Dual Citizenship Bill passed in Rajya Sabha

December 19, 2003 12:00 am | Updated 12:00 am IST - New Delhi

New Delhi Dec. 18. The Rajya Sabha today unanimously approved the Citizen (Amendment) Bill, 2003, regarding the grant of dual citizenship to people of Indian origin in eight countries.

The Bill, moved by the Deputy Prime Minister, L. K. Advani, amends the Citizenship Act of 1955.

It seeks to make acquisition of Indian citizenship by registration and naturalisation more stringent and prevents illegal migrants from becoming eligible for Indian citizenship.

It also provides for grant of overseas citizenship of India to persons of Indian origin in Australia, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the U.S.

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