Cabinet approves granting permanent residency status to foreign investors

The Union Cabinet on 31st August 2016 approved the scheme for grant of Permanent Residency Status (“PRS”) to foreign investors subject to the relevant conditions as stated under:

  1. Applicable only to foreign investors fulfilling the prescribed eligibility conditions, his/her spouse and dependents.
  2. In order to avail this scheme, the foreign investor will have to invest a minimum of Rs 10 crores, to be brought within 18 months, or Rs 25 crores, to be brought within 36 months. Further, the foreign investment should result in generating employment for at least 20 resident Indians every financial year.
  3. PRS will be granted for a period of 10 years initially with multiple entry facilities which can be renewed for another 10 years.
  4. PRS will serve as a multiple entry visa without any stay stipulation and PRS holders will be exempted from the registration requirements.
  5. PRS holders will be allowed to purchase one residential property for dwelling purpose.
  6. The spouse/ dependents of the PRS holder will be allowed to take up employment in private sector (in relaxation to salary stipulations for Employment Visa) and undertake studies in India.

The scheme is expected to encourage foreign investment in India and facilitate Make in India Programme. Under the Scheme, suitable provisions will be incorporated in the Visa Manual to provide for the grant of PRS to foreign investors.

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