What is Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019?

Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019:

  • The 2019 Bill seeks to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship. 
  •  It exempts certain areas in the North-East from this provision.
  • The Bill also makes amendments to provisions related to OCI cardholders. A foreigner may register as an OCI under the 1955 Act if they are of Indian origin (e.g., former citizen of India or their descendants) or the spouse of a person of Indian origin.
  • This will entitle them to benefits such as the right to travel to India and to work and study in the country.
  • The Bill amends the Act to allow cancellation of OCI registration if the person has violated any law notified by the central government.

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