Moving to India

If you are looking for load shipping to India service, then please browse our site to enable us to satisfy you needs.

1st Ever Ready provide international relocation and removals services with regular weekly loads moving in both directions, to and from each country. India is regularly served by our fleet, and we are able to take full loads, part loads and single items.

At very competitive rates we load & collect from any part of the UK however remote & can deliver to any area of India.

We offer a full or part packing service for all moves (or we can supply you with materials), a part or full export wrapping service for effects for extra journey protection, short or long terms storage either in this country or abroad & full comprehensive goods in transit insurance for any value as nominated by the customer (extra charges are incurred) & we have fully trained customer friendly, competent, experienced staff with FIDA trained & regulated personnel, at your country of destination.

We are here to make your load shipping to India easy & stress free, thus allowing you to enjoy your new forthcoming horizons. We try to minimise the journey times of your goods by careful selection & keep track of the consignment by use of the latest navigational systems allowing us to be totally aware of the current location of effects.

Please remember this is just some general information for anyone wishing or planning to move to India . For more information on any legal and social aspects of making the move visit the website; UK Embassy in India.

Overall

Population; 1,080,264,388 (July 2005 est.)

Location; Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan . India dominates South Asian subcontinent; near important Indian Ocean trade routes

Geography; 3,287,590 sq km total area. The terrain is upland plain (Deccan Plateau) in south, flat to rolling plain along the Ganges, with deserts in west, and the Himalayas located in north. Capital city; New Delhi

Climate; varies from tropical monsoon in south to temperate in north. Some natural hazards may include droughts; flash floods, as well as widespread flooding from monsoonal rains; severe thunderstorms and occasional earthquakes.

Language; English enjoys associate status but is the most important language for national, political, and commercial communication; Hindi is the national language and primary tongue of 30% of the people; there are 14 other official languages: Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Kashmiri, Sindhi, and Sanskrit; Hindustani is a popular variant of Hindi/Urdu spoken widely throughout northern India but is not an official language

Currency; Indian rupee (INR)

Government; bicameral Parliament or Sansad consists of the Council of States. Chief of state: President A.P.J. Abdul KALAM (since 26 July 2002). Head of government: Prime Minister Manmohan SINGH (since NA May 2004)

Religion; Hindu 80.5%, Muslim 13.4%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.1% (2001 census)

Economy and Jobs

Job scene & investment; Business wise, India is opening up and international companies are testing the waters. Foreign companies, large and small, are sending employees from abroad to live and work in India . Foreign consultants are coming. So are specialist, educators, trainers, and others.

Work permit; For people undertaking employment in India . Information on this category is hazy. Some Consulates don't mention it at all, but it seems to exist, and appears necessary for people who will be working here, for either a foreign or an Indian company. Ask at your local Indian Consulate.

Moving to India

Visas & Passport; You will need a visa to enter and stay in India , and the nature of that visa must suit your pursuits here. It is important to get the right visa, and unfortunately, information that can help you decide what you need is hard to come by.
Business visas are for people exploring opportunities or setting up business ventures in India and are usually for one year but can be granted up to a maximum period of five years. Applications for business visas should be accompanied by a letter from the applicant's company stating the purpose of the visit.

Foreigner's Registration; If you stay here more than six months, you will need to register with the local Foreigner's Registration Office. Most large cities have one, but smaller places may necessitate a trip. The process is quite bureaucratic, and you'll need two photos and may need to pay a fee. You will have to go in person. You'll be issued a paper, or booklet, that is proof of residency. If nothing else, it should allow you to avoid the extra costs of paying for foreigner's prices for fancy hotel rooms, and maybe even for domestic air tickets.

AIDS Test; Another odious requirement is that any foreigner staying more than two years must undergo a test for AIDS at a Government Hospital . If this is to prevent the virus coming in, why wait two years? Besides, India is projected to have one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world, and getting tested at a Government Hospital may well increase your personal risk.

Living In India

Renting; Setting up a home in India can be a challenging experience, but comfortable accommodation can be arranged most anywhere. A recent building boom, and the emergence of a moneyed middle class, has meant that good to excellent housing is widely available. If you're a foreigner you cannot own land so you'll be renting a place. In larger centers, you may even have a choice between furnished and unfurnished places, and short or longer term rentals. If you are here for a comparatively short time, the furnished option may be attractive, though you may have little choice in the style of décor. Even if you are getting your own place, a short term rental may be preferable to staying in a hotel for a few weeks while your place is found and kitted out. Finding a place with a telephone already installed, and/or a cooking gas connection, is also useful. Getting these basic amenities hooked up can be trying.

Education; A huge concern of parents relocating to India , or overseas Indians returning to India , is what sort of educational opportunities are available for their children. The good news is that there are more high quality educational options now than ever before.
The options vary with the age of your children and where you are located. Internationally oriented schools are being opened in most larger cities, but little knowledge of the quality or costs of most of them.

Health; Your primary concerns are with mosquitos, water, and food, but you must also consider access to good medical care, provisions for a healthy amount of exercise and measures to deal with a new climate as well as with the stresses of living in an unfamiliar culture.
Find a local doctor that you know and trust. Make this connection when you arrive, before you have a need. You can get recommendations from friends or colleagues. Identify a good hospital for emergency treatment as well. A number of hospital chains have been set up recently, offering better quality care. These are expensive and cater to the wealthy. You can argue about the fairness of this, but examine the facilities of the "free" government hospitals before you check in to one of them. If you do not have medical insurance from your home country, you can purchase it here from several insurance companies.