WHO ARE THESE RESOURCES FOR?..
If you’re planning to move to Gurgaon Delhi, or are looking to discover more about
whether this city is for you, then the one
thing that will make the upcoming
experience go as smoothly as possible is
Gurgaon has to be one of the most diverse
cities in the India which attracts migrant
workforce from other Cities & Expat
population. Combining hundreds of years of
history with-one of Asia's strongest economies, it’s a city offering Expat employment
opportunities, a Socio-Cultural diverse community.
Gurgaon is a fairly new city with its own advantages/disadvantages and a character. And
for the newly landed expat this can mean a whole new host of challenges to work
This is the very reason this Gurgaon Connection Expat guide exists – to help you discover
some important information about living in Gurgaon before or after you arrive. A few
months down, you will be ready with your own City Guide for Expats so keep us updated
with things we may be missing.
Immigration and visas
Of course, while many of us have dreams about relocating to a different country, the first
thing that needs to be determined is if you’re going to qualify to move
here. Generally speaking, you would require a Visa or a Work Permit
to work or live in India.
For Information on work Permits and Immigration see here.
Generally, your employer shall help and guide you with your Visa
and Permit requirements, but knowing what you are dealing with,
always helps. E-Visa or Visa on arrival is available to a few
Nationalities for a restricted time limit (subject to no employment or recourse to public
For Further information on E Visa see here
Gurgaon & Delhi put together make big Metropolis
While Delhi is a Metropolis. And whilst central, South Delhi and all the main tourist
attractions are fairly close to each other the surrounding areas make for a large and, to
those who’re not familiar with the city, somewhat confusing location.
Gurgaon on the hand is a small town somewhat an extension of the
Delhi City. After all, would you know whether to search for a house
in Cannaught Place or Gurgaon Dlf phase 5? Race-course road or
a Farm in Rajokri? Or how about house near Galleria Market or a
Penthouse on Golf Course road?
Knowing in-depth information about the various different areas is vital before you begin
your house hunt. Luckily, choosing a suitable area in which to live can be done, to a very
large extent, before you leave. The first thing to understand about is how the different
areas are described.
• Some information regarding accommodation in Delhi
• Favourite residential Areas for Expats: Gurgaon - Dlf Phase 1, 2 ,4, 5, Sushant lok 1,
Golf Course Road, Galleria Market Area and now Golf Course Extension Areas are
popular with the Expats. My favourite for the Expats is Golf Course Road.
** Always ask your friends, employer or, an Expat living in the host city before making a
housing relocation decision. Join Gurgaon Connection here
Who’s coming with you?
You may well be moving to Gurgaon Delhi on your own, or perhaps with a partner or the
whole family. What about the family pet/s? Can you bring them as well, and if so, what are
the regulations concerning this?
Bringing pets to the India is not a straightforward process.
Animals such as dogs and cats coming into India may need
quarantine for 30 days, but relaxations apply in certain cases.
Details here,US/Canada to India, U.K to India, Australia to India.
Note: Only dogs and cats are considered as pets for the purposes
of import to India. Birds, invertebrates, reptiles, Amphibian,
mammals such as rodents and rabbits may be imported to India as air cargo with a DGFT
license as long as they are not classified as endangered under CITES. It is subject to 30 days
of quarantine in the originating country and will be subject to 30 days of quarantine in
If you’re moving with your family to Delhi or Gurgaon, then finding suitable school/s for
the children will be something higher up the list of priorities. India has an excellent
education system, and there are some very good schools in the
National Capital area. The schools in each area are under the
command of the Local Education Authority, each reporting to the
Department for Education in Haryana or Delhi. Most Schools in
India follow the ,CBSE, ICSE, IB, IGCSE or other International formats
of Education. Broadly speaking, most expats prefer Schools which
follow IB or IGCSE system of Education.
Information about the different types of schools and how each one performs can be found
One thing to be aware of is that some schools have what is known as ‘catchment areas.’
