BIRTH REGISTRATION OF CHILDREN BORN OUTSIDE INDIA
Under the Indian Citizenship Act, a child born on or after 03.12.2004 shall be a citizen of India by descent if either of the parents (father or mother) is an Indian citizen at the time of birth of the child and the birth of the child has been registered with the concerned Indian Mission abroad within one year of the birth and the parents of the child have to submit a declaration that the child does not hold nationality or passport of another country.
Indian passport to the child can be issued only after the birth of the child is registered with the Indian Mission. Children who are born in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Togo to Indian parents should be registered with the High Commission of India in Accra.
If the birth of the child born abroad is not registered with the concerned Indian Mission within one year of the birth of the child, prior approval of the Central Government authorities in India will be required for registering the birth of the child and this will be a very time consuming process. Passports to the child cannot be issued until the birth registration process is completed.
Applications for registration of birth of a minor child under Section 4(1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955 shall be made in Form-I of the Citizenship Rules, 2009. Parents of the child born abroad must first complete and register the application online from the Website http://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/ic_form_public.aspx in order to start the processing of getting Indian citizenship for the child. Instructions to complete and register the form are available on the Website.The registered applications should, thereafter, be submitted to the Indian Mission, along with the following documents:
The ORIGINALS of the above-mentioned documents must be presented for verification at the Indian Mission at the time of submission of the application.
(June 5, 2014)