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Why and how you should convert Savings Account to NRO Account

When a person becomes a Non Resident Indian (NRI), he is required to either close his existing savings account, or convert it to a Non­ Resident (Ordinary) or NRO account. Most individuals make a mistake of continuing a resident savings account even after becoming a NRI but the law does not allow it. As per FEMA regulation, when a resident’s status changes to NRI the resident savings account have to be converted to a NRO account. Or in simple words it’s illegal to hold savings bank account for NRIs. It is not possible to convert a resident savings account to NRE account as the fund source for NRE account has to be remitted from abroad. NRO accounts can be opened with funds either remitted from abroad or generated in India. Features of NRO account These are just like a savings accounts, with certain restrictions on repatriation of proceeds to the…

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Returning to India? Here’s how to manage your bank account

The changing global scenario has seen many Indians returning to the country. This amounts to change of status from Non-Resident Indian (NRI) to Resident Indian as far as money matters are concerned. NRE/ NRO/ FCNR account When an NRI comes back to India and becomes a Resident Indian, he is required to inform his bank about the change of status. The NRE and NRO accounts that he holds will have to be redesignated to resident savings account. RFC account One also has the option to convert an existing NRE account to a Resident Foreign Currency (RFC) account, where one can maintain funds in foreign currency and the funds (principal + interest) are fully repatriable. The RFC account allows credits from overseas in foreign currency from sale of assets outside India or income received outside India (in the form of employment, assets, investments) as the case may be. Redesignation of account…

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Becoming a US citizen – who can do it, and how?

Immigrant advocates say they’ve seen a huge spike in calls and questions about how people can become U.S. citizens since President Trump’s executive orders on immigration and travel. Many of these immigrants have lived in the country for years but didn’t apply to become citizens earlier, citing a lack of time or money for the application fees. It’s common for presidential elections and changes in the application process to spur citizenship increases. Here’s a look at the process of becoming a citizen: 1) Who can naturalize? Immigrants can apply to become U.S. citizens through naturalization, but the process is not open to everyone. Most people must live here and have a green card for five years before applying. Spouses of American citizens can generally apply after three years with a green card. The estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally don’t have a direct path to citizenship. Nor can…

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Complete Guide to National Pension System (NPS) for NRIs

National Pension System (NPS) is a voluntary, defined contribution retirement savings scheme. The NPS has been designed to enable systematic savings during the subscriber’s working life. It is an attempt towards finding a sustainable solution to provide adequate retirement income to every citizen of India. Since October 2015, Non-resident Indians have been allowed to open accounts under the NPS. By opening an NPS account, NRIs can create a pension corpus in India. How NPS works Under the NPS, an individual’s savings is pooled in a pension fund. These funds are invested by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) regulated professional fund managers as per the approved investment guidelines in the diversified portfolios comprising of government bonds, bills, corporate debentures and shares. These contributions would grow and accumulate over the years, depending on the returns earned on the investment made. At the time of a normal exit from NPS, the…

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Indian Passport rules liberalized, Here are the 10 major changes

India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday announced new Passport Rules that are more relaxed and in sync with the modern times. Now PAN Card, Aadhar Card, Driving license would serve as the proof of date of birth of the Passport Applicant. Procedure has become easier for single parents to apply for passports for their children. The Passport acquisition has been made smoother for children, who are orphaned, adopted or born out of wedlock. “In order to streamline, liberalize and ease the process of issue of passport, the Ministry of External Affairs has taken a number of steps in the realm of passport policy which is expected to benefit the citizens of India applying for a passport,” the Ministry said in a press release. Here are the 10 major changes to the passport procedures: 1. Proof of Date of Birth Birth Certificate as the proof of Date of Birth (DOB) is…

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Guide: How to add a joint holder to a NRE/NRO account

Non-resident Indians are allowed to open Non-Resident (External) and Non-Resident (Ordinary) accounts, as well as FCNR deposits with banks. The repatriation rules for each of these is different. While NRE accounts are freely repatriable, NRO account are conditionally so. When opening an NRE account, the NRI can add a non-resident joint holder to the account. Here’s how. Form A joint applicant inclusion request form needs to be obtained from the branch or downloaded from the bank website. Joint holder details, customer ID (if he already holds an account with the bank), account operating instructions (jointly, either or survivor, anyone or survivor) must be indicated on the form. Documents Self attested copies of the following documents need to be enclosed: Passport Visa/OCI/PIO card/Resident permit Overseas address proof Initial paycheque of any amount from the joint applicant’s overseas account. If the joint applicant is unable to provide the paycheque, the passport and…

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Depositing 500, 1000 Rupee notes to NRI bank account : Common Questions

Most NRI’s prefer to keep small amounts of Indian currency to meet their immediate expenses when they arrive in India. For the convenience of storage it is natural that these will be higher denominations like 500 and 1000 rupee notes, which unfortunately are no longer considered legal tender by Indian Government. However there is no need to panic now, especially if the amount is reasonable and is well accounted for. In our earlier post, we discussed what are the options for NRIs to exchange or deposit this money. To simplify the options, NRIs abroad need to either carry the cash to India or send with someone else to deposit in their NRO accounts. If you haven’t read it, here is the detailed article which gained over 4 lakh page views and was shared by around 30,000 readers in few days. However, as per RBI & Customs guidelines, one person can carry only Rs 25,000 worth…

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Travel Guide : How much currency can you carry to India?

This article explains the Indian Customs limit on the amount of cash (Indian and Foreign currency) you can carry in and out of India with you. Ever since India Government announced the ban on higher denomination currencies (Rs 500 and Rs 1000) overnight, there has been lot of panic among Indians as on how to exchange the currency in their hands. While Indian residents can exchange or deposit the money in banks until 30 December 2016, the options for NRIs are limited. The most suitable option is to either take the money with them or send with someone who is travelling to India soon (Read more here). The next question is how much money they can take by hand. Unfortunately, there is lot of confusing information online, including some official websites, which are not updated in the past one year (since announcement of new rules during early 2016). Even RBI and…

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2017 Guide: How NRIs can change their old 500 and 1000 Rupee notes

NOTE: This article has been updated on 27 January 2017  to reflect the only applicable option and detailed requirements for the same. The sudden announcement about withdrawal of 500 and 1000 Rupee notes has left many NRIs abroad looking for answers as to how could they get their old 500 and 1000 rupee notes exchanged. As of 2 January 2017, options such as exchanging currency at foreign branches, exchange houses, airports etc are not applicable any more. The deadline for depositing to NRO accounts was 30 December 2016. Option available till 30 June 2017: Deposit at RBI office Now, the only available option is to deposit the money via Reserve Bank of India (RBI) offices. RBI on 31 December 2016 announced in a notification that it will introduce a facility for exchange of old specified bank notes for Indian residents and NRIs, who were abroad from November 9 to December 30. According to a RBI notification, Indian…

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Choosing the right school for children : 10 Tips for NRI parents

Though there are many reputed Indian schools in all Gulf countries, there are lot of factors a parent should consider while searching for the ideal school for children. The school should not only offer quality education but should also ensure the all-round personality development by encouraging the children to participate actively in various extracurricular activities. Needless to say, you would also like your child to be connected with his Indian roots. So, there should be a strong emphasis on helping the child grow as an independent citizen who is intellectually proficient, smart, creative and is connected this Indian roots while respecting global culture. Here are a few things to look for: 1. Consider the cost Education is an expensive affair in the Middle East. However you should be able to fix a budget on how much you can afford to spend. Ask yourself if you can afford the tuition fee if your child is accepted…

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