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No illegal immigrants to be given Indian citizenship automatically: Officials

The clarification on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act came amidst widespread protests in different parts of the country against the legislation.

Published: 17th December 2019 09:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th December 2019 09:30 AM   |  A+A-

Home Minister Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah (File| PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: No illegal immigrants belonging to Hindu and other five communities coming from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be given Indian citizenship automatically but only after fulfilling the necessary criteria, a senior Home Ministry official said on Monday.

The clarification on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act came amidst widespread protests in different parts of the country against the legislation.

"The new act does not mean that all illegal immigrants getting Indian citizenship automatically. They have to apply for citizenship which will be processed by the competent authority."

"The applicant concerned will be given Indian citizenship only after fulfilling the required criteria," the official said.


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