Naturalisation and Marriage for citizenship

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For a foreigner, what is the law about naturalisation? i hear that if you reside in india CONTINIOUSLY for 12 years, you are automatically naturalized as a citizen.
otherwise you have to get married to a local and then it is only 5 year wait.

3) ANybody has experience getting married for citizenship in india? i know it is a hard core quesiton, but i am looking at all options.

Reasons? I think one can live afforably in india with less financial pressure as one has to live in US. I am tired of rat race and i am ready to retire.

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Great reason to marry.?
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Here is the applicable legal provision for naturalisation:

http://indiacode.nic.in/qrydisp.asp?...57%20&tfnm2=23

Amendment:
http://indiacode.nic.in/qrydisp.asp?...06%20&tfnm2=19

So it appears the period of residence for full naturalisation is 14 years.

If you are married to an Indian citizen, you can become a citizen by registration:
http://indiacode.nic.in/qrydisp.asp?...406%20&tfnm2=5

The residence period is 7 years (It was 5 years under the old 1955 act).

You can get a PIO card after 1 year of marriage to a citizen.
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Do you qualify as a PIO right now?
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Beware that you will have to give up your present citizenship in order to get the Indian one, as India does not allow double citizenship. That means you'll have to get a visa every time you want to go home.

If you are of Indian origin, you might consider PIO or overseas citizenship as an alternative, which means a very long term visa (15 for PIO).

Also, make sure you check out the place thoroughly before you make any final decisions. Living in India is not always easy and certainly not suitable for everybody.
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<You can get a PIO card after 1 year of marriage to a citizen>

I am not a Person of indian origin. I am a white and blonde female.
inspite of my name.
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Originally Posted by sridevi View Post I am not a Person of indian origin. I am a white and blonde female
well, you can still become one, after 1 year of marriage to an Indian citizen. Who knows..maybe you'll even enjoy it
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Originally Posted by icetea View Post Beware that you will have to give up your present citizenship in order to get the Indian one, as India does not allow double citizenship. That means you'll have to get a visa every time you want to go home.
Yes, but my guess was, if the OP is contemplating marriage and a business in India (another thread), then India would also be "home", wouldn't it? At least by the definition of having to spend a good amount of time here.
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Sridevi, have you visited India before? Just wondering because there are a lot of factors to consider in regards to living in India, and cost of living is only one small part.
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Tapestry,
i have been to india 3 times, once for 9 months at a time. i lived in ashrams and tried to get enlightened. Failed. but learnt to eat dosa with my hands, chant Rudram and nod my head left/right. Is that enough of cultural acumen?
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Sridevi ---check out the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs page on Acquiring Citizenship.

(ManojB... i think this is a more readable format of the information)

Though why you should want to do this beats me!
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Originally Posted by sridevi View Post i have been to india 3 times, once for 9 months at a time.
just out of curiousity, was that 9 months continuously?
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9 months...
had to go to srilanka for 5 days.
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I know several people (women) that just live in India without worrying about becoming a citizen. Stupid question... why is it so important?
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Originally Posted by larki55 View Post I know several people (women) that just live in India without worrying about becoming a citizen. Stupid question... why is it so important?
well, larki55, perhaps the question is not so "stupid": there are visa issues to consider while living in India and citizenship is one sure way of getting rid of them. Perhaps not everybody fancies to have to leave the country every 6 months. Of course, citizenship is only one option, and we all seem to agree that it's not worth the effort and waiting. But let's leave that to the OP.
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