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Dual Citizenship Proposal for Indians

Dual Citizenship Proposal for Indians

Old May 9th 2003, 1:18 am
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Default Dual Citizenship Proposal for Indians

This is an excerpt form the Murthy Bulletin, as published by Sheela
Murthy, Immigration Attorney-at-law and can be read on her website.

The Indian Central Cabinet
approved a proposal to allow dual citizenship for persons of Indian
(PIOs) living abroad. The proposal, which must be submitted to the
Indian Parliament in order to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955 and
law, would apply to PIOs living in eight countries that allow dual
citizenship. The U.S. is one of the eight countries. The other seven
Britain, Australia, Canada, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, and

According to widespread news reports on this topic, an Indian living
one of the eight countries would have to apply for dual citizenship.
The request would be verified and subject to scrutiny. Security
would be part of the review and are one of the reasons dual
will only be granted on a case-by-case basis.

One of the reasons for the move is to encourage and allow PIOs to
invest in India. This is easier as an Indian citizen. When one is once
an Indian citizen, the dual citizen presumably would be able to own
real estate and purchase property within India with few or no
restrictions. For example, although PIOs are allowed to own certain
real property,
there are apparently some restrictions on owning agricultural
Dual citizens would not be allowed to vote in India, run for public
office, or take defense jobs.

This measure is only a proposal, at present. However, as a
government-sponsored proposal, it has a strong likelihood of success.

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