Emigrating to India
CaptKaos
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#1
| Senior Member

Emigrating to India

Hi All
Just thinking out loud, I'm an Irish born linguist, teacher and translator, I've lived abroad all my life -7 yrs London, 25yrs Italia, and now I'm thinking of changing my scene and life radically by moving on and out of Europe; and since I've always been well treated and well responded to by IndiaMike I put it to you - what do you think of India as a country to emigrate to for a 50yr old male?

I'm a educator and translator (I could work online from India I suppose), though I would also like to move away from that if possible, I'm pretty business minded and would not be adverse to opening a business, or buying property, running a hotel?.. What advice, suggestions, warnings could you give someone - All comments welcome...
By the way, I've been to India a couple of times.. most recently in 2014 for 4 months - and it goes without saying I love India..
Namaste, thanks in advance, CK

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#2
| Maha Guru Member
Complex question, starting a business there is involved and there are a host of threads on that. I even have a video on that I'll try to locate. Its not for the faint hearted and there are a ton of Indians who are more than ready to exploit such entrepreneurs not the least of which work for the babu raj. As far as living the advice is always to live there long term first, then decide. I tend to love it the first eleven months then desperately long to leave. Interestingly, I get the same reaction on my return to my "home country". I have seen many people with false expectations and therefore mixed reactions sometimes quite tragic. I would love to go back anytime, my spouse says quite the opposite. Which should I choose? I would miss gelatto. However, I once took a home made machine only to find my bro in law's frig couldn't get it cold enough. Its really very distinctively individual. Other people have been more successful including with ice cream:)..
#3
| Maha Guru Member
After 25 years in Italia you can handle Indian bureaucracy. If it was 25 years in Il Mezzogiorno then you can handle bureaucracy in Bihar.
#4
| Humble Genius
Translators don't make much. We got plenty of university grads in foreign languages who are unemployed.

Foreigners in India are in demand in some of the following arenas - Bollywood and TV character actors, hospitality industry executives, outsourcing industry execs for non English language process, export house executives. Can you look into importing a niche Italian product with high margins? Can you cook good Italian? These will ensure immediate employment and above the min required wage for work visa. Also strongly recommend living here for a long term before considering serious stuff like emigration or property purchase.
#5
| Senior Member
Yeah.. Italy is the India of Europe.. and I mean this as a compliment for both countries..
#6
| Senior Member
Funny you should mention it but though I cook a pretty good bowl of pasta, I'm working on a project at the moment about exporting extra virgin olive oil to India - early days still..
#7
| Senior Member
Good sound advice Edwardseco - thanks
#8
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: CaptKaos View Post

Funny you should mention it but though I cook a pretty good bowl of pasta, I'm working on a project at the moment about exporting extra virgin olive oil to India - early days still..


Let us know how you go with the Olive Oil. I would like to buy some decent olive oil in India.
#9
| Loud Noisy Bird

Emigrating to India

The concept of Immigration into India is... Well, except for those of Indian origin, it barely exists. If you find something to justify a visa allowing you to stay here, longer than 180 days, then your tenure will depend on that visa, which will depend specifically on that job, that course of study, etc. Do consider this carefully before trying to make any for-ever arrangements.

Also I'd say that a couple of visits is not really enough to inform the decision. Unless they were five or six months... Which is what I'd advise you to do in the first place. Five or six months in the same place not touring.
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#10
| Chingona y Curandera
To get more traffic to your post ask a mod to move this to the Moving to India thread. Chai and Chat doesn't appear on the home page so gets fewer looks.


Also join the India forum on the site expat.com. You'll get help there. I got a ton of info there, lots more than here. Plus every year I'm able to meet up with people in the town I was thinking of staying in so that's cool.
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#11
| Loud Noisy Bird

Emigrating to India

In recent years there has not been much "expat" activity on this site. A good resource is InterNations... At least for the business community: it is not a free site and meets/activities (disclaimer: when I last looked) tend to be of the more expense kind. None the less, recommended for the market it serves.

Oh for an expat salary! Oh wait, that would mean doing the work... Not such a good idea.
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