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Life Insurance for NRIs: Everything you need to know

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With the insurance sector maturing vastly over the last few years, people are becoming more and more aware about the importance and absolute vitality of insurance policies (both health and life). Indian citizens have rendered themselves proactive and with the constant help of financial advisors, planning in advance has become ever more easy.

Surge of NRIs in India:

With an increase in the number of Non-Resident Indians wanting to invest in Insurance policies in India, the platform has become extremely expansive. A Person of Indian Origin or PIO and a Non-Resident Indian has the full liberty to buy a life insurance policy in India to assure their lives. Multiple insurance firms and companies have now begun to re-strategise their policies to suit the needs of PIOs and NRIs.

As most of you must be aware, a term insurance plan is essentially a pure protection policy, and hence makes the most sense to be purchased for the security of an entire family. Multiple insurance companies in India have various term plans that are completely suitable to the needs of an NRI or a PIO. With the help of a questionnaire, this kind of an insurance policy can be bought in a jiffy. They are not entirely different in their structure, however individuals may customise their policies as per their needs.

However, in India, currently a handful of insurance companies have a streamlined system in place to help the NRIs with their policies. Whatever requirements are there, whether it be a medical test or simple documentation, the employees of these companies will always be at your service. Given below are few of the firms who have a systemised structure in place:

  1. LIC or Life Insurance Corporation of India
  2. Max Life Insurance
  3. ICICI Prudential Life Insurance
  4. Kotak Life Insurance

NRIs may also choose from certain insurance policies that depend wholly on the country where the person is residing currently, their age, and other valid information.

Location:

If you are an NRI seeking life insurance policies in India, then you should bear in mind the fact that your geographical location will not be taken into account for doing so. However, for the medical test, you might need to visit the place of origin.

No Extra Premiums Whatsoever:

If the risks involved are more or less the same, then there will be no difference in the premium rate of resident and non-resident Indians. The premium cost will be impacted if the involved risk is increased for some reason.

Digital Payment:

An NRI can opt to pay digitally through a foreign nation’s remittance, or a bank account with an Non-resident ordinary (NRO) nature, and through a Non-resident (NRE)/Foreign Currency Non-Repatriable (FCNR) account.

Benefits such as death and maturity can also be deposited through the above-mentioned methods. If you are paying the premiums in a foreign currency, your proceeds will be rendered wholly repatriable. However, this will not bear any effect on the policy or the proceeds status whatsoever.

Life Cycle of a Life Insurance Policy

Life, as we know it, is essentially divided into four stages. In a similar fashion, a life insurance policy will also have its phases and each phase will have its own prerequisites and features.

Mentioned below are the essential stages of life insurance policies that in turn coincide with the stage of life an individual is in.

  1. No Insurance for Early Life:

  2. In the absolute nascent stage of our lives, we are the ones who depend on elders, and hence are known as dependants. The primary reason for people to invest in a life insurance policy is to protect their loved ones in case there is an emergency or an unforeseen event occurring in the future. At a fairly young age, children do not need life insurance policies as they are the ones who act as dependants. However, parents have the choice to invest in a plan for their children, which will typically aim at generating funds for the child’s education.

  3. Insurance for Young Adulthood:

  4. This phase of life insurance typically begins when you complete your basic education and want to continue studying. You might want to move to another city/country, take up a part-time job, or simply travel. At this stage you have limited responsibilities and your focus is on your own life. Therefore, investing in a minimal life insurance policy is a reasonable choice at this point in time. However, this stage can also be considered as the time when you invest in assets on a long-term basis, for example, a car. This particular phase typically lasts till one reaches the age of 25.

  5. Insurance for Old Adulthood:

  6. This phase is usually the time when people think of settling down and having a family. Therefore, a more elaborate and comprehensive cover is what people opt for. This is also the time when people start investing generously for a secure future. Some may choose to buy a term insurance whereas others might choose to stick to a standard life insurance policy. Whatever the case may be, buying a policy at this stage is imperative.

  7. Insurance for Old Age:

  8. This is the time when individuals usually find themselves with increased disposable income, since most of their loans have been paid off. And with reduced responsibilities, it is a good plan to invest in a limited life insurance cover. People at this stage can also opt for a comprehensive retirement plan so that a lack of financial security does not become a burden in the future.

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Life Insurance for NRIs Reviews

