Indian Citizenship
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Indian Citizenship can be acquired by:

  1. Persons of Indian origin, who or either of whose parents was born in undivided India and who are ordinarily resident in India for seven years.
  2. Persons of India origin who are ordinarily residents in any country or place outside undivided India.
  3. Persons who are or have been married to a citizen of India and who are ordinarily resident in India for five years.
  4. Minor children both whose parents are Indian citizens.
  5. A citizen of Singapore and Canada who is resident in India for five years and eight years respectively.

 

By Naturalization (section 6)
Citizenship of India by naturalization can be acquired by a foreigner who is ordinarily resident in India for twelve years (continuously for the twelve months preceding the date of application and for eleven years in the aggregate in the fourteen years preceding the twelve months).

PIO Card Holders
As per section 5(1)a & 5(1)c of the Indian Citizenship Act. PIO card holders can acquire Indian Citizenship after they have resided in India for a minimum of 7 years before making the application for grant of Indian citizenship.

OCI Holders
Those who have OCI status may be granted Indian Citizenship after 5 years from date of registration provided they stay in India for one year before submitting the application for Indian citizenship

Foreign passport holders acquiring Indian citizenship
Acquiring Indian Citizenship will mean you will lose your foreign citizenship.

New Procedure for applying online for Indian citizenship by descent under Section 4(I) of the Citizenship Act, 1995.

In order to make the aforesaid procedure simpler online submission of applications by foreigners at Indian Missions abroad has been introduced.

To fill in the application please follow the links below

  1. Registration of birth of a minor child at an Indian consulate under section 4(1) of the citizenship act, 1955http://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/ic_form_public.aspx
    Click on the option (Registration of birth of a minor child at an Indian consulate under section 4(1) of the citizenship act, 1955)
  2. Online status enquiry: http://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/ic_file_current_status.aspx
  3. Other important online applications relating to Indian citizenship http://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/ic_form_public.aspx
    A user guide is available at: http://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/UserGuide/Public_user_guide_5_1_a.pdf
    After printing the application, paste applicant’s recent passport (35*35), size photograph on the printed application and submit it along with the necessary documents to the respective Embassy/Consulates.
    It is mandatory to submit the application online as the applications received otherwise will not be processed.


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