This means that children living in the immediate vicinity of the school usually get priority
over the places. This might mean that where you choose to live may well be determined by
the school you wish your child to go to. This may not be an issue with most private Schools
or the ones which follow international curriculum. Like American School, Pathways
School, British School, DPS International, GD Goeka International, Lancers International
G.D. Goenka World School and many more... See list)
Opening a bank accouns
Moving to Gurgaon-Delhi, even for a relatively short period of time, virtually necessitates
that you have an Indian bank account. Without one it can be extremely difficult to carry
out day to day actions such as paying utility bills, getting a mobile phone (cell phone),
buying items such as a car, paying your rent or your Mortgage – in fact, practically
everything that we take for granted in our own country.
If you bank with one of the larger, worldwide banks, such as
HSBC,Citibank or Deutche it’s well-worth asking if they can set you up
with a Indian account on your arrival in the country. doesn’t have branches worldwide, they might have an arrangement with one of the Indian
banks whereby they can help you set up an account.
The recommended Indian banks are Indusind, Citibank, HSBC, HDFC, Axis. Deutsche
Bank, ICICI. However, there are plenty of other options, such as Banking is a competitive
market in the India, and many banks offer incentives to join them. Visit a local Branch
before you make your decision. List of banks here
Documents required for an Expat to open a Local Bank Account:
• A valid foreign visa along with other documents that can be proof of foreign
residence (including utility bills of foreign residence)
• A valid employment visa or a valid letter of employment.
• Two passport sized photos (attested in some cases)
• A PAN number that is generated upon entering India
• Form QA22 in case of a QA22 account application request (this is a requirement
set by the Reserve Bank of India and is highly crucial for expats as submission of
this helps in dealing with varied international currencies)
• Recommendation from a current account holder which is also a resident of India
(not always required)
The above requirements may vary from bank to bank and account type . Talk to the local
Banker and he/she will guide you through the process.
Tax - It’s a sad but truth of life that we all have to pay tax, and moving to India doesn’t
change this one little bit. The tax system in the India is complex, but the first thing you’ll
need to determine is where you’ll actually be paying your tax.
It might be in the India, or it might still be back home. Various
criteria will determine this, and will probably be down to how
long you’ll be living and/or working in the India. In India,
Taxes are collected by IT Department of Central Government.
One slightly confusing aspect for many expats is that the India tax year runs from 01 April
to 31st March, unlike many other countries that run 01 January to 31 December.
Depending on your employment, level of English or Hindi language and desire to get
involved with all things tax, you may well choose to use the services of an accountant to
sort out your tax issues.
Tax Slabs in India – (Individual) See report
Driving in Gurgaon-Delhi
In a nutshell, driving in Gurgaon Delhi is a complete nightmare. Even if you can cope with
the constant traffic jams, narrow streets, cattle on the Street and virtual non-existent
places to park, you then have to deal with Red tape. An easier option is to get a
professional driver to navigate you through the congested streets and their unwritten
Use of public transport is also recommended (except Buses). You can use the Metro which
is a very efficient, in-expensive mode of transport. Delhi has an excellent network of
radio app based taxi services like Uber / Ola which are fairly safe and broadly used by the
locals & Expats.
Should you still wish to drive in India,
If you stay in India for more than one year you should get an Indian driving license. You
can also apply for the same at the local RTO office.
Usually, a driving school can handle all the paperwork for you for a small fee.
For the application, a filed form, a copy of your residence permit, proof of your address
(utility bill is sufficient) and five passport-sized photographs are required.
Prior to starting your driving classes you will be issued a learner's license. After 40 Days of
holding your Learners license, a Permanent one is issued which may be valid till the date
your visa expires.
RTO Delhi - http://www.delhi.gov.in/wps/wcm/connect/DoIT_Transport/transport/home
RTO Gurgaon - http://gurgaon.gov.in/transport.php