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    NRI Fixed Deposit

    An NRI fixed deposit is a term deposit opened by a non- resident Indian in one of the Indian banks. Many banks in India offer customized fixed deposit schemes for NRI customers who wish to deposit rupee and foreign currency in Indian banks. NRI fixed deposits offer attractive rates of interest on your savings and help you grow your finance. Compared to normal savings deposits, NRI fixed deposits are high interest yielding financial products. They pay you fixed rates of interest on your deposits until a specified maturity date. Banks in India offer fixed deposits for NRIs at competitive rates of interest for varying tenures.

    Different NRI deposit accounts offered by Indian banks:

    A person living outside India can maintain different types of deposit accounts in India without taking permission from the Reserve Bank of India. A NRI can open such accounts with banks authorized to deal in foreign exchange in India. An NRI fixed deposit account can be opened through three different types of accounts in India. Mentioned below are the three types of accounts an NRI can open in India:

    NRE account:

    NRE account can be opened by an NRI in the form of current, savings, recurring and fixed deposits (FD). For an NRE Account, an NRI needs to maintain a minimum maturity period of one year. NRE accounts can be opened only by the NRI himself/herself, not through any holder of the power of attorney. NRE accounts can be maintained in Indian rupee.

    NRO account:

    Any Indian residing outside India may open an NRO (Non-Resident Ordinary) account with authorized banks for the purpose of carrying out genuine transactions in India. An NRO account can be maintained in the form of current, savings and recurring and term/deposit accounts. Banks have the authority to determine the interest rates for NRO deposits. However, they cannot offer higher rates of interest on NRO deposits than the rates offered on domestic rupee deposits. Like an NRE account, NRO accounts can also be maintained in Indian rupee.

    FCNR account:

    FCNR (Foreign Currency Non-Resident) bank account be opened by an NRI at authorized Indian banks. However, such accounts can be opened only in the form of term deposits for a period of 1 to 5 years. FCNR accounts can be maintained through foreign currency only. In India, mostly all the banks offer uniform rates of interest on term/ fixed deposits offered under NRE, NRO an FCNR accounts.

    Eligibility for NRI fixed deposits:

    The eligibility criteria for opening an NRI fixed deposit account include:

    • NRI fixed deposit can be opened either individually or jointly with other NRIs.
    • You are eligible to open an NRI FD account if you are a non-resident individual of Indian nationality, or of Indian origin.
    Benefits of investing in NRI fixed deposits:
    • Investing in NRI fixed deposits, you can earn greater rates of interest on your savings than a normal savings account.
    • Banks offer premature withdrawal of NRI fixed deposit with prior notification. However, your deposit will qualify for interest only if it is carried on for a stipulated period of time designated by your bank.
    • Certain NRI fixed deposits are non-taxable. For example, a fixed deposit account opened through an NRE account in India is not taxable.
    • NRI fixed deposits can be auto renewed on maturity as per instructions given by you.
    • Many banks offer loan against certain NRI fixed deposits. For example, you can get loan against your NRE fixed deposits opened with Axis Bank.
    • Certain NRI fixed deposits opened through FCNR and NRO account are eligible for tax concession.

    Customer Reviews

    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Fixed deposit with SBI bank is really a great experience for me because am holding both NRI and Indian accounts.The drawback like if I need to withdraw the cash more than 25k means I need to visit the home branch where I opened the account.The differentiate between NRI and Indian account could not be differentiate.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on May 02, 2015
    • Axis Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Average services"
      0.5 2.5/5 "Just OK"
      Initially, I did open NRI fixed deposit in AXIS bank where as of now, its been transferred to India. Interest rate is 9.25% however the settlement which I get finally is not much good. Even there is a drawback where if I broke my fixed deposit, the settlement amount is lower and that too if I do close it after 13 months of time, I get promised amount which is not satisfactory.
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      , pune
      Reviewed on Nov 22, 2014
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