What is PAN card?
PAN card stands for Permanent Account Number. It is similar to Social Security Number in the United States and Social Insurance Number in Canada. Assuming it as a medium of tax filing is a common myth. But it actually works as an identification number of its holder.
Indian diaspora abroad can show it as an identity card. Subsequently, shopping, traveling and claiming for tax return will be a walkover for it in India.
Who can apply for PAN card?
NRI community has privilege to apply for it online. But its online mailing is permitted in countable countries. Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) acquire foreign citizenship. But they, too, have a right like Indian natives to get this card.
Which Form suits to NRIs, PIOs and OCIs for online application?
Income Tax department of India provides separate application forms for issuing PAN Card to NRIs, PIOs and OCIs. NRIs are categorized as Indian citizens while the rest two categories are of foreigners. The applicant should take his/her category into account before applying. Then, they can pick up one suitable form as mentioned below:
*The first form is valid for NRIs and Indian citizens. Even though, this country’s natives settle abroad but they still hold citizenship of this country. This is why this is one of the best services for NRI that one can have online.
* The second form is drafted for foreigners. PIOs and OCIs acquire foreign citizenship. Thus, the second form belongs to them.
Which Documents should be provided along with PAN card application?
- Address proof of overseas residence
- Photocopy of passport
- Processing fee (Application Fee 93 + Dispatch Charges 00 + 15% service tax)
* Credit Card/ Debit Card, Demand Draft and net banking are acceptable mode of fee payment. 2% additional surcharges are levied over online transactions.
How to apply for it online?
- Open the site: https://tin.tin.nsdl.com/pan/form49AA.html
- Scroll down and select individual option from the drop down button below Apply for a new PAN Card.
- The application form will pop up.
- Read the instructions carefully and then, fill the fields. The emigrants should provide overseas address that they have mentioned in their bank statement.
- They must not fill Indian address.
- When the form is filled, an acknowledgement will flash at the time of its submission.
- Take its two prints out.
- Paste applicant’s photograph and sign it with black pen.
- Applicant should self-attest all the documents.
- Scan and send to the NSDL, PAN unit in Mumbai.
- Like e-commerce website, the applicant can track delivery status using his/her acknowledgement number,
- If applicant wants to parcel it, he/she can send on Income Tax Pan Service Unit , National Securities Depository Limited, 3rd Floor, Sapphire Chambers, Near Baner Telephone Exchange, Baner, Pune-411045.
- Its processing will take 15 days at least to complete.
An NRI can confront many barriers while emigration. But an advanced preparation can cease his problems of immigration. He should have an NRO or NRE account. This account facilitates depositing earning from India in INR. As far as currency conversion is concerned, this account has conversion feature also. The investor can apply for loan through this account as well. Repatriation stands for transferring money abroad. The emigrant can use NRE or NRO account for transferring his/her Indian income, like rent, interest on investment etc.. The investor has facility to transfer USD 1 million per calendar year under repatriation process. For enjoying this facility, one must submit a Chartered Accountant approved certificate that states the account holder bears no tax liability. Like an ordinary saving account, the emigrant gets 3% interest on investment and enjoys 30.9% deduction on tax. Apart from these, he/she must have an Indian passport, visa, marriage certificate, birth certificate, single status certificate and employment letter.
Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) are individuals whose father or forefathers migrated to foreign country before 26th January 1950. Some emigrants (except Pakistan and Bangladesh) want to acquire Indian citizenship. Its prominent reasons can be attaining education, career and resettlement.
Indian government has set certain norms for them to acquire it. These norms appear as the greatest hindrance if they want to get admission in Indian engineering or medical college. Displaying nativity certificate becomes mandatory for this purpose.
What is Nativity Certificate? Why is it needed?
Nativity certificate is a legal proof that authenticates an individual’s Indian connection. Some Indians settled abroad years ago. Prosperous career, excellent job opportunities and marriage took them away from their motherland. Such people can dream of resettling via this valid proof. This certificate certifies their former connection with India. Hence, it removes barriers in the way to re-attain citizenship of this country later.
Who issues it?
The applicant can have link with any particular state or district. Therefore, state government or Tehsildar is an authorized body to issue it. It is mandatorily issued from the competent authority that should not be below a District Collector/ District Magistrate.
How to get it?
The applicant must keep these documents with him/her to get it:
• Application form
• Documental proofs of ancestral property, like previous home.
• Proofs of forefather’s school/college/ university information.
• Relative’s name and particulars to confirm his/her belongingness to India.
• Immigration proof of the applicant’s ancestor.
Is there any alternative of birth certificate of Nativity certificate?
In Christian religion, baptism is a special ritual conducted after child’s birth. The constitution accepts baptism certificate in place of birth certificate. It must be issued before October 1955 and attested by Collector/ District Magistrate.
From whom to get it attested?
Like other immigration documents, certificate attestation from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is compulsory. Since July 2012, the apex authority for attestation in India has decided to accept application through outsourcers. This implies no applications will be accepted directly from the applicants.
A valid declaration for having freedom to marry is termed as unmarried certificate. Unmarried certificate affidavit is also an important form. It is a self-declaration that identifies the affiant unmarried. These both certificates and other documents, including national identity card, photocopy of passport, address proof, appointment letter, decree absolute (if divorcee), death certificate of previous spouse and change of name proof (classified of newspaper) etc.. The applicant has two options for getting unmarried certificate attested, i.e. online and in-person. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is a signing authority that attests all the documents of the applicant. If the application is sent online to the official website of the regional consul, the applicant must scan all the documents and then, send. As far as fee is concerned, it can be sent through online payment option utilizing debit card, credit card or cheque. It will take 10 business days to complete the entire processing.