NRI Zone

Welcome to the NRI Zone

The following information is provided for general information only. However, in view of the individual nature of the implications, each investor is advised to consult with his or her own tax Advisors / Authorised dealers with respect to the specific tax and other implications arising out of his or her participation in the schemes.

A Non Resident Indian ( NRI )means a person who is an Indian citizen or a person of Indian origin who stays abroad for employment/carrying on business or vocation outside India or stays abroad under circumstances indicating an uncertain duration of stay abroad.

A Person of Indian Origin (PIO) is a foreign national who is of Indian origin e.g. previously held Indian citizenship, or was born in India, or his or her parents were Indian citizens. This is a status therefore associated with citizenship and not residence. A PIO may be living in India or overseas.

FII means an institution established or incorporated outside India, which proposes to make investments in Indian securities and is registered with SEBI.

NRIs / Persons of Indian Origin / FIIs are entitled to invest in Mutual Fund schemes in India.

To invest in Indian Mutual Funds, the NRI has to open any one of the following three kinds of accounts through the banks who provide such facility. They are:

  • Non-Resident (External) Rupee (NRE) accounts are Rupee accounts from which funds are freelyrepatriable. They can be opened with either funds remitted from abroad or local funds transferred from NRE/FCNR accounts, which can be remitted abroad.
  • Non-resident Ordinary Rupee (NRO) accounts are Rupee accounts and can be opened with funds either remitted from abroad or generated in India. The amount in such accounts is non-repatriable. However, funds in NRO accounts can be remitted abroad subject to/as per various directives in force at the time of repatriation. More details can be found on the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) website
  • Foreign Currency Non Resident(FCNR) accounts are similar to the NRE account except that the funds are held in permitted foreign currency like USD, GBP, JPY, EUR, CAD and AUD and that it can be obened only in the form of term deposits with a maturity of upto five years.

No special approval is required.NRIs/FIIs have been granted a general permission by RBI [Schedule 5 of the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident Outside India) Regulations, 2000] for investing in /redeeming units of the schemes subject to conditions set out in the aforesaid regulations. However, PIO's need to attach a copy of the PIO card with the application form at the time of investing.

An NRI cannot make the investment in foreign currency. He needs to give a Rupee cheque from his NRE/ NRO bank account in India. He may also send a Rupee cheque from abroad payable in a bank in India. However, for an NRI to invest, it is mandatory that he maintains a bank account in India.

The Overseas address is mandatory for NRI Investors. The Local address is optional and can be given as a communication address.

A Common Application Form duly completed, together with cheques or bank drafts should be submitted at Investor Service Centres of Sundaram Mutual Fund. All cheques/demand drafts accompanying the application form must be made in favour of the scheme names. For e.g to invest in Sundaram Select Midcap Fund, the cheque should be drawn in favour of the scheme i.e. “Sundaram Select Mid Cap Fund and crossed "A/c payee" only and should be made payable at a city where the application is accepted by any Sundaram Mutual Fund Investor Service Centres. The investor may alternatively apply for units if he has an I-Pin at our website

Subscription should be videcheques or bank drafts drawn from their NRE/NRO accounts in India.This must be, accompanied by an FIRC (Foreign Inward Remittance Certificate) or a BC (Banker's Cetrificate). This is towards the proof that, the amount is out of NRE/NRO A/c of the investor. These instruments must be payable at any of our branch locations. The allotment will be based on the date and time of receipt of such requests at these branch locations.

If subscriptions are received with an outstation cheque (not payable at the location at which the application is lodged), the allotment will be based on the date of realization of credit into our Account.

Sundaram Mutual Fund has also introduced the 'Invest Online' facility on website NRI's can experience the world of online convenience at a click and avail the following benefits:

  • Get a portfolio one view across all your folios,
  • Online Transact: Purchase, Switch, Redeem and more..,
  • Generate account statements, track past transactions,

The Purchase will be based on the date and time of receipt of the request either at Chennai or at any of our branchesor SBNPFS Investor Service Centres. If received before 3 pm on any stock market working day/business day, units will be allotted based on the net asset value( NAV ) of that day. Any applications received after 3 PM will be allotted units based on the NAV of the next business day.

For further details on applicable NAV and cut-off time, please refer the Scheme Information Document of the respective schemes.

With effect from 1st October 12, for subscription value of Rs.2 lakhs and above, units will be allotted only on the date of funds realization and available for utilization by the scheme.

The Investor can redeem offline by submitting a duly signed redemption request at any of our branches or at the branches of Sundaram BNP Paribas Fund Services ( SBNPPFS ), our Registrar and Transfer Agent. Redemption will be processed based on the date and time of receipt of the request either at Chennai or at any of our branches or SBNPFS Investor Service Centre. If received before 3 PM on any stock market working day redemption will be based on the NAV of that day. Any applications received after 3 PM will be redeemed, based on the NAV of the next business day

Redemption proceeds will be paid by cheque/direct credit. The cheque will be payable to the first unitholder and will include the bank account number. Alternatively the redemption proceeds will be credited directly to the investor’s bank account. This facility is available with select banks as mentioned in our application forms. Redemption proceeds/repurchase price and/or dividend or income earned (if any) will be payable in Indian Rupees only. The fund will not be liable for any loss due to exchange fluctuations, while converting the Rupee amount into US Dollar or any other currency.

NRI Investors can seek repatriation of the redemption proceeds on their investment where the investment is made through approved banking channels or by debit to their NRE / FCNR Account.

No, Units cannot be redeemed or allotted on the basis of fax applications. A request that lacks a valid signature cannot be processed due to legal restrictions.

Balances held in NRE accounts can be repatriated abroad freely, whereas funds in NRO accounts cannot be remitted abroad but have to be used only for local payments in rupees. Funds due to the non-resident accountholder which do not qualify, under the Exchange Control regulations, for remittance outside India are required to be credited to NRO accounts.

Type of Account Currency Repatriable/Non-Repatriable
NRE-Non Resident External INR Freely Repatriable
NRO-Non Resident External INR Non Repatriable
FCNR-Foreign Currency Non Resident USD, GBP, JPY, EUR, CAD and AUD Repatriable

The tax treatment for NRI investors with respect to Mutual Fund investments is the same that is applicable for Resident Investors except that applicable tax would be deducted at source for NRIs.

TDS certificate is issued in the name of the investor mentioning the details of the transaction and the tax deducted. The TDS certificate is commonly known as Form16 A.

The digitally signed TDS Certificates (Form 16A) are dispatched to the investors a month after redemption is effected, to the address registered with us.

Yes, if units are held for more than 12 months i.e. on long-term capital gains. However, this is not applicable for equity schemes.

Yes, unlike banks where a POA holder cannot open an account on behalf of the NRI/FIIs, in a mutual fund the POA has the authority to invest on behalf of the investor and sign documents for initial and additional purchases as well as redemptions.

While applying for purchase of units, the POA holder needs to submit the original POA or a duly notarized copy. The Power of attorney should contain the signature of both the first holder and the POA holder. Only when the POA is registered does the POA holder have the right to transact on behalf of the NRI/FII investor. His signature will be verified for processing any transaction/request.