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5 Reasons Why Indians Should Relocate To South America!

Updated on November 1, 2019
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I lived in Argentina as an ex-pat for 4 years from 2015 to 2018.

South America: One Of The Best Places To Work!
South America: One Of The Best Places To Work!

Challenges Of Working And Living In India

India is the fastest growing major economy in the world with a huge work force. Information Technology has been the backbone of this growth. Because of the sheer size and competitive nature of its population, Indian companies and employers are constantly trying to offer the best in class services at lowest possible cost. While this has attracted many foreign investors, it can sometimes be too demanding for the employees working on the ground. Few things which the Indians hate about working in India are listed below.

  1. Low salary as compared to their peers in the other countries with similar or lesser skill sets.
  2. Overcrowded cities and chaotic traffic jams especially in the metro cities.
  3. Unhealthy air quality in almost all the metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore to name a few.
  4. Not so friendly labor laws when compared to the western world.
  5. Extreme work pressure and demanding bosses.
  6. Poor social security schemes.

Why South America Is A Lucrative Option?

Most Indians who dream of working abroad usually opt for the countries like the United States, Canada, Australia or the European countries. The South American countries have been under explored so far. They are relatively cleaner, less polluted and richer in natural resources as compared to India. Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Chile are some of the best options to relocate among the South American countries. Let us discuss about the generic reasons of working in these countries and what make them best option for the Indians to relocate.

  1. Very lenient Visa and Immigration laws.
  2. Employee friendly labor laws.
  3. Better saving opportunity.
  4. Vibrant Culture & friendly people.
  5. Great tourist places and scenic beauties.

1. Lenient Visa and Immigration Policies

If you tried relocation to the United States and got your visa application rejected, don't get stuck, its not the end of the world. There are better and easier options available in South America. Countries like Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile are very liberal as compared to the western countries when it comes to granting work visas. In the case of Argentina for example, you can simply go there on a tourist visa and apply for a work permit while still being a tourist, if you already have found a job. It takes hardly 15-45 days for the entire process to complete and the chances of visa been rejected are bare minimum.

Things That Matter!
Things That Matter!

2. Employee Benefits Comparison between Argentina, Brazil, India

If you work extra beyond your normal working hours, you will be paid extra money per hour depending on your base salary.
Same as Argentina, you get extra if you work extra.
There is a fixed shift allowance paid for people working in odd hours. No extra money is paid for working extra hours.
There is a concept of 13th month salary which is paid apart from the regular bonus.
Same as Argentina, you get a 13th month salary.
No 13th month salary.
Paid sick leave of three to 12 months, depending on their length of service and family responsibilities.
15 days of paid sick leave after which you can avail benefits of social security schemes.
Only 12 days of paid sick leaves. Beyond that you are all by your own.
Medical insurance contributions are mandatory by law and it helps a lot because most of your medical treatments will be cashless and covered under this insurance.
Same as Argentina
Medical insurances are optional and even when people opt for these insurances, the coverage is not good.
If the employer fires an employee without any just reason, the employer has to pay roughly one month of salary for each year of service in the company.
There is a serverance fund allocated for each employee and the employee gets this money if he is fired without any just reason by the employer.
Only benefit you have is that of notice period, after which the employer can fire you.

Labor Laws Comparison between Argentina, Brazil and India

3. Good Saving Opportunity As Compared To The United States

The cost of living in the South American countries is higher as compared to the Indian cities but if you compare it with the other developed countries like the Unites State, South America provides you a balance between the two. If you compare the salary to expenses ratio, the South American countries like Argentina, Brazil,Peru are excellent options to save money. The reason for this is that most of these countries lack skilled work force especially in the Information & Technology field. So the salary offered for skilled Indians is relatively higher. Also because of the government policies, the facilities like public transport, health care, schooling and apartments are not as costly as one would expect for the quality and comfort that one would get living and working in these countries. With Brazil for example, you have another good advantage with respect to social security deductions. The social security contributions which are deducted from your salary are fully refunded back to you when you repatriate to your home country. So you end up paying much less to the government at the end of your stay in the country.

Friendly People Of South America
Friendly People Of South America

4. Vibrant Culture & Friendly People

The South Americans are perhaps the most welcoming, warm and cheerful people on the planet. One reason for this is that religious and racial discrimination is almost non existent in this region. You will see black and white and brown walking together, partying together. One reason for this cultural openness is the genetic mix of African, Native American and European population in this region. As Indians are still rare in South America, there is still that X factor associated with Indians in this region. Also South Americans have a genuine curiosity and affection towards Indian culture and its people. Many in India would be surprised to know that most South Americans love the brown Indian skin tone and tan hard to achieve the same. So if you are wondering about any racial discrimination issues, forget it because it does not exist in South America. When it comes to work culture, South Americans are super cool and last thing they would do is to take the work pressure. So if you are tired of working under pressure in India, South America is the place for you!

Scenic Beauty of Iguazu Falls!
Scenic Beauty of Iguazu Falls!

5. Touristic Places & Scenic Beauties

South America is full of natural beauties. If you are coming here for a job and love traveling then its no less than a paradise. In Brazil for example, you have the best beaches in the world. Some of the best places to see in the South America include:

1. Machu Picchu in Peru.

2. Iguazu Falls on Brazil & Argentina border.

3. Torres del Paine Chile.

4. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

5. Los Glaciares National Park in the South of Argentina.

6. Amazon Rainforest spanning across Brazil, Peru and Columbia.

7.Copacabana beaches in Brazil.

8. Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

9. Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

10. Cusco in Peru.

What makes these places special is the fact that most of these places are still preserved in their natural form with very little human intervention.


To summarize, South America is a great option if you are an Indian who is seeking for a job abroad. There are few challenges as well related to inflation and security. Also language is another factor which you need to consider because most of the South American Continent speaks either Spanish or Portuguese. Hope you find this information useful. Feel free to comment or ask questions.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Shrikant Jadhav


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