Expat Guide


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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 knowledge. 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 through.

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 funds).

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 India.


Schools

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 here
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

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 rules.

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