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Parliament tightens citizenship law

Obtaining Slovak citizenship will become more difficult as of July 15, when an amendment to the Act on State Citizenship takes effect. Interior Minister Róbert Kaliňák called the new rules a reaction to the growing threat of organized crime and international terrorism.

Foreigners will now qualify for Slovak citizenship after eight years of uninterrupted permanent residence, rather than just five years. This will allow officials more time to inspect whether the applicants are law abiding and have adapted to Slovak culture.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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