CAA rules notified: 7 steps to apply for citizenship under 2019 act. Check eligibility, procedure, special requirement

While notifying the CAA rules, the government said that the act aims to ensure proper resettlement of these persecuted minorities, who faced years of oppression

Devesh Kumar
First Published12 Mar 2024
Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union Government on Monday notified the rules of Citizenship Amendment Act 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union Government on Monday notified the rules of Citizenship Amendment Act 2019(PTI)

Less than a month before the Lok Sabha elections 2024, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union Government notified the rules of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019. The act allows the members of six minority communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh to get Indian citizenship faster. While notifying the rules, the government said the act aims to ensure proper resettlement of these persecuted minorities, who have faced years of oppression.

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The 2019 Act sparked intense protests across the nation and was kept in cold storage for more than four years. Earlier, the sources from the Union Home Ministry indicated that the government plans to notify the CAA rules before general elections.

Who can apply for citizenship under CAA 2019? 

Individuals who migrated to India before December 31, 2014, from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh due to “religious persecution” and belong to six religious minorities- Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian are eligible to get citizenship under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019.

How to apply for citizenship under CAA 2019?

1. The applicant shall submit an application for registration or naturalisation under section 6B in electronic form to the Empowered Committee through the District Level Committee as may be notified by the Central Government.

2. On submission of the application, an acknowledgement in Form IX shall be generated electronically.

3. The District Level Committee headed by the Designated Officer, as may be specified, shall verify the documents submitted by the applicant along with the application.

4. The Designated Officer shall administer to the applicant the oath of allegiance as specified in the Second Schedule to the Citizenship Act, 1955 (57 of 1955) and thereafter, sign the oath of allegiance and forward the same in electronic form along with confirmation regarding verification of documents to the Empowered Committee.

5. In case an applicant fails to appear in person to subscribe to the application and take the oath of allegiance despite giving reasonable opportunities, the District Level Committee shall forward such application to the Empowered Committee for consideration of refusal.

6. The Empowered Committee referred to in rule 11A may scrutinise the application for grant of citizenship by registration or naturalisation submitted by an applicant under Section 6B to ensure that the application is complete in all respects and that the applicant satisfies all the conditions laid down in Section 6B.

7. The Empowered Committee may grant the applicant the citizenship of India if it is satisfied after making such inquiry as it considers necessary for ascertaining the applicant’s suitability that he is a fit and proper person to be registered or naturalised, as the case may be.

Requirement of special documents

Moreover, the rules mention two additional documents other than those in Section 6B of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) rules. These are:

1. An affidavit verifying the correctness of the statements made in the application, along with an affidavit from an Indian citizen testifying the character of the applicant.

2. A declaration from the applicant that he has adequate knowledge of one of the languages as specified in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution.

 

 

 

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