Can OCI Invest in Mutual Funds in India?

Overseas Citizens of India or OCIs enjoy almost the same rights as Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in terms of account opening, income tax filing and investing in India. Since NRIs can invest in mutual funds in India, OCIs can also invest in mutual funds in India as long as they follow FEMA guidelines of the RBI. Here is how an OCI can invest in mutual funds in India.

Can OCI invest in Mutual Funds in India?

Yes, overseas citizens of India can invest in mutual funds in India after completing the KYC process. However, a few mutual fund houses don’t accept investments from NRIs and OCIs based out of the USA and Canada.

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Can OCI Invest in Mutual Funds in India?
Can OCI Invest in Mutual Funds in India?

OCIs/ NRIs can download SBNRI App to choose from 3000+ mutual fund schemes in India or to ask any questions related to mutual fund investment.

SBNRI is an authorised Mutual Fund Distributor platform & registered with Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI). ARN No. 246671

How can OCIs Invest in Mutual Funds in India

Just like NRIs, OCI card holders need to open any of the NRI accounts with an Indian bank to invest mutual funds:

  • NRE account
  • NRO account
  • FCNR account

NRE account: An NRE account is meant for OCIs and NRIs who want to save and manage their foreign earnings in India. OCIs can use an NRE account to invest in mutual funds in India on a repatriable basis.

NRO account: OCIs can open an NRO account, or convert their resident account to NRO account, to manage their income generated in India.OCIs can use an NRO account to invest in mutual funds on non-repatriable basis.

FCNR account: FCNR account is a Foreign Currency Non-Repatriable deposit account where OCIs and NRIs can deposit their overseas earnings in one of the six acceptable currencies like USD, GBP, E[l0p-uro, CAD, AUD, and JPY.

After setting up any of the NRI accounts, OCIs can start investing in mutual funds in India through any of the following methods.

1. Conventional method

2. SBNRI App

Conventional method

1. Get your KYC done

To invest in mutual funds in India, an NRI/ OCI must complete the KYC process. Complete the following steps to start investing in mutual funds in India as an OCI. 

  • KYC form: Submit the duly filled KYC form and documents to the SEBI registered intermediate by courier/ post.
  • Documents: OCI investors need to submit the following documents for mutual fund investment in India: 
  • Overseas address proof
  • Indian address proof
  • A copy of your passport
  • Recent photographs
  • Copy of PAN card
  • Bank statement
  • Attestation: Get your KYC documents attested by any of the following authorized entities: authorized officials of overseas branches of scheduled commercial banks registered with the RBI, judge/ court magistrate, Public Notary, or the Indian Embassy/Consulates in the country of your residence.
  • In-Person Verification: In-person verification or IPV is a mandatory step for investment in mutual funds for OCIs. You can reach out to the official representative of the mutual fund house to complete the process via video conferencing. 

Use SBNRI App to Invest in MF Online

OCIs can download the SBNRI app to invest in mutual funds in India. The app is exclusively designed for NRIs/OCIs to help them open NRI bank account, invest in mutual funds and othe rasset classes, and file taxation in India from the country of their residence. Here are a few simple steps:

  • Download the SBNRI app and complete the following steps.
  • Complete your KYC as an NRI: Type in your personal details and attach supporting documents, like:
  • PAN Number
  • Overseas address proof: Any of – Water/ electricity bill, postpaid mobile/ internet bill, rent agreement, driving license, etc.
  • Passport – front and back
  • Passport size photograph
  • Signature

If all details are correct, your KYC will be approved within 7 to 8 business days.

  • Onboarding: After KYC, you need to share the following details to complete onboarding process and start investing:
  • City and country of birth
  • NRE/ NRO bank account statement/ canceled cheque for the latest 3 months
  • Nominee details

Mutual funds for OCIs from the US and Canada

Not all mutual fund houses offer mutual funds for NRIs/OCI from the US and Canada due to the FATCA. OCIs from these countries must be aware of additional document requirements also.

Mutual fund houses that accept investment in India from OCIs based in the US and Canada are as under:

  • Nippon India Mutual Funds
  • UTI Mutual Fund
  • Navi Mutual Fund
  • PPFAS Mutual Fund
  • Axis Mutual Fund
  • Aditya Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund
  • SBI Mutual Fund
  • ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund

How to Redeem?

The process of redeeming mutual units varies from one fund house to another. Mutual fund investment can be redeemed by following the redemption procedure mentioned by the fund house where you have investment. The mutual fund house will credit the corpus (investment + gains) you are due to get after fund redemption to your account post deduction of applicable taxes. The proceeds will be credited to the respective NRE or NRO bank account of the investor. You can receive a cheque for the same.

Can OCI invest in mutual funds is one of the commonly asked questions by people. Before investing in the Indian market, OCI must consult market experts to make informed decisions. 

Wrapping it Up

At SBNRI, we always strive to simplify NRI investment in India and hence have partnered with AMCs and banks. You can get detailed mutual fund advisory from experts at SBNRI. You can download SBNRI App from the Google Play Store or App Store to ask any questions related to mutual fund investment, NRI account opening online and tax filing in India. To ask any questions related to Mutual Funds, click on the button below. Also visit our blog and YouTube channel for more details. 

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