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NRI joint accounts, especially NRO Accounts, are an excellent way for NRIs to ensure the financial well-being of their loved ones in India. They may open accounts on a 'former or survivor' or 'either or survivor' basis. NRIs must also adhere to RBI guidelines while opening and operating NRI joint accounts.
When Tara Verma got an opportunity to move to Singapore, she was incredibly excited. But Tara is the sole breadwinner of her family, which comprises her older parents and a younger brother. By moving to Singapore, Tara would be able to lend better financial support to her parents. But since the bank account rules for NRIs are not the same as those for resident Indians, Tara had to find a way to ensure her parents kept receiving money on time. This is when she found out about remittance services and NRO Accounts. If you are in a similar situation as Tara, this article is for you.
The first question on Tara's mind was whether she could open an NRI Joint Account with a resident Indian, her mother, for instance. She quickly learnt that she could.
As an NRI, Tara could open a Joint Account with a resident Indian on a former or survivor basis. Also, she could only open a Non-Resident Ordinary (Rupee) or NRO account, wherein she could deposit her Singapore dollars. The money she deposits is automatically converted into INR.
A former or survivor account is where only one of the Joint Account holders can operate the account. As long as Tara is alive, she will be the designated "Former" account holder, and her mother may operate the account only in the event of Tara's death.
NRIs like Tara also have the option of opening an 'either-or survivor' bank account. As is apparent from the terms, this is an account both Tara and her mother can operate independently when either of them needs to use it.
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Here is how Tara and NRIs like her can open an NRI Joint Account with a resident Indian relative, in this case, her mother.
While Tara can open her NRI Joint Account with her mother, she must adhere to the conditions set forth by the Reserve Bank of India, the central bank of the country. Here are the guidelines she must operate within if she opens a Joint NRI Account.
When she assumes NRI status, Tara can no longer hold an individual resident account. She may either close her existing accounts or convert them to an NRO account. Alternatively, when Tara returns to India in future, she may convert her NRI accounts to Resident accounts conveniently. She simply needs to fill a form and submit the documents mentioned in it to convert her account.
If Tara wishes to send money to her family in India, she can use the NRO Joint Account or utilise online remittance services and send money to their Resident accounts separately from her bank account in Singapore. With NRI Joint Accounts, Tara and other NRIs like her can ensure their families in India are always financially secure.
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