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  1. Already opened accounts can be continued. As has been mentioned in these columns before, no one is born an NRI, rather people become NRIs when they go abroad for better career prospects. When an Indian Resident goes abroad, more often than not, he leaves a large part of his investments including property behind. These investments may include the abovementioned prohibited investments in terms of PPF, NSC, Post Office instruments etc.

    A resident who subsequently becomes NRI during the currency of term of these investments may continue the same till maturity. This means, they cannot open a new account or extend the scheme beyond its maturity. However, an already existing investment may be continued. For those instruments that require periodic investments (PPF), the NRI may use either the NRE or the NRO as per his convenience. Using the NRO account is recommended