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tejassagar
1/3/2016 03:22 EST

Hello frineds, intent to move there with my wife a child age 13 grade 7 studying in Grade 7th india. I am a small gold smith my wife is runs a beauty salon in india.. we wish to know cost of living for a family of 3 .. with simple form of living lifestyle.. and rental.. how easy it would be for my kid to settle there with friends and education and how difficult is government to deal with with business and obtain the permits..

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OhChuts
1/3/2016 09:36 EST

What motivated you to choose Trinidad? Do you already know people there? With those job skills it is not going to be easy.

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tejassagar
1/3/2016 10:37 EST

No we dont know anyone there.. I am a full time gold smith with knowledge of direction of movies, acting and teaching English subject in schools with dramatic. .. reason i chose Trinidad is because of less crowded and peaceful location and safe for my son to grow

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TechRep
1/3/2016 19:57 EST

Moving to Trinidad for a safe place for son? Maybe you should read the local newspapers, everyday there is violent crime. Trinidad has a very high crime rate, given its relatively small population.

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tejassagar
1/3/2016 21:19 EST

hello friends please help me out.. as i am getting response thats negative... having said that i have only read good things about that place and also a peaceful atmosphere need opinion from more people .. can some one help me with affordable accommodation for 2 weeks before last week of jan to feb i can plan a small trip to see it myself ... may be some house share kind of thing regards
please contact me on whats app +91-9601631996

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Msturge
1/4/2016 06:39 EST

I don't read the newspaper here or watch he news because the daily crime would scare me off, but maybe you could go online and read Trinidad Express or The Guardian and see for yourself. Also I would google Trinidad hostels to find an affordable place to stay. Good luck!

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OhChuts
1/4/2016 07:32 EST

You're trying to visit at the most crowded time of year because many people go there for the Carnival which is the first week of February. It will be almost impossible to find accommodation. Try to arrange your visit towards the end of Feb. or later.

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tejassagar
1/4/2016 09:36 EST

oh god brother u scaring me before i even land there on visit.. well thanks for the advice... will go through the links u sent me

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gingerbaby
1/6/2016 07:11 EST

I am a Trinidadian living abroad but have been to T&T twice in the last two years. I will be honest as I can be and you can use what you can from my comments. Trinidad is a country with very many educated people with a high literacy rate so if you are not a qualified teacher, you will not get a job. Re movies, it is not a movie producing country, but you can dabble in it if you can produce something worthwhile. Maybe the TV stations may have something to offer you, but you will have to be really exceptional. There are many, many hairdressers in Trinidad. Your wife will have to be a top notch hairdresser to start her own business and do well. She can however apply to work in a hairdressing salon. I am not sure how that will work. You as a goldsmith. I don't know, you will have to check with our top jewelers. Check the Internet to see if there is some kind of Jeweler's Association to learn everything that goes on in that field or when you go to check out Trinidad, you can check with the jewel shops to see how they work and the type of jewelry that will sell. It is important to know people in Trinidad if you plan to get anywhere. It is still a society where you have to know people to get what you want done. The cost of living is very high in Trinidad. Food is very expensive. Different areas demand different prices as everywhere else in 3rd world or developing countries. I don't think that you will be earning the types of salaries when you start to live in Trinidad to live in the affluent areas unless you are going there with large sums of money. They are only affordable to the people who are well established in the country and the expats whose companies pay their rents. So you will have to live with the average people who know their culture and the life of the country. You talk about a safe place to live. Trinidad is a country with a lot of crime. You do have to be cautious and learn the culture, where to venture and where you do not, who you associate with and who you do not. It is a country that has social and racial undertones. Trinidadians are very class conscious, they are not good mixers even with their own people. This is one thing that the British has left behind. There are different types of education. I would say that anybody can get a decent education for their children free. You don't have to go to private schools if you can't afford them. I was educated in the public system and I have done very well in my life. The first thing you should do is check the Trinidad and Tobago government sites to read about what the government has to say about the country (forget people gossip at times). Check the Ministry of Legal Affairs to see what papers you need. Check the on-line Trinidad Guardian and Trinidad Express. Look at the pictures to see what is going on in the business sector. Check the classified ads. You can't just come to Trinidad to live and work. As in all countries they have their laws. Going to check out Trinidad in January and February this year is a NO-NO. It is carnival time. All places are booked and the prices are their highest. The country is in party time mode and you will gain nothing. People will be busy thinking of either making money for their businesses, entertaining guests or just having a good time. You will just be wasting your time. There will be lots of visitors and retirees in the country from now until the end of February. You can go after March when people have settled down or left the country after the Carnival season. Trinidad like everywhere else has the rich, middle class and poor but it is more or less a middle class country when you compare it to the other islands. It is very important not to play with the Immigration Department. They have enough illegal immigrants in the country now (over 101,000) and are planning to really tighten up. Many of them will eventually be deported when they overstay their time. My advice to you is to read up the government sites, Ministry of External Affairs, embassy sites in order to get a better idea of where you are heading to and what is needed. I would love to return home but I don't think that I will ever afford to. Yes, my pension will go five times over, but I still wonder if I can afford to live the lifestyle that I am used to. Good luck. I don't believe that I have said negative things but that is how it is. My father was not Indian but used to tell me "Gopaul luck ain't Seepaul luck". What works for one person might not work for the other". I still live by that mantra. So don't let the negative things keep you back but be honest with yourself and go to Trinidad first before you make your final plans. You may end up being a top T&T jeweler one day.

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tejassagar
1/6/2016 07:39 EST

hello bro... that was very informative and emotional... I shall check through every little thing you have put in the email... n make sure I make a right choice .... thanks a ton for all those valueable words that you have taken time to write it out to help a stranger.. well will keep myself updated with my moves ...
tejas

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gingerbaby
1/6/2016 14:30 EST

You are welcome and good luck.

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