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Procedure[edit]

  1. Click here to apply for Indian Citizenship through online.
  2. Fill the online form in Block Letters.
  3. Furnish the exact information asked in the forms.
  4. After filling the online application form verify the details you have entered before hitting the submit.
  5. Print the filled in application form and paste the recent passport size photo, Sign the application form and self attest the application form and attach all the required documents.
  6. Submit the duly signed/ self attested hard copy of the computer generated application form, and supporting documents to your nearest Collector/ DC/DM office personally.


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Required Documents[edit]

Form II, Section 5 (1) (a)
  1. A copy of valid Foreign Passport.
  2. A copy of valid Residential Permit/LTV.
  3. Aadhaar Card
  4. Evidence of the date of birth of the parents viz. copy of the Indian passport or birth certificate. Copy of Bank Challan in original amounting to Rs.500/- payable towards declaration and Oath of allegiance deposited in the State Bank of India under Head No.0070-Other Administrative Services-Other Services-receipts under the Citizenship Act.
  5. Declaration and Oath of allegiance as specified in the form to be made before the offices specified in the Citizenship Rules, 1955 i.e. Collector/ DM/ DC.
  6. Copy of Bank Challan in original amounting to Rs.500/- payable towards declaration and Oath of allegiance deposited in the State Bank of India under Head No.0070-Other Administrative Services-Other Services-receipts under the Citizenship Act.
Form III, Section 5 (1) (c)
  1. A copy of valid Foreign Passport.
  2. A copy of valid Residential Permit/LTV.
  3. Aadhaar Card
  4. Evidence of his/her husbands/wifes Indian nationality viz. copy of the Indian passport or birth certificate.
  5. A copy of marriage certificate issued by the Registrar of Marriage.
  6. Declaration and Oath of allegiance as specified in the form to be made before the offices specified in the Citizenship Rules, 1955 i.e. Collector/ DM/ DC.
  7. Copy of Bank Challan in original amounting to Rs.500/- payable towards declaration and Oath of allegiance deposited in the State Bank of India under Head No.0070-Other Administrative Services-Other Services-receipts under the Citizenship Act
Form IV, Section 5 (1) (d)
  1. A copy of valid Foreign Passport of the child or parent or which has/ her name is entered.
  2. A copy of valid Residential Permit/LTV.
  3. Aadhaar Card
  4. Proof of Indian citizenship of both the parents viz. copy of the Indian passport or birth certificate.
  5. Declaration and Oath of allegiance as specified in the form to be made before the offices specified in the Citizenship Rules, 1955 i.e. Collector/ DM/ DC.
  6. A copy of Bank Challan in original amounting to Rs.250/- payable towards declaration and Oath of allegiance deposited in the State Bank of India under Head No.0070-Other Administrative Services-Other Services-receipts under the Citizenship Act.
  7. In case of guardian, enclose proof of guardianship.
Form V, Section 5 (1) (e)
  1. A copy of valid Foreign Passport.
  2. A copy of valid Residential Permit/LTV.
  3. Aadhaar Card
  4. Copies of Indian citizenship certificates of both the parents issued under Section 5(1) (a) or 6(1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955.
  5. Declaration and Oath of allegiance as specified in the form to be made before the offices specified in the Citizenship Rules, 1955 i.e. Collector/ DM/ DC.
  6. A copy of Bank Challan in original amounting to Rs.500/- payable towards declaration and Oath of allegiance deposited in the State Bank of India under Head No.0070-Other Administrative Services-Other Services-receipts under the Citizenship Act
Form VI, Section 5 (1) (f)
  1. A copy of valid Foreign Passport.
  2. A copy of valid Residential Permit/LTV.
  3. Aadhaar Card
  4. Evidence that the applicant or either of his/ her parents was a citizen of Independent India viz. copy of the Indian passport or birth certificate.
  5. Declaration and Oath of allegiance as specified in the form to be made before the offices specified in the Citizenship Rules, 1955 i.e. Collector/ DM/ DC.
  6. A copy of Bank Challan in original amounting to Rs.500/- payable towards declaration and Oath of allegiance deposited in the State Bank of India under Head No.0070-Other Administrative Services-Other Services-receipts under the Citizenship Act
Form VII, Section 5 (1) (g)
  1. A copy of valid Foreign Passport.
  2. A copy of the certificate of registration as overseas citizen of India under Section 7A.
  3. Aadhaar Card
  4. Declaration and Oath of allegiance as specified in the form to be made before the offices specified in the Citizenship Rules, 1955 i.e. Collector/ DM/ DC.
  5. A copy of Bank Challan in original amounting to Rs.500/- payable towards declaration and Oath of allegiance deposited in the State Bank of India under Head No.0070-Other Administrative Services-Other Services-receipts under the Citizenship Act.
Form VIII, Section 6 (1)
  1. A copy of valid Foreign Passport.
  2. A copy of Residential Permit/LTV.
  3. Aadhaar Card
  4. A copy of Bank Challan in original amounting to Rs.1500/- deposited in the State Bank of India under Head No.0070-Other Administrative Services-Other Services-receipts under the Citizenship Act.
  5. One affidavit from self (applicant) and two affidavits from two Indians testifying to the character of the applicant in the prescribed language available in the application form. Affidavit to be allotted by Notary/ Oath Commissioner/ DM
  6. Two language certificates certifying the applicants knowledge in any one of the Indian languages specified in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. (A language certificate from a recognized institute)

