For all NRIs pondering over to return to India must have a valid
Indian passport or travel documents issued by Indian Govt. to
make a re-entry into the country. All passengers, foreigner or
national, have to go through immigration check, both at the time
of arrival and departure. For that reason, it is equally necessary
for an Indian National to carry all the necessary data if planning
However, foreign citizens who want to visit India to conduct
any research work, study, or planning to stay for more than 180
days, require a missionary visa rather than a tourist visa. They
must also ensure to register within 14 days of arrival with the
Foreigners Regional Registration Office. Such matters are handled
by local police headquarters in small cities and towns.
Ques: What Should I Check Before Arrival And
Ans: All passengers must ensure checking the
necessary stamps on their passports at both the arrival and departure.
Either coming to India or departing from India, the passengers
need to fill-up D (Disembarkation) Card and E (Embarkation) Card
at arrival and departure respectively. Also, they will have to
provide the following details:
Name and Sex
Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Nationality
Passport Details viz. Number, Place &
Dates of Issue / Expiry
Details of visa viz. Number, Place &
Dates of Issue / Expiry (for arriving foreigners only)
Address in India
Flight Number & Date of Arrival /
Purpose of Visit to / from India
Ques: As an NRI, am I liable to any tax concessions
on immigration to India pertaining to foreign assets?
Ans: Yes, an NRI with a permission to return
to India provided the currency assets should have been acquired
lawfully under FERA can enjoy the following benefits:
He /she can maintain his/her foreign
currency bank accounts abroad and make transactions using these
He/ she has the permission to continue
with his/her business running abroad, even after immigrating
He/ she has full liberty to use or gift
their foreign assets to anyone across the globe.
He/ she can earn and retain abroad pensions
even after returning to India.
Are NRIs allowed to
take their gold and silver belongings with them on Immigration to
Yes. They can. The
Government has permitted NRI(s) to legally import gold and silver
in any form including ornaments. But, they cannot take the jewelry
studded with pearls and stones, provided, NRI should be revisiting
India, after a period of not less than six months.
Do I have the permission to sell my metal
assets (gold/silver) on immigration to India?
Although, you can sell the metals but your
earnings are liable to tax deductions. The following are two ways
in which the sales tax can be levied on metal sales with the intentions
of the seller and term of holding playing significant role:
A) Business Income:
It is when seller wanted to
make profits out of any business opportunity.
B) Capital gains: In case, the seller wanted
to hold it as capital asset.
Ques: How can any NRI acquire citizenship of
Ans: Any NRI returning to India with the intention
to permanently reside in the country can acquire Indian citizenship.
However, any Person of Indian Origin (PIO) residing outside India
can acquire citizenship of India through the following channels:
- By Birth
The interested individual needs a minimum of 5 years residence
in India to register for Indian citizenship.