Arihant is a listed financial services company offering investment services to individuals, corporates and institutions since 1992.

We have built our company on strong foundation of intellectual and financial capital. Our services are driven by the extensive expertise of our teams and we adopt the highest standards of risk management and focus on research.

The Arihant Advantage

The world is looking at India as an important investment destination. Be a part of the Indian growth story. Invest in India with Arihant - India's leading financial services company that offers customised investment solutions and client-centric services.

Arihant has the experience and expertise to hand hold you in your entire life cycle for your Indian capital market investment. We understand that FPIs have distinct compliance considerations when it comes to investing in India. With our expertise you can be sure of a smooth pathway towards your investment journey in India.

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Trusted Countrywide

Serving Since 1992

Trusted by 2,00,000+ Clients

900+ Investment Centres

265 Happy Employees

An applicant seeking registration as a foreign portfolio investor may apply in one of the categories as per the revised operational guidelines issued by SEBI (2019).

Category I:

  • - Government or government related investors eg.: centralized banks or sovereign wealth funds, etc.;
  • - Pension funds, university funds;
  • - Appropriately regulated funds / person such as banks, mutual funds, insurance companies, portfolio managers etc.,
  • - Entities / establishments from FATF member countries;
  • - Unregulated funds where investment manager is from FATF countries.

Category II:

  • - Regulated Funds which cannot be registered as Category I FPI;
  • - Charitable organizations;
  • - Family offices, Trusts;
  • - Individuals (other than NRI / OCI /RI).
  • - Funds from non-FATF member countries;
  • - Endowments and foundations;
  • - Entities considered appropriate as per SEBI guidelines.


Category II:

  • Taking up employment outside India
  • Carrying out business or vocation outside India that indicates his intention to stay outside India for an uncertain period

Citizen of any country other than Pakistan or Bangladesh and:

  • He has held Indian passport anytime
  • He or his parents/ grandparents were citizens of India
  • Spouse of Indian citizen or of persons above

How to Get Started?

Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)

Start investing in India in 4 easy steps:

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    Open NRE savings bank account & get PIS approval
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    Download and fill in Arihant Account Opening Application Form
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    Submit completed forms with requisite documents to us
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    Receive our Welcome Kit and get started

International Investors (FPI Individuals)

International investors can now directly invest in Indian markets through the recently formed category of foreign portfolio investors. To start investing in India you have to:

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    Get a Permanent Account Number (PAN)
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    Open an account with designated depository participant (DDP)
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    Open an INR-FX Indian bank account
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    Open a trading account with Arihant & start investing



  • - Equity, ETFs, Debentures and Warrants, listed or to be listed
  • - IPO
  • - Domestic Mutual Fund Schemes


  • - Equity
  • - Interest Rate
  • - Currency

Alternate Investments:

  • - Alternate Investment Funds (Category III AIF)
  • - Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT)
  • - Infrastructure Investment Trusts (INVIT)


  • - Bonds
  • - Non-Convertible Debentures
  • - Government Securities

**Specified bonds are eligible for NRIs and/or FPIs. Please check with Arihant advisor before investing in bonds



Awarded 'Best Emerging Commodities Broker of India' at the Financial Leadership Awards

Ranked in Forbes Asia '200 Best under a $ Billion' List

2013 to 2017
NSDL STAR Performer Award 'Top performer in New Accounts Opened'

Krishi Pragati Award NCDEX

Why Arihant?

Striving to give investors a better investing experience is precisely why we're here. With an array of investment products and services, Arihant is best positioned to help you reach your financial goals.

