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    (Original post by arnoob)
    I am starting to loose faith in our generation
    Me too :closedeyes: !!! Anyway its K :console: ... we will always learn from our mistakes ( hopefully )!!!
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    (Original post by 0range)
    I'm filling in a new employee form for a summer job I got, on the form it's asking me for my nationality. I always thought my nationality would be Indian because I'm indian and my parents are from India.

    I was actually born here and while checking my passport it says that my nationality is "BRITISH CITIZEN"

    Which one should I put down from IND or GBR?

    Thanks in advance guys
    How can you be Indian if you were not born in India, and supposing your parents did not specifically elect for Indian cirtizenship for you?

    Surely, if you were Indian you would only be eligible to do that summer job if it payed more than GBP 20k pro rata and if it was a vacancy deemed to be for 'highly-skilled persons'?
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    You're British. If you have an Indian passport too, then you've got dual citizenship. But you're still British either way so I'd put that.
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    (Original post by 0range)
    I'm filling in a new employee form for a summer job I got, on the form it's asking me for my nationality. I always thought my nationality would be Indian because I'm indian and my parents are from India.

    I was actually born here and while checking my passport it says that my nationality is "BRITISH CITIZEN"

    Which one should I put down from IND or GBR?

    Thanks in advance guys
    GBR it's kind of obvious, your nationality is the passport you hold.
    E.g. I'm British by nationality , but Bengali by ethnicity.
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    Your nationality is always what your passport is.
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    paperwork -- british
    in your blood -- indian
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    Confusing.
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    (Original post by arnoob)
    Exactly, but wouldn't you think that most people would figure that out by their early teens, if not earlier...
    It's really common actually, I didn't figure it out until I was filling out forms for sixthforms and my friends were the same. It isn't something I'd ever had come across or had to deal with even though I new I was a British citizen and had a passport, I just thought nationality = ethnicity. I know it sounds stupid that I never made the connection lol
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    (Original post by arnoob)
    Exactly, but wouldn't you think that most people would figure that out by their early teens, if not earlier...
    I remember when I was in sixth form and we were doing UCAS some girls put down Pakistani/Indian instead on British and people screaming at them . It is quite common and people get nationalilty and ethnicity confused. If you have dual nationaliity you could put either one down I guess but I just stick to British.
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    (Original post by chronic_fatigue)
    I remember when I was in sixth form and we were doing UCAS some girls put down Pakistani/Indian instead on British and people screaming at them . It is quite common and people get nationalilty and ethnicity confused. If you have dual nationaliity you could put either one down I guess but I just stick to British.
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    It's really common actually, I didn't figure it out until I was filling out forms for sixthforms and my friends were the same. It isn't something I'd ever had come across or had to deal with even though I new I was a British citizen and had a passport, I just thought nationality = ethnicity. I know it sounds stupid that I never made the connection lol
    Do you think the reason for this confusion is actually due to confusion in identity. I mean is it because people with different backgrounds fail to identify themselves as being british and want to accept their ethnic culture rather than accepting their nationality? Personally I come from an immigrant background too but I fully accept my nationality as well as my ethnicity and accept belonging to both.
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    It's really common actually, I didn't figure it out until I was filling out forms for sixthforms and my friends were the same. It isn't something I'd ever had come across or had to deal with even though I new I was a British citizen and had a passport, I just thought nationality = ethnicity. I know it sounds stupid that I never made the connection lol
    How on earth would Americans manage?
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    (Original post by 0range)
    I'm filling in a new employee form for a summer job I got, on the form it's asking me for my nationality. I always thought my nationality would be Indian because I'm indian and my parents are from India.

    I was actually born here and while checking my passport it says that my nationality is "BRITISH CITIZEN"

    Which one should I put down from IND or GBR?

    Thanks in advance guys

    EDIT: Guys I realized I'm an idiot xD but got my answer so thanks everyone!
    From what you've said, you're nationality is "British", but of Indian extraction. Some call it being a British Indian or British-born Indian, etc, etc, however if you're parents are both Indian, you probably also qualify for an Indian passport (if you don't already have one, thereby giving you dual-nationality.

    For the purposes of your employment, I would put down that you are British, because you can run into problems, if they ask you for a copy of your Indian passport, which presumably you don't have. I am black of African descent, my mother is of dual Nigerian and British citizenship and my father is of dual Nigerian and Italian citizenship. I was born here, and have a British passport, therefore I am British and not Nigerian or Italian. It's best not to complicate things unless you know what you're doing, because it might cause problems with stuff like job applications.

    Good Luck though.
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    (Original post by arnoob)
    Do you think the reason for this confusion is actually due to confusion in identity. I mean is it because people with different backgrounds fail to identify themselves as being british and want to accept their ethnic culture rather than accepting their nationality? Personally I come from an immigrant background too but I fully accept my nationality as well as my ethnicity and accept belonging to both.
    Surely they can't be that ignorant?

    I very much doubt that an American citizen would reallly believe that he/she was say, Irish, or Spanish based on descent?

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