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Old May 15, 11, 11:53 pm   #1
 
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getting indian citizenship

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my mum is a Ukrainian citizen, born in Ukraine, with Russian parents.
We have settled down in Govardhan, UP and plan to stay here for the rest of our lives.
I would like to keep my US passport.
But my mother would like to be able to stay in India without a visa. we have been in India for 14 years so far (with a few trips out for a couple of months).

We asked the FRRO but its very hard to work with.
Both of us know hindi
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Old May 16, 11, 2:01 am   #2
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Hi
my mum is a Ukrainian citizen, born in Ukraine, with Russian parents.
We have settled down in Govardhan, UP and plan to stay here for the rest of our lives.
I would like to keep my US passport.
But my mother would like to be able to stay in India without a visa. we have been in India for 14 years so far (with a few trips out for a couple of months).

We asked the FRRO but its very hard to work with.
Both of us know hindi
you may need to get in touch with a lawyer to complete all the formalities on your mother's behalf....i could give you a couple of contact details for lawyers working in this area of expertise....let me know if you are interested & i'll pm you the details....
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Old May 16, 11, 7:04 am   #3
 
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we tried a local lawyer two year ago, and since then nothing has happened..
Definitely interested. Thanks
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Old May 16, 11, 7:35 am   #4
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we tried a local lawyer two year ago, and since then nothing has happened..
Definitely interested. Thanks
forget local lawyers....you need a good lawyer in delhi to get this done in a proper manner....i have sent you a pm with contact details of a lawyer in delhi....my firm has used him before for similar matters & he is very good....
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forget local lawyers....you need a good lawyer in delhi to get this done in a proper manner....
That is indeed the best course of action for such circumstances.

Also, the OP may need to be made aware of what the implications are on foreign citizenship status (in terms of loss of rights to citizenship or claim to citizenship) and other obligations of foreign citizenship (including some obligations that may continue even after surrender of citizenship of the other country). That would include seeking advice from the relevant state(s) of the former Soviet Union.
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Hi
my mum is a Ukrainian citizen, born in Ukraine, with Russian parents.
We have settled down in Govardhan, UP and plan to stay here for the rest of our lives.
I would like to keep my US passport.
But my mother would like to be able to stay in India without a visa. we have been in India for 14 years so far (with a few trips out for a couple of months).

We asked the FRRO but its very hard to work with.
Both of us know hindi
Continuous stay in the immediate 12 months is needed.
http://www.mha.nic.in/citizenship/acquisition.htm

Application needs to submitted on
http://www.mha.nic.in/citizenship/fo...ti_form-12.pdf

It is a very tedious process. However the applications are approved generally as long as no security concerns are there.
Application needs to be submitted to the District Collectors office.

Also see
http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...enship-t27767/
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Old May 18, 11, 7:01 am   #7
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Note that you have probably apply thru the FRRO anyway because they have the registration records that the state will check before forwarding the matter to the mha. Also the applicant has to rennounce any other citizenship when taking the indian citizenship. IMHO the hassle with the FRRO for the annual staying permit is well worth the US citizenship.
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I don't see why your mom wants to become an Indian citizen. This will especially be the case if Ukraine becomes a part of the EU ina few years.

IMHO, a better option is for your mom to get an OCI/PIO card. The OCI is essentially a lifelong visa to live and work in India without any restrictions. The PIO is valid for 15 years and also requires holders to register at the FRRO station if they stay in India for over 6 months. If you don't travel abroad much, this requirement should not be that taxing.
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Old May 18, 11, 4:27 pm   #9
 
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how can that be done? no indian heritage that I know of.
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I don't see why your mom wants to become an Indian citizen. This will especially be the case if Ukraine becomes a part of the EU ina few years.

IMHO, a better option is for your mom to get an OCI/PIO card. The OCI is essentially a lifelong visa to live and work in India without any restrictions. The PIO is valid for 15 years and also requires holders to register at the FRRO station if they stay in India for over 6 months. If you don't travel abroad much, this requirement should not be that taxing.
I do not believe that the OP qualifies for PIO/OCI.
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