Why Financial Planning?

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it NOW.

Investing in the India Growth story has been one of the dream investment horizons with the investors – at home and abroad. NRIs who are making it big overseas, do not want to miss out on this growth story, because of the corporate resilience that was on display during the most trying times in the last one-and-half years.

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The reduction in corporate taxes, cost savings, and formalization of the economy have all resulted in growing profit margins of the listed companies on the BSE and NSE. Similarly, the debt funds are better managed now than earlier with more transparency and more options for safety with growth.

These both present a great avenue for investment in the India growth story through mutual funds. NRIs can participate in this story through their investments in mutual funds in India it makes sense to know what is required to do so.

What we Cover in this Article –

  • NRI KYC guide to Mutual Fund Investments in India
  • NRI KYC Checklist
  • How to check my NRI KYC status?
  • Benefits of investing through mutual funds

Benefits of investing through mutual funds

There are a multitude of advantages of investing in Mutual Funds

1. Professional Management

As we have repeated many times over, if you are not into finance, do not play with your capital. It is always beneficial to give the charge of managing your funds to professionals with a solid track record. Furthermore, they know more about the investment climate in India more than you could with your busy life overseas.

2. Easily manage funds online

Online investments have made it easy to check the health of your investments from anywhere. Using the website or mobile apps of the Asset Management Companies (AMCs) you can start/stop/pause SIP, SWP, or STP; make direct purchases or redemptions; and download account statement and capital gains/loss reports from anywhere, anytime.

3. Benefit from rupee appreciation

If the value of INR appreciates against the currency of your domicile country, then you get to reap more profits. This not a very unlikely scenario, as the currency markets, can be very volatile in the short run.

Mutual Funds Investment Procedure

AMCs cannot accept investments in their MF schemes in foreign currencies, therefore, NRIs must have either an NRO or NRE bank account in any branch in India. Usually, when a person becomes NRI, their regular savings account can be converted into an NRO account, or they can open a separate NRE account to remit money from abroad for investments.

NRIs also have to adhere to the Foreign Exchange Management Act or FEMA and complete the KYC procedure discussed later. Most AMCs do not accept MF investments from NRIs living in the USA and Canada, but some of the following do: (but there are tax issues)

  • BNP Paribas Mutual Fund
  • L&T Mutual Fund
  • Nippon India Mutual Fund
  • PGIM India Mutual Fund
  • Sundaram Mutual Fund
  • UTI Mutual Fund

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NRI KYC guide to Mutual Fund Investments in India

Whether you want to invest in equity, debt, or hybrid funds – based on your personal financial goals, investment horizon, and risk profile – you have multiple options for doing so. But before making the first investment as an NRI, must complete CKYC (Central Know Your Customer) requirements.

Under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002 (PMLA) all categories of investors are required to comply with KYC norms, for carrying out any transaction in their Mutual Fund schemes.

NRI Mutual fund KYC is a simple process of validating and verifying the details submitted by you in your investment application – online or offline – against original documents for the purpose of making investments in financial instruments regulated by SEBI. Being a centralized procedure, if you get your KYC done from one AMC, you do not need to repeat the process with any other AMC for future investments, and even for opening a Demat account.

The NRI KYC process is straightforward, and you can complete both offline and online through Video Calling.

NRI KYC guide to Mutual Fund Investments in India

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Offline

The CDSL Ventures Limited (CVL) carries out the KYC procedure on behalf of all mutual funds in India. The CVL Points of Service accept NRI KYC application forms, verify against original documents, and provide the KYC Acknowledgement receipt. You can do it by visiting a CVL PoS in-person as well as by posting them to your legal representative, MF Distributor, Financial advisor, or the AMC.

Online

The online KYC process has also evolved over the years and is now seamless. You need to upload or email the clearly scanned copies of your required documents and then go through the In-Person Verification (IPV).

The IPV can be done seamlessly over a video call. Earlier, Know Non-Resident Indians (NRIs ) were required to visit the offices or someone visited the investor to verify the papers and paperwork at their home or workplace.

