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Bank Account facilities for NRI
a) Non-Resident (External) Rupee (NRE) Accounts (Principal / Interest Repatriable)

Savings- The interest rates on NRE Savings deposits shall be at the rate applicable to domestic savings deposits. Currently the interest rate is 3.5%.
Term deposits -For 1 year to 3 years, the interest rates on fresh repatriable Non-Resident (External) Rupee (NRE) Term deposits should not exceed the LIBOR/SWAP rates, as on the last working day of the previous month, for US dollar of corresponding maturity plus 50 basis points.

The interest rates as determined above for three year deposits should also be applicable in case the maturity period exceeds three years.
The changes in interest rates will also apply to NRE deposits renewed after their present maturity period.

b) FCNR (B) (Principal/Interest Repatriable)

Deposits of funds in the account may be accepted in such permissible currencies as may be designated by the Reserve Bank from time to time.

Presently the term deposit can be placed with ADs in India in 6 specific foreign currencies (US Dollar, Pound Sterling, EURO, Japanese Yen, Australian Dollar and Canadian Dollar).

Rate of interest - Fixed or floating within the ceiling rate of LIBOR/SWAP rates for the respective currency/corresponding term minus 25 basis points.
Maturity of deposits: 1-5 years.

c) NRO Accounts (Current earnings repatriable)

Savings - Normally operated for crediting rupee earnings / income such as dividends, interest. Currently the interest rate is 3.5 per cent.

Term Deposits - Banks are free to determine interest rates.

d) Repatriation from NRO balances

Authorised Dealers can allow remittance/s upto USD 1 million per financial year (April-March) for bonafide purposes, from balances in NRO accounts subject to payment of applicable taxes. The limit of USD 1 million per financial year includes sale proceeds of immovable properties held by NRIs/PIO

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