NRI Corner


India is one of the fastest growing large economy of the world. Many global investors eye to take part in India’s growth story by investing in the Indian Capital Markets. While foreigners are not allowed to invest directly in the Indian markets, the Government of India has allowed NRIs to directly invest in the Indian markets.From geographic and currency diversification benefits to unparalleled growth potential, there are many reasons why NRIs should strongly consider investment in India. There are many investment avenues for NRIs in India:

  • Equities
  • Mutual Funds (Equity, Debt, Hybrid)
  • Debt Instruments
  • Portfolio Advisory Services
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Sector

NRIs can invest in the Indian stock market under PIS (Portfolio Investment Scheme), which is regulated by RBI. NRIs are allowed to trade in Indian markets for investment purpose and not intraday speculation purpose.

One can start investment process by following the below mentioned four steps.

  • Open an NRE / NRO Bank Account
  • Get PIS permission (often a separate account maintained by the bank)
  • Open an NRE / NRO Demat and Trading accounts

List of securities that have breached foreign holding and hence not allowed for further investment by NRIs is available at:

  • PAN Card
  • Passport identification and arrival stamp pages
  • Foreign address proof (valid Driving License / Passport / Last two months’ bank statement)
  • Indian address proof for correspondence (not mandatory) (Electricity bill / Driving license / Voter ID / Ration Card)
  • Cancelled cheque with printed name of the account holder
  • PIS letter
  • FATCA Declaration
  • Passport size pictures (two)
  • Nominee details (PAN / AADHAAR / Picture)

If person wants to open Demat and Trading A/c from foreign countries then: All the supporting mentioned documents must be notarized in foreign countries.

If you want to appoint a Power of Attorney (PoA) to operate the account, additional details of the PoA holder are required:

  • Copy of the Notarized PoA
  • Passport picture
  • Copy of PAN Card
  • Rubber stamp

PIS is a RBI regulated scheme and is required if NRIs/PIOs want to trade in secondary market in India through SEBI registered share broker. Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs), Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), and Person of Indian Origin (PIOs) are allowed to invest in the secondary capital markets in India through the portfolio investment scheme (PIS). Under this scheme, FIIs/NRIs can acquire shares/debentures of Indian companies through the stock exchanges in India.

NRIs are permitted to invest in shares / convertible debentures of Indian companies, by Reserve Bank of India, under Portfolio Investment Scheme (PIS), in secondary market through a registered broker on a recognized Stock Exchange. The guidelines of Reserve Bank of India in respect of ceiling on investments are as under:

  • Investment in shares of a company, by each NRI (both on repatriation and non-repatriation basis) shall not exceed 5% of the paid-up value of shares of the company concerned.
  • Investment in convertible debentures of a company, by each NRI (both on repatriation and non-repatriation basis) shall not exceed 5% of the paid-up value of convertible debentures in each series, issued by the company concerned.
  • Aggregate investments by NRIs will be subject to a ceiling of (a) 10% of the total paid-up equity capital of the company concerned: and (b) 10% of the total paid-up value of each series of convertible debentures issued by the company concerned. Such Indian companies shall however raise the ceiling of 10% to 24% or such ceilings a may be decided by the companies, by passing a special resolution in the General body of the company.
  • In case of investments on repatriation basis, the payment for purchase of shares / debentures should be by way of debit to the investors NRE account. In case of investments on non-repatriation basis, the payment for purchase of shares / debentures shall be by way of debit to the investors NRO account also.
  • The net sale / maturity proceeds of shares / convertible debentures, after payment of taxes, shall be credited only to the investors NRO account if the investment was made on non-repatriation basis and shall be remitted abroad / credited to the investor’s NRE / NRO account if the investment was made on repatriation basis.
  • Securities purchased as a resident individual before becoming an NRI
  • Derivative segment transactions or Mutual fund unit purchases

Just like the bank accounts in India, NRIs can have two types of Demat account for investment purpose - NRE & NRO.


The repatriation of the sale proceeds is allowed if the original purchase was made on repatriation basis. Means you can take your capital, profits, and dividends in foreign exchange, which you invested originally in foreign exchange.


