Yes, foreign nationals of Indian origin, whether Resident in India or abroad, have been granted general permission to purchase immovable property in India.
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The purchase consideration should be met either out of inward remittances in foreign exchange through normal banking channels or out of funds from NRE/ FCNR accounts maintained with banks in India
The purchase of the plots can be financed from the fresh remittance through the normal banking channels or from payment from original Non-Resident account or from Non-Resident (External) Accounts. When the plots is under construction, it may be possible to get installment facilities from the builder. Loan may also be available in India for purchase of plots, for example from Housing Development Finance Corporation, ANZ Grindlays Bank, Citi Bank etc. Non-Resident Indians who are citizens of India (India Passport holders) are eligible for housing finance for the acquisition of an immovable property or construction of a new house, or a plots for their occupation or for that of their family in India. But the HDFC also considers granting of loans to Non-Resident Indians even if they are abroad, provided a family member of his or her in India is made a co-borrower and a power of attorney is given to his representative in India.
The Non-Resident Indians who are staying abroad may enter into an agreement through their relatives and/ or by executing the Power of Attorney in their favour as it is not possible for them to be present for completing the formalities of purchase (negotiating with the builder or Developer, drafting and signing of agreements, taking possession, etc.). These formalities can be completed through some known person who can be given the Power of Attorney for this purpose. Power of Attorney should be executed on the stamp paper before the proper authorities in foreign countries. Power of Attorney cannot be drafted on the stamp paper bought in India.
They are required to file a declaration in form IPI 7 with the Central Office of Reserve Bank at Bombay within a period of 90 days from the date of purchase of immovable property.
No specific permission is required by Non-Resident Indian nationals to acquire immovable Property in India other than agricultural/ plantation/ farmhouse.
No specific permission is required by Non-Resident Indians to transfer any immovable property in India to a person resident in India.
No specific permission is required for said transfer of any immovable property, other than agricultural, or plantation property or farm house.
(i) A PIO does not require any specific permission to acquire any immovable property other than agricultural land/ farm house/ plantation property in India by purchase, from out of funds:
1. received in India by way of inward remittance through banking channel from any place outside India; or
2. held in any Non-Resident account maintained in accordance with the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act and the regulations made by the Reserve Bank under the Act.
(ii)A PIO does not require any specific permission to acquire any immovable property in India other than agricultural land/ farm house/ plantation property by way of gift from a person Resident in India or from a person Resident outside India who is a citizen of India or from a person of Indian origin Resident outside India.
(iii)A PIO does not require any specific permission to acquire any immovable property in India by way of inheritance from a person Resident outside India who had acquired such property in accordance with the provisions of the foreign exchange law in force at the time of acquisition by him or the provisions of the Regulations of FEMA or from a person Resident in India.
(iv) A person of Indian origin Resident outside India does not require any permission to transfer any immovable property in India other than agricultural land/ farmhouse/ plantation property, by way of sale to a person Resident in India.
(v) A PIO does not require any specific permission to transfer agricultural land/ farm house/ plantation property in India, by way of gift or sale to a person Resident in India who is a citizen of India.
(vi) PIO does not require any specific permission to transfer Residential or commercial property in India by way of gift to a person Resident in India or to a person Resident outside India who is a citizen of India or to a PIO.
The purchase consideration should be met either out of inward remittances in foreign exchange through normal banking channels or out of funds from Non-Resident accounts maintained with banks in India.
The Non-Resident Indians who are staying abroad may give authority to their relatives/ agents by executing Power of Attorney in their favour as it is not possible for them to be present for completing the formalities of purchase (negotiating with the builder or developer, drafting and signing of agreements, taking possession, etc.). Power of Attorney should be executed on the stamp paper before the proper authorities in foreign countries. Power of Attorney cannot be prepared on the stamp paper bought in India.
Repatriation outside India, including credit to RFC, NRE or FCNR account, of sale proceeds of any immovable property situated in India, requires prior permission of the Reserve Bank except in the following circumstances:
In the event of sale of immovable property other than agricultural land/ farm house/ plantation property in India by a person Resident outside India, who is a citizen of India, or a person of Indian origin, the authorized dealer may allow repatriation of the sale proceeds outside India, provided all the following conditions are satisfied.
1. the immovable property was acquired by the seller in accordance with the provisions of the foreign exchange law in force at the time of acquisition by him or the provisions of Regulations under FEMA
2. the amount to be repatriated does not exceed
(a) the amount paid for acquisition of the immovable property in foreign exchange received through normal banking channels or out of funds held in Foreign Currency Non-Resident account or
(b) the foreign currency equivalent, as on the date of payment, of the amount paid where such payment was made from the funds held in Non-Resident External account for acquisition of the property.
(c) In the case of Residential property, the repatriation of sale proceeds is restricted to not more than two such properties.
Reserve Bank has removed the existing lock-in-period for repatriation of the sale proceeds of immovable property purchased in India by NRIs/ PIOs. Accordingly, it will be in order for authorized dealers to allow remittace of sale proceeds of immovable property in India acquired by NRIs/ PIOs, irrespective of the period for which the property was held. The sale proceeds allowed to be repatriated should, however, not exceed the foreign exchange brought in to acquire the property.
With a view to allow credit to NRE/ FCNR account of refund of purchase consideration by seller on account of cancellation of bookings/ deals for purchase of Residential, commercial property, Reserve Bank clarified that it will be in order for authorised dealers to allow Non-Resident Indians/ Persons of Indian Origin to credit refund of application/ earnest money/ purchase consideration made by the housing building agencies/ seller on account of non-allotment of plots/ plot/ cancellation of bookings/ deals for purchase of Residential commercial property, together with interest, if any (net ofincome tax payable thereon),to NRE/ FCNR account, provided, the original payment was made out of NRE/ FCNR account of the account-holder or remittance from outside India through normal banking channels and the authorised dealer is satisfied about the genuineness of the transaction.
Yes. The NRIs/ PIOs can freely rent out their immovable property in India without seeking any permission from the Reserve Bank. The rental income being a current account transaction is freely repatriable outside India.
The Chief General Manager, Reserve Bank of India, Central Office, Exchange control Department, Foreign Investment Division (III),
Mumbai – 400 001
No. An NRI / PIO who has purchased residential / commercial property under general permission, is not required to file any documents/reports with the Reserve Bank.
A foreign company which has established a Branch Office or other place of business in India, in accordance with the Foreign Exchange Management (Establishment in India of Branch or Office or other Place of Business) Regulations, 2000, can acquire any immovable property in India, which is necessary for or incidental to carrying on such activity. The payment for acquiring such a property should be made by way of foreign inward remittance through the proper banking channels. A declaration in form IPI should be filed with the Reserve Bank within ninety days from the date of acquiring the property. Such a property can also be mortgaged with an Authorised Dealer as a security for the purpose of borrowings. On winding up of the business, the sale proceeds of such property can be repatriated only with the prior approval of the Reserve Bank. Further, acquisition of immovable property by entities incorporated in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, China, Iran, Nepal and Bhutan and who have set up Branch Offices in India and would require prior approval of the Reserve Bank.
However, if the foreign company has established a Liaison Office in India, it cannot acquire immovable property. In such cases, Liaison Offices can acquire property by way of lease not exceeding 5 years.
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