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

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Eligibility[edit]

The salient features of conditions and procedures for acquisition of Indian Citizenship as per the provisions of Indian Citizenship Act, 1955 are mentioned below: 1. By Birth (Section 3):

  • Every person born in India on or after the 26.01.1950 but before 01.07.1987 is a citizen of India by birth irrespective of the nationality of his/her parents.
  • Every person born in India between 01.07.1987 to 02.12.2004 is a citizen of India provided either of his/her parents is a citizen of India at the time of his/ her birth.
  • Every person born in India on or after 03.12.2004, shall be citizen of India provided both of his/her parents are citizens of India or one of whose parents is a citizen of India and the other is not an illegal migrant at the time of his/ her birth

2. By Registration (section 5): Citizenship of India by registration can be acquired by:

  • A person of Indian origin who is ordinarily resident in India for seven years before making an application for registration; or
  • A person of Indian origin who is ordinarily resident in any country or place outside undivided India; or
  • A person who is married to a citizen of India and is ordinarily resident of India for seven years before making an application for registration; or
  • Minor children of persons who are citizens of India; or
  • A person of full age and capacity whose parents are registered as citizens of India section 5(1) (a) of this sub- section or sub- section (1) of section 6; or
  • A person of full age and capacity who, or either of his/ her parents, was earlier citizen of independent India, and has been residing in India for one year immediately before making an application for registration; or
  • A person of full age and capacity who has been registered as an overseas citizen of India for five years, and who has been residing in India for one year before making an application for registration

Fees[edit]

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Validity[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever


Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

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Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Please remove the '&' inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M' Video ID is 'Y0US7oR_t3M'.
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Instructions[edit]

You can apply online from the website http://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/ic_form_public.aspx in order to start the processing of getting the Indian citizenship. The facility for online submission of application forms under Section 4 (1), 5 (1) (a), 5(1) (c), 5 (1) (d), 5(1) (e), 5(1) (f) and 6(1) has been provided by MHA. The applicants can make application online for quick processing of the same by the concerned agencies and the Central Government.

  1. Each online application form is meant for one person only. Separate application has tobe filed for each applicant.
  2. The online form should be filled in Block/ Capital letters.
  3. Furnish information exactly in the manner asked for in the forms, especially the names, address and date of birth.
  4. Applicants are required to verify the application details before submitting the online application.
  5. Once the online application form is submitted by the applicant, then further modifications are not allowed. Hence applicants are requested to check and validate the details before submitting the online application form.
  • Applicants are requested to keep the MHA File Number (generated automatically after the submission of online form) for printing of the online application form and for status tracking.
  • Recent passport size photograph of the applicant is to be affixed on each form in the prescribed space. Photograph to be affixed on the application should be of square shape of size not less than 35*35mm (with 80% coverage by face). It should have light color background (not white) without border with front view of persons head and shoulders showing the full face in the middle of the photograph. It should not be stapled and should not have any signature. Photographs that do not conform to these standards will be rejected and may cause a delay in processing the applications.


Required Information[edit]

  1. Name of applicant & mother
  2. Father's Name or Husbands Name
  3. Permanent Address
  4. Date of Birth & Place
  5. Period of residence in India
  6. Place of Birth of father
  7. Date of migration in India
  8. Date of return to India
  9. Purpose for which Nationality Certificate is required.


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Need for the Document[edit]

The Constitution of India provides a single citizenship for the entire country. The Citizenship Actenacted by the Parliament in 1955 provides for acquisition, renunciation, termination, deprivation and determination of Indian citizenship. The Act provides for acquisition of Indian Citizenship by birth, descent, registration and naturalization.


Information which might help[edit]

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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Others[edit]

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