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NRI Banking FAQS

No PIO/OCI Card

What documents are required to establish I am an NRI?

We recommend you apply for an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card as soon as possible. Details are available at http://boi.gov.in/content/overseas-citizen-india-oci-cardholder or http://www.mea.gov.in/oci-related-matters.htm

If you do not have a PIO/ OCI card you would qualify to open an NRI account subject fulfilling any of the following conditions 

  • You previously held an Indian passport
  • You were eligible to become a citizen of India on 26th January or any date after that
  • You belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15th August, 1947 (for e.g. Sikkim, Goa, Daman, Diu)
  • You are a child or a grandchild or a great grandchild of such a person above
  • You are a minor child of such person mentioned above
  • You are a minor child whose parent/ parents is/are Citizens of India

Besides, spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application is also eligible for registration as OCI cardholder.

However, no person, who or either of whose parents or grandparents or great grandparents is or had been a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh or such other country as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify, shall be eligible for registration as an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder.

In most cases a copy of current/ expired/ surrendered Indian passport would need to be provided to satisfy any of the points above

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