Monday, October 22, 2018

Does NRO Account allows INR deposits and Foreign currency deposits via Cheque or Remittance?

One of the common questions among new NRIs or Indians just went abroad is whether they can deposit rupees in NRO account or not? The short answer to this question is YES, you can deposit INR or Indian rupees into NRO account. In fact, that's the sole purpose of opening an NRO account because you cannot deposit rupees into NRE account.  If you are new to NRI banking facilities available to Non-resident Indians then let me tell you there are two main types of saving accounts NRIs can open in India, NRE (Non-Resident External) and NRO (Non-resident Ordinary).

Sunday, October 14, 2018

5 Difference between L1A and L1B USA Visas

If you are working for an investment bank e.g Barclays or CitiBank or service company like Infosys or TCS and thinking to move to the USA on L1 VISA then but don't know the difference between L1A and L1B USA visas then you have come to the right place. In this article, I'll explain the difference between those two. Many of my friends have moved to the USA on L1A and L1B in last a couple of years hence I have some personal experience talking with them. Similar to H1 VISA, L1 VISA is also a temporary VISA which allows a foreigner to work in the USA.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Is Laptop, Tablets, and Mobile Phones allowed in Checked-In or Cabin baggage?

Yes, Laptop, Mobile Phones, Smartphones or any other Personal Electronic device, also known as PEDs are allowed in both check-in luggage and in cabin luggage in most of the countries. Though, it's general practice to carry mobile phones, laptops, tablets or any other personal electronic device in cabin luggage due to security reasons. Since these devices have a battery which may spark the fire and if they are in check-in luggage it will not be handled properly and in the worst case, it may result in loss of Aircraft. Hence its advised to always carry electronic devices with the battery in cabin luggage.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

How to Calculate Long Term Capital Gain on Property/House Sale With Indexation Example.

Yes, both NRIs and Resident can remit the money obtained by selling properties in India, but you have to take a couple of things in your mind. For example, the sale proceeds amount must be deposited into NRO account, it cannot be deposited into NRE account. Similarly, you may be liable to pay the short term or long term capital gains while selling the property situated in India. If you are selling the property within 3 years of purchase then you need to pay short-term capital gain and if you are selling the house after 3 years then you have to pay long-term capital gains I India. In case you have inherited the property then the date of purchase and price of purchase of the previous owner will be used for calculation.

Friday, October 5, 2018

6 Reasons to invest in National Pension Scheme for Retirement Savings

Retirement Planning is very important in the age of nuclear families and western culture. There was time when Indians never bothered about Retirement Planning or Insurance because they trust that their children particularly Son will take care of them both financially and emotionally, but with nuclear families its not possible anymore. Many elders are living alone nowadays and hence Retirement planning is essential for a relaxing and rewarding retired life.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Should you take personal loan/ balance transfer in Singapore and pay off a home loan in India?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions among Singapore NRI community. I often receive queries from IT professionals working in the city-state who have home loans back in India and thinking to pay off in full or a portion of them by taking a personal loan or credit card balance transfer in Singapore. Well, the idea to take a loan to pay off another loan only make sense if you are getting a cheaper loan and paying off a higher interest loan. Since most of the home loans in India charges around 9.5 to 11% in INR and you can get personal loan on credit card also known as balance transfer in Singapore for as low as 2.5% for 6 month it make a lot of sense to take a personal loan in Singapore and pay off your home loan in India, though there are some risk which you need to consider. For examples, this only make sense if you have the visibility that you will be in Singapore for next 6 month or more.

Monday, September 24, 2018

5 Things NRIs should know before Sending Money to India from Abroad

When a young software engineer gets his first onsite opportunity, whether it's short term or long term, he is full of excitement. Nothing beats the excitement and adventure of going abroad, especially America or Europe. As they settle down there are receive their first month's salary, it can be little difficult for them to send money back home. They are new and not aware of all the options they have for sending money to India. Many of them settled to what they are colleagues are using without doing any research about other options available and whether the option his colleagues are using giving the best value for his money or not.

