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If a foreign national is a person resident in India as per the provisions of Section 2(v)(i)b of the FEMA, 1999, does he require approval of Reserve Bank to purchase any immovable property in India?

A foreign national resident in India does not require approval from Reserve Bank from FEMA angle, but approvals, if any is required in terms of regulations prescribed by other authorities such as the concerned State Government etc. will have to be obtained by him / her. However, a foreign national resident in India who is a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, China, Iran, Nepal and Bhutan requires specific prior approval of Reserve Bank.