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Planning to Move to India Soon? Here are 10 Things You Should Do While in USA


Looking for a better job, education or quality of life, thousands of Indians migrate to the USA. But, after they have spent a considerable amount of time here, many feel their homeland calling them back. In case you’re one of these people, here are some things you need to take care of before you book a flight back home.

Connect with other Returnees

Before you start planning your move back to India, it would be a good idea to contact friends who have already moved back to India. Ask them for tips and mistakes to avoid.

Load Up on Money

After years of stressful work in USA, you would probably want to take a short break after you arrive in India. So, it’s best to accumulate some funds and transfer it to your Indian back account to ease the process of transition.

Notify the Apartment Authority in Time

If you don’t give your apartment authority sufficient notice, they are likely to levy a penalty on you. In case you own a house or apartment, it’s best to sell it if you’re moving permanently. Let the government know that you’re moving by redirecting your address.

Start Looking for a Job in India

It might be possible that you will be continuing with the same organization even after moving back to India. If not, you should start browsing through Indian job portals while you’re still in USA.

You can try Return to India jobs as well.

Sell off Big Items

Taking your car, TV, refrigerator, etc., with you to India might not be a good idea, since the transportation costs can be hefty. It’s best to sell them off. However, don’t wait until the last week to do so. Otherwise, you might end up getting a poor deal.

Ship Necessary Items

Categorize your remaining stuff into things you wish to sell, donate and ship. Make sure you choose a shipping company that is affordable and reliable, and that you pack all your stuff properly into cardboard boxes.

Take Care of the Legal Stuff

Close all your credit cards, lock your social security number (SSN) and clear your taxes. Don’t make the mistake of indulging in any fraudulent activities.

Apply for Aadhaar and PAN card

You’ll need these two for almost anything you want to do in India, from getting a mobile phone to opening a bank account.  

Spouse and Kids

In case you have a partner who is American-born, you must prepare them as well as your kids for life in India. This includes teaching them the Indian language that you are likely to speak once you’re back. Also, you’ll need to make a very important decision regarding your children’s education. Choose an education board and school that will be an ideal for them. Furthermore, if you have kids, they will need an OCI card to enter legally into India. You can get it from the Indian Embassy.

Go See Places!

Since you don’t know when you’ll be returning to USA again, you should go and visit all the places that you had been planning to see but never got around to. Bid America a proper goodbye.


I'm an Entrepreneur, Blogger & Mentor. Having lived in the USA for almost 7 years, I got bored and returned back to India. While doing so, created this website as a way to curate and journal my experiences. Today, it's a movement with a large community behind it. I hope this website helps NRIs planning to move back to India, make their transition smooth and easy. Feel free to ask any questions you may have. Happy to help!

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