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Norms Eased for Pak, Afghan Minorities
Nov 19, 2014

The Indian government announced a number of concessions for Hindu and Sikh refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan as part of which it also introduced relaxations in the procedure for granting them Indian citizenship. Home Ministry approved a proposal for manual acceptance of applications for granting of Indian citizenship to minority community nationals of Pakistan and Afghanistan who entered India prior to December 31, 2009.

The eligible applicants who were facing difficulties in submitting online applications can now submit the same manually along with their passports. However, the long term visa of the applicant should be valid at the time of submitting the citizenship application at the office of the district magistrate, collector or deputy commissioner.

An affidavit filed before the authority prescribed under Rule 38 of the Citizenship Rules, 2009, will be considered in lieu of renunciation certificate. The children of such refugees, who entered India on the basis of their parents' passport, can apply without passport for the grant of Indian citizenship after the regularisation of their stay in India.

In case of children of such persons born in India, they can also apply without passport for grant of Indian citizenship after regularisation of their stay in the country. These children will have to register with the foreigners registration office in the district concerned for the regularisation.

While approving the concessions, the Home Ministery directed the Foreigners Division that the grievances of these applicants should be suitably addressed. The move came two months after the ministry okayed the setting up of a task force to monitor and expedite the processing of the citizenship and long term visa applications of such persons.

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