NRI Demat Account

Demat accounts are used by investors to buy and sell securities in the dematerialized form. The main difference between a regular trading account and a Demat account is that the former involves the physical delivery of shares while the latter does not. Therefore, it is easier for NRIs to open a Demat Account than to deal with the complicated procedures involved in opening a regular trading account.

Can NRIs hold a Demat account in India?

Yes, NRIs can hold a Demat account in India. To open an NRI Demat account, the following conditions must be met:

  • You need to be an Indian passport holder. If you are not a citizen of India and do not possess an Indian passport, then you will have to apply for renunciation of citizenship before opening any Demat accounts in India.
  • You need to be a resident of India (or have been staying here for at least three years as of date). If your stay abroad exceeds this period or if you have never been residing outside India before coming back after being out on travel/work purposes etc., then it may take months before they can receive their papers confirming that they are now allowed to use this facility again if ever needed later down the line once more people start doing so too!


What is a Demat Account?

A Demat Account is a securities account in which securities are held electronically. It is similar to an NRI Demat Account but with one big difference: the dematerialized securities are held in the same vault where they were previously kept physically. This process of converting physical securities into electronic form, called dematerialization, was first introduced by banks in 1972 and became mandatory for all banks by 1982.

The DP acts as custodian of all your investments and issues receipts or settlement notices if required before you can withdraw them from the bank account on which they were originally deposited; this ensures that no third party accesses them without your permission. 

Types of Demat Accounts

A Demat account is a depository account that allows you to hold, trade, and transact your securities. It is an electronic book entry system for holding securities. There are two types of Demat Accounts in India viz., NRI Demat Account (Non-Resident Indian Depository) and Foreigner’s Demat Account (FD). Both these accounts have similar features but different natures due to which they can be opened either by NRIs or Non-Resident Indians (NRIs).

How does a Demat Account work?

A Demat account is a financial instrument that allows you to trade in securities. It’s similar to an NRE account but has more flexibility and freedom, allowing you to buy and sell stocks and bonds without having to pay any commissions or fees.

A Demat account lets you buy shares directly from the market without having them transferred into your main bank account first (as with an NRE). This means that once you’ve bought your stocks/bonds/shares on the exchange, they will be available for withdrawal straight away instead of being held back by banks until later when they can be transferred into your main bank account.

Can NRIs open Trading and Demat Account in India?

Yes, NRIs can open a trading and Demat account in India. You need to be a resident of India for at least 182 days in the 12 months preceding the date of application. You can open an account by submitting a duly filled Application Form along with any other documents required. 

Trading and Demat Restrictions on NRIs

  • You can’t trade equity shares, derivatives, and mutual funds.
  • You can’t trade bonds.
  • You can’t buy commodities unless you are an NRI who is eligible to invest in them (for example, gold).


Can NRIs Hold Shares in Demat Form?

  • You can hold shares in Demat form.
  • NRIs can buy and sell shares in Demat form.
  • They can also hold the shares through online trading, as well as offline trading.


NRI Demat Account- Important Things to Keep in Mind

NRI Demat Account is a place where you can invest in Indian shares. According to FEMA rules, an NRI investor needs to be an individual who lives outside India and does not have any business or resident status in India. For example, if you are an American citizen working in India with your family and have no plans of leaving the country permanently, then this means that you are NOT eligible for NRI Demat Account. If your main purpose of investing through an NRI Demat account is to earn tax benefits and avoid capital gains tax on investments made through this channel then some important things need to be kept in mind before opening one:

  • Understanding how capital gains taxes work;
  • Filling up all required documents correctly;
  • Verification process before opening a Demat account (no matter which bank);


NRIs need to Consider the following Definition of NRI, according to FEMA Rules.

According to FEMA rules, NRI is a person who is not a citizen of India or who has not been resident in India for 182 days or more during the financial year. He can be an individual or a Hindu Undivided Family (HUF), which includes his spouse and their minor children, including those born outside India after December 31, 1975.


Important things that NRI Investors need to remember for opening a Demat Account

NRI investors need to remember the following points while opening a Demat account:

  • They should check if their bank is a participating bank. This will help them in getting a better interest rate and lower transaction charges.
  • The NRI investor should ensure that his/her bank has a branch in India, which is convenient for him/her and also helps him/her avoid communication issues when transferring funds between accounts.


Simple Steps to Open a Demat Account

The process of opening a Demat account is simple. All you need to do is fill out the application form, submit the necessary documents and pay the fees. You can also open a demat account online if you prefer that route over visiting your bank branch or post office counter.

So let’s get started:

  • Fill in your basic details such as name and address so that they can be verified by their respective departments in case someone else uses your details later on (like when they contact you by phone).
  • Select an Appropriate DP
  • The most important thing to consider when choosing a DP is the type of account you want. A Demat account can be opened as an NRI (Non-Resident Indian), foreign citizen, or resident. There are two types of trading accounts: ordinary and R-category.
  • An ordinary trading account allows you to trade in equity, commodity, and derivative instruments like stock market futures, and options, while the R-category permits only those who are citizens/residents of India or Singapore to open this type of account with us under our corporate structure named ‘NRI Capital’. This means that neither individuals nor entities can open these kinds of accounts with us directly but through their respective banks which have been authorized by us to do so on behalf of clients who are NRIs or foreigners based outside India but reside here long term. 


Fill out the Demat Application Form

You should fill out the Demat application form correctly. If you do not, the process will be delayed and your application may not be processed at all.

You must submit your request to open a Demat account with us in writing via email or post (courier). You can also send it by fax but we do not accept documents sent through fax machines as this service is not available with us for any other type of payment transaction except payments made against cheques drawn on foreign bank accounts (FDs).

The application form must include details such as contact information and residential address so that we can communicate with you regarding any queries or problems arising during the processing of your application or after receiving formal approval from our side.

Verification of Documents

Verification of Documents is the process of checking the documents and verifying them. Verification can be done by a third party or by your bank or any other financial institution. Once it has been verified, then you will get your Demat account opened in no time at all. 


Payment of Fees

The Fee Structure of a Demat Account

Fees are charged for opening a Demat Account, but they also apply to trade in the account. Fees depend on the type of account you choose and their frequency. There are three types of fees: monthly, quarterly and annual charges. These can be paid by depositing funds into your NRI Demat Account within 30 days from when it was opened or else depositories may cancel your application without prior notice if they believe that this would not cause any harm to them or their customers (e.g., if you close down within six months).

Final Approval

After verification of documents, the Demat Account will be opened by our team and you can start trading. You can buy and sell shares in the market using your Demat account.

Demat accounts are an alternate way to trade shares, which allows you to buy and sell shares on a settlement date. The following are some of the benefits that an NRI Demat account can offer:

You can trade in your shareholding at any time. If there is any change in your shareholding, you can change it at any time without losing money or incurring any loss. This makes the system more flexible than other conventional trading systems where the traders usually lose their investments when they want to withdraw them from their existing holdings because they cannot do so without incurring losses due to brokerage charges and taxes levied by banks/financial institutions etc., which may not be applicable in case of NRI Demat accounts as they are operated directly between investors/shareholders themselves rather than being handled by third-party brokerages like BSE ( Bombay Stock Exchange ), NSE ( National Stock Exchange ).


NRIs can open a Demat account in India. The process is simple and easy to follow, unlike that for NRI individuals abroad. But NRIs need to remember that they may not hold stocks or bonds in their demat accounts. Only very few companies permit such investments by NRIs, which means that this option is only available if the company in question has an office outside of India (and even then, it might not accept these kinds of investments).