Expat in India? What is your story?
Sungazer
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#1
| Member

Expat in India? What is your story?

Hey guys!

I'm writing this in an attempt to get ideas, inspiration,suggestions, and to hear experience from other folks who might have been in similar situation..

Lately i feel drawn to India, as in moving there,working,settling for good. I've spent quite some time there, both in North and somewhat less in the South hence i have pretty good idea how things are over there as well as where i would settle.

The tricky part for some of us with such affinities towards Bharat Ma is how to sort out all of the needed paperwork ie. to get a job for which getting Work permit ain't since fiction(25k$ thingy).
Soon i'll have CELTA certificate in my pocket(which will allow me to teach English as second language) and after getting some teaching experience and saving up some cash here in Europe i would be more than happy to pack up and move to India. However English teaching jobs are, apparently, hard to get in India and are not exempted from 25k$ rule which makes it(i guess) hard to get a work permit.

Therefore i am pondering on few "tactics" to get to the happy end:helpsmili



      So those of you who are already living there, please be so kind and share your story!
      How did you end up living in India? If married, how did you meet your significant other? Or in case you have an idea, advice or suggestion how i could sort this out, i am all ears!:)
      Cheers!

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      #2
      | Maha Guru Member
      I'll follow this..
      #3
      | Member

      Originally posted by: edwardseco View Post

      I'll follow this..


      Thanks Edwardseco!
      Hopefully we'll get some input from folks who already made the move..
      #4
      | Maha Guru Member
      Sungazer - time to put on your flack jacket and head for cover!

      NB
      "See the World, then see India - because the World is an anti-climax"
      #5
      | Clueless
      #6
      | Loud Noisy Bird
      Well, sungazer, you have to get real. And frankly, that process takes a decade of living here before you even get started!

      Right... You want to marry a local. Start here: Google matrimonials. Only India uses that word in this way so everything will be relevant.

      I did that for a couple of years. Frankly, I could just as easily chatted to women in shops etc.

      You are discovering that half India speaks English already. No, that is not a great route to get here. Even the language trainers in call centres are local these days... Or very highly qualified senior people from head office. We used to have an American member that did that for Amazon for quite a few years until she moved on... Continents and career.

      I don't rule out English as an earner. Tutoring is a possibility. Because you're a native speaker and you can teach people to speak proper (like what I does). I'm too lazy to have found out. In fact I had one request and refused. And it is not visa-getting stuff.

      All you want can be done (points to self ).
      ~
      Life gets aadhar every day.
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      #7
      | Maha Guru Member
      All though I would consider $25000 per annum in India to be a large amout it equates to about 16 lakh rupees I think.

      Or roughly 1.4 lakh per month. In todays economy this is not a huge salary a lot of freshers get 1 per month.
      Lord, Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those people I had to kill because they pissed me off.
      #8
      | Maha Guru Member
      I suppose someone ought to question the decency of just marrying for residency status, although it happens all over the world, I guess...
      Why not try an NGO voluntary job, and you may meet the new love of your life in the local shop, as Nick mentioned? :D


      Ed.
      #9
      | Loud Noisy Bird

      Originally posted by: OldandRambling View Post

      I suppose someone ought to question the decency of just marrying for residency status, although it happens all over the world, I guess...


      I don't know if a marriage of convenience is "decent" or not, but marriage as part of the plan?

      It's like the woman said: "I'm going to marry a millionaire." On being asked how, she replied "Mix with millionares!" Quite: If you want to live in India and be married, mix with Indians :D
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      Life gets aadhar every day.
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      #10
      | Maha Guru Member
      Into the fire from the frying pan I says..
      #11
      | Maha Guru Member
      I guess the romantic in me is offended by the idea of getting wed as an economic move. It seems to portray the female as a lesser person, an entity without any input of her own. I used to read my girlfriends "Spare Rib" magazines, back in the day, so excuse my feminist side...


      Ed.
      #12
      | Loud Noisy Bird
      the female as a lesser person, an entity without any input of her own


      They do have to agree, you know!

      Actually, I was offered one arranged marriage of the more traditional sort --- although we would have had time to get to know each other before finalising. I said no, because she (we never met) did not speak English, and communication from day one seemed rather important to me.

      By the way: it is Ganesh immersion time again. Why aren't you here! :D
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      Life gets aadhar every day.
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      #13
      | Member

      Originally posted by: JOHNLORD View Post

      All though I would consider $25000 per annum in India to be a large amout it equates to about 16 lakh rupees I think.
      Or roughly 1.4 lakh per month. In todays economy this is not a huge salary a lot of freshers get 1 per month.


      Maybe in corporate world or IT but my skills aren't of that kind. From what i've seen online,English teacher can consider him self lucky if he scores a job paying 50K INR per month which is waaaay below 25k$ per annum.

      Whooo gents, hold your horses![whoa]

      I apologize if it sounded like i would marry just " for residency status", my bad. That is not true at all.
      For all i know i can easily see my self, in terms of culture and worldviews, marrying Indian women,living and working there and taking care of family. And i don't see anything wrong in arranged marriages,as long as those don't turn into forced marriage as it might still be the case in rural parts of country or rural heads of some parents. From what i've red whole thing is getting more liberal, so to say, than it was 30 years ago.
      I did check those matrimonial sites. And due to financial and career expectations expressed in those profiles i am not sure that NGO volunteer with uncertain career and job prospects would stand any chance. Not just on those sites...
      But it makes sense to try the volunteer path, do ones best to score the job and then start thinking of marriage.

      Actually i am still keen to hear how did you guys managed to settle there? What is your story, if you don't mind sharing? Nick?
      Dunno are other posters living in India...
      #14
      | Maha Guru Member

      why leave the UK!

      You know, the flow of people in the 21 to 35 age cohort, is mostly from India to other countries. This has something to do with wealth building, and where people want to end up financially. Sure many youngsters born in India choose to build wealth in India, given all the interest in start ups et. But I don't see many folks going from other countries into India with the goal of building a fortune, AND staying there long term.

      If your goal is to stay in India for a few years, make some money, and move back to the UK... that's one thing... it will require specific skill sets. Many Indians come to the US with this in mind.

      If you want to live in India, long term, that's another issue

      I am assuming you are considering moving from a western country to India.
      #15
      | Maha Guru Member
      said no, because she (we never met) did not speak English


      Now that is the best kind! She gets angry at you and tells you off (as wives eventually do). You look at her fondly without the least anger because you couldn't understand a word. Same way when you make an arch comment. All is shanti. It precludes any talk about dangerous topics like politics. What more can you want.?