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  • #46
    Originally posted by newacct View Post
    I am not sure what are the requirements for naturalization in India. It probably can only be done as an adult but I am not sure. But the point is, if the child loses Indian citizenship, they must go through naturalization.

    But the child can be an Indian citizen at birth (in addition to being US citizen) as long as the child is registered at a consulate within 1 year of birth and does not get a foreign passport. If you want the child to be an Indian citizen, that would be the way to go.


    A young child cannot lose US citizenship. US citizenship can only be lost voluntarily, and a young child does not have the maturity and understanding to have voluntary intent apart from their parent's intent. A child has to be at least 16 to maybe considered to have intent to renounce, and even then the officer will pay attention to whether the child is acting voluntarily.

    But again, why bother with all of this? The child can be an Indian citizen at birth, and continue to be an Indian citizen, without dealing with any of this, as long as they do not get a foreign passport.

    Understood. Thanks a lot for your all your valuable time & suggestions!!!

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    • #47
      Need help to get Indian citizenship for US born baby

      Hi,

      i was confused and posting the below question. Please excuse me, in case of asking the same question again.

      1) if i want to get Indian citizenship for US born baby. do i need to apply for Indian Passport only?
      2) If a child has Indain Passport, is he or she an Indian citizen? or NRI in India?
      3) If a child has Indian Passport with the place of birth in USA in the passport will there be any immigration issues in USA.
      4) If we can get Indian passport, does he/she need to obtain a visa for our rest of the stay in USA?

      Thanks in advance!

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      • #48
        Originally posted by tsak View Post
        Hi,

        i was confused and posting the below question. Please excuse me, in case of asking the same question again.

        1) if i want to get Indian citizenship for US born baby. do i need to apply for Indian Passport only?
        2) If a child has Indain Passport, is he or she an Indian citizen? or NRI in India?
        3) If a child has Indian Passport with the place of birth in USA in the passport will there be any immigration issues in USA.
        4) If we can get Indian passport, does he/she need to obtain a visa for our rest of the stay in USA?

        Thanks in advance!
        1. To get Indian citizenship, you register the child at an Indian consulate within 1 year of birth, declaring that the child does not have a non-Indian passport. Then you can apply for the child's Indian passport.
        2. Indian citizen
        3. The child is a US citizen. The main issue is that if the child leave the US and later wants to return to the US, the child will have trouble boarding a flight to the US without a US passport. And getting a US passport may lead the Indian government to determine that the child lost Indian citizenship.
        4. The child is a US citizen, and can stay in the US without restriction. A US citizen cannot get a US visa

        This is my personal opinion and is not to be construed as legal advice.

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