Good News for NRIs – NRIs holding demonetized notes, can now exchange the old Rs. 500 & Rs. 1000 notes and deposit them at RBI Offices till June 30, 2017, in order to allow them adequate time to plan a visit as per their convenience. NRIs who were not present in India from November 9 till December 30, 2016, will be allowed to deposit the demonetized notes at RBI Offices located in Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata & Nagpur.
Please Note: OCI Holders or PIO Holders may not be considered as NRIs. They may be treated as foreign citizens. It is still unclear about how OCI / PIO Holders and Foreign Citizens can exchange the old currency notes.
Maximum Rs. 25,000 can be imported
The NRIs traveling to India can only exchange up to Rs. 25,000 per person in demonetized currencies and also has a limit fo Rs. 25,000 in demonetized notes to bring into india per person.
Demonetized notes must be declared to Customs
Every NRIs coming into India will have to declare to customs authorities at the airport. A false declarations or hiding the demonetized currency while traveling in to India can lead to a fine of Rs. 50,000 or 5 times fine of the cancelled currency being imported in to India, whichever is higher. Once you arrive at the airport, there are specific custom counters for currency declaration in the arrival hall. The Customs will issue a Currency Declaration Form Certificate (See sample) after physically verifying the currency notes that you may need while depositing them at the RBI Branches.
Penalties for holding cancelled notes
The ordinance to extinguish the Reserve Bank of India’s liability in respect of cancelled Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes will come into force from December 31, prescribing penalty for anyone found to be holding and or dealing in these notes beyond a threshold. Not more than 10 notes of demonetized currency can be held after December 30, which will invite a fine of Rs 10,000 or five times the amount sized.
Deposit the Notes in to RBI
In order to deposit the outdated Indian currency notes in to RBI, you will need to visit one of the RBI branches in in Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata & Nagpur. you will need the below documents to deposit the notes
- A KYC compliant form
- A duly filled Annexure Form by RBI
- Original passport showing the immigration stamps as a proof of absence.
- A certificate issued by Indian Customs on Arrival declaring the amount of currency notes you are carrying inside the country. See Sample
- Copies of the bank statements in India in which the money will be deposited.
- PAN Card along with a copy of PAN card. In case you do not have the PAN card, you can fill out Form 60
Few things to keep in mind
- NRIs/OCI/PIO card holders are not permitted to send the bank notes through postal channels or my any mailing service to family and relatives in India.
- This provision is not applicable to Indian residents residing in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Pakistan
- The deposit will be permitted by RBI subject to scrutiny of the documents submitted, fulfillment of the Terms & Conditions of the Scheme, and Genuineness of the notes tendered
- The Bank Notes must be deposited by the account holder in person. They cannot be deposited by a Third Party or any family member.