Monday, September 10, 2018

How Much Foreign Currency NRIs or Foreigners can carry to/from India - Indian Customs Limit for Cash

In the last article, I told you how much Indian currency NRIs are allowed to take Overseas and in this article, I'll talk about how much foreign currency NRIs are allowed to bring India and then take back while going to Overseas. The discussion is also valid for many foreigners and tourists traveling to India. There is no limit to bring foreign exchange in India from the USA, Singapore, Dubai, UK or any other country, barring the local rules which tells how much foreign currency you take without declaring to Immigration or after declaring to customs.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Which is the best family floater health insurance plan in India - LIC vs ICICI Lombard vs Bajaj Allianz Policies

I was searching   for a good health insurance plans for my family recently when I come to know about this "family floater health insurance plans". I have not heard this term before, so I did a bit of research about family floater plans and benefits of taking this type of medical insurance and surprised to know that now you can cover almost all members of your family with just one health insurance plan. This is a big relief because you don't need to buy and maintain separate health insurance plans for different family members, in just once insurance policy you can cover yourself, spouse (wife or husband), children, parents (mom and dad) etc.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

What is difference between an NRI and a PIO?

Though both NRI and POI are used to refers Indians living and working abroad and they have more or less similar rights to open a bank account, buy properties in India and restrictions e.g. not allowed to buy agriculture lands, there is some difference in terms of citizenship and origin. NRI stands for Non Resident Indian, whereas PIO stands for Person of Indian.

An NRI is an Indian citizen who stays outside India:
(a) for purposes of carrying out employment or any business or vocation;
(b) under circumstances indicating an intention to stay outside India for an uncertain duration;
(c) any Indian citizen deputed outside India for a temporary period in connection with employment

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Best Tax Saving Option In India - ELSS Mutual Fund (Equity Linked Saving Scheme)

Many people so much effort to earn money, but they don't put even 10% of that to save money from taxes and expenditure. In my post 10 ways to save money, I have talked about some general saving tips, now here you will learn how to save income tax by investing money in the mutual fund. Though there are many ways to save income tax in India, some of them I have mentioned in my post 13 ways to save tax under section 80C and today we'll talk about one of them, called ELSS. It is a special type of mutual fund which stands for Equity Linked Saving Scheme, money invested in it is exempted from income tax. You can save up to one lacs of money by purchasing ELSS mutual fund. Imagine, you have a package of 10 lacs INR, which puts you on the higher side of income tax rates, by putting some money on ELSS scheme, your taxable income automatically reduces, which sometimes can benefit from lower tax rates as well.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Can NRIs Open NPS (National Pension Scheme) Account in India - Tax Saving Investment

Yes, NRI can now invest in NPS or National Pension Scheme in India. Recently, on July 2015, PFRDA, the Pension regular has clarified that Non Resident Indians (NRIs) can invest in National Pension Scheme (NPS) to save for their retirement and get a social security cover. Earlier, there was some confusion whether NRIs are allowed to put money on NPS or not, but given that NRIs are allowed to invest in mutual fund and insurance, RBI and PFRDA give clarification that NPS is also an eligible investment for NRIs.

Friday, April 13, 2018

NRI's Guide to Banking, Income Tax, Aadhaar Card, and Investment in India - Rules, Regulations and Eligibility

As an India citizen, it's important for an NRI to know it's rights and responsibilities, especially about finance, tax, banking, and investments. When I first moved abroad I have absolutely zero knowledge of any of these with respect to Non Resident Indian and I even thought that NRIs are those who are once a citizen of India but now they have citizenship of other countries, I was totally wrong. Slowly I learned a lot of things about who is NRI and what changes when a resident Indian becomes an NRI and this post is a collection of those points.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

How to Transfer Money to NRE Account from India

If you know about NRI banking facilities and different accounts they can open in India i.e. NRE, NRO, FCNR, and RFC then you know that there are different rules to deposit money on these accounts, but it's not clear to many Non-resident Indians. Most of the doubt comes from the fact that NRE account is a Rupee saving account but you cannot deposit Indian Rupees into It. There are some strict rules to deposit funds into NRE saving accounts.

Monday, March 12, 2018

10 Important Custom and Baggage Rules for NRIs - Indians Returning from Overseas

India is getting prosperous and foreign trip are not the privilege only rich people had in the past. Nowadays, many middle and upper-middle-class  Indians  are traveling abroad for holidays, vacations, honeymoons, study and just for work to nearby countries e.g. Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Thailand etc. Apart from the hassles of Passport and VISA, one more thing which bothers many Indias is the customs rules and the worry about what they can carry back to India without paying customs duty while shopping overseas.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

H-1B VISA May not be extended for those waiting for Green Card( permanent residency) in USA.

One of the big news I have heard this week was the changes in H-1B VISA by Trump administration which can affect as many as 500K Indians living in the USA and working in the technology sector. The H-1B VISA is the most popular way for Indian IT professional to travel the USA. In general, it is first issued for 3 years but can be extended for another 3 years. Which means an individual who goes to the USA on H-1B VISA can stay their as long as 6 years. After that, he has to come back India or go outside the USA for another 1 year before he can come back, but there is a twist.