Information on the right to Indian citizenship of a daughter born in 1971 outside of India to an Indian mother [IND17718.E]

According to a representative of the Indian High Commission in Ottawa, the above-mentioned category of persons would automatically be considered an Indian citizen at birth (14 July 1994). However, if the mother acquires another citizenship before the daughter reaches the age of 18, the daughter would lose her Indian citizenship (ibid.). This would also occur if the parents obtained another citizenship for the daughter, or if she did so independently (ibid.)

Anyone who loses their Indian citizenship for the above-mentioned reasons must undergo the same naturalization procedure as would a foreigner in order to reacquire it (ibid.).

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.


High Commission of India, Ottawa. 14 July 1994. Telephone interview with representative.