Through this account one cannot repatriate their investment/capital in foreign exchange. Means you can get back the proceeds only in Indian rupees, irrespective of the currency you used to invest in the same. Upon becoming an NRI, the balances held in resident account should be transferred to the NRO account and securities held under this account will be treated on non-repatriable basis.

However, repatriation is allowed under the LRS (Liberalized Remittance Scheme) of RBI. There are limits to how much funds one can repatriate in a given year. The latest details and amount allowed for repatriation are available on RBI website:


Advantages of Demat account:

  • Dematerialization of Physical Shares/Certificates
  • Online statement holding facility
  • Automatic dividend credit to your bank A/C
  • Nomination facility
  • Change of address/ Bank flexibility
  • Freezing & De-freezing of A/C

Shares listed on Indian stock exchanges have to be purchased / sold in Dematerialized (Demat) form only. There are many cases where old physical share certificates are still not dematerialized. The process for this conversion is lengthy as the companies need to ensure that the real owners of the shares are the ones dematerializing it.

We, at Shah Investor’s Home Ltd, have dedicated highly qualified and experienced team to guide our customers through this process and convert the shares to demat form. Please get in touch with us if you have any physical share certificates that need to be converted to demat form.

In India, your trading account is separate from the account where your securities are held. This allows for better control and safety of the securities you hold.

Currently, SEC regulations do not allow us to provide Online Trading facility to the US or Canada based customers. Other customers can go ahead and use our online trading portal for their transactions.

We have a dedicated NRI desk that can help you with your transactions. You can call / email to place your trades through them. There is no extra charge for this personalized trading facility.

Our NRI desk can also help you build and manage your portfolio for the best risk adjusted returns. Our proprietary technology to screen and identify fundamentally strong companies with great growth potential allows our Advisory Desk to consistently provide market beating returns.

Please visit our Portfolio Advisory page for details or get in touch with

At SIHL, buying and selling Mutual Funds is just like buying and selling stocks. No need to assign any POA to sign physical documents and submit paper cheques.

US and Canada based NRIs have limitation of the AMCs (Asset Management Companies) they can buy mutual funds from due to SEC requirements. Some AMCs allow purchase & sale of mutual funds for NRIs from their home country (US or Canada), while others allow purchase only when the client is visiting India.

All other NRIs have no such restriction and can buy & sell mutual funds regardless of where they are.

Our Research and Advisory teams continuously monitor more than 5000 available schemes in India and identify one or two schemes to invest depending upon the investment style. Some of the parameters we look into before recommending the mutual funds are:

  • Fund manager style, performance and pedigree
  • Risk adjusted past performance
  • Portfolio theory parameters (Sharpe, Sortino, R-squared, Alpha, Beta, etc)
  • Underlying asset quality (fundamental parameters of the stocks held in the scheme)

Please get in touch with if you have any questions regarding mutual funds investment or would like to see our Mutual Fund research report.

IPO is an Initial Public Offer for Investors to invest in Primary Market. It is the first sale of stock by a private company to the public.

  • NRIs can invest in IPO if company has reserved NRI quota.
  • NRI can appoint a Power of attorney to fill IPO
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Prevent Unauthorised transactions in your account. Stock Brokers can accept securities as margin from clients only by way of pledge in the depository system w.e.f. September 01, 2020. Update your email id and mobile number with your stock broker / depository participant and receive OTP directly from depository on your email id and/or mobile number to create pledge as well as for mobile no and for email id updation.Receive information of your transactions directly from Exchange on your mobile/email at the end of the day. Check your securities / MF / bonds in the consolidated account statement issued by NSDL/CDSL every month........... Issued in the interest of Investors".

KYC is one time exercise while dealing in securities markets - once KYC is done through a SEBI registered intermediary (broker, DP, Mutual Fund etc.), you need not undergo the same process again when you approach another intermediary.

No need to issue cheques by investors while subscribing to IPO. Just write the bank account number and sign in the application form to authorise your bank to make payment in case of allotment. No worries for refund as the money remains in investor's account


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