Rupee Advantage Plan (RAP)

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Rupee Advantage Plan is a special deposit which enables you to earn high yield1 - tax free and fully repatriable income on your foreign currency deposits by booking a forward contract on the FCNR deposits.

  1. Invest through your foreign currency funds or Indian repatriable funds in FCNR deposits in USD/GBP/EURO/JPY/AUD/CAD/CHF
  2. Minimum FCNR amount is USD 25,000 / Rest of all currencies 50,000 (GBP, EURO, JPY, AUD, CAD and CHF)
  3. Assured returns (in Rs. ) irrespective of the future movements in currency markets
  4. Interest earned is exempted from Income tax in India
  5. Fully and freely repatriable deposit (both principal and Interest)
  6. It can be jointly opened by NRIs/PIOs only
  7. Tenure from 1 year 1 day up to 5 years

Disclaimers:

1To avail this facility, you have to provide the duly filled and signed forward cover form along with the regular Term deposit / account opening form for booking FCNR deposit.

 

Rates and Yields offered are provisional and subject to change at any time without prior notice. Please contact your Branch or Relationship Manager to confirm the yield before actual placement of funds.

 
  • NRIs1 and PIOs2 as per FEMA definition
  • Seafarers of Indian nationality / origin employed by overseas shipping companies, or
  • Indian government employees with Diplomat passports, or
  • Students pursuing studies in foreign countries.

1NRIs – Non Resident Indians

An NRI is an Indian citizen who stays outside India:

  • For employment or business; or
  • Intends staying outside India for an uncertain period; or
  • Is an official deputed abroad by Government / Public Sector Undertakings on temporary assignments

2PIOs – Persons of Indian Origin

A foreign citizen is deemed to be of Indian origin if:

  • He/she, at any time held an Indian passport
  • He/she or either of his/her parents or any of his/her grandparents was a citizen of India
  • He/she is a spouse of a PIO / Indian citizen

Disclaimers

* Citizens of Bangladesh and Pakistan do not qualify as PIOs even if they satisfy the above conditions

  • Non Resident Indian

    Documentation for Non Resident Indian, while submitting the account opening form / documents at Kotak Bank Branches in India:-

    1. Photocopy of Indian Passport pages where your name, photograph, date and place of birth, specimen-signature, date of issue / expiry and address details are recorded; and
    2. Copy of valid Visa / Work / Residence Permit (the visa could be either in the passport or given separately); and
    3. Proof of Mailing Address (local or overseas address as selected for communication on the account opening form); and
    4. Latest colour photograph (passport sized)

    Documentation for Non Resident Indian, while sending the account opening from / documents overseas:-

    1. Photocopy of Passport pages where your name, photograph, date and place of birth, specimen-signature, date of issue / expiry and address details are recorded; and
    2. Copy of valid Visa / Work / Residence Permit (the visa could be either in the passport or given separately); and
    3. Proof of Mailing Address (local or overseas address as selected for communication on the account opening form); and
    4. Latest colour photograph (passport sized)

    The above documents mentioned under a, b and c needs to be attested by:

    • An overseas bank official located and operating in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA only. OR
    • Any Branch of an Indian Scheduled Commercial Bank having overseas branch OR
    • Notary Public or Equivalent Authority OR
    • The Indian diplomatic mission in the applicant’s country of residence OR
    • Self-Attestation. In case of Self Attestation, all documents submitted should be signed by respective account holders with the words ‘TRUE COPY’. Additionally,
      • A signed cheque drawn in favour of Kotak Mahindra Bank A/c - (your name) on your existing account in India or abroad AND      
      • An original bank account statement (not more than 3 months old)or
      • Original credit card statement (not more than 3 months old) or
      • Original utility bill (electricity/piped gas/telephone/water - not more than 3 months old)

    Notes:

    • Entry Work/Residence Visa accompanied with employment contract and customer signed declaration will be accepted to open an account. The customer has to submit the valid permanent visa before expiry of the Entry Work/Residence Visa failing which the account will be blocked/ closed.
    • Bridging Visa for customers resident in Australia can be accepted for account opening. For bridging visa - copy of customer passport which bears the original expired visa date along with email of bridging visa needs to be submitted.
  • Person of Indian Origin

    Documentation for Person of Indian Origin (PIO), while submitting the  account opening form / documents at Kotak Bank Branches in India:-

    1. Photocopy of Foreign Passport pages where your name, photograph, date and place of birth, specimen-signature, date of issue / expiry and address details are recorded; and
    2. Copy of valid Visa / Work / Residence Permit (required only if the country of mailing address is different from the country of citizenship and India, the visa could be either in the passport or given separately); and
    3. Additionally, applicant has to provide any of the below mentioned document, if the place of birth is outside India:
      • Copy of Indian passport of spouse OR
      • Copy of Indian passport held by self or parents / grandparents at any time OR
      • PIO Card OR
      • OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) Card
    4. Proof of Mailing Address (Indian or overseas address as selected for communication on the account opening form); and
    5. Latest colour photograph (passport sized)

