If you’re not being transferred to India through a company, there are search engine options for finding a job as a foreigner, but it’s also a good idea to get recommendations from people who know what the best sites are, or research which options are rated highly online. Using overseas and expat job portals like MichaelPage, Go Abroad or even leveraging networks on LinkedIn can help with finding work internationally.
Costs of living in India
While India has aspects of living that might be more affordable than other parts of the world, living in the big cities like Mumbai and New Delhi can still be expensive. One option is to ask whether complementary accommodation can be included from an employer or alternatively, you can ask fellow expats or networks in India for a recommended agent.
Sometimes fees can be incurred for viewing a property with an agent, but this isn’t a legal requirement. Deposits can range from two months to one years worth of rent and it’s worth asking for receipts and a tenancy agreement if you do decide to rent a property.
To get an idea of the costs involved in moving to India, here’s a few of the major currencies compared to the Indian rupee as shown by the OFX Currency Converter as at 25/2/2019:
- $1000 USD = 70,143 INR
- $1000 AUD = 50,173 INR
- £1000 = 91,621 INR
- €1000 = 79,513 INR
When it comes to the conversion, doing some research into the best ways you can send your money abroad before you head off is the way to go. Using a foreign exchange specialist like OFX will help in providing smaller margins than the big banks, and with 24/7 customer support, you can be anywhere in the world and OFX will be able to help.