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NRI is a person residing outside India who is a citizen of India or Person of Indian Origin (PIO).
Person of Indian Origin (PIO) means a citizen of any country (other than Bangladesh or Pakistan),if:

a. He/She at any time has held an India passport or

b. He/She or either of his / her parents or grand parents was a citizen of India by virtue of the constitution of India or Citizenship Act, 1955 (57 of 1995) or He / She is a spouse of an Indian citizen or NRI

Yes, NRI can purchase shares or convertible debenture of an Indian Company through stock exchanges, under the portfolio investment scheme on repatriation and /or non repatriation basis.
Yes, NRI/PIO can invest in other securities namely

Government securities or treasury bills.

Mutual funds.

Bonds issued by a public sector undertaking (PSU) in India.

Shares in Public Sector Enterprises being disinvested by the Government of India.

Yes, NRIs are allowed to invest in Exchange Traded Funds. NRIs can invest in ETFs both on repatriation as well as non repatriation basis.
As per Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines, NRI who wishes to invest in shares in India through a stock exchange need to approach the designated branch of any authorized dealer (bank) authorized by reserve bank to administer the PIS (Portfolio Investment Scheme) to open a NRE (Non Resident External) /NRO (Non Resident Ordinary) account under the scheme for routing Investments.
- List of documents to be taken while registering NRI/PIO/OCI Clients as may be applicable

- Valid passport, Place of birth as India, Valid Visa

- In case of foreign passport Valid passport and any of the following

Place of Birth as India in foreign passport

Copy of PIO / OCI Card as applicable in case of PIO/OCI

- PIS Permission Letter from the respective designated bank

- PAN Card

- Overseas Address Driving License/ Foreign passport /Utility Bills/

- Photograph of Investor.

- Proof of respective bank accounts & depository accounts.

Yes. The issuing company may issue shares to NRI on the basis of specific or general permission from GoI/RBI. Therefore, individual NRI need not obtain any permission. While seeking the credit of sale proceeds to NRE/NRO account, the designated bank should be provided with the details regarding date of allotment and cost of acquisition to calculate the taxes, if any.
It is dependent on the risk profile and return expectation of the NRI, the option for fixed return and variable returns both available. Equity investment is good for long term investor; investor can also choose to invest in Mutual Fund. Real estate also provides encouraging opportunities in India time to time.
In India Stock market has given highest annualised return of over 15% over 20 years timeframe, real estate has given second best return and after that Gold and fixed income securities come.
India is a developing country and with higher consumer based still provides lots of investment opportunities in equity, real estate and fixed income securities.