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Conditions for obtaining citizenship made stricter

OBTAINING Slovak citizenship is about to become more difficult. On June 26, parliament adopted an amendment to the Act on State Citizenship calling for more stringent rules for persons seeking to obtain Slovak citizenship. Interior Minister Róbert Kaliňák said the new regulations were a reaction to the growing threats of organized crime and international terrorism.

Foreigners will now qualify for Slovak citizenship only after eight years of uninterrupted permanent residence, rather than the previously required five years. This will give officials more time to determine whether an applicant is law-abiding and has adapted to Slovak culture.

The amendment, if signed by President Ivan Gašparovič, will come into effect as of October 1, 2007.

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