We got a note from Melanie with questions about dual citizenship. Currently she is a citizen of India, although she was born in the Philippines.
Here is Melanie’s question:
Hi! Im Melanie. I was born in the Philippines to Indians (both my father and mother are indians by roots). My dad is an indian citizen and my mom is a naturalized Filipino citizen. When I was born, my mom was already naturalized and my dad was an Indian citizen. They opted to give me an Indian passport. i am working in the Philippines and it would be necessary for me to be a Filipino citizen, but my dad also refuses for me to let go of my indian [passport?
So I guess my question is, can I have dual citizenship for my indian passport and a filipino passport? or can I only have one?
Thank you for writing in with your question.
Under Philippine law, it is no problem for you to have dual citizenship. The problem is that Indian law does not allow dual citizenship.
India has a program called “Overseas Citizenship of India” which is somewhat similar to the Philippine Dual Citizenship Law. However OCI has limitations:
- People under OCI are not allowed to have Indian Passports
- No Voting Rights
- Cannot be a candidate for India public offices
- Cannot hold any India Constitutional posts
- Cannot be employed in the India Government
So, since your father requires you to retain your India Passport, the OCI law would be of no real benefit for you. Of course, as an adult, it is up to you to choose what citizenship you prefer, and whether your father will decide that for you.
Good luck on your journey, Melanie.