Once upon a time, the only two investment options available to non-resident Indians (NRIs) in India were real estate and bank deposits.Many other choices, such as PMS, NPS, direct equities, small-cases, mutual funds, bonds, and so on, have gained popularity in recent years due to the influx of new information and the surge in fintech activity.In both cases (repatriation and non-repatriation), non-resident Indians are permitted to invest in Indian mutual funds.

  • It is important to note that in order for NRIs to invest, they must first meet all regulatory requirements, such as completing Know Your Customer paperwork.
  • The United States and Canada are two examples of countries that limit non-resident aliens from making investments in mutual funds unless certain conditions are met.
  • For this reason, non-resident aliens from these countries should consult a financial adviser before making any investments in Indian mutual funds.
  • Foreign nationals living outside of India can invest in India with many of the same advantages as Indian citizens.

Ways for NRIs to Invest In India

  • Non-Resident Indians have the same opportunities for direct investment in mutual funds as Indian citizens, including but not limited to By using a Demat account that is linked to a Non-Resident Alien or Non-Resident Overseas bank account. 
  • There is a possibility of a brokerage fee being assessed here. By Using the Asset Management Firm’s website by creating an account with a third-party platform like mobile app. 
  • By using the services of a fintech startup, which may or may not allow investors from outside the United States to join their platform. 
  • By visiting the local office of any Asset Management Firm. Mutual fund investments in India can also be made by non-resident Indians (NRIs) through the use of a Power of Attorney (PoA) granted to a friend, family member, or other trusted person residing in India. 
  • A mutual fund distributor,bank, etc., can act as a go-between for NRIs interested in investing in NRI mutual funds in India.

SEBI-Registered Investment Advisor: Mutual fund investments can be made in accordance with one’s risk tolerance and the needs outlined in one’s financial plan with the help of a SEBI-registered investment advisor and/or a financial planner.Keep in mind that the fee structure of the RIA will determine whether the investment advisor will charge a flat rate or a percentage of the assets under management.

NRI Can Invest In Mutual Funds Via Full Repatriation Or Non-Repatriation.

  • Full RepatriationWhen an NRI is allowed full repatriation, they can send all of their money and earnings back to the country they currently call home. Non-resident Indians (NRIs) can use any scheduled commercial bank in India to open an NRE (Non-Resident External) or FCNR (Foreign Currency Non-Resident) account in order to transfer money out of the country.
    • Investing in a mutual fund through either an NRE or FCNR account will allow you to fully repatriate the profits.
    • Some financial institutions may not impose any charges on their customers for making transfers of this size, while others may.
    • As a result, depending on the fees assessed by banks for transferring funds, your actual return on mutual fund investments may be lower.
  • To begin, Indian mutual funds make it possible for non-resident Indians to diversify their investment portfolios across a wide range of asset classes (equities, bonds, gold, etc.) according to their individual risk tolerances. 
  • Foreign nationals living abroad can benefit from mutual funds when it comes to Asset Allocation. For additional investment options, non-resident Indians (NRIs) can choose from a wide range of mutual fund classes in India. 
  • Based on your risk tolerance, time horizon, and desired returns, you can select from Equity, Debt, or Hybrid Funds. Large-cap, mid-cap, multi-cap, Flexi-cap, small-cap, etc., is just some of the subsets of equity funds. 


  • They have the flexibility to invest via SIPs, make trades whenever it’s most convenient for them, select either a growth or dividend payout option, and withdraw redemption proceeds at any time. The current government in India has taken a reformist stance, which has resulted in steady economic growth. 
  • Investors’ bullishness about India’s economic prospects is reflected in the stock market’s stellar performance in recent times. Anyone who identifies as a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) or a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) can participate in India’s economic expansion by putting money into the country’s primary and secondary stock markets.
  • PIO investors prefer the mutual fund route into the Indian capital or secondary markets because stocks require active monitoring and special accounts, such as the Demat account and trading account.
  • Investment mutual funds for non-resident aliens (NRIs) provide substantial opportunities for capital growth and are backed by specialized advice from professional fund managers.

(Note: Please remember that the information in this article is meant solely for educational purposes, and that we cannot be held liable for any actions you take with your money as a result of reading it. If you need assistance making an investment, please seek the advice of professionals. We appreciate the many public and online resources used to compile this article.)

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