Your trusted advisor

At Arihant our goal is to help you reach your financial goals. With Arihant as your trusted financial advisor, you can be assured about complete transparency and integrity in all your transactions. Our advisors help you at every step of your investment process, always offering you objective advice.
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Robust Trading Platforms

With Arihant's powerful online trading platforms - Ari-Speed, investEase and Ari-Pro, you can trade in equities, derivatives, mutual funds all through a single platform from your desktop. Our simple, intuitive and user-friendly interface will give you a whole new level of trading experience you've never seen before.
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Seamless trading

Enjoy seamless trading experience with your integrated trading and demat account with Online Payment Gateway for hassle-free paperless trading from any part of the world with complete ease. No more writing cheques or transaction slips anymore.
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Excellent Service

As a preferred client you get your own investment advisor who will assist you with all your investment needs. We make working from different countries and time zones easier for you by offering you a Video Callnew service wherein our advisor will stay in touch with you through VC or through email, WhatsApp or phone - whatever is convenient for you.
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Arihant Payment Gateway

Online transfer and receipt of funds smoothly between your bank account to Arihant through Arihant Payment Gateway which has tie-up with over 25 banks in India.
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Mobile Trading

With Ari-Mobile App, stay in control of your trading when you are on the move. Get real-time quotes and trade on your smart phone and tablets.
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Research at Your Fingertips

Get access to a wide range of research resources and tools to help you make right investment decisions. Our proven research track record will ensure you stay on top of your investments!
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Indian securities markets are well-established and well-regulated with abundant financial data, the Indian market reporting and information makes it highly transparent. Transaction volume, market capitalization, and the sheer number of listed companies coupled with India's growth story make India a unique investment opportunity for foreign investors.


Equity Daily Commentary Report offers the latest in-depth Indian market news as well as stock market insight and commentary.


Company, sector, thematic, fundamental, technical get everything to help you succeed.


  • FPI Regulations
  • NRI Regulations


A well established and well-regulated market with abundant financial data, the Indian market reporting and information make it highly transparent. Transaction volume, market capitalization, and the sheer number of listed companies coupled with India's growth story make India a unique investment opportunity for foreign investors.


Portfolio Investment Scheme or PIS is a scheme of Reserve Bank of India that enables NRIs and OCBs to purchase and sell shares and convertible debentures of Indian companies on a recognized stock exchange by routing all such purchase/sale transactions through their NRI Savings Account with a designated bank branch. For this purpose, the NRI/PIO has to apply to a designated branch of a bank, which deals in Portfolio Investment.

As an NRI client, you have a dedicated Advisor who is your one point of contact. (S)He will provide you all the help and assistance you need to make investments, whether directly in equities or through our HNI services. We also offer a one-on-one video chat service to all our offshore clients so you can stay on top of your investments and get the advice you need no matter which part of the world you are in.

We have online trading facility and online access to all your statement and accounts, so that you can place your trades or check your account - anytime anywhere.

Being an NRI, you need to provide the following documents to open an account with us along with the client registration form:

i. PAN CARD (compulsory)

ii. Address proof of India (bank passbook/ passport / driving license, electricity/telephone bill)

iii. Address proof of your foreign address (Driving License/ Foreign passport /Utility Bills/ Bank statement not more than 2 months old/ Notarized copy of rent agreement/ leave & license agreement/ Sale deed)

iv. Bank Proof: Bank Verification letter indicating type of account as NRI/NRE/NRO and Bank Statement

v. Document ensuring status of entity
- In case of Indian passport - Valid passport, Place of birth as India, Valid Visa - Work/Student/employment/resident permit etc.
- In case of foreign passport- Valid passport and any of the following: (a) Place of Birth as India in foreign passport (b) Copy of PIO / OCI Card as applicable in case of PIO/OCI

vi. Power of attorney as per format

vii. Portfolio Investment Scheme (PIS) permission from the respective designated bank

viii. Proof of depository accounts

ix. 2 Passport size photographs

NRIs can invest in

  • Equities under PIS
  • Preference shares, Convertible Preferences shares and Convertible debentures of an Indian company
  • Derivatives
  • IPO Investment
  • Mutual Funds (including ETFs)
  • Bonds issued by PSUs
  • Units of UTI, Central and State Government securities (other than bearer securities) and National Plan/ Savings Certificates