IPV is required to verify that all the copies submitted by the investor are in her possession and the details are correct. Most advisors & distributors, KYC Registration Agency, AMC, or registrar & transfer agents ( Karvy) carry out IPV via video call using  Skype, Zoom, Google Meet, etc.  You can schedule a comfortable date and time for the IPV video call with the agencies.

Major also offers instant IPV during business hours through their mobile apps using Aadhaar based biometrics or OTP verification.

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NRI KYC Checklist

You must send the self-attested copies of the following documents for KYC and must carry them on you for IPV:

  • PAN card – if you do not have one yet, then easily apply at NSDL website.
  • KYC verification form with latest colour passport size photo.
  • Canceled cheque leaf of your NRO, NRE, or FCNR bank account.
  • Certified Foreign Address Proof – residential permit, latest utility bill, DL with address, etc.
  • Indian address proof – latest utility bill, DL, Aadhar card, Bank statement, etc.
  • Passport – first two and last two pages.
  • Foreign Country Tax File Number.

Note: If any of the documents are in a foreign language, then they must be accompanied by a certified English translation. You can get the documents attested at Indian Consulates or overseas branches of banks registered in India.

How to check my NRI KYC status?

Just enter your PAN card number and captcha and check your KYC status.  To check your KYC status has been approved or not, you can go to the websites of the Registered KRAs at:

It usually takes only a few business days to update your status online, after which you can start your investment journey through Mutual funds in India. At Wisenri.com, we offer not only financial advisory services but KYC services for our esteemed NRI customers.

FAQs-NRI KYC for mutual fund

Q1. How do I know my KYC status?

You can directly access them online and know your KYC Status by just entering your PAN Number

Q2. What are The advantages of the NRI Mutual Fund KYC?

If you have completed KYC once, then you can invest in any mutual funds any number of times with the same KYC. If you are required to change the address in all your mutual fund investments, you do not need to it separately. If you could update that in the KYC, that will automatically reflect in all the mutual fund folios.

Q3. What are the benefits of Mutual Funds?

The most important benefit of investment in a Mutual Fund is that the investor can redeem the units at any point in time.

Q4. Can I invest in mutual funds?

NRIs are allowed to invest in mutual funds in India – as long as they adhere to the rules of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

If you have any questions related to Mutual Fund KYC – add them in the comment section. If you would like to discuss your financial life – schedule a call.

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Published on July 27, 2021

Hemant Beniwal


Hemant Beniwal is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and his Company Ark Primary Advisors Pvt Ltd is registered as an Investment Adviser with SEBI. Hemant is also a member of the Financial Planning Association, U.S.A and registered as a life planner with Kinder Institute of Life Planning, U.S.A. He started his Financial Planning Practice in 2009 & is among the first generation of financial planners in India. He also authored Bestseller book "Financial Life Planning". 

  • Please note that the author has conveniently skipped listing the SEVERE DISADVANTAGES for NRIs (especially from USA) to invest in Indian Mutual Funds. There are heavy tax disadvantages for doing so. Complex PFIC formalities have to be complied with and heavy taxes paid in USA. The tax experts in USA charge heavy fees to help you complete the process for which you are solely responsible to the IRS. The worst part for USA NRIs is that the taxes they have to pay in USA on gains from Indian Mutual Funds are very high. If you want to invest in Indian mutual funds, please invest through the USA financial markets in dollars. Please DON’T convert to Rupees for doing so. You don’t have to deal with KYC or CKYC to do so. You will also avoid the rupee depreciation against the mighty dollar when you do that. Similarly, if you need to get life insurance, please get it from an insurance company in USA, not India. Please do proper research on any steps you take as making changes later on may be very difficult and quite expensive. I have learned that in a very hard way.

    Good luck, friends.

    • Dear Chirag,

      Thanks for sharing this – hope this will be helpful for US NRIs.

      This article is for NRIs across the globe – still I have clearly mentioned there are tax issues in the case of US NRIs.

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