Companies may not require fresh prior approval of the Government i.e. Minister-in-charge of FIPB/CCEA for bringing in additional foreign investment into the same entity, in the following cases:
(i) Entities the activities of which had earlier required prior approval of FIPB/Cabinet Committee on Foreign Investment (CCFI)/CCEA and which had, accordingly, earlier obtained prior approval of FIPB/CCFI/CCEA for their initial foreign investment but subsequently such activities/sectors have been placed under automatic route;
(ii) Entities the activities of which had sectoral caps earlier and which had, accordingly, earlier obtained prior approval of FIPB/CCFI/CCEA for their initial foreign investment but subsequently such caps were removed/increased and the activities placed under the automatic route; provided that such additional investment along with the initial/original investment does not exceed the sectoral caps;
(iii) Additional foreign investment into the same entity where prior approval of FIPB/CCFI/CCEA had been obtained earlier for the initial/original foreign investment due to requirements of Press Note 18/1998 or Press Note 1 of 2005 and prior approval of the Government under the FDI policy is not required for any other reason/purpose; and
(iv) Additional foreign investment into the same entity within an approved foreign equity percentage/or into a wholly owned subsidiary.
Note: This is an extract from the clause 4.3. of the Consolidated FDI Policy Circular of 2016 (D/o IPP F. No. 5(1)/2016-FC-1 Dated the June 07, 2016) issued by Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.