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RBI prescribes revises norms for loans against NRI deposits- August 2004

RBI in consultation with Indian Banks Association has decided that in order to facilitate legitimate transactions and to reduce the possibility of frauds while sanctioning loans against NRI deposits, the banks may follow the following procedure :

The application may be forwarded through a bank branch situated in the country where the NRI deposit holder resides. It would be preferable if such requests are routed through the bank branch at which the concerned NRI is maintaining his accounts since this would presuppose due diligence / compliance with KYC norms by that branch. A copy of the passport of NRI may also be called for, along with the application for loan against NRI deposits.

Since May 2002, in terms of RBI circular , banks were advised that in the case of loans to third parties against NRI deposits, normally the relative documentation should be done at the branch from where the loan is being sought by the NRI depositor. The loan should be granted only when the depositor himself executes the loan documents in the presence of bank officials and a witness acceptable to the bank. Advances to third parties against such deposits should not be granted on the basis of Power of Attorney.

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