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Please get justice to Goans whose Indian passport holders have been revoked for registering their births in Portugal, forget about Dual citizenship

Please get justice to Goans whose Indian passport holders have been revoked for registering their births in Portugal, forget about Dual citizenship


·     Leaders championing the cause of Dual Citizenship in Goa and others in the Middle East with an eye to make a quick buck



Some opportunist people, bankrupt intellectually and having no legal acumen, have been trying to ride high on Dual Nationality platform and milk some gullible NRI Goans and asking them to part a large number of funds promising them convention in Qatar, the convention never took place is another manner.

That is not all, the same people have been asking donations to solve the Portuguese Citizenship logjam and approach the elected Goa representatives at different levels.

Dual Citizenship is a complex legal issue and faces Himalayan hurdles, which many a legal expert knows beforehand.  Some of the legal luminaries who are into state politics have gone and promised the moon in the form of Dual Nationality.

No wonder the legal luminary missed the bus when it came to the Leader of the Opposition. No wonder the leaders at the Centre are looking with suspicion and did not appoint him in the key position of LOP.

That happened because the advocate turned elected representative has a pie in every political party giving legal advice to all the political parties and not just his own.

All the parties are happy, he is happy that the ruling dispensation is doing his development works. But dangling the Dual Citizenship is taking it to another level and indulging in cheap tactics.

Dual Citizenship For Goan Having Portuguese Passports......Is It A POSSIBILITY?


If Goans with Portuguese passports are given the status then a hell lot of people from all over India will be pushing for the same.


A host of legal issues involved including amendment to the Indian constitution and I believe in the Citizenship Act and Passports Act, 1967.


Do Goa have the requisite numbers to push for the amendment to the constitution, 2/3 majority to do the requisite amendment.



Can Indians get dual citizenship?

No. The Indian constitution does not have a provision of dual or multiple citizenship. If an Indian acquires a second passport, they automatically lose their Indian citizenship.

As per the Passports Act, 1967, it is mandatory for all Indian passport holders to surrender their passports to the nearest Indian mission or post immediately after acquiring the nationality of another country.


However, such persons can get Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) status after acquiring foreign citizenship.


What is dual or multiple citizenship? And what about a second passport?

Dual or multiple citizenship means that a person is the citizen of more than one country (say the US and Canada and/or the UK). It gives the person rights and benefits in these countries. You can live, work and study in any of these and get benefits like healthcare, education, social security, etc.

The biggest advantage of multiple citizenship, however, is that you can hold multiple passports. It makes global travel smoother as you get to travel visa-free to all the countries these passport-holders are entitled to.


What is OCI status and how does work?


OCI is a legal status given to a person of Indian origin who has given up Indian citizenship. It is similar to permanent residency and offers several benefits. The government of India issues a document called OCI card to all people who have been given this status.

How to get an OCI card?

Make an online application, upload photographs and documents, pay the fee and you will get your OCI card in a short time.

What are the benefits available to OCIs?

An OCI can enjoy many of the benefits available to a citizen of India such as:

>> Multiple entry life-long visa to India

>> Live, work, carry on business in India indefinitely

>> Own assets and properties

>> Apply for Indian citizenship again after surrendering foreign citizenship, subject to certain conditions

OCIs don’t get to do this:

>> Since you are not a citizen, you cannot vote

>> You cannot run for a public office or contest an election

>> You cannot buy agricultural land or plantations in India. However, you may continue to hold such property you had before giving up Indian citizenship and also inherit it.


Citizenship is the legal status of a person belonging to a particular country, recognised by the laws of that nation. A citizen is entitled to certain rights and has obligations as laid out in the constitution of that country.

A passport, on the other hand, is a document that a government issues to its citizens. The primary purpose is to enable citizens to travel internationally. It also serves as proof of citizenship.

All passport-holders must be citizens of that country but all citizens don’t need to have a passport.


In India, the passport is issued by the external affairs ministry. It’s not a “powerful passport”, as it ranks low on the global passport ranking. It allows visa-free travel to just about 60 countries, primarily in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Japanese passport that topped the index in 2021 allows visa-free travel to 191 countries.

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