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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New definition of PIO includes Mother & Grandmother for FEMA, RBI notification as per Immovable Property Second Amendment 2009

Purchase of Immovable Property in India by Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) – Amendment of the definition

The term PIO is defined under Foreign Exchange Management (Acquisition and Transfer of Immovable Property in India), Regulations, 2000.

The definition is partially amended by Foreign Exchange Management (Acquisition and Transfer of Immovable Property in India) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2009 to include Mother & Grandmother.

Now, PIO means:

  • an individual (not being a citizen of Pakistan or Bangladesh or Sri Lanka or Afghanistan or China or Iran or Nepal or Bhutan),
  • (i) who at any time, held an Indian Passport or
  • (ii) who or either of whose father or mother or whose grandfather or grandmother was a citizen of India by virtue of the Constitution of India or the Citizenship Act, 1955.

Source: A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.25 dated 10th January 2o1o

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