Guide to Moving Abroad with Your Family to India

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There’s no doubt that moving is also tough! It can be additionally stressful when relocating with a family. Not only do you need to handle the logistics of your move, but also prepare your children for a big change. Taking the time to plan your international relocation to India can help everyone feel more excited for the move and give you peace of mind during this particularly frantic period.

As highly experienced international movers, Allied has helped hundreds of families successfully relocate to India. We’ve put together some handy tips to ensure your family relocation to India is seamless!

Choose The Right Neighbourhood 

Finding the right place to live in India will make a big difference to how your family adjusts to the move. You can help your children to feel excited for their new neighbourhood by asking them to imagine the new friends they’ll make and the fresh experiences they will get to enjoy.

Bengaluru, Kolkata and Pune are ideal Indian cities for expats which offer various family friendly neighbourhoods. Choosing where to move will depend upon the city you are moving to, where you find work, affordability, and the availability of transportation, amenities and schools for your children.

Organise Your Documentation to Relocate

Unless you are planning on retiring after you move to India, you will require the appropriate visa documentation in order to work. You will need to apply for a visa via India Visa Online so you have the appropriate work and residence visas for you and your family. It’s best to apply for these visas at least a few months before you plan to move so you can account for any issues or delays.

If you are moving as part of a corporate relocation, discuss any required documentation you may require for your move with your employee and moving service. In the case of transporting your car to India from overseas or relocating your pet, you may need to provide some specialised documentation like purchase records, vaccinations and other relevant information required by Indian customs.

Take Time to Settle In

It’s perfectly natural to experience culture shock when you move to a new location – and everybody does to a certain degree. Everyone’s daily routine will be altered, from getting used to the layout of your new home to understanding the quickest route to school or work. You’ll even have to think about how long it takes to do the household shopping or where the nearest dry cleaner is, and factor that into your weekly routine.

To help adjust to the significant change, it’s best to become settled in as soon as possible and create a familiar routine. To speed up this process, we recommend using a professional unpacking service to help quickly set up your home. This will provide you with more time to explore and become accustomed to your new neighbourhood, the local culture and language which can make you and your family feel more at home.

Sign up your children to local clubs and sports teams and find a way to envelop yourself in the community as much as possible. Walk around and allow the family to discover sights, sounds and smells together.

Discuss the details with your moving consultant

The most important thing to remember when you’re undergoing an international move to India is to take one thing at a time! Whether you’re considering or preparing your move to Mumbai, New Delhi or anywhere else in India from abroad, you can trust the professional moving consultants at Allied Moving Services. Your very own personal moving consultant from Allied will be there to guide you every single step of the way. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to answer all your queries.