FAQs - NRI

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Yes, you can buy property in India. If you are -

  • Resident India: - An Indian citizen who is ordinarily residing in India and holds an Indian passport. For all official purpose, the Government of India considers Indian National who stays for more than 182 days in a year in India as a Resident Indian.
  • NRI’s: - An Indian citizen who is ordinarily residing outside India and holds an Indian Passport. An NRI is an Indian Citizen who has migrated to another Country. For all official purpose, the Government of India considers Indian National away from India for more than 182 days, in a year as an NRI.
  • Person of India Origin (PIO): - A person who or whose any of the ancestors was an Indian national and who is presently holding another country’s citizenship/ nationality i.e. he/she is holding foreign passport. Any person who at any time held an Indian Passport; or he or either of his parents or grandparents was born in or was permanently resident in India as defined in Government of India Act, 1935 and other territories that became part of India thereafter provided neither was at any time a citizen of Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka; or who is a spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin as mentioned above.
  • Overseas Citizen of India (OCI): -citizenship of India, A person registered as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) under section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955. A foreign national, who was eligible to become citizen of India on 26.01.1950 or was a citizen of India on or at any time after 26.01.1950 or belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15.08.1947 and his/her children and grandchildren, provided his/her country of citizenship allows dual citizenship in some form or other under the local laws, is eligible for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI). Minor children of such person are also eligible for OCI. However, if the applicant had ever been a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh, he/she will not be eligible for OCI.
A. No permission is required.
A. An NRI/OCI/PIO can buy any residential or commercial property in India.However, they cannot buy agriculture land in India.
A. There are no restrictions on the numbers of properties that an NRI/PIO/OCI can buy in India. However, they can sell only two properties in a financial year.
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It is mandatory for an NRI/PIO/OCI to make payments only from the below options for buying a property in India: -

  • NRE Account: - Known as the Non-Residential External account, these are special kind of accounts for the NRI’s. This account can be opened with any private or nationalized bank of India.
  • NRO Account: - Known as the Non Residential Ordinary account, these are special kind of accounts for the NRI’s. This account can be opened with any private or nationalized bank of India.
  • FCNR Account: - Known as the Foreign Currency National Rupee Account, these are special kind of accounts for the NRI’s. This account can be opened with any private or nationalized bank of India. It is a kind of fixed deposit account and one can maintain an account in a choice of 6 currencies: USD, GBP, EUR, JPY, CAD, and AUD.
  • Wire Transfer: - It means the transfer of the payment directly from the Foreign Bank to the desired Indian bank account. Is this case, a wire transfer remittance receipt is issued by the foreign bank confirming the amount transferred in an Indian bank account. Foreign bank charges a wire transfer fee which is around 25$ minimum or is some cases a percentage of the amount to be transferred whichever is higher.

NRE & NRO are the most commonly used accounts, differences between NRE & NRO Account: -

NRE Account NRO Account
The interest on deposits and any other income accruing on the balance in the accounts are free of Indian Income-tax The interest on deposits and any other income accruing on the balance in the accounts is not free of Indian Income-tax
Remittances from the account to the country of residence of the account holder or any other country are freely allowed. Remittances from the account to the country of residence of the account holder or any other country is repatriable up to a limit of US $ 1 million in a financial year.
Money Deposited in this account can be foreign currency only which is converted into Indian currency by the bank Only Indian currency can be deposited in this account
The balances in the accounts are free of Wealth-tax. The balance is not free from wealth tax
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Yes, an NRI/ PIO/OCI can freely acquire immovable property in India by way of gift either from NRI/ PIO/OCI Again NRI/ PIO/OCI may gift residential/commercial property to Resident Indian NRI/ PIO OCI - with approval of RB

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Yes, Reserve Bank of India has granted general permission for the sale of such property to the following categories:- Resident Indian NRI PIO - with approval of RBI OCI - with approval of RBI

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Yes, the sale proceeds can be remitted/repatriated out of India, In the event property acquired out of foreign exchange source i.e. remittance through normal banking channels NRE/ NRO FCNR/Wire Transfer accounts. The amounts to be repatriated should not exceed the amount paid for such property from such source. However, repatriation of sale proceeds purchased out of foreign exchange is restricted to not more than two residential properties, in a block of one year, with a facility of crediting the Capital gain to the NRO account. Again in the event, the properties was acquired out of NRO account, an amount not exceeding USD one million, per financial year, subject to tax compliance, out of balance held in NRO account, may be remitted/repatriated.

A. Yes, during repatriation Capital Gain Tax (Long Term/Short Term) as applicable will be attracted.
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Repatriation of income derived out of letting of immovable property is permissible. An NRI/PIO/OCI can rent out the property without the approval of Reserve Bank of India. Rent received can be credited to NRO/NRE account or remitted abroad. Powers have been delegated to the Authorized Dealers to allow repatriation of current income like rent, interest, dividend etc. An NRI/PIO/OCI who doesn’t maintain an NRE/NRO account can take an appropriate certification by Chartered Accountant, certifying that the amount proposed to be remitted is eligible for remittance and that applicable taxes have been paid/ provided for. All the above terms are conditions involved in the purchase of property by an NRI/PIO/OCI keeps on changing from time to time, so it is very important to keep yourself updated with the latest changes. For the latest updates and more comprehensive details of the related to the NRI’s process you can go through the following link on internet

A. Documents required for the registration of a Property are:
  • Indian Passport of Person Of India Origin (PIO) Card or Overseas Citizen Of India (OCI) Card

  • Copy of the PAN Card

  • OCI/PIO card (Overseas Citizenship of India/ Persons of Indian Origin)

  • Sale Deed on Stamp Papers of the required amount.

  • Two passport size photographs of the parties involved in the transaction.

  • All the original documents of the property issued by the builder.

  • ID & ADDRESS Proof of each allottee(s)

  • In case of Allottee(s) being represented through Attorney: Duly Stamped & Registered

  • Special Power of Attorney.

  • Registration Fee

  • NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the Maintenance Agency.

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