Dual Citizenship?

#1 Apr 14th, 2016, 22:00
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Hi all,
Does anyone have dual citizenship (India & other) that frequently travel in and out of India? I'm a Japanese national and my wife is Indian. We recently had a baby in India and I thought it would be convenient to have dual citizenship. We got the Indian passport from Guwahati without any hassle. When I tried to apply for the Japanese passport, I was told it's bit tricky going in and out of india with multiple passports. Does any one have any experience with it?
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India does not recognize dual citizenship.
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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post India does not recognize dual citizenship.
India does not permit dual citizenship. Take citizenship of another country, and you are no longer an Indian citizen.
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Japan does not allow dual citizenship either.
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zero out of two then.
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It might be a good idea to acquire a Japanese passport and then get the Indian passport cancelled. You can then apply for OCI. Be prepared for bureaucratic nonsense and possible visa troubles, though. On a side note, Japan does permit Japanese nationals to hold multiple nationalities (in some cases). In this case, your child would have to choose either nationality, permanently, before the age of 22.

Contact your embassy for advice.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post .... voluntarily Take citizenship of another country, and you are no longer an Indian citizen.
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voluntarily Take citizenship ...
I hadn't thought of that aspect.
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A bit moot, voluntary or not. For a minor, it's still considered voluntary if his/her parents decided.

How does one involuntarily take another country's citizenship?
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Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post A bit moot, voluntary or not. For a minor, it's still considered voluntary if his/her parents decided.

How does one involuntarily take another country's citizenship?
Some are Born citizens,
Some achieve citizenship,
Some have citizenship thrust upon them.

(apologies to the Bard of Avon)
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Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post A bit moot, voluntary or not. For a minor, it's still considered voluntary if his/her parents decided.
iirc one of the rare cases where India does accept some form of dual nationality relates to minors who may hold two nationalities until they achieve majority, when they have to decide on one.
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How does one involuntarily take another country's citizenship?
'Take' was a quote from NickH's post - the actual wording is 'voluntarily acquire...'.
Most persons born in the Portuguese Estado do India acquired Portuguese nationality by birth. India required them to become Indian citizens or leave the country (no PIO/ OCI then).
Although Portugal (and the rest of the world & UN) considered them as Portuguese citizens, Portugal did not 'know' of their existence because all records were left behind in India. Now, they, or their children or grandchildren can record that Estado do India birth in Lisbon. This can not be considered to be 'voluntarily acquiring' Portuguese citizenship since they already had it by birth.
By separate legislation however, India has ruled that obtaining a foreign passport is deemed to be voluntary acquisition of foreign citizenship.

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Originally Posted by a_f_d View Post iirc one of the rare cases where India does accept some form of dual nationality relates to minors who may hold two nationalities until they achieve majority, when they have to decide on one.
Scrapped long ago. If a child is eligible for 2 nationalities by virtue of birth, the Indian state requires that one be chosen, and that's the end of that. In the OP's case, his child as of now is an Indian citizen. To acquire Japanese nationality now would require renunciation of the Indian.

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AndyD 8-)- well you asked! <g>
Actually I didn't, not about voluntary acquisition. My point was about involuntary acquisition (or taking), something virtually impossible, innit? Unless one had a gun to one's head.

One can certainly involuntarily become a cirizen of another country through cession of territory (duly provided for in the Indian Citizenship Act), a very good example indeed being the one you alluded to - Goa. And later on, Sikkim.
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Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post Scrapped long ago. If a child is eligible for 2 nationalities by virtue of birth, the Indian state requires that one be chosen, and that's the end of that......
... see this thread....

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Originally Posted by a_f_d View Post ... see this thread....
"renunciate" --- oh god, what a horrible abortion of a word

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