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Can a foreign national who is a person resident in India purchase immovable property in India?

Yes, but the person concerned would have to obtain approvals and must fulfill the requirements, if any, prescribed by other authorities such as the concerned State Government, etc. However, a foreign national resident in India who is a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, China, Iran, Nepal and Bhutan would require prior approval of Reserve Bank. Such requests are considered by Reserve Bank in consultation with the Government of India.