Retirement Planning for NRIs

NRI retirement planning can be more complex than usual. The pressing questions of where to retire and when to retire become harder to answer when more than one country is involved. NRIs might consider retiring in India with retirement savings from abroad. It is important to start planning where and when you would like to be after retirement. The earlier you can start planning will likely lead to better outcomes in all regards. This article is about retirement planning for NRIs. 

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This article covers key features of NRI financial planning. It also includes key features of NRI retirement planning. It lists investment options in India for NRIs. Please read on for a detailed guide to retirement planning for NRIs. 

NRI Financial Planning

Financial Planning could be even more important for NRIs than other people. There are many important decisions that need to be made. These include:

  • You may have moved to a different country to build your life. Now you will have to consider whether you want to retire there or back in India. You will have to weigh the pros and cons of each location. You will have to be clear about what you are looking for in terms of lifestyle after retirement. 
  • How your retirement fund will be affected by the exchange rate and money value fluctuations in the future.
  • Many governments give incentives for retirement saving through tax deductions or credits. You will have to check how taxes will affect your NRI retirement savings
  • As an NRI which investments do you have? Is your portfolio sufficiently diversified in terms of risk?

Also Check:

Union Retirement Fund Growth for NRI

ICICI Prudential Retirement Fund Pure Equity Plan Growth for NRI

Retirement Planning as an NRI

In light of retirement, how should you decide how much to save on a monthly basis? What kinds of investments should you make? Here are some factors to consider.

Longer Life Expectancy

Indians have a longer life expectancy now. This means that retirement planning needs to account for a long time. You need to evaluate how to maintain your lifestyle over this time.

Exchange Rate 

Foreign currency savings or pension funds can be changed to INR. The exchange rate will likely work to your benefit. It is possible at times to transfer a foreign retirement fund to an INR retirement annuity. 


Inflation typically runs higher in emerging economies like India. You must factor in the actual cost of goods and services in the future while making retirement plans.

Things to Consider 

You must decide where you want to retire. Many want to retire in India because the money they earned abroad will give them a better life in India. Secondly, you have to decide when you plan to retire. This will affect many investments in your retirement portfolio. 

However, contributing money each month to a pension fund or retirement annuity is the most typical method of retirement planning. You might have a pension fund in your host nation that can be converted into an annuity denominated in Indian rupees. To optimize the tax and insurance benefits, you might invest in the National Pension Scheme for NRIs.

You must take into consideration the costs related to your retirement objectives. Plan your retirement ahead if you want to go on a trip or start a new pastime. You must have the financial means to retire in a location close to your loved ones’ homes if you desire to do so.

The following investing possibilities are available in India:

Mutual Funds – Monthly income programs and mutual fund schemes are available to NRI investors.

Equities – Through an account connected to either your non-resident external (NRE) account or your non-resident ordinary (NRO) account, you can invest directly in equity.

Fixed Deposits: You can receive tax-free interest on a fixed deposit that is connected to your NRE.

National Pension Scheme – NRIs who invest in this plan receive the same insurance and tax advantages that residents do.

Real estate – An option for NRI investors even though they are not permitted to purchase agricultural property.

Don’t wait until you’re close to retirement to begin saving. At every chance, you should invest and save money. Your retirement savings will work harder and longer for you if you start earlier. Over a lengthy period of time, compound interest is most effective.

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What is an important factor NRIs should consider for retirement?

How your retirement fund will be affected by the exchange rate and money value fluctuations in the future.

What is an incentive for NRIs to retire in India?

The money they have made abroad may give them a higher quality of life in India.

Do Indians have a longer life expectancy now?

Yes. They do.

When should NRIs start saving?

They must not wait until too close to retirement. As early as possible is a good idea. 

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