"However, the government and the RBI should have made this call on November 8 itself when Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the big announcement," he added.
Another expat, Sachin Hukumchand Chordiya, called the latest move of the Indian government the best New Year gift.
"I am happy that this extension is only for the NRIs. It's good to see the government finally recognising the Indian diaspora," he said.
For Nazeer Ahmed, the move is like "extra oxygen to those on ventilator".
"The government hit us from nowhere and now the RBI has extended December 30 deadline to June 30. So, this clearly shows a lack of planning and consideration for the big expat population," said Maria Thomas, a housewife.
"This is how the government treats the NRIs. This deadline extension should have been done way back," she added.
The facility will be available through RBI offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Nagpur.
However, Indian citizens in Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan and Bangladesh cannot avail of this facility.