While the whole country has come to the terms of the demonetization move made by the government, NRI’s who have settled abroad around the world, are still dealing with the consequence of it. While the residents can still stand in line to exchange the demonetized notes for the approved ones, NRI’s are still figuring out ways and means to get rid of the old notes, from the approved sources and within the approved timeline. This has obviously risen to a stressful situation for most NRI’s abroad.
Given below are a few questions regarding NRI’s and answers related to the demonetization move.
How do NRI’s residing abroad exchange their old notes which aren’t valid any longer?
As per the government regulation, members would need to exchange their notes in India or authorise an individual to do it for them. However, at the moment, foreign branches of the Indian banks in both the public and private sector are not accepting any cash outside the country. If you are making a trip to India any time before the 30th December deadline, you can exchange or deposit your funds, in the appropriate NRI account, namely the NRO account. This is one of the NRI account benefits. If another individual is making the transfer on your behalf, you will need to make an authorization in writing, to enable the authorised individual to deposit the notes in the bank account in India. When the notes are being deposited, the authorised individual must present a valid identity proof to deposit the funds on your behalf. If the funds are with you abroad, you can send the funds across India through a trusted individual and make the deposit on your behalf.
Can NRI’s deposit all their cash in the appropriate NRI account?
NRI’s can deposit their funds, only in NRO account. This is part of the NRI account benefits for the NRO account, as only Indian currency can be deposited. However, if you are depositing an amount of Rs 2.5 lakh in the account, it will be reported to the tax department. It will then be matched with your income tax returns, wherein which, suitable action will be taken.
Can Indian residents who are travelling abroad exchange old denominations for the local currency if they have no source for exchange?
As mentioned previously, the notes can only be exchanged in the country. Therefore, those who are travelling abroad will need to wait to return home to India before they can exchange the notes. If you need to use funds, banking cards or traveller’s cheques would be required to purchase local currency.
Can Indian currency be used in Nepal where it is used?
The Indian government had every right to demonetise its currencies. As of now, there is no official declaration about the status of the usage of Indian currency in Nepal. However, the government may take appropriate measures to ensure that currency that needs to be exchangedis done in the legal tender.