If you’re keen to explore, with an adventurous spirit and a desire to experience something new, India will be a dream destination. From fascinating cultural opportunities, to amazing food, living and working in India is an experience like no other.
This guide outlines some good places to find jobs for Americans in India, so you can begin to map out your journey. To help you make your dreams a reality, we’ll also touch on practicalities — like getting a visa or work permit, and how to manage your money more effectively across borders with the Wise Multi-currency Account.
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There are many thriving industry sectors within different regions of India, where expats might find suitable positions. The jobs you can apply for do depend on the type of background you have, and your experiences to date. You’ll be competing for roles against highly qualified local candidates, as well as other expats — so looking in niche roles where your international experience may bring added value is a smart idea.
Some of the industries where expats commonly find employment include:
- IT and web development
- Management consultancy
- Engineering and automotive
- Banking and financial services
You may also find suitable jobs for Americans in India in places where familiarity with US systems and expectations is essential — think international schools, real estate services for new arrivals, relocation consultants and so on.
You’ll be able to find details about open vacancies in India using online resources such as recruitment websites and social networking sites. In addition it’s also worth connecting with businesses you aspire to work with directly if you can — a speculative application can go a long way.
Here are some top national and global recruitments sites to start your search:
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Looking for a role in India with a global brand can be a good move. Global employers with a big presence and roles up for grabs in india include:
The most common visas used for working in India are business visas — called B class visas — and employment visas — E class visas¹. If you’ve been offered a job in India for the long term, you probably need an E class visa. B class visas are more likely used for shorter trips, or people headed to India to start a business themselves.
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E visas are usually issued for either 2 or 3 years, or the length of the employment contract if shorter. You’ll be able to enter and leave India freely during this time.
Applying for a work permit or employment visa for India is done through your local embassy or consulate — processes may vary so you’ll want to double check the details before you get started. The basic steps are likely to include the following:
Check the exact documentation required before you submit your application. Your local embassy or consulate can help. Usually you’ll need:
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Before you get too far into planning your move to India, check out the Wise Multi-currency Account as a smart, online way to manage your money as you make the leap to a new country. Get your Wise account for free today to hold 54 currencies, and send and receive INR payments as well as using USD and a broad range of other currencies if you need to.
All currency exchanges with Wise use the real mid-market exchange rate with no markup which can mean you save 6x compared with your regular bank. Use your Wise account to get set up for your move with lower fees and more flexibility — and to help you hit the ground running once you arrive in India.
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Working in India can be the adventure of a lifetime. Good luck and enjoy!
- MHA - Work visa FAQ
- India Visa Online - Visa
- Numbeo - Cost of living in India
- Census India - Religion
- India.gov - Governance administration
- Times of India - Labour ministry proposes 12 working hours higher than 8 hours per day
- Economic Times - Latest income tax slabs
Sources checked on 09.28.2021
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