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  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Must Have"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Its is feasible and I can get the loan based on the policy coverage. I took the Jeevan anand policy probably I make the premium around Rs. 15,000 per year it has term of 20 years, Almost I paid it for 15 years , remaining 5 years to go. LIC Is good for tax benefits.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • SBI Life Life Insurance
    "Excellent Policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I had taken this insurance policy a long time back, the services which they had been very good. The premium amount has been nominal and has not been high and the payment method has been simple. I can make the payments using my credit card and there has not been any hassle faced with the services of them.
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    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Excellent service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have been holding my life insurance with Life insurance corporation of India, i took my life insurance as the agent of that and he had suggested me good policy explain me well about the coverage and the premium amount they have charged me was nominal they have given me up to 3,000 , it is in monthly basis, and the premium amount gets auto debited from my account.
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    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have been holding my life insurance with Life insurance corporation of India from long time, and the agent of LIC was know person so he suggested me best policy and there premium amount they have given me was nominal , the premium amount i use pay on yearly basis,and there is no hidden charged , and i pay premium through auto debit .
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    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Excellent service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have been holding my life insurance with Life Insurance corporation of India,i took jeevan anand policy , and the agent is my brother , he had explained me clearly and advise me which insurance is good for me and i pay premium on half yearly basis and monthly basis as i have two policy, i use to pay through off line mode.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Best service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have been holding my life insurance with Life Insurance corporation of India,i took life endowment policy , and the agent had properly explain me out the plan benefits and policy coverage , he had explained me clearly and advise me which insurance is good for me and i pay premium on quarterly basis,i use to pay premium up to 14000 through on line, i have two policy second policy premium i use to pay 25,000 as an yearly basis,and there patrol is good,they use to update me if any policy they use to update me, i use to pay through on line mode, through neft transfer.
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    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have been using my life insurance with Life insurance corporation of India, i have taken policy for my family , i have paying premium on half yearly basis up to 65,000 they have charged me , it is nominal for me , i use to pay through off line or on line mode,it depends according to my time, it i want to pay in emergency purpose i need to pay through on line,if there is delay in paying premium they use to charged me up to 230 rupees.
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    , lucknow
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • Bharti Axa Life Life Insurance
    "Good for nominee savings"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Reason to chose Bharthi Axa, my friend working there hence I took the policy. I have taken term insurance with the coverage of Rs.23 lakhs , I can add multiple nominees, I make the premium of Rs.95,000 its for per annum. It has term of 10 years, now a days they have different options too.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • HDFC Life Life Insurance
    "Excellent service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have been holding my life insurance with HDFC LIFE INSURANCE recently in december , they have charge me nominal premium for a yearly basis, and it use to get through on line , and there agent was good they help me to get good policy and they use to update me if any update is there in this policy time to time.
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    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good for future investment"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I don't have any query with Money back policy from LIC, they has all the option through online hence I can visit any branch for LIC queries. I get the bulk amount after 20 years , its good for my daughter marriage or education. therefore I make Rs.30,000 per annum.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good for education purpose"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Long back I done LIC, I was taken education policy for my daughter, I took for it 21 years, I need to pay the premium upto 18 years, then I get 20% of amount every two year once for my daughter education purpose, everything is online, I make the premium around Rs. 40k per annum.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • HDFC Life Life Insurance
    "Excellent service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have been using my life insurance with HDFC LIFE,there service is good, i use to pay my premium on yearly basis , they have charged me up to 5000 rupees ,i use to pay through on line , they are not taken any extra charges,the agent had explain me clearly about there policy coverage.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good for tax benefits with safe investment"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have one LIC Policy for Rs. 60,000 in an annual basis I make the premium, its good for the tax benefits. The policy which I took is jeevan anand has the policy term of 20 years. However it has the locking period of three years. I can view the statement through online.
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    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Average"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I have chosen 2 policies, long term and money back. LIC is good but they will provide the information only If I request them. Paying monthly 2500 rupees through ECS. I did not see any benefits and have no access for online. Every 5 years once they are giving bonus on the money back plan.
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    , hosur
    Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good policy"
    0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
    I have taken 4 policies with LIC from long back. Its a mixed of endowment, money back and life insurance policy for family. I am satisfied with the benefits. If there is any problem I can manage the account online. I pay the premium by cash or cheque, its hardly around 1300 or 1400 rupees every quarterly and also monthly premium has been done.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have a life insurance policy with LIC and it was taken almost now 10 years through an agent. The tenure period is 21 years and its a JEEVAN ANAND. The benefits are quite good. I never contacted the customer service, I go through with an agent. I make the premium through online every quarter.
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    , thiruvananthapuram
    Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
  • IDBI Federal Life Insurance
    "I feel I should have taken a better product"
    0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
    I have taken IDBI Federal Incomesurance policy 6 yrs back, premium of Rs 1.2 Lakh/yr, for 15 yrs . Life Coverage only 18.3 lakh, I will get only 1.8 Lakh per year for 10 yrs at end of term, which is meagre by any std. I am not able to come out of it as I will be loosing heavily. I am retiring after three years and after that I have to pay for another 5 years to get this benefit (yrly payout) . I do not know what to do.
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    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 13, 2019
  • HDFC Life Life Insurance
    "Very Good Service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I had taken this insurance policy almost five years back and i had been paying the premium on an annual basis. The premium amount was not too high and the payment method has been easy as well. There has not been any issues faced with the services of them so far.
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    , coimbatore
    Reviewed on Jan 13, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Good for me and for my nominees"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have purchased Jeevan anand policy with LIC, my policy has the tenure period of 20 years. As per my policy I need to pay the premium for 15 years, I make Rs. 30,000 per annuam. At last I get the premium cover upto Rs. 20 lakhs and one other good benefits even after the policy expiry there is a maturity benefits of 14 lakhs will provide to the nominees for certain demise its good. But I suggest they need more improvement on the customer support,
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    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 11, 2019
  • LIC Life Insurance
    "Trusted Insurance Company"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    It was taken the policy with LIC in month of 2014, they have good reputation and my relative is working as an agent. To secure my family I took this policy, the policy which I am holding it for 25 years, I will be getting the maturity after the tenure period.
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    , kolkata
    Reviewed on Jan 11, 2019
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