I am a NRI married to my Pakistani wife in July 2008. My wife along with me and our children have visited India once in a year consecutively for the last seven years. Can I apply for her Indian Citizenship as per the Citizenship Rules 2009 (mentioned below):
5. Application for registration under clause (c) of sub-section (1)
of section 5.- (1) An application from a person, who is married to a citizen
of India, for registration as a citizen of India under clause (c) of sub-section
(1) of section 5 shall not be entertained unless –
(a) the application is made in Form III;
(b) he gives an undertaking in writing that he shall renounce the
citizenship of his country in the event of his application being
(c) on the date of making the application he,-
(i) has been ordinarily a resident of India; or
(ii) has been in the service of the Government of India;
at least for a period of seven years; and
(d) he makes the oath of allegiance as specified in the Second Schedule
to the Citizenship Act, 1955.
Explanation.- In computing the period of seven years, any broken period of
residence and service under sub-clauses (i) and (ii) of clause (c) shall be
included in the period specified therein.
(2) The Central Government may, in consideration of the special
circumstances, exempt, any foreign national married to such an Indian
citizen who is in the service of the Government in India, from the operation
of clause (c) of sub-rule (1).
(3) The Central Government may, in consideration of the special
circumstances, exempt any foreign national who has been married to an
Indian citizen for not less than seven years and who has visited India at least
once in a year during any seven years out of nine years, from the operation of
clause (c) of sub-rule (1).
Kindly guide and advise the correct procedure for the same.