QuestionMy fiancee has an five year old daughter that I have come to know and love as well. Her daughter was born in St. Petersburg to Olga and her Indian boyfriend who were never married. Several years ago, he decided to take daughter to the Indian embassy and have her nationalized as a Indian citizen, all without Olga’s knowledge. This is one of the first issues with Olga and her daughter being granted a visa to come to the US.
AnswerThe father could obtain Indian citizenship for the child only if his paternity had been established. The paternity could be established by both parents voluntarily or in a judicial proceeding, and none of that could be done unknown to Olga. When paternity is established the father obtains parental rights and duties with respect to the child. I don’t know Indian laws but I assume that he could obtain Indian citizenship for the child. The father’s consent is not required if the mother and the daughter want to leave Russia, however the US authorities usually request the consent of both parents and if such consent is not granted voluntarily, the issue will have to be settled in court. Our head office is in St. Petersburg, we’ll be happy to help you.