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#1 Jun 8th, 2008, 12:43
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My roommate and I are planning on moving to India together. Neither of us know anyone there but we're both interested in going. He came up with the idea.

We plan on staying for at least 2 years. We're both 21 with no college degrees and we'll need jobs when we get there so we'll need the following questions addressed:
  • What kind of jobs can we expect? For example we're both good at construction.
  • Also, what would be the best place for us to settle as far as jobs, cost of living, and tourism go?
  • Since this is a property thread, what kind of housing can we expect to afford at a low price?
  • What kind of amenities are available where, especially electricity and high-speed internet?
  • Will we need power converters for our US-based electronics?
  • How much is sensible to bring from the USA to a residence in India?
  • I understand that disease is a concern, so what should I be aware of as far as food and water go?

I know these are all broad questions, but the best starting point I can offer is that we both make about $1500 USD per month. Supposing we each saved half of that (each month) at the most between now (July) and as early as January of next year (he still needs a passport and we both need Visas), what can we expect to afford?

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#2 Jun 8th, 2008, 14:02
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Welcome to the site.

Perhaps if you read a few threads on this site, you will get some of the information you are looking for. For example, how long you will be allowed to stay in India, how likely you will be able to work there legally, vaccinations, electric supply voltage, etc.
#3 Jun 8th, 2008, 14:23
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Originally Posted by Isaac Tanner Madsen View Post We plan on staying for at least 2 years. We're both 21 with no college degrees and we'll need jobs when we get there.
You are going to have to help yourselves out a bit here, nobody is going to type out answers to all those, especially as most of the information you are looking for is already laid out in the sticky threads in the relelvant forum.

Why not have a look at those and post about anything that you're still not sure of? Just to get you started, I'm posting a link to one of the stickies.

Before you start worrying about details like Voltages, I suggest you look into whether your trip, as you currently plan it, is even possible. According to this thread, which is a sticky on the "Indian Visa and Passport Questions" board:
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Employment Visas

The Employment Visa is issued to skilled and qualified professionals who are appointed by organizations as technicians, technical experts, senior executives, etc.
You could come to India for six months at a time on a tourist visa, but if you want to work in India, you may need to get some education in first!
#4 Jun 8th, 2008, 14:34
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Unless you get jobs beforeyou go, and can therefore get employment visas, you won't be allowed to stay more than six months.

Construction industry? I would have thought that almost no chance, unless you get a job as senior guys with a foreign company on some big civil engineering project
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Just to add on to Nick's point - Construction here is not what it is abroad...

construction workers here are essentially migrants from states such as Bihar etc..they work on minimum wages with fluctuations in consistency of jobs at hand...there are no health benefits..no insurance and there is very little technology which is used here..

a labourer here would probably be earning around 100 INR a day i.e 2.5 USD.....and thats the way it stays irrespective of rank.....unless you get into management forget earning much at all..
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Originally Posted by puchoo View Post a labourer here would probably be earning around 100 INR a day i.e 2.5 USD.....and thats the way it stays irrespective of rank.....unless you get into management forget earning much at all..
Come to the UK instead, my house needs renovating, and the weather won't be as brutal for labouring. I'd even pay you twice the going rate, that's $5.00 a day!
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1> We plan on staying for at least 2 years.

As you are from the USA, you can get a 10 year visa but, you will need to leave the country before the 6-month mark and then you can re-enter the next day. Failure to do this could render you liable for a fine; imprisonment or revoccation of your visa.

2> What kind of jobs can we expect? For example we're both good at construction.

Without a legal work visa, nothing. There is no shortage of manual labourers in India and, they work for a pittance.

3> Also, what would be the best place for us to settle as far as jobs, cost of living, and tourism go?

Personally, given you have no degrees, no likelihood of paid employment, I'd skip anything other than tourism. If you want to live cheaply, go for something out of the bigger cities. Tourism - there are many levels to Indian life and tourism can be explored on many levels (religion; buildings /architecture; village life; wildlife; etc.

4> Since this is a property thread, what kind of housing can we expect to afford

As mentioned earlier, no job, no income, no chance (imho).

5> Will we need power converters for our US-based electronics?

Yes - widely available but as you are unlikely to be there long-term, I wouldn't worry about much else than standard tourist items.

6> I understand that disease is a concern, so what should I be aware of as far as food and water go?

This question has been covered in many earlier topics. Do some reading/research and then ask if you are still uncertain about any aspects of either.

Cheers
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#8 Jun 8th, 2008, 16:28
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I think that, by now, the OP will have got the point that asking everything in one go is not the best way to use IndiaMike.com.

Some useful answers have been given, especially about some of basic visa and living stuff

ITM; the answers to nearly all your questions are already here. They may not be what you want to hear, but you have to find them.

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