalent to the US Green Card, or UK Work Permit*/Settlement/Permanent Resident/Naturalisation processes.

EDIT. Woops; of course there are Employment Visas --- but they are not seen as part of a ladder towards citizenship or permanent residency.
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The best thing would be to travel up and down. First go to Bangalore on a travel visa and stay with your daughter. See if you like the place and see if you get used to living in India because living in India for someone who is seeing it for the first time would be a nightmare. But Bangalore is a good place and has top medical facilities (you need them because of the pollution levels here )
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Before deciding to live "permanently" in India I urge you (if you have not already) to visit India for a few months. After that experience, you may not want to move permanently to India.
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Heartfelt thanks to all of you who have taken precious time to reply to my posting and given me encouragement in some cases. To those who say I should try India first, before even considering retiring there (if it is possible), I used to live in Pakistan. I have visited India and because of having lived in Pakistan there was not an enormous cultural shock on arriving. India has much charm but I agree, living there permanently is not without its challenges. I did like Bangalore but, yes, the pollution is appalling. Thank you again.
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You're welcome: do report back and let us know what happens!
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Thanks Nick. Will keep you all posted. Have to say though, as my daughter and son-in-law are getting established themselves that my retirement there, should I even get the papers to so do, is not imminent. Just thought I would ask if anybody else has thought of going through such a process.

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