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SEBI Relaxes KYC Norms, One Year Window Provided For NRIs to Comply

24 May 20243 mins read by Angel One
SEBI eases KYC for MF investors, granting NRIs a one-year breather, simplifying verification, allowing redemption for non-verified investors, and updating Aadhaar KYC.
SEBI Relaxes KYC Norms, One Year Window Provided For NRIs to Comply
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The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has responded to consumer feedback by easing the Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements for mutual fund (MF) investors, both residents and non-resident Indians (NRIs). This, revealed in a communication from SEBI to industry participants, aims to address various challenges faced by investors in complying with KYC norms.

Breather for NRIs

In response to representations from NRIs citing difficulties in passport validation, SEBI has extended a period of one year for completing KYC requirements. This lightens the burden on NRIs who often encounter obstacles due to the lack of an Aadhaar card and the non-availability of online KYC processes.

Simplified Verification Process

SEBI has introduced a simplified verification process for MF investors, allowing them to validate their accounts through either email or mobile verification, instead of both. This adjustment streamlines the KYC process, making it more accessible and convenient for investors.

Redemption for Non-Verified Investors

Non-verified investors now have the opportunity to redeem their investments, subject to due diligence by intermediaries. This provision offers relief to investors who may have faced restrictions on transactions due to incomplete KYC status.

Aadhaar KYC Updates

Investors were previously required to update their KYC using Aadhaar cards as proof documents. Those who did not comply faced restrictions on transactions with new Asset Management Companies (AMCs). SEBI’s relaxation acknowledges the challenges investors may have encountered in this process.

Conclusion: In conclusion, SEBI’s relaxation of KYC requirements is a temporary measure, signaling that investors will eventually need to undergo KYC validation. The circular released, details adjustments to the Risk Management Framework at KYC Registration Agencies (KRAs). This simplified framework, driven by input from securities market stakeholders, aims to streamline transaction processes for clients. To ensure compliance, exchanges, depositories, and intermediaries are expected to integrate technical modifications into their systems by May 31, 2024. 

Disclaimer: This blog has been written exclusively for educational purposes. The securities mentioned are only examples and not recommendations. It is based on several secondary sources on the internet and is subject to changes. Please consult an expert before making related decisions.

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