Cabinet decides to grant dual citizenship

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Garvo Gujarati   
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 06-05-03 13:40:14


Cabinet decides to grant dual citizenship

May 06, 2003 22:34 IST

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday night decided to grant dual citizenship to Indians living in the United States, the United Kingdom and six other countries.

"Indians living there will have to apply for dual citizenship and the government could grant it after due verification," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told reporters after a meeting of the Cabinet lasting over an hour.

They would not have the privilege of voting rights and would not be allowed to hold constitutional offices or jobs in three defence services, she said.

The six other countries are Australia, Canada, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands and Italy, Swaraj said. A bill to this effect would be introduced during the current session of Parliament to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, she said. The eight countries have been chosen as they already had dual citizenship laws and a large number of Indians are residing there, she said.

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I have a question now. At this time I am Canadian Resident. If I apply for Citizenship- what I have to do with Indian Passport? (If I want to keep dual citizenship?)

A Proud Indian Canadian

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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 06-05-03 15:22:07

pay the dual citizenship fees and keep your passport valid.

call indian consulate in toronto, for more info. i am sure, u will not get the info. u need at this moment. (typical indian style reply: we are awaiting more details from india)...

Sunil Sharma, P.Eng.

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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 06-05-03 23:04:52

It hasn't become law yet.

So wait for couple of months by that time final details could emerge.

Desi in Alberta   
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 05-07-03 22:05:35

Any guesses? I already have Canadian passport now. Does anybody know how much it will cost to get the Indian passport as a dual citizen? I know the details are still not available on the Indian Consulate website and the laws are still being worked out...

Any guesses? I hope it will not cost more than 200 dollars (canadian).

Please repond.

Garvo Gujarati   
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 07-07-03 08:39:47

Not so sure, but it should be around 400 Cdn$

A Proud Indian Canadian

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