About Indian Citizenship

Indian citizenship can be acquired by birth, descent, registration and naturalization.

The conditions and procedure for acquisition of Indian citizenship as per the provision

of the Citizenship Act, 1955 can be read at the Link : Acquisition

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Acquisition of Indian citizenship

A special provision exists for the submission of applications for Indian Citizenship under the Citizenship Amendment Act of 2019. It is specifically for individuals who entered India on or before 31st December, 2014, and belonging to Hindu or Sikh or Buddhist or Jain or Parsi or Christian community from Pakistan or Afghanistan or Bangladesh.

For more detailed information, individuals may refer to the provisions outlined in the Citizenship Act of 1955.

Individuals who wish to submit an application must have their own unique email ID and mobile number.

Applicant may click on button "click to submit application for Indian Citizenship under CAA 2019" and log in using your personal email ID and mobile number.

You may click here to view provisions of CAA.


Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) - FAQ's


Frequently Asked Questions

Answer : The application from the person covered under the CAA will have to be made under section 6B of the Citizenship Act, 1955. This application will be available online at https://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in and mobile application namely CAA-2019.

Answer : Persons belonging to Hindu or Sikh or Buddhist or Jain or Parsi or Christian community from Afghanistan or Bangladesh or Pakistan, and –
  • (i)  Who entered into India on or before 31.12.2014; and
  • (ii)  Who has been exempted by or under section 3(2)(c) of the Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 or from the application of the provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1946 or any rule or order made thereunder.

Answer : The applicant has to submit the application online to the Empowered Committee through the District Level Committee (DLC) headed by Designated Officer (DO). For this purpose, the applicant may visit https://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in or mobile application namely CAA-2019. By answering simple questionnaire, the online system will prompt the applicant to the form as per his/her eligibility as indicated below:-
S.No. Form Number Category of persons eligible
1 IIA A person of Indian origin, for registration as a citizen of India
2 IIIA A person who is married to a citizen of India for registration as a citizen of India
3 IVA A person who is a minor child of a person who is a citizen of India, for registration as a citizen of India
4 VA A person whose parents are registered as a citizen of India, for registration as a citizen of India
5 VIA A person who or either of the parents was a citizen of Independent India, for registration as a citizen of India
6 VIIA A person who is registered as an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder, for registration as a citizen of India
7 VIIIA For grant of citizenship by naturalisation
The applicant may fill up the relevant form, attach all requisite documents mentioned in the Form and make payment of fee of Rs. 50/- online.
At the application stage itself, the applicant may opt for receiving the ink signed copy of the certificate of registration or certificate of naturalization. Ink signed copy of the certificate will be issued to the applicant only if he/ she has opted for the same at the application stage. In all other cases, a digital certificate of registration or certificate of naturalization will be issued.
On submission of application, an acknowledgment will be auto-generated electronically which will be available to the applicant.

Answer : After the applicant has submitted the form online, the form will be scrutinised by the District Level Committee (DLC). Post scrutinization of form, the DLC will intimate to the applicant through e-mail/SMS, the date and time on which the applicant would be expected to visit the DLC in person along with originals of all the documents attached with the application for verification.

Upon scrutiny/verification, if the documents are found in order, the Designated Officer will administer “Oath of Allegiance” to the applicant who has applied for grant of citizenship by registration under Section 5 or naturalisation under Section 6. However, if there is any deficiency in documents, the District Level Committee may ask the applicant to provide the same. In case applicant fails to appear in person to subscribe the application and take oath of allegiance despite giving reasonable opportunities, the DLC may forward such application to EC for consideration of refusal. The applicant can bring the required documents on subsequent date for verification. Oath of Allegiance for registration (Section 5) or naturalisation (Section 6) will be administered only after it is confirmed that all requisite documents have been submitted by the applicant. The Designated Officer will certify on the online system that documents are verified/seen in original. The District Level Committee shall also upload the “oath of allegiance” administered, in the online system and forward the application in electronic form along with confirmation regarding verification of documents to the Empowered Committee.

The Empowered Committee will scrutinise the application and on being satisfied after making such inquiry as it considers necessary and based on the report of the security agency, the Empowered Committee may approve/reject the application for the citizenship of India

Answer : The applicant who has applied for grant of citizenship by registration or naturalisation will be issued a digital certificate of registration. Ink signed copy of the certificate of registration or naturalisation will be issued only if the applicant has opted for the same at the application stage and this will have to be collected by the applicant from the office of the Empowered Committee i.e. the office of the Director (Census Operations) of the State/Union Territory concerned located in the State/ UT capital.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Answer : Please visit MHA website www.indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in. . You may verify your eligibility under relevant provisions of Section 5 and Section 6 of the Citizenship Act, 1955 mentioned therein and fill relevant Form online, upload required documents and pay the prescribed fee.

Answer : Printout of online filled application Form has to be submitted in the office of District collector/ District Magistrate /Deputy Commissioner(herein after referred as district Collector) of the area where the applicant is ordinarily resident. If the applicant is residing outside India, the printout of the application should be submitted to the Consular General of India

Answer : You may verify status of your application on MHA websitewww.indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in.. Furthermore, you would be intimated through email and SMS about the progress.

Answer : After the submission of application in the office of the District Collector, the same is processed as per Rule 12 of the Citizenship Rules, 2009 and as per the time framed indicated there. The Central Government/the competent authority disposes of the cases depending upon adequacy of submitted documents and availability of the security report.

Answer : Please contact MHA helpdesk at email: support[dot]ctznoci[at]mha[dot]gov[dot]in

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