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Retirement living outside Chennai

by ogb4619

Does anyone know of regulations or restrictions regarding retirees?
My wife (Indian Malaysian) and I (ex Australian) want to migrate to Chennai to live permanently.
Is it possible to get permanent residency status?

Are there foreign investment rules if we want to buy property?

In Europe, a foreigner cannot buy car insurance (buying the car is not a problem but without insurance, there's not much point). Any similar problems in India.?

Help is greatly appreciated.
greg barlow

Re: Retirement living outside Chennai

by sam_999

If you wife is Indian, she may be able to get an OCI card or a PIO card - these are overseas indian citizen, and Person of Indian origin cards. There are rules so you need to check with the Indian Embassy. Basically if she ever had an indian passport then it easy, otherwise other rules apply. Once your wife can either get OCI or PIO, you can ( as a spouse) apply for PIO card. With these you can stay in india and buy property etc.


Re: Retirement living outside Chennai

by suru

To buy a property in India, you must be an Indian national or a non resident Indian. If you have a joint venture company in India, such company can buy real estate in India.

If you wish to get a PR status in India, you can apply one with Indian Embassy.

Suggest you to google Reserve bank of India (RBI) website as you may get more information. It is better to have a discussion with Indian embassy in your city.

Best of Luck.

Re: Retirement living outside Chennai

by ganram

I agree with Sam.

I am a Malaysian Indian. I am a second generation Indian in Malaysia. I have used my father's details to obtain PIO card. You can buy properties in India. India has a liberal policy of accepting Indians who have left India many years ago, back on their soil.

Great place, prices are going up though. Cost of living is also going up.


Re: Retirement living outside Chennai

by khalids9

i think i can help u my name is khalid and my cell phone number is 9840060383

my email id is khalids9@gmail.com

Re: Retirement living outside Chennai

by ogb4619

Many thanks to everyone for their help. Some really helpful advice in here and i'm grateful.
We've checked with the local Indian Embassy and their advice was the same as from you guys.
Many thanks.
We'll be moving sometime in the next year or so. Lots of things to sort out including selling our house here in Seremban, Malaysia

Re: Retirement living outside Chennai

by rrankin

Greg - I am curious as to how retirement living outside Chennai has borne out for you. I am contemplating a similar move with my husband. How open are they to male Caucasion + Female Indian couples? How would you rate the cleanliness? Water? other insights etc.

Re: Retirement living outside Chennai

by ogb4619

Hi Rrankin
Actually, it never happened.
We are living in Malaysia and the opportunity came up to move.
However, in the last 12 months, things have begun to happen for us which has kept us busy and kept us at home in Malaysia.

It's still a possibility that we could move but until our job is done here, not much chance.

If you think more about moving, give me a buzz, i've done a lot of research into living overseas, moving from Australia to Malaysia 15 years ago

I don't come onto this site all that often so be patient.

Travel Tips for Chennai (Madras)

Rajiv Gandhi Memorial

by NedHopkins

Rajiv Gandhi, son of Indira and grandson of Jawaharal Nehru, was out of power but headed for a comeback when he was assassinated.

Here, in Sriperumbudur, at the very spot where a fanatic blew herself and Rajiv up, the Indian government has erected an impressive memorial to the martyred leader. (His Italian-born widow, Sonia, is now head of the ruling Congress Party.)

Sriperumbudur is on the main highway between Chennai and Kanchipuram and about half-way between those two cities.

Salads and Sandwiches

by bungi333 about Latitude 13 @ Good Earth

A small little specialty restaurant by the Park. They serve amazing salads and sandwiches. Perfect for light lunch or early dinner. The ambiance is great. A good place for catching up with friends or colleagues on a weekday, or for a quiet brunch on weekends.

Play or Dance recital at Kalakshetra

by abi_maha

This is a nice cultural center in TN, housed in a quiet corner near the beach! Kalakshetra is famous world over for dance, music and other cultural activities. This also houses a brilliant auditorium and it is used to hold a variety of cultural events and shows.

Check the calendar of activities at Kalakshetra and head there to watch a nice play or a bharatanatyam(classical dance of Tamil Nadu) recital.

An unexpectedly happening city

by sanco_3

"Conference and friends"

Chennai has really developed in the last 2 years..... Its really happening... with loads of good shopping malls, restaurants, theme parks and yes historic sites to visit... Avoid visiting Chennai between April and June cos it gets very HOT!!!

Andy's Madras (Chennai)

by AndyIyer

"Andy's Tips"


TIP: Find a host family if you can. This can be a wonderful experience since you truly become part of the family while you are there and experience the people, culture and local life from within. Often host families are likely to be vegetarians ý no meat or eggs but milk products are a large part of the local diet. There are many ways to find host families ý VT is just one way there J. A friend of mine was lucky ý she met a wonderful person on her flight there who offered to host her during her stay ý she loved it. Of course, she was being adventurous. I would advice some planning, common sense and caution.

TIP: Drink bottled water for your own safety. Water-borne illnesses are common and easy to catch if you eat at roadside eateries ý they are very tempting and you will feel drawn to an occasional hole-in-the wall tea, juice or lassi (a yoghurt drink) stall for its ýcharacterý. As long as youýve had your shots before going to India and ensure your food is made with bottled or boiled water and drink bottled water (lots of it) during your stay, you are likely to escape unscathed. The cityýs water table is so low that water is brought into the city from far-flung suburbs and satellite towns in tankers. The city has recently introduced a rainwater-harvesting requirement for commercial and residential zones. It is common for bathrooms in most houses to contain buckets and large drums of water stored for daily use.

TIP: High SPF sunscreen is a must for a visit to Chennai. Do not take this lightly. You may suffer from sunstroke if you do not take adequate precaution. I recommend loose-fitting, light-colored, full sleeve shirts and equally loose-fitting light trousers. You are likely to encounter a high level of dust and dirt that will work their way into your clothing, bags, nostrils, mouth and throat.

TIP: Take prepaid taxis at the airport to avoid being hustled. It is common for locals leave alone tourists to get fleeced by taxi or auto rickshaw drivers. They often tamper with their meters to earn higher fares. Auto Rickshaws are 3-wheeled taxis with a single wheel in the front and two in the rear. They typically can carry the driver plus two large or three small persons. Given the chaotic traffic, the propensity of all motorists to weave in and out of traffic and the large city buses and trucks wanting to play chicken with other small vehicles, it can be a traumatic experience for the first-time visitor. You never get used to it, you just resign yourself to your fate! Most hotel staff will give you a good guidance on the fares to different tourist spots in the city. Be sure to ask for information.

TIP: When visiting someone, it is customary to bring something for your host ý some fresh fruit or sweets are usually a good bet.

TIP: Leave your footwear by the front door or otherwise designated place when visiting someoneýs home.

TIP: Carry a footwear bag to put your shoes in when you visit temples ý Strictly no footwear allowed inside ý no matter how hot or rainy it may be. Most temples have stalls outside where you can leave your shoes for a fee and collect them on the way out but a nice pair of shoes may be safer in your own bag.

"Andy's Recommendations"

While I have eaten at most of the places mentioned in the link below, I want to advice you to make sure you know what you want and what you are eating when you visit these eateries.

I have been to most places listed in the ývisitý list too. Take your patience with you always J.

As for hotels in Chennai - Hotel Woodlands is a low cost, decent option. Nilgiriýs Nest is a step up in both cost and features it sells out fast ý you might want to book early. The Residency is a good 3 star hotel. If you really want to be pampered, Iýd recommend the Taj Coramandel ý a 5 star hotel smack in the middle of the city.

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