New Delhi G.S.R (E) 2024: Citizenship Amendment Rules, 2024 – Application Guidelines for Registration and Naturalisation

Short title and commencement. – (1) These rules may be called the Citizenship 1. 

(Amendment) Rules, 2024. 

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette. 

2. In the Citizenship Rules, 2009 (hereinafter referred to as the said rules), after rule 10, the following rule shall be inserted, namely: – 

“10A. 

Application for grant of citizenship by registration or naturalisation by 

persons eligible under section 6B.- (1) An application from a person eligible under section 6B, for grant of citizenship by registration or naturalisation, shall not be entertained unless 

the application from a person of Indian origin for registration as a citizen 

(a) 

of India fulfilling the conditions under clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 5, is submitted in Form IIA and is in accordance with rule 4 except clauses (a) and (b) of the said rule; or 

(b) the application from a person who is married to a citizen of India, for registration as a citizen of India fulfilling the conditions under clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 5, is submitted in Form IIIA and is in accordance with rule 5 except clauses (a) and (b) of sub-rule (1) of the said rule; or 

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(c) the application from a person who is a minor child of a person who is  a citizen of India, for registration as a citizen of India fulfilling the  conditions under clause (d) of sub-section (1) of section 5, is submitted  in Form IVA and is in accordance with rule 6 except clause (a) of the  said rule; or 

(d) the application from a person whose parents are registered as citizens of India, for registration as a citizen of India fulfilling the conditions  under clause (e) of sub-section (1) of section 5, is submitted in Form  VA and is in accordance with rule 7 except clauses (a) and (b) of the  said rule; or 

(e) the application from a person who or either of his parents was a citizen  of Independent India, for registration as a citizen of India fulfilling the  conditions under clause (f) of sub-section (1) of section 5, is submitted  in Form VIA and is in accordance with rule 8 except clauses (a) and  (b) of the said rule; or 

(f) the application from a person who is registered as an Overseas Citizen  of India Cardholder, for registration as a citizen of India fulfilling the  conditions under clause (g) of sub-section (1) of section 5, is submitted  in Form VIIA and is in accordance with rule 9 except clauses (a) and  (b) of the said rule; or 

(g) the application from a person for grant of citizenship by naturalisation  fulfilling the qualifications for naturalisation under the provisions of  the Third Schedule, is submitted in Form VIIIA which includes- 

(i) an affidavit verifying the correctness of the statements made in  the application along with an affidavit from an Indian citizen  

testifying the character of the applicant; and 

(ii) a declaration from the applicant that he has adequate  knowledge of one of the languages as specified in the Eighth  

Schedule to the Constitution. 

Explanation.—The applicant shall be considered to have adequate  knowledge of the concerned language if he can speak or read or write  that language. 

(2) Every application made by the applicant under sub-rule (1) shall have a  declaration to the effect that the citizenship of his country shall stand renounced  irrevocably in the event of his application being approved and that he shall not raise any  claim on it in future.

(3) Every application made under this rule shall be accompanied by – (a) a copy of any one of the documents specified in Schedule IA; 

(b) a copy of any one of the documents specified in Schedule IB; and 

(c) an affidavit in format specified in Schedule IC. ”.  

3. In the said rules, after rule 11, the following rule shall be inserted, namely:- 

11A. Authority to which application may be made by a person applying  under section 6B.- (1) An application for registration or naturalisation under  section 6B shall be submitted by the applicant in electronic form to the  Empowered Committee through the District Level Committee as may be  notified by the Central Government. 

(2) On submission of the application, an acknowledgment in Form IX shall  be generated electronically. 

(3) The District Level Committee headed by Designated Officer, as may be  specified, shall verify the documents submitted by the applicant along with the  application.  

(4) The Designated Officer shall administer to the applicant the oath of  allegiance as specified in the Second Schedule to the Citizenship Act, 1955 (57 of 1955) and thereafter, sign the oath of allegiance and forward the same  in electronic form along with confirmation regarding verification of  documents to the Empowered Committee. 

(5) In case an applicant fails to appear in person to subscribe the application  and take oath of allegiance despite giving reasonable opportunities, the District  Level Committee shall forward such application to Empowered Committee for  consideration of refusal.”. 

4. In the said rules, after rule 13, the following rule shall be inserted, namely:- “13A. Scrutiny of applications by Empowered Committee. – (1) The 

Empowered Committee referred to in rule 11A may scrutinise the application  for grant of citizenship by registration or naturalisation submitted by an  applicant under section 6B to ensure that the application is complete in all  respects and that the applicant satisfies all the conditions laid down in section  6B. 

(2) On being satisfied after making such inquiry as it considers necessary for  ascertaining the suitability of the applicant that he is a fit and proper person to  be registered or naturalised, as the case may be, the Empowered Committee  may grant him the citizenship of India.”. 

5. In the said rules, in rule 14, after sub-rule (2), the following sub-rules shall be  inserted, namely: – 

“(2A) Every person who is registered as a citizen of India under section 6B  shall be issued a digital certificate of registration in Form XA or XIA, as the  case may be.  

(2B) Hard copy of the certificate of registration shall be issued to the applicant  in case he opts for the same. 

(2C) The certificate shall be digitally signed or signed by the Chairman of  Empowered Committee.”. 

6. In the said rules, in rule 15, after sub-rule (1), the following sub-rules shall be  inserted, namely: – 

“(1A) Every person who by naturalisation is made a citizen of India under  section 6B shall be issued a digital certificate of naturalisation in Form XIIA.  (1B) Hard copy of the certificate of naturalisation shall be issued to the  applicant in case he opts for the same. 

(1C) The certificate shall be digitally signed or signed by the Chairman of  Empowered Committee.”. 

7. In the said rules, in rule 17, –

(i) in clause (a), after the word and figure “section 5”, the words, figure  and letter “or section 6B” shall be inserted; 

(ii) in clause (b), after the word and figure “section 5”, the words, figure  and letter “or section 6B” shall be inserted; 

(iii) in clause (c), after the word and figure “section 5”, the words, figure  and letter “or section 6B” shall be inserted; 

(iv) in clause (d), after the word and figure “section 5”, the words, figure  and letter “or section 6B” shall be inserted; 

(v) in clause (e), after the word and figure “section 6”, the words, figure  and letter “or section 6B” shall be inserted; 

8. In the said rules, in rule 38, after sub-rule (2), following sub-rule shall be inserted, namely:- 

“(3) In case of an application submitted under section 6B, the oath of  

allegiance required by sub-section (2) of section 5 or sub-section (2) of  

section 6 shall be of no effect, unless it is signed in the presence of, or  

administered by the Designated Officer as specified in rule 11A.”. 

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