Foreigners doing business in Goa.

#16 Apr 9th, 2007, 01:07
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Nope. Are you? Why do you ask?
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Originally Posted by birds View Post Nope. Are you? Why do you ask?
You mentioned that you do not have BSNL brodband service where you are located, so I was just wondering where in Goa you were based.
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hi birds, i having been thinking about starting my own business in india and in goa especially, however how difficult is it to get a business visa, i am a british citizen. Whats the process of getting the visa? were u established as a company abroad before applying for the visa?
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We are in a small village near Porvorim. In Porvorim they have broadband although I believe there is a waiting list for it, but they have not pulled the cables through to our place yet. I think it may be a while also since there are just a few houses here. It is very quiet and very pretty here but this is a disadvantage, although today Sify is working . Probably by saying that it will stop immediately .
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Hi Jahan,

We came on a business visa already many years ago and no, we did not have an business abroad. Our company is a 100% Indian company but with foreign ownership. 100% is only possible is certain sectors like tourism and consultancy. I do not know which other ones but for example for retailing you need an Indian partner.

You can not set up a business on a tourist visa. To get a business visa you have to get an invitation letter from a foreign company and one from an Indian company. Sometimes they also give it if you explain you want to go to India to set up a business. There are plenty of threads on this subject on IM which will give you a lot of information.

Good luck!
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Thanks Birds for the all the info!!! Having just looked at the difficulties of getting a business visa on IM, i think i will need all the luck
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Originally Posted by birds View Post We run a business in Goa which is incorporated, has all other permissions and pays taxes too. . And, yes, we have a business visa. I must say we are somewhat lucky in that we can operate our business from anywhere in Asia as long as there is internet to remain in contact with our clients which are all over the world.

In fact, we moved our office from Bangalore to Goa 5 months ago, and much to our surprise and delight all our Bangalorian staff decided to join us. Since we have taken on a Goan as well. Besides permanent staff we always have one foreign intern and are now looking to add some foreigners for permanent positions.

In beginning we were a bit worried what our clients would think about us being in Goa (drugs-, hippies-, tourists-, image) but found that many think it is a great excuse to come to Goa :-).

Why Goa? Quality of life is a lot better than in the big cities in either India or Europe. Here you have a beautiful environment, lots of wildlife, reasonably good weather for most of the year, lots of nice restaurants, clean air and friendly people.

The social life requires a bit of working on (not as easy as say in Delhi or Mumbai) but there is an interesting permanent Indian and foreign crowd of writers, architects, artists and business people.

Lastly, recreating a former Raj situation in Goa is not all that easy. Getting house staff (cleaners, drivers, gardeners, handy man, ayahs etc.) is very difficult and more expensive here as compared to other areas in India. The reasons are: Goa has the highest income per capita (about INR 45,000!, source: States and Union Territories of India by Penguin), local people have the opportunity to earn a lot of money during the 5 months tourist season and live of that the rest of year and, many families have a family member working abroad who may send them a couple of hundred dollars every now and then. Of course, there are still poor people and also many immigrants from Karnataka en Maharashtra but during the tourist season there are still labour shortages.


Its 2018 and your comment is from 2006, I believe. You guys still in business? What business do you do anyway?
I live in New York (was born and raised in India). I have been living here in New York for over 2 decades now. Few years ago I went to Goa and I liked it. I went to some other parts of Konkan also and liked it too. I like nature and woods. Recently I have been planning on having a retirement home. I was thinking of Konkan and Goa but then because of security issues I was thinking of Florida. Atleast there is some life security in here. Not that its not in India but still. I am afraid to buy a property in India because of scams and frauds and people cheating especially foreigners. I just have hard time trusting people there. These days things are just very different in India than in 2006. Admit or not!
So, wondering what you do. May be you can guide a bit more on this...

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