Application for Indian Citizenship

I have been in India for 26 years but I belong to Afghanistan. I want to apply for citizenship in India. I have passport of Afghanistan. I am refugee. How can i apply for Indian Citizenship?

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  • Sector-1, Noida

Acquisition of Indian citizenship is governed by the Citizenship Act, 1955. Under the act, a person can apply for citizenship by naturalisation where the person firstly needs to show that he/she has been ordinarily resident in India or has been serving the Indian government for a period of 12 years. Apart from the said condition, there are certain other qualifications required which are prescribed under the Act. In order to proceed with acquiring Indian citizenship, you need make an application to the Central Government (in this case, the Foreignors' Division, Ministry of Home Affairs) in Form VIII along with supporting documents such as your Afghanistan passport, copy of residential permit or document confirming your refugee status, character certificates amongst other things.

Answered on 28 Sep 2018


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  • Sector-1, Noida

Citizenship of India by naturalization can be acquired by a foreigner (not being an illegal migrant) who is ordinarily resident in India for twelve years (throughout the period of twelve months immediately preceding the date of application and for eleven years in the aggregate in the fourteen years preceding the twelve months) and fulfils other qualifications as specified in third schedule to the act, 1955. 

Answered on 28 Sep 2018


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