Government of India is not considering proposals to grant dual citizenship

The government on Tuesday 9th February 2021 said it is not taking into account any proposal to grant dual citizenship.

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai spoke in Lok Sabha saying that over 6.76 lakh Indians gave up Indian nationality between 2015 and 2019 and took up citizenship of other countries. “No sir,” said Rai said in response to a written question of Congress member Karti Chidambaram, who questioned whether the government is considering any proposal for dual citizenship.

The minister said according information available with the Ministry of External Affairs, a total number of 1,24,99,395 Indian nationals are living in foreign countries.

Rai said 1,41,656 Indians gave up Indian citizenship in 2015, 1,44,942 in 2016, 1,27,905 in 2017, 1,25,130 in 2018 and 1,36,441 Indians gave up Indian nationality in 2019.

As of now The Constitution of India does not allow holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously.

Based on the recommendation of the High Level committee on Indian Diaspora, the Government of India decided to grant Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) generally known as ‘dual citizenship‘.

Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) of a particular category as has been specified in the Brochure who migrated from India and obtained citizenship of a foreign country other than Pakistan and Bangladesh, are qualified for grant of OCI as long as their home countries allow dual citizenship in some form or the other under their local laws.