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i. PAN CARD (compulsory)


The following category of investors are eligible to register as FPIs:

Category I – foreign portfolio investor" shall include

  • Government and Government related investors such as central banks, sovereign wealth funds, international or multilateral organizations or agencies including entities controlled or at least 75% directly or indirectly owned by such Government and Government related investor(s);
  • Pension funds and university funds;
  • Appropriately regulated entities such as insurance or reinsurance entities, banks, asset management companies, investment managers, investment advisors, portfolio managers, broker dealers and swap dealers;
  • Entities from the Financial Action Task Force member countries or from any country specified by the Central Government by an order or by way of an agreement or treaty with other sovereign Governments which are –
    – appropriately regulated funds;
    – unregulated funds whose investment manager is appropriately regulated and registered as a – Category I FPI: Provided that the investment manager undertakes the responsibility of all the acts of commission or omission of such unregulated fund;
    – university related endowments of such universities that have been in existence for more than five years
  • An entity whose investment manager is from FATF member country and such an investment manager is registered as a Category I FPI; or which is at least 75% owned, directly or indirectly by another entity, eligible under (ii), (iii) and (iv) above and such an eligible entity is from FATF member country.

Category II – foreign portfolio investor" shall include all the investors not eligible under Category I foreign portfolio investors such as

  • Appropriately regulated funds not eligible as Category-I foreign portfolio investor;
  • Endowments and foundations;
  • Charitable organisations;
  • Corporate bodies;
  • Family offices;
  • Individuals;
  • Appropriately regulated entities investing on behalf of their client, as per conditions specified by the Board from time to time;
  • Unregulated funds in the form of limited partnership and trusts.

Yes, entities operating in IFSC can register as FPIs.

No. FPIs would not require direct registration from SEBI and they would be henceforth subject to registration being granted by a Designated Depository Participant (DDP) on behalf of SEBI.

Foreign portfolio investor belonging to Category I and II shall pay registration fees of US $ 3000 and US $300, respectively or any other amount specified by the Board from time to time at the time of submission of the Form to the designated depository participant. The registration fee is to be paid once in block of 3 years.

foreign portfolio investor shall invest only in the following securities, namely

  • (a) shares, debentures and warrants issued by a body corporate; listed or to be listed on a recognized stock exchange in India;
  • (b) units of schemes launched by mutual funds under Chapter V, VI-A and VI-B of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Fund) Regulations, 1996;
  • (c) units of schemes floated by a Collective Investment Scheme in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Collective Investment Schemes) Regulations, 1999;
  • (d) derivatives traded on a recognized stock exchange;
  • (e) units of real estate investment trusts, infrastructure investment trusts and units of Category III Alternative Investment Funds registered with the Board;
  • (f) Indian Depository Receipts;
  • (g) any debt securities or other instruments as permitted by the Reserve Bank of India for foreign portfolio investors to invest in from time to time; and
  • (h) such other instruments as specified by the Board from time to time.

As per the FPI Regulations issued by SEBI, NRI / OCI / RI are not eligible to obtain registration as FPI in India.

Yes, NRI / OCI / RI are permitted to be constituents of an FPI, subject to certain restrictions.

Yes. Arihant has a dedicated team that deals with investors following under the FPI categories. With a team of highly qualified professionals and a dedicated Research team, Arihant Capital provides a client-centric approach to offer customized solutions to non-resident Indians, and foreign investors who want to be a part of India’s growth story. We offer the following services to our foreign investors:

  • Access to a dedicated team that specializes in FPI investment
  • Tie-up with designated depository participant to quickly get your account opened
  • Video call and voice call to ensure personalized one-on-one service to ensure you feel close to your relationship manager no matter which part of the world you are in
  • Expert team to help you plan your Indian portfolio based on your needs
  • Access to institutional level research to help you make the right investment decision
  • Round the clock support
  • Liasioning with the Tax consultants for smooth compliances

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