Moving To India For Work – Some Practical Tips
When you think of India, you think of many things – color, vibrancy, busy streets and a booming economy. No wonder many multinationals rank India among their top 2 markets.
Just some statistics
• India is now the fastest growing major economy – with 7% plus expected to exceed China's growth in 2016.
• Google and Facebook rank India as their second most important market – right after the US
• 50% of India's population is below 25!
• 400 of the world's Fortune -500 are present in India
Indian visa system simplified
The Indian government has taken concrete steps to make traveling to India much easier, including
• Visa on arrival for nationals of 180 countries (must be completed in stages)
• E visas for most citizens of most countries tourism and business)
• Life OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) cards allowing people of Indian origin to travel seamlessly
• Simplifying working visa procedures has reduced turnaround time
India offers an opportunity but certainly no cake walk
I am connected to the Delhi NCR chain of hotels / budget hotels and have seen a phenomenal change driven by globalization. With so many multinational corporations in India, thousands of expats travel to India for work. Many of them coming here for the first time find it difficult to adapt to the conditions.
Indian cities are not known for their high standard of living. With high growth comes the price – traffic traffic, power outages, noise pollution and some degree of chaos. It is a shame that Indian cities have received bad rap in recent years as there is so much history and culture that goes unnoticed. Delhi is one of the oldest capitals in the world and has a rich history – however, walking the streets of Delhi requires some action. So how does one plan their trip to India if given this superb career opportunity to work in a high dynamic economy like India. Not only would it offer excellent career opportunities, but also an opportunity to learn how people function effectively in a seemingly random environment.
Plan ahead and understand the logistics
In reality, there are options for people who come to India to work
• Staying at a hotel – It may be wise to stay at a hotel for a few days, but the cost, lack of cooking facilities and space would be a barrier to a long stay. The options before you are clear
• Rent an apartment and furnish it – This is a good option if you are specific to the type of decor and furnishings you would like. It is also much more economical than a hotel, but there are a few related issues that need to be addressed. The main thing, of course, is finding a suitable apartment and signing a lease – there are many pitfalls in the rental documentation that people should be aware of, including early rest clauses. The other question, of course, is what to do with the furniture if you decide to return early. It takes time and effort, but not an impossible task!
• Staying at a hotel or business apartment for a long stay – This is between an option or for a hotel or for renting an apartment.
Going to Delhi NCR? Many options – but how to choose the right one?
There are many considerations to consider before choosing a serviced apartment, guest house or long-stay hotel. Chief among them should be
• Location – Google Maps lists many places that can be a good starting point. However, be careful – many map locations may be incorrectly listed, inappropriate, or closed. Ideally something close to the place of work, as traffic in India can be unpredictable. The proximity of the airport and the highway will be a bonus.
• Reviews and Reputation – Tripadvisor and Booking.com reviews are a great place to get a short list of your true research. Besides the assessments, one has to understand whether the requirements of the previous guest were similar to their long stay, service stay?
• Ask for a trial period of stay – Going to a new city to live is always discouraging. From basic questions like where to shop, how to get a cellphone connection to more complex issues like a social circle. It would be wise to stay in a place you are considering for a week or more before deciding to sign a longer lease. Of course, this is not possible with rental accommodation, but many guest houses and service apartments will give you the opportunity
• Cooking – This is one of the biggest problems when choosing a place. It is definitely not a great idea to depend on local cuisine other than a few days. Having your own small kitchen is a huge plus
• Long Stay Discounts – Most accommodations will have a long stay policy that you will need if you want to sign a long term contract. The longer you lock in, the better your bet you can get.
• Cabs and Car Rental (Parking) – If you are coming for a mid-term period then getting a rental car is a good idea if you are confident in driving. The cabs in India are reasonable but the quality is not up to par. Setting up an accommodation company will provide you with special transportation for an additional cost, take care of many problems, including security.
• Luggage storage – Most large service suites and guest houses have luggage storage space for long periods of time in luggage storage. This service should be free of charge
So consider all these factors before choosing. And it is best to have 2-3 options before entering India instead of looking for accommodation while staying at an expensive hotel. Our company, a guest house supplier in Gurgaon, has been managing long-stay logistics for more than 8 years. I hope these practical tips are helpful to you.