Non-Resident Indians living in Kuwait can avail a host of banking services offered by the State Bank of India, such as SBI online banking, NRI investment services, fixed deposits, remittance to India, etc. This article is for the individuals who want to apply for SBI NRI account opening in Kuwait.
SBI NRI account opening in Kuwait
When the status of an Indian citizen changes to NRI, he/ she can’t operate a resident account any more. It is compulsory to open an NRI bank account. State Bank of India offers two types of NRI savings accounts – SBI NRE savings account and SBI NRO savings account. You can open an NRI account in SBI from Kuwait to conduct several online transactions in India such as fund transfers, investment in mutual funds, income tax return filing, home loan application, etc. Here is the process for SBI NRI savings account opening in Kuwait, including documents required and attestation of documents.
How to open SBI NRI account in Kuwait
NRIs can open an SBI account using online and offline methods. You don’t need to visit an SBI branch in Kuwait to open an NRI account. Following are the 2 ways for SBI NRI account opening in Kuwait:
- Apply for SBI NRI account online through the bank’s website or in a branch in India
- Apply for an NRI account in 10 minutes using the SBNRI app
Apply for SBI NRI account online through the bank’s website
Indians living in Kuwait can fill the SBI NRI account opening application form and send it to the Global NRI centre in India. Here is the step by step process:
Step 1: Fill the SBI NRI account opening form online on the bank’s website
- Fill in your personal detail page and save the form. You will receive an NRI Customer Reference Number (NCRN), which you will need later to edit the account application and link customer details in the account information section.
- Now fill in the Additional detail page.
- An email with the NCRN will be sent to you.
Step 2: Complete the account information section
- Fill up the ‘Type of Account’ page and enter your NCRN(s) to link your customer information section.
- Once you save the form, an NARN (NRI Account Reference Number) will be generated. Write down the number for future reference.
- Fill the verification page.
- An email with the NARN and further steps will be sent to you.
Steps after online application completion
Step 1: Click on ‘Download Completed Application’ to download the completed SBI NRI application form online and enter your NARN number and date of birth.
Step 2: Attach passport size photographs of the applicant(s) in the ‘Specimen Signature, Photograph & Third Party Attestation’ section on pages number 3 and 5 respectively. Enclose additional photos of each applicant.
Step 3: Write date and place and put your signature at A1, A2, A3 & A4 for the principal applicant and B1, B2, B2 & B4 for the second applicant.
Step 4: If you are not able to visit a branch of State Bank of India, you will need to get the signatures in the application and all identification documents attested by any of the following entities.
- SBI foreign office
- Notary public
- Indian Embassy / high commission in Kuwait
Step 5: You will have to draw the initial remittance in favor of ‘State Bank of India A/c [Applicant’s Name]’.
You can courier the NRI account opening form and documents to India.
Online NRI account opening through SBNRI app
You can apply for an NRI account online from Kuwait in a couple of minutes without visiting Indian Embassy to get the documents attested. Listed below are the simplest steps to open an NRI account via SBNRI app:
- Download the SBNRI app from the Google Play Store or App Store.
- Sign in using your credentials.
- Click the ‘Open NRI account’ button and select the bank with which you wish to open an NRI bank account from the bank list.
- Scan and upload KYC documents using the in-app scanning feature.
- Click on ‘Apply’ and you are done.
NRIs status proof
- Valid Indian passport/ visa or work permit
- For NRIs with seafarer work profile: any of the following
- Valid job contact
- Continuous discharge certificate (CDC)
- Last payslips substantiating employment with a shipping company (not more than 6 months old)
PIO/ OCI status proof: Any of the following
- Valid PIO/ OCI card
- Parents’/ grandparents’/ spouse’s passport pages that prove their Indian origin
- Marriage certificate showing Indian origin
Identity proof of NRIs/ PIOs/ OCIs
- Passport pages including Name, date of birth, address of the applicant, and issue and expiry date of the passport
Current address proof of the applicant (NRIs/ PIOs/ OCIs): Any of the following
- Pages of passbook including overseas address as applicable
- National identity card issued by the government of your country of residence
- Driving license issued abroad
- Utility bill (electricity/ water/ gas/ telephone)
- Original overseas bank account proof
- Address proof of any of the blood relatives (parents, spouse, siblings, children)
- NRIs with seafarer work profile can give either his/ her employer’s overseas address proof or Indian address proof
Permanent address proof for NRIs: Any of the following
- Driving license
- Voter’s ID card
- Aadhaar card
- NREGA job card
Permanent address proof for PIOs/ OCIs
- Relevant pages of passport
Individuals who are not visiting the SBI branch to open an NRI account need to provide any of the following documents:
- Cancelled/ paid cheque of the overseas bank account
- Cheque drawn on the overseas bank account
- Income proof/ salary slips/ income tax return
- Passport size photographs – 2
Visit SBI branch to open an NRI account
If you are in India, you can visit a branch of State Bank of India to open an NRI account. SBI also has representative offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. You can visit the SBI Foreign Office or associated Exchange House to submit the NRI account opening application form.
SBI NRI savings account types
SBI NRE savings account
SBI NRE (Non-Resident External Account) is opened to park funds generated outside India by an NRI. You can download the SBI NRE account opening form online from the bank’s official website.
SBI NRO savings account
You can open an SBI NRO (Non-Resident Ordinary) account to deposit and maintain your Indian income such as pension, funds, rental income, etc. NRI can open a joint NRO account with a resident Indian.
Here are the key features of SBI NRI savings accounts, including SBI NRI account minimum balance requirements, SBI NRI account interest rates, etc.
|SBI NRI Account Type||NRE (Non-Residential External) Account||NRO (Non-Resident Ordinary) Account|
|Purpose||For overseas earnings of an NRI||For income earned in India by an NRI|
|Minimum balance||SBI NRI account minimum balance in NRE account should be Rs. 1 lakh for metro and urban areas and Rs. 50,000 for semi-urban and rural areas||SBI NRO account minimum balance in NRE account should be Rs. 1 lakh for metro and urban areas and Rs. 50,000 for semi-urban and rural areas|
|Interest rate||2.70% p.a.||2.70% p.a.|
|Taxability||Tax-free in India||Interest earned in SBI NRO account is taxable|
|Repatriability||Funds are fully repatriable||Interest earned in SBI NRO account is repatriable after payment of applicable taxes|
Due to lots of information and documentation required to apply for NRI accounts, NRI account opening process is lengthy and cumbersome elsewhere. You can download SBNRI App to apply for online NRI account opening with nominal documentation in just 10 minutes.
You can open an NRE account in SBI from Kuwait online as well as offline. To apply for an NRI account opening in SBI online, you can visit the official website of the bank and fill the SBI NRE account opening form and submit it at a branch in India by courier. If you are in India, you can visit a branch of the bank to open an SBI NRE account.
Individuals from the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region can contact the following numbers:
– Bahrain: 80-801-724
– Oman: 800-757-92
– Qatar: 00800-100-157
– Saudi Arabia: 800-814-4209
– UAE: 800-091-190-05
– In general branches: As per minimum average balance (MAB) criteria
– In personal banking branches: SBI NRI account minimum account balance requirement is Rs. 1 lakh for metro/ urban areas and Rs. 50,000 for rural/ semi-urban areas