According to the new guidelines, any Indian female who marries a Nepalese citizen would now be granted citizenship after seven years. Ram Bahadur Thapa made the statement while citing Indian rules that need citizenship to be granted seven years after the wedding. The new rule is expected to benefit many couples from both countries as well as their children.
However, there is no change in the existing visa policy between the two countries. Thus, Indians can still marry Nepalis and stay in the country as per the earlier rules.
In addition, there is no provision under current laws for dual citizenship. Thus, if you marry a Nepali woman now, you will not be able to apply for an Indian passport. However, if you have already acquired citizenship of another country by marriage then that would be recognized by India.
India and Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on January 23, 2014 with respect to cooperation in various fields including but not limited to trade and investment, science and technology, agriculture, and culture. The MoU is expected to contribute to the development of the country through mutual benefits.
Yes, you may marry a Nepali and retain your Indian citizenship. However, to do so you will need to meet the requirements set by the government of India and obtain a visa. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) can provide more information on marriage visas.
In addition, there is a requirement for at least one spouse to have a valid passport. If this rule is not met, then both spouses would be treated as illegal immigrants and could be deported if discovered during a police check.
The cost of marriage visas varies depending on several factors such as the level of authority that issued them, etc. It is advisable to contact an immigration lawyer or agency before proceeding with the application process.
Spouses of Indians who were born in Nepal or hold any other nationality can also apply for marriage visas. They must fulfill some additional requirements such as having a financial affidavit submitted by their husband or wife, etc. but they can still get married in Nepal.
If a foreign individual has lived in Nepal for at least 15 years and is of full age and capacity, he or she may apply for Nepali citizenship. He/she is a citizen of a country where there is a legal provision or a custom to grant Nepali nationals naturalized citizenship: and therefore holds some rights and responsibilities comparable to those of a native citizen.
In order for an applicant to be granted Nepali citizenship, they must fulfill several requirements including but not limited to the following:
Applicants must be of full age (18 years old) and capacity. That means that you must be able to understand the consequences of applying for citizenship and be capable of taking care of yourself financially as well as physically.
The person must have been living in Nepal for at least 15 years. This period can be divided into three parts: first, from the date when you entered Nepal until the date when you applied for citizenship; second, from the date when your application was approved until the date when you were issued a passport or ID card; third, from the date when you received your passport or ID card until the date when you left Nepal.
You must also fulfill some educational requirements to be eligible for citizenship.
If you match the following criteria, you can get Nepalese citizenship by birth: Any individual whose father or mother is a Nepalese citizen. Any individual above the age of 16 who dwells permanently in Nepal's territory.
An Indian born person can apply for Nepali citizenship if they meet the following conditions: He/she should be residing in Nepal at least once in every period of three years. The applicant should prove that he/she has valid documents to this effect. An Indian passport is necessary to obtain Nepali citizenship.
What are the requirements for Nepali citizenship by investment? You must invest 1 million rupees (about $10,000) into industry in Nepal and stay in the country for 10 years before you can apply for citizenship. If you fail to meet these requirements, then your investment will not be considered sufficient for citizenship.
Can an Indian convert to Buddhism? Yes. There is a process called "Sikkhapada" which means the "acceptance of the precepts". This conversion process includes the acceptance of eight principles or vows. The first six are ethical in nature while the last two are physical. After accepting these vows, the candidate becomes a "Buddha" or "Buddhism".
An unusual situation involving an Indian citizen of Nepali descent and his "fake" passport According to Indian citizenship legislation, anybody born in India between January 26, 1950 and July 1, 1987 is automatically awarded citizenship. People born in India after 1987 are subject to different rules. If you were not born in India or your father was not a Indian citizen at the time of your birth, then you cannot claim Indian citizenship.
As an Indian citizen, you can travel to any country using your Indian passport. However, since Nepal and India do not have a formal diplomatic relationship, it's possible that India may not grant him a passport.
People of Nepalese origin have been living in India for many years in the workforce. In fact, some estimates say there are more than one million people of Nepalese origin living in India. However, new restrictions on the issue of passports to people with Nepali origins was introduced by the Government of India in November 2015. The decision was taken under pressure from political parties in Nepal who accuse India of violating their citizens' rights. The new policy states that people with Nepali origins will be able to apply for passports if they can provide evidence that they have ancestral links to Nepal. It also includes an exception for people whose applications are pending when the policy was announced. However, it does not appear this exception will be applied to Mr. Singh who was born in India.