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Bill to Introduce Dual Citizenship Introduced In Indian Parliament

Dual Citizenship Introduced In Indian Parliament

A member of parliament in India, Mr. Shashi Tharoor has introduced a bill in Parliament, which seeks to amend the Constitution of India and make dual citizenship legally viable for Indians who settle abroad. The bill addresses the long-standing demand from the Indian diaspora around the world, who have been asking for dual citizenship rights, which would let them take on the citizenship of the country they settle in while retaining the nationality of their country of birth.

Need for Dual Citizenship for Indian Citizens Who Choose To Settle Abroad

Many countries including Canada, UK, and Australia, offer the option of dual citizenship for their people. Indians who opted to settle abroad have also been asking for dual citizenship rights for many years. In order to appease these demands, the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card was introduced more than a decade ago. The OCI allows persons of Indian descent to visit, live and work in the country without having to apply for a visa. However, OCI cardholders cannot vote or take office in a public capacity. They are also barred from investing in agricultural land.

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If dual citizenship is indeed granted, then Indian citizens who have settled abroad would enjoy all the rights that are enjoyed by resident Indians. These rights would include the right to participate in voting and influencing policy decisions in the country. This would allow India to harness the intellectual capital of thousands of its erstwhile citizens who have reached positions of high office, academic success, or industry leadership abroad. In fact, Indians living abroad are one of the most successful and respected demographics anywhere in the world. The USA has a number of Indian-origin politicians in congress, a few of whom have even risen to be governors of states. India can gain from the global perspectives that dual citizens are bound to bring to the country.

On the economic front too, the introduction of dual citizenship would be of great benefit to India, as it would allow the free entry of skilled talent from professionals who are planning to return to India. Companies in India will benefit from the lessons and experiences of the Indian diaspora across the world. Moreover granting dual citizenship can encourage Indians abroad to invest in Indian ventures and projects, thus giving a further impetus to the Indian economy

Most Indians who have accepted citizenship of another country is still very much attached to their home country and have played a major role in promoting Indian interest overseas. Granting them dual citizenship can only strengthen their resolve to work for the benefit of their home country.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Canada: The Great White North is Number 1 on this list. With easy immigration processes, a welcoming society, great education and healthcare, cool weather, and the ever-growing job market, Canada is the undisputed leader in immigration potential.

Germany: The Deutschland is famous for precision, quality, and high expectations. Unsurprisingly, it makes the list but we’re still going to spell it out. Currently, home to over 170,000 Indians, Germany is a melting pot of different cultures mostly from other countries in the EU. A veritable hub for mechanical engineering, Germany has a low level of corruption, and a love for innovation and is home to over 25 Fortune 500 companies. With the demand for highly skilled professionals, Germany is a choice destination for young, smart immigrants from all over the world.

Provincial Nominee Program is one of the best routes for Canadian immigration. Every province (state) in Canada has its criteria for immigration. This criterion is custom-fitted to reflect the needs and growth opportunities arising in that respective province.

A Master’s Degree translates directly into a better CRS score. Your educational qualifications reflect the contribution you would make to the destination country’s economy which means that you would be more sought after. Speaking one of the country's primary languages (Eg: French for Canada) also greatly raises your chances for both visa success as well job opportunities.

If you fall under the NOC list in Canada or SOL in Australia (Occupations in demand list), it means that jobs are readily available for qualified candidates. On average, individuals earn 8 times as much salary in Canada as compared to India.


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