Information on whether a child born in India of non-Indian parents who were in the country illegally, would be entitled to Indian citizenship by virtue of birth [IND16900.E]

According to an official of the High Commission for India in Ottawa, Indian citizenship is not granted solely by virtue of being born in India (14 Mar. 1994). The source stated that the mother or father would have to be Indian citizens or of Indian origin. He added that it is irrelevant whether the child's parents were in India illegally at the time of the birth. Please refer to the Law of Citizenship and Aliens in India available at your Regional Documentation Centre for further information.

Additional and/or corroborative information on this subject could not be found among the sources currently available to the DIRB in Ottawa.

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Consular and Passport Office, High Commission for India. 14 March 1994. Telephone interview with official.