Can NRI`s Become Directors in Indian Films?

Many Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) have the ambition to take their business to the next level by making an investment in India. But often, they face a myriad of questions with regard to the rules and regulations surrounding NRI investments in India. One question that NRIs are often asking is – “Can NRIs become directors in Indian firms?” In this blog post, we will answer this question and talk more about NRI investments in India. We will discuss the requirements and restrictions placed on NRIs when it comes to becoming a director in an Indian firm, as well as the advantages and disadvantages associated with such investments. 

By the end of this article, you should know whether or not you can become a director in an Indian firm.

Conditions for an NRI to be a director

NRIs are not allowed to be directors in certain types of companies in India. These include companies that are engaged in agriculture, real estate, or other sectors that the Indian government has deemed to be “strategic.” In order to become a director in an Indian company, an NRI must first obtain approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Documentation required

In order to become a director in an Indian firm, NRIs will need to submit the following documentation:

  1. A duly completed and signed application form.
  2. A copy of their valid passport.
  3. A copy of their visa or another residency permit.
  4. A copy of their latest bank statement or utility bill showing their current address.
  5. A curriculum vitae detailing their education and work experience.
  6. An introductory letter from their bank or financial institution

Advantages of NRIs being directors of Indian firms

The advantages of NRIs being directors of Indian firms are many and varied. 

  • For one, NRIs bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise from their home countries – This can be a valuable asset for Indian firms looking to expand their businesses internationally. 
  • Additionally, NRIs often have strong networks in their home countries, which can be used to help promote and sell Indian products and services. 
  • Finally, NRIs can provide a valuable cultural perspective to Indian firms, helping them to understand better and serve their international customer base.

What is the Procedure to Appoint NRIs as Directors of Indian Companies?

The procedure to appoint NRIs as directors of Indian companies is relatively simple. 

First, the company must obtain approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). 

Second, the company must file a notice with the Registrar of Companies (ROC) specifying the appointment of the NRI director. 

Third, the NRI director must file an affidavit with the ROC stating that they are not disqualified from holding such office under any law for the time being in force. 

Finally, the company must file its board resolution appointing the NRI director with the ROC.

Rules and Regulations for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) as Directors of Indian Companies

The Companies Act, 2013 (“Act”) and the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (“FEMA”) provide for certain rules and regulations for NRIs as directors of Indian companies.

  • Appointment of NRIs as directors:


  1. Section 651(A) of the Act read with Regulation 40A of the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rules, 2014 provides that a person shall not be qualified to be appointed as a director of a company unless he is an individual who is a citizen of India or a body corporate which is incorporated in India.
  2. Further, section 651(B) of the Act provides that nothing contained in clause (a) shall apply to—


  1. An appointment by way of casual vacancy; or
  2. An appointment in accordance with the articles of the company relating toSub-section (1) of section 160; or
  3. An appointment under clause (f) or clause (g) or sub-section (5A)of section 220; or
  4. Valid till the first appointment of a director in case of a new company formed by reconstruction under Part IX;] e. The re-appointment of any such person as may have been allowed to continue as a director under sub-section (4).
  1. In view of the above provisions, it may be concluded that an NRI

Rules and Regulations for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) as Directors of Indian Companies

As a Non-Resident Indian (NRI), you are allowed to serve as a director on the board of an Indian company. However, there are certain rules and regulations that you must follow in order to do so.

First and foremost, you must obtain prior approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) before taking up any directorship in an Indian company. This is because NRIs are not allowed to hold more than 10% of the shares in an Indian company.

Secondly, you must comply with the Companies Act, 2013 which states that at least one-half of the directors on the board of an Indian company must be resident Indians. This means that if there are two NRIs on the board, there must be at least four resident Indians.

Finally, as an NRI director, you will be subject to all the laws and regulations of India just like any other director. This includes compliance with corporate governance requirements and disclosure of interests in different companies, among others.

NRI directors have become a major part of the Indian business scene. In fact, there are over 35% NRI directors in India today. The number is expected to rise to 50% by 2030.

But what are the requirements? What are the factors that make an NRI a good candidate for becoming a director? There are certain qualities that make up a successful executive, and these include:

  • Being an effective communicator and persuader
  • Being an effective decision maker
  • Being able to work with different people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Having excellent organizational skills and planning ability
  • Being able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Having the ability to think strategically and creatively
  • Being able to work under pressure and handle stress -Having strong leadership skills
  • Being able to work well with people from different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences
  • Having the ability to handle pressure and make decisions under stress
  • Having a good understanding of how business works and how organizations function
  • Being able to manage projects effectively, on time, and within budget
  • Being able to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Having good people skills
  • Understanding how businesses work and how organizations function
  • Having the ability to work under pressure and handle stress
  • Having strong leadership skills

In conclusion, it can be seen that NRIs are not yet a major factor in the Indian boardroom. However, with the increasing levels of education among NRI professionals, this may change in the future. It is also important to note that despite being a minority group, NRI directors can have an impact on the corporate governance of their firms by bringing a more international perspective and business acumen.