The Citizenship Act, 1955

The Citizenship Act is an Indian law that regulates the acquisition and determination of Indian citizenship.

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The Citizenship Act, 1955 is an Indian law that outlines the rules and regulations regarding Indian citizenship. The act defines who is considered a citizen of India and how citizenship can be acquired, lost, or renounced. The act also provides for the registration of overseas citizens of India and regulates the rights and duties of Indian citizens. The Citizenship Act, 1955 has been amended several times to address issues related to citizenship, including illegal immigration and the rights of refugees.


Section 3 : Citizenship by birth

Section 4 : Citizenship by descent

Section 5 : Citizenship by registration

Section 6 : Citizenship by naturalization

Section 6A : Special provisions as to citizenship of persons covered by the Assam Accord

Section 6B : Special provisions as to citizenship of person covered by proviso to clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 2

Section 7 : Citizenship by incorporation of territory


Section 7A : Registration of Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder

Section 7B : Conferment of rights on Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder

Section 7C : Renunciation of Overseas Citizen of India Card

Section 7D : Cancellation of registration as Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder


Section 8 : Renunciation of citizenship

Section 9 : Termination of citizenship

Section 10 : Deprivation of citizenship


Section 11 : [Omitted]

Section 12 : [Omitted]

Section 13 : Certificate of Citizenship in case of doubt

Section 14 : Disposal of application under sections 5, 6 and 7A

Section 14A : Issue of national identity cards

Section 15 : Revision

Section 15A : Review

Section 16 : Delegation of powers

Section 17 : Offences

Section 18 : Power to make rules

Section 19 : [Repealed]

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