CAA news: Application for Indian citizenship to be made online, says govt

  • CAA: Religious minorities (Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian) from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who have migrated to India before 31 December 2014 and were persecuted in their country can apply for citizenship

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Updated12 Mar 2024
Modi govt issues notification of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)
Modi govt issues notification of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)

The Central government has notified that an eligible person can apply for Indian citizenship under the Citizenship (Amendment) Rules 2024 in a completely online mode in an official web portal.

On Monday, the Modi government notified the rules for implementing the Citizenship Amendment Act. According to the Union Home Minister, the CAA will enable minorities (Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians) persecuted on religious grounds in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to acquire Indian citizenship.

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The announcement has come before the Model Code of Conduct comes into force as the Election Commission of India will be announcing the dates of the Lok Sabha election 2024 soon. The Lok Sabha polls are expected to be held in April-May this year.

CAA: Who can apply for Indian citizenship

Religious minorities (Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian) from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who have migrated to India before 31 December 2014 and were persecuted in their country can apply for citizenship under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019.

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CAA: List of documents required

  • Birth certificate issued by the government of Afghanistan, Pakistan or Bangladesh.
  • School certificate or other educational certificate.
  • License issued by any of the aforementioned governments
  • Documents that show either parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents had been citizens of one of these countries, Bangladesh or Afghanistan.
  • Passport copies issued by the Governments of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.
  • Registration Certificate issued by foreigners
  • Copy of visa and immigration stamp on arrival in India on or before 31 December 2014.
  • Registration Certificate or residential permit issued by FRO in India or FRRo
  • Ration card of the applicant issued on or before 31 December 2014. Besides, birth certificate issued in India
  • Government-issued certificate (AAdhaar card, PAN card, etc)
  • Electricity connection papers or Electricity Bills
  • Record and account details relating to and issued by the Banks (including Private
  • Banks) or Post Office accounts in the name of the applicant
  • Employment-related certificate under any employer in India
  • School leaving certificate issued in India
  • Marriage certificate.

What is CAA, the law which led to massive protests in 2019?

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs annual report for 2021-22, as many as 1,414 individuals from non-Muslim minority communities originating from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan were granted Indian citizenship through registration or naturalization under the Citizenship Act, 1955 between April 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021.

Under the Citizenship Act of 1955, Indian citizenship by registration or naturalization is granted to non-Muslim minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan in nine states, such as Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and Maharashtra.

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