The NPCI has permitted non-residents from 10 international locations, together with the US, Canada and UAE, to digitally switch funds utilizing the UPI platform from NRE/NRO accounts. The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) in a round mentioned it has been receiving requests for permitting non-residents to make use of worldwide cell numbers for transacting in Unified Payments Interface (UPI).

Accordingly, the NPCI in a round dated January 10 has requested the UPI members to place in place a mechanism by April 30 below which non-residents having NRE/NRO accounts might be allowed to switch funds utilizing their worldwide cell numbers.

To begin with, this facility might be out there to non-residents in 10 international locations — Singapore, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Oman, Qatar, USA, Saudi Arabia, UAE and the United Kingdom.

While NRIs and PIOs can open Non-Resident (External) Rupee (NRE) financial institution accounts, Non-Resident Ordinary (NRO) accounts will be opened by any particular person residing outdoors India for bonafide transactions within the rupee.

The NPCI, which operates the UPI platform, mentioned, “To begin with, we shall be enabling transaction from mobile numbers having the country code of (10 nations)… and shall extend for other country codes in near future…”.

Payments Council of India Chairman Vishwas Patel mentioned the key comfort issue can be within the type of ‘cost/cash switch comfort’ for NRIs after they go to India.

Sarvatra Technologies Founder MD Mandar Agashe mentioned all these years, NRIs could not entry the UPI community since SIM binding, which is a vital safety function of UPI, was out there solely to Indian SIM card telephones.

“NRIs will just need to link their NRE and NRO accounts linked to their international SIM to UPI and use it like any other Indian UPI user for merchant payment as well as peer-to-peer payments,” Agashe mentioned.


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