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Do Non-Resident Indians need a PAN card?

This very much depends on the relationship that a non-resident Indian has with their country of birth. Non-resident Indian is a legal term, and is defined as someone who is a citizen of India, but who spends fewer than 182 days in a tax year living in India. The vast majority of these people will have been born and grown up in India, but then move overseas to work or live.

Non-resident Indians need a PAN card if they are going to be involved in any financial transactions in the country. If, for example they inherit property and want to sell it, they can’t do this without a PAN card. Non-resident Indians follow exactly the same process for application as anyone else, and will have to require supporting documents for their identity and address. The decision about whether or not to apply will depend on the individual circumstances.