    Documentation for Person of Indian Origin (PIO), while sending the account opening from / documents overseas:-

    1. Photocopy of Foreign Passport pages where your name, photograph, date and place of birth, specimen-signature, date of issue / expiry and address details are recorded; and
    2. Copy of valid Visa / Work / Residence Permit (required only if the country of mailing address is different from the country of citizenship and India, the visa could be either in the passport or given separately); and
    3. Additionally, applicant has to provide any of the below mentioned document, if the place of birth is outside India:
      • Copy of Indian passport of spouse OR
      • Copy of Indian passport held by self or parents / grandparents at any time OR
      • PIO Card OR
      • OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) Card
    4. Proof of Mailing Address (Indian or overseas address as selected for communication on the account opening form); and
    5. Latest colour photograph (passport sized)

    The above documents mentioned under a, b, c and d needs to be attested by:

    • An overseas bank official located and operating in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the USA only. OR
    • Any Branch of an Indian Scheduled Commercial Bank having overseas branch OR
    • Notary Public or Equivalent Authority OR
    • The Indian diplomatic mission in the applicant’s country of residence OR
    • Self-Attestation. In case of Self Attestation, all documents submitted should be signed by respective account holders with the words ‘TRUE COPY’. Additionally,
      • A signed cheque drawn in favour of Kotak Mahindra Bank A/c - (your name) on your existing account in India or abroad AND      
      • An original bank account statement (not more than 3 months old)or
      • Original credit card statement (not more than 3 months old) or
      • Original utility bill (electricity/piped gas/telephone/water - not more than 3 months old) or
  • Seafarer Employed with Foreign Vessels

    Documentation for Seafarer employed with foreign vessels, while submitting the documents at Kotak Bank Branches in India:-

    1. Photocopy of Passport pages where your name, photograph, date and place of birth, specimen-signature, date of issue / expiry and address details are recorded; and
    2. Copy of valid Transit / Work Visa (the visa could be either in the passport or given separately); OR Copy of Continuous Discharge Certificate (CDC). The CDC must indicate latest discharge stamp / last date of arrival in India, or a declaration that you are sailing for the first time; and
    3. Valid Contract Copy OR Original letter on the letterhead from agent / principal carrying logo and address providing contract details namely: 1. Name of the employee 2. Employment in the principal shipping company (Name of the principal where employed & Address of the overseas company) 3. Name of the vessel & flag. 4. Name of the port. 5. Commencement of contract. 6. Tenure. 7. Salary in foreign currency. 8. Passport no.; and
    4. Merchant Navy Declaration - Format provided in the Account Opening Form; and
    5. Proof of Mailing Address (Indian Address only); and
    6. Latest colour photograph (passport sized)

Disclaimer

All KYC documents provided to be mandatorily self-attested, except on furnishing original documents / certificates.


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What is Rupee Advantage Plan (RAP)?

RAP is a FCNR deposit of 1 year 1 day upto 5 years payable in Rs. at the time of maturity. The return is based on the earning of 1 year 1 day upto 5 years FCNR deposit interest along with the forward premium of respective foreign currencies over rupee prevailing at the time of booking.

What are the advantages of Rupee Advantage Plan?

  • Principal protected
  • Tax free
  • Fully repatriable
  • Have assured returns (in Rs. ) irrespective of the future movements in currency markets.

What is the Eligibility for FCNR deposit for booking RAP?

The tenure of FCNR deposit has to be 1 year 1 day upto 5 years only.

Who can avail Rupee Advantage Plan?

RAP can be opened singly by NRI's / PIO’s or jointly with NRI / PIO only.

How does the RAP work?

  • The money is invested in USD/GBP/EURO/JPY/AUD/CAD and CHF denominated FCNR deposit.
  • This FCNR deposit earns interest as per prevailing 1 year 1 day upto 5 years, FCNR interest rates.

How would the Maturity proceeds of RAP be payable?

Maturity proceeds of RAP would be payable in Rs. and will be credited to Customers’ NRE account with Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited Only.

Can I apply online?

No, it is not available through online medium.

What are the documentations required?

Following are the list of documents:-

  • Account Opening Form / Term Deposit Form to book FCNR deposit
  • Forward Cover Form

The above forms need to be duly filled and signed by the respective term deposit holder.

Are there any charges for booking?

No, there are no charges on booking of Rupee Advantage Plan.


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