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Slovaks Living Abroad Soon to Be Able to Hold Dual Citizenship

The government of Slovakia has approved a law allowing Slovak citizens living abroad to hold dual citizenship.

According to a press release from the Slovak Interior Ministry, Slovak citizens living in another country will not lose their Slovak citizenship after acquiring foreign citizenship.

However, it has been emphasized that in order to do so, Slovaks will be required to prove that they have lived in a foreign country for at least five years.

“After many years, Slovaks will not lose their Slovak citizenship after acquiring foreign citizenship if they prove residence abroad for at least five years. This comes from the amendment of Law No. 40/1993 Coll. on Nationality, approved by Parliament on Wednesday, February 16 2022, stated the statement of the Slovak Ministry of the Interior.

The revised law will go into effect on April 1, reports.

Apart from the aforementioned, it has been announced that the current Nationality Law has been lifted to two other categories. Once the new law comes into force, you will not lose Slovak citizenship even in cases where foreign citizenship was acquired through adoption. Minors will also be able to retain their Slovak citizenship.

In addition, it was revealed that Slovak citizens who have lost their citizenship within the past 10 years will also be able to recover it, provided they fulfill the established rules.

At the same time, we are dealing with the case of those who lost our citizenship after the law was tightened ten years ago. The government stated that they would be able to recover it in an easier way on the basis of standard European principles.

Unlike now, once the new rule comes into force, applicants who wish to restore their Slovak citizenship will be exempted from the requirement to register as a foreigner so that they can remain in Slovakia.

Former citizens of Slovakia will also be exempted from the requirement to take a language test so that they can regain their Slovak citizenship.

In addition to all of the above changes, the ministry further revealed that descendants of former Czechoslovak citizens born in the territory of Slovakia will also be able to apply for citizenship.

The Ministry concluded that “the requirement for granting citizenship of the Slovak Republic that the applicant must not pose a threat to public order or the security of the Slovak Republic is added to the law.”

The current Nationality Law which Slovakia began to implement in July 2010. Since then, 4,059 people have lost their Slovak citizenship, while another 1,183 have been